* Posts by PTW

239 posts • joined 31 Jul 2012

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Guntrader breach perp: I don't think it's a crime to dump 111k people's details online in Google Earth format

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Mushroom

What a cunt

Thankfully there was only my previous post code, old landline number, and gt specific email address on there.

South Korea to test grenade-launching drones

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Pint

Re: Gunpowder filled?

Ken, I came here to say exactly that! Have a beer. Guess Gaz is too busy with crApple's super snooping

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

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Re: Did I miss something?

Suspect it wasn't actually "tanks" rather Armoured Recovery Vehicles [ARVs] which are based on a tank chassis. [the German ones are] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armoured_recovery_vehicle

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Pint

Shhh...

"Don't mention the war"

On a more serious note the judge does seem to have been a massive dick in this instance. The fine is well over the top, I'm with YAHAC above, on this, it smells bad.

AWS adds browser access to its cloudy WorkSpaces desktops – but not for Linux

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From my understanding of the article, it's the hosted OS that needs to be Windows, not the client [browser] OS

Happy 60th, Sinclair Radionics: We'll remember you for your revolutionary calculators and crap watches

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Re: A watch that doesn't display the time until you do something ?

Unless you have really short arms/long shirt sleeves, I find an action akin to shooting your cuffs enough to reveal my wrist watch, no need for my other hand.

Great reset? More like Fake Reset: Leaders need a reality check if they think their best staff will give up hybrid work

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WTF?

Have I landed on a different planet?

The Office for Budget Responsibility have forecast an increase in fuel duty receipts from 2019-2020, through to 2022-2023. Did any of them look out of the window during 2020 an see the empty roads?

https://obr.uk/forecasts-in-depth/tax-by-tax-spend-by-spend/fuel-duties/# Check out the note at the top of the page!

You're not imagining it. Amazon and AWS want to hire all your friends, enemies, and everyone in between

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FAIL

If amazon.jobs is anything to go by I suggest they tighten up the recruitment process. Open the "by Location" filter, and the fixed list ordering is by "most open positions" FFS! Really!?

Engineers' Laurel and Hardy moment caused British Airways 787 to take an accidental knee

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Pint

Sorry Jude, I was going to go back and search but I had the tap on the shoulder to actually go and do some work, pfft, the temerity of it!! And thanks @quxinot. Have a beer on me, both.

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FAIL

There's a post by an AC on another of today's stories that's missing the voting buttons completely. El Reg is going TITSUP

Our Friends Electric: A pair of alternative options for getting around town

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Go

Re: The door

Not an urban myth, there was some odd UK law at least up into the 60s, where a 16 year old could drive a 3 wheeler, but only if it didn't have reverse. Quite why anyone thought reverse was such a huge danger between the ages of 16 and 17 I have no idea!

I remember my farther telling me of one of his friends who re-enabled reverse but had a bolt he could drop through a hole and lock out reverse should he ever be stopped by the Police.

How to keep your enterprise up to date by deploying the very latest malware

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Pint

Rookie mistake

Why did he not image it the moment it was complete? Even on PoETS day, this can wait for the image to complete

This page has been deliberately left blank

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@gandalfcn

From your incessant ravings about the poor woman it looks to me that you are the one with current mental health issues.

And on that note, would you consider it acceptable to replace "loony" with "paraplegic" in your rants?

LibreOffice 7.2 release candidate reveals effort to be Microsoft-compatible

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Mushroom

One question

Have they moved "Contains header row" to the opening tab of data sort in Calc!?

NortonLifeLock sniffs around Avast, announces 'advanced discussions' for acquisition

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Why would AVG do that because Norton buy Avast?

Sweat-sipping wearable aims to charge electronics without couch potatoes lifting a finger

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Windows

Why the AC?

Things that get covered in sweat stink, no? But they say a fox never smells it's own den. AC do you notice people get up and move when you sit down on the bus/train/park bench?

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Windows

The smell!?

HH aren't called Smelly Helies for no reason. Even a plaster on you finger in the summer smells like this guy after a day, or two ---->

Restoring your privacy costs money, which makes it a marker of class

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When did you write this article?

