* Posts by Jamie Jones

3673 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

UK government marks 'at least' £115m for new Brexit systems against backdrop of chequered IT project history in customs and border control

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Re: Winter is coming

I agree entirely, and I'm doing the same. The shortage due to panic over covid.... We ain't seen nothing yet!

I don't know yet what to do with all my savings. I'm wondering whether to move to a savings account in dollars...

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At least it's not Farage: https://youtu.be/txY6JmP9ULg

But we still have to watch out for Mogg :-( https://youtu.be/-j_CxQFziFU and Johnson https://youtu.be/Z1vtJcXamSc

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To be fair to brexitters....

To be fair to brexitters, whilst we haven't yet found the magic unicorns, it does now seem that the government has found the magic money tree.

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Re: Preparation

Len, the government didn't want the brexitters to know the truth until as late as possible.

If they'd been honest from the start, they'd have never got it passed... How many of those in Ashford would have voted Tory last year if they knew the lorry park was coming?

They needed the hard-of-thinking to be in the dark for as long as possible, and now finally some of them are getting a clue, the government are now gaslighting by telling us that they told us all along that due to brexit, people would lose jobs, and the NHS would face cuts:

Video here: https://www.indy100.com/article/andrea-leadsom-no-deal-brexit-job-losses-tory-leadership-video-8950416

Silly us, that £350 million on the side of the bus must have been the government telling us of the cuts.

Evil, evil bastards, the lot of them.

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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While they're at it....

Can we finally make PI equal to exactly 3? They've been faffing about this one for years, but now the time is right...

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Definitely living LAEDA loco....

[ sorry ]

Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: Hey Mr Psycho stalker downvoter


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Hey Mr Psycho stalker downvoter

I see you're back.. You seemed to stop for a few days - perhaps you were taking your meds then.

Just to encourage you to continue, DOWNVOTE THIS YOU SAD TWAT!

Internet Society, remember your embarrassing .org flub? The actual internet society would like to talk about it

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Re: Sod ISOC and PIR

Yeah, you're right.


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Sod ISOC and PIR

.org should have been (and still should be) taken away and handed over to a new custodian.

Since when did they "own" .org anyway?

Let them do whatever sham internal investigations they want - it will be something to do to fill up the extra free time they'll have!

On a similar vein, the UK government should reassign *.uk to someone else to - a non-profit that can "encourage" responsible use of the domains, rather than adding dubious domains that confuse the DNS structure, just to make money.

"Uk" belongs to the UK not nominet.. Boris? When you finish doing nothing about Cummings, and sod all effective about coronavirus (England, prepare yourself for second wave / lockdown #2 in 4 weeks time, all because of early rule relaxing designed to shift attention away from Cummings eye-drive test), take back this public asset and reassign it. If it helps, Cummings told me to tell you. Oh yeah, and where is the Russia dossier?

Former UK Labour deputy leader wants to know how the NHS's contact-tracing app will ensure user privacy

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Isn't he the one who said the app is working well through testing, and will be launched soon?

Internet blackout of Myanmar States that are home to ethnic minorities enters second year

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Ahhhh. You got me..I can't think of a witty response either!

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You can't take another road if no other roads exist!

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Re: And others

Why is he denying that the tik-tok/k-pop people affected his rally attendance? Surely it's the perfect excuse he can use to justify why only 6,000 nutters turned up.

Bloke rolls up to KFC drive-thru riding horse-drawn cart only to be told: Neigh

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It happened in Swansea 10 years ago


Google isn't even trying to not be creepy: 'Continuous Match Mode' in Assistant will listen to everything until it's disabled

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Re: Oh mighty one...


Customers of Brit ISP Virgin Media have downloaded an extra 325GB since March, though we can't think why

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Good point.. Even his "Jekyll" account would have suffered that!

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You have the same name! (first name AND surname - even the spelling)

I thought this might just be the sane account.... Your Jekyll to bombastics Hide!

Dare I ask why "maximum" ?

cheer, J

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You're in the UK? So you're not actually "Bombastic Bob"? !!

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: Please correct me if I am wrong but...

My appliances resent that designation!

My fridge/freezers keep everything cold to the correct temperature, automatically switching on and off when required. They don't need software patches, and the fridge even puts a light on when you open the door!

Dumb, they are not!

An Internet of Trouble lies ahead as root certificates begin to expire en masse, warns security researcher

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Re: start using DANE and CA if you must

For obvious reason, the CA's have been against DANE. Hopefully now we have "Let's Encrypt" giving free cerfiticates, their hostility will be reduced.

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Re: hopefully a response from the industry to start fixing stuff

Thanks for that link - I've bookmarked it, and every time someone I know expresses interest in some "IoT" cloud product, I'll send it to them.

There is no way that all use of this device should depend on some third party server.. I'm guessing the device connects to their server and you connect to the same server, to avoid NAT/firewall restrictions, but that shouldn't have anything to do with local use - local recording / local control over wifi from the app.

