* Posts by batfink

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Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Surely this can be easily disproved by using a 5G device near it?

Obvs you'd have to be able to stop any step-down to previous standards.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: Twatter in Chief

Who is the current Defence Secretary, and how much of a trump minion is he?

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IT Angle

IT Angle?

I'd give this a Reg Rant score of 97/100. Points deducted for lack of bad language, but otherwise coherent, and at least checked for spelling errors.

However: IT Angle? El Reg is supposedly an IT outlet, not a political opinion one. Yes we Commentards often rant about political matters in the forum, but that's generally in response to some (at least outwardly) IT-related story.

Gone in 9 seconds: Virgin Orbit's maiden rocket flight went perfectly until it didn't

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Re: Oh. Again?

Knowing the cost of rail journeys in the UK, wouldn't that at least double the launch costs?

Not going Huawei just yet: UK ministers reportedly rethinking pledge to kick Chinese firm out of telco networks by 2023

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Re: Backdoors

Careful AC - you might think you're A...

Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip

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Re: Correction

Well, for some forms of infections...

It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims

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Re: Oh dear.

Dear Mr Codger - this is an important message regarding your Flight EZ986 from London to Barcelona, Booking Reference ZAJKYM.

Your flight has been cancelled, due to the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Please click here for your refund.

Signed, your friendly Easyjet team.

Beardy Branson’s 747-assisted sat-launcher can’t get it up

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Re: At least they tried

Agreed. IMO this was a successful test, in that they found problems - that being the whole objective of testing.

US senators call for more transparency over $12bn TSMC fab plant investment

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Re: Remember the last "triumph"

Ah yes - the Foxconn deal that was going to cost $1,000,000-ish per job created. And that was counting the Build jobs, which weren't going to be permanent. Nothing wrong that that ROI then.

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

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Re: Go back and read it again...

The article explicitly states that the recording is done without any activation. So, no "Hey Siri". Please go back and read again.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: From the official Easyjet statement

This is the same line that TalkTalk used. The answer is still the same: just because you don't have any evidence doesn't mean it hasn't happened.

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Agreed - this is insane. If anything, laws should be stricter during the current crisis as everyone drops their security standards to enable their people to work from home.

FCC boss pleads with Congress: Please stop me from auctioning off this spectrum for billions of dollars

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Re: Do It

Are you sure it's not spreading C-19 as well?

That string of supercomputer hacks last week? Of course it was a crypto-coin-mining get-rich-quick scheme

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At least this shows some knowhow

Well at these someone is using some proper skills and understanding - it's not just the usual script kiddies at work.

If only they'd used their powers for good...

Latest NHS IT revolution is failing to learn lessons from the last £10bn car crash

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Re: Same as it ever was

Serves him/her right for leaving out the apostrophe.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Re: Oh dear

As opposed to, say, someone who prefaces his latest bollocks with "lots of people are saying..."?

TBF here on the right side of the Pond, "unnamed sources" are a well established part of politics/journalism game. Both parties will "anonymously" brief their favourite media outlets prior to policy announcements. This enables them to hurriedly deny that there was any such idea when it blows up in their faces. With denunciations of the media for quoting from unnamed sources of course.

Australian contact-tracing app sent no data to contact-tracers for at least ten days after hurried launch

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Ah it's nice to see Agile at work

So, something rushed out, badly thought through, not working and full of bugs and vulnerabilities? Surely that can't be Agile at work?

Senior MP tells UK Defence Committee on 5G security: Russia could become China's cyber-attack dog

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I am glad the fate of the UK is in the hands of such geniuses

Every time I think the stupidity of our elected representatives has hit a new low, they then go on to try just that little bit harder.

'A' is for ad money oddly gone missing: Probe finds middlemen siphon off half of online advertising spend

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Well this is a step forward

There's a well-known adage in the marketing game: everyone agrees that half of the money spent in advertising is wasted, but nobody knows which half.

Well, now we know which half...

