* Posts by redpawn

718 posts • joined 18 Sep 2013


Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village

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Use it up,

Wear it out, make it do or do without. As a fine old piece of equipment, I wonder if he was getting strong doses of x-ray each morning as well. Off to have more wine from grandma's pewter goblets. Waste not want not.

Feeling bad about your last security audit? Check out what just happened to the US Department of Interior

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Good enough for me

The same attack would work at my house and expose my mother's house as well.

So how does that Deep State stuff work anyway?

Where China leads, Iran follows: US warns of 'contract' hackers exploiting Citrix, Pulse Secure and F5 VPNs

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Re: "malicious persons from Iran"

Yes, I'm sure they are using their bad guy IP address as a badge of honor or can't figure out how to appear to come from somewhere else.

I know I love to have my services cut off when traveling. Not having my banking info available makes me feel safe.

Vinyl sales top CDs for the first time in decades in America, streaming rules

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Re: Dude! I've got a Maxell XL90

Those were good. Give the 120s a miss though as they stretch with any use.

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You are all thieves

Stop copying our music to cassette. We will sell you cassettes at a higher cost than records and you will love that they sound worse than AM radio. Don't copy your records to high quality cassettes, that is piracy! FBI FBI FBI $100,000 fine and 10 years in jail.

Vinyl is nice in a science class though, lots of fun physics.

US military takes aim at 2024 for human-versus-AI aircraft dogfights. Have we lost that loving feeling for Top Gun?

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computers will be used for low-priority work

Well at least they can't drink.

IBM made ‘top-down’ efforts to fire older workers, says US employment discrimination watchdog

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Next Time!!

You might get a slap on the wrist, so stop leaving evidence.

Peer-to-peer takes on a whole new meaning when used to spy on 3.7 million or more cameras, other IoT gear

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Just Skynet

opening its eyes. Nothing to worry about here. Take a free doorbell on your way out please.

First rule of Ransomware Club is do not pay the ransom, but it looks like Carlson Wagonlit Travel didn't get the memo

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You get what you pay for

If you pay them double, they will leave you alone for two years. If you pay them ten times what they ask, you will be forever free of ransomware. Invest wisely.

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors

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17-year-old "mastermind"

We are just lucky that he didn't wait until he was 18. Think of the trouble an adult mind could have wreaked on Twitter.

IT giant CSC coughs up $2m after helping New York City bill Medicaid for child therapy rather than insurance cos

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I'm so glad

we have a system of medical freedom here in the good old USA. I speak for all Americans in our gratitude for not living in a socialist hell such as Norway or Sweden. The free market will adjust and coffin production will create new millionaires supporting generations to come. Freedom is glorious.

With the US election coming up, when better to petition regulators for a controversial way to chill online speech?

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Just another outrage. There will be another tomorrow. Pay no attention to the Lying Sack of Trump babbling at the podium and his dismantling of the necessary structures of government.

If you think you've got problems, pal, spare a thought for these boffins baffled by 'oddball' meteorites

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You are very perceptive and enjoy wise choice of drink. I would be honored to share my private stock with you at any time. Continue to defend yourself from impurities and we will emerge in God's good grace after this is over.

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Purity of Essence is the governing rule here. Meteors come from God and are pure in nature, uncontaminated by man. Thus a meteor can not be two things at once. One might as well insist that Scotland is in some way different from England.

'I think the police are here...' Feds reveal Skype, text chats of Canadian trio charged with $8m crypto-coin fraud

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Thankfully people still Believe

that bits and bytes are real money if stored in the right server. Enough people and other servers believe the bits in my credit union are good enough to cancel out my debts from time to time.

You need more believers for faith to work its magic and a priest with at least some knowledge of arcane arts to generate "real" money of the likes of Bitcoin.

Fitness freaks flummoxed as massive global Garmin outage leaves them high and dry for hours

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Time to Panic

I tell my wife I'm off lifting weights followed by some cardio when I go to the pub. If she finds out where I've been and where I go afterwards I'm done for.

Incredible artifact – or vital component after civilization ends? Rare Nazi Enigma M4 box sells for £350,000

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I'm very worried

Combined with a temporal transceiver the outcome of the war could still be in doubt. Pray that it doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

When Apollo met Soyuz: 45 years ago, Americans and Russians played together nicely... IN SPAAAAACE

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Re: LOL, and what if it's all a hoax?

Some people are just dumber than rocks. Is the Earth flat too?

Anyone for a round of Ging Gang Goolie? Solar Orbiter probe snaps little 'campfires' flickering on Sun's surface

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Re: Size?

The photo has Earth to scale at the bottom, so bigger than any campfire that is smaller than New Zealand.

Chips for Huawei are fried: TSMC stops shipping parts to Middle Kingdom mega-maker this September

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Re: The sooner Trump is out of office the better

Which isn't to say that China is not trying to take over the world.

AMD fans forced to sit out latest Windows 10 Insiders build due to 'bug impacting overall usability of these PCs'

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Like Castle Anthrax

Can't I just have a little excitement?

No! It's too exciting.

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old

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It is in base 3 for obvious reasons

Convert to base 10 and you get 5 years which is well within the realm of possibility.

Mars InSight to stretch its arm and look around as mole-mashing ops are paused

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It hit the concrete floor of the stage set, not the area with the pre-planned depression.

Sorry, it used to be a joke.

Google Cloud cancels planned Chinese venture

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Sorry I can't be with you,

I have to rearrange my sock drawer. It's not that other thing honey, for sure.

