* Posts by Flywheel

961 posts • joined 15 Jan 2013


Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations

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last thing ANY of us need is for a nameless activist bureaucrat to determine FOR us what we CAN and CAN NOT HAVE

You're missing the point Bombastic Bob: "nameless activists bureaucrats" are not calling the shots on this one - it's the Planet!

The Planet has been warning us for decades that it's not happy about our destructive ways, and, having given fair warning it's decided to take action. The aforementioned bureaucrats have very little actual power in all this - they'll be fried to a crisp chip along with the rest of us.

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Re: 6 states is not 50

fruit in your lunchbox

Scuse me Sir, Is that a MacBook in your lunchbox?

Hubble in another first: Water vapor spotted in atmosphere of Jupiter’s Ganymede

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Hopefully not just the lens misting up after the enforced idle period ...

Subcontractors working on CityFibre's £45m Derby rollout threaten to 'rip up tarmac' in dispute over payments

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Yeah! Had to scratch around last week to buy a 10kg tub of mortar from Wickes. This week I was only able to get a 5Kg tub - they've had no deliveries since then and the shelves are practically empty.

Brain-computer interface researchers warn of a 'bleak' cyberpunk future – unless we tread carefully

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Should regulatory bodies intervene to prevent misuse and unequal access

They should, but given the efficacy of various regulatory bodies to actually regulate everyday entities like solicitors, Banks, money laundering and trading standards, I'd suggest we're dead in the water before we start.

That is all.

Ad tech ruined the web – and PDF files are here to save it, allegedly

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Couple of things

I was quite excited when I read the article on my laptop - everything looked good and seemed to make sense. Tried it on my mobile and had to remind myself I'm not a youth, nor a hawk.

Also, PDFs are largely benevolent, right? But here's an example I found earlier....

unzip -v pocorgtfo19.pdf

Archive: pocorgtfo19.pdf

Length Method Size Cmpr Date Time CRC-32 Name

- -------- ------ ------- ---- ---------- ----- -------- ----

15905 Defl:X 14500 9% 2019-01-04 16:19 838d0657 defender.zip

90291 Defl:X 23139 74% 2019-03-04 19:23 8da8fe88 phrack6612.txt

181069 Defl:X 181080 0% 2019-01-04 16:19 a00486ec jonesforth.tar.bz2


19676 Defl:X 17862 9% 2019-03-09 19:41 d8324af6 polyocamlbyte.zip

83900 Defl:X 77184 8% 2019-01-04 16:19 c1f51574 PDFRick.zip

- -------- ------- --- -------

33897715 30472096 10% 33 files

.. and yes, it acts exactly like you'd a PDF to.

Buyer of $28m Blue Origin space ticket has a scheduling conflict – so this teen will go instead

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Re: Time to change the rules

Maybe Wally will hijack the capsule and do a joyride around the moon while holding the others hostage. I'd pay to see that on YouTube!

Impromptu game of Robot Wars sparks fire in warehouse at UK e-tailer Ocado

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Re: Fire, okay, collision, no

Maybe the software designers came from an autonomous car background...

NASA fixes Hubble Space Telescope using backup power supply unit, payload computer

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They'll assign it to OpenReach who will examine the situation from Earth and declare "no fault found".

Cyberlaw experts: Take back control. No, we're not talking about Brexit. It's Automated Lane Keeping Systems

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Poor choice of name

"automated lane-keeping systems (ALKS)" will get nicknamed alkies, and I don't want to be driving among a bunch of alkies!

"automated lane-management systems (ALMS)" would be much better.

Researchers warn of unpatched remote code execution flaws in Schneider Electric industrial gear

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Re: air gap - Air Gap - AIR GAP

Yes, from a bean-counter/PHB point of view, it's cheaper to have your critical infrastructure manageable hackable remotely rather than pay some poor techie overtime for a change,,,

The human-devoid AI-powered Saildrone Surveyor ship just made it to Hawaii from SF

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Tut! They're stealth Beluga! The strategy is obviously working...

Microsoft defends intrusive dialog in Visual Studio Code that asks if you really trust the code you've been working on

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I don't have this problem

With vim

Kaseya’s VSA SaaS restart fails, service restoration delayed by at least ten hours

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Don't worry - they'll get TOIL / Time off in Lieu...

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

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Don't Panic! Dido Harding will set us on the right track


IT management biz Kaseya's VSA abused to infect businesses with ransomware

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Re: Ghost Guns

These handguns were very "reliable" in the first three rounds

If you're assassinating someone, you shouldn't theoretically need more than 2 shots, especially at short range. I'm taking "Day of the Jackal" as an example.