Proton Calendar has been available for a while, and Proton Drive is in beta

India bans Mastercard from signing up new customers

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: MasterCard babbling with response

Hubris! They thought they were so big that India would never dare do anything like they just have. Now I'm sure the Indian government are more likely doing it to spy on their citizens than for any idea of data protection.

But, I'm so glad it's happened.

Boffins find an 'actionable clock' hiding in your blood, ticking away to your death

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Windows

Henry Allingham

WWI veteran, when asked to what he attributed his long life, he replied, "Cigarettes, whisky, and wild, wild women" 6 June 1896 - 18 July 2009 (113y 42d) R.I.P.

The general trouble with the medical profession, they think bodies should be perfect when they're lowered into the ground/burnt. I'm with Hunter S. Thompson: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”

that's me, rather than Mr. Allingham BTW ------------->

YouTube's recommendation engine is pretty naff, Mozilla study finds

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Happy

Sorry, that'll be me with the overlap!

NHS England staff voice concerns about access controls on US spy-tech firm Palantir's COVID-19 data store

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Trollface

Re: blah, blah, blah

Was it a 60% margin to join, you know when the British public were lied to and told it was only a trading block?

Edited to add: BTW 45RPM you do sound rather condescending in your last sentence old boy. Sort of the way labour treated their voters calling them thick racists if they voted for Brexit, that worked out well

Audacity is a poster child for what can be achieved with open-source software

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Today's article...

Bought to you by the Muse Group.

* you missed the sponsored tag

Data collected to promote public health must never be surrendered to police

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Re: Trust

I'm pretty sure there are examples out there where miscreants have placed their own QR code stickers over the ones originally on the advert

Hubble memory errors persist despite NASA booting long-idle backup payload computer

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Pint

Re: Down voted...

'cos you're a miserable curmudgeon! You do realise that almost anyone that knew that command is an old fart like me, and it took them back to the early days of home computing. That's what got most of us here [both el reg, and in IT as a profession]. And it made me smile, and think of simpler, happier times.

Anonymous South African Coward have a beer on me, I went from a ZX81 to a C64, but plenty of friends had Speccies. There was also a weird POKE command on a 32k BBC B that would make it 16k and it'd persist across reboots. It needed another POKE to fix it, thankfully the Comp Sci Master saw the funny side in the end.

Gov.UK taskforce publishes post-Brexit wish-list: 'TIGRR' pounces on GDPR, metric measures

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Happy

Re: engine blocks

Or an XUD

TITAN crypto-token does the opposite of zero to $60: Value plummets in hours

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Pint

I for one commend IRON

There's no guaranteed 75 cents on the Dollar for your Wall Street investments. Beer for the TITAN investors, I think you probably need one

South Korea bans 1700 tech products for using forged test reports

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Re: "...appear to be bureaucracy at its finest"

No, if the article is to be believed, it's a large scale fraud by Bay Area Compliance Laboratories! Quote "... and paperwork said the work was done in San Francisco." when the testing was done in China.

Did Cisco, Huawei, et al have any idea what was going on?

UK spends £36m on 18 little 'bullet-proof' boats to protect Royal Navy assets

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FAIL

Re: Well tried and comprehensively already field tested .....

Err, or it COULD be that one is based in the UK and the other in Ireland?

So, I for one welcome the UK government giving the contract to a UK company, not an Irish one

Calendly’s new logo perceived as either bog-standard or kind of crappy

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Windows

Truly the crayon dept.

And, a case of the Emperor's new clothes. I think he could have done a better job ----->

Shuttered call centre sours Capita's £58m contract extension with Tesco Mobile

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Trollface

Bury, north OF Manchester

FTFY

Mancs and their delusions of grandeur, how long before they claim Bakewell, Huddersfield, or indeed Sheffield are part of "Greater Manchester"?

UK competition bods to keep tabs on Google, ensure 'Privacy Sandbox' doesn't distort competition

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Mushroom

Re: countermeasures:

Yes, but...

