* Posts by Hey Nonny Nonny Mouse

280 posts • joined 17 Nov 2011


Let’s check in with that 30,000-job $10bn Trump-Foxconn Wisconsin plant. Wow, way worse than we'd imagined

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Everything Trump does...

Just when you think the Trump lies and bullshit can't get any worse he reveals another, even deeper swamp to sink into, now we know the only reason he wanted the swamp drained was so he could fill it with his own leeches

Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer

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Re: Social Media incompetence...

That brought back memories of clients to walk away from.

"All you have to do is write a web page that keeps my business at the top of the search results for ********* in Manchester" (in perpetuity, with no updates required, ever) and "I've not got a huge budget but I've been told you're really good so it shouldn't take you very long to do".

Google's OpenSK lets you BYOSK – burn your own security key

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Re: SIMs

Nah, your average phone thief will lift everything and chuck the bits they don't recognise in a bin, rover, pond, street, wherever.

They aren't likely to try and use the phone or the dongle to access your online accounts/data but they are likely to deprive you of access to them.

Surprise! Plans for a Brexit version of the EU's Galileo have been delayed

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They've had issues training the unicorn

Any time soon it'll start to look a bit like brexit is the most insane idea this stupid little country has ever had.

Halfords invents radio signals that don't travel at the speed of light

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Re: Speed of light

I'd be glad to help them reach their full potential *charges cattle prod*

Beware the trainee with time on his hands and an Acorn manual on his desk

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Re: Oh, the joys

Being able to eject the CD drive tray on other networked machines via management console was always fun too...

The US Army recruits WALL-E Chris H as its next-generation bomb disposal robot

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Please tell me its not IoT enabled?

See you in Hull: First UK city to be hooked up to full-fibre broadband

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Re: Well done KCom

Nah, PR and ad people first, they're the ones who lead the way with spin, without them politicians might actually stop with the doublespeak.

Chinese sleazeball's 17-year game of hide-and-seek ends after drone finds him on mountain

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Dirty, unwashed, lived in a cave for 17 years?

Which Linux distro did he write?

Our hero returns home £500 richer thanks to senior dev's appalling security hygiene

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Re: Ahhh passwords...

I've mentioned it here before, an estate agency where the MD and accounts direct refused to allow me to set password complexity and re-use rules, they had two passwords each and rotated them.

Idiots, they also went the same way, after they took over the business they managed to take a thriving city letting agency and drive it into the ground, after 2 years of their 'management' it was sold off for around a hundredth of the amount they got it for.

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General

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Can you encrypt any further comments so we don't have to read them?

Poetic justice: Mum funnels £100 into claw machine to win single Dumbo teddy for her kid

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Umm, moron alert?

Rigged is an emotive term, they're classed as a game of skill so the usual rules about percentage returns on gambling don't apply which means they can give you a prize every go or never or anywhere in between

They are configurable to 'win' a prize every so many goes with a variable 'fudge' factor which gives the owner a guaranteed return (An ex colleague owned an arcade in a holiday resort, the grab machines made the most money of any machine in the building apparently which is why there are arcades stuffed with the things)

But, the crucial bit, it still won't give you a win if you're a dullard who can't position the grab properly.

Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse – those crappy keyboards

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Re: Customer service?

Did you enable the indicators?

Giga-hurts radio: Terrorists build Wi-Fi bombs to dodge cops' cellphone jammers

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Re: RDS anyone?

RDS Encoders are dirt cheap, under $20 for a breakout board that contains an FM transmitter complete with RDS encoder, google for Si4713, there's even open source software to control them for Arduino FFS

Talk about a ticket to ride... London rail passengers hear pr0n grunts over PA system

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How unusual...

At least Southwestern got something going like a train

Buying a second-hand hard drive on eBay? You've got a 'one in two' chance of finding personal info still on it

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You'll find it difficult to get your hands on such a perfectly flat, first surface mirror for the price of a hard disk too, the glass platters are exceptional

Ignore the noise about a scary hidden backdoor in Intel processors: It's a fascinating debug port

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Re: I blame Microsoft.

Yeah, but Apple use the same chips so...

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: RF Jammer?

Well, no, you can't but you can spoof GPS and confuse the drones, maybe even force them to crash.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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Yeah, 'satire' is great, especially when it's deeply offensive to minorities right?

Here's a tip, Felix is Swedish, why don't you go and have a read of some history books, specifically the role of the Nazi's and their sympathisers in Sweden, then see if you can work out why his targeting of Jewish people in his deeply offensive video is not 'satire'.

If you still can't work it out, try replacing the word 'Jews' with any word used by bigots, maybe one that has been used to abuse you or someone you like and/or care about and see if it's still 'funny' when it's on a youtube channel with 70 million plus viewers who will defend the person posting the video

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Re: Representee of the 9 Year Old Army

Poppy, making anti-semitic jokes is wrong wherever you do it, you're still a terrible person but you're only a terrible person in front of a small number of people.

Unless you've got 70million plus people watching you.

If you think that sort of 'over the top joke' is acceptable then you need to take a long hard look at your your life and circle of friends.

