* Posts by Semtex451

859 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Mar 2012


Why ChatGPT should be considered a malevolent AI – and be destroyed


Re: Gross misunderstanding of the tool

"Let there be Light"

Micron aims 1.5TB microSD card at video surveillance market


Re: Yes, but how much?

Sloppy - didn't even both with "Price TBA"

Safari is crippling the mobile market, and we never even noticed


Re: Europe

Get yer Coat and get out


Re: Crap article

only Earth teams are allowed in Earth's World Cup - ftfy

We we've been uninvited to anyone elses world cup

Failed gambler? How about an algorithm that predicts the future


"wishes he was better at organized thinking and mathematics so that he would be better at writing" Should have left it there Dabsy ;)

Pints are on me its Friday

Phishing operation hits NHS email accounts to harvest Microsoft credentials



NHSMail (nhs.net) is in very widespread use even by those Trusts that do not use it as their primary email, which often hybrid exchange. Phishing mail to nhs.net and nhs.uk mailboxes is at elevated levels since October, but dealing with it is BAU.

I remind you that NHS staff are tired, busy folk. With phishing email becoming increasingly sophisticated, credentials will get shared. They always have and they always will be. That said detection is, in very large part, immediate and easily remedied.

Where possible measures are being taken by Trusts and NHS Digital to prevent email containing suspicious links from arriving in mailboxes.

The wider phishing problem is obvious to anyone with an email account or a device that can receive texts. The NHS is no different than you, or a bank, or any other service provider.

So the article is a bit of a non-story, there is nothing new in it. Assuming the data is not already published, an FOI to NHS Digital will show that, as well as the historical peaks and troughs.

Fish mentality: If The Rock told you to eat flies, would you buy my NFT?


Re: Happy Anniversary!

Only 10 years - it feels a lot longer.

This Melenchon, did his family invent sadness?

The month I worked for DEADHEAD: Yes, that was their job title


Re: And even stranger things have happened and are happening .....

@ AMFM1 - I'd say he had a deserved 'right to be forgotten'

In the graveyard of good ideas, how does yours measure up to these?


Re: Armstrong-Osman

I too shall be using that one


Sending this to Project Management team right now, but like everything else, it'll probably go over their heads.

Unable to write 'Amusing Weekly Column'. Abort, Retry, Fail?


Re: Linux on a foobared HDD

That's on account of L Torvalds

e.g mails like https://yarchive.net/comp/linux/must_check.html


And I keep clicking to see if that changes...

Was it Einstein that said (I paraphrase) Repeating the same task and expecting a different result, was a sign of madness?

I must be barking

Robot vacuum cleaner employed by Brit budget hotel chain Travelodge flees


Found under a hedge after realising how shit your life is? Been there

IPv6 is built to be better, but that's not the route to success


Re: "I don't always need to look up the address of a bit of kit I need to contact"

For many of the younger staff the word 'Administrator' is too long

Open source isn't the security problem – misusing it is


"Is it a great time to be working in IT or what?"


Predictive Dirty Dozen: What will and won't happen in 2022 (unless it doesn’t/does)


Re: "you will wake up to find a QR code tattooed onto your privates"

Re 'Look here'

I shall politely decline.


Re: "I might need a drink on the way. Join me?"

...which I reckon proves you're an 'Influencer' Dabbsy

Albeit a bad influencer, you'll need to fetch the wire brush


"I might need a drink on the way. Join me?"

Its a bit early and I'm at work.

But alright.

You've stolen the antiglare shield on that monitor you've fixed – they say the screen is completely unreadable now


Re: Pretty routine back then...

Yes its what happens when there are successive non-catastrophic coffee spillages.

I say coffee, I mean milky Nescafe with sugar, but as you know, it passed for coffee back then.

2021 in storage: We waited for a flash price revolution that never came. But about creativity? We can't complain


Re: 2022 Progress Fatal Disclosure

Perhaps its just me, but could you rephrase that?

Too busy feasting on meatballs, Windows struggles to update itself in IKEA


" but a pointing device there is none"

Wot!?! its not a touch panel??!?!

Um, was it tried?

Can you get excited about the iPhone 13? We've tried


Re: It's an iPhone

The point of the walled garden was that you didn't need a fw as outbound could be 'trusted', but since everyone one else wants to tear the walls down, you'll need one sooner rather than later.

Time was you did not need to act paranoid with an iPhone /iOS device), it was the point of owning one.

'iOS security is f**ked' says exploit broker Zerodium: Prices crash for taking a bite out of Apple's core tech


Re: Fucked.

According to my slide rule the unit 'Fucked' is almost equivalent to 0.5 Omnishambles. Furthermore my pneumatic Android Security monitor is pointing to just over 2.1 Omnishambles.

Make of that what you will, my standard measures have not been calibrated since before Brexit

Lars Ulrich threatens to make another Metallica album during web chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff


So to sum up:

Metallica -Not what they used to be

El Reg - Not what it used to be

Commentards - Jury still out

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


Re: Well, this is all fair enough, but...

