* Posts by Steven

27 publicly visible posts • joined 28 May 2007

Boston dorm computer raid ruled illegal

Paris Hilton


Who'd have thought it would neccessary to explain that cameras and mobile phones can be used as storage on an IT news website.

NZ couple do bunk with £3.9m bank error

Paris Hilton


Nope, companies aren't allowed to keep cash you overpay in error. Though they may charge a reasonable handling fee to return it.

Paris, because even she has got more sense than you lot.

UK agent leaves secret drugs info on bus


Confidential Data Transport.

Surely the correct way to carry such data is printed out in a clear plastic folder.

Pirate Bay loses trial: defendants face prison time, hefty fines



A site set up to specifically index, categorise and rate torrents of coprighted material is not the same as Google. Stop blathering such nonsense please. It makes only slightly less sense than the suggestion that Blockbuster should be held accountable aswell.

What's wrong with a Twitter degree?


@Climate Change AC

Quick! Someone made a funny about your religion, attack them! KILL KILL KILL

When one side in a scientific debate declares "the debate is over" they've just excluded themselves from adult conversation.

Irish boffins tackle cow-fart ecopocalypse with fish oil


Can the fart jokes.

Its mostly emitted through burps.

Battlestar Galactica eyes 'technology run amok'


The ending..

...should have had more flyng bikes.

US reality TV 'star' attacked fiancé with laptop, cat, apples



Perhaps it was an Apple laptop.

Can we have an update on the cat?

Boffins sniff keystrokes with lasers, oscilloscopes


@Charles Manning

They're not talking about detecting RF in the second method, that's from the other linked article, but about presumably some kind of cross talk due to the way the device is powered from the PC. Hence USB is immune.

Gang jailed over failed Sumitomo cyberheist


Security 101

Users only get User access.

I trust a large portion of Sumitomo's IT Management is now looking for work in a different industry.

Virgin Media boosts bottom tier broadband

Paris Hilton


Dumped VM's "10"Mb/s service, which drops to 2Mb/s at any point it feels like after 20-30mins of use. In favour of Be there, despite VM's customer service insisting that I'd "only ever get 512k on ADSL" I am now the very happy recipient of a consistant 4+Mb/s.

Oh and a word to wise, if you complain to VM about their service and they offer you a discount service you are AUTOMATICALLY tying yourself into a 12 month contract by agreeing to it. Took us quite a fight to get out from under that one.

And don't expect your departure to be painless either, the day after we gave our 30 notice to quit they cut off our phone and did the same or similar things for the entire month after.

Come back Blueyonder, all is forgiven.

Paris: Because she also blows.

Nudie subterranean rat protein could arrest human ageing


I for one...

...welcome our hairless ageless subterranean overlords.

Mines the moleskin one.

Laptop facial recognition defeated by Photoshop


@... too many to mention

Proper facial recognition relies on metrics that can't be easily changed, even by surgery. Though if you want to have your eyes sockets moved I can recommend a good sledgehammer.

Its nonsense to attack biometrics on the basis of some very cheap and shoddy implementations of them. That's not to say that facial recognition is appropriate for use as a single authentication token but then what secure system would only use a single token?

I'm a sceptic now, says ex-NASA climate boss



Burning biofuels only releases the carbon the crops collected from the atmosphere whilst they were being grown.

Burning fossil fuels releases carbon collected over millions of years

Do you get it now?

Remaining UK plods to get mobile-data gadgets



Unless the suspect has left his fingers behind I doubt SOCO will be sending anything from them.

"I dont understand why people cant see the danger inherant in the system."

Because we're not in a Monty Python sketch?

Microsoft eyes metered-PC boondoggle



Sometimes I wonder if El Reg posts articles like this just to see the slathering lunacy of the comments.

Still, on a more serious note perhaps MS is looking at this as the model for its next or future consoles. Where it would perhaps make a bit more sense.

Corrupt cop abused police database to blackmail child abusers



The metaphor would be more apt if a stable hand, employed by the stable, stole the horse.

But lets not put any perspecitve in the way of the histrionics.

Ohio prof develops CCTV people-tracker 'ware

Black Helicopters

Oh dear

Roll on the rants about the erosion of civil liberties and Big Brother culture.

Sounds like a clever bit of programming to me from a bloke with an improbable sounding name. The facial recognition point is well made, people seem to keen to believe what is protrayed in TV shows is reality as opposed to fiction.

Virgin Media to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users



I know what I'll be using along with my Virgin Broadband, to get the speeds I pay for.

Perhaps Paul would like to justify his comment with some evidence and head some of those flames off.

Smith plans 300-strong force to tackle UK radicalisation

IT Angle

@ David

Don't worry about it, they'll soon have 99% of the population unable to afford to use our cars. Hence cutting deaths on the road to 0.

That's got to be a vote winner.

Government wants every English child on 'secure' database

Paris Hilton

Sloppy thinking.

This is not a National ID Database and never will be. The chances of it doing anything other than make a few mil for some IT consultants is pretty remote.

Even if it does actually get implemented and kept online for more than a year or two it does not include those who have already passed through the educational system. So how exactly are "we" all going to end up on it?

Do you think the assignment of a unique reference number to you is an ID database? Even looked at your NI number? DVLA number? Passport number? The list is almost endless. There are numerous databases that already hold more data about you than this half arsed attempt to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

There's plenty a surfeit of idiocy in this idea already, without adding to it.

PH Becasue frankly I'm beginning to suspect she's a clearer thinker that quite a few of the Reg's readers.

Top cop urges RIPA review in coded attack on snoop code


@Anonymous Coward

If you know of any officers doing that I suggest you complain to that Force's professional standards department.

In most Forces its hard enough to buy a standard train ticket for legitimate business, let alone food and drink.

Smith plugs into wired police plans


@Mike Richards

Why would that be easier than "loosing" a piece of paper?


@Lickass McClippers

Oddly enough I was thinking just that.

Local copper: Met secret police requested MP bugging


Tinhat Paranoia

We have neither "secret" police in the sense meant here or unlimited detention without trial. We certainly don't have unregulated surveilance of anyone, let alone terrorist suspects. I wonder where all you lot are getting your facts from?

You local supermarket knows more about you than any police database. Get over it and go back to looking for signs of alien infestation on GoogleEarth.

NASA preps robots for future fake moon landings


Missed the point.

GPS works fine. They wouldn't be on the Moon or Mars would they...

Oz cops cuff Darth Vader on his 30th birthday



You've run out of tin foil again haven't you.