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* Posts by Trigonoceps occipitalis

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Uh-oh. LG to use AI to push home appliances to 'another dimension'

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@ Doctor Syntax

Same way as Daleks.

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Re: Constant 5C internally?

"Haven't they heard of a thermostat?"

Obviously not.

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

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I also transfer to vhs as a step on the route to cellulose acetate.

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Re: I'll stick to...

@ Why Me?

I disagree, "smart" items are only of any use to smart people, the stupid really shouldn't be allowed near them. Of course, smart people try to avoid "smart" devices as far as they can.

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Major maser microwaves Hubble

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Re: Wrong units

Aren't Parsecs a measure of time?

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Top-Secret-cleared SOCOM medics hit in 11GB govt database leak

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Re: Encryption, please?

Well it fills me with confidence - confidence that there will be some serious lesson learning going on. The lesson being that bonuses are based on profit and security is a cost that reduces the bottom line - lets see the size of any fine or who is fired.

Go on, take a guess.

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'DNC hackers' used mobile malware to track Ukrainian artillery – researchers

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Re: Want to blow someone up?

Samsung silly.

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What gifts did ol' kitten heels May get this year?

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Re: the only well-known May worth talking about (IMHO)

Peter May, one time English cricket captain.

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Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

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Re: So...

And test recovery and keep a copy off-site!

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Europe trials air-traffic-control-over-IP-and-satellite

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Re: Victor's vectors

"You appear to be trying to get lost, do you need help with that?"

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Brussels cunning plan to save the EU: No more Cookie Popups

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uBlock

I use this to block the cookie warnings - Left Cick-Block Element

(No connection to etc etc.)

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MPs suggest introducing web blocking to tackle suicide rates in UK

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Re: Have HMG considered the reason-

@Mycho

Ooh, you were lucky, we had Wilson and Heath.

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The real problem with paracetamol is that the lethal dose is an unusually low multiple of the therapeutic dose. Many a cry for help has turned to a disaster because of this.

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Denmark, 10 only and one packet at a time. It was difficult to buy one packet each if the pharmacist realized you were a couple. (2002)

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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Re: Poor instructions

Beethoven's 9th, at the insistence of Herbert von Karajan. As conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic he had a good relationship with Philips/Deutsche Grammophon.

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Poor software design led to second £1m Army spy drone crash

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When I was last over the Möhne Lake we used two angled spot lights. I wouldn't have been able to see laser spots even then. Now I'm old and gray I have no chance.

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'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

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Re: Oh dear

Don't forget that HMRC (or at least the old Customs bit) have huge, almost unfettered, powers of investigation. They can demand warrant free access at any time. As far as HMRC are concerned there is no tree, let alone a poisoned one. Is there a read over into the world of electronic comms?

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Bluetooth-enabled safe lock popped after attackers win PINs

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Look, I often want to open my safe from afar. For instance, if I buy some jewelery on my way through Dubai airport, I open my safe and it is ready when I get home. It gives the bad guys only a minute or two to mug me between my front door and the safe.

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HPE storage meltdown at Australian Tax Office lost no taxpayer data

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Re: We lost... no jobs either !

NO!

Number one priority is "Learning Lessons."

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Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos

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Re: Shouldn't be hard for Nikon to do

"You evidently missed the photos of men on the moon ... "

Surely you mean "on the back lot at NASA"?

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Playtime's over: Internet-connected kids toys 'fail miserably' at privacy

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Genesis Toys, ...

... , was not immediately reachable for comment.

See, they do take our concerns seriously.

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HMS Illustrious sets sail for scrapyard after last-ditch bid fails

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Re: Shame

@AC

"Making a navalized Super Tucano is a trivial engineering task."

I think material scientists would take exception to "trivial". By no means impossible but I suspect most metal components may need hardening against salt water.

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Wannabe Cali governor gives up against beach-blocking billionaire VC

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Re: Time to bring in the drones

@Etatdame

"Actually, he does not have that right. In the US as a rule, the fact that that road was used by the public makes it a permanent easement."