Fake crypto-wallet extensions appear in Chrome Web Store once again, siphoning off victims' passwords

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Re: Agreement doesn't stop criminals

Damn! I was just writing this malware to steal heaps of money from people, but now I've noticed that this might be against Google's T&C's, so I had better not do it. Curses! Foiled again!

Surprise surprise! Hostile states are hacking coronavirus vaccine research, warn UK and USA intelligence

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Re: Coincidence maybe

Shhh - if that gets to the Daily Mail then we'll have to add Lithuania and South Australia to the list of Our Latest Enemies...

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

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And now the good news!

I see that the UK government has handed over the recruitment and management of the (alleged) 15,000 contact tracing staff, who will presumably have access to this data, to Serco.

Naturally, I have the utmost confidence in Serco's ability, inclination and competence to keep my data private.

After all, they haven't been implicated in any scandals in the past, have they?

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Re: Hm. An incomplete description

Agreed. How do they decode that blob into my phone number to send me a notification?

And of course the ownership details of that number will only ever be kept by my telco and not revealed to anyone - oh hang on...

Comms giant Telefonica confirms O2 in talks to merge with Virgin Media

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Re: Let's see what OFCOM says

You might be confusing MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) with MVNOs (Mobile virtual Network Operators).

O2 is an MNO - a provider of Mobile networks to MVNOs - Giffgaff, Tesco, couple of others. It's not an MVNO itself - it's the opposite. It was the same with Three, hence the issue there. MNOs are the ones with the physical gear.

Virgin Mobile is, however, an MVNO, and doesn't have any network of its own. Virgin Media is a cable company, not a mobile company.

So no, this isn't two MVNOs.

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Re: I hope OFCOM

Liberty Global are the biggest cable company in the world. The Liberty Group bought Formula One a few years ago out of its spare change. They created a European operation by simply strolling in and buying the largest local operators in a number of countries (including VM in the UK). They're also cash-rich at the moment, as they've just sold their Austrian, German and a few other countries' operations to Voda and T-Mobile.

I doubt debt is going to be a problem.

The Telco market is also very price-sensitive. "Price rises all round" would mean bleeding customers to the other players.

I don't see why Ofcom would object to this. VM and O2 are in different markets. VM is basically a cable company, with a small sideline in mobile. Virgin Mobile is just a virtual operator running on top of EE - it's not going to make a difference if it runs on top of O2 instead. O2 are a mobile company without a fixed-line operation, since they sold their fixed business to Sky (IIRC) some years ago. So, O2+VM gives a full-spectrum (hah!) offering. It's not going to reduce the number of players in either market, but it may of course make their offerings more attractive.

Personally, I would've liked BT to buy O2 back, thereby completing the circle...

OK, so you've air-gapped that PC. Cut the speakers. Covered the LEDs. Disconnected the monitor. Now, about the data-leaking power supply unit...

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Evil maid is the real problem

Really, if someone has physical access to your machine, then you're fucked anyway. The actual exfiltration method is then just the fun bit.

I'm doing this to stop humans ripping off brilliant ideas by computers and aliens, says guy unsuccessfully filing patents 'invented' by his AI

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Expert opinion needed

@amanfrommars1 - have you been able to successfully lodge any patents recently?

UK snubs Apple-Google coronavirus app API, insists on British control of data, promises to protect privacy

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How does this work with public transport then?

So, if perchance I were to take the nice jam-packed public transport system to my place of work, I would be in Bluetooth range of everybody in my carriage, plus perhaps some of the neighbouring one, depending on where I stood (sat? hah!). When I debark said carriage, I would then wander through the passageways towards the exit in company of hundreds of other people. All the other commuters would have the same experience. So, even a very small number of infected people on this train is going to trigger proximity alerts for a hell of a lot of others.

I'd guess that there will be a timer on this, so merely passing an infected person will not trigger an alert?? Even so, the average commute will probably be longer.than the timer.

Looks like it's going to be a bugger of a walk from now on.

Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground

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Re: Electric planes?

