* Posts by Allan George Dyer

2415 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

Fake 'BT' caller fleeces elderly victim of £30k in APP app scam

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Re: How does this work?

@Sub 20 Pilot - "they are still an accessory to the crime"

That's also my understanding, but still, the mastermind makes the big bucks and gets away. The intermediate criminal might not even realise they are assisting a crime, having been told some spiel about why the transfer must be made like this, and how it's perfectly legal. Vogon poetry as a punishment is rather harsh for the crime of being uneducated. Reserve that punishment for the mastermind.

Nothing works any more. Who decided that redundant systems should become redundant?

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If I ever get Frenchified I'll become Alban. I suppose it has a certain je ne sais quoi.

Microsoft Exchange Autodiscover protocol found leaking hundreds of thousands of credentials

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Paris Hilton

I think they said it was the most secure Windows they'd ever released, which was true. And they said the same for XP, and that was true too...

I think they intend to continue making quantum leaps in security with every release.

Imagine a fiber optic cable that can sense it's about to be dug up and send a warning

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Re: Van vs cyclist

@John Robson - "cyclists are generally very low impact to the ground"

Speaking from experience, that's not how it feels to the cyclist!

icon - The hi vis jacket. Not the Lycra, you don't want to see me in Lycra!

So I’ve scripted a life-saving routine. Pah. What really matters is the icon I give it

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Headmaster

If only...

I might have learnt a lot more French at school if Brigitte Bardot had been involved in the teaching materials.

Her enunciation is very clear.

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Re: French Delivery

@Dr_N - " French Delivery Can be a bit hit-or-miss."

Is that because it only happens after the French Letters are lost?

Punchy Biden-lookalike grandad goes viral for fighting boxing gadget

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Childcatcher

Re: Oh good...

Health and Safety: First, toss grenade; Second, lock the door.

No point tossing a thermite grenade after the door is bolted, to coin a phrase.

UK funds hydrogen-powered cargo submarine to torpedo maritime emissions by 2050

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Holmes

Re: £380K

5kg of cargo from Amsterdam? Are you sure it isn't a Narco-submarine?

Ex-DJI veep: There was no drone at Gatwick during 2018's hysterical shutdown

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@martinusher - "(Try bird spotting from a car on the motorway.)"

That's easy, you hear a loud "SPLAT" as they hit the windscreen.

(The coat with the emergency windscreen replacement phone number in the pocket, please)

Beijing wants its internet to become 'civilized' by always reflecting Marxist values

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Re: Enforce their walls.

@ShadowSystems - Don't forget the Silk Road. You could view Chinese history as a pendulum between isolationism (Great Wall) and trade (Silk Road). Isolationism was winning in the 19th century, until a bunch of state-backed drug-dealers broke in, it made a comeback in the early communist era but receded with the 1970's Opening of China. Now the controls are being strengthened again.

Note that the pendulum is largely driven by forces within China. Good luck resisting a China-approved internet ("excise a cancerous growth", as you put it) when you're buying all your manufactured goods, including electronics, from China.

Why tell the doctor where it hurts, when you could use emoji instead?

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Re: History repeats itself

@TeeCee - "Now, if you'd gone with Chinese, or Mayan, or (etc ad nauseum) you'd have had a point."

Apparently only about 600 Chinese characters are pictographic, so, with over 50,000 characters total, that's less than 1.2%. If 1.2% of the Latin alphabet were pictographic, that would be about one corner and horizontal of E ... obviously representing a shelf, right?

A developer built an AI chatbot using GPT-3 that helped a man speak again to his late fiancée. OpenAI shut it down

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Re: Spooky

The Mirror of Erised is a general wish-fulfilment trap. The Resurrection Stone fits this specific case much more closely, as described in the Tale of the Three Brothers and experienced by Dumbledore.

A speech recognition app goes into a bar. Speak up if you’ve heard it already

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Pint

@Dr_N - Well, be fair, 3 months is a long time for a lunch.

NSA: We 'don't know when or even if' a quantum computer will ever be able to break today's public-key encryption

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How was the ammouncement made?

I'm imagining the head of the NSA, sitting in a large swivel chair stroking a cat previously owned by Schrödinger...

Pass me the coat with the death-trap escape gadget in the pocket.

Fix five days of server failure with this one weird trick

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Childcatcher

Re: The "inspector"

Upvoted for being a toddler and realising the fan should be turning... though I'm now guessing that that knowledge was acquired from a previous incident involving fingers and pain...

