* Posts by Anonymous Cowtard

46 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Sep 2017

BT 'welcomes' whopping £2bn investment by French telco Altice

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Re: "And who owns Openreach?"

To save some clicks : "Openreach is a wholly owned subsidiary of British Telecommunications plc."

Shopping online for Xmas? AI chatbots know whether you want to be naughty or nice

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Re: shoe-fitting fluoroscope

A shoeshop in Whitstable had one in the late 70s, it was sometime after 1980 it was removed.

Remember when the keyboard was the computer? You can now relive those heady days with the Raspberry Pi 400

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- Downvoted for missing the joke

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Re: The keyboard is everything

- Upvoted from my x200

Open-source devs drown in DigitalOcean's latest tsunami of pull-request spam that is Hacktoberfest

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Re: Attention to details

Don't you just love it when the corrector needs correcting?

"To many tiny errors so I just did a full rewrite below.”

Built to last: Time to dispose of the disposable, unrepairable brick

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Shout out to the ageing Thinkpad crew!

X230 here, SSD & 8GB RAM.

Social media notifications of the future: Ranger tagged you in a photo with Tessadora, Wrenlow, Faelina and Graylen

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Re: Mixing names

Frogmella is a girls name!

Oracle leaves its heart in San Francisco – or it would do if, you know, Oracle had a heart

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"...a whole lot of great things available that have nothing to do with any of that."

Serious question from somebody who has never visited : what are these things you speak of?

Like a BAT outta hell, Brave browser hits 1.0 with crypto-coin rewards for your fave websites

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If you have your own domain it's straightforward to pay yourself to browse.

Join up as a publisher, register your site, when the monthly grant arrive send a tip your own site.

OK, it isn't a fortune, around £80-worth of tokens so far this year.

Twitter: No, really, we're very sorry we sold your security info for a boatload of cash

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Re: If something is free, YOU are the product being sold

I use GNU/Linux OSes, all free. Who is the customer buying me?

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings

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"SpaceX is owned by Elon - no other investors to please. "

Incorrect. He owns a majority share and has huge voting control. Alphabet own a 7.5% stake.

Bulgarian phishing gang member who lived with his parents jailed for part in £40m fraud ring

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Re: should have been prosecuted in Bulgaria

Mr.Donchev targeted UK victims from his home in Bulgaria.

Why should Bulgarian taxpayers fund legal action on crime which doesn't affect them?

I feel that taxes I pay could be used to take legal action against those in other countries who may target me.

Scotiabank slammed for 'muppet-grade security' after internal source code and credentials spill onto open internet

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Why is orange jam called marmalade?


Not very Suprema: Biometric access biz bares 27 million records and plaintext admin creds

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Re: Incredible

According to their website there are >1,000,000,000 people using Suprema technologies in 1.5 million installations.

I'll also assume that we're only seeing the iceberg tip.


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Re: Storing admin credentials in plaintext

The company's share price has increased slightly today. I don't understand why. Who in their right mind would want to invest in a company responsible for this travesty? Surely they're soon to have their balls stamped on?

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...and to change their faces to a more secure one.

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Unencrypted usernames & passwords, plain-text passwords of administrator accounts, non-hashed fingerprints. By a security company. Holy shit.

A question to those in the security industry - is this normal? I suspect not.

I got 502 problems, and Cloudflare sure is one: Outage interrupts your El Reg-reading pleasure for almost half an hour

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Re: Cloudflare are not the only ones that have problems ...


After years of listening, we've heard not a single peep out of any aliens, say boffins. You think you can do better? OK, here's 1PB of signals

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Re: Misleading headline

I, for one, welcome our new Nio overlords.

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand

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Re: "because according to this article’s author, you’re an idiot too."

I'm not denying I'm an idiot but that isn't due to my daily use of a 12 year old iMac which was given to me in lieu of services rendered, replacing a 9 year old self-assembled PC. My work laptops are a Puri.sm Librem and a Thinkpad.

Life is too good to be wasting money on the latest tech just because it's shiny and new. A great majority of people buying this kit won't be doing so because they've diligently calculated an ROI. I have in my family 3 Apple devotees, 2 own >£1k iPhones which are likely to be replaced in 2 years. I personally could not justify such an outlay and I think they are both idiots for paying out so much for a web browsing / navigation / social media/ telephony device. But hey, I guess we're all free to be idiots in our own way, and I applaud The Register for insulting anybody they wish.

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Re: "Cupertino idiot tax"

I'll come back out of my box, I posted that comment.

I'm not arguing about any ROI considerations or anybody's freedom to choose Apple gear.

What I'm talking about is your choice to read or to not read an article on a site which is absolutely devoted to irreverence towards tech giants. When I read an article on El Reg about Apple's new hardware I would expect flippant references to their very wide profit margins. If the phrase "Cupertino idiot tax" didn't appear I would feel cheated. The same is true of other manufacturers and software giants, you'll find many El Reg short phrases regarding their shortcomings whether perceived or real, historic or recent.

We all have our allegiances/preferences/biases towards certain gear providers, it's pointless reading The Register if you're going to be offended by an article bashing something you hold dear.

