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Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

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Re: What's the first rule?

Rule No. 1: "Don't get caught"

Rule No. 2: see rule 1 .....

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Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

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Re: @HampsterNet - Epigenetics

Epigenetics is not evolution nor is it mutation. It is the expression of "suppressed" genes due to changed environmental factors. The genes are already there by normal inheritance but another set or even the same set are just expressed differently due to need; think lung size when changing from a low altitude to a high altitude environment and vice versa.

Native High Andes dwellers have larger lungs than the norm, move them to a coastal environment and in three generations their lungs are the same as the norm. Move them back up and three generations later they have large lungs again.

Basically it's 'stored' responses to conditions experienced by the ancestors and allows fast adaptation to changing conditions.

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London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners

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@blugir "...so that you get a free lawyer..."

I suspect that you are a solicitor/lawyer or married to one.

I can see the use of these scanners would result in a drop in business for the legal profession and a saving for the public purse.

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When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Re: Double Plus Good - "...doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong."

Ah, but who's definition of wrong will this operate under?

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Faxploit: Retro hacking of fax machines can spread malware

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Re: Denial of Service -Looping the black paper...

Supposedly five black pages was enough to fuse the thermal print heads on the older models. Never tried it myself, much.

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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: "Dazed and confused", surely?

Well more likely having found a toker willing to share than any dementia, it was a metalheads event after all.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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"Which could be on a single hybrid drive."

And thus a single point of failure if not backed up to an external device.

I am still on spinning rust but my next machine* will be all SSD for speed and physical shock resistance.

Apart from the big-iron exchangeable disc packs (8MB) my first hard drive was a 5MB Winchester on a CPM machine with 8" floppies, the HD replaced one of them. 1980 IIRC.

*assuming I outlive this one!

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Top tip? Sprinkle bugs into your code to throw off robo-vuln scanners

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Re: Die early, recover quickly

"I can imagine that it would be quite annoying for a word processor to flicker in and out of existence while writing a document, though."

If you are having to imagine it you obviously haven't tried Orifice 365 yet.

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Tech Shutdown Blows: IT chaos cost Brit bank TSB almost £200m

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Re: 2,500 staff in new roles

Probably just 1,100 of the new staff will be in new roles. 700 will replace existing roles in the IT division which have become vacant due to previous incumbents being condemned* to the hell desk (customer facing roles).

So just 1,800 "new" roles. I do agree with your escalation observation.

* a harsh but somewhat deserved punishment :)

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And the person who signed off on the migraine got a promotion, right?

They promote people who give customers headaches? Sounds even more like a bank to avoid.

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Well, well, well. Crime does pay: Ransomware creeps let off with community service

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Re: "notoriously difficult language"

I lived in Holland for a year or so and found Dutch hard to learn because everyone just replied or talked to me in English as soon as they heard my accent! My period of living in France was the exact opposite of course.

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Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

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Re: That conclusion seems a bit fast to me - also for the reaserchers

From the article : ' “This subsurface anomaly on Mars has radar properties matching water or water-rich sediments,” said Roberto Orosei'.

So could be just damp rock (water rich sediments). If it is actually liquid it would be a brine slushie at best.

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Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

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Re: Good! - "how do you explain the Clangers?"

So the cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, could account for the veins in the blue-cheese it's made of. It all starts to make sense at last.

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: "⸘You shut down the what‽"

FTFY

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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"... individuals – described as "security experts" ..."

Security experts - my arse!

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Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

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Re: Gonna be one less school soon

"Capita just really don't seem competent in anything they do!"

Oh I don't know, they do seem to excel at getting undeserved business from the government while screwing them for large amounts of money for shoddy products.

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UK taxman outlines its CHIEF concerns for customs IT systems

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Re: I wonder how many codgers are still mentis enough to work on the 4GL it was written in?

You talking about Quick Build (QB)? Yep, it was a bit crap but good old COBOL worked bloody well with IDMSX under ICL's VME op sys. Still my preferred network-database.

QB was crap at multiphase transactions due to page and table locks being released at the end of each phase. Had to code your own lock system and needed the low level calls available with the VME/B option.

To quote my team manager on an ICL to IBM conversion (last century) "A small step forward for IBM but a giant leap backwards for ...."

It was hard work converting a nicely integrated polished suite of systems to a less flexible architecture. That's just the hardware and op sys aspect. The fact that IBM only did IDMS as a database meant everything had to be recoded as the were no eXtended indexes.

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Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Re: @jake - "... thanks for playing ..."

Is it that what comentardery is about?

I see that they have updated the article to include "US" gallons and correct the miscalculated litre values. Was wondering why Detroit would be using imperial measures ;)

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Re: @jake - "wimpy US gallons"

Well it's obvious they are talking 600 full-fat imperial gallons giving 2,728 litres as 600 US gallons would be 2,271 litres. So no need for us non-USAians to mention it! :)

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Re: "Our leaders wear jeans"..."I go commando, what does that say about me?"

You own more than one pair of jeans?

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Re: "What they want is partners ... not afraid to try and fail.

So IBM is now trying Crapita's game plan? Getting rid of the experienced employees is a great way of playing catch-up!

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Apple fanbois ride to the aid of iGiant in patent spat with Qualcomm

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"... naughty children with balls of yellow snow."

"Watch out where the huskies go, don't you eat that yellow snow."

