* Posts by Khaptain

3520 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Android 11 Beta 1 leaks on to handful of handsets days after official release postponed

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New Icons, wooiaaahhh

Superb, new icons, really makes me want me to run outside and scream...

Ffs, they make billions and this is all they can come up with

Fujitsu unveils new laptops 'optimized for remote work' – erm, isn't that what laptops have always been for?

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Nope missing an obligatory element

If this were a true remote working solution it would have a coffee machine attached to it. And probably a fridge magnet as an authentication device.

Fujitsu Marketing must really be full of complete numpties if this was there best effort at creating a selling point. Remote working has its own constraints and none of which are covered here.

1 : must have a damned good DSL or Fibre connection.

2 : the company must have an even better fibre connexion. And a good VPN / Firewall.

3 : anti virus must be good, computer must be locked down to Company standards or only RDP allowed through firewall.

4 : the company should already have a no paper policy.

5 : good to have a dedicated space at home

6 : the list can go own for a long time...

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: Lying Liberace

The Original Oompa Loompa. Weren't they kinda orange too.

And the Acronym works pretty well.

Capture the horrors of war in razor-sharp quality with this ruggedised Samsung phone – or just lob it at enemy forces

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Does it phone home

Can you imagine soldiers on spec ops using this and at the same time this thing is phoning home to Google, Samsung, Facebook et al with complete GPS coordinates and all conversation logs.

A toast message popping up stating that in order to continue one's mission that the followin EULA must be accepted before pulling the trigger.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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We took immediate steps to respond to and manage the incident

"We took immediate steps to respond"

Yup, we sent out some emails and also contacted people than can do nothing.

"manage the incident "

In other words we did our best to avoid GDPR fines.

What we did NOT do was secure our data in the first place... and once the data is gone, it's gone, and soon to be for sale on the Dark Web....

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

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1st Amendement

"The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government. "

It is unfortunate that those who wrote these laws had no idea that they would last for such a short time...

You can obviously speak freely, you just can't do it on your own terms.

Facebook-for-suits puts on a fresh jacket. 'Classic' Yammer is so 2018. Behold, a public preview of 'New' Yammer

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Linked-In is already bad enough

Yammer, crawling back from the undergrowth, one again rearing it's listless branches and crying aimlessly to the non-believers and the unemployed MBAs, praying that it stops getting sprayed with Social Media Weedkiller.

Microsoft claims AWS has used new JEDI mind trick with secret contract objection filing

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Re: Eeny meeny miny mo...

Who's Timmy.... Gggrrrrr

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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The Bill Shop

How about :

The Bill Shop

Bill as in Bill Gates

Bill as in Dollar Bills

Bill as in Bildergate

Billiness as in Bullyness

Bill as in similar to bile

Facebook's mega-chatbot has 'a persona, discusses nearly any topic, shows empathy.' Perfect for CEO version 2

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Re: So ...

Will it tell you that injecting bleach into your body might "sarcastically speaking of course" cure COVID-19.

If so then I can think of someone else that could also be removed for their current position.

Android 11 Developer Preview 3 allows your mobe to become a router via USB Ethernet – if you can get a decent signal

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Yet another data vector for Google

See title

Move fast and break stuff, Windows Terminal style: Final update before release will nix your carefully crafted settings

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Re: Not the end yet

It is...

Microsoft 365 invites users to 'Ask Me Anything' – as long as it doesn't require a clued-up exec to deliver clear answers

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Long time since I heard TIFKAM, thumbs up for that..

Zuck loves free speech so much Facebook will censor 'anti-state' content in Vietnam after telcos 'crippled' access

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Money money money

That arrogant twat Zuck only believes in one kind of freedom, his own. Everyone else can just fuck off.

Amazon assembles team of boffins, devs, project managers and more to figure out mass coronavirus testing

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Re: Maybe they should research.....

So let's just say that he sells a few of those shares, it must still represent a very very tidy sum.

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Re: Maybe they should research.....

How about he uses that 24 billion that he just earned in a less personal manner...

Microsoft's Teams clocks 2.7 billion minutes of meetings in a single day as April starts to run out for Windows 10 2004

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Re: Edge version 44.17763!

Lol, I am currently trying out "Version 81.0.416.53 (Official build) (64-bit)"...

Which version of Windows 10 do you have ? are you still running 1803 or older ?

