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1018 posts • joined 23 Sep 2013

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

Tromos

Can I please uninstall 3...

...and get Windows 7?

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It's October 2018, and Microsoft Exchange can be pwned by a plucky eight-year-old... bug

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"...other Android devices will need to be updated through their respective vendors"

And therein lies the problem.

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Surprising no one, Google to appeal against European Commission's €4.34bn Android fine

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Don't pay the fine...

...just Gooxit.

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Haven't updated your Adobe PDF software lately? Here's 85 new reasons to do it now

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Update your Adobe PDF software...

...to something not written by Adobe.

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Facebook monetizes 2FA, Singapore monetizes hacker, and ransomware creeps monetize US Democrats

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Joke

Fix for Linux EoP problem

Revised function: create_elf_and_safety_tables()

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Brit startup plans fusion-powered missions to the stars

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What's in a name?

The man dislikes the word 'nuclear' as he says people think 'bomb'. He has named his mini-tokamak STAR where A stands for Atomic. I've just tried the word association game with a few friends and 'Nuclear' gives 'Reactor' as the usual response, but 'Atomic' was 'Bomb' in every single case. Either Dinan is much mistaken or it says something about my circle of friends.

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AI image recognition systems can be tricked by copying and pasting random objects

Tromos

The intelligence is artificial. The stupidity is all too real.

This isn't AI, it's just pattern recognition with the usual failings as soon as there's an unexpected item in the bagging area.

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IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND

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Facepalm

Re: heater?

"heating stuff uses a ton of energy"

Especially when the stuff in question is placed under 4 large cooling fans!

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: Shrug

You should set aside your differences and unite to combat the real enemy - the people's atheist front!

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Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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Re: It is also wifi

Bit stupid to use SSID rather than MAC. No guarantee as it can be spoofed, but much more likely to be unique.

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Adoption of IPv6 is inevitable.

So is death, but I'm in no particular hurry.

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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Lies

As the robot obviously lied about eating pizza, maybe the assumption was that it was also fibbing about not wanting to be switched off.

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The wheel turns slowly, but it turns: Feds emit IoT security tip sheet

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Keeping up to date with patches

No problem for most IoT devices. They start out with the full complement of patches that will be issued over the coming decade.

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Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

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Yammermouth politicians

What is Ms Hodge on about? Which public services are Amazon using without paying? Did they borrow a library book or something? Their UK employees pay taxes and are entitled to these services.

As far as damaging the high street by undercutting goes, well, it must have been really difficult to find a source of USB cables less than £15 each to beat Maplins. Good bloody riddance to all those price gougers. I'm happy to pay a small premium for the convenience of being able to pop out and pick something up quickly, but draw the line at a several hundred percent markup. Supermarkets undercut the local convenience stores, but they seem to know how much to charge in order to keep enough custom.

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Who watches Sony's watcher? Boffins poke holes in surveillance kit

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"...found two serious flaws..."

Three. It's made by Sony.

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Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Joke

it's likely that Microsoft, Apple and Mozilla will follow suit

But only after Apple invent it first.

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Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Re: Barclays for security?

Their current TV campaign is actually badly flawed as far as security is concerned. The message it puts over is to never reveal your full PIN. What it should be saying is to never reveal ANY part of your PIN as no genuine bank will ever ask for it. Your bank might ask for a couple of characters from a security code, but this is completely different from a PIN.

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What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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DOUBLE PRECISION ALE

Like REAL ALE, but twice as good...

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Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?

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Joke

Re: SPRINT

It can be done. 'Connected Rail And Wireless Lan' is the proposed supplier.

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And in current affairs: Rogue raccoon blacks out city power grid after shocking misstep

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Joke

The squirrels usually end up with roasted nuts

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New Android P beta is 'very close', 'near-final' but also just 'early'

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Joke

Did you say Android Pee?

Cleaning up after the dog was bad enough...

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Surveys-as-a-service outfit Typeform spilled a backup from May

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Seems to me that the data breach took place a lot earlier. Did the Fortnum & Mason customers give explicit permission for their personal data to be handed over to Typeform?

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Marriage of AI, Google chips will save diabetics from a lot of pricks

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Why go for a wearable initially? The quicker something is made available, the better. Even if it's shoebox sized and heavy it will still be a blessed relief for many and a long-term money saver due to

saving the ongoing cost of test strips and needles. Once out and established, then start thinking about fitting it in a watch. We'd probably still be waiting for it if the MRI scanner had to be pocket sized.

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UK.gov's long-awaited, lightweight biometrics strategy fails to impress

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Maintaining public trust

Need to get it in the first place.

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Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link

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Re: Why

"there business"

Where business?

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Big Blue's Summit super sits, aptly, at the peak of official Top500 beast list

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Joke

Where does my ZX80 come in this list?

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How to stealthily poison neural network chips in the supply chain

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Joke

"...it survives typical software scans..."

Even worse. It survives the ultimate sanction of switching off then on again.

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Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

Tromos

Shatner's business acumen would appear to be about on par with his acting and authoring abilities.

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Intel chip flaw: Math unit may spill crypto secrets from apps to malware

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Joke

I'm OK then...

...I don't use floating point, all my passwords are integer.

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DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Because management types tend to frown on expensive kit being lifted up and dropped, the maintenance logs at work had this practice entered as: "Controlled squarewave deceleration test".

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TSB meltdown latest: Facepalming reaches critical mass as Brits get strangers' bank letters

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Has anybody tried...

...switching the bank off, then switching it on again?

