* Posts by Sir Runcible Spoon

5775 posts • joined 29 May 2007

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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"they confirmed my address."

So you told them your address and they said 'yep, that's correct' ?

Ever felt down after staring at your phone late in bed? It's not just you – mice do too

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Re: mice are currently unaware

We are being controlled by these mice deciding to get depressed under controlled circumstances, it's a ploy to stop us playing games at night.

Nokia's reboot of the 5310 is a blissfully dumb phone that will lug some mp3s about just fine

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re:podcast

That always used to confuse me, especially when it first started being used, a bit like 'the cloud'.

Basically it's stuff we are already familiar with (as techies) but re-branded for the great unwashed.

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Re: Would this be a good 'phone to have ...

'shit down'.....sounded like an australian saying 'shut down' to me.

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told

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Re: Well that's great confidence from GCHQ

Can you steal something that someone literally threw away?

Also, very secure from theft *from Earthlings*. AMFM has plans for a free Tesla apparently.

What's worse than an annoying internet filter? How about one with a pre-auth remote-command execution hole and there's no patch?

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Re: It wouldn't make the slightest difference.

"I note my critic has removed they're post!"

Please don't keep doing that, I'm at my whitsend with all these grammarly mistakes.

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Re: It wouldn't make the slightest difference.

Don't you mean moist octopus? Plus your!=you're

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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I've gone back to using a safety razor.

£2 for 20 blades, and one blade lasts around 5-10 shaves, especially if I shave after a shower when the whiskers are a lot softer.

That's a minimum cost of £2 for 100 shaves! (I hope I got my maths right there)

Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct

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Re: Wow

A fair point, especially the use of other materials.

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If there was no Sun, then the water would be frozen and you couldn't have tidal power at all.

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Re: Trantor

They probably used blacks holes as corner pockets for inter-galactic billiards contests.

They also make great trash compactors.

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Wow

3 percent of the speed of light! Holy shit. That must look awesome from up close*

If we ever want unlimited free energy, we really need to harness gravity - it just doesn't seem to run out, certainly not on the scale that we can use it.

Our current technology is still -->

*Say, 6 trillion miles, with suitable radiation shields

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

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optional?

Thry could have given you a better memory than that :)

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

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Facepalm

Re: "Hopefully he also added a bit of text along the lines"

Doesn't 'cd ~' change the prompt (assuming you have the path displayed in the prompt of course)?

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Re: "Hopefully he also added a bit of text along the lines"

Computers like feedback too, or your browser session would still be running on udp.

20 years deep into a '2-year' mission: How ESA keeps Cluster flying

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Pint

A very fine example of the truism..

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Well done those boffins, have a cup of Brownian motion on me (cunningly disguised as beer!)

That critical VMware vuln allowed anyone on your network to create new admin users, no creds needed

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Big Brother

Re: Wow, I am sure it was not a backdoor type thing

"Giggling"

Medication time perhaps?

UK Information Commissioner OKs use of phone data to track coronavirus spread

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Re: Wedge

I'm beginning to think they might have had a point though. Human nature encompasses a wide variety of persona's, the worst of which tend to gravitate to positions of power. Technology amplifies that power. Oh well, at least we can all work towards a gilded cage these days.

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Re: Wedge

So..Luddite is worse than drug dealer - who knew!?

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Re: Wedge

If you don't possess a 'smart' phone do they forcibly give you (or make you pay for) one?

Infosys fires employee who Facebooked 'let's hold hands and share coronavirus'

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Re: Ah, that old chestnut.

Overzealous policing at its finest..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teSPN8sVbFU

Of course Rowan does say that it isn't an offence to cough without due care and attention - which it obviously is now.

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"Opinions are like arseholes, everybody's got one."

You forgot to add:- "and they all stink (except for mine, coz I shit rose petal scented nuggets of a uniform size, which require minimal subsequent use of loo roll."

Hey, China. Maybe you should have held your hackers off for a bit while COVID-19 ravaged the planet. Just a suggestion

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Re: Cisco Kit

Made, or coded?

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Re: Fight Fair?

See 'The Art of War' by Sun Tzu

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home

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Re: Spam spam spam spam

"it's not just the COVID-19 patients who will die"

^This. Definitely not a time to be climbing ladders in high winds in your slippers.

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Not to mention the grandma.

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Re: Visions of a lackey tapping out 50,000,000 messages on his T9 keypad

The good news being that a lack of loo roll won't be an issue --> (State of the arse)

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

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Re: Huge opportunity

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. "

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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This is why it shouldn't be common knowledge - it is incumbent on all those who know how to reprogram computers with an axe to keep such knowledge safe for those who know *when* to use it, and when to try and be reasonable.