Agreed but I think he's missed more than one basic step in his logic


Re: Its all binary

I think you mean "all your inventions are belong to us"

Guess who's back, back again. SE's back, tell a friend: 2020 reboot looks like an iPhone 8 and even shares components


Re: but how is it selling?


If it is selling, it's to folk with an old SE who have finally realised there will never be a replacement and they have to accept this faster iPhone 8 (that they are calling an SE), instead.

There very little reason for anyone who owns a working 7 or 8 to bother with it.


"There's very little "new" in the latest iPhone SE, save for the optics and battery."

Um, its the same capacity battery and its the same camera with a different lens crystal

I would make a pedantic point about the home button not being mechanical at all, but no one cares.

The only real difference between the 7/8 & the SE is the cpu as as been obvious to all at launch that looked at the spec on apple.com

Wall Street analyst worries iPhone is facing '2nd recession' after 2019 annus horribilis


Re: After 3 years my iPhone...

Agreed. If Apple had released a proper replacement for the SE last year that could have spared them the slump (outside of china). Instead this year they simply put a newer chip in an iPhone7/8, call it SE and expect the cash to roll in. Not from 7/8 owners it won't, it offers them very little indeed.

SE's baaaack: Apple flings out iPhone SE 2020, priced at £419


actually its only 30fps

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now: Brexit tea towel says it'll just be the gigabit broadband


"(we are strictly apolitical here at El Reg)"


Hospital hacker spared prison after plod find almost 9,000 cardiac images at his home


Re: hahahahah

And hence the entry in Websters. I recall a time when the Dictionary was for definitions and not merely a mirror of language abuse. Sad.

I'm old, I might as well sound old.

We live so fast I can't even finish this sent...


Re: Twinning toilets

I wondered if the one in Uganda also had lines of what looked like talcum powder in it too


content experience user interactivity response

It is the phrase "weekly outbursts of cynicism" draws my ire, not the term "idiot"

Whilst I am keenly aware that, at our age, a month passes the way a week used to, and also that we have had an abnormally frequent dose of Dabbsy lately, I would suggest the term "weekly" is applying an iota too much pressure to the envelope of the words meaning.

TFI Friday but next week will be hell, so I shall be looking forward to another little SftW,S next Friday.

ICON - raised to all those sods at work like me, and of course Dabbsy whose life is always a struggle, despite it also being a long holiday.

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands


Re: You can pry my honorifics from my cold, dead brain cells

Being surrounded by people at the other end of the bell curve, I don't feel the need to celebrate the marvellous diversity of human brains.

I find myself in a perpetual state of being staggered because I live in a scene from Idiocracy.

The waste of time, money and resources these people represent is quickly becoming unaffordable IMHO.

So while I believe intellect should be celebrated by our species, it would be enough if society could stop celebrating Stupid.

Attention! Very important science: Tapping a can of fizzy beer does... absolutely nothing


Re: So many flaws

It's obvious.

Tapping the can at the top clears the bubbles from all of the inside of the can simultaneously. Tapping the can at one or more points in succession is inadequate as the bubbles reform.

Why can't passport biometrics see through my cunning disguise?


Re: Health, Well-being and Unscientific Woo Event

We demand answers, even if it was some other Unscientific Woo event.

What a load of bollards! Object of bloke's street furniture romp run over


Wholeheartedly Seconded!


Is this sex trafficking?


We're late and we're unreliable but we won't invalidate your warranty: We're engineers!


Is it time to rename the column Dabbsy's Blog?

We read the Brexit copyright notices so you don't have to… No more IP freely, ta very much


Re: Hmm

Thought I was on the Grauniad site, but noticed there were no begging letters.

Hubble grabs first snap of interstellar comet... or at least that's what we hope this smudge is


Re: 110,000 miles per hour

Andromeda is getting closer to us all the time, in 2 billion years it will be very close


Re: 110,000 miles per hour

Same goes for "enter our Solar System from the depths of the universe" when it's from inside our own Galaxy.


Re: Couple of things

Oh Russia gave it back did they?

-This is why.

Imagine if Facebook could read your mind: Er, I have some bad news for you...


That sounds like French efficiency.

Has anyone actually measured the EM output that's radiated from any complained about Linky? Did the bills go up with the extra draw required?

Belgian F-16 pilot rescued from power line after emergency ejection


Re: The F-16 aircraft was unarmed and its cargo is under investigation

and possibly his underpants too

Lights, camera, camera, camera, action: iPhone, iPad, Watch, chip biz in new iPhone, iPad, Watch, chip shocker


Re: Where is the problem?

Should have been one in the 8's box - there was in mine.

What a bunch of DoSers: Wikipedia says it was walloped by 'bad faith' actors over weekend


What's the point?

Isn't it a bit like boasting that you beat up your gran?

Or is that cool too now?

Can you download it to me – in an envelope with a stamp?


Pettit beaurocrat

is in french for a reason