* Posts by I am the liquor

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UK watchdog fines two firms £270k for cold-calling 531,000 people who had opted out

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Re: Reporting calls

The terminating telco doesn't need to immediately block the route; they pass the info upstream and wait for the originating telco to cut off the subscriber. If the originating telco doesn't do so, then whoever's downstream of them has to cut them off. And ultimately, yes the terminating telco in the UK would have to cut off the inbound route, if the intermediate telco on that route has not dealt with nuisance calls upstream of them.

Clearly none of them are going to do this voluntarily, especially when they're all taking their cut from all these calls. International treaties and legislation will be required. Or at least the threat of legislation, if the telcos can't collectively get their house in order.

If it's ITU rules that are preventing anyone addressing this problem, then maybe the ITU is the organisation that should be tasked with solving it.

How many low-code products does an enterprise software biz need? Ask SAP, it's just swallowed another one

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Re: Almighty mess

Frankly, it started going downhill with COBOL.

Machine-learning model creates creepiest Doctor Who images yet – by scanning the brain of a super fan

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Re: Someone with access to an MRI machine has misunderstood machine learning again...

You see that Eddie The Eagle Edwards? That's you that is.

ThinkPad T14s AMD Gen 1: Workhorse that does the business – and dares you to push that red button

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Re: Terrible keyboard positioning

Back in the days when carpal tunnel syndrome seemed like a major health crisis, having your wrists higher than the keyboard was reckoned to be the safe way to type. You could get a squidgy wrist rest to put in front of your keyboard to raise your wrists to the correct angle.

Now everyone uses laptop keyboards, with this built-in wrist-rest design, and you hardly hear about carpal tunnel syndrome any more. Coincidence?

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Re: Personal hobby horse warning

It makes one nostalgic for times when one could use "one" as a pronoun, without one having to be a member of the royal family.

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Re: Vile

It's not for looking at, it's for working on.

If you want something to work on, by all means use a Thinkpad.

If you want something to look at, I recommend a tree or some clouds.

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Re: It is why I buy Thinkpads

I think when Matthew said "it’s not something you instinctively want to use," he really meant to say "it’s not something I instinctively want to use."

Clearly the reason they still have it is that there are enough customers who will never buy anything other than a Thinkpad because of it.

UK network Three hikes pay-as-you-go rates by 400% to push punters to buy 'bundles'

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Re: PAYG is no longer PAYG

They're probably just realigning themselves with the market. Their new price is in line with the likes of Tesco and Asda at 8-10p a minute. Vodafone/EE/O2 PAYG tariffs are 30-35p a minute! They really don't want PAYG customers.

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Re: PAYG is no longer PAYG

You can still do normal PAYG, you don't have to buy the 1-month bundles/add-ons. Your cost per minute will be higher now if you're on 3, but you can still choose to pay just for what you use, subject to a minimum usage level of one chargeable event per 180 days to keep it alive.

That's it. It's over. It's really over. From today, Adobe Flash Player no longer works. We're free. We can just leave

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Where can you see lions?

Leave.EU takes back control – and shifts its domain name to be inside the European Union

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Re: My irony metre --------------------->

I think you'll find it's now an irony yard.

We take a look at proposed Big Tech regulations in the UK: Heavy on possible fines, light on enforcement

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Re: Maximum fine £18 million

To be pedantic, the minimum maximum fine is £18m.

Microsoft adds Breakout functionality to Teams that Zoom has had for ages – and people still don't like it

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Visual Studio Code 1.52

I haven't been following Visual Studio Code version numbers... is 1.52 just a natural increment, or is it a knowing nod to the classic Visual C++ version that some of us grey-beards remember from the Windows 3.1 days?

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Re: Breakout rooms?

Or slightly less boring, a virtual pub quiz where everyone listens to the questions, then breaks out into their teams to discuss the answers.

Tim Cook 'killed' TV project about the one website Apple hates more than The Register

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Re: Well, of course

24 was like a 60-minute IT kit ad break wasn't it. If the camera wasn't lovingly lingering on the blinkenlights of the Dell PowerEdges, then you were probably either looking at a Cisco logo on a TelePresence screen or listening to the characteristic ringtone of one of their IP phones.

Not one, not two, but a trio of hinges to potentially break in OPPO's bendy concept phone

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Laptop with fold-out display

Ooh! Pair that with a Thinkpad 701 butterfly keyboard and you'd really have something. Suit you sir!

What does my neighbour's Tesla have in common with a stairlift?

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Re: EVs = bad for planet, bad for poor people, bad for practicality

Even small cars are much wider than their predecessors; the latest Ford Focus is nearly a foot wider than a mark I Escort. Partly thanks to side impact protection.