Eight-year-old bug in Microsoft's 64-bit VBA prompts complaints of neglect

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Re: Not even PHP or JavaScript

@Charlie Clark - "the resulting 3-valued logic is the source of innumerable problems"

To be fair, it also solves innumerable problems, starting with being able to distinguish between false and no answer.

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland

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Pirate

Re: Castling

Prince Henry decreed a curfew on Welshmen in Chester: "…all manner of Welsh persons or Welsh sympathies should be expelled from the city; that no Welshman should enter the city before sunrise or tarry in it after sunset, under pain of decapitation.”

Although I hasten to add that I do not recommend shooting or decapitating Welshmen or Scotsmen in Shrewsbury or Chester, in any and all combinations.

Naughty karaoke is China's next tech crackdown target

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Big Brother

long words Bother me

If they think about the words of "March of the Volunteers", they may decide to ban that too... again.

Twitter's AI image-crop algo is biased towards people who look younger, skinnier, and whiter, bounty challenge at DEF CON reveals

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Terminator

Re: Leave out the older men?

But how are you going to repopulate and rebuild civilisation when all the survivors are old men in wheelchairs?

Ch-ch-ch-Chia! HDD sales soar to record levels as latest crypto craze sweeps Europe

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Black Helicopters

Re: Chia

@Pascal Monett - "I'm with China on this : it's time to outlaw that shit."

Welcome to Yuan Coin - not a blockchain, every transaction recorded centrally.

Chinese state media describes gaming as 'spiritual opium' that stunts education and destroys families

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Pint

Lifeskill training?

It can be argued that gaming is training many of the skills necessary for success in the modern world. There are basic keyboard/mouse skills, planing and working towards long-term objectives, co-operation in teams etc. Games like Civilisation give some background historic information and may lead to insight into the development of societies.

In comparison, most, if not all, of the sports included at the Olympics are obsolete and/or rarely used elsewhere. While it is most impressive to see a person lift 200kg, that is a fraction of what I can lift with a small forklift. A Mauser rifle is more effective than a javelin, and so on, if you will permit the patter. Yet many young people, to varying degrees in different countries, are pressured into intense training that can lead to long-term physical and mental health issues.

A balanced lifestyle is important... how encouraging diversity with a centalthalon, where, alongside traditional sports and gaming, there are compulsory disciplines of "hanging out with friends" and "chilling by the pool"?

Nuisance call-blocking firm fined £170,000 for making almost 200,000 nuisance calls

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Joke

Re: Be honest...

@Richard Pennington 1 - Well caught, but I was using the alternate definition:

dis-Crete-ly In the manner one might make disparaging remarks about a Greek island.

Honestly.

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Headmaster

Be honest...

@gandalfcn - "Dear Vultures, hate to be a Grammar Nazi but "

Come on, you're enjoying it, or you would have used the corrections address to report discretely.

Full disclosure: I did chuckle at your comment and upvote it, so I'm to blame for encouraging you.

BOFH: They say you either love it or you hate it. We can confirm you're going to hate it

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Re: Deja vu!

@Kobus Botes - "So I unplugged my network cable and decided to see what happens if I run it. I did lose some jpg's, but nothing of note - mostly stuff that others had sent me that I kept for some reason."

You didn't open the vbs in a text editor? It was quite easy to see the part where it deleted image files.

Here's a list of the flaws Russia, China, Iran and pals exploit most often, say Five Eyes infosec agencies

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Holmes

As defined by Five Eyes infosec agencies, obviously. I'm guessing that is basically the Five Eyes infosec agencies themselves, but who knows? And is there a third category: neutrals? Maybe not, anyone who spies and doesn't share with Five Eyes infosec agencies would go straight into hostile.

I'm also guessing my downvotes are from Five Eyes infosec agencies, hi there, you know where I live.

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Fantastic List...

Can they follow up with a list of the the most exploited vulnerabilities abused by friendly states?

Somebody is destined for somewhere hot, and definitely not Coventry

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Didn't they anticipate a problem?

I've been told that when the US HQ of a well-known* pharmaceutical company introduced email filtering to their UK subsidiary, they instantly lost contact with the Middlesex division.

* Their most famous product at the time was a certain blue rhombus pill.

Facebook gardening group triumphs over slapdash Zuck censorbots

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Re: Faecebook is a publisher.

