* Posts by Mongrel

164 posts • joined 17 Nov 2016


Danish artist pockets museum's cash and calls it art... and other stories


It's a vicious circle, when you have people who are willing to pay 120K for a banana duct-taped to a wall it seems 'art' is about what you can blag rather than what you can produce.

One-character bug gives away $90m in COMP tokens – recipients can keep 10% or consider themselves doxxed


Re: Are the tokens convertible to cash somehow?

And we're forever being told that crypto doesn't run under the same regulations as the rest of the financial world and that it's a good thing...

Age discrimination case against IBM leaks emails, docs via bad redaction


Re: Prejudice?

I'd say it sucks but it's entirely the fault of the lawyers (or their minions) who mucked it up. That's the documentation they presented to the courts, it was their duty & professional responsibility to ensure that it was redacted properly.

As for the point of redaction, again not a lawyer but happy to be corrected, it's not about prejudice it's about controlling the information your opponent sees. They ask for all information concerning X,Y & Z, there's some pre-trial 'negotiating' about what is & isn't relevant and the court orders them to hand over the X & Z information. If they foolishly include Y in the information packet, that's on them. If their opponent doesn't ask for A & B (which is where the juicy stuff is) that's the opponents problem, they're not under any obligation to hand it over or even mention its existence


Re: Prejudice?

IANAL but follow a couple on YouTube

If the item in question has been filed with the court, and not been specifically made private, then it's accessible by anyone who can log in and pay the fee.

Apple's iPad Pro on a stick, um, we mean M1 iMac scores 2 out of 10 for repairability


Re: Recycling is now criminal

Luckily our tip has a ReUse shop. If your stuff isn't in too bad a condition you leave it in a flagged spot and they chuck a cheap price tag on it an chuck it in the store.

Also, thinking about it, they have a cargo container for PCs, Monitors & TV panels so they may get sent out for refurb or part picking

I think Free Geek is the best example of how to recycle PCs & components.

First Coinbase, now Basecamp: Should workplaces ban political talk on internal corporate platforms?


I think the fact that all your talking was face-to-face was probably a major contributing factor.

People find dickish behaviour easier if there's a display separating them

Where did the water go on Mars? Maybe it's right under our noses: Up to 99% may still be in planet's crust


Re: Simple test

Pfft - Just declare a Bank Holiday

Housekeeping and kernel upgrades do not always make for happy bedfellows


Re: The secret to intelligent tinkering ....

I think it takes 'an event' to make most people think seriously about the question "What's the worst that can happen?" before they hit the button.

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


Re: "Security" questions....

or that my first pet was called Z9%4ë

Is that you Mr Musk?

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Trump ban means the service has failed


Re: by colluding to ban Trump, en mass

See also, the Paradox of Tolerance. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_of_tolerance

Business intelligence vendor MicroStrategy reveals it’s bought a billion bucks of bitcoin


Re: "Dependable store of value"?

and you only sell them in small quantities

About $15m in advertising booked to appear on millions of smart TVs was never seen by anyone, says Oracle


Re: Naughty step

Either from companies I'm probably not going to be buying from in the first place or from companies that are so big that I'm not even a rounding error in their advertising budget.

TLDR: Don't care.

BOFH: Switch off the building? Great idea, Boss


Re: We

Our plank was a clue by four and was engraved (in cheap marker) with the names of all the people who needed it.

Apple aptly calls its wireless over-the-ear headphones the AirPods Max – as in, maximum damage to your wallet


Re: Case looks like a bra

I've found the problem to be that a lot of the people who buy them do so because it's an obvious way to show-off rather than for the sound.

If you walk into the office with an expensive pair of Sennheiser\Sony\Bose headphones, most people don't care as they're not up on the product stack. They could be £90 or £9,000 but only like minded people will recognise them.

Slapping on a pair of these and people will instantly recognise them as an iProduct and, at the very least, know they're not a cheap product.

Google tells court: Our rivals gave US govt confidential dirt on us to fuel antitrust case. Now we want to see it


Re: What this needs

It's not that we don't trust you but.... wait...nope, we don't trust you.

Max Schrems is back... and he's challenging Apple's 'secret iPhone advertising tracking cookies' in Europe


Re: They just don't get it.

Because most people don't appear to care and are happy to trade their privacy for a free Starbucks or a new chat app.

Remember, we're not the 'normal' attitude.

EA Games' Origin client contained privilege escalation vuln that anyone with user-grade access could exploit


Re: Huh

I've never installed it.

First time I would have brought something that did was near it's launch when it still had the "Oh, by the way, by clicking yes you've given us permission to rummage through your hard drive at will. KTHNXBYE" 'anti-cheat' functionality.

