* Posts by Prst. V.Jeltz

2666 posts • joined 17 Sep 2015

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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You mean how it can think that your in contact with your neiebour even though theres a wall between you?

Yes i've thought about that.

I'm kind of the "every little helps" school of thought.

Whereas everybody else seems to be of the "if we can think of one single disadvantage ranging anywhere from 'its impossible' to 'i dont like the colour' then the whole things a non starter.

imagine this:

Sherlock homes: "Commisioner , i have detected the killer has only one leg due to his gait"

Commisioner: "Plenty of non killers have one leg too so fuck off Holmes"

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not everyone who has a smartphone can be arsed to carry it everywhere

I cant be arsed to go to work , or do the washing up , but i do for various reasons.

Fighting an outbreak of a contagious disease is like fighting a war , in that it requires a soupcon of co-operation (or coercion) from the populace.

Sitting at home bitching saying things like "well what if I dont want to carry a phone" is not the attitude!

If i were in charge i would implement this simple solution:


"Cant / wont / too lazy / too obtuse to get yourself a smartphone ?


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Even if the actual government contact tracers call, how are you supposed to answer their questions?

As a techie i find it staggering the the govt appears have just given up on a tracing "app" and just said , "nah we'll just get a load of people with telephones and if anyone gets it we'll ring them up and see if they can remember who they went near to."

This was technology's time to shine .

Then again it would never have worked looking at the comments underneath the news stories about it.

People seem to think if they use the app they'll be rounded up and shot.

It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims

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Re: Stelios & EGM


Chicago: Why I just grin like a dork... It's my kind of Bork

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"If it is the error we think it is, then it gets thrown when all available connections are in use"

yeah, i thought that too

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain

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Re: K'in eejets.

I know right?

huge marketing blunder , a lot of people avoid "lite" beer for fear of not getting enough alcohol

No one seems to realise its about the calories

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: obvious

so clearly had both the chops to piece together a home PC and the experience helping others fix tech over the phone."

Maybe the former , but obviously not the latter. Its a totally different skill

The end really is nigh – for 32-bit Windows 10 on new PCs

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Re: Amazed it took them this long

I dont think the reason is the PC , there CANT be many 32 bit laptops left , more likely people , probly even in industry have installed 32 bit on newer hardware out of some paranoia about compatitbility

Driveway karaoke singer who wanted to lift lockdown spirits cops council noise complaint

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Re: It's about choice

he has, according to the articve

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Re: One song is too much

I put up with other people's shit in the expectation that they will put up with shit I might enjoy. It's about balance, tolerance, equability, reasonableness and compromise.

The cure ->

"No Jason , its Madness this week."

Been waiting 30 years for the correct setup line for that quote.

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Re: One song is too much

Ted, who is also accused of playing "You'll Never Walk Alone" during happy-clappy time on Thursdays

"You'll Never Walk Alone" !

Isnt there something about that in the Geneva Convention?

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Re: What a shit hole

heat tho!

Dosent warm weather kill this virus? i think i read that .

if so , it dosent stand a chance in Oz

Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks

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Re: Picture discrepancies.

That snakes head looked absolutly horrifying , doubly so when it turns out to be retractable.

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Re: "Spot the robot dog"

see Spot run!

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

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Re: I'm so angry I can't think

methink you windows is not set up very well by your company software slingers.

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bin there

Microshaft !

On the other hand , its a bit old , predictable , boring and childish.

Ex-Imagination Technologies boss tells UK Foreign Affairs Committee: Britain needs to stop overseas asset stripping

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Britain needs to stop overseas asset stripping

I thought this was going to have something to do with the British Museum when i read the title

What's worse than an annoying internet filter? How about one with a pre-auth remote-command execution hole and there's no patch?

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Re: It wouldn't make the slightest difference.

indeed, but you failed to correct me on pedestal


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Re: It wouldn't make the slightest difference.

ok , dont get up on your pedal stool , it was a bit of a damp squid after all.

Google is a 'publisher' says Aussie court as it hands £20k damages to gangland lawyer

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Things go into the public record . fact . end of story. for better or for worse . you cant start editing it.

With no google and no internet , there would still be microfiches of newspapers detailing all kinds of things.

see also Barbara Streissand

Lars Ulrich makes veiled threats of another Metallica album during web chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

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Re: Most bands are in it for the money

Well ,you gotta admit he was , technically , right about it being theft.

you wouldnt steal a policemens helet and then shit in it would you?

Home taping is killing music.

oo not heard that debate in a while , i guess cos the music industry did change , and now you can legally access a lotta music a lot cheaoper with spotify , youtube , and paisd download of single song.

People come up with all kinds of excuses for music and video privacy , normally

waaaah: its a ripoff , its too expensive , so i'll copy it.

Funny how with items you cant replicate with a cd writer , you've suddenly got money for.

Like those £100 Nikes

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Another shining example of glorious modern technology being used to keep track of where everywhere is and fight crime!

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Re: Massive invasion of privacy

Surely that means mass surveillance is ok, if the left and the greens are fine with it?

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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Re: I think the real cause for disciplinary action....

nobody outside was ,thats the point

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

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in order to itemise a customer's bill and point the finger of guilt at who ordered the wine and which greedy so-and-so had three starters.

I cant wait for the day this happens.