Even the outgoing bit should be configurable in cases like this, so a third party, or somone who knows what they are doing could keep it working. I find it hard to believe that they can justify the hard coding of this, and the intentional bricking of a device.

Belkin have been added to my shit list.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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Re: why vital?

I still remember my first girlfriends (parents) phone number... I don't know ANY of the numbers of girlfriends since.

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Re: He used the wrong excuse

It will be better next year.. No more European radiowaves coming here, pinching our airspace etc.

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Re: @ Iglethat & "since hes proven that hes a gullible idiot"

I know what a flat-earher would say to that!

1) They are round. They just aren't spheres. They are flat disks. They are just all pointing towards us.

2) They aren't leaning, because Earth is flat! Checkmate, scientists!

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Re: @ Iglethat & "since hes proven that hes a gullible idiot"

OK, Mr anonymous. Please explain how the disabling of a 4G mast removes the "harmful effects" of 5G?

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Re: Gullibility is no excuse.

30/40 plus???? Old?????

Funnily enough, I disagree (and not just because I am "30/40 plus" myself!)

I'm generalising completely for the rest of ths post, but here goes:

Those in their 40's grew up as this technology did. Many people here remember low level coding, and the importance of efficiency.. It was often a success to save one byte!

We grappled with its potentials and restrictions, and generally understand how it works. Even the non-techies at this age have some idea, because they lived through the evolution:

1) No mobile -> Mobile with games and texting -> mobile with internet -> smartphones.

2) Visit library -> use school computer -> get own computer -> get information on cd rom -> dialup services -> dial up internet -> broadband -> wifi

In comparison, to many under 30 -- even the "techies", it's all a black box. Sure, they know how to operate the things, but have absolutely no clue about the technology or principles behind the tech. It's just there. Like air.

And that's even before mentioning the under 30's tendancy to be so embroiled by the tech, they know more about some Z-list celebrity than anything that's actually important.

Stick a 25 year old and a 45 year old in an old garage, and see which one is the best "MacGyver" (google it!)

Readers of a certain age will remember GPRS: Old insecure tech from turn of millennium still haunts 5G networks

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Yeah, my Nokia E6 is rendered useless for the web just due to an out of date TLS implementation. Shame...

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Re: Ironically

"Just keep in mind that you already have no expectation of metadata privacy either, unless you are doing old-school dead-drops and hiding messages in Anonymous Coward Reg comments."

I think that is a bit far-fetched....

Sane posters to El Reg just need tin-foil-hats to hide revealing their activities!

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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Re: git broke English

As I said, "Now the fact that you'll be able to find just as many examples that contradict what I wrote above, will be conveniently ignored! :-)"

So.. um... *silence*

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Re: El Reg faux pas

When a Polish ex gitlfriend of mine was dancing once, I called her a Pole Dancer!

Yeah, well, I thought it was funny! She didn't. She wasn't offended, just thought it was a crap joke!

I wonder if "standard dancers" would have liked it?

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Re: El Reg faux pas

And everyone is the world is familiar with 'Fire Hydrants' * and has a deep fascination with traffic lights

That reminds me of a non-USA centric moan:

Traffic lights... Do they mean just the bulbs/globes? Or also the box the lights are in? And what about the poles the lights are mounted on?

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Re: git broke English

Hmmm, I see you are using "de" as "to reduce" rather than "to remove", as in "devalue"

In that case, I'd use "defriend" in both cases.

"Un" is the absense of something.

"De" is to remove something (and also, I concede, to reduce something)

Unknown, unavailable, undetermined etc.

deescalate, derobe, deacidfy, deactivate, ...

Now the fact that you'll be able to find just as many examples that contradict what I wrote above, will be conveniently ignored! :-)

I note FreeBSD "deinstalls" packages rather than "uninstalling" them. So... erm QED. Checkmate, scientists!

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Re: git broke English

Yes! Exactly! un-good!

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Re: git broke English

Yes. unpulled means an absense of pulling.

every fool knows is should be de-pulling!!!!

we're unfriends -> "We've never been friends"

he defriended me - we were friends but he's canceled our friendship!

Can't people even make up words correctly?

Some Brits reckon broadband got worse after lockdown – but that's just what happens when you're online 12 hours straight

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I still get the full 80/20 fttc here, 24/7, but then, I live in Wales, and most of the jobs involve sheep, and can't be done from home!

It could be 'five to ten years' before the world finally drags itself away from IPv4

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Re: Doomed to eternal limbo

Replace "you" with "one", and I'd sound like the queen, but it would more accurately describe my comment!

I really don't like the way slaac works. It's my only ip6 gripe, and I avoid it where possible.

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ICL stopped using one of its 16's over 20 years ago. It's still allocated to them, and null routed.

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Re: Doomed to eternal limbo

Hell, if your argument against Ipv6 is you like NAT, you can NAT ipv6 too if you want... One of my ipv6 providers perversely does that.