I see you're writing an app... Microsoft nudges AI Clippy-for-Code out the door, turns machine learning onto Word

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Re: Ideas for Microsoft Word Online

I could ask a dodgy 3rd party to do that for me ... https://www.theregister.com/2021/06/30/windows_print_spool_vuln_rce/

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Ideas for Microsoft Word Online

How about you present me with a blank page, and some non-configurable drop-down menus that fit on one screen? I can then write my short letter, by myself and maybe get to print it out?

Thank you.

Five words everyone wants to hear: Microsoft has 'visually refreshed' Office

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Re: Custom ribbon?

Ah yes, the dawn of the 9-plus row ribbon... what's that? you want to be able to actually work on your document? Buy a bigger screen!

Bezos v Branson: Battle of the wannabe Space Barons as Virgin Galactic cleared by FAA to start flying customers

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But who is Bezos' mystery bidder #107

Not Branson then?

Watch the moment China's Zhurong rover lands on Mars, hear it truckin' for the first time

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That looks remarkably like a human shadow...

.. at 15 seconds onwards. Typical cameraman getting in the way!

The world has a plastics shortage, and PC makers may be responding with a little greenwashing

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Re: The world has plenty of plastic

worth-while charity that cleans the oceans up

No, the usual suspects, like Coca-Cola and other junk-producing Corps should be spending an agreed percentage of their profit on running a fleet of plastic collectors - ships for oceans obviously. They can then spend a bit more on properly converting the recovered waste to a usable material.

Of course we need a global overseer to manage all this - maybe the United Nations could grow a pair and do this job?

UK health secretary Matt Hancock follows delay to GP data grab with campaign called 'Data saves lives'

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Re: "Data makes money for our Chums"

regularly live an(d) extra 15-20 years longer

True, but how many of those people are living, albeit with a variety of increasingly severe illnesses, often the result of lifestyle choices decades ago, and propped up by increasingly powerful meds? At this stage I'm not sure if I want to achieve my 4-score years+10 if I'm going to be a pharmacy dumpbin.

Facebook granted patent for 'artificial reality' baseball cap. Repeat, an 'artificial reality' baseball cap

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Re: Artifical Reality Hat?


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

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blurry shadow

Yes. And for those of you that live in the North of England, there'll no doubt be the customary layer of low-lying cloud at that time, Every. Single. Time.

FBI paid renegade developer $180k for backdoored AN0M chat app that brought down drug underworld

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one of the devs at Phantom Secure or especially Sky Global

All the crims need is someone on the inside in HR in those companies, and a tip-off when a dev leaves or is "sacked"...

UK government bows to pressure, agrees to delay NHS Digital grabbing the data of England's GP patients

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Matt Hancock to involve patients

Good grief! That must be the first time a Tory MP has ever considered asking The Product for an opinion. Is the tide finally turning?

JBS Foods ransomware gang: White House 'engaging directly' with Russia about attack on massive meat producer

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Re: A simpler explanation

They're obviously spoilt for choice then! Maybe it's time to start sacking few bean counters to pay for proper security. Pour encourager les autres...."

UK Special Forces soldiers' personal data was floating around WhatsApp in a leaked Army spreadsheet

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"Who is General Fskup" ?

.. and what's he doing on my computer?!

Royal Yacht Britannia's successor to cost about 1 North of England NHS IT consultancy framework

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Re: Great British Engineering

which is hoped will be built in the UK

Lemme see now..

* Imagined in Britain

* Designed in Cupertino, California

* Financed in The Emirates

* Built in China

Fixed it for you

Pics or it didn't happen: First images from China's Mars rover suggest nothing has gone Zhurong just yet

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How the heck are they going to get all those ultra-rare new minerals back to earth? Who knows, they may even find a rich seam of Unobtanium!

Indian mega-carrier Jio to build pair of 200-terabit submarine cables

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Re: Priorities

I'm guessing that there will be (Indian) Government involvement in this project at some stage, so I thought that rather than throw Government taxpayers money at projects such has this, why not get the Indian Health Service in order first?

Sure, it'll be nice to have fast broadband and have an Indian presence on the Moon, but if your population is dying in the most horrible and cruel way then it's rather cynical, surely?

And it's also highly ironic that with all that apparently endless wealth, we're now seeing charity ads on TV asking us to cough up a tenner for poor, covid-riddled India!

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How about paying for Indian citizens to get proper medical facilities first? No? I guess that'll have to get in the queue behind the Space Program and Modi's vanity Parliament building.

We'd love to report on the outcome of the CREST exam cheatsheet probe, but UK infosec body won't publish it

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Redaction is the answer

C'mon, it's the 21st century - couldn't they redact the names of the naughty?

