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1198 posts • joined 31 Jan 2013


Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory

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Re: Time machines obviously exist....

"...dated back to the 1970s..." ...13 years before Sun even released SunOS...

I wondered if they might have found elements that dated back to 00:00:00 Jan 1st 1970 or that time +SystemUpTime

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...


WhAt's the UsE oF My beInG RiCh if YoU arR not pOoR?

Privacy, security fears about ID cards?'s digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Re: "on every bit of information about every resident of the UK?"

You fail to understand those data already exist in government databases. You should ask to destroy any electronic storage and return to paper archive only. Maybe better if they are on parchment, or clay tablets. Only approved scribes should know how to write, so less risks of fakes and leaks

Clay tablets you say? Pretty sure the Sumerians could tell you some stories about data leakage in the long term

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

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Re: Snark?

I guess sarcasm is easier than finding stuff out.

i'm so meta even this acronym

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Re: Arrested for being drunk

One of my mates got fined for speeding on his bicycle. The cops were so impressed that he'd managed 36mph on a winding country lane that they didn't notice he'd inadvertently admitted he was cycling home from the pub.

One for the Widows and Orphans fund, or a shaggy dog story. Almost all UK speed restrictions apply to mechanically propelled vehicles only

Wanna save yourself against NotPetya? Try this one little Windows tweak

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Re: Like a US drug commercial...

What are the side effects?

May cause bankruptcy?

£10k offer to leave firm ASAP is not blackmail, Capita told by judge

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Re: Not Blackmail?

I do not think that I have ever heard of someone being given a couple of hours notice and a rounded offer to quit.Then again this is Crapita we are talking about ..

Well they say a couple of hours, to get your attention, but scratch the surface and I bet it would have turned out to be more like six months unless you pay a service enhancement penalty.

HMRC: 30 months to prep Northern Ireland backstop systems, 24 for customs

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Re: Muhahahaha...

The key take away I am getting from this is to invest in excise duty evasion schemes because there will be quite a wide window when you will be able to make out like a bandit.

The one with 150 cigarette cartons sown into the lining please -->

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit

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bunch of save icons

damn, I'm too old to get that joke until I looked at the picture

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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not just agencies

IME it is common that the Job Description from the employer is often a word salad of technology terms that bear little relation to the position being recruited for. It sometimes results from an HR drone copying and pasting from a perm JD for the same team that includes every skill that might conceivably come in useful for all the roles in that team and sometimes from the hiring manager doing something similar.

When an agent proposes a contract role that includes something I have as well as something I don't, I make clear which is which and leave it up to the agent to decide. I make the same point at the beginning of the interview. Often all they really wanted was the skill I did have

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

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Re: "captured audio of the killings, and subsequent removal of the bodies"

My goog voice search history includes periodic snatches of radio from the car when it obviously thinks it heard 'ok google', also a couple of amusing searches by one of my kids who has now learned the meaning of search history and which account a devices is associated with but mostly it consists of me swearing at it's failure to correctly interpret my speech

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Re: Sounds about right

I wouldn't have one of those things in my house irregardless.

I think you mean "disirregardlessly".

Well acsherly, it's another one of those linguistic oddities like flammable/inflammable. Irregardless and disirregardless both have the exact same meaning

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

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Re: Priorities

But the police helo following the drone home after it left the area seems to be a far lower priority that finding a missing person at night in December.

I read it as the police choppper headed for home (due to the risk from the unknown drone) and a plod followed the drone on foot to observe where it landed

'Unjustifiably excessive': Not even London cops can follow law with their rubbish gang database

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Re: Help me out here

When they say 'Gang' is this just a 'database' of mainly black men on the street?

I realise you are probably be asking the question in an ironic way, but lol no, whilst it is mainly a 'database' of black men on the street it also, presumably, includes people like John Sentamu in its selection criteria because of his history of police contact

Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

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Re: Killing a database? belt-and-suspenders (belt-and-braces to you Brits) approach...

No it's also belt-and-suspenders for me in the UK as well.

Wait, you mean at work don't you.

It's just PPE-->

Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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Re: Not Technical!

Speaking of double entendres, in German the act of doing physical exercise with a dog is referred to as das Dogging.

uk=same, but single entendre shirley?

I will just leave that here and walk away.

Common doggers' conversation. Fnaar <explodes> to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

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Re: So...

