* Posts by chivo243

4000 posts • joined 10 May 2010

Have I Been Pwned to go open source – 10bn credentials, not so much, says creator Hunt

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Re: Huh, does it log searches?

Even with the best of intentions from the site owners, I always wondered about entering your personal info on a site like this or like this non-sense:

https://www.theregister.com/2020/07/30/genderify_shuts_down/

Ancestry.com: Let arbitrator decide on auto-enrolling membership lawsuit

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just saw this, maybe more info as to why?

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/remove-your-data-from-this-ancestry-site-now/748931/

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WTF?

That point stood out to me too,

Whoops, our bad, we just may have 'accidentally' left Google Home devices recording your every word, sound, sorry

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Not for me

Seriously, a device that listens to everything? Why? Might as well buy one from BnL...

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Re: Damn those lone rogue engineers

Like the guy at VW who single handedly injected code to fool the testing kit.

British Army does not Excel at spreadsheets: Soldiers' newly announced promotions are revoked after sorting snafu

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Re: Training

Hehehe You said training! That costs money!

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Re: Beer Friday

That's bad. The worst I've ever encountered came during a switch replacement project, we were prepping the last few stacks, and were coming up short on our unit count. Report this issue to management, get called into a meeting to discuss the mistake. I produce all my notes, documentation, excel sheets for each stack. Turns out one of the higher ups didn't include the final stack row in the excel auto calculate for the order. The office got very quiet very quickly!

First alligators, then dogs, now Basil Fawlty is trying to standardise social distancing measures

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Re: The Osman

I would tell you, but it would be Pointless! Right Richard?

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault

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Small offices, big binders

One user had a small office, and had to transcribe lots of "minutes" that were hand written notes kept in big binders. The computer types all kinds of weird shit when one is resting on the control key!!

Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music

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Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

I've only had a few external IPs ever. I can also use my hostname. I've never used a service that doesn't give a static addy.

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Re: I've just uploaded my music collection to...

I thought any NAS can do it?

USA decides to cleanse local networks of anything Chinese under new five-point national data security plan

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Childcatcher

Still kicking the Chinese

Just with a different boot than the trade charade boot. Now it's under the bullet proof, national security shoe.

Ever wonder how a pentest turns into felony charges? Coalfire duo explain Iowa courthouse arrest debacle

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Perfect shit storm

When does the movie come out? You know Deliverance, with Hackers!

Where's my banjo?

NSA warns that mobile device location services constantly compromise snoops and soldiers

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Re: How terrifying

Just a minute there : am I supposed to understand that there are rogue base stations implemented everywhere ? Controlled by who ?

I wouldn't say everywhere, but I wouldn't be surprised if most big cities have some such state monitored\sponsored gear in sensitive areas? Near capitol buildings, important gov't locations. Places that used to have large crowds? Lastly, transportation hubs, airports, train stations...

You think the UK coronavirus outbreak was bad? Just wait till winter: Study shows test-and-trace system is failing

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Re: Really?

Don't catch anything that can throw you back!

There's a bigger boat in here somewhere!

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WTF?

Seen in France - Mask Etiquette

Just returned from visiting the French half of the family. We went to an out of doors cafe, plenty of space. However, in France, once you queue for the restaurant, you need a mask, until you sit at your table, mask off, until you need to use the toilet, mask on, visit the toilet, return to your table, mask off. As like I've read above, many people had the mask hanging from one ear, or below their nose, or even around their arm. But the funniest thing I saw was an attractive young woman on a date, holding her mask 5cm in front of her face like she was at a masquerade party. She should have mounted it on a stick!

Aviation regulator outlines fixes that will get the 737 MAX flying again

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WTF?

Air travel, never again?

Air travel was already a stomach churning, back breaking, mind bending experience. Add wearing a mask and\or a face shield for 12+ hours, and we have a recipe for mental breakdown. Top it off with buggy software managing a mismatch between airframe and engine size et al? Thanks, I'll pass, to put it politely.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Fondleslab sales shoot up to festive season levels as folk work from home

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Working from home? I wonder

If there is an increase in traffic to adult viewing that might correlate with these fondleslab sales?