Us commentards are not the norm, and my mother, aunt, son, should not need to be tech wizards or rely on me. I'm with Dave 15 here, start with the beeb, just look at any of their Android apps and see how much tracking they do!

Google wants to look like it cares about your privacy with Android 12 Beta 2, but note that's not how Google works

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Mushroom

Re: Location Services

Android requires location services to be enabled to "scan for" [read connect to] BLE devices, cos "reasons" - mainly being BLE beacons in shops, etc.

Obvs. icon for that whole can of spying, tracking, BS

'Ring of fire' headed to northern UK – a partial solar eclipse, not the sensation you get after a potent vindaloo

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Pint

^^^ This!

It was cloudy here anyway, but I completely agree. Have a pint in commiseration

Global Fastly outage takes down many on the wibbly web – but El Reg remains standing

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Pint

Re: It feels better now ...

Rather that than let her anywhere near the NHS! Bit of downtime never hurt anyone, although you'd think it was life threatening they way the yoof carry on. Anyway, have a beer, you made me chuckle

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?

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Re: no downloadable apk...

Err, https://www.apkmirror.com/?

Here's how we got persistent shell access on a Boeing 747 – Pen Test Partners

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Flame

Surely

They would have used external Aux power pack rather than spool up the APU[s]? You know, that's sorta why airports are covered in the things

iFixit slams Samsung's phone 'upcycling' scheme for falling short of what was promised

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Re: Another nope...

Last month I did install Ubuntu Touch to an old N4 I had in the draw, which is fair as a phone OS, but does open up many more possibilities to use it's computing power for something useful. I might try to get pi hole set up on the it and give the gift of ad free browsing to a friend.

Us? Pwn SolarWinds? With our reputation? Russian spy chief makes laughable denial of supply chain attack

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Pint

Re: critical thinking

Mr. Boyd, sir, have a pint! But I fear critical thinking, like common sense, is not very common, even in supposedly educated people.

UK pharma supplier put into special measures after new IT system causes almost 10,000 missed medicine deliveries

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Mushroom

What a wanker

How on earth does he have the brass neck to say 10,000 missed deliveries between October and December is a "... short-lived problem"?

As another vendor promises 3 years of Android updates, we ask: How long should mobile devices receive support?

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Mushroom

Elephant in the room

"x years from the date we announce we're discontinuing the model" or you end up with the Chromebook nonsense, where you have to check the release date or you can pay full price for something with only 12 months support left.

*I'd never buy one but a friend did

Big right-to-repair win: FTC blasts tech giants for making it so difficult to mend devices

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WTF?

Re: Merceded

And Citroen, fuel injectors are coded to the ECU, the exact same engine in a Peugeot they are not.

On the C5 X7 you can't even check the oil level for the suspension without connecting to the ECU and depressurising the system.

Thankfully knock off Chinese OBD-II interfaces and software are available.

Highways England seeks vendor to replace Windows 2003-based pavement management systems

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Looking at you Bolt!

I'm about two blocked zebra crossings away from buying a Stihl saw to chop their PoS up on sight. Perhaps then they'll realise it's their responsibility to educate/fine their wanker customers

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Re: Ah that explains it!

But apparently it "extends" the life, despite making it nothing but slippery tar as soon as the sun comes out. I'm guessing some quarrying conglomerate lobbies to keep this horrific practise in vogue

Spy agency GCHQ told me Gmail's more secure than Microsoft 365, insists British MP as facepalming security bods tell him to zip it

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Tynwald adopted office 356?

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protonmail.com

UK's National Cyber Security Centre recommends password generation idea suggested by El Reg commenter

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Facepalm

Xiaomi

Did this with one or more releases of MIUI on their droid phones! "...for your protection, as many apps have access to the clipboard" Yeah, like Keepass, Lastpass and 1Password, morons!

And of course, having used all of the above, meant typing in something like MV64BPb*bBFPpQgT0G7%$Gi7Lvw9wMW$JcP% anytime I wanted to login anywhere

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99

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Pint

Fair winds, and following seas, Old Boy!

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