Ask your Admin if they have seen that Windows 10 v1809 + v1903 and later are separate products in WSUS.

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Re: "Office 365 Groups would become Microsoft 365 Groups"

One of their biggest fuckups at the moment is their branding of Microsoft Accounts.

Anyone that is confronted with the infamous dialog box:

Would you like to use your Personnel or your Workplace/Student account will know what I am talking about.

Delivery drones: Where are they when we really need them?

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Re: Not rubbish at all!

And I have seen the YT video that helps ensure the spare part collection


It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

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The real problem with this is that Darwins Theory is more than likely to work against someone else rather than this idiotic woman... Sorry for the usage of the word Idiotic but it's difficult to come up with something less true.

Whoever put her up is also just as silly. Some people honestly believe that they are above the laws of nature... until nature shows them otherwise.....

India makes new push to lure global electronics manufacturers

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What about trust

Maybe the government should try and put a stop to the fake call centers calls first.

Supply, demand and a scary mountain of debt: The challenges facing IT as COVID-19 grips the global economy

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Re: Just wait 2 weeks

Didn't have to wait two weeks for the stocks and shares, no surprise there


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Re: Just wait 2 weeks


Read the title again , here, we are only in day two of the lockdown. Come back in two weeks and then we will speak again.

"Stock Markets brokers will make a killing without publishing a single word about how they make money from other peoples losses."

Isn't that the whole point of Short Selling.

"Normal people will have just gone about their lives as though nothing had happened."

You will see how quickly people forget .. very very quickly. They will have adapted very quickly and after two weeks will have a hard time remembering what the problem was.

"Business As Usual.."

Business has not stopped, it has changed so it has become the new BAU... We have always had to put up with crisis. The Black Swan is in town, that's all... Life will go on, it's what makes human being so damned amazing... After only one day of working at home, almost all of my colleagues have accepted this situation and are just moving on.

"Your stupidity may well have lethal consequences."

My stupidity, no, I do not agree, I am on a forum where the majority are very intelligent people who know how to make decisions.. None of what I say has any consequence to anyone on El Reg.. This is not twitter, this is El Reg where sarcasm, irony and quip are quite common, some people like it, some don't....

Perhaps you see things differently.

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Just wait 2 weeks

Let's see what is predictable, I forsee the following :;

* Some very old and ill people will have died from compound complications.

* Scammers will have made their money from hoarding then selling at a price.

* Bank will inform us that our pension stock is worth less whilst the CEO buys a new Yacht.

* Stock Markets brokers will make a killing without publishing a single word about how they make money from other peoples losses.

* The government will now introduce further measures to secure the population health using Heat Seeking Facial Recognition Webcams.

* Children will have an excuse for failing upcoming exams.

* The Extreme Left will continue to blame the Male IT crowd for not providing the Female staff members with powerfull enough PCs... because of the Patriachal hierarchy that is systemic within the IT Dept.

* The Government will annonce that they handled things extremely well but somehow 5 Billion went missing from the COVID-19 Budget..

* The media will be left panting for a new Panic Driven Newsfeed article to hit the shelves.

Normal people will have just gone about their lives as though nothing had happened.

Meanwhile I am urgently preparing PCs , VPN tokens, creating non admin local accounts on empty laptops, blocking all traffic other than RDP 3389 within the new RDP-SSL firewall VPN group, receiving calls to confirm that from home the VPN is working, preparing people to use MS Teams to communicate, rerouting phone lines to mobile numbers.......pant pant pant and also writing in El Reg forums because it make me feel good.

Business As Usual..

Microsoft's Bill Gates defrag is finally virtually complete: Billionaire quits board to double down on philanthropy

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Re: Would you like to be fried with that?

“Society would descend into something like The Purge mixed with 1984, I'd imagine."

But it that exactly the scenario we're currently heading into with all the far left nonsense mixed with the decline in religion.

Jordan Peterson appears to have hit the nail on the head... Politician don't like what he is saying and the resolutely keep their heads in the sand thereby furthering the nightmare.

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes

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Re: Green card holders and the immediate family of US citizens get a pass.

Virii don't kill, People are just weak.....

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It's all far too late

"and in fairness at least they're trying something, even if it does appear flawed."

Try telling that to business...

He had a choice several weeks ago BEFORE the virus entered the States... He could have followed the Chinese lock-down and immediately closed the borders. He would only have had business to deal with.

