* Posts by Naich

149 posts • joined 6 Jul 2007


Here's how crooks will use deepfakes to scam your biz


"...deepfakes are being used in web ads to make Elon Musk, security specialists, and others appear as though they are endorsing products..."

I would automatically give anything Elon Musk endorses a wide berth.

Now's your chance, AI, to do good. Protect endangered eagles from wind turbines


If you are worried about birds being killed by wind turbines, you will shit yourself when you realise how many birds are going to be killed by climate change.

Merge shifts Ethereum to full proof-of-stake, price slumps


What happens to the forfeited stake if a validator is fined?

Nadine Dorries promotes 'Brexit rewards' of proposed UK data protection law


https://fullfact.org/europe/online-cost-brexit-net-contributions/ has the numbers up to 2020 - £200bn worse off since Brexit vs. £216bn contributions. I can't see how extrapolating the numbers up to 2022 can do anything but put it over the £216bn mark. I mean, you can pretend that because we don't know the exact number, it might not be true, but the evidence pretty much confirms it.

Google's ChromeOS Flex turned my old MacBook into new frustrations


Re: Modern Computing


Martin Shkreli, out of prison for running a Ponzi scheme, now pushes Web3 thing


Putting sprinkles on a turd

I suppose if you are going to be pointlessly investing in a block chain Ponzi scheme, it's slightly better if you are doing something useful with the energy it requires. Mind you, if a useful drug does come out of it, who gets the rights to it?

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall


A lawsuit in the making?

Is deliberately disabling a safety feature in a car not grounds for a lawsuit if it causes a subsequent crash?

NASA ignores InSight's battery woes in pursuit of data


This sounds like a joke, but is there a good reason why it couldn't? It's 370 miles away so it will take a while to get there, I suppose.

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs


Why is it important to be different?

You want different? How about TempleOS - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TempleOS

Maybe there is a reason there are only 2 desktops? You want an area to work, an area for indicators and an area for controls. It's difficult to get diversity when there are only 3 elements you need.

UK science stuck in 'holding pattern' on EU funding by Brexit, says minister


We did


Fans of original gangster editors, look away now: It's Tilde, a text editor that doesn't work like it's 1976



I thought I was the only person in the world that used Joe because of the Wordstar keys. First thing I do on a new system is install Joe and let my muscle memory do the rest.

LoRa to the Moon and back: Messages bounced off lunar surface using off-the-shelf hardware


"...we transmit, immediately switch to the receive mode and receive our own message back."

So it's basically data storage.

Not just deprecated, but deleted: Google finally strips File Transfer Protocol code from Chrome browser


Aaar anonymous FTP

I remember the good old days of anonymous FTP and poorly configured servers that anyone could write to. Finding a directory called "..." and following it to the warez treasures contained within. Kids these days with their dark webs and torrents don't know they are born.

LOL ;-) UK govt 2 pay £39m 4 txt msgs 4 less thn 2 yrs



They will be Tory party donors or friends of someone in government. This government likes spunking money at their friends.

Ch-ch-ch-Chia! HDD sales soar to record levels as latest crypto craze sweeps Europe


Too late

You can't make any money from your spare space. A couple of months ago I rounded up all my spare hard drives (about 1.5 TB) and started farming. The "estkimated time to win" started off at 10 years and got higher as more people added their HDDs to the network. God knows what it would be now. To have any chance of getting a payout you need to invest in 100s of TB. When I gave up I was competing with 24 EiB of network space or 28,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.

Galaxy quest: Yet another sub-£500 phone comes to trouble mobile big dogs in the form of Realme GT 5G


Re: For how long will it receive updates?

I've got a Realme 6 and it's still getting updates after a year. That's more than my previous chinese phone did.

What is it with Facebook and screwing democracies? Now calls for Prime Minister Modi to resign censored in India


Re: Delete Facebook

I thought I needed it. I was wrong.


