* Posts by mitch 2

42 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Dec 2009

Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum

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Re: Cryptocurrency

Do you think these companies are libertarian? https://entethalliance.org/members/

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When are we going to get a grown up blockchain article from El Reg? The finance industry is being revolutionised under your noses and all you can do is ignore or sneer. You can start here https://entethalliance.org/members/

Cloudbleed: Big web brands 'leaked crypto keys, personal secrets' thanks to Cloudflare bug

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List of affected sites: https://github.com/pirate/sites-using-cloudflare/blob/master/README.md

UK.gov wasted £20m telling you to 'be safe online, mmkay'

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Re: Well it's the first I've heard of it

I would spend half of it on fast cars, drugs and loose women. The rest I would squander.

Motorola monsters Apple's swipe-to-unlock patent in German court

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Re: Slide-to-Unlock?

Good point- I perform this action every time I exit my toilet.

BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

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Re: Oh...

Oh no! Not the comfy cloud!

Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

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Re: Productivity... or not

Bush said many daft things but not that: http://www.snopes.com/quotes/bush.asp

It's the dream: Bill Gates chucks cash at WEE-IN-YOUR-PHONE project

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Can I charge my wii with my wee?

<cough> sorry.

SILENCE of the OWLS may mean real-life 'Whisper Mode' for Black Helicopters

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I like the sound of this

(I'm a big fan.)

Funds flung at 9-inch fan-built Raspberry Pi monitor

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I love them cracking up at the end of the video.

DON'T BREW THAT CUPPA! Your kettle could be a SPAMBOT

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Re: I'm not worried...

My pot is calling the kettle black.

Do not adjust your set: TV market slows, 'connected TV' grows

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101 tiny buttons

... for each piece of equipment (tv blue ray, hard disk rec) even tho they are all from the same manufacturer.

And yet no simple way to enter text!

Screw Internet-of-Things: Boffins build Internet-of-Sound UNDERWATER

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Re: To be named....


Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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Re: Time for some damping

Another approach would be rate limiting trading. This could be regulated at exchange level to so many txns per minute or whatever.

MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Perhaps - a few pixels to the left

"Everything is mixed up in one humungous clump". Right on- it amazes me how few people seem to realise this. Oh the wasted cumalitive decades people have spent re-massaging layouts due to trivial content changes.

Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING

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NSA paranoia

Are you suggesting that NSA/GCHQ trawling is not real or that Facebook don't cooperate or both?

If these things are actually happening then its not paranoia at all - its rational fear for the future.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exchangeable_image_file_format "Privacy and security" section.

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Facebook may strip off the EXIF settings but that doesnt mean they necessarily throw them away. I would not be at all surprised if they were kept in their database. The NSA would certainly appreciate that.

Who here needs to explain things to ELEPHANTS?

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Re: I don't need no stinkin' title!

Maybe to an elephant the arm is like a trunk which is normally on the front of the animal. So from the elephant's perspective it may seem as if she is paying attention to that bucket because the large scale body language inicates she is facing it. The fact that she is standing facing forward may not be especially relevant.

Exciting MIT droplet discovery could turbocharge power plants, airships and more

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Victorian House

Sod airships- will it get rid of my damp problem and give me free electricity?

'British Bill Gates' Lynch laments HP's Autonomy 'botch-up'

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Love the typo

"Blogging in March, Lunch said he welcomed the SFO investigation"

Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in months!

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Re: What a lot of rubbish.

I made an ashtray with embedded threepenny bits. Luckily did not include any of my mum's jewelry.

Firefox OS starting small but thinking big says Mozilla CTO

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Re: Privacy at last?

I also have a dumb phone and frequently leave it turned off. I have a very unexciting life but I still dont want it monitored and GPS tracked. Does that make me tinfoil hat brigade? So far I have not taken the app candy.

Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

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Re: Seems Adobe believes their own propaganda though...

+1 for Linus icon

Not cool, Adobe: Give the Ninite guys a job, not the middle finger

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Re: Obligatory?

"obligatory XKCD reference" is a meme

Revealed: The Brit-built GRAVITY-powered light that costs $5

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Re: How efficient is the mechanism?

A pully system could allow even a child to raise a great big bag of rocks, pulling a long rope hand over hand (against a safety ratchet) which would still be faster than winding up a torch. It might be better if the mechanical stuff was all made locally and the only thing they has to buy was the efficient LED/dynamo component.

Is lightspeed really a limit?

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World smart TV sales surge

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Re: Dumb TV

I chose mine for combination of size, HD, LED backlighting and thickness (for wall hanging) and ended up with a Samsung smart TV in the Jan sales.

For the detractors- I got the WiFi dongle to and I have to say iPlayer app works surprisingly well even in HD. I have an ordinary broadband connection (in Devon miles from any city). Frankly, I was a bit gobsmacked as I was expecting it to be fairly crap. I only use it occasionally, however, as I dont have unlimited bandwidth so watch mostly from a hard disk recorder.

The Facebook test: Why social Big Data is important

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Re: Modern day psychometric testing

It's photos on CVs by the back door.

Facebook denies poaching your text messages on Android

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Big Brother


oops, sorry.

New dole system is 'digital by default', like it or not

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I have facilitated your workshop. Pray I don't facilitate it any further!

Plus is king now: Google shutters more products

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You mean

The+ Register+ will+ never+ let!+this+ joke+ go+

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streetview shurly


Here lies /^v.+b$/i

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Here lies Little Bobby Tables?


Hitchhiking snails scoffed, pooped out alive by birds

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I think you'll find that's a fowl environment

Teen sells Perl cloud startup to ActiveState

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oblig XKCD post


35m Google Profiles dumped into private database

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No- I'm somebody else!

The post is required, and must contain letters.

Calling all readers: Want some new icons?

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You mean Bof!


More subtle than Meh!

Channel VAT loophole shrunk, not shut

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Not just high street.

If you wanted to set up a UK based website specialising in Irish folk music you would not be able to compete either.

Apple patents glasses-free, multi-viewer 3D

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3D or not 3D again

Its a good job deer and rabbits don't have eyes on the sides of their heads then, or they would always be bumping into trees.

Oh wait...

Seriously, stereo vision is a latecomer in evolutionary terms. One eyed people manage fine without it and they don' t think they see the world in 2D.

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3D or not 3D

To clarify, stereopsis gives depth relative to your point of focus, which could be centimeters from the end of your nose or or many meters away. Its great for picking out an object camoflaged against its background, which is why predators have forward facing eyes.

'Snowmageddon' on Saturn snapped by amateur stargazers

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amature discovery

I think I've just discovered a coment too!

Webmasters fume as Google profiles signed-out searchers

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customising google

The wonderful Firefox "CustomizeGoogle" plugin goes some way towards addressing these conserns. It can anonymise google cookies and suppress sending cookies to google analytics.

It also gives you the ability to permanently filter out annoying sites from your search results with a single click. Brilliant.