That combined with their rapacious acquisition and absorption of good companies (Bullfrog, Maxis, Westwood studios etc.) was the final straw, I've not purchased a new EA game since or any second hand one that requires Origin.

Big Tech's Section 230 Senate hearing was like Jack Dorsey’s beard: An inexplicable mess that needed a serious trim


Re: Fake victimhood

Now Tucker claims that the *only* COPY of the emails was lost on its way to him, perhaps deep state took it to hide the evidence, claims the Fox News liar.

Not forgetting the recent law suit that successfully defended him;

"The judge said that lawyers for Fox "persuasively" argued that "any reasonable viewer 'arrive[s] with an appropriate amount of skepticism' about the statements" Carlson makes, according to a court filing."

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/judge-tosses-suit-trump-affair-story-fox-news-tucker-carlson/

Uber allowed to continue operating in English capital after winning appeal against Transport for London


I'd go with crappy but in different, not-equal ways.

Wondering how to tell the world you've been hacked? Here's a handy guide from infosec academics


The framework does, however, advise execs to ask themselves "are you really taking security seriously?"

The follow on question should be "Does the IT team\Infosec team agree"

Your latest security headache? Ed from accounting using his kid as an unpaid helpdesk


Re: Best Kept Secret

Well aware of lmgtfy but it's the balance between keeping the peace (especially family) and another lecture about not being sarcastic to colleagues


Re: Best Kept Secret

Doesn't matter, I'm the first line for friends, family and occasional co-workers and the number of times they ask a question then I type the exact same thing into Google and get the correct answer. "Oh. I never thought of that"

People don't want to know how to use computers, have no intention of learning and are enabled by their management. "I'm not good with computers!" is somehow a perfectly fine thing to admit to despite their job involving working on a computer all day because "That's what IT is for"

Take your pick: 'Hack-proof' blockchain-powered padlock defeated by Bluetooth replay attack or 1kg lump hammer


You may want to check out his Ramset videos, he's fine with a little physicality to bypass a lock.

Also Lego Spacemen...

This PDP-11/70 was due to predict an election outcome – but no one could predict it falling over


Re: The elevator did it

In retail it was the tills going wobbly when the fluorescent lights turned on or set up too close to the exit RFID scanners

Bratty Uber throws tantrum, threatens to cut off California unless judge does what it says in driver labor rights row


Re: Ride Sharing

Ride sharing is how they started.

I think they hang onto this description as part of their paper thin "We're not employers" defence

America's largest radio telescope blind after falling cable slashes 100-foot gash in reflector dish


Re: Aliens!!!!!

Mysterons always told you what they were going to do, no concept of operational secrecy.

You had one job... Just two lines of code, and now the customer's Inventory Master File has bitten the biscuit


Re: Adding a comment sometimes caused compile failure

So one of the few times "Well, it worked on my machine" was valid...

That's how we roll: OWC savagely undercuts Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels with bargain $199 alternative


Re: And yet...

From one of the more sensible Mac enthusiasts, Snazzy Labs. He collaborated with a viewer and made available a set of 3d printed adaptors for the Mac Pro feet so you can use whichever castor suits you for a lot less.

Doesn't look as good but considerably less outlay


Trump administration labels WeChat, TikTok ‘threats’ to national security, bans transactions with both


Re: The DeathStar analogy is apt...

Although Porkins does do a nice summation of the current administration

"Stay on target... Stay on Target....***explosions***"

USA decides to cleanse local networks of anything Chinese under new five-point national data security plan


"Tencent could be interesting, they have so many fingers in gaming companies form fully owning Riot Games owner of League of Legends to a small share of Epic Games who make Fortnite, to partly owning the Clash of Clans company, they also own 1.6% of Warner Music and 10% of Spotify."

Don't forget Discord

Spending watchdog doubts UK is capable of managing Brexit and coronavirus info campaigns at the same time


Re: It's obvious....

Actually yes. Salad is already chlorinated in the EU. The European Food Safety Authority deems it safe. It is cheaper than the expensive chicken we are FORCED to buy from the EU. Allowing food prices to fall due to buying at correct market price is not a bad thing. It makes the country richer.

Because salad and chicken are so alike...

Dunking chicken in a bleach bath is not a replacement for a clean and hygienic slaughtering process as a bleach bath can hide an unhygienic process. (See https://www.soilassociation.org/our-campaigns/top-10-risks-from-a-uk-us-trade-deal/what-is-chlorinated-chicken/)

I'm all for cheaper food but not if the trade-off is an increased risk of food poisoning.


Re: It's obvious....

Getting out of CAP but then we have to accept Chloronation Chicken?

Door's already opened wide on that one.


Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps


Re: Thoughts and prayers

Unless this the result of younger operatives in the party, someone didn't think this through. Or did I read your post wrong?

