* Posts by FrogsAndChips

637 posts • joined 7 Jan 2015

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Facebook says dump of 533m accounts is old news. But my date of birth, name, etc haven't changed in years, Zuck

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Re: Time for the usual security advice

For these questions I generate random 20-char strings in Keepass. Can't wait to tell an operator that my first pet was called "PisZhAFEQfstPDwyoQaN".

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Re: None of their business

I use my dad's MMDD with my own YYYY.

Ticker tape and a binary message: Bank of England's new Alan Turing £50 must be the nerdiest banknote ever

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Coat

"have you got anything smaller"

That's what she said!

Yes, yes, I'm leaving...

NASA sends nuclear tank 293 million miles to Mars, misses landing spot by just five metres. Now watch its video

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Re: Dare mighty things

And the outer circle of the parachute codes for the GPS coordinates of the JPL.

Australian government fights Facebook news ban by threatening 0.01% of Zuck's ad revenue

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Re: The problem is

Never heard of it. Are they on Facebook?

This scumbag stole and traded victims' nude pics and vids after guessing their passwords, security answers

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Re: It isn't a excuse, but

The article isn't that specific. The uni portal gave access to "email, a cloud storage account, college billing and financial aid information, coursework, grades, and other personal information". The attacker used that information to gain access to other social media accounts, which is probably where he found the pics and vids, rather than on the uni cloud storage.

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Re: "Security" questions....

If you already use a password manager, it's straightforward to add random or bogus answers to these security questions as additional notes. From a quick look, I was born in 10 different places and my mother had 5 maiden names.

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

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Re: "Innovations" catalogue

You get the junk mail even if you have the STOP PUB sticker anyway.

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

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Headmaster

Re: Even that is optional

This isn't mentioned in the main article, probably to avoid controversies in a celebratory article, but in the Keep Reading section.

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?

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Re: Failing switches?

My toaster is an old model that doesn't have a switch. Plug it in, it starts heating. It's much more convenient for me to turn it on with the socket switch than plug it in and out every time I need a slice of toast.

TalkTalk marches OneTel users into a brave new email world

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Re: Begging for Trouble

I still use email addresses I got from my first ISP 20 years ago, 9 years after leaving them.

Family wrongly accused of uploading pedo material to Facebook – after US-EU date confusion in IP address log

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Trollface

Re: International Standards Organization

When emailing my US colleagues I always write dates out with the month by name

Same for me, except when the numerical format is unambiguous (DD>12), in which case I use DD/MM/YYYY just to confuse them.

Q: How does hydrogen turn into a metal? A: Hang on a second, I need to train my AI supercomputer first

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Re: Since we can't build a planet

I was as surprised as you to be the first one to post it. Before reading the full article, I even thought the subheadline itself was a reference.

FrogsAndChips

Re: Since we can't build a planet

Well, there's already this planet built by the Magratheans in the ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha sector, to conduct a very complex scientific experiment...

Wrap it before you tap it? No, say Linux developers: 'GPL condom' for Nvidia driver is laughed out of the kernel

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Re: free sandwich

And the middle seat is unoccupied. You don't get more legroom but you get more armroom.

Community Fibre to splash £400m on FTTP connections as it races to cover a million London properties by 2023

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Re: Is it really worth it?

That's an idea, we should have a regulatory body for this, some kind of Office with people working on Communications. We could call it OffiCo.

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Re: Competition?

Hyperoptic have an entry level product at £22. Over the years they have upgraded it from 20/1 to 30/1 to 50/5 at no cost to existing and new customers.

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Devil

Re: Competition?

"Which lists the many sins of BT"

Let's see: greed, sloth, envy, pride?

UK govt finds £200,000 under sofa to kick off research into improving mobile connectivity on nation's crap railways

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Re: Well, people need some reason to get on the trains in the UK!

Haven't been on a train for months, but I have a feeling the punctuality must be pretty good these days with no one to carry.

Did you see that ludicrous display last night? Bork pays a visit to London's Silicon Roundabout

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Re: Bring back The IT Crowd

Good morning, that's a nice tnetennba!

Don'tcha just LOVE meetings? Microsoft does, too, so here are some new Teams features, you lucky, lucky people

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Double Key Encryption

One key is under the control of the customer while the other is retained by Microsoft. Both are needed to view data

Why would you entrust MS with one of the keys? If you don't want anyone else to access your data, isn't it simpler to encrypt *only* with your own key?

51 years after humans first set foot on the Moon, a deepfaked Nixon mourns how Armstrong and Aldrin never made it home

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Coat

Re: of all of the possible choices...they made this one

I'm saying he's still president and Dr Manhattan won the Vietnam war.

Mine's the one with a Rorschach mask in the pocket.

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Re: of all of the possible choices...they made this one

That speech is considered as one of the greatest speeches *never* given. Bringing it to life can be seen as an homage by the MIT to the author. It also has the advantage that everyone should know it's a fake, so it will spare us some conspiracy theories.

Ob xkcd

UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts

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Re: Not part of the EU? Not likely to get parts of EU projects.

