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9945 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Faxploit: Retro hacking of fax machines can spread malware

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Re: Probably not that common

>are never plugged into a phone line to use them as fax machines

Or when you do, because some government dept insists on a fax, you discover that no modern phone system can handle faxes

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Hackers manage – just – to turn Amazon Echoes into snooping devices

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Re: Hmm 'permanently'...

Presumably they could make the wake word NULL, once it is "woke" it sends everything back to the cloud for recognition

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Re: WinRT?

There aren't many ARM chromebooks left. I tried to get one to replace my original Samsung X5

Now they are pretty much equivalent to all the other 2G Celeron cheap windows 10 home machines

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Former NSA top hacker names the filthy four of nation-state hacking

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Re: Rofl

So with MI5 the CIA and NSA and presumably every Eu intelligence agency (except possibly the French) trying to rig the vote for remain and the Russians (and possibly the French) trying to rig it for leave - it was still close.

Does this mean the Russians are 2% better?

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Re: Rofl

The lead Brexiter is a foreigner called Boris - what more do you want ?

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Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

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Re: Environmental footprint

But if you buy fancy "designed in california" smartphones they have a policy which says that they buy from middle men who have a home-made certificate that says they only source free range organic Tantalum from mines owned by nice people in the DRC

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Re: To think...

> But now the problem is: which model will give you monthly updates?

lineageos.org - no spyware and weekly security updates on 5 years old devices

Combined with a $50 Motorola phone

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Especially if you are charging for the HW and the punter is paying for the electric

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Re: Bah!

Probably not going to show up on Google search anymore when he gets back to the office on Monday

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Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Re: Never trust the back of an envelope

>Trust...but verify!

Never Trust....

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Re: "NEVER assume the architect knows best!"

Cough - Berlin airport - cough

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Re: Reminds me of a time...

>. the problem turned out to be the "4 gang" adaptor was plugged into itself....

Of course if you can make it work you are in the money

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Re: Plot twist? What plot twist?

>What should go wrong there?

I'm old enough to remember TVs on 2wire leads where the chassis ground was connected to live or neutral at random.

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Re: Plot twist? What plot twist?

"I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that we all saw this coming."

I was going for - he somehow managed to use an extension lead to join two phases.

We had a server basement broom cupboardroom where somebody needed a couple more 240v outlets and so had knocked a hole in the drywall and run an extension from another room - on a different phase. Server and monitor on 415V difference in supply - strangely nothing went wrong.

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: They need a lesson in grammar too.

Nouning verbs is worse - we have the learnings to take from that

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Re: Obviously a printer installation error.

Hey for a 6year old in a N Korean outsourced sweatshop it isn't bad

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Re: Which raises the question

The first American rockets in space were launched by our Hitler's military

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And here I thought it is an African thing

And where do you think they learned it from ?

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Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

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Re: UK's 11 main political parties

There is also talk of OwenitesBliarites in the Labour party splitting off to form a left leaning centerist social democratic party if they can't get rid of footCorbyn

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Re: TBH I'd thought they solved this problem decades ago.

I always figured this "augmented reality" stuff would be great for overlaying diagrams of hardware (like engines and gas turbines) on the real hardware

Trouble is that displaying the instructuons over the top of complex parts make them impossible to read.

You either have to set some white background around the text and diagrams, or the user is forced to move to 'look' at some blank wall to read them

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UK.gov to tech industry: Hands up who can help cut teachers' admin

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Re: Quick solution

>In the UK, 17% of girls study tech subjects.

>In Iran, 70% of girls study tech subjects.

Ironically this is a sign that the UK is doing well.

Studying valuable technology subjects is a sign of poverty.

If you are the first of group X to get the chance to go to college - you study science/medicine/engineering, because that is your only chance to escape the poor life your parents/grandparents had.

If you are at public school and you know daddy will get you a job at the bank then you can safely study art-history.

It's well documented across the world, first generation immigrants/women/working class do STEM, their kids do arts.

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Asks the tech industry

But will award the contract to the usual suspects

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Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan

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Re: What's the Problem? There are Other Bigger and Better Playgrounds.

But at least this could lead to world peace.

Apart from the fact that being locked into an Oracle solution means they wont actually be able to start a war - until the consultants finish gathering requirements. But after working with Oracle suddenly any differences of opinion with Iran or N Korea will seem minor wrinkles compared with the new hatred of the true enemy

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Facial recognition tech to be used on Olympians and staff at Tokyo 2020

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Re: Just distill this down...

Assuming all Gaijin don't look the same to them.....

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Accuracy

There is a small difference between training it on a set of mugshots of predominantly black suspects and then letting it loose on cctv of the Notting Hill carnival - and training it on high quality full-face ID cards and then comparing them to well lit full-face scanning machines.

If they are allowed to take samples of your piss and watch to make sure you have the right set of dangly bits for your sport - I don't think civil liberties are really a concern

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Re: I think I'll..

> If I hit "random track play" it's a right mess I can tell you.

New el'reg game.

How long do you have to listen to a clip of "just a minute" before being sure that it isn't a Yes/ABWH track ?