Reading El Reg while working from home? Here's a pleasant thought: Kaspersky says 1 in 10 of you are naked right now

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Re: shock to the system when the day comes I have to go back into the office

I was reading the other day that the feared rise in suicides under lockdown hadn't materialised.

Just wait until everyone has to cram themselves onto the 7:45 to Waterloo again, I thought.

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Re: Naked coding? Sounds Agile...

Things could get sticky in the daily scrum though.

Google Chrome's crackdown on ad blockers and browser extensions, Manifest v3, is now available in beta

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Re: If the goal is increased performance

Full-page reloads were certainly a pain over a 56k modem.

Marine archaeologists catch a break on the bottom of the Baltic Sea: A 75-year-old Enigma Machine

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Re: WTF? WWF

You last checked in the mid 1980s?

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Re: Old typewriter

Despite the downvotes, I think your first sentence at least is accurate. The Enigma machine was made famous by the effort and ingenuity that the other side put in to breaking it.

The British equivalent was Typex. The Germans probably did not effectively break it, for a number of reasons, a major one being that they didn't put anywhere near the same resources into it. The machine was intrinsically somewhat more secure than Enigma. It was also less widely used, so there was less ciphertext to go at and less chance of getting a crib. Several times more Enigma machines were manufactured than Typex machines, and the Germans used them for everything, even mundane stuff like weather reports.

The American SIGSALY system that was used to secure top-level voice traffic between London and Washington is another interesting Allied cryptosystem.

A tale of two nations: See China blast off from the Moon as drone shows America's Arecibo telescope falling apart

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Re: Amy Coney Barrett

My reading of the story was that in "this case" the thing falling over was a radio telescope. Are you sure you didn't mean to post all this on a different news item - perhaps one to which it is in some way relevant?

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Re: Amy Coney Barrett

Huh? Politicisation of the Supreme Court is related to the Aricebo telescope how? Has radio astronomy been ruled unconstitutional or something?

Or is it that if any random thing falls over in America, Republicans did it?

Intel Labs unleashes its boffins with tales of quantum computing, secure databases and the end of debugging

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Re: "once a human expresses his or her intention to the machine"

Yes quite. If the specification exactly defines everything the program must do in every circumstance, it'll contain the same amount of complexity as the program.

If an AI's going to create a program from a real-world specification - which is to say, an incomplete one - the AI needs to identify the omissions and work out what questions to ask the user in order to fill them. It feels like we're a way off that yet.

Bristol's bus stops can run Chrome and Internet Explorer, but no, Windows and public transport do not mix well

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But if you just used a simple microcontroller and a text-mode display to show actual information, how would the colouring-in department be able to express their brand values by changing the fonts and colours every 6 months?

‘Father of the Indian IT industry’, Tata Consulting Services founder F. C. Kohli passes, aged 96

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Simon doesn't say Kohli passed, he says Kohli passed away. Which seems a perfectly valid turn of phrase whether you're a British news outlet, an Australian journalist or an Indian tech tycoon.

Although according to the Guardian and Observer style guide, "Die is what people do in the Guardian." The Health and Safety Executive should probably look into that.

If I pedal faster and feed it spinach, my robot barman might pull more pints

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Re: Age related adverts

Or late 30s in hex.

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Re: Intense raspberry confiture

Everything sounds twice as dirty in French.

For every disastrous rebrand, there is an IT person trying to steer away from the precipice

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Anyone watching the re-runs of Buffy The Vampire Slayer on E4 recently will no doubt have noticed they had both a Wanker and a Wankum in the credits.

Retired engineer confesses to role in sliding Microsoft Bob onto millions of XP install CDs

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Re: No good reason then

If you read Raymond Chen's article that's linked to in the Reg story, the main purpose was to raise the workload for pirates copying ISOs over the internet. Dial-up was still more common than broadband at the time.

AMD performance plummets when relying on battery power, says Intel. Let's take a closer look at those stats

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Re: Poor intel

It's a good demonstration from Intel of how making a bad argument undermines your case worse than making no argument at all.

Bloated middle age beckons: Windows 1.0 turns 35 and is dealing with its mid-life crisis, just about

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Oh yes, there are some truly hideous javascript drop-down menu implementations. A common fault is to have child menus pop up as you mouse-over the parent menu items - and then to get to the child menu, you have to very carefully move the mouse perfectly horizontally across, because if you move it up or down, a different child menu opens. That gets especially challenging when they haven't properly handled display scaling or font substitutions or something, so the child menu doesn't open alongside the parent menu, leaving you no route from one to the other.

