* Posts by Stephen Wilkinson

80 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007


Contract killer: Certified PDFs can be secretly tampered with during the signing process, boffins find

Stephen Wilkinson

Preferably something that produces properly accessible documents

Jackie 'You have no authority here' Weaver calls on the UK to extend Coronavirus Act provisions for online meetings

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The LGA want this extended too


Listen, son... Monster trucks just aren't cool anymore. Real winners drive Tesla Roadsters

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How well will they do at the DRC? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjN5K3IYZgz-vCWhI_DD01A

NurseryCam hacked, company shuts down IoT camera service

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While I have no sympathy whatsoever for the company involved for producing an insecure system, I don't agree with "The person who identified the loophole has so far acted responsibly. He stated he has no intention to use this to do any harm [and] wants to see NurseryCam raise the overall standards of our security measures."

Surely acting responsibly means telling the company, not dumping the data online, poorly redacted or not?

Two wrongs don't make a right: They make a successful project sign-off

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I was hoping for some Denim and Leather to go with the potatoes!

Master boot vinyl record: It just gives DOS on my IBM PC a warmer, more authentic tone

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Re: Ah, happy memories...

I seem to remember Computer & Video Games supplying a Thompson Twins game on flexi-disc

Ticketmaster cops £1.25m ICO fine for 2018 Magecart breach, blames someone else and vows to appeal

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Ought to have the fine doubled for saying they take security very seriously

Data protection scofflaws failed to pay £2m in fines from UK watchdog – and 68% of penalties are still outstanding

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Re: Send in the Bailiffs

And then their wife, personal other etc. etc. becomes the director and it carries on :(

X.Org is now pretty much an ex-org: Maintainer declares the open-source windowing system largely abandoned

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I remember writing in X Windows on our Unix workstations at university and also having a version on my Linux install - I think I've still got the CD for that somewhere.

Excel is for amateurs. To properly screw things up, those same amateurs need a copy of Access

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That's how I read it at first reading too, then realised...

It's Google's hardware launch day, and what do we get? A few Pixel phones, Nest kit, and another Chromecast

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I liked my 3aXL until it stopped working 10 days out of warranty.

Usual points with all Google Pixels though, I wish they had an expansion slot which is why it got replaced by a far cheaper Motorola

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

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Re: Great just what I need in 2020

newer and bluer meanies?

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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There's the Cornish way and there's the right way (which of course is the Devon way).

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Re: Once caught

Probably because he had his head in the clouds

UK police's face recognition tech breaks human rights laws. Outlaw it, civil rights group urges Court of Appeal

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Re: What's a "Human Right"?

If it's good enough to read hard to read number plates these days, can we start putting smaller plates on the back of motorcycles again rather than the bloody great thing we currently have to use?

Civica bags £25m deal to handle web portal for UK National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme

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Falls over and fails payments all the time too. Absolute POS

This'll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year

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The closest I got to Pascal was Delphi at university 24 years ago. I must admit I didn't realise how "new" Delphi was at the time unlike Java which was impossible not to know was the new kid on the block.

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

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I recently purchased second hand copies for the PS3 of Doom 3: BFG Edition and Wolfenstein: The New Order and while I used to be absolutely hopeless on a PC, I'm even more hopeless on a console :(

Strangely I'm even really disappointed by the graphics which are pretty good but I actually was hoping for equivalent of the 90's PC versions!

Let's Encrypt? Let's revoke 3 million HTTPS certificates on Wednesday, more like: Check code loop blunder strikes

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Re: TDD still a thing?

Agile of course!

Smartwatch owners love their calorie-counting gadgets, but they are verrry expensive

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I love the idea of a smart watch but realised it wasn't for me when I bought a Mi from China for a tenner from Amazon. When using it, I ended up turning off all the annoying notifications of emails, messages etc. so it was basically just an inaccurate fitness tracker.

Saved me a few hundred quid on a smart watch realising I wouldn't actually use it.

Rugby legend Will Carling tells El Reg: Techie stats bods will love this year's Six Nations

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There was a section on one of the recent BBC Click programmes about the stat use in football (Liverpool possibly, I can't actually remember) and how important it was and they were tracking all the players' positions.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

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Re: So... is he an engineer?

As a Chartered Engineer via the British Computer Society, I totally agree with you regarding the use of the word engineer and regulation.

In tribute to Galaxy Note 7, BBC iPlayer support goes up in flames for some Samsung TVs

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Re: Possible licensing error

Mine is one of those affected too and following the upgrade instructions hasn't made any difference.

As I'm always using iPlayer, it's rather annoying :(

Windows 10 Insiders: Begone, foul Store version of Notepad!

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Editplus has been my goto choice for many years, nothing wrong with Notepad++ but I prefer Editplus

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election

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Re: Paranoid, moi?

Try being with South West Water where the cost of cleaning up some of the largest amounts of coastline was.