They don’t accept printed versions of online bills sometimes.

That's ok I always hand-write mine

Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

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Re: Tablet longevity

>>'Detachable keyboards are like motorcycle sidecars; less convenient than either a motorcycle or a car most of the time.'

Too true, my detachable keyboard is rubbish for getting to the shops.

Mine's a lot easier to park in town to be fair

NASA chief in Moscow: 'We will fly again on a Russian Soyuz rocket'

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Re: Hyperbolae?

Given the context I'm not 100% clear what your typo was meant to say*

* JK, obvs but forgive the attempt at an orbital mechanics weak joke

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Re: If only .....

Shame we can't enforce the next crew to consist of May, Hammond, Barnier, Juncker and Tusk (*)

Seems to be missing the point to include May and Hammond and exclude Clarkson

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Re: Are you Sue?

Anyway given the modern propensity for people to give their kids name variants that just makes them look either dyslexic, illiterate or just plain stupid (or all three - my kids have classmates such as Aymie and Joolee for examples) you do have to wonder if it's quite as obvious as it might be...

I used to think this too until I realised that those kids are so l33t they just gave all of their teachers different seeded identities so they avoid getting 'totting up' detentions as often.

fooled you--->

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Christmas tree ... unutterably disgusting

I agree. The Toilet Duck flavour is much better.

meh. wake me up when they have toilet duck flavour tide pods

Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Re: Dear God

Mornington Crescent!

wait, wut?

Microsoft: OK, we have no phones, but look how much we love Android

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also pushbullet

Has a Chrome and (I think) firefox addin. Gives you phone notification popups on your computer and (for me) the killer feature of SMS in the browser

Sun billionaire Khosla discovers life's a beach after US Supreme Court refuses to hear him out

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Re: racists gonna race

... Brahmin's not a race...

I am aware that Brahmin is not a 'race' (albeit my understanding is pretty superficial so I am grateful for more fulsome explanation) but given that 'race; is largely a made-up concept that means pretty much what the user wants it to mean, my flippant remark was aimed more at the general concept of taking an arbitrary property shared by a number of people and associating it with a negative behaviour of an individual in order to make a disparaging point that attaches to both the individual (justifiiable) but also to the other arbitrary characteristic.

FWIW from my position of white, middle-class, affluent privilege I think class/caste and race hierarchies are generally both iniquitous but, of course, few throw-away remarks on the topic are going to stand up to much scrutiny

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Re: racists gonna race

This must be one of those two times a day when the stopped clock is right (about the access issue and Khosla being an entitled dick) but still stopped racist

Civil rights group Liberty walks out on British cops' database consultation

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Re: 'this is a government IT project so won't work'

But it will leak data to officials who shouldn't have it, hackers / criminals who will exploit it, and ethically challenged commercial firms who will use it to build a China 2020 Social-Credit-Score system without people's knowledge or awareness.

There's your solution then. Get the police federation onto it. They wont stand for the loss of monetisation opportunities for their members

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: never seems to taste the same?


Every tea enthusiast I know maintains that the worst thing you can do when making tea is heating the water in a microwave.

They universally use electric or stove top kettles.

With oxygen-free wiring/pipework no doubt

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Re: Tea with milk Good tea-related rant

>>Which reminds me of a particularly rough french ferry crossing from Cork

This surprises me. Presumably, this was the Irish Ferries crossing between Cork and Swansea. If so, the people operating it are going to have been Irish, which happens to be the nation in Europe that drinks the most tea. One would have thought that they, of all people, would know what they are doing with the milk.

Presumably the French ferry from Cork went elsewhere. Of course the final Swansea-Cork ferry was staffed mostly by Poles before it sadly disappeared for ever. I was mostly too young for tea back in the days of the Innisfallen

Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

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Look like some hates disk shredders

where do you think these comments are stored?

No, that Sunspot Solar Observatory didn't see aliens. It's far more grim

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Re: This is quite obviously a cover story

Do you know what the best feature of your troll post is?

...with body mass around 40kg in our gravity...

I can barely resist responding to that bit. Well played sir

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What was the janitor's name and demeanor, dammit?

Henry, etc

Came for the Hong kong phooey jokes. Disappointed.