Captain, the computer has identified 250 alien stars that infiltrated our galaxy – actual science, not science-fiction

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Build that Force Field!

Who's gonna pay for it? .... Nyx's gonna pay for it!

Who's gonna pay for it? ... Nyx's gonna pay for it, whether they know it or not!

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world

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University of Hawaii

New rules sent to the professors today state that if classes which begin in person but convert to online due to an outbreak, can result in the deportation of foreign students.

Mind the airgap: Why nothing focuses the mind like a bit of tech antiquing

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Probably not as a 90 degree bend in written lines is not considered good form. I frequently use a 1928 Remington portable 2 typewriter with the colour mountain ash scarlet for letters or postcards. The scanner seems to understand it even, and Libre Office can fix the spelling.

Hold off that rush into the July 4 weekend – you may need this: Microsoft patches pwn-by-picture pitfalls in Win 10

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delivered a killer blow to real-world threat actors

Is that why my neighbor kid up and died?

Don't beat yourself up for overeating in lockdown. This black hole scoffs equivalent of our Sun every day

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Digging won't help

Try using a larger near-infrared telescope array instead. But if you insist on digging, construct a neutrino detector in that not quite black hole you're making.

Remember that black hole just 1,000 light years from Earth? Scientists queue up to say it may not exist after all

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Re: Who is stealing the stars?

"To Be or not to Be, that is the question:"

Two out of three parachutes... is just as planned for Boeing's Starliner this time around

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Most all tests are successful

if you collect data. The question is if the test subject is successful.

Here's a headline we never thought we'd write 20 years ago: Microsoft readies antivirus for Linux, Android

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Too Bad that

Linux doesn't come with any security built in. I'm waiting with bait like breath for the opportunity to try such well regarded software on this Manjaro box.

No longer a planet and left out in the cold, Pluto, it turns out, may have had hot beginnings

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Re: Not a planet?

Dues not paid, so no planetary status for you, even if we have to change the rules repeatedly to exclude you. Just because you are round, have a moon, are geologically active, orbit the sun instead of a star you have no claim. You are an ex-planet just like the exoplanets. Rules are rules.

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Re: 555

When in the Peace Corps I had the opportunity to be stuck in Naru over night in 1995. Most of their phone numbers start 555-XXXX, the others were 666-XXXX.

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Re: "Now is the time to confess all with an email to Who, Me"

Mine is out of magenta ink, so it won't send.

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

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explosions of rage, paranoia and violence

I'm prone to all of those things and yet I don't believe in the 5G conspiracy. There must be another level of stupidity at work here.

VMware and Office for Mac need patching, Microsoft can scan your firmware, and Anonymous takes credit for Atlanta police hacks

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Re: Microsoft adds another attack vector to Windows

Probably true, but rootkit technology already exists. On the other hand this could provide a better (more evil) road map for their coding.

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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Lying Sack of Trump

Time to resign.

Yahoo! owes! us! one! billion! dollars! in! back! taxes! say! US! govt! beancounters!

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Not real money

if it is too much to count. The thousand you owe on the other hand will incur penalties if you delay payment and jail on further delay.

The girl with the dragnet tattoo: How a TV news clip, Insta snaps, a glimpse of a tat and a T-shirt sold on Etsy led FBI to alleged cop car arsonist

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Police cars rest easier

Good to know the lengths the police will go to to protect the endangered police car. Wouldn't want to waste those resources on scammers or corporate criminals.

Windows 10 once more in print condition: Microsoft applies out-of-band fix to Patch Tuesday cock-up

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Corrupt data is still data

and deserves to be saved. Corruption as a service is becoming more popular under the current administration and Micros~t is just getting with the times.

Microsoft disbands three-ring Windows Insider circus and replaces it with 'channels'

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Chaos in Middle Earth

What will happen to the Ring Wraiths?

If you're despairing at staff sharing admin passwords, look on the bright side. That's CIA-grade security

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Congress did so reasonably

HA, HA, HA. If an organization is large enough and not monitored, rules will be broken, but how they ended up using my password is beyond me as I was told it was safe to use.

Bigger than big: Linux kernel colonel Torvalds claims 5.8 is 'one of our biggest releases of all time'

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Taking as long as possible to avoid the number 10

Wailing Wednesday follows Patch Tuesday as versions of Windows 10 stop playing nicely with plugged-in printers

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A Letter to Yourself

Send yourself a Love PDF letter and print it with your favorite non Micros~t distro.

EU aviation wonks give all-electric training aeroplane the green light – but noob pilots only have 50 mins before they have to land it

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Re: Can't Wait

Perfect location for land straight ahead on takeoff engine failure.

Rackspace changes name to – drum-roll please – ‘Rackspace Technology’

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Makes it sound like

a mattress company I've seen that wants to be sophisticated, having springs that push back with exactly the force applied to them and all.

June's Patch Tuesday reveals 23 ways to remotely pwn Windows – and over 100 more bugs that could ruin your day

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Just the normal heartbeat

This is how you know the code isn't dead yet, just on life support and pumping tech support through the system with your help.

Yeah, great start after sacking human hacks: Microsoft's AI-powered news portal mixes up photos of women-of-color in article about racism

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Being human,

they ran their code on the wrong computer. They still can't tell them apart, although they claim they can.

US Air Force wants to pit AI-powered drone against its dogfighting hotshots in battle of the skies next year

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How about a cargo plane

with a laser canon. Yes not much of a dog fight, but...



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