@fredblogggs - "But passing a law that says a fruit is a vegetable doesn't make it so"

It doesn't need to, a vegetable is a part of a plant that is consumed by humans or other animals as food, and a tomato is a fruit (the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants that is formed from the ovary after flowering) that is eaten by people, so a tomato is a fruit and a vegetable.

And Facebook? Well, they provide a service to advertisers by publishing ads on the internet, so I think language and laws have some catching up to do.

P.S.: Do try my Fruit Salad, it's bitter melon, vanilla and chilli.

Northern Train's ticketing system out to lunch as ransomware attack shuts down servers

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Re: Conductors?

because the buses were electric, and the guards were introduced to stop the trains being stolen.

- from my new book, "Inaccurate Transport History Facts"

Hong Kong working to share its digital IDs with mainland China

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Re: Bejing is just the Federal government

@gandalfcn - "Not sure about most."

I'm pretty sure that it is most, based on the approximately 60% support for pan-democrat candidates in elections for years.

"Also, what did HMG do to protect HK? Not a lot really, yet it now seems very vocal. "

Yes, I think HMG could have spoken up a bit sooner and stronger against some of the earlier actions that cut very close to the Joint Declaration limits. However, that doesn't change what the people of HK want.

"many ethnic Chinese Guangdonghua speakers who just want to make enough money to live a reasonably comfortable life"

Yes, I think that would also be a majority of people in HK, overlapping to some extent with the majority who want what was promised, they are not mutually exclusive. There are many democrat supporters who travelled (pre-Covid) to the mainland for business.

Saying that India is bad as well doesn't make China any better.

"Lust look at AGW. The ORC is a world leader" - What? Is this some sort of bizarre Tolkien porn? OK, "Just" and "PRC", got it. Should we keep quiet about the conditions for factory workers when we are buying our new, environmentally-friendly shiny things?

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Re: Bejing is just the Federal government

@martinusher - I haven't seen "the West" trying to break Hong Kong away from China. There have been accusations of the protests being "foreign funded", but no evidence, and plenty of HK people freely chose to participate in peaceful protests, and vote for pro-protest candidates in the 2019 District Council elections. I think that most HK people want what was promised in the 1984 Joint Declaration and the Basic Law, including the ultimate aim of democratic elections with universal suffrage (Articles 45 and 68) and an independent judiciary (Article 85). These are clear differences from the Mainland, it's why it's called "One Country, Two Systems", and very different to the situation of any ordinary province.

The border regime is something unique, at a practical level, in ordinary (pre-Covid) times, I, as a HK permanent resident with the right to vote, need a visa to travel to any other part of the country. Culturally, HK is distinct: for 150 years it's been more cosmopolitan and since 1949 it has continued to use the Cantonese dialect with Traditional Chinese characters, while the mainland standardised on Putonghua and Simplified Chinese characters. Even the popular culture, such as Canto-Pop (which has recently made a resurgence) is different. However, about 150 mainland people per day are permitted by the central government to become permanent HK residents, that mounts up over the years, and many residents are moving overseas. Time won't "fix" it, but complete replacement of the population might.

Hong Kong busts $150m crypto money-laundering ring

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Not a flight risk?

So these four have been released on bail. Didn't the Police consider that they might have another, undiscovered, stash and they could flee with it? Meanwhile, many people arrested under the National Security Law for holding a primary election have been held in jail for months because of the risk of them doing the same again.

An interesting feature of the anti-doxxing law is that Hong Kong staff of overseas websites could be jailed, according to Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary Erick Tsang, “A lot of these overseas platforms will have operational or management staff in Hong Kong. We can catch these people”.

Sweat-sipping wearable aims to charge electronics without couch potatoes lifting a finger

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Boffin

When does this kill you?

We sweat to maintain our body temperature, so anything that slows down the evaporation, or moves it to a place where it isn't cooling the body (I'm assuming that they are not literally preventing evaporation, just delaying it while the electrochemistry happens, or you'd have to drain the stale sweat from the device each day) will cause a rise in temperature, more sweating, and, in extreme cases, heat exhaustion.

I'm also marvelling at someone who looks at a gym and thinks, "we must generate energy from the sweat", rather than, "why don't we stick a dynamo on all those exercise machines". Sure, it's innovative, but there's some low-hanging fruit there. Seriously, why isn't there a chain of Green Gyms that rate your workout by KWh delivered to the National Grid?