Maffski's idea of adding a couple of small jet engines (or maybe disposable rocket engines) just for take-off is one that should be tested. I propose that we could call this "jet-assisted take-off", or JATO for short.

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Re: Electric planes?

Speak for yourself. We split our time between the UK and Aus for family reasons. It's not "perfectly viable" to do this any other way than by air travel, given the limited amount of available holiday time.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Re: "Orange Man Bad!"

Ah - so now we know the origin of amanfrommars...

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Re: Trump's Base

I thought Philistines had been banned from entering the country anyway?

As nice as Pai: FCC chairman comes out in favour of Ligado Networks' 5G proposal, despite criticism from airlines and military

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Re: F*** the f-ing military.

Reg Rant Score: 93/100.

Points deducted for asterisks. Further points deducted for inconsistent use of asterisks and dashes.

However, a fair attempt. Please take note for further improvement.

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'

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Devil

I need a pile of these

I'll be straight onto the conspiracy theory/anti-vaxxer sites selling these for a fortune. It's a ready-made target market of gullible people, after all.

Taiwan to develop military exoskeleton because it's not like these things are open-sourced or one-size-fits-all

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TBF I understand that some American car manufacturers are already using non-powered ones for workers in parts of their assembly lines. The exoskeleton takes part of the weight of the things that the workers are lifting, and cuts down on injuries as well as increasing the number of heavy widgets a worker can handle in a day.

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Nah. The man-portable fusion generators should be ready by the time they've finished.

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard

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"I assume there was some backstage arm-twisting"

Personally, I think there was probably a lot of shouting of "Don't be so fucking stupid! Now get back out there and tell people how wrong you were!"

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Re: paranoid

Yes it is.

Suspicious senate stock sale spurt spurs scrutiny scheme: This website tracks which shares US senators are unloading mid-pandemic

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Re: How long before his site is DoS'd or forced to be taken down?

"Empeach"? Bob you are losing it!

Although I suppose turning politicians more peachy might be considered a good thing in some quarters...

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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Re: Complete the migration to DAB+ before faffing with FM

My point is that we're being pushed towards a technology that is only recently coming up to the standard of the other services we already have.

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Re: Many problems

Surely in Finland, bunker == sauna?

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Re: Complete the migration to DAB+ before faffing with FM

Woo hoo! So DAB has moved to stereo huh?

Welcome to the 1970's!

(snark not aimed at you xpz393, but rather at the purveyors of DAB...)

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Re: But........

That's just cruel. I like it.

Ethernet standards group leaves its name in the dust as it details new 800Gbps spec

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Re: But...

Save some angst and money and just let it run overnight...

Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all

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Neither one thing nor t'other

I'm with Hubert - Teams is a mess. Why does the Chat window fill up with shit you don't care about, like who has come and gone from finished meetings? Why, when you click on a Teams meeting link from Outlook, does it take you to a web page that then asks you whether you want to launch Teams, instead of, I don't know, launching Teams maybe?

Of course these may be local settings, adjustable by our internal IT crowd I suppose.

TBF it does seem to be better than BlueJeans.

COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response

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Re: Volunteers? After they outsourced everything years ago?

So, having outsourced all their support, why are they not simply going to their outsourced supplier with this problem?

Oh - didn't bother to include COBOL (or even Cobalt) support in the deal? Tough shit then. Why should anyone volunteer to sort out your self-inflicted problems?

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Re: COBOL is still running

Reg Rant Score: 99/100.

Good job.

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Re: No so much COBOL as the tools

Why should they be "volunteering"? If there's a requirement, it should be fucking paid for.

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Re: How systems were all too often documented in the 60s and 70s

Yes agreed, but then this may differ from what it actually does.

Ah, that takes me back to the heady days of failing to debug my assembler code because I was looking at my in-line comments rather than looking at the actual code...

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

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Re: Who'd have thought

How about: "Well, Chancellor Gove, how about you improve the UK education system so people have the skills to detect bollocks like this"?

Although TBF then they'd also be able to detect politicians' bullshit as well, so that's probably an undesirable outcome...

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