Handy tip, to help work out if a 'joke' is acceptable, try replacing 'Jews' with one of the terms of abuse used by racists, mysoginists, homphobes etc. etc. and see how acceptable those jokes are then.

Lush scrubs its card-processing servers squeaky clean

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Re: what's soap?

Or petrol, it melts enough of the rubber to glue the grip to the metal.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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Re: subs

You might also consider that the antenna used in your watch is ridiculously undersized and inefficient, you wouldn't want a surveying GPS antenna on your wrist.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Sprouts

Stir fried sprouts are also a good thing, as is a Boxing day breakfast bubble n squeak made with leftover (I know, but there are only so many kilos a man can eat) sprouts.

Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Just to clarify...

Was its directionality dependent on the ability of the wearer to, ermm, 'point'?

Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching

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Re: Apple's bug description

" If Apple had known of the issue from Intel they would surely have fixed this long before."

Yeah, that'd be it, it's Intel's fault.

Apple are known for jumping on and quashing exploits and bugs as soon as they are informed of them.

There's not a single bug, security flaw or exploit Apple know about that hasn't been fixed by Apple as soon as they find out about it.


CableLabs sends its time lords to help small-cell mobile nets

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There are stock traders with Cesium atomic standards in their networks because high frequency trading requires such a level of accuracy that nothing less is sufficient.

Hell, there are two atomic frequency standards in my home workshop, precisely because telcos use them in almost every cell base station and they replace them regularly, selling the old gear off for scrap which eventually makes its way onto eBay for cheap, you can pick one up for a little over £100, Cesium standards occasionally turn up from the same telcos and I've seen them sell for a shade over £300 at the cheapest.

There have even been Hydrogen MASERs sold off and bought by hobbyists, rich hobbyists admittedly because they're expensive to run, you need hydrogen rated plumbing, a lab grade supply of hydrogen, a lot of power, a temperature and pressure stable room which takes a lot of space and backup power because (like all frequency standards) they take time to come up to temperature and long term stability so you don't want to have to switch them off and on again too often.

But, if you want a cheap frequency/time reference that's potentially as accurate as a Cesium reference then you can't get much better value than a ten quid GPS receiver with an outdoor antenna.

Atomic 'clock' is a pop science term used to describe an atomic frequncy standard, electrons don't know when it's pub 'o' clock (more fool them) , they just have a very precise energy state transition period which can be used to measure time.

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: BS


It's the very nature of Basic Input Output System to provide access to the underlying hardware and if it's not in BIOS then it has to be coded into the OS.

It's not difficult to request a modified 'secure' BIOS if you buy enough/have the right connectons (think government agency)

Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Re: SCADA systems running windows

Pfft, there are still Trumpf laser cutters out there running Windows for Workgroups 3.11 on some of my client's networks and we're talking laser cutters that hack apart sheets of 3mm thick stainless steel as though it's a piece of A4 80GSM...

Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: Hold on

And if his case gets thrown out?

He'll be back?

Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

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"Were they 'proven' to be a threat or was it more that they are close to the Chinese Government and have been busting American imposed sanctions?"

A conspiracy theorist might make a career out of the various warnings surrounding ZTE gear but:


Yes, I'd say they were a threat, I'd be similarly suspicious of Huawei, despite GCHQ's oversight.

Unfortunately that kinda leaves good old 'merkin companies and their gear is known to have been compromised by the 'merkin TLAs

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ZTE were proven to be a threat to national security weren't they?

He's selling out America (and allies) for corporate greed and by extension, making himself even more rich (I don't believe the billionaire claims he seeded in the media, fake news)

But he's missing a trick if he doesn't monetise the Nork meeting hashtag 'Trumpkim' to market a range of pocket money extorting cute toys aimed at six year olds.

Ex-US pres Bill Clinton has written a cyber-attack pulp thriller. With James Patterson. Really

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The Spitting Image

Nice title but why didn't anyone pick up the typo?

's Brain

Mirror mirror on sea wall, spot those airships, make Kaiser bawl

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And as a follow on (as well as mentioning this technology and how it was superseded) Most Secret War by R.V. Jones is a very informative read.

Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Re: "the UK again reiterated its position on the project"

With the narrativium dictated explosion and solitary wheel bouncing off toward the horizon.

Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

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Re: Just for you...

"If I ever get to pass a law, it will be "That Steve K should do 10 jumping jacks each morning", but I'll not tell you for 3 days..."

A secret law is not really a reasonable comparison though, none of the law that Taheri is accused of breaking was or is secret so there's no excuse for ignorance or incompetence, it's his responsibility to ensure he and his company obeys those laws.

Just as ignorance is no defence, if he or his people didn't know about the very well known Carousel fraud and the MTIC variant they're about to find out that incompetence is no defence either.

Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets

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As long as he wasn't going to my kebab shop I wasn't too worried but it seems he will be in a month or so.

I rarely wish harm on anyone but I could sacrifice a bit of Karma for him.

It's true – it really is grim up north, thanks to Virgin Media. ISP fined for Carlisle cable chaos

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No mate, Virgin hire the contractors, Virgin are responsible for checking their work is being done properly, safely and up to the relevant standard.

