* Posts by Thunderbird 2

57 posts • joined 29 Nov 2011


Judge bars distribution of 3D gun files... er, five years after they were slapped onto the web

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Remember PGP

Remember PGP and Zimmerman, and having to publish via another country. America needs to learn that once the technogenie is out of the bottle it aint going back in.

Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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Re: Memory Issues

We also called these PICNIC

Problem In Chair, Not In Computer

Often used in the phrase 'Have you had a picnic yet?'

Dan Kaminsky calls for a few good hackers to secure the web

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Re: We already have them

All of which your local BOFH & PFY will already have to hand, or be glad to supply for a suitable fee.

Hey, you know what Samsung is also burning after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco? $2.3bn

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Strokes my nice reliable Note, with removable battery.

Saying "there, there, dont listen to the nasty man"

I just wonder how many people, with other Sammy Galaxy models are going to be stopped at Airports etc.and have to prove they are not Note 7's.

Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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Re: 77 per cent feel guilty about ad blocking. Do you?

No. Ask me one on sport.

Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

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Not matter the radar cross-section, faked emissions or not, surely today's missiles have enough cpu capability for some bright spark of a programmer to give them the ability to detect the difference between a baked bean tine sized canister falling on a gravity driven parabolic trajectory and a fighter-jet thrusting away on afterburners.

AA battery-sized Arduino

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Been done before

Well apart from the operating from a single AA


Jeenode will operate from 3.5 - 13V

Been around since 2009

Oracle's website, social media to wear sandwich board of shame over Java SE insecurity

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Is JavaRa (the checks for latest, installs and removes old versions proggy) still around?

US Congress locks and loads three anti-encryption bullets

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Re: Law enforcement just want a master key.

F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

Wasn't that the AACS key for decrypting HD-DVD's

Or some such. Years to come up with the scheme, hacked in weeks if i recall.

Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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"respectable firm like Microsoft"

presumably some unusual usage of the word respectable that us lesser commentards are familiar with.

KeePass looter: Password plunderer rinses pwned sysadmins

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Re: When spelling is important.

Haven't used PEBKAC in a long while

been using the friendlier acronym PICNIC

Problem In Chair Not In Computer

Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

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Re: There is software that blocks ads???!!!

I take that [BEGIN SARCASM] & [END SARCASM] tags were implied

or omg heaven forbid, removed by El Reg's moderators :¬)

PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

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The monkey can have the rights to the image, BUT ONLY when he has paid the equipment rental

Thousands cut off from email after EE bungles domain renewal

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No bacon jokes?

Content delivery network CloudFlare's court order count soars

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The company says it has never:

Turned over our SSL keys or our customers SSL keys to anyone;

Installed any law enforcement software or equipment anywhere on our network;

Terminated a customer or taken down content due to political pressure,

Provided any law enforcement organization a feed of our customers' content transiting our network.

Does not say

Allowed Law Enforcement to install their own kit

Allowed Law Enforcement to grab a datafeed themselves.

It is all in how you read/understand the statements

BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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BS then, BS now, and our yearly audit is today :¬)

Nokia to take $6bn bath on Navteq following AlcaLuc purchase

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Wishful thinking

Is Skoda were to buy HERE and license the technology to other car manufacturers, would we then see "Powered by Skoda" signs on the rear ends of Mercedes and Ferrari ?

Microsoft, Getty settle image snatch 'suit

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Golden Lensmen ??

I recall Lensmen, Grey Lensmen, 2nd Stage Lensmen and even one Red Lensman (well woman really), but no Golden Lensmen

BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Is this really the best you can do? With all the time since the last episode I was hoping for a longer, more worthwhile read. You do realise BOFH is addictive and we need our fix.

What do China, FBI and UK have in common? All three want backdoors in Western technology

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Re: George Orwell

The corollary being :

Just because you are not schizophrenic, does not mean that they are not out to get you :¬)

Bill Gates – I WISH I was like Zuck and spoke Chinese. Yep, I drink poo

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Re: The Biggest Risk

I'm searching telephone directories and other records for "Susan Calvin" she might be important to know.

TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

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As opposed to an

EPICS - Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System


European Commish asks for rivals' moans about Booking.com

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Re: Please El Reg, I beg you...

you could add something like


to your ABP filters

World's best threat detection pwned by HOBBIT

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Re: Not relevant

"the weak point will be found between the chair and keyboard."

Or what I used to term a PICNIC problem.

Problem In Chair, Not in Computer.

Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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"Switching off the grip" is that anything like "reversing the polarity of the neutron flow" ?

US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Re: @Michael Hawkes - /me

If i'd been drinking coffee at the time of reading this comment and its progenitor, i'd definitely have needed a new keyboard. Massive thumbs up, both of you.

Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

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Re: Dear Google, please!

Is like that old TV Program "Name that Tune" ?

Would somebody please bid "Kill News International in One"

Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: Apple DOES NOT benefit the mobile payments space


Best thought out post in this thread. Have an upvote.

Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Re: Bang on

Judge Dredd partnering with Strontium Dog Johnny Alpha, best story ever.

BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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3 BOFH Episodes This month

Wow, we are blessed,

or else the Auditor's been at Simon's timesheets and needed to see some output.

