172 posts • joined 25 Mar 2011
Re: This shows
I ran across those PFY stories years ago and haven't been able to find them since - thanks for the link!
Project code name
Fun though it is to jump on the bandwaggon
That "security by obscurity" phrase, although a red rag to an infosec bull, actually reads like a comment on the status quo rather than a desirable goal. All he's saying is that the software isn't widely used enough to attract much malevolent attention, which is quite probably true.
Re: Top Gun in 2020...
Pi way to the danger zone?
Horton heard a sue?
"Isn't that the sort of thing recent Aussie legislation is trying to make sure the Aussie government can do? You know, the legislation that world+dog is saying is a really bad idea."
Oh, don't worry, we don't have a communist government, so it's ok!
Thank you for
I shall try and use it around the office, as long as I can avoid Norman.
Icon for the wordsmith.
No. Just no.
The phrase is "sets foot", shortened from "sets [his/her] foot". Alternatively, "takes a step".
Many years ago
I used to have the Windows error sound mapped to Hilly from Red Dwarf: "It's a mistake any deranged, half-witted computer could have made."
Re: A different name for every site?
On youtube, there's part of a Trevor Noah standup show about Zambia, which includes names like Profanity, Screwdriver, Detective Table, as well as the mechanic with two sons called Brake and Clutch.
(Not linking as it's mildly NSFW)
Did someone store it in My Documents?
Reminds me of the classic
How many monkeys?
If an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of typewriters would eventually produce Shakespeare, what is the number of monkeys required to match this output? Methinks we need a new Reg unit for poetry.
Where do they strap on the blockchain?!
Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it
There goes the neighbourhood
As an Australian, I'm hoping this doesn't have legs - our major banks are dodgy enough already (as per the ongoing Royal Commission) without Facebook added to the mix.
Re: What happens if they find something?
They wouldn't phone you, that would be absurd!
They'll probably just send you an email, with a helpful link to click on for more information.
(Password may be required)
Re: Unep Eurobats
"Quantum journalism" - so a journo can know how fast they're writing, or what they're writing, but not both?
As userfriendly put it
Google employee: when in doubt, remember our three word motto...
User: publically traded company?
I must admit to having used "octothorpe" in user manuals - he's got company!
I dunno, most users are after free stuff.
Re: User-generated obfuscation
There's another way to use a 3x3 grid - Iain M. Banks' Marain (http://trevor-hopkins.com/banks/a-few-notes-on-marain.html).
But I'm confused by "You've just created a cypher that very few folks will be able to decode easily (if at all)" - isn't that just a substitution cipher? While strong passwords should render frequency analysis unprofitable, relying on that to keep secrets written in your native language seems potentially risky, depending on the audience. Or am I missing something?
The President is missing?
Did you look behind the fridge? If you lose something, it's nearly always there!
So... where's the Government-mandated back door?
If the range of a parameter
is itself a tunable parameter, then you might get knobby knobbs.
Icon: Beer in memory of Pterry.
Re: Lie Mode
Hook, line, sinker, rod and copy of Angling Times, sir.
Icon: A small off-duty Czechoslovakian traffic warden.
Re: Or maybe how you ask it.
"Pollsters are masters at this."
Particularly pollsters called Humphrey.
Re: I have a guess! - I'm going to say "Flying". Until it wasn't, of course.
Or, given what happened to other drones, it might have been thinking "Oh no, not again."
(Apologies to Douglas Adams)
As per Sir Humphrey
"A clarification isn't too make oneself clear, it is to put oneself in the clear."
Re: So when do these things come to El Reg comment section?
Rather than bring them here, El Reg should lobby for emoji versions of the comment icons for use outside this forum.
Re: Automatic or intelligent?
"A truly intelligent autonomous weapon system might read the manifesto of the opposing forces, and decide to change sides."
Reminds me of Peter Watts' short story "Malak".
Re: Death of Conspiracy theories?....not likely.
Everyone's always in favour of saving Hitler's brain, but when you put it in the body of a great white shark, ooh, suddenly you've gone too far!
- Hubert Farnsworth
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Re: I wonder how long it will take
"For anyone to realise that all post addressed to Donald Trump is being redirected to the Kremlin?"
Before or after the addressee receives it?
Pain points, you say?
It's been a while since I tried, but do they support C99 yet - particularly designated initialisers? It's only been 19 years.
Re: "The Strait of Hormuz"..
Mining that could put things in Dire Straits.
Good thing the RN has some minecraft to keep it clear.
Re: Betcha they lost the Docs
"probably sent the originals to the Journo" - someone misunderstood the phrase 'offsite backup'?
Re: Lying liers deny lying
Yes Minister taught me the first rule of politics: Never believe anything until it's been officially denied.
They wrote out a response, but it was classified... we'll have to wait until it's leaked.
Do we need to update bookmarks to the register.co.gm too?
Re: Sales positions
What use does she have for bridges? She's got a helicopter!
dd if=/mnt/some/long/involved/path of=/dev/sda
Followed 0.03 seconds later by swearing and control-C. It didn't have time to do much... other than totally corrupt the file system on /dev/sda. Target should have been /dev/sdb, /dev/sda was the backup drive I was trying to recover from.
Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!
From Red Dwarf - Demons and Angels
KRYTEN: I'm going to come around behind you now, sir.
LISTER: Okay, Kryten, take me by surprise!
KRYTEN: I'm coming around behind you to take you by surprise, sir.
LISTER: Get on with it, surprise me!
KRYTEN: You may get an unpleasant sensation of chloroform. Don't be
LISTER: Surprise me now!
KRYTEN: Here comes my surprise, sir.
Re: That just about wraps it up for the Great A'Tuin
The start of Hogfather seems more apposite...
"Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree."
Re: Apple home furnishings range.
Apple's legal department?
Patient Reassured And Told to Fuck Off
Re: "Stealing trade secrets"?
"Normally theft involves taking something with the intent of permanently depriving the owner of it"
Is that really the case though? I think that the intent of a thief is to gain access to the stolen item (e.g: to sell). Depriving the original owner of that item is an unavoidable byproduct of the item being physical. In cases like this the intent is the same, but the byproduct can be avoided.
So many idiots
So few villages.
Quaser or Quasar? As long as they're not Quagaars...
Re: Best practice is 3% margin?
Maybe they were checking to see if you were part of the inner circle - the Society of Hardcore IT Honchos, Extra-Achievers Division ?
Re: Facial recognition
I sense a new market in Malcolm Turnbull masks.