If the contractors cock it all up it's Virgin's fault because they hired them, that's how it works.

There are no get outs here, the blame lands firmly on Virgin for hiring the cheapest cowboys they can find and the court made that very clear by fining Virgin Media.

As for your 'I have no issue's with my VM connection, and the one time I did it was sorted inside of a couple of week's'

'Let's just drill down into that statement...

'inside of a couple of weeks' to sort out?

Are you on drugs or do you work for Virgin/Liberty (or all)?

Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti

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Re: You'd havve thought.....

This is America we're talking about though, the country where the president blatantly lies on television, then denies he said what he was broadcast saying, where you are allowed to own as many guns as you like and where the answer to gun violence is to have more guns.

So, I fully expect Djibouti to be a glowing puddle of molten radioactive slag any time about now...

Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

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Illogical captain

"the fact the UK is leaving shows that something is not entirely right with the EU and that the EU needs some level of reform"

I'm guessing that whoever said that isn't, despite their job at ESA, actually a rocket scientist.

I certainly hope they're not responsible for anything that requires logical reasoning.

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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I'll be the one in the foyer selling the 'My manager sent me to IT Expo and I didn't even get a lousy pair of socks' T-Shirts.

Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

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All valid comments but that's where they went very wrong, they went big when they should have gone small, at least for retail locations.

A small outlet with a big profile would have worked a lot better and cost a lot less.

The retail should have been backed up by an efficient mail order business, I'd have happily paid a small premium to have good quality items delivered next day, unfortunately for Maplin I wasn't happy to pay a massive premium, that pricing made it acceptable to buy bulk from China and wait a couple of weeks or less for delivery so Maplin lost my business to China and RS, CPC, Farnell and a few other mail order companies who specialise in things like RF components.

Competing against pound stores two doors away by selling the exact same items for a tenner was never, ever, going to work but the cynical side of me might consider the idea that it was never meant to, instead that it was some kind of financial manipulation tactic which will be quietly exposed in a year or two when the administrators have ploughed through it all.

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Re: Tandy it ain't @Oh Homer

Got to take issue with the "I remember the halcyon days when Maplin was a slightly better Tandy:" line,

Maplin in it's heyday was run by hobbyists and staffed by hobbyists in the shops, it was *much* better than Tandy, you could get valid opinions and valuable, accurate advice in stores and the catalogue was a work of art in many ways, not least the cover art.

Then came along the investors and venture capitalists to suck as much profit and knowledge out of the company as they possibly could, the result was a drive to make the once great into something as bland and useless as any other retail park shed.

The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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Re: Getting tired of this "blame the messenger" campaign...

You blame the messenger when their algorithms are being gamed to push propaganda and an agenda based on lies and outright deception.

If their algorithms didn't allow that to happen then it wouldn't be an issue.

Is that simple enough to understand?

Life's a beach – then you're the comms nexus of the British Empire and Marconi-baiting hax0rs

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Re: Minnack Theatre

Beautiful bit of the world, highly recommended for a visit and the beach is excellent too if that's your thing.

The Museum is astonishing, the tunnels in the cliffs are worth exploring and if you have the stamina the steps up to the top are rewarded with a stunning view.

I hate to say this to a resident of the area but we visit as often as we possibly can from the Midlands/Northwest and are never disappointed with the county, the Minack and Telegraph museum are jewels but there are so many in the county that it's impossible to run out of things to see and do.

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Re: Quality of British Business versus Service to British Customers

Mail order?

Distance selling regulations apply, reject the whole thing and tell them to arrange collection.

Cool disk drive actuator pillar, Seagate – how about two of them?

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Re: Two sets of heads

Conner Peripherals Chinook, two head assemblies, each on its own actuator.

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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The crux of it.

"No matter what laws are passed, criminals and terrorists are, by their nature, not law abiding, and therefore will ignore those laws, and continue to use the technology."


It always amazed me that a regular sentence for driving without a licence was a driving ban (I know the sister of a lad who, at the age of 14, got a lifetime driving ban for stealing and joyriding cars, needless to say, it had absolutely no deterrent effect), while I understand the reasoning behind it it seems absolutely nonsensical, rather it made them more likely to kill someone in their attempts to get away from the police, the inherent nature of a criminal is that they do not obey the laws that are used to punish them, nor do they care about the punishment meted out

The weakening of the cryptography that's being demanded and justified as a means to keep us 'safe' is going to achieve the exact opposite.

Baywatch hero drone saves silly struggling swimmers Down Under from going down under

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That's a bloody good use of technology and some serendipitous timing.

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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Re: Hearts & minds propaganda, courtesy of MoD

"As per usual, just copying others. The US lead by example in it's early days by ignoring copyright and patents from outside the US for many years."

Not forgetting the tech they stole from Germany after WW2 and the immigrant scientists who worked on it.

If you dig into the slightly more sane of the conspiracy theories surrounding American NSA bases on foreign soil you find somewhat credible claims of state sponsored commercial espionage as well.

Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

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