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1576 posts • joined 25 May 2010

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!


Easy Instructions

1. Under Settings->Privacy->Activity history: ensure the setting "Let Windows sync my activities from this PC to the cloud" is not checked

2. Under Settings->Privacy->Diagnostics & feedback: ensure Diagnostic data is set to Basic

3. Open CMD window (as Admin) and type: Format C: /fs:FAT32

4. Download any decent Linux distro.

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists


Walking Baggage

Airlines use that term for passengers.

$250K + travel expenses for slight weightlessness then back on the ground ten minutes later... Will think about it

Vomit Comets are cheaper ($5K a pop, or rent the entire plane for $165K) and give you a lot more less gravity.

Register Lecture: Right to strike when your boss sells AI to the military?


The Eternal Cycle Continues...

Drones kill people, without trial or in some cases without any evidence of wrong doing. Their family members get angry and seek revenge. Farmer waiting at the side of the road waiting for his cousin to pick him up, drone pilot see a suspected ISIS member planting a road side bomb. *blam* Wedding party in progress, drone pilot sees suspected terrorist gathering. *blam*

Terror levels rise when those folks get tired of the murder and start shooting back. More drones are fielded to combat the rise in hostilities, etc. etc.

In the meantime, corporations get mega-wealthy supplying flying instruments of death, while normal people pay the price.

The Americans kill more people annually than all terrorist organizations combined, and by a wide margin. Arrogance tempered with ignorance and funded with greed.

Qualcomm axes staff, winds down data center processor efforts ... while China takes the blueprints and runs


CPU Back Doors For National Snooping...

Jesus wept.

Let's hope Anonymous gets into these Chinese chips before the US / UK / Oz governments have the same moronic idea.

Remember Misco? Staff win protective award at employment tribunal


At least the lawyers made out all right. Happy Christmas to them.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time


Just watch...

The first radical organizations to have their backdoors activated for monitoring will be the newspapers and online media.

...and I'm not f***ing joking.

Intel eggheads put bits in a spin to try to revive Moore's law


"operates via spin–orbit transduction", which is "the coupling of an electron's angular momentum with its linear momentum".

Not that old chestnut. :P

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway


Plan A

Fall asleep in the back seat and when pulled over, claim your Uber driver must have jumped out.

I'm amazed the Highway Patrol haven't pulled over a couple in the back seat of an auto-drive Tesla yet.

Little FYI: Wi-Fi calling services on AT&T, T-Mobile US, Verizon are insecure, say boffins

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Been that way for years

I used to work for an electronics company and listening in on a cell call is trivial.

Seeing as Bitcoin is going so, so well, Ohio becomes first US state to take biz taxes in BTC


What About the Credit Card Companies?

How ever with they survive without their lucrative 2.5% on top of 18% interest?

You can bet their lawyers will be filing something soon to stop this.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt



This is the reality of a post-Brexit Britain.

You voted for this (or didn't vote at all) and now it's time to pay the piper.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges


Re: So the police bear no responsibility ?

Gun laws and proper use of deadly force have nothing to do with each other.

The police shot a man because he dropped his hands to his sides with no weapon visible. Police TRAIN for this over and over. Nervousness should not enter into it. Use of deadly force has a hard series of parameters that must be met BEFORE pulling the trigger. The US police are simply trigger happy with a "shoot first and ask questions" attitude with little repercussion when they screw up. To the same argument, they also choke out unarmed suspects, then fail to render CPR once unconscious, resulting in death.

The US is on a slippery slope. In the US, 'suspicion' is enough grounds to arrest someone, then hold them almost indefinitely. They can seize your money / property and you then have to prove it was not gained through criminal activity to get (only part of) it back. Federal law enforcement can lie to you without blowback, but lying to a federal official is a felony and can result in up to one year in jail. Their prosecutors hide evidence that undermine the defenses cases, they threaten the innocent with 30 year sentences unless you plead guilty to reduce that sentence and the government protects them. They are becoming a lost people.

The idiot that picked up the phone and called in a false report holds part of the blame, but responsibility for shooting an unarmed man falls squarely on the police. They are supposed to protect the citizenry.

Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao


Just have the US Cyber Division retaliate and create photos of a Speedo wearing Putin holding hands with some blond hunk surfer dude on a tropical beach somewhere.