I think the missing word in the rather good summation is 'poor'.

You're only a real person to the GOP if you're a rich white guy

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it


Re: What 5G ?

This led me to check a 5G availability map or the UK and I don't see any 5G in the Glastonbury area.

I always find it funny how badly they misapply their "research".

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?


Re: If the author of this PoC

"Twitter haven't suppressed what Trump has been able to say, they've merely added a flag to point out that what he's spouting may not be grounded in any kind of fact at all."

And even if they did suppress his speech, it's a win for the Free Market and Capitalism ! Why would you want to add more regulations?

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl


"From the article, it mentioned they were going to remove the unauthorised email address via a software update, that seems to indicate that access may still be possible by other means."

They were going to remove the ability to access the service mode via an update. It was this that allowed the perv to enter his e-mail in the field.

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


Re: Right click

"While at uni I worked for Time computers, please feel free to flame me for my murky past"

Not at all... All the while Time existed I could claim I was working at the second-worst PC manufacturer

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


Re: Damn!

Or the 23 minute condensed version from the, increasingly inaccurately named, Reduced Shakespeare Company;


You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin


Re: "are these mechanical keyboards any good for actual work"

"The response from the keys is entirely different, although it's hard to quantify exactly how"

It's mostly the precision of the switches.

You know where in the stroke it actuates and when it bottoms out, both of these are repeatable & predictable, cheaper keyboards can be more variable (like the godawful Dell cheapies at the office they feel like they have gummie bears as switches). Also build quality makes a big difference, if the keyboard flexes when you press on it that'll change the pressure needed to actuate.


Re: A decent keyboard is a decent investment

Yes, a confounding factor is people are unwilling to spend the cash buy an expensive keyboard that has unproven benefits to them.

If you don't know how much better an experience it can be (IMO), it's a hard sell for a £100 plus accessory. That's why I like the cheaper switches, £30-£40 is easier to justify and at that price I'd tell a friend that I'd be willing to buy it off them if they don't like it after a few weeks (A spare keyboard is always handy).

I got myself one of the Aukey KM-G9 for when I had to lug the laptop to the office and agree with the review, they keys are mostly consistent and sound louder than Cherry Blues I've used but that could also have been down to metal face & back plates used - al in all impressive for the price

COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response


Re: Despair

"Wires 'wear out'?"

A standard Lucas feature IIRC

Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK



I'm convinced all this 5G conspiracy nonsense will disappear once the new, 5G capable, iPhone is released

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?


"Right, time to switch the deep fryer on and break out the Fringe box set!"

A vastly underrated series - well done :)

Infosys fires employee who Facebooked 'let's hold hands and share coronavirus'


Re: Ah, that old chestnut.

The 1st amendment protects US citizens freedom of speech from the US government.

A private company, driven by capitalism, has every right to make whatever decision they want, as long as it doesn't breach Federal rules. If they think having a gormless Edgelord associated with them who's posting shite on a public forum and they think it'll affect the public's perception of them, and therefore the bottom line, then they're allowed to get rid of him.


Re: Background


FREEDUM! shurely?

Facebook does the right thing for once: Joins Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, YouTube to clean out dodgy COVID-19 info


Re: Alex Jones selling anti coronavirus toothpaste

Saw that, of course now it'll be "The cure they don't want you to know about!!", feeding into his (and his followers) paranoia about the government


Re: So now they've taken the first step

Oh and, side remark, I've got the feeling that there will be no outcry from the rabid defenders of Free Speech in this case. How curious.

Sadly I wouldn't count on that. The pushers of anti-vaxx and general quackery have been using "Medical Freedom"to push their useless quackery for a while and there's a large overlap with anti-government conspiracy theorists.

For a relevant example see Alex Jones selling anti coronavirus toothpaste...

Post Office burned £100m in UK taxpayer cash on Horizon IT scandal legal fees, MPs told


Re: BS

I agree with the PO stuff, but what is your problem with VW ?

From what I understand the cars passed the test that was required at the time !!!

They passed because they had a 'super seekrit' mode that was only active for the tests and managed the engine in an unrealistic fashion to best optimise their test results.

A 'normal' car running the same test wouldn't pass.

Hacker swipes customer list from controversial face-recog-for-Feds Clearview. Its reaction? 'A part of life'


Re: Just desserts

The problem is that they're not the victims, it's the people who's data they left lying around to be stolen.

Come on baby light me on fire: McDonald's to sell 'Quarter Pounder' scented candles


Re: "Please let it be a joke"

"I'm convinced that there are many people who would gladly light up one of those candles purely for fun, out of sheer curiosity (does it really make it smell like a Mc D hamburger) and, for some, for simple convenience (it's a candle)."

You forgot the 'ironicly' humorous muppets



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