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Re: Understated..

....paper mill....no wonder the wife was complaining about splinters*!

*There's a joke about little pricks in there somewhere, but I'm too shy to find it.

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I once 'cured' a friends computer of a nasty virus that neither he nor anyone else he had contacted before resorting to asking me (oh, the shame!) to help.

Turns out some joker had changed his background image to include a pop-up box that couldn't be clicked on to get rid of (unsurprisingly). Found the original file and restored his background. When my 'mate' came back to the computer he was amazed and asked how I had done it.

Foolishly I told him. My reward? A disparagement of my skills, claiming I hadn't 'fixed' anything and was treated as if I had cheated him somehow, even though I didn't charge and it cost me petrol and time to sort out.

His reward? Never to see my face at his house ever again. After all, I wouldn't want him to feel cheated again would I?

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Understated..

"Well, that was quite the week wasn't it?"

shouldn't that be followed by..

"You ain't seen nothin' yet"?

I'll get my coat - I won't be going far, just to the loo-roll tree I've got growing in the greenhouse.

UK government puts IR35 tax reforms on hold for a year in wake of coronavirus crisis

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Re: Horse Bolted

Where did the OP say he was running a business as inside-ir35?

It appears they are closing because the work has dried up due to the way clients have reacted to the new regulations. Not something within his control.

Apple bans COVID-19 games and restricts virus-related apps to authoritative souces

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Re: Is this really any different to what Facebook etc are doing?

Awesome, they've been farting in *our* general direction for far too long!

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Re: Is this really any different to what Facebook etc are doing?

Wait, what? You can get fart apps!

'scuse me, be right back.

--> There's nothing funnier than a fart through a loudhailer

Thought you were done after Tuesday's 115-fix day? Not yet: Microsoft emits SMBv3 worm-cure crisis patch

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Re: SMB

I hope you have a backup for that Linux box :)

BOFH: Here he comes, all wide-eyed with the boundless optimism of youth. He is me, 30 years ago... what to do?

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Re: Cynicism? It's just another word for experience

Came here to point this out, because I wasn't sure which one applied, so I assumed both did.

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Yeah, but assuming it must be a 'good' reason allows you to completely let go with a clean conscience.

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Re: So true

Tell him the truth - IT truly is the cornucopia of enlightenment and knowledge - but the people you meet will turn you into a homicidal axe-wielding maniac before you can finish that can of coke someone left on the side.

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Only probably?

HMRC claims victory in another IR35 dispute to sting Nationwide contractor for nearly £75k in back taxes

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Re: Rigged definition of an employee

I'm 100% certain it is a satirical site, yet it is also using the truth.

Alleged Vault 7 leaker trial finale: Want to know the CIA's password for its top-secret hacking tools? 123ABCdef

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Re: more scary than coronavirus

Some Dr. has posted his theories of a lower mortality rate based on the (accidental) controlled environment of the cruise ship lockdowns.

It's still early days though, so no-one really knows yet.

After 16 years of hype, graphene finally delivers on its promise – with a cosmetic face mask

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Re: Manchester Graphene building is awesome

Ok, that's random enough for a new keyboard

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"He is clearly just in it for the money, and it is impossible for me to imagine that anybody in that company is not in the same mindset."

I get your general drift, but can you point out *anyone* in business who isn't in it for the money?

Sadly, the web has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase 'nothing is true; everything is permitted'

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Re: "the evidence of our senses has become suddenly and comprehensively insufficient "

"Paypal rejected that address..."

Really? That's odd. Try my backup - [email protected]

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If this is the Matrix, then it's been hacked by someone with a very sick sense of humour

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Re: "...could I borrow $60 (US) via PayPal..."

Hey <name of friend scammer is impersonating>,

you remember that time we were so drunk we ended up in a hotel room in the Bahamas with those two goats?

Christ, I'm so glad you deleted all the videos, because now I can ask you for $120 to make sure they never see the light of day.

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Re: What? They've been lying to us?

Rubbish, everyone knows Oliver Cromwell was the first to declare this on Bebo

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"the evidence of our senses has become suddenly and comprehensively insufficient "

Only if you've allowed your innate sense of 'rightness' to atrophy in favour of letting tech do it all for you.

If it *feels* wrong, then it probably *is* wrong. I've spent the last two decades struggling with a sense of intuition that's the equivalent of a small pot-bound houseplant that doesn't get enough light and water - but yet it lives!

Spend some time listening to how you actually feel (not what you think you feel) and things start working out again, trust me :)

This advice was free, but for the advanced course you need to send me $60 via PayPal to -> [email protected]

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry

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