Drop them onto everyone's social media feed from Murmansk to Minsk and job done.

Anonymous Amazonian demands withdrawal of face-recog kit from sale


Re: If you don't like it then resign

"If you don't like it then resign

If you feel that strongly about it then leave. No one forces you to work for that immoral company.

And try to get used to the fact that your personal feelings about something aren't so important that they override the decision of the rest of the company however many times you repeat them."

A lot of decent people left Nazi Germany before WW2. That improved things, didn't it?

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own


Re: What about the stuff that we really don't want...


"OneNote, and the Bing stuff can be uninstalled with a simple right click > uninstall."

That just removes the shortcut from your profile. Anyone else who logs in on that PC still has that program there.

Taking out the crap will remove 2+ GB of files. Why an Enterprise version of Windows needs XBox and Zune is beyond me.

If they did remove the bloatware, Windows gets closer to being an actual operating system instead of a large scale vendor browser banner.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is worth 154 median minions


Can we start FundMe pages for them? 14 and 25 mil respectively does not go far these days. Must be hard to make ends meet.

Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court


Re: @Sparty ... "arguably wrong"

"The court should have both taken judicial notice of the EU's resolution demanding his release without prejudice and the fact that the original Swedish warrant that commenced the whole problem was withdrawn."

If you receive a speeding ticket, then kick the officer's posterior in frustration and later have the ticket thrown out. You're still on the hook for the butt kicking. Failure to appear is a UK crime, not Swedish.

PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

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"If it's not one DRAM thing, it's another"

Kudos on that chuckle fest. Well done Reg. Thumb up.

Google Cloud boss promises 'security built into every layer of the system' at UK shindig



And every layer of security will have a back door that will search, index and file your content.

Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how


The United States of Gunfire

"It's coming right for us!" BLAM BLAM BLAM

Canadian security boss ain't afraid of no Huawei, sees no reason for ban


Re: I know why they're so confident...

"which uses Huawei-funded "white labs" where products are tested for interception backdoors or "kill switches"

So Huawei is funding the testing of their own gear.

Nope, can't think of any flaws there.

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Re: Problem-solution dichotomy

The German WW2 Enigma codes were 88 bit and were broken in a shed with machine based technology. Eighty years later, Tesla locks your car with 40 bit encryption.

(Best Doctor Evil voice) Riiiiiiight...

Trend Micro tools tossed from Apple's Mac App Store after spewing fans' browser histories

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I'm sure Apple made copies of all URL traffic for their own records.

How to nab a HTTPS cert for a stranger's website: Step one, shatter those DNS queries...


Paranoid AF

Strong independant crypto is a necessity to stop invaisive governments and corperations from raping our data at will.

Almost eighty years ago, boffins in Bletchley Park cracked (up to) 88 bit Enigma by mechanical means. Today we have 256 bit AES protecting bank accounts, medical info and other private info. How secure do you really think we are today?

Avoid any US government approved encryption method, use the strongest possible keys and above all educate yourself.

Be paranoid, they are after you, journalists, whistleblowers and anyone who opposes our "public servants."

FBI fingers the Norks it wants to pinch for Sony hack, WannaCry attacks

Big Brother

They'll be wanted for a while. I doubt these lads will be sucessfully extradited or taking a holiday in San Francisco soon.

Cover up your privates: Linux distro Tails drops a new version


I'm on a List?

"I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered! My life is my own!"

Courtesy of Patrick McGoohan.

Fourth 'Fappening' celeb nude snap thief treated to 8 months in the clink


The Wrong Quote

"The whole unsavoury incident underlines the importance of multi-factor authentication in protecting sensitive accounts."

Should be:

"The whole unsavoury incident underlines the importance of not taking photos of your junk and expecting it to never be seen."

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer


Stuff Like This Should Be Illegal

This is why the US is doomed.

Their Corporations Lie.

Their Congress Lies.

Their President Lies.

The FBI Lies.

The NSA Lies, to Congress

Prosecutors Lie.

And no one is held accountable.

I give them twenty years max at this rate.

Ecuador's Prez talking to UK about Assange's six-year London Embassy stay – reports

Big Brother

My Two Pence.

Oh Homer,

Wikileaks could have been a responsible arbiter keeping governments honest by just taking basic steps to parse the info they were given. Instead, they blanket released reams of documentation without review literally putting peoples lives at risk.