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Re: Doomed to eternal limbo

Lots. It does "just work".

If you are ip6 enabled, you'll see that your android devices (since 5.0) and chromebox "just work".

Anything that runs slaac will just work. If it's not, enable it. It's no different than saying your ip4 box needs configuring if you don't enable dhcp.

Oh, and if you dislike slaac, dhcp6 exists also.

You're spoilt for choice!

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Re: It'll happen two years after

Let's have a race on our hoverboards!

Have I Been Pwned breach report email pwned entire firm's helldesk ticket system

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Re: Also an age-old observation:

Even worse, I get email from one company (I would name and shame them, but I can't actually remember which one it is) where the pain text part says "You are using an outdated email package. Please update to something more modern to read our emails".

The html emails contain nothing that couldn't be achieved with plain text.

Spending watchdog doubts UK is capable of managing Brexit and coronavirus info campaigns at the same time

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Yes, there's always been intelligent discussions on The Register, and still are.

However, it is true that lately a few irrational people post here.

Fortunately, though, the Register doesn't have the type of people who comment in the Mail and Express (you know, the type to call any factual reports they don't like "leftism" and such like)

Some of them even think than criticising a government illegally prorogue parliament, or calling out a government run by an unelected citizen who doesn't think the rules apply to him, is somehow "anti-sovereign"

They are the sort of people who think that England exceptionalism is patriotic, and that cutting all ties to the rest of the continent in the times of a pandemic is somehow sovereign.

They ignore reports of companies leaving the UK; they brush aside the reports of rich people relocating to the EU.

Of course, they'all always be right - everytime things go wrong, they'll blame lefties or the EU anyway (whilst not realising that they have just made the case that we're not as strong alone as they keep saying)

Anyway, if those types ever come here, and there is no Register "ignore" function added, I'll probably end up greasemonkeying up my own, so I can stick to Reg artciles on tech and storage.

A shame, I like a good debate - my best friend is a brexitter, but when you are facing people who are blindly cultlike in their responses, it's just a waste of time. At least flat-earthers are (unintentionally) amusing.

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Re: It's obvious....

"Pathetic excuse"?

Have you been living under a rock? You must want a hard brexit, because no way any negotiations will be successful during this pandemic...

Forget the little-englander delusions - the EU has more important things to deal with at the moment.

So, whilst in shock from the virus, you think you the country can cope with more shortages of food, companies leaving, gridlock at cusroms etc.etc. ?

If you're planning on shorting the country to make money, that's disgusting - however there is no other rational explanation for that view.

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Re: It's obvious....

"I can't imagine why Boris & Dom would want to delay. They, and their backers, are gagging for Brexit chaos because it'll provide cover for no end of "adjustments" to laws to suit themselves."

That's exactly what I said! I said they had the excuse now, if they wanted one, but of course, they don't!

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It's obvious....

In coronavirus, Boris has the perfect excuse to delay brexit. Cummings could quite easily spin that even to their most xenophobic followers.

With these huge mitigating circumastances, no member of the public would think of it as a broken promise (even though he's broken many)

But of course, the people behind brexit, the big donors, and the ERG don't give a crap about the chaos.. They just want to avoid the EU tax-loophole fixes, and want to strip workers of their rights (oh, and related, they want to abandon ECHR too)

In fact, some of them are planning on using brexit to short british companies, and make lots of money.. For them, the chaos will make them even richer! If you want to join them, read the "how to" books by Jacob Rees Moggs father. (obviously a coincidence (!))

And besides, many of them have already bought their own EU citizenship from Cyprus, so they're covered there too.

Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'

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Re: Bad neighbor

As an even older unix hack myself, I demand nothing creates anything in my home directory if DOTDIR is defined....

Though that ship has long since sailed...

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

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That view isn't just political allegance, it's dangerous.

Get out from your Daily Express bubble, and listen to this: https://youtu.be/IhBSfY9eTUc

P.S. If he didn't do wrong, why did the Daily Mail report

"Boris Johnson has issued a stern rebuke to his aide Dominic Cummings, warning that he ‘will not tolerate’ another media firestorm.

The Prime Minister has ordered his top adviser to stay firmly out of the public eye following the crisis caused by his lockdown trip from London to Durham, with one senior Downing Street source telling The Mail on Sunday: ‘Dom’s been firmly put in his place.’

Mr Johnson’s ‘last chance’ ultimatum comes after Remainer and Left-wing critics leapt on the saga to take revenge for Mr Cummings’s role in winning the Brexit referendum and a landslide Tory Election victory."

- https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8372911/Boris-puts-Dominic-Cummings-chance-one-witness-admits-sighting-aide.html

Incidentally, that last sentence is sick. People are ignoring lockdown, and the government is relaxing it due to Cummings. The government also deemed it appropriate when the scientist resigned.

Yet the Mail puts the whole thing down to bitter brexit lefties.

When you thought they couldn't sink any lower...


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