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Doctor, doctor! My NHS Patient Access app has gone TITSUP*

Tromos

I just tried the Patient Access app on my tablet. It tells me an update is required and to get it via the Play Store. Play Store tells me my device isn't compatible with this version.

Can I get a prescription for a new tablet on the NHS?

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Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

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Re: "Truth! Justice! Freedom! Reasonably Priced Love! And a Hard-Boiled Egg!"

"...unlimited rice pudding!"

But you may be subject to throttling if you have more than 10 spoonfuls.

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German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way

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Re: Ikea trip rules...

I've managed to get a bedside cabinet flatpack in under 15 minutes total. Checked stock and location beforehand. The huge timesaver though was entering the shop via the exit doors. Miss all the displays, go straight to where the goods are.

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Yay, you've won your Fitbit lawsuit, folks. But, lawyers, about those filet mignon expenses...

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625 million claimants?

Even taking the lawyers demand from the 33 million awarded, it would still leave 25 million dollars, which makes 625 million lots of 4 cents. Sounds an awful lot to me.

Anyway, there must be a better way to deal with distribution of large awards when the individual shares are too small to economically handle. Why not have a lottery with, say, a hundred thousand prizes of 250 dollars? This way at least a few claimants would benefit from the win.

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Bloke fruit flies enjoy ejaculating, turn to booze when starved of sexy times

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Re: As always...

Or, more precisely...

"Further research funding is needed..."

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Joke

I hear the fruit fly police are planning a raid on the red-light district.

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Nominet drains mug of tea, leans back, calmly explains how to make Whois GDPR-compliant

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"the IP lawyers ain't gonna be happy"

Sounds good to me

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Cryptocoin investors sue Chase Bank for sky-high credit card charges

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Case dismissed

Just this once I'm siding with the bank. Maybe they should have made it clear that buying cryptocurrency follows the same rules as buying any other form of currency or placing a bet (which is probably a closer match). This should have been clear from the outset, and I suspect the reason he got away with it initially was that the purchases were just treated as a transaction with some firm called 'Coinbase'. When Chase discovered that this was a cryptocurrency transaction the cash advance rules were applied. This explains Chase blaming Coinbase. Deceptively? I don't think so.

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Boffins pull off quantum leap in true random number generation

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Joke

882

You're welcome. If you ever need another one, just give me a call.

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How do you get drones talking to air traffic controllers? Pretty easily, says Brit startup

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Bugger!

I thought I had a rich uncle. But he's only got a two-seat Cessna.

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Facebook admits: Apps were given users' permission to go into their inboxes

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@fnusnu

You might be fine with making your contacts list public and it being shared, but how about all the people listed on it? Or photographs - do you ask permission from everybody included in the picture before sharing? I have never used facebook, but I know from friends who do use it that my phone number, email address and several photographs that include me are there. When you add in the likes of Apple, Google and all the rest, I suspect that the number of people who have my contact details is mainly made up of people I don't know.

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$0.75 – about how much Cambridge Analytica paid per voter in bid to micro-target their minds, internal docs reveal

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Re: "...psychological profiles...from roughly 75 cents to $5 apiece..."

I object to the use of firing squads.

Nothing to do with being undemocratic. I just think they wouldn't be very efficient at scale.

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Brit Lords start peer-to-peer wrangling over regulating the internet

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"...the effect Brexit will have on internet regulation"

The inquiry should not waste any time on this when the answer should be blindingly obvious with about two seconds thought.

EU internet regulations need not apply.

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10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

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Re: And best of all...

"...it has a 100GB download allowance!"

Not too shabby.

Provided that's the daily allowance.

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Re: Why not ban pit stops when the safety car is out.

They have to allow pitting as pointed out, but they could restrict the entry and exit speed to that of the virtual safety car and reduce the pit lane speed to maintain the time cost of pitting.

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Tromos

What robbed Hamilton was the decision to use virtual safety car rather than deploy the real safety car which they had to do anyway. Most of the time the virtual safety car is useless as cars are spread out all over the track and don't allow easy and safe access. The real safety car bunches up the field and gives a window of a couple of minutes after the last car has passed until they come round again.

This would have been to Hamilton's advantage as he would then have closed up on Vettel who would then drop behind by around 23 seconds when he pitted. As it stood the virtual safety car cut the pit time loss to around 10 seconds as the car in the pit lane entry and exit could go faster than the ones on track, and although limited in the pit lane itself, the cars on track are going much slower than normal.

I just long for the days when the lead changed hands on track rather than via the pit lane, currently all the excitement tends to be for the single digit points places where there is some racing rather than a procession.

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Corking story: Idiotic smart wine bottle idea falls over, passes out

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My solution

As someone who occasionally would like just one or two glasses of wine, I maintain a reasonable stock of half (350ml) and quarter (175ml) bottles of various wines. Purchasing in bulk (I usually order 60 bottles at a time), the discount eliminates the price premium that the smaller bottles would otherwise carry. Also works nicely when making up a packed lunch as a small bottle adds little weight but provides a civilized touch to the meal.

Cheers.

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UK watchdog finally gets search warrant for Cambridge Analytica's totally not empty offices

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Joke

Re: Given the time it's take to get the warrant...

...more than enough to even take all the screws out from the door hinges so that no real damage is done when they get kicked down.

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Mozilla pulls ads from Facebook after spat over privacy controls

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Re: If you want privacy...

I've never had a Facebook account either. And yet, Facebook has my name, address, phone number, photograph and a whole load of other data. If you have friends who are on Facebook, their contact lists and snaps are all slurped up by the likes of Facebook and Google despite the lack of consent from the third parties involved. Short of becoming a total recluse, I don't really see a way round this.

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