(That line triggered a bit of Zappa nostalgia)

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And that's now all three LTE protocol layers with annoying security flaws

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"5G will hopefully fix it"

And then probably introduce a host of new attack vectors. Ho bloody hum!

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Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

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Re: "... 7 cats and one dog are all waiting ..."

With reference to your handle. Nominative determinism or consequence?

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Re: "Unless there is a safety feature to override the lock?"

It's called a key.

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UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers

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Re: I'm one of those 5M

I'm just amazed that they claim 5 million people actually got through to HMRC by phone!

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Office 365 celebrates National Beer Day by popping out for a pint

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Re: "Office 365 ISNT CLOUD!"

It's still fecking vaporware on the cloud or off.

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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"Homeopathy - Making Fuck All Difference Since 1796"

One of my favourite T-shirt logos.

"Everything is relative." "Oh absolutely!" - is another :)

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Meet the real spin doctors: Scientists tell H2O to chill out so they can separate isomers

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Re: absolute zero (-273.15°C, -459.67°F)

FTFY.

0 K would have worked.

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Smut site offers VPN so you don't bare all online

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Ummm...... Isn't TOR used for this anymore?

See title.

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The harbingers of Doomwatch: Quist is quite the quasi-Quatermass

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Oh God ... I remember watching that episode on ye olde CRT TV

Strangely enough it was the first thing that crossed my mind when I came across this in the press last week or so.

I demand an old-fart-tard icon.

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Facebook stuck with IRS bill after court tosses $7 BEEELLION appeal

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My heart bleeds custard for FB

Wonder what the penalties the IRS add will come to?

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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

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Re: Wot! - "Using Until is a presumption of guilt."

They may have been referring to the way the police work.

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Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

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Paveway LGB

I was thinking more along the lines of a 20mm Phalanx but a Paveway also works :)

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Re: "The only way to stop a bad guy with a USB stick..."

A Remington pump with a tube full of solid slugs works for most things up to Cape buffalo size.

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Australian foreplay: Bum-biting in an underground hole

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Australian Foreplay - Whatever Happened to "Brace Yourself Sheila"?

Mine's the one with drop bear proof hat above it.

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Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti

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Re: Binding Protocol? - "is also a war criminal for targeting you"

That's nearly as comforting as being hit by friendly fire.

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Re: "awesomely fearsome 200,000 µW Death Machine!"

Sooo... 200mW or 0.2W. Wow only a tenth as powerful as the "scary" 2W laser.

(I'm hung-over so I might have missed implied sarcasm in the dropped zero)

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Windows 10 April Fools' 2018 Update.

FTFY.

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Apple debugs debugger, nukes pesky vulns in iOS, WebKit, macOS

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Re: "I let Fowler be my guide"

(6) DILLIGAF or is that covered by (1)?

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Musk: I want to retrieve rockets with big Falcon party balloons

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"100 per cent oxygen at 16 psi " would kill you fairly fast.

NASA used pure oxygen but at 21% atmospheric pressure so it was at the same partial pressure as in air, not at 107% atmospheric.

Still burns every thing at a higher rate and temperature as they found out when three astronauts were cooked in their capsule some time back. The very reason that the Russians chose to use just plain air at 1 Atm and take the weight/space penalty.

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Surprise! Wireless brain implants are not secure, and can be hijacked to kill you or steal thoughts

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I'm beginning to regret my neural-net net now

Hub? Hub?

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Re: "The lesson here,..is that security-through-obscurity is a dangerous design choice."

Actually it should be the first step in a multi-layered approach. Always laminate the armour.

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Re: "Next thing you know you'll need a dolphin to get the information out !"

I believe the mice also have a solution but you may not like it.

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France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

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I got a 'U'. Beat that.

I got told by the French teacher to "never never darken his classroom door step again" after forgetting to go to an exam! Do I win?

Yep, I also ended up living in Paris (long ago) and learnt French in the Tabacs and Cafes. Crap pidgin French but good enough to insult the locals :)

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

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Re: Blocking FB cookies - Firefox Preferences

Privacy & Security

1 - accept third party cookies = never

2 - keep cookies = until I close FF (so they all get deleted when you close the browser*)

*for the few sites where you do want the cookies go to the site and click the circled 'i' at the left of the address in the tool bar and set accept cookies to allowed, these will then be kept until manually deleted

3 - check clear history when FF closes and check - cache, close active logins, forms & search history and off-line site data (no need to check the cookies box due to step 2)

4 - Use NoScript.

5 - there are new options which also allow you to deny location, notifications, camera, and microphone usage.

Some data like site preferences (preferred zoom, etc) does stay but can be clear at step 3.

Hope that helps.

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US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers

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Problem is that most home routers are supplied by the ISP and updated by the ISP.

Well I have had two firmware updates from BT* this year, last one on the 7th April, now whether that is a good thing or not I have no idea.

* presumably British Telecom and not Babushka Telecon :)

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Re: Crying Wolf - @Mark 85

So that's where the the Orange Prune in the White House got the idea.

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 poised to fling 350kg planet-sniffing satellite into Earth orbit

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Re: Well now, - Umm, maybe stay off the purple pills.

The dried frog pills are soooo much better ....

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'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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The "public" or Open register is the cut down version sold to spammers.

FTFY.

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