Also if you google for "Sharon T Pokeworthy" EL Reg is the number one hit :¬)

Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please

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Not one of the ebooks on my "Nook Simple Touch /w Glowlight" came from the B&N Store, well technically they aren't on it, they are on the good old plugin SD-Card.

Best thing about the Nook was it's super cheap price (reduced to £30-40 this time last year)

Worst thing, its swipe to wake up is attrocious, takes dozens of attempts.

After the initial enthusiasm of having that touchy feely "touch" waned I went back to my old reliable Aluretek., 5 years now and still going strong. Buy ebooks from anywhere, using desktop pc, use good Calibre to maintain my library and to strip off the DRM to let me read them on any device.

It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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Re: Want to thwart the snoopers ?

Shades of Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible

Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: I need to re-think my charging!

Do not forget PCDecrapfier either,

great tool for getting rid of junk from a brand new pc as sold by most box shifter's

PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'

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Re: Can we stop calling him an activist investor?

someone needs to build one of those plug-ins that will go through the text on all the websites i read and replace "activist investor" with "that twat"

GreaseMonkey will do the job just fine

NASA's orbiting space-broadband probe LADEE beams back Moon snaps

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Would it be a dyson by any chance

Tales from an expert witness: Prior art and patent trolls

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Thumb Up

Quite probably the best article i've ever read here.

I Wonder if this could be a semi-regular feature?

Cygnus cargo truck on its way, and funding to 2024: Space Station is back in the game

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How ? They named it after him.

The series is called Cygnus, but each is individually named


SImilar to the ESA Space trucks all having invidual names

Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

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Not a tongue twister per se, but try saying it fast repeatedly

Whale Oil Beef Hooked

One-minute Koch-blocking earns attacker two years, massive fine

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I would have thought his lawyers could argue that he is not liable for the FULL fine in what was a SHARED action.

RIP Comet ISON: ???-2013. We hardly knew ye

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Metaphasic Shielding anyone ?

Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

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Re: What did you expect?

Quote "If you used Linux to access any internet-based service - Google, Microsoft, Yahoo - then you were pwned. Your silly rant against Microsoft has no relevance here, the eavesdropping was system agnostic as it was directed to your internet usage practices, not your system per se.

So go put your tinfoil hat back on, right underneath that dunce cap, and sit in the corner like a good little fool."

Much as I detest the idea of even seeming to be applauding macroshaft et al

That definitely deserves an upvote :¬)

Barnes & Noble's Nook sales take a long walk off a very short pier

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The Nook Simple Touch Glowlight does seem very well made for the now much reduced price. However it suffers from :

1) The slide to unlock just fails a lot of the time, i've never had a first time swipe to unlock work, and swiping double digit times does not a make for a pleasant user experience. You can't even disable it going into lock mode.

2) Too much B&N lock-in I can buy ebooks from any vendor and put them onto the sd-card, so why wont they let you use a minimal web browser to connect to other stores. The B&N store is horrible.

3) No landscape mode. and lots of other niggles, eg poor filehandling, no renaming of books

Even my old Aluretek is a much better reader

Web giants cry foul over US gov's refusal to budge on NSA spy gag orders

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Big Brother

Google et al need not warn you per se, they can instead choose which adverts to display inline with / alongside your mail, and if it was an advert for FB I /CIA / NSA or other TLA i'm sure you'd get the drift.

Google reveals its Hummingbird: Fly, my little algorithm - FLY!

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Why is there not a link to the "Advanced Search" from the "Home Page" ?

I've been using the so called Advanced page for years now. It usually manages to give very relevant answers in the first page, but tonnes of cruft in subsequent pages. It's worst fault is that it doesnt always obey the "MUST HAVE ALL OF THESE KEYWORDS"

I guess Google's philosophy is bung the searcher more results, cause the more results we give the greater the chance they'll click on a page (that page will have one of our advert banners too)

Ellison ditches own cloud keynote for billionaires' America's Cup boat race

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Classic. I wonder if Oracle will be sending out emails tomorrow reminding their workforce they can view the keynote online. Someone might want to stop that automated email lol.


Quick before there is a flood of REPLY-to-ALL

The target: 25% of UK gov IT from small biz... The reality: Not even close

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Re: Its the corruption, stupid!

Are we really surprised?

Whitehall Mandarin's are probably aware that 'small biz' cannot provide them with the level of corporate entertainment budget -- err bribes/incentives/whatever you call it that 'BIG BIZ' can and usually does splash out, and that the Mandarins have come to expect as the norm.

Doctors face tribunal over claims of plagiarism in iPhone app

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They should have copied from more than one place.

Copying from a single place is PLAGIARISM

Copy from many places is RESEARCH

but only if you attribute it :¬)

Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns...

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Always nice to see a new BOFH, but why pray tell, is it lodged in Bootnotes, and not in Datacentre/BOFH ?

Bug-finder chucked for posting to Zuck

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Next Time

Farcebook just escalated things.

Next time a bugfinder finds a bug they wont report it until they have a second and more deadly bug with which to backhand volley the "we wont pay the bounty/we will suspend your account" attitude. The backhand volley being publically reported in as many forums as possible and resulting in complete pawnage / outage.

Will Zuck fire the security teams, or the people that didnt authorise bounty payment

Silly gits upload private crypto keys to public GitHub projects

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Re: Idiots

Darwin @ work.

For every new and improved "Idiot proof system"

a new and improved idiot shall evolve to overcome it.



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