Train operator phlunks phishing test by teasing employees with non-existent COVID bonus

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But isn't this what (real) criminals would do?

So are the unions seriously expecting IT Security to send an email out with a disclaimer at the end (in small print of course) so that the potential victims have a clue? That's not what phishing is about, surely, or am I missing the point?

Conversely, I would have thought that any email alleging to have come from train company management praising employees and offering money was suspicious in itself?

Chinese rocket plunges into Indian Ocean, still lands sharp rebuke from NASA

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NASA .. a sternly-worded statement

Ah, that'll be taken as seriously as the WHO's various statements on SARS, Coronvirus etc.

China doesn't give a stuff, and I'm just wondering what they have in store for their "best of 3"...

Which? warns that more than 2 million Brits are on old and insecure routers – wagging a finger at Huawei-made kit

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Dumb and Dumber

EE: ..a very low risk vulnerability for the small number of our customers who still use the EE Brightbox 2. ... it is recommended they only give network access to people they trust, and they should be suspicious of any unsolicited emails and web pages

RU Serious EE? How many people, especially those that are happy to have dodgy Chinese boxes foisted on them could honestly say that they could recognise phishing emails or malicious web pages? That's an unbelievable statement by what claims to be a responsible provider!!!

UK government resists pressure to hold statutory inquiry into Post Office Horizon scandal

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Re: Statutory inquiry

"minister says it would take too long"

For those poor people that died, or took their own lives, I don't consider a couple of years will make any difference given their current circumstances: they need justice and the people "responsible" should be brought to justice!

39 Post Office convictions quashed after Fujitsu evidence about Horizon IT platform called into question

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Re: And still...

You have to wonder why Morrisons and Dunelm didn't sack her - or maybe she was too quick for them,

We seem to have materialized in a universe in which Barney the Purple Dinosaur is designing iPhones for Apple

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Intrigued by the small memory, SSD options on iMac

From what I can gather, they're really pitching these at media professionals, but 8-16Gb of memory, 512Gb of SSD (with 1, 2Tb options) doesn't seem to add up.

Bank of England ponders minting 'Britcoin' to sit alongside the Pound

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I'm surprised

.. that our Government hasn't applied to join the Digital Yuan - it would save a fortune on development costs and would fit in with the current policy of welcoming China with open arms.

Brit authorities could legally do an FBI and scrub malware from compromised boxen without your knowledge

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Re: Brit authorities could legally do an FBI

Or worse still, Crapita could/would "have a go" and then bugger it up.

"We had a look at your server for you, and it's what we in the trade call 'broken'".

University of Hertfordshire pulls the plug on, well, everything after cyber attack

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universities were prime targets for miscreants but lacked pockets as deep as some enterprises to deal with the threat

Wot?! The Russell Group's pockets aren't exactly shallow. (I know Herts Uni isn't in there, but it shows the amount of revenue these places bring in).

OMG! New free speech social network won’t allow members to take the Lord’s name in vain

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Which God would that be?

There are so many Sky Fairies vying for attention right now, they need to be more specific.

Chairman, CEO of Nominet ousted as member rebellion drives .uk registry back to non-commercial roots

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Re: The next move

They'll need to be watched like a hawk by a Vulture!

Capgemini awarded towering £600m deal to run London cops' IT infrastructure

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Crims everywhere are delighted!

As per title.

Splunk junks 'hanging' processes, suggests you don't 'hit' a key: More peaceful words now preferred in docs

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Oops! Missed one!

Splunk Predictions 2021 .. Our experts weigh in

Careful now .. wouldn't want to be unintentionally fattist, would we?


Mobile spyware fan Saudi Crown Prince accused by US intel of Khashoggi death

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... And ?

ordered by the head of the Saudi Arabian government, US intelligence has publicly asserted

Well, this is about as good as it gets.

Nothing to see here. Move right along.


After 7 months and 500 million kilometres, the Emirates Mars Mission has to endure 27 nail-biting minutes of engine burn

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Re: Love all this space exploration

many ways of saving many children that can be done but aren't

Getting the Government of the country of the children that need to be saved to take responsibility would be a good first step. Ask yourself and others why Oxfam is still here after 78 years. Has nothing been learnt in that time other than there are an inordinate number of people willing to give money while [insert despot here] visits global arms fairs and spends his country's wealth.

Someone tried to poison a Florida city by hijacking its water treatment plant via TeamViewer, says sheriff

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Re: Eh?

surely in a case like this you want a VPN with logs and properly restricted user rights

Teamviewer: can be installed, configured (badly) and run by someone with half a brain.

VPN, proper .. user rights: needs some technical skill, and was probably beyond the capability of the plant-owner's nephew.



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