'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

* Are the overwhelming majority of sexual harassment complainants

Pretty sure there are alternate strategies to address this other than avoiding hiring women

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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Re: Shadowy outfits

Because they study the sun. And you can't do that from a shadow can you? Obvious when you think about it.

Hard to study the sun without casting some shadows though. That's pretty much the definition of shadowy isn't it?

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Re: Again,

I shut down... ...I also unplug all chargers overnight. One of the highest fire risks.

Use your opponent's strengths against her. When I am finished for the day I simply drive a large nail through the battery compartment of my laptop which consumes the whole assembly with fire and renders the laptop uncompromisable overnight.

Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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Re: Ahhh, memories...

> "***Random Computer dialup noises***"

@Captain Scarlet; A *real* geek would have been able to accurately imitate the sound of the modem at the other end and fool the computer into thinking everything had gone well

So I wasn't the only one singing to myself in my head as I read that post.

Wheeeeeeeeeeee-owwwwwwwwwwwww ... Wheee-owww Wheee-owww ... bzzzt whoossshhshthsthssthhstyshhstshhstshstthwhoossshhshthsthssthhstyshhstshhstshstth


It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

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Exactly this.

Apart from the of/have near-homonym howler obvs. I can't believe it has only attracted one downvote (so far, and it wasn't me)

Google's 'other' phone platform turns up in post-apocalyptic mobe

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Phone reviews

Removable battery? Expandable storage? Headphone jack? Sheesh. I thought that we had finally established the rules for phone reviews round here

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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But the Help Desk have all been replaced with an AI chatbot that really only knows to tell people to restart their devices.

'Turn it off and on again' /'uninstall and reinstall the app' serves two important purposes on a helpdesk.

1 it actually fixes most of the callers' problems (either because it does; it gives them sufficient pause to work out the answer themselves or it just makes them go away because they never had a problem that's in scope for that helpdesk.

2 it tells the knowledgeable caller that the operator has reached the end of their script/expertise and it is time to ask for an escalation or give up.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...


I believe the listed included conventional cancer treatments.

Fair play to the man, he would admit it when he was wrong

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

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Re: Question:

rated "X", so that's over-16, not over-18

You made me look, and I see that 1969 was the last year before the X classification was changed to over-18 (which is my own memory of it. Sadly I was not old enough to manage to see any X-rated film before the change-over to to the much less evocative 18 classification in 1982. I remember the anticipation of Channel Four's Red Triangle films

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

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Re: Not really news, and How To Screw Maps

Seriously. I've never been to Jersey, but flew over at 35,000ft, and got pages of ads on camper van hire in Jersey. In case I crashed, presumably.

I've not been in a plane crash, but if I were, I'm pretty sure that renting/buying a campervan would not be near the top of my priority list

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Re: Google takes revenge

Methinks turning off data and GPS may be the only way to circumvent this?

I inadvertently disabled GPS the other day via the settings shortcut on my lollipop device. I couldn't work out why Stava couldn't get a fix because it appeared as if it was not getting a signal rather than it was disabled. At one point I fired up maps for comparison. It was able to get a fix ok which set my troubleshooting efforts back until I eventually spotted what I had done

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Re: They suck you up

your Google and Apple.

They may not mean to, but they do (mean to)

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

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However do you think all scanners are available? If I was to write a scanner I certainly wouldn't make it available for code writers to use for testing their programs as it defeats the purpose of the scanner.

You would be doing it wrong then. First you sell the scanner to script kiddies, then you sell it as a security tool to rubbish devs and PHBs.

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

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Re: What we really need

Then whip up a bit of code to have it scan the audio from my TV and shout 'That's *fewer* goals,

I trained my eldest kid to do this. She can't help herself now. Hasn't increased her popularity at school.

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Re: "... misplaced apostrophe's, ..."

Trolling like a champ

Would of been if the author had included some more egregious 'errors',,,

Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator

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Re: The Road to Hell on Earth is Paved With Unintended Consequences

Still no word from the office of Senator Bernie Sanders regarding the actions of his supporter James T. Hodgkinson, who opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball team

o rly?

Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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It's funning listening to tourists (invariably left-pondians) trying to pronounce Worcestershire and Leicestershire.

As amusing as listening to One-Of-Us mispronouncing Dionne Warwick no doubt

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Reminds me of the old website for finding a therapist.

it's enough to make you miss NTK

They deserve one--->


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