@El Reg

"The previous owners of the Martins Beach road had decided on what days to open and close the road based on demand."

Making the huge assumption that US/California law derives from UK Common Law (dangerous I know):

The previous owners clearly controlled access to certain times only. This does not establish a right of way (not in the UK anyway). It is unrestricted access, not in secret, for 20 years that establishes a new right of way.

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Microsoft, IBM, Intel refuse to hand over family jewels to China

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Re: WTF LOL

" ... I need three hands to open the box."

Good security, it means you'll need an accomplice. Isn't there some law about keeping secrets based on the number who know?

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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Re: Vaping isn't cool

A few years ago the only friends who had managed to kick the habit had gone cold turkey. Any other method seemed to perpetuate the addiction and didn't, in my friends' experience, work. Now many of them vape. Some claim to be nicotine free but there is no way for me to tell one way or another.

I think vaping is safer for the "smokers" and the passive vapers - no definitive evidence and who knows what will be discovered in the future. I do not think vaping is a gateway into smoking and I know of no one who is vaping who was not a smoker. Who knows what the next youth fashion will be. Wearing your jeans with the waist around your knees - well that's as sensible as a fashion for vaping.

My drug of choice is alcohol so I shouldn't pontificate but vaping is better than smoking, but not vaping is best. However bans are crazy and regulation is better. If it is forced underground then who knows what is in the vaping solution, it will be adulterated just as heroin is.

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Wow. What a shock. The FBI will get its bonus hacking powers after all

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Re: What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

McKinnon et al showed that, indeed, any of their citizens could "hack" into US government computers.

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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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Re: Who's responsible?

"Read the EULA. The bank is responsible for Nothing."

No, the bank is responsible but under the EULA is liable for nothing.

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Creaking Royal Navy is 'first-rate' thunders irate admiral

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Re: Theory vs HE

"The navy ,,, "

The Royal Navy please.

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Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

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higher perceived social values

(doctors over criminals, criminals over lawyers for example)

FTFY

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The encryption conundrum: Should tech compromise or double down?

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Re: Stupid is as stupid does

" ... secret backdoors are mathematically incompatible with secure and strong encryption ..."

I agree but my maths is not up to producing a strict proof of this conjecture. Has there ever been an attempt to prove this conjecture? Was it successful?

I'll be somewhat gob-smacked if there is proof of the opposite - a crypto system can have a backdoor and be secure.

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TfL to track Tube users in stations by their MAC addresses

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Re: switch off your Wi-Fi...

So you plan to stop TfL tracking you using Smart WIFI Toggle, an app that sends what to who? Or can you say categorically that it is not data slurping?

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Here's how the missile-free Royal Navy can sink enemy ships after 2018

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Re: lack of stealth ?!

The Mosquito and Hornet were different aircraft. Both wooden and twin engined. The Mosquito was originally a fast, unarmed bomber with a crew of two. The Hornet was a single seat fighter. Both were developed for carriers. The Hornet was developed some three or four years after the Mosquito.

They did look very similar.

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Reg inquiry sees CSIRO clarify supercomputer tender

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Enlightenment Requested

Supercomputer and Windows

I can't believe that the Met Office are running a set of Excel Macros - Forecast_Tomorrow_SouthWest etc. Is Windows just a pretty and familiar front end?

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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Re: This is based on unwarranted assumptions

"1963 is only a long time ago if you are a child."

The year the Aston Martin DB5 was introduced. Many, many things have changed for better or worse. A document from 1963 can only be "proof" as to what was happening before the DB5. I hold no brief for the intelligence services. If that is the best you have I really don't need to avert my eyes or hold my nose.

Let me be clear, torture is abhorrent. We should be better than that. However there is an argument as to just what constitutes torture. I offer no threshold, I am not equipped with the legal, medical or moral intellectual tools to really make an informed decision on what is a fine and shifting line. It is a bit like "obscenity", I can't tell you what it is but I'll know it when I see it. Don't forget that Lady Chatterly's Lover was considered obscene until 1960.