Bored binge-watchers bork beleaguered broadband by blasting bandwidth: Global average speeds down 6.31%

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I just returned from country #54

What a let down... 10mb down and less than 1mb up, and that was plugged right in the modem too! Glad there was wine!

'We stopped ransomware' boasts Blackbaud CEO. And by 'stopped' he means 'got insurance to pay off crooks'

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Bullet, Dodged!

Our org just ended a contract with Blackbaud, I sent the link for the original story to our Data Protection Officer, he's a shark type, he was all over it, I guess he smelled Blackblaud in the water?

Thanks! I'm here all week!

Virgin Galactic pals up with Rolls-Royce to work on Mach 3 Concorde-style private jet that can carry up to 19 people

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Re: Short and sweet.

I think yes, just another way to part fools and their money, generate jobs, part more fools from their money?

Fleecin' rubes... no finer feeling, especially rich rubes!

Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple

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Re: My heart bleeds

Proving the fact that Apple can be petty and selfish. It would cost waaaay more to relocate than the few months diminished income via shops. It takes lots of moohlah to build an Apple Store. Just accept you have been told "No" and move on.

Microsoft confirms pursuit of TikTok after Satya Nadella chats to Donald Trump

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LMFTFY

Trump told reporters that he intended to ban the app and prevent its sale to a US company for reasons he did not fully explain.

Trump told reporters that he intended to ban the app and prevent its sale to a US company for reasons he "could" not fully explain.

Just another case of Uncle Donnie getting mad and taking his ball and going home...

US drugstore chain installed anti-shoplifter facial-recognition cameras in 200 locations – for eight years

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Mooted Point?

With X% of the customers entering a drug store wearing a mask, I wager a guess that facial recog is even less effective. Add a pair of Jackie-O sunglasses, and what is left to recognize? I read somewhere that someone's gait is also easy to identify? What is next, sensors in the floor??

Lizards for lunch? Crazy tech? Aliens?! Dana Dash: First Girl on the Moon is perfect for the little boffin-to-be in your life

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Re: Harry Potter, but with science, instead of magic!

Did their adventure start on Ventura Highway?

Alligator lizards in the air?

Dutch Gateway store was kept udder wraps for centuries until refit dug up computing history

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Re: I've been there! 1998?

Didn't get to the end of the article, soz... I saw the photo and read about half!

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I've been there! 1998?

I don't know if the shop was open, but I saw the Cow pattern on the marquee. It's on the Spui if I'm not mistaken, there used to be a KFC across the street? And a Burger King on the same side of the street. It was over 20 years ago, so some details maybe colored by time...

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

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Lost count

So many half-truths and I don't knows over the years, one stands out. User complained that their Macbook Air was running really slow, type a word and wait 10 seconds for it to appear on screen. I head over the service counter, and have a look. They type and indeed 10 seconds later, the text appears. I have a look at the keyboard, CODE RED! Nurse! Gloves! Stat! Grimiest keyboard I've seen in a long time. And then I get a whiff of coffee. I tell the user to wait as I move the MBA over to the work bench. I whip off the bottom plate, and I see pools of coffee! I told the user what I found, and they replied, I don't drink coffee, so it wasn't me! I said, But this is assigned to you, you are responsible for the upkeep and care of the computer. Priceless dumb looks...

At historic Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google CEOs hearing, congressmen ramble, congresswomen home in on tech market abuse

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Re: perfect

What a James Bond enemy does?

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WTF?

Why is congress asking questions?

They are just as guilty as the tech guys companies. They passed the laws the regulate these companies, and are lobbied by these companies with lots of cash or something. Seems like a Grand Illusion to me...

AI assistants work perfectly in the UK – unless you're from Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Belfast...

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Lego Movie anyone?

This gag was in a Lego Movie, I remember my son watching this part over and over. Can't get my google fu to find it either. I thought it was the unintelligible voice that did unlock it...

Firefighters to UK Home Office: Yeah, maybe don't turn off emergency comms network before replacement is ready

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Re: Why use 2/3/4/5/6/x G at all?

A colleague is a member of DARES, Dutch Amateur Radio Emergency Service. A quick perusal of their English website shows an UK counter part Ray-net (UK).

https://dares.nl/about-dares/

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Re: "Anyone surprised at the gigantean cock-up"

Keep it running as long as needed, just don't forget to turn it off when the new system goes live...

Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected

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Re: why even bother ?

I bet they harvested enough email addys to sell to lots of crooks or marketers or both. I'm worried about any site you "leave" your info just for kicks... Have I been Pwnd even raised questions with me!

Sherlock as there is still NO Tinfoil had icon!! WTF El Reg?? Loose the brainiac and the hockey mask dude, I rarely see them used ;-}

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Re: I want to discriminated correctly!

Glad I read the posts until I came across pretty much my thinking. Maybe things have changed, but the transitional individuals I've known of (men only to this point) wouldn't be offended by getting an ad for women's stuff, they would probably want the Plus size ads too. Two of them were taller than my 1.86m.

Now I'm thinking of the Lou Reed song...

If you own one of these 45 Netgear devices, replace it: Kit maker won't patch vulnerable gear despite live proof-of-concept code

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Netgear flew off of our list years ago.

Out with the low-end components for us... We've had so few issues with our new vendor, that I'm forgetting how to do things on their interfaces. Seems like we were always hunting down a performance issue\setting with NG and I was poking round regularly.

Two large flightless birds walk into a bar... The pub's owner was not emused *ba-dum tsh*

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Headmaster

Toilet as a verb!

Ya don't hear that very often!

No, boss, I'm not playing Minecraft. Minecraft is where I run VMs on the desktop now

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Video?

Please? Would love to show it to my 10yr old.

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible

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Re: Review stuffing

Ah, the old butcher inspecting his own meat bit. A true classic!

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Hang on, the PDP 11/70 has dropped offline

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Pint

Light Switches in Dataclosets

We have two closets that have light switches at 'butt' level, we're constantly apologizing for butting off the light...

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law

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Advice given!

Hmm, ever try to do something with a browser and it shits the bed? One of the first things you are asked "Can you empty the browser cache and try again?" That is one of the first questions more than one of our SW vendors asks.

Isn't advising someone to do something illegal, also illegal??

UK govt finds £200,000 under sofa to kick off research into improving mobile connectivity on nation's crap railways

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Trollface

Not enough money!

But if we do research with what we have, we can say we tried.

VMware's flagship vSphere now in never-ending beta, if you're up for it

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Re: VMware, don't you know that "Beta" is a slur?

Real men and computers? So many ways to go with this one...

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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mind control chip?

in your body? No, it's in your phone or lappy.

Seriously, Bill's money works hard, not a fan of M$ for various reasons, but good work after MS Bill!

960 LinkedIn employees will be let go... If only there was some kind of 'social network for suits' to assist job hunts

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Re: 960 LinkedIn employees will be let go.

I just read elsewhere(because it isn't mentioned directly in the Reg write up) that this is only 6% of their work force?? Who'd have thunk it?

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/21/tech/linkedin-layoffs/index.html

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Windows

that's a lot of employees...

...didn't realize it was so intensive, aren't there google bots to send the annoying message that you have been a good customer, but we want you to be a better paying customer?

Glad my profile is barebones, and in a few years it will be meaningless when I quit twiddling bits for a living.

If you can read this, your Windows 10 2004 PC really is connected to the internet no matter what the OS claims

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Re: Idiots

They did test, but they were in Redmond when they did the test, everything works perfectly inside the MS domain... it's when you aren't in their domain that you have issues.

UK formally abandons Europe’s Unified Patent Court, Germany plans to move forward nevertheless

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EPO is a cesspool. The missus got out when after our child was born, and some good friends are still stuck there. They have nothing good to say, especially now that they are all working from home, and miss the best part, the EPO restaurant is really quite nice according to the missus. And I hear the bar was quite nice, and used to be open from lunch on... but that was abused and the hours were limited.

Seven 'no log' VPN providers accused of leaking – yup, you guessed it – 1.2TB of user logs onto the internet

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Headmaster

I guess it's all on how you word your response?

Advertised VPNs?

Are you serious? Naw, no, we don't share no data, no way, no how.

Months later, Ah, well um, I guess our marketing department promised something, something... shared something, contractually bound... it is all quite legal, we have it on paper!

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Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware

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11yr old Samsung TV

Glad it doesn't have any kind of connections to the intertubes. Not looking forward replacing it either.

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