* Posts by splodge

70 posts • joined 3 Jun 2010


Australian central bank says 'speculative mania' and crime fuel Bitcoin


"...Whoa, wait there partner. Do not compare the government owned and controlled reserve bank of australia http://www.rba.gov.au/ with that hugely corrupt private for profit scam that is the US Federal Reserve ..."

From http://www.rba.gov.au/about-rba/governance.html

"...The Reserve Bank of Australia is an *independent* central bank with responsibility for monetary, financial system and payments system policies, and other financial matters..."

Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you


The lipsticked pig was there as executive relief for our former glorious leader

UK council fined £70k for leaving vulnerable people's data open to world+dog


Bin men have not been employees of Nottingham council(s) for years. They work for Veolia, unsurprisingly

Amateur radio fans drop the ham-mer on HRD's license key 'blacklist'


I'd imagine that Rick Ruhl is never gonna give this up

MPs suggest introducing web blocking to tackle suicide rates in UK


While a pal of mine attempted suicide at least a dozen times this past year, they may have been helped more by NHS staff not refusing to stitch their wounds; telling them "if they really wanted to die they'd have succeeded by now"; not having a surgeon prescribe blood thinners when told how they would be used - and they were; not getting a letter from the ambulance trust saying they'd used the service "too much", an undefined term; not having to listen to an old lady being left to die of a urine infection overnight; and not having every helplines' advice essentially boil down to "go to A&E / ring an ambulance".

Actual help, advice, empathy and support would be a better use of time / money than pointlessly chasing web sites you disagree with

Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu


It's about time AV systems hit the root cause...

FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption


"...send a message that it's not a freebie to kick in the door, metaphorically, of an American company or private citizen and steal what matters to them..."

I assume he means people who dont work for a TLA security organisation

Australian spooks' email guide banishes MS Word macros, JavaScript


"Honestly, the best protection against macro viruses now is to be running an up to date version of Word. It won't run macros unless you, the user, explicitly enable them."

The better protection would be to use an OS who doesn't use the random, arbitrary last 3 characters of a file's name to determine its type

Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again


It's a good job a voice is just as unique as a fingerprint:


Cycling paramedics in epic rush to save patient who ate stale sandwich


I love it when you ring 111 and they tell you to ring 999, which is what has happened pretty much every time.

Then you get a letter telling you you've called 999 too many times...

Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?


Catholic poster boy in offending everyone possible shocker ;)

Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze


Re: "I think we're coming to a point where we can give 2007 OR10 its rightful name."

Actually, if we put it to a vote, regardless of the final winner chances are it'll be named after Brian Cox for some reason.

Coxy McCockface?

Woman charged with blowing AU$4.6m overdraft on 'a lot of handbags'


Re: What am I missing?

Does Oz have entrapment laws?

Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa


Where will the failover stadium be?

BT hauled into Old Bailey after engineer's 7-metre fall broke both his ankles


Fair enough , I thought you meant 2 miles in one go. 2 miles in a whole day is another matter.

It's ok, it's obvious you type your replies before thinking

Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK


Re: I have forgotten

Re: I have forgotten

Just because you can't recall it, doesn't mean it's not in there ;)

Megabreach: 55 MILLION voters' details leaked in Philippines


Being on the internet does not mean it's in the public domain

Oh, sugar! Sysadmin accidently deletes production database while fixing a fault


Re: it's so easy

Aye. It *is* very easy to type DELETE * FROM, but luckily, you get a syntax error rather than an empty table.

It is almost as easy to delete the * when changing SELECT to DELETE, but that's a whole different story...

French publishers join Swedish 'Block Party' to pester ad refuseniks


You mean I don't have to read every word Virgin media and the local pizza take away send me? I can just throw them in the bin? Wow! :)

FBI says it helped mess up that iPhone – the one it wants Apple to crack


Sometimes I wonder if the US police want to find out what someone believes or what their motivations are, maybe, not shooting them dead would be a good start?

Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph


I have no desire to give any money to Murdoch for this

In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'


Re: "world leading oversight arrangements"

"world leading oversight arrangements"

There's not much competition so that _should_ be easy.

Also depends on the direction you wish to lead the world

Hacked TalkTalk CEO: Dead as a Dido? Nope, she refuses to quit


The biggest shareholder's shareholding lead is probably growing bigger by the minute

Unpatched, passcode-free smartphones. Yes, they're everywhere


Correct me if I'm wrong, but the primary purpose of a "telephone" is to make "telephone calls" ?

ICO 'making enquiries' into bizarre shopper data spill at M&S


This is not just a QA Department...

Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons


Re: Hmmm

Now can we remove an entire useless third of our population?

Are you volunteering for removal?

KARMA POLICE: GCHQ spooks spied on every web user ever


Re: Meanwhile, back in the real world....

"...would I ever be an extremist of any political viewpoint, definitely not however I like to see all sides of an argument before I make an informed opinion..."

So, you are an extremist?

Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright


Maybe the article should be changed to call the perps "jokers". Just to be on the safe side, like

BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'


I thought Ashley Madison had already employed all the sex robots

SPACE WHISKY: Astro malt pongs of 'rubber and smoked fish'


Re: Barbarians!

Not sure how putting woodshavings in a liquid is in any way supposed to emulate putting liquid in a wooden container, whether it's done with gravity or not.

Presumably we'll find out the effect of eating cake in space by having astronauts rub cake into each others bodies?

OH DEAR, WHSmith: Sensitive customer data spaffed to world+dog


Re: WHSmith?


The High Street is doomed.


Bitcoin can't be owned, says Japanese court, as Karpeles sweats in cell


Digital piracy is not legally possible in Japan, then?

Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'


Emergency Donut

"The serious point is that a lot of the time we're talking about a matter of seconds between us being able to get to a genuine emergency effectively and not being able to, and therefore having people's lives put at risk."

Oh yes, the emergency crossword that needs doing while eating the emergency doughnut

Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'


Does this mean I can finally type into a window that has another window on top of it?

Universal Credit white elephant needs 'urgent breakthrough' says MP


Re: When did the Register become the mouthpiece of a failed labour party??

Anyone got a lid for this box?

'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers


Good job you didnt publish this in Times New Roman, or something...


EC probe into murky cross border e-commerce kicks off


Re: Exchange fees too

I wonder if this will feature in the Commish's enquiries?

Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s


Did the pilot have some sort of black ink hipster tattoo anywhere near the slab?

TTIP: Protect our privacy in EU-US trade deal or ELSE, snarl MEPs


Re: Is there any point to a law that is being broken thousands of times per second?

Probably best to ask all those who have lost their liberty because they had plant matter with them

Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs


I'd been wondering how Google were going to next make ewet00b shitter.

Well done, chaps!! :)

Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble


iWatch what I spend my money on...

BT fined £800k over lax emergency text relay delay blunder


@David, please explain how an entity that gets most of its money from paying customers, could get money its money to pay fines a different way?

Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface Dublin Rape Crisis Centre site


Re: Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

Indeed... It would appear that 21st century racism is the UK way ;)

Ex-cops dumped on never-hire blacklist for data misdeeds


They're not lying, it's just that reading the time requires some intelligence.

Lenovo to customers: We only just found out about this Superfish vuln – remove it NOW


ITYM Windows and malware. A match made inevitable.


Komodia's big cheese talking about hijacking SSL. Legitimately, obviously...


UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?


"I'm now thinking of applying as a proof reader for El Reg ;-)"

Why? They clearly don't employ any ;)

Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?


Re: @Mage

@DavCrav, re: The money isn't generated from thin air.

Why does paragraph 4 of this Bank of England document say that's exactly what happens, then?


EU VAT law could kill thousands of online businesses


Could a dispatch note not say something like "Please send XXX (amount of money) to your local VAT Office in consideration of this transaction" or somesuch?



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