Sent from my 2007 iMac, maxxed out running Debian happily.

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Re: "Cupertino idiot tax"

You must be new here. F**k right back to Ars Technica, there's nothing for you here.

And in this week's weird news, Feds seize dark-web news site, accuse admins of getting rich off drug cyber-souk

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I can´t disagree with you about the Team America comment but I can contribute to a discussion of the general issue.

Deepdotweb was the leading reliable source of Dark Net Market (DNM) URLs. TOR .onion addresses are mostly not human-memorable. In the cut-throat world of DNMs genuine sites may need to change URLs often, almost daily, due to DDOS by rivals or disgruntled parties. A search on a darknet search engine would yield many results with similar URLs pointing to cloned sites with the ability to relieve the unwary of their bitcoin. So Deepdotweb was a crucial part of the DNM infrastructure, clearly there were strong links between it and DNM operators. DNMs are very very popular in the US.

I would guess that US GOV has some kind of influence over Misteret Yisra'el in such matters.

Brit Watchkeeper drone fell in the sea because blocked sensor made algorithms flip out

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Re: Hmm pedant alert

I'm pretty sure it wasn't a crusie missile.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Heavenly Source are Almighty Sees ..... in Bare Naked Territories*

Yes officer, this post right here.

Q. What's a good thing to put outside a building of spies? A: A banner saying 'here we are!'

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Re: You are so wrong.

Things have changed. When GCHQ moved to The Doughnut there was an open day for family members, and another a couple of years later. They gave out GCHQ balloons and pencils.

UK spy overseer: Snooper's Charter cockups are still getting innocents arrested

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Re: Not quite sure why any compensation was paid ?

The newly discovered fact was that police staff had incorrectly typed an IP address.

Are you aware of the gravity of the situation on Mars? Why yes, say boffins: We rejigged Curiosity to measure it

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Re: Is Big G truly a universal CONSTANT?

Do not feed the Binra.

The lighter side of HMRC: We want your money, but we also want to make you laugh

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Re: pay-your--mortgage-for-you benefit (do you still get that as well, it used to exist

Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) used to pay the interest on a mortgage, capital repayment was the responsibility of the homeowner.

SMI was changed to a loan last year : https://www.moneywise.co.uk/news/2018-04-26/dwp-admits-42000-claimants-have-had-mortgage-help-stopped

Crystal ball gazers declare that Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7

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Re: Android

"overtook both of them combined 2 years ago."

Did you read the article? I did, it's about desktop OS prevalence.

It's the end of 2018, and this is your year in security

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Re: A Question for Mullers and Mullahs Alike re Future Years in Play

To amanfromMars 1 : why do you use so many capitalisations? It makes your posts appear to be written by a conspiracy theory idiot, clearly you are not an idiot. I feel most of your downvotes come from the needless capitalisations, personally I see the first sentence then skip to the next comment.

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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Re: Cowtard ...

Coconut bacon sounds like a Reeves & Mortimer sketch, I'll order some purely for that reason :)

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As a lifelong non-carnist who has never eaten meat bacon : Quorn bacon is not an edible foodstuff. Yuck.

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Re: Days like today are when I'm thankful

"What job do you work in where you can stand to lose so much without data for 1 day?"

Data not a problem, it was phone calls on the road & on the job.

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Days like today are when I'm thankful

for my £120/year backup phone on a different network.

364 days a year it's a slight annoyance, today it saved me thousands.

Can't read my, can't read my... broker face: Premium Credit back online a week after cyber attack

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I make no apologies for being a spelling Nazi when professional journalists display poor spelling skills.

For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

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Oreo update on a £100 phone.

Wileyfox Swift 2, 2 years old.

Ok, I lost my ringtones and default SMS returned to bloody Truecaller.

How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign

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" at least 40,000 clicks on malicious adverts"

Who clicks on adverts? Has anybody here ever clicked an ad? Does anybody know somebody who has clicked on an ad?

I've accidentally clicked on ads twice. A casual survey of friends and family shows a similar pattern. Those 40,000 clicks can't all be accidental.

Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Re: Ram Air?

600ish mph? Allow me to refine your estimate.

The report states 800-900kph, 850kph= 528mph.

I'm all out of maths now.

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Re: At least the toilet didn't fall off from the sky.

In October 2012, a live leopard shark fell out of the sky.

British Crackas With Attitude chief gets two years in the cooler for CIA spymaster hack

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"How do you explain the 2 year delay on your CV? "

With great ease : link to media reports such as this one. He has a brilliant mind and deserves rehabilitation alongside punishment. He would be a great asset to a security-focused outfit.

Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Re: Health and Safety...???

"Probably not, but it could happen"

It has already happened, they call it F1 e-sport.

What a mesh: BT Whole Home Wi-Fi users moan over update

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"Mine fails to even notice some devices on the network. They can use the network but don't show up in any admin screens as being on the network."

Connected devices using static IP's don't show up in any admin screens on my HH5, DHCP devices can be seen. I can't figure out why the manufacturers would think this is a good thing.

Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

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So long,

and thanks for all the physics.

Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks

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Re: It beings.

It beings.