Because HE didn't close the borders he now has the Population AND Business to care about. It's more than double the trouble now..

Thank you Mr Orange for all your clever ideas ( Only a week again he spouted out about how well they had handled the virus)

White House turns to Big Tech to fix coronavirus blunders while classifying previous conversations

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Re: SARS-CoV-2, SARS mk 1 death rate was 9.6%

"I assume your belief is that you are not elderly or have a respiratory condition and thus immune. Li Wenliang was only 33, had all the medical treatment possible. He went from infected to death in 4 weeks. Your belief in yourself is misplaced."

Statistically Li Wenliang was a very unfortunate man, normally someone at that age would not die from COVID-33. it's more that possible that he had compund factors due to his job. It's been made abundantly clear who is "statistically at risk", Li was not ... That doesn't mean that 33 wont die, it jus means that there is a very low risk.

You my friend have been found guilty of scaremongering by the court of Common Sense...

Australian privacy watchdog sues Facebook for *checks notes* up to £266bn

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What to do with all the money

This is Australia , so if they actually manage to recover any of that money what would then be done with it..

1 : Fund the liberals in order to advance them in their Politically Correct Nightmare.


2 : Construct a direct link between the Govt and the Police force in order to share data directly.


3: Provides new funds so that the ministers can stop be bothered by nuissance fires whilst on holiday.


Seriously though, if they do manage to get some of El Zuck dollars I hope that it will actually go to some good use and not disappear into some ministers personal agenda.

EU court tells prudish IP office to fack off for balking at 'fack ju' trademark application

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"Spending your life tiptoeing on eggshells because a phrase *may* offend one group or another is not realistic, nor sensible."

Although I mostly agree with what you state, there are limits that even the Far Right, Far Left agree should not be surpassed. What would be the point in a full on slur pointed at anyone. It would be neither intelligent nor useful, some subtlety would be far more desirable..

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Can someone please have the kindness to explain what they believe I said wrong? For me it's not bleeding obvious..

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"Fack ju"

To be honest I actually thought that the complaint would have been for another reason. As this phrase could easily be misread/translated two more that one possibility.

To each his own, so I won't make judgement but personally I wouldn't have chosen that phrase as the possibility for offending one group or another is quite obvious...

Trashing privacy? That's our job! Facebook accuses analytics biz of harvesting people's info from software dev kit sold to app makers

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From what I have understood, yes you can. It would be a case of supplying the corresponding POD ID to the application question.

Each POD has it's own ID, so if you have multiple PODs it's your choice as to which you provide access to for each application.

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Pascal, the advantage lies on the fact that there is only one source of data, therefore it remains constant between applications, and secondly you are the only one that has the power of decision as to who or what gets to read your data...

And , since your can have as many pods as you please, you can create pods that reflect whatever you want to whatever application you want, ie multiple profiles...

The alternative, ie the current solution, is that Google and Facebook remain the custodians of your data..Google and Facebook make the decision as to how your profile looks... now that is a scary thought...

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Re: ROF not LMAO

Then lets's just hope that TBL's project actually comes too light.


Long live the Pods.

US Homeland Security mistakenly seizes British ad agency's website in prostitution probe gone wrong

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Re: US Homeland Security

Sorry, that should have read a "UK-Based Company"

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US Homeland Security

Hang on a mo, how come the "US Homeland Security" of the US has jurisdiction over a US-Based Company ?

Is'nt Big Brother outgrowing his boots a little here ...

London's top cop dismisses 'highly inaccurate or ill informed' facial-recognition critics, possibly ironically

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Nor quite as testosterone filled as Inspector Callahan, nor as chic as Inspector Poirot.

She is probably on the same par as Inspector Morse... Hard to imagine that John Thaw played two very different kinds of inspectors...my preference definitely being the first..

By the way, you have now filled my head with the Sweeney theme tune. Dah da da, Dah da da, tum tum ti tum, tum ti da da...

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The smartphones go far beyond the capabilities of a simple camera. Worse still, it's the user themselves that choose to take it everywhere with them.

Who, where and when are givens, how can be extrapolated from the first 3.

All it leaves for the police to determine is the "Why". Given that 4 out of 5 elements are handed to them, it makes their job already much much easier.