Restaurants are supposed to be about service , so why cant they do something about the awkward scrabbling around to get the bill together, even if you are splitting it evenly its difficult.

Ideally everyone would swipe a cashcard on the way IN then , eat whatever they want, get billed appropriately and piss off at the end without waiting around for the bill and then discussing it for 30 minutes whilst missing last orders at the pub across the road

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The curse of RS-232 strikes again in part two of our serial series

Was that last word necessary?

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'

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Re: Oh ye of such little faith

My Elephant detectors working fine too, going from results so far ...

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Re: you may laugh

reasonable until the scientists analysed it and proved that it had occurred naturally

Looking for a tech job? Have a browse – there are plenty of roles in our biggest listing yet

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Employers seek devs, support, and engineers all over the world

ok , i think i know what a dev is.

Whats an engineer?

and why isnt a "support" an engineer?

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

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Re: Apropos of nothing...


"its funny cos its true" has never been truer ,

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Re: Sales

its not so much how as why.

i'd try twice.

then try it with a /? at the end (which would work if id written it)

then either give up or look for the code behind it

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I'm sold!

Sounds better than a normal pizza, which i only keep in the freezer for emergencies

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Re: Savagery?

Clockwise or Anticlockwise?

Coronavirus lockdown forces UK retailers to shut 382 million square feet of floor space

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Analytics house GlobalData has calculated that British retailers have shut 382 million sq ft of floor space since the UK's coronavirus lockdown on 23 March, causing a £14.5bn drop in sales – though it claims that equates to roughly £200 of delayed or cancelled spending per each local.

This is fantastic news! people are at last being forced to see that they dont have to constantly buy shit off the high street , and then put their old shit in big bags and take it to the 'poor people' dumpster at the supermarket, or worse the recycling centre

Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule

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Re: iOS update would be a blocker on the Apple–Google scheme

oh i get it , so you're exempt from the effort to mitigate the spread of the pandemic? just in case somebody knows where you were at any given time.

You remind me of the idiots that come into the police station and say "Yoov got our shazza in ere"

"ok whats your name?"


"my phone runs out of battery etc etc" - picking holes is not a better solution.

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Re: Whatever happened to the idea of planning for disasters?

surely the solution for not having 50 year old gloves at the next emergency , is to keep a stockpile but rotate it?

In other words to the exact opposite of this "Just-in-time" shit that has been all the rage in recent years , that seems to serve only to make any business or system extremely fragile for no apparent benefit

NASA makes May 27 its US independence day from Russian rockets: America's back in the astronaut business after nearly nine years

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Re: USA is fooked

$215 billion at the current price of $45 a barrel is 4.77 *BILLION* barrels of oil a day.

I'm intrigued how that deleted post linked economics figures to Oil consumption of that magnitude.

The USA are the highest oil consumers per head , eating just under a quarter of the world consumption , which is around 90 million barrels per day .

Out by a mile , as u say.

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Re: Now, if it just doesn't explode

wasnt that Steve Buschemi's line in "Armageddon" ?

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Re: Not Fair!

sorry but , wtf are you talking about?

This hurts a ton-80: British darts champ knocked out of home tourney by lousy internet connection

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Re: Actually ...

I have 18Mb/s download...

18mb? you were lucky!

I've got 10. and its absolulutley fine.

As others have noted , people are coming to realise they need upload speed too.

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Re: Actually ...

What actually happened is their expenses allowances were increased by £10k

oh theres a limit? what is it?

and why does this current situation og not moving around requirer another 10k?

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Re: Actually ...

"No: what's confusing me is just how poor some of the connections are to some pretty senior politicians and journalists. "

Thatll be because they dont know how to use them.

long range wifi , webcam set to 8k , via skype.au .. etc

GrubHub, DoorDash, Postmates and Uber Eats sued by hangry, overcharged coronavirus customers

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Re: "We are going to be very strong on food supply."

“Whatever form it takes, this is a deeply shortsighted and dangerous decision - at any time, let alone during a ... pandemic,” said Alexandra Phelan, assistant professor at the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University.

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Re: "We are going to be very strong on food supply."

Trumps latest vacuous grandstanding gesture:

Stop funding the WHO amid a global pandemic and start pointing fingers instead.

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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Re: Local TV

There should be a sliding scale of course fees for further education based on how pointless the course is.

In fact , you shuldnt even be allowed on something so fucking pointless as media studies or film school unless you can prove you arnt going to be oin the dole office for years afterwards.

ie a job promise or sponsorship or whatever

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Re: But........

I've got mine up to 30 years :) and as such it has a standard double din hole in it so i can easily install a DAB or whatever else when i feel the need.

Right now it has a single din kenwood which was the worlds first stereo to play mp3s from a cd.

I've not felt the need to upgrade since then.

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Re: But........

*There is a ridiculous method for hard rebooting the radio. Turn off the ignition for 30 secs, open the passenger** door for 30 secs, close it for 30 secs, open it again for 30 secs, close it and turn on the ignition.

Sure they're not winding you up?

Like when i told the users they had backspaces in their passwords :)

Apple creates face shield for health workers, resists the temptation to call it the 'iMask'

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"Apple Creates face shield"

Dont these already exist?


Who's essential right now? Medicos, of course. Food producers, natch. And in Singapore social media workers have made the list

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the absolute right to get out and get exercise every day.

well i question it!

some people never exercise , thereby proving its not that vital. at least for a few weeks.


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