The gunship footage of US Apaches gunning down unarmed journalists needed to be made public and was an epic first step that made people aware of Wikileaks. Then they shot themselves in the foot repeatedly by releasing anything and everything that came their way, in full.

Assange (Tm) has more in common with a petulant diva than a journalist and he needs to step up and take responsibility for his idiotic actions. Any good he did has been long overshadowed by the need to feed his gluttonous ego.

The need for whistleblowers in the face of corruption or demagoguery is absolutely needed in today's world, but Saint Julian had his chance to fill that role and muffed it repeatedly.

This is the contract you've been looking for: Pentagon releases JEDI bids


Re: S3 Bucket

Naw, first will come publicly posted AWS keys for the drone stroke program.

Gotta think BIG man. Pub o'clock.

Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: Stop breaking stuff

"However, in the meantime, the rate at which Microsoft has been able to shovel code onto PCs remains undeniably impressive"

<sarcasm> Yes, I love the XBox and Zune updates on my Enterprise licensed W10 Workstations. 2+ GB of space on every PC dedicated to absolute BS that has no purpose anywhere near a business. </sarcasm>

How to (slowly) steal secrets over the network from chip security holes: NetSpectre summoned



No nation state would ever take advantage of a flaw that took days. Ultra slow speed to lose the tiny packets in the mass of other traffic. Makes no sense at all.

Tesla fingers former Gigafactory hand as alleged blueprint-leaking sabotage mastermind


Note that Tesla wants direct access to search his various items and not a Police agency.

Let's hope that motion gets squashed.

JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?


Hand Off My Internet

Get all government regulations off the Internet.

It is not theirs to regulate, it is ours. Freedom of access, freedom of speech and no restrictions/monitoring/manipulation to its use is acceptable, EVER.

Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke


Re: former coworker

I'm sure the cops will insist on a line-up.

Microsoft's System Center successor edges closer to Hawaii 1-0


"Microsoft's positioned Honolulu as a more modern face for Windows Server, a way of surfacing useful PowerShell functions without having to resort to the CLI "

That's called a GUI.

That terrifying 'unfixable' Microsoft Skype security flaw: THE TRUTH


It's NOT an accidental bug.

It's an intentional NSA backdoor. Please get your terminology right.

Web searching died the day they invented SEO



"Surely the internet is big enough to contain all human intelligence."

It does, but it is dwarfed by human ignorance, arrogance and cute cat videos.

Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird


I'm sure her comfort animal would be welcome on a train. In the baggage compartment.

California Senate OKs net neutrality law, gives FCC cold hard long stare


If It's So Flipping Bad?

Why did they all vote for it..??? FFS

Samsung preps for Z-SSD smackdown on Intel Optane drives



Can it play Crysis?

FYI: Processor bugs are everywhere – just ask Intel and AMD


An Added Dimension

"Thanks to growing chip complexity, compounded by hardware virtualization, and reduced design validation efforts, Luu argued, the incidence of hardware problems could be expected to increase."

Let's not forget people are actually actively looking for flaws now instead of blindly believing Intel marketing blurbs.

Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments


Re: Well...

"The Register asked Google if anyone there would care to respond. We've not heard back."

The gal responsible for that left.

Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' exactly as exciting as it sounds


But... But... But...

There's books that need selling...

FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'


911 x 8,000... Sorry. World Police reference.

That number should be 8,000,000,000

How are the shares, Bry? Intel chief cops to CPU fix slowdowns


What Annoys Me...

FOUR different hardware manufacturers have EXACTLY the same flaw in their hardware. Are we supposed to believe this occurred naturally? I'm really finding that hard to believe.

I sense NSA or US Gov fingerprints on this one boys and girls.

You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux


Re: Unimpressed by Gnome

"This is why I switched to Kubuntu (Ubuntu with KDE) when they announced the switch."

I've been on Kubuntu for many years now. Gnome never grabbed my attention. It always seemed the blander choice.

Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes


US law is in effect everywhere.

Your nations laws end at your countries border. Yet the Americans see nothing wrong with that arrangement.

FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match


They can lose 99 votes, but only have to win one to get what they want.

They got it, now we're screwed. Democracy just slipped a little closer to oblivion.

Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!


Re: Memory Issues

We like to use:

I. D. Ten T

Write it out as you say it.

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