Delete Facebook

I deleted my Facebook account 2 weeks ago and haven't missed it at all yet.

Australian police suggests app to record consent to sexual activity


Giant step forward for women's empowerment

So basically, once she has swiped "shag", the bloke is entitled to a shag, whether she changes her mind later or not. Or if the guy gets hold of her phone and swipes it for her? I can't see this ever being used in a rapey way.

Belgian cops crack down on encrypted phone network Sky ECC in 200 overnight raids as firm denies criminal ties


I knew the hacks liked a bit of nose candy.

"Police and prosecutors boasted of seizing 17 tonnes of cocaine and €1.2m during a post-raid press conference."

Sounds like a wild press conference.

As battle for future of .UK's Nominet draws closer, non-exec director hits a nerve with for-profit proposal


Re: Time to move away from GoDaddy and 1&1?

https://twitter.com/NRoolz/status/1364543617407344641 For lolz at me arguing with 1&1 that their domain renewal system is stupid and them doubling down that the "auto renew" feature should deactivate your domain if it's turned off.

Apache foundation ousts TinkerPop project co-founder for tweeting 'offensive humor that borders on hate speech'


Re: How refreshing!

You might want to look up what "racism" is.


Re: How refreshing!

Jesus, it's like the Daily Mail comments section in here. The poor petals can't even be racist these days without it having some consequences.

Microsoft sides with media groups, together they urge Europe to follow Australia's lead, make Google, Facebook pay for news article links


It is possible for both sides in a dispute to be arseholes.

Command 'n' control botnet of notorious Emotet Windows ransomware shut down in multinational police raid


Waste of money

If I was part of a multi million pound criminal gang, I'd splash out on a cleaner and maybe a new house that wasn't knee-deep in filth. Gold bars are nice and all that, but I'd rather not catch salmonella from looking at the walls.

'Malwareless' ransomware campaign operators pwned 83k victims' MySQL servers, 250k databases up for sale


Double extortion?

Does this not negate itself? You encrypt the databases, the victim doesn't pay, so the databases are published. If it was me, I'd just not pay and then restore the databases from the published data. It's probably a good thing that it isn't me, TBH.

YouTube is going to splash adverts all over your videos, and won't pay creators unless there's a big enough audience


Re: time to leave youtube then

Parler is not an alternative to Twitter. It's basically full of nazis and set up as a platform for it's "influencers" - https://www.wired.com/story/parler-app-free-speech-influencers/

123 Bork? Six-day DNS record-edit outage at domain name flinger 123 Reg enrages users


Re: Oblig

I moved all my domains from 123Reg to Mythic Beasts and never looked back.

Yes, we have a 5G iPhone now. But that doesn't mean 5G has arrived


Oh goody

So with the coming of 5G, there is now no incentive to make the 4G that everyone uses any better. Users have to upgrade from the patchy old 4G system to the shiny new patchy 5G system. Why not just fucking fix 4G?

BBK mixed-grill realness: Realme's pair of 7s are two more reasons not to spend over £300 on a smartphone


Realme 6 is good

I've got one and I have constantly been impressed with its performance. It also seems to get regular OS updates, which is unusual for a cheap Chinese phone. The battery typically lasts 2 days and having NFC on a cheap phone is great.

Onwards! To the airport and adventure! And this rather lachrymose Linux screen



Is it Windows' ubiquity that means you see more crashes, or that Windows crashes more so you see more crashes?

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'


Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

They certainly can contain the letter "O", and I've had two cars with it. The only letters excluded are I and Q.

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects


The people at NASA can't solve that problem and I'm pretty sure they aren't suggesting that their policy will solve that problem.

A problem they CAN solve is that they feel some names are inappropriate. You might disagree, but what they name things is up to them, surely? You aren't getting harmed in any way, so why not just let them use names they are more comfortable with rather than going all gammon about PC gone mad?