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Re: This is based on unwarranted assumptions

1963 is a long time ago. Where is the provenance, sorry, I forgot, everything on the Internet is true. Anyway my eyes are averted and my nose firmly held.

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Re: This is based on unwarranted assumptions

The aim of an intelligence sharing agreement is, obviously, to share intelligence. Diplomats and intelligence officers are the experts at averting their eyes and holding their noses. Their default position is "Ask no questions and you'll get told nothing embarrassing."

Until there is irrefutable proof of torture things will carry on much as usual. Social media and Wikileaks are not proof. Even if a serious investigation, say the Insight Team, alleges torture nothing will really affect the status quo. The only possible affect is that some legal cases are affected by "fruit of the poisoned tree."

Unless of course an inexperienced politician makes it plain, in public, on the record, that the USA now engages in torture. What chance of that?

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Julian Assange to be interviewed by Swedish rape prosecutors

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Re: So what happens if Sweden decides there's nothing to prosecute?

Assange has to answer to the British Courts for not surrendering to his bail. He is unlikely to be left at liberty having been arrested on his exit from the embassy, he has form for bolting after all. Given the publicity and cost so far the Judge he stands in front of will take a dim view. Could he be gaoled, possibly - fined, certainly.

None of the above is in any way dependent on the views of the Swedish justice system. His fears about extradition or rendition are also irrelevant (weather justified or not).

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Anti-ultrasound tech aims to foil the dog-whistle marketeers

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Why

do they think that stealing my paid for power to run a beacon I do not want is in any way acceptable?

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Re: Raptor Drones

schoolkids/pilots

In my experience there is little difference.

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Re: Lightnings!

Do you think we can dig out the TSR2 designs?

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Re: Plenty of air forces out there...

The fly-in from behind has been effectively banned since the Ramstein air show disaster when the Frecce Tricolori hit each other and landed in the crowd. Now air show displays are kept well away from the crowd.

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Smut site offers to buy Vine

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Re: 6 seconds?!

When it takes you all night to do what you used to do all night ...

Fred Wedlock

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F-35 'sovereign data gateway' will stop US reading pilots' personal data? Yeah right

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Re: offline F-35 operations – but only for up to 30 days

Simply declare war on 24 November. We all know it will be over by Christmas.

(Of course we won't be able to fly the F35 because the software will expect "November 24".)

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Rise of the photon clones: New method could lead to 'impenetrable' comms

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One of the problems with quantum encryption ...

The other one is my head hurts and I haven't even started trying to understand.

I'll just stick to traditional relativity:

You mustn't sleep with your sister,

You shouldn't sleep with your cousin.

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Hackers pop top 'secure' wireless keyboard and mouse kits, gain RCE

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Re: OMFG Wireless peripherals using proprietary protocols are insecure.

Yes, but first you have to work out the protocol. That'll stop you!

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Today is the 211th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar

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As the two battle fleets made stately progression towards each other in the gentle morning breeze, Admiral Villeneuve made a signal. Having read the flags the midshipman on duty rushed to Lord Nelson and said "I don't understand the flags sir - With water, it is time."

Nelson decided to check the signal. Having considered the signal Nelson turned to the snotty and replied "No, you need to read the signal in the original French - A l'eau, c'est l'heure."

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Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec

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Re: Pension scheme.

The Pension Scheme Trustees run the pension. They may employ a financial institution for advice and to carry out the investment etc. Many of the Trustees (the majority?) will be on the board of BT. So, yes, BT is responsible for the deficit - BT benefited from the contributions holiday and should pony up.

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Who killed Cyanogen?

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Re: Seen this so many times before.

I always find that wrapping the string between my two tin cans tightly around their neck works.

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Leap second scheduled for New Year's Eve 2016

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Re: WTF

The only Y2K problem that manifested itself (in my IT responsibilities) was leap year related. The diary program was quite happy to let you book appointments on 29 Feb 2000 but rolled over from 28 Feb to 1 Mar. I think it was solved by manually setting the date.

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