* Posts by RuffianXion

68 posts • joined 26 Apr 2018


India orders 180-day sprint to wire 46,000 villages


That's one hell of a sprint

'before March 31st, 2020' - I guess they're hoping to hit 88mph.

QR-code based contact-tracing app brings 'defining moment' for UK’s 'world beating' test and trace system


Re: Hm.

No smartphone? Heretic! (I'll have two points, two flats and a packet of gravel.)


Re: Absolutely NO lies necessary!!!!

My local takes ONLY cash, no card payments whatsoever. Anyone new to the establishment who brandishes a card for payment of their round is directed to the nearby convenience store's cash machine.

You're stuck inside, gaming's getting you through, and you've $1,500 to burn. Check out Nvidia's latest GPUs


Re: "neither side was short of a few shekels"

When you're as rich as Huang is, fashion norms cease to be applicable.

All in all it's just another bork on the wall: For pity's sake, begs signage, climb onto the pub's roof and boot me up


Reboot indeed

Take the streetview back to 2008 and you will see that the property was once occupied by True-Form Boot Co. - https://buildingourpast.com/2016/07/05/true-form/

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway


Re: £92m


Not the Wright stuff: Bitcoin 'inventor' loses bid to sue YouTuber who called him a liar


Re: "neither side was short of a few shekels"

Seems it wasn't, it's been changed to 'short of cash' now.

Well, that's something boffins haven't seen before: A strange alien streaks around Jupiter


Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) - I'm always amused by the lengths that scientists, engineers etc. will go to in the quest for a good acronym.

UK's Ministry of Defence: We'll harvest and anonymise private COVID-19 apps' tracing data by handing it to 'behavioural science' arm


Quelle Surprise!

"The staff member who sent it put their email addresses in the CC section of the email, rather than the blind CC section" and we're expected to entrust our personal data to these numpties?

Brit competition regulator will soon be able to seize rogue traders' domains – and even Amazon accounts


Re: So by saying...

Stewart Lee fan? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cgeXd5kRDg - NSFW (language)

PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure


Re: Still ticking along - 415th as of today

Given that the overal no.1-ranked folder has joined our team (and seems to be folding for us exclusively) - https://stats.foldingathome.org/donor/1437 - I'd say that was pretty likely. I wouldn't want their electricity bill landing on my doormat!

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon


I'm not terribly well-versed in American political history so could you remind me, was Roland Reagan the President before or after Ronald?

Facebook, distributor of deceptive political ads, sues registrar Namecheap over deceptive domain names


Re: Obvious

A domain name is not required to contain information about the nature or prime purpose of the business. Where did you get that nonsense from?


Re: Only in England the source of the Skripal fantasy would this title fly

It's 'British' and 'Britain' and it's not but thanks for playing though, your contribution is important ( but probably not in the way you thought it would be). Please keep trying though, your attempts to denigrate our society are amusing important to us.

Why so shy, Samsung? Weird Find my Phone push notification did not only affect Galaxy mobes



I didn't realise until now that, although I had disabled (or thought I had) all location tracking on my phone, that I was still being tracked via my gmail account - not anymore though.

Not a Genius move after all: Apple must cough up $$$ in back pay for store staff forced to wait for bag searches


Re: Court

So you're suggesting we treat the legal system like a sport, such as the NFL (or cricket if you are a right-pondian such as myself)? I can see that that would end up working tremendously well. /s

Judge Vulcan-nerve pinches JEDI deal after Amazon forks out $42m to pause Microsoft's military machinations


I'm sure that once Donald America can get Tim Apple, Jeff Amazon and Frank Microsoft together, this will all be resolved amicably (as soon as someone explains what 'amicably' means to Donald).

Uncle Sam tells F-35B allies they'll have to fly the things a lot more if they want to help out around South China Sea


Re: !!!

What the actual what the actual fck? (I didn't mis-type that). I'm speechless. Zillions of dollars spent and it can't do what the F-86 could do?

Google Chrome to block file downloads – from .exe to .txt – over HTTP by default this year. And we're OK with this


Why would you?

"I can't magic HTTPS into existence on a site I don't own if I'd like to link to a data file it hosts,"

Why are you having anything to do with a site that doesn't use https in 2020? It's "free" (yeah I know they build it into the hosting price, but the hosts that aren't charging an arm and leg for for https as an addon are generally better than those that are anyway - Siteground >>> 123Reg ) from decent hosts FFS. There is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for any website not to have https.

'Supporting Internet Explorer is hell': Web developers identify top needs – new survey


Re: Interesting that the communty here seems almost unified for once

Well, anyone who agrees that CSS is too hard probably won't have found their way here anyway, or if they did, found that forums are too hard as well and went home.


Re: Supporting Internet Explorer?

Didn't we already nuke it from Chrome?


Just because 8.2 per cent 'identify' as women, that doesn't mean 8.2 per cent actually ARE women. It's 2019, we're on the verge of a whole new decade where gender means whatever you want it to mean, making statistics such as this utterly meaningless (sorry statisticians).


I'm a little bit younger and quite a bit newer to the web and it's associated technologies than many here, but ActiveX in my mind is basically a synonym for malware, did I get that right?

Found on Mars: Alien insects... or whatever the hell this smudge is supposed to be, anyway


Re: 20/20

My guess would be that he's also a keen believer in single malt whisky.

Helen Fospero makes yet another Brit telly presenter to win IR35 case against taxman


Beyond their grasp

'And if HMRC cannot grasp its own legislation, how can it expect businesses across the UK to when it changes IR35 in the private sector next April?'

I wouldn't expect HMRC to be able to grasp a 'Dick & Jane' book, never mind a piece of convoluted tax legislation.

Inside the 1TB ImageNet data set used to train the world's AI: Naked kids, drunken frat parties, porno stars, and more


This won't end well

So by using an image set that was categorised via MTurk, researchers effectively got a bunch of randos from the internet to train their AIs? That was never going to end well was it?

Good guy, Microsoft: Multi-factor auth outage gives cloudy Office, Azure users a surprise three-day weekend


Re: authenticator app does not "receive" codes

TOTP? Wasn't Top of the Pops cancelled years ago?

Margin mugs: A bank paid how much for a 2m Ethernet cