* Posts by NotArghGeeCee

33 posts • joined 10 Dec 2013

Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods, warns Bellingcat



Close enough for Government work

The time a Commodore CDTV disc proved its worth as something other than a coaster



Rhymes with 'Baud'


Search for MH370 called off after new theory about resting place is ruled out

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Refactoring Brexit: The Great Digital Repeal


That comment is satire right?

Dear Dog Almighty, please let that be satire!

Australian national census fails in the IBM cloud



I realise you are not directly addressing the census but, for full clarity, you cannot complete the census in advance - it is intended as a snapshot of the nation on a particular day. As such the demand for the site should have been anticipated well in advance. Or, if it is a DDoS - as they now claim - then that possibility should've been anticipated as well and had suitable defences organised.

Argos changes 150 easily guessed drop-off system passwords



It's because it didn't happen in the US.

If it had, a full SWAT team would have been on-scene in seconds, and the customer would have been shot, or possibly arrested.

There FTFY

Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg


Every time I see "<3"...

...my first thought is always "less than 3 what?"

Apple must help Feds unlock San Bernardino killer's iPhone – judge


[Tin_Foil] Or possibly they are good, they have already cracked it, have the information they want, and are launching this lawsuit to make it look like use of Apple gear is safe-for-terrorists-so-go-right-ahead-and-use-it all-you-want-with-impunity(tm)[/Tin_Foil]

Amnesty International accuses tech giants of battery bastardry


@ x 7 - You are Tim Worstall and I claim my five pounds

Telstra costed fibre to the premises before it was Telstra


Re: Great but...

Well done you knowing that FTTP != HFC, but did you actually read the article? It clearly states that by 1991 Telstra (nee Telecom) had roughly priced a full FTTP roll-out with an expected start of 1997.


Interesting Cabinet Paper

That cabinet paper is actually very good and reasonably accurately predicts the current pay tv climate - the only tech clanger it dropped was its assumption that HFC would be a one-way technology, which is why it suggested it would be out of date by the end of the 20th century. It shows that the growth path for online access was well understood by the early 90's.

So that begs the question why the fuck did Keating insist on a competitive roll-out of cable? Blind Freddy could see that both companies would roll out their product in the same areas (ie those identified as having families with reasonable disposable income).

The ball's in your court, Bezos: Falcon 9 lands after launching satellites


That deserves...

...one of these ->

for all concerned. Top marks.

Controversial: The future is data integrity, not confidentiality


"Not quite right. In at least two of those countries the driving license is a de facto ID card"

Actually your NQR is NQR - Aus and the US (the two to whom you refer I assume) have state driving/drivers licences. These are not a national ID card on two counts (a) they are not federally administered and issued [note 1] and (b) they are not compulsory. A national ID card needs to be both.

Note 1: Driving/drivers licence information (in Aus, at least) is also not easily shared, either within jurisdictions or between jusrisdictions - this appears to be a system issue.

As we all know, snark always comes before a fall. Mea culpa


I'm sorry but...


...On bread!...

...You are, Sir, a highly warped individual

NO, Joe Hockey, a 'Netflix tax' wouldn't raise 'billions'


@Diogenes. Seriously?

A road project commissioned without mandate by the last Tory, in-the-pockets-of-big-business, shower of shinola:

- using a business case so dodgy they wouldn't release it (that from the released summary still showed a negative ROI even with stretched assumption),

-using contracts rushed through without oversight just prior to an election they knew they would likely lose to an opposition who had stated that they would cancel the project and who took that pledge to the election,

- using cushy "side letters" that guaranteed eye-wateringly substantial break payments to the contractors even if the project was subsequently cancelled, the very costs you are whining about.

If you want to whinge about the lefties wasting money then talk about the desal plant done by the last Commie, in-the-pockets-of-the-unions, shower of shinola - now *that* was a CFMEU-driven rort if ever there was one.

Google research bods hope to lick battery life limits – report


Re: Arrrrghh

"I don't want to see a closeup of someone's gob when I'm eating - only when I'm snogging them."

If you get a view like that when you are snogging someone you are doing it wrong.

Google, Microsoft and Apple explain their tax tricks in Australia


No, that would be Bill Stiles

Met Police in egg/face blunder as shop-a-crim site's SSL cert expires


Re: El Reg doesn't even offer https connectivity

"...Plenty of people have posted on The Register with information regarding a news story and have gone anonymous because they work for them or used to work for them...."