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Ah, those were the days... when Excel and Word had menus...

NCSC's London HQ was chosen because GCHQ spies panicked at the prospect of grubby Shoreditch offices

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Re: London?

Or Cheltenham even.

I suppose the risk would be that the NCSC bods might get too good at their jobs if they could hob-nob with the opposition in the canteen.

The GIMP turns 25 and promises to carry on being the FOSS not-Photoshop

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Re: full-fat PS just as confusing

I've never used full-fat Photoshop, but I'd bet "File/Save As..." in Photoshop will let you save your picture as a JPEG. Like it does in every other image editing application apart from one.

Compsci guru wants 'right to be forgotten' for old email, urges Google and friends to expire, reveal crypto-keys

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Re: you are just an old git

At least we don't have to worry about said-bookism any more.

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Re: He wants to stop "incentivising crime"

Yes I think he's the one who's got the cost-benefit balance wrong here, not the designers of DKIM. His proposal creates a margin of deniability that could allow wrong-doers to escape accountability, but will be of little benefit to victims of blackmail. I'd imagine blackmail victims generally care about their secrets being revealed at all, not whether they can be cryptographically authenticated.

I do have to applaud Prof. Green for verbing the word "crime" though.

Trump fires cybersecurity boss Chris Krebs for doing his job: Securing the election and telling the truth about it

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Re: The Truth?

It wouldn't surprise me if Trump's last act in office was to press the big red button.

Fortunately we have nothing to worry about because the CIA gave him a fake nuclear button, which he already pressed a dozen times in his first month in the White House. That's definitely true according to unimpeachable news sources.

Not on your Zoom, not on Teams, not Google Meet, not BlueJeans. WebEx, Skype and Houseparty make us itch. No, not FaceTime, not even Twitch

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Re: You wot mate!

Opinions are like noses: everyone's got one, but given the choice you'll always pick your own

Swiss spies knew about Crypto AG compromise – and kept it from govt overseers for nearly 30 years

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Re: Many years ago ...

So on that basis, is "HTTPS everywhere" a bad idea?

Brit Conservative Party used 10 million people's names to derive their country of origin, ethnicity and religion according to ICO report

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If it's personal data, it's covered by GDPR. It doesn't have to be private.

It definitely is personal. But given that it's the output of more-or-less-random guesswork, maybe there's an argument that it's not actually data.

Tax working from home, says Deutsche Bank, because the economy needs that lunch money you’re not spending

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Economists

Economists confuse me.

All the transport workers, sandwich makers etc. who were previously supporting production in offices are no longer required. That sounds like an increase in productivity to me. Producing the same output with fewer people; a solution to the crisis of productivity stagnation that those economists have been complaining about for ages. But no, apparently now it's "a big problem for the economy."

Try to avoid thinking of the internet as a flashy new battlefield, warns former NCSC chief

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Re: Is it only government bodies

Or "a series of tubes."

UK tax dept's IT savings created 'significant risk', technical debt as it faces difficult conversation with Chancellor

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Re: Defer (or cost-cut) regular Tech Refresh at your peril!

Interesting book (well for certain values of interesting):

How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk

The basic point is to come up with a measure of the true cost of failing to address your risks, in a language that the bean-counters can understand. He's targeting security risk, but you could equally apply the same principles to obsolescence/reliability risk.

Tech support scammer dialed random number and Australian Police’s cybercrime squad answered

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Re: Were they able to locate the slime?

I've often thought the telcos could easily put a stop to this problem, if only they could be motivated to do so.

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You've got more patience than me... I've invariably hung up before the end of the 2-second silence you get while the robo-dialler is connecting the call to an available operator.

Let's... drawer a veil over why this laser printer would decide to stop working randomly

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Drawer

When I saw "drawer" and "printer" in the headline, I thought it was going to be the story about the printer that never seemed to produce any output, because the printed pages were sliding into the slightly-open top drawer of the filing cabinet it stood on.

We've made it: Microsoft deems El Reg relevant enough to have a play with the nerfed version of its upcoming Xbox

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Re: Confusing

They had a numerical and chronological relationship. You had Win 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, NT 3.0, Win 3.1, WfW 3.1, NT 3.1, WfW 3.11, NT 3.5, NT 3.51, released in that order. Then came Windows 95, which I guess the marketing department decided was 91.49 versions more advanced than 3.51.

Deloitte's 'Test your Hacker IQ' site fails itself after exposing database user name, password in config file

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Re: insecure non-HTTPS URL

That was my first thought - mistake, or actually part of the test? If you managed to download the config file, did you get a mysterious invitation to lunch in Cheltenham the next day?

But on the other hand, Hanlon's razor.

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