Trouts on a plane: Utah drops fish into lakes from aircraft and circa 95% survive

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Paris Hilton

Please explain...

Why is it called the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources? Wouldn't Utah Division of Domesticated Resources be more accurate? Or Utah Drops Whirlwind Repast, if you want to keep the initials.

The world is chaos but my Zoom background is control-freak perfection

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Childcatcher

Re: Don't cover it up!

@Dr_N - "the flannel/towel in an onsen was not really large enough to cover their modesty"

That's more boast than modest.

Not a baaa-d idea: Embracing the eunuch lifestyle slows ageing – for sheep anyway

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Re: How about...?

mea culpa

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Re: How about...?

Which reminds me of the old joke...

If you don't drink, don't smoke and don't mess around with women, you don't live longer, it just feels like it.

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Re: How about...?

Well... they are linking the effect to mail hormones, so, no. A vasectomy cuts and ties the vasa deferentia, so the testes are unaffected, and still happily produce testosterone. You'd need to give up your balls, and probably your sex drive, to get the ageing benefit.

Data collected to promote public health must never be surrendered to police

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Re: Hearken to Prophet McNealy

In context, I recall hearing the 'shout from the rooftops quote' or something similar around 35 years ago (not from you, I wasn't at Stamford), but, firstly, I don't recall it as being a prediction of today's privacy concerns, it was about those protocols being plaintext. The commercialisation of the internet hadn't exploded, so the risks of giant social media companies sucking up vast amounts of personal data for profit were not apparent. Secondly, end-to-end encryption of TCP/IP doesn't protect Usenet/social media posts - they are public anyway, and doesn't protect email from being read at intermediate mail gateways. As for the NSA DARPA putting the kibosh on it... maybe, but the processing load of encryption was a valid limitation with CPUs at the time.

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Re: Hearken to Prophet McNealy

@jake - "Today's kids see nothing wrong with spilling their life's history and other details all over twitter and facebook. Even sadder."

Whereas jake restricts his reveals of life history to events from 1985 on The Register.

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone

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Pirate

Re: The Tower of London collection has just the thing...

I'd expect him to be properly equipped with his choice of weapon, but success depends on:

  • sticking the pointy end in the boar
  • hanging onto the blunt end until said boar stops moving

any error in either step can have serious consequences. That's the fun of the sport, right?

Bitcoin doomed as a payment system and its novelty will fade, says Federal Reserve Board of Governors member

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Re: MRDA

Umm... can you clarify, is that a quote by Margaret Thatcher, or a quote about Margaret Thatcher?

Microsoft approved a Windows driver booby-trapped with rootkit malware

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Holmes

Re: Err, yeees?

What makes you think financial credentials weren't the target? Once you've got a rootkit installed "for gaming purposes", you're not limited to only keylogging the games. Do games strictly conduct their financial business on a separate computer to their gaming rig? Anyway, some people get serious about their games.

John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon killed himself in prison after court OK'd extradition, says lawyer

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Childcatcher

Re: US prison system

With the highest per-capita incarceration rate, there's a suspicion that US prisons aren't full of just bad people, there's some slightly naughty people and quite a lot of, "you look bad to me" people too.

To CAPTCHA or not to CAPTCHA? Gartner analyst says OK — but don’t be robotic about it

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Intrepid Change.org user launches petition to make Jeff Bezos' space trip one-way

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: I think Douglas Adams might have been on to something...

Especially those telephone sanitisers... no, wait.

UK spends £36m on 18 little 'bullet-proof' boats to protect Royal Navy assets

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Re: Feh.

Available in 1:72 scale: Fairmile D"

Mensa data spillage was due to 'unauthorised internal download'

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Joke

Re: Mensa can't really have that much to offer in terms of data..

Rumour is, the last person that they found the last person who tried to steal their database by mind-reading, and sawed them in half!

How many remote controls do you really need? Answer: about a bowl-ful

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Gimp

Remote Overload

My household has reached remote overload, defined as the point at which any new remote control introduced has one or more code clashes with existing remotes. For example, pressing "Volume +" on the TV remote changes to input 4 of the HDMI switch. This is convenient, because some unidentified button changes to input 1 of the HDMI switch when the TV is off, but you can switch back without scrambling for the other remote.

As an additional complication, some of the devices appear to be suffering frequency drift, so the mappings may be different tomorrow.

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