We have far higher bills than other areas of the country because of this.

Would you open an email from one Dr Brian Fisher? GP app staff did – and they got phished

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Re: Dr Phisher

Hogarth is a good singer and I agree with what you've said but he doesn't do it for me sadly.

In the same way I mostly listen to Gabriel-era Genesis, I very rarely listen to post-Fish Marillion - okay, I bought Season's End and realised that it just didn't cut it for me - the versions of the songs off it that Fish sang were so much better, I can't remember whether they were on a Vigil in the Wilderness or the recent box set anniversary edition of either Misplaced Childhood or Clutching at Straws.

I still hope the rumours of the unreleased album that was too similar to Misplaced Childhood turns out to be true and it finally surfaces!

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits

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Got a smart meter, changed suppliers and smart meter doesn't work with any other supplier so back to filling in the meter reading online.

Don't mean to alarm you, but Boeing has built an unmanned fighter jet called 'Loyal Wingman'

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Execute order 66

Watchdog asks UK.gov to reissue freedom of information guidance after councils are told to STFU about Brexit plans

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Now if only the same response could be applied to all the requests that come in to get information for sales people masquerading as FOI requests that are completely pointless as councils have to go to tender for new software anyway.

Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: DeMarco & Lister coding wars

Peopleware was required reading on my software engineering degree!

RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops

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Surely the space equivalent of Biggles is retired RAF Group Captain Timothy 'Tiger' Clinton who stared in W.E. Johns science fiction stories?

Techies! Britain's defence secretary wants you – for cyber-sniping at Russia

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To be honest apart from the being killed bit which always put me off the armed forces - far less I would hope in this role - being a metalhead and having had long hair since I was 16, I'm damned if I'd join something that would want me to cut my hair.

Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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The FOI team is also likely to be based in the council's legal department and not necessarily that IT savvy.

2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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I'm far more of a reader than a watcher and I far prefer the book to the film.

Totally agree with why hasn't Caves of Steel been made into a movie but as they'd probably ruin it...

Less than half of paying ransomware targets get their files back

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According to the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit who presented at a conference I attended a couple of weeks ago, if you pay you may or may not (same odds were given) get your files un-encrypted but you definitely will get your details passed around as someone who paid to other ransom ware controllers, who of course will then target you even more.

Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email

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Sadly I'm no longer a Member of the British Computer Society, I'm now a Member of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT :(

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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I started with a ZX-81, then a Commodore Vic-20 and then a Commodore 64 before going out to work doing data entry on a IBM System 360.

Then off to uni to study Software Engineering and a career (employment more like!) so thanks very much Clive, it's all your fault! :D

I didn't think the Commodore 64 Programmer's Reference Guide was bad, I've still got mine although I don't refer to it anymore.

Back to the ZX-81, absolutely loved Mazogs and 3D Monster Maze but 3D Defendr was virtually impossible to play - great times to be growing up.

UK Home Office grilled over biometrics, being clingy with folks' mugshots

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Won't this fall foul of GDPR?

UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

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Re: When I were a lad

I wrote a text based adventure program for my "O" Level project, I'm impressed with what you did!

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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Re: iamanidiot let me guess

You can have a BSc and be a Chartered Engineer, I certainly am as the BSc(Hons) in Software Engineering I did was BCS accredited and the BCS still do Chartered Engineer status - http://www.bcs.org/category/16268

Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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will there be lots of walking?

Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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Far better keyboard than the crap modern one I have to put up with at work these days

You've been baffled by its smart thermostat. Now strap in for Nest's IoT doorbell, alarm gear

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My front door has frosted (well, wavy rather than clear) glass - I can see who it is without opening the door :)

Google parks old pay-to-play auction in front of European Commission – reports

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Re: Curious to see the answer of the EU

Yes, Autotrader is especially poor for this. Living within 30 miles of South Wales if I search on Autotrader I get loads of vehicles from there even though it's at least 120 miles of driving to get there because of the Bristol Channel!

It's August 2017 and your Android gear can be pwned by, oh look, just patch the things

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my update is downloading right now. :)

Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

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Re: OMG, the horror!!!

I'm sure Milwaukee is probably just like Slade so okay in parts

It's 2017 and Hyper-V can be pwned by a guest app, Windows by a search query, Office by...

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Re: The Mythical Man Month - legit free download

It was required reading on my degree course over twenty years ago

This week's top token gesture: Google Chrome chokes energy-hungry background tabs

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Re: re: this is about extending battery life

The last time I was more than an office away from a phone charger was the first morning a couple of months ago when I forgot my Google Pixel phone charger and discovered that absolutely no one else had a usb-c charger!

Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

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Re: Now ask me why ...

While the environmental output of the engine isn't anywhere near as good on classic vehicles, not building a new car is even more environmentally friendly!

UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

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I bet as I live in a village 10 miles from the nearest town and currently get 1-2mb, it won't get any better



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