This is a local project for local people. There's nothing for you here!

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'

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My guess: the author was quoting the reader Tom ("I was called..."). Tom probably used an original expression for location/premises that people wouldn't be familiar with, and the author chose to replace it with the word "premises", putting square braces around it as per the convention when altering a statement. A case of fat fingers replaced the closing square bracket with a curly one.

Winter is coming, and with it the UK's COVID-19 contact-tracing app – though health minister says it's not a priority

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Re: GoT cha

The Apple-Google model is decentralized, so it will always be more secure than the initial plan.

Also, I suspect that the only "government" element of this app will be the gov.uk logo for the icon.

Psst. Hey kid, you want $50 in AWS credit? Great, you just need to fill out this form and sit through these web lectures

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Difficult choice for tomorrow

Let's see, watching videos for a day to earn $50 in AWS credits, or spending a day out of lockdown at the London Zoo with the kids?

If my phone had a decent battery maybe I could have done both!

'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails

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Re: detach attachments

I did miss that feature when I switched from Notes to Outlook some years ago, but it's now present in the recent versions of Outlook (Office 365 in particular).

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021

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Re: The EU was not keeping you from doing more.

Do you mean Britain has absolutely no say in EU trade deal negotiations?

No, that's not what I meant. Of course Britain was a big player in EU trade negotiations, something the Brexiters conveniently ignore.

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Re: The EU was not keeping you from doing more.

Er, actually it was: no EU member is allowed to sign trade deals with non-member countries.

The Australian British Chamber of Commerce doesn't say otherwise.

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Re: We dont need .eu !!! :)

Speaking of red lines, this just in:

Government ready to open British markets to chlorinated chicken for US trade deal

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Re: @Olius

While I disapprove the move, you can't call it "literally stealing" as it was stated in the T&C's that domains could be revoked without compensation if the registrant no longer met the eligibility criteria.

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Re: Boris' red lines

Like, say, the ones on the Irish border that have constantly been moving?

Have I Been Pwned breach report email pwned entire firm's helldesk ticket system

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Now, tell us, Troy

How long had you been waiting for this to happen?

Obligatory xkcd: you know which one...

SpaceX is about to launch its first Starlink internet satellite sporting a sun visor following complaints by astronomers

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Airbus are now working on reusable modules for the next generations of Ariane.

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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Pre-authentication, remote root hole in call-center software? Thanks, Cisco. Just what a long weekend needs

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Re: New Measurements

In March they already introduced the Osman as a measure of social distancing.

More recently the authorities in Martinique (French Caribbean) caused some kerfuffle for proposing pineapples as units of measure ("Keep 5 pineapples apart").

SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon cleared to hoist real live American astronauts into space

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Why? It's perfectly normal to be on a daylight saving time zone at this time of year in the Northern hemisphere.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: Highly sophisticated

You should learn about this new language called "pseudo-code".

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Re: Other reports are saying they became aware of this in January

As per Article 34, the requirements for notification are very broad, leaving a lot to the appreciation of the data owner, and no time limits are specified other than "without undue delay".

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Facepalm

From the official Easyjet statement

"There is no evidence that any personal information of any nature, including credit card data, has been misused"

Obviously, the attackers went after all that data just for the fun of it!

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Re: No mention of it on their website.

There's a banner at the top of the homepage linking to the security incident. One of the questions is "Do I need to reset my password details?"

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Re: Never store CC details

That's why "highly sophisticated" password managers have auto-type!

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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Gimp

Blue Death Screen Monopolist abbreviates better.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Re: Texting to the rescue

Hey, that's my password!

So you've set up MFA and solved the Elvish riddle, but some still think passwords alone are secure enough

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Re: ... tens of thousands across the world were using such Fort Knox-style gems

El Reg has posted several reasons not to blindly trust NordVPN, but this is not one of them. Read the linked article and you'll see that the stats come from data compiled from breaches that exposed millions of passwords worldwide. Nothing to do with their customers' data.

Virgin Galactic takes another step towards blasting Richard Branson into space

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Re: Priorities?

I saw the idea of air-allowance floated some time ago, pre-covid. It would be a nightmare to implement, though (for instance, do business trips come out of your allowance, or would they be assigned to your company?).

The most practical solution would be a carbon tax on all flights, contributing to a climate change fund. France launched such a tax years ago for Unitaid, but only a handful of countries participate.

UK snubs Apple-Google coronavirus app API, insists on British control of data, promises to protect privacy

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Re: Difficult choice

Privacy matters aside, at least I trust Google/Apple to bring an app to the market soon enough. Given gov.uk's track record in terms of delivering IT projects, if this app is a prerequisite to lifting the lockdown we'll still be in our homes by Christmas.

Elevating cost-cutting to a whole new level with million-dollar bar bills

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Re: Never saw a car crash into a computer

But what's the velocity of a laden Fenwick?

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Re: Never saw a car crash into a computer

The inquiring mind needs to ask: so why were the 2 guys running and shouting behind the Fenwick?

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