Talk about making a rod for your own back: Pot dealer's seized €54m Bitcoins up in smoke after keys thrown out with fishing gear

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Re: Daft or smart?

He was clever enough to open 12 Bitcoins wallets, which means that he is at ease with a computer and the administrative tasks that involve opening a wallet, buying and dealing bitcoin etc... This guy was no fool.

In my opinion he would also have been clever enough to have those kept safely backed up on a USB stick of which only he knows the whereabouts. Not to difficult for him to do and also impossible for the police to prove that he didn't.

Fishing gear usually get wet, so hiding a piece of paper in a wet environment does not sound like a very good idea, unless of course it was intentionally a "red herring", ( pun intended).... Hell he could have even scribbled down a load of bollocks and intentionally wet it so it appeared as though it had been destroyed, hence creating a preformed alibi.

Samsung cops to data leak after unsolicited '1/1' Find my Mobile push notification

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Re: Lost in Translation

According to Statista Samsung shipped around 250 000 000 phones in 2019 alone... So even 1% relates to a lot of people

Definitely not something to be sneezed at ( No need for COVID-19 puns)

The Wristwatch of the Long Now: When your MTBF is two centuries

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Re: Beware survival bias

If you want many, many, many examples of watches and clocks that still work after a couple of hundred years then look no furether.


I've been to the museum a couple of times, it's worth the visit.

Whats most important about this article is that "Planned obsolescence" is most definitely not built into the fine pieces of art. Just like the Philippe Patek advert which goes along the line of "You don't actually own a Patek you just take care of it for your descendants".

Whereas Apple only care about you buying another Apple whatever.....

California man served with restraining order for allegedly 'stalking' Apple CEO Tim Cook

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Woke member and Apple product user

Title says it all really

Brit telcos can keep £218m licence fee repayment from Ofcom after penny-pinching regulator loses Court of Appeal case

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Re: Not sure whether to laugh or cry

"It seems to me that a nominal fine -- payable to the courts and not to the telcos"

Agreed for the simply reason that heads of these companies probably each lunch and make yacht invitations on a regular basis. The money will simply be alternatively distributed between them ..

Skeptic, who me..?

When the air gap is the space between the ears: A natural gas plant let ransomware spread from office IT to ops

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Re: For this to be announced as a CISA bulletin implies some importance

"One also wonders how many of these incidents are not being publicized. We know banks/etc. don't like to publish the fact that their security is lax and has been breached. Same for industrial/corporations/governments."

That would depend on the home-ground country . Here in Europe the GDPR laws oblige the companies to admit to breaches very quickly or alternatively pay a "potentially" high price later.. ( We've not really seen any major fines getting handed out other than to the usual targets of Google/Microsoft). And of those fines that have been given out we do not even know of they have been paid...

In the states, and especially when dealing with government facilities, I am not sure how that would work. ( This is with the presumption that it is a Governmental facility)..

I also sincerely hope that these facilities are also not relying in DotNet or any other form of MS Library DLL for the actual hardware side of things, now that would be truly frightening.

How the US-China trade war is felt stateside: Xilinx trims workforce after lucrative Huawei sales pipe blocked

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So who is actually happy?

From my basic understanding of El Trumps politics cutting of Huawei was presented as a security measure. I was of the understanding that this then meant that a homegrown provider was going to make a handsome living by sweeping up the 5g contracts.

So despite the layoffs in the Xiling quarters is there actually an American based company who is currently smiling like a Cheshire Cat or is this situation just another El Trump Cluster Fuck?

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police

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Re: Positive Diversions

" I could be arrested for encouraging a 12 year old to play with snakes."

Maybe need to rethink the usage of that phrase on a public website....

Can AI-enhanced virtual sports presenters do the job? It's a big ask

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Ananova Dabbs, freelance technology tart

How do we even know that Alisdair truly is a fleshy meatbag and a not just an AI generated vulture ?

What's the German word for stalling technology rollouts over health fears? Cos that plus 5G equals Switzerland

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Bring them on

In the last 3 weeks Swisscom VOIP services, this now equates to most landlines, has gone down for 1.5 hours each time. Even emergency services were impossible to contact.

The only network that continued was the mobile network. If anything people in Switzerland need to consider what is the alternative to not having 5g in the near future...

Aw, look. The UK is still trying really hard to be the 'safest place to be online in the world'

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Isn't that what "AI" is supposed to be capable of doing ?


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