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New age discrim row: Accenture, Facebook sued by sales boss for favoring 'new blood'

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Re: Urban

What do you care, it's the VC's money.

Might be nicer to be the boss of a bunch of boot converse high-top licking toadies.

Personally I would rather be the boss of a bunch of experienced experts who know more than me and get the job done.

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Re: Urban

Well you can't hire women, blacks or immigrants and pay them less - so the only alternative is to hire new grads ..... and pay them less

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Motorola strap-on packs a 2,000mAh battery to appease the 5G gods

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Re: Power hungry, low coverage, and heavier.

But if you have the only 5g phone in the country then you don't have to share bandwidth

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AI on Raspberry Pi, Waymo touts robo-rides to Arizonians, and more

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And on that basis anything Zeno says is fake news

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: Just to be helpful:

>Xi looks nothing like Pooh

Although there is something undeniably eyeore- about Prime Minister Abe in the 2nd photo

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Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

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Re: We're the ones to blame

>So when you fill in your tax form each year, do you ignore all the deductions you're allowed, because it's unethical to to take legal advantage of tax law?

No, but I also don't have my employer pay my Panamanian services company and then have everything I use in the UK be owned by a shell company in the Caymans and leased to me. Whilst claiming my cat as a dependent and my shed as an offshore territory where I am normally domiciled.

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Re: How it works:-

>Are the gains in share price now a write off to Amazon?

No the full price of the shares are a loss to Amazon - they have to buy the shares at market price to issue to the staff - so a tax reduction for them (in exactly the same way as paying staff in cash)

The shares are tax free to the employee (upto a certain amount)

If anything it is the employee that is avoiding tax.

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Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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Irony

The behavioral standards laws for a bunch of anarchists runs to three volumes with a legal opinion appendix

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Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: About Time

NASA is really good about open sourcing stuff.

Back in my day (Hubble) all the processing software was open source, we were 'strongly discouraged' from using any proprietry libraries like NAG, all the science data is publicly available.

Most of the hardware is designed by contractors so the designs for eg. a space shuttle, don't necessarily belong to NASA.

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Re: Add-on item

"Does it have an option for adding a beverage tray?"

Perfect my space barge,

ps. do you know where I can get a gold bikini....... and a princess

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Re: I'm daydreaming ...

>I don't know where you'd find the 1' tall astronauts.

Umpa-lumpas in SPAAAACE......

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Am I missing something ?

We already have excellent grammar checkers built into stuff like Word.

So all this did was throw Project Gutenberg at the simplest form of neural net and look at the frequency of words near commas and full stops?

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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Re: Hardly a representative sample.

They were going to test the politicians - but then the results wouldn't be applicable to humans

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Irish Supremes make shock decision to hear Facebook's appeal in Schrems II

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will be a surprise to observers

Not any observer that have ever seen the Irish economy's dependance on being the HQ for US computer companies

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Linux kernel 4.18 delayed: Bug ate my rc7, says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Linus should really learn from Microsoft

It's curious that a 40year old OS built to do text processing on minicomputers is now running both your cell phone, the cloud computer farms that it connects to and most of the network infrastructure that does the connecting.

Either Unix is very good, or software engineers are very lazy

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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Re: It's not the ID Cards I'm against...

ID cards without any information linking them to a database would be great - I'm looking forward to needing something to scrape the ice off the car window (bloody heatwave)

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"e-gates – crucial to avoid queues at customs."

How about they employ more customs officers.

In my experience they do, each gate has a highly trained "border security facilitator" in a hi-vis vest telling you to go to the next empty gate. Where another tells you to wait cos they are just rebooting the system.

2 worthwhile, meaningful, service sector jobs for British citizens created for each e-gate .....

Although this could be a cunning and subtle plan. The e-gate doesn't actually have a link to a passport database, it simply listens for people making under their breath grumble about "oh for f... sake" but otherwise queuing quietly - they are obviously British and so are allowed in. Anybody who complains about the shear idiocy and inefficiency of the system is obviously a foreigner (and possibly German)

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Re: It's what people voted for!

No need for ID cards, just your national flag tattooed somewhere conspicuous.

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Re: A principled stand?

David Davis taking the Chiltern Hundreds

Has the bill banning hunting MPs with dogs been repealed yet ?

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Re: No Excuses! @HKmk23

reclassified as an undesirable under a future government

From the governments point of view you are all undesirables - you are just a necessary evil to pay taxes and vote for them occasionally.

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Re: 25 years and the clustering is still not as good as VMS...

ZFS isn't available on Windows.. I think you mean NTFS (or possibly VFS)

I meant that ZFS has some of the capabilities of VMS filesystem, 30years later, and a bunch of more complicated improvements. But you still don't have such an easy user way of getting back previous versions of a file

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UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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Re: Why are people getting their news from from Social Media?

Simple really: Socialism is where the Police, Fire service, roads, schools are free and there is support by the state for the poor and old.

Communism is where the Police, Fire service, roads, schools and health care are free and there is support by the state for the poor and old

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