See you after the commercial breakdown: Cert expiry error message more entertaining than the usual advert tripe

Black Helicopters

Red triangle programs

I remember that programs on Ch4 marked with a red triangle promised much but delivered little. From the amount of fuss at the time, you would have thought the programs would involve all sorts of hairy (or shaved) shenanigans, but it was invariably some interminably dull foreign-subtitled dross with a flash of hairy minge half way through.

Thought you'd addressed those data-leaking Spectre holes on Linux? Guess again. The patches aren't perfect


Re: Remove high accuracy timers?

Ha! Nanosecond timers? When I wrote my JS script for a space invaders game back in 2004, the timers in a browser couldn't be guaranteed to resolve less than 28mS. You youngsters and your fancy nanosecond timers...

Bloodhound gang hits 1,010kph, retreats to lab to work on smashing the land speed record


Think smarter

Wouldn't it be easier to get a jet aircraft that can do 1000 MPH, put wheels on the top and fly it upside-down?

Interpol: Strong encryption helps online predators. Build backdoors



"deploying strong encryption helps paedophiles" should read "deploying strong encryption helps everyone". In other news, some people are paedophiles.

Boris Brexit bluff binds .eu domains to time-bending itinerary


Re: Out of curiosity ...

I'm typosquatting leave,eu and I bought thebrexitparty.eu to piss Nigel off.

Nominet continues milking .uk registry cash cow with 4 per cent price rise for... what exactly?


Re: Not-for-profit, my arse it is

I'm moving all my domains from 123-reg to Mythic Beasts. I trust them not to try and scam me.

Geo-boffins drill into dino-killing asteroid crater, discover extinction involves bad smells, chilly weather, no broadband internet...


Re: Hooray for science!

For god's sake, don't tell Donald.

JavaScript tracking punks given a thrashing by good old-fashioned server log analytics


Re: Webalizer is BACK!

I still use it.

ReactOS 'a ripoff of the Windows Research Kernel', claims Microsoft kernel engineer


Re: Is there any reason to suppose this latest accusation is any more plausible?

Depends how many and how much the same they are. It wouldn't be at all surprising if two macros that did the same thing ended up being called the same thing by two independent developers. In a huge code base that's going to happen a lot. Are there any statistics or is it just one bloke saying "it's a lot"?

Finally in the UK: Apollo 11 lands... in a cinema near you


Re: Amazing...

Found one!

UK's planned Espionage Act will crack down on Snowden-style Brit whistleblowers, suspected backdoored gear (cough, Huawei)


It's not anonymous - your ballot paper has a serial number on it which is linked to the register. They are only linked in cases of suspected fraud and with a court order.

MI5 slapped on the wrist for 'serious' surveillance data breach


IPA prediction

As one of the people who made comments in the IPA consultation saying it would be abused, can I just say "I TOLD YOU FUCKING SO".

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system


find is your friend

These days I tend to use find for anything simpler than doing stuff in the current directory. You can make sure that it's getting exactly the files you want and then add "-exec..." to do the work on them.

UK's ICO slaps £120k fines on Arron Banks' insurance biz and Leave.EU campaign


Read it

This is the leaflet in PDF form:


Looking at it now, it seems very reasonable and understated.

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc


I'm typosquatting at leaveu.eu. I occasionally post replies on their twitter feed to misdirect people there.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


Re: It's an age thing...

As a jaded 51 year old who always thought CYOA was pointless, I quite enjoyed the Black Mirror episode. But that was purely because the CYOA aspect was an integral part of the story line. The trouble is that you can only do that once, so CYOA is now back to being pointless and shit for any future reincarnations.

US bitcoin bomb threat ransom scam looks like a hoax say FBI, cops


Re: Just wondering here ?

My understanding is that while the transactions are (necessarily) public, there is nothing in the transaction to link it to an actual person. It's only when they try to turn the bitcoins into something real that there is any chance of finding out who owns them. e.g. they buy something that is delivered to an address.



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