Well I hope they weren't logged in at the time they went "Anonymous" because if they did those alleged "Anonymous" posts show up in your "My Posts" timeline. That's about as anonymous as a see-through burka

Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits


Christ on a fucking BIKE!

"...booth babes are the only things worth looking at..."

"...scary feminazification of our society..."

"...sack of potatoes with a lipstick covered physics textbook stapled onto it..."

"...tech feminists (as opposed to women with actual skills)..."

You cunch of bunts make me embarrassed to have tech qualifications and work in the tech industry [Note 1]. Fucking dinosaurs. Fuck off back to your squalid, pr0n watching, meat beating, woman-fearing little lives.

{Note 1] Actually, no. You make me embarrassed to be male. Fuck right off.

Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof


Point of order Mr. Speaker

if you have to untick a box to *not* install this charming little add-in then the process is not "opt-in" it's "opt-out"

Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection


Re: A tragedy of errors continues

I'd like to see the actual quote - I suspect it was more along the lines "...we didn't realise so many of our consumer PCs were used in businesses..."

or maybe it was "...christ on a bike, we didn't realise quite how fecking cheap our business customers had become over the years, we thought they were all buying Thinkpads..."

Proposed US law could deal knockout blow to FBI in overseas cloud privacy ding-dongs


OK, what am I missing here???

I've read the article's precis of the LEADSA (sic) act and it seems utterly sensible...

...and yet, Orrin Hatch's name is all over it...

...Does Not Compute.

Dot-word domains 'a shakedown, designed to get money out of people'


Re: Well, what the heck where they expecting...

"As it stands now, with the .shit domains, its all just a clusterfuck."

cluster.fuck Shirley?

The Reg's review of 2014: Naked JLaw selfies, Uber and monkey madness


Re: This stinks

And, yet, you:

(a) read it;

(b) commented on it; and,

(c) clearly read the said "online tech website".

Other websites are available you know.

Don't panic, US Navy has only deployed a ROBOT SHARK (but where are the lasers?)



"...Not to get in the way of a spiffy Brit headline..."

You're new here, aren't you?

Comet lander drill cliffhanger as last dregs of power used


Re: shock absorbers for landing

Nobel prize for the team...

...except for that schnozzbottle dork in *that* shirt

Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, rename terrorist Wi-fi!


@Mark 85 Re: Indeed, the terrorists have won.

"...I shudder to think what would have happened if, during WWII, we all had this same mindset. It's almost like the media and government want another terrorist attack. One for the ratings, the other for more repressive power..."

Gosh, I don't know. If there had been such a mindset then there may have been forced internments and relocations of Japanese-Americans. But I am sure that such a mindset would not have existed back in the enlightened 1940's.

Oh, hang on a minute...


Tiny transforming bots: Meet these self-assembling 'thoughtful' droids


Re: Link

Coo! It either shit itself or something got quite hot.

Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs

Black Helicopters

Re: I call semi-bollocks

This isn't a tool for the S'kiddies, this is potentially grown-up stuff.

Imagine if you will a trade show. Imagine a vendor at this trade show giving away gift logo'd USB sticks, mouses, novelty rubber-tipped missile launchers, whatever. Now imagine those had been nobbled by said vendor (or a third-party without the vendor's knowledge - yes, shadowy organisation with a TLA, I'm looking at you) with some nasty.

I am sure that has never/doesn't/will never happen.

Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD


Re: Well done Microsoft... how about a Surface 3? And Surface 4?

You are Eadon and I claim my five pounds

Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT


Re: Memories

@Jim 48 - I am *so* glad you posted this 'cos I had been wondering for years if I had dreamt that piece, as none of my contemporaries could remember it. I recall it being Michael Rodd who presented but whatever, I am not going mad...

...yet at any rate.

Google helps out utterly underexposed Lego brand with Chrome toy


Re: Obscure and underexposed....


Grace Hopper gave us COBOL, 'debugging' and inspiration. So Google gave her a Doodle


Re: A Google Doodle is now a Register story?

A "Rubicon" is river in Northern Italy that was considered the point of no return for Caesar (J)'s army a wee while ago - ironically Google is your friend for stuff like this.

As for Google Doodles being stories on El Reg, they have crossed that rubicon a while ago, they have then done some sightseeing, picked some flowers and had a picnic - doodles have featured a number of times. One common theme for the El Reg stories on the doodles is their relationship to IT or science and, frankly, *any* means of keeping a pioneer (in so many ways) like Grace Hopper to the forefront of peoples minds is A Good Thing.

Happy birthday RADM Hopper - may your code be bug-free in perpetuity


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