* Posts by deadfamous

28 publicly visible posts • joined 18 May 2007

Internet backbone Cogent cuts Russia connectivity


Re: Difficult choice to make

The oligarchs you are looking for are not Russian

Details of '120,000 Russian soldiers' leaked by Ukrainian media

Big Brother

Greenhouse madness

Topic - extension of policy by other means

Problem - too much carbon (not a real issue, politically motivated)

Reaction - ignore the Minsk Accord and weaponise the Ukraine

Solution - Russia clear the weapons and US/NATO/EU use sanctions to cripple the oil/gas supply and push prices through the roof.

Is The Register only interested in a single opinion here? Surely it’s CIA supplying the data on Russian soldiers

EU digital sovereignty project Gaia-X hands out ID tech contracts


Individual death?

Just stop working on this stuff, Lads (and Ladies)

This stuff does not end well for individual freedom

Australian government in talks to buy Pacific Islands' top telco

Big Brother

Authoritarian rules either way

Not much of a choice really...

Big Brother

Authoritarian rules either way

Not much of a choice really.

Scientists reckon eliminating COVID-19 will be easier than polio, harder than smallpox – just buckle in for a wait


NZ breaking wind

Spike, the toxic protein

Makes clots and broken platelets

But The Register in a moment of hilarity

Discovers NZ cognitive dissonance

Ivermectin is the answer

It’s one big cover up

What’s the matter, Register?

You lost your balls?

Euro competition chief mulls forcing tech giants to prove their actions aren't harming market


A more appropriate question...

Euro competition chief mulls forcing tech giants to prove their actions aren't harming THE PLANET

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once



So this is almost entirely the result of a former home secretary wanting to push through her own version of Brexit. Grammar school education my foot. There's a time and a place and freedom of speech can only be guaranteed by the right to inform and discuss.

Of course it's an old socialists idea that the establishment want to keep a proportion of the populous ignorant of certain truths but believing that raping the earth in the name of business is somehow okay whereas investigating the doctrines of political opponents is not somehow forces us all into a new world of thought crime...

Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband


Fibre at ADSL speeds....

I'm really lucky, Sky can now piggy-back my connection over a bit of OpenReach fibre increasing my projected speed to something between 3 mbps and 9 mbps.

So can anyone explain why it starts at about 6 mbps and after a few days begins to drop by 400kbps or so every morning after the WAN gets a kick???

I'm wondering if it's actually a 'contention management' action to favour BT customers... ???

NGO to crowdfund legal challenge against Investigatory Powers Act


Re: Chipped in and gift aided

EU Law <> European Court on Human Rights

What went wrong at Tesco Bank?


Crap app or man in the middle...

Only online and wireless transactions affected... so (assuming that wireless uses web technology?) not chip/pin or account access.

I simply Do Not Use banking apps.... That leaves MIM attacks, possibly an outside job...

Brit spies and chums slurped 750k+ bits of info on you last year



some.message + my.messages.token = true

the only real alternative to "if you've done nothing wrong they won't be interested in you"

Want to hide your metadata? You probably can't


corruption is the issue...

Whatever we individually want regarding privacy we need to insist on one thing above all others...

Protection of the innocent :: Verification.

It must be possible for the 'suspect' to be able to independently validate that all sources of information have not been tampered with.


Hard-as-woodpecker-lips MOUSE GOBBLES live scorpion, LAUGHS off stings to face


Darwinian correction..

Just a quick reminder - there's no such thing as evolution - it's natural selection....

(for those non-religious zealots out there) I am not going to be another creature in the future, my progeny will simply have a better (or worse) chance of surviving....

Which is why the mouse lives!!!

I'll call for UK law shakeup to cuff global web crime lords - new top cyber cop


Magna Carta

Something about protecting the public from the King?

Which public? Oh, I remember now - those in power.

The Laws have never been for us commoners so let's not delude ourselves that we can afford to permit more legislation when the existing laws are not used to protect our freedoms.

Of mice, the NSA, GCHQ and data protection


Nothing to hide - copyright fee only $1000,000 per option to view....

This is really the only way to handle this, money is all they understand....

Simply add something like this to all your emails....

All email issued with the Copyright Holder's knowledge from the 'foo.co.uk' or the 'bar.co.uk' webdomains and forwarded by or persisted on servers operated by or on behalf of Google is intended only for those recipients listed in the original email headers. Any copies of those communications made during normal email transport will be transient however where those copies are available for inspection by any Third Party including any Business, Government Agency or Law Enforcement Body operating in any Territory then a fee of $1000000(US) is payable on demand for each copy whether or not the content is inspected.

Study: The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate


Soylent Green

So simply make sure your population is ignorant of the scientific realities of carbon, the carbon cycle, the nitrogen cycle and the water cycle - then you can recycle and follow environmentally sound policies no matter how distasteful or immoral the solution.

Theresa May: No emails sniffed in web super-snoop law


Back to Snail Mail

Recording emails in transit? That's wrong.

Recording who's talking to who without any justification? That's wrong.

Looks like we've got to go back to snail mail - let's face it, it's probably cheaper than the costs of the tech gear in any case..


EU can't discriminate between public and private personal data


when is data public?

It seems to me that a public data store is one that is available, whether openly or via a restrictive contract, outside the organisation hosting the data store.

It follows that whilst an organisation may navel gaze at the data to it's heart's content, publishing the output of any data processing will ultimately fall foul of the directive if PII rules are broken.

MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support


XP support defines lifetime of Windows 7

Any users of Windows 7 Ultimate may be familiar with the WinXP VM that is available. Of course, the XP VM is only a 32 bit version and permits some of us to play with old copies of software etc.

So the real queation is: in 3 years will Windows 'N' have made XP redundant?

Fukushima situation as of Wednesday


Our own back yard

Okay - you have no sewers, no outside, but as many rooms as you like....

How big a house do you need?

Or, to put it another way,

Where do we put the nuclear waste?

Which room?

Which earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, volcano - proof room do we put the nuclear waste into?

Wake up everyone...

Browsers fail password protection tests


Remember my password for me?

Remember the Butlerian Jihad?

When the browser asks to save your password, just say no.

What the heck is an IT Architect anyway?

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When is an architect not an architect

when the architect takes no responsibility for the solution, the infrastructure, the development or support, then they're just an artichoke.... (re: Ford)

IT departments VAT-whacked


Hardcoding is for cowboys....

... and in the face of misunderstood requirements, indians.

AJAX patent threat to giants under the hammer


Patents should be for protection, not for sale

It is time that all Patent Offices published patent applications for software instead of shielding speculative 'inventions' behind a system originally designed to protect physical artifacts.

This current patent issue has the nasty smell of institutionalised cyber squatting and someone as big as MS could easily buy the patent and use it to screw everyone else.

Time for change.

BMW helps nail 105mph V-sign biker


Speed cameras - don't worry

It's not speed that's the issue, it's distance.

And if you see the cameras in time or just generally check your speed, drive carefully and stay within the law you'll still end up with some pig-ignorant car driver, police officer or not, right up your arse and perhaps even staring at their speedo too.

So all you boys in blue who think it's clever to measure speed by following so closely beware....

I'm going to be fitting a camera to my vehicles soon - I've called it the insurance spy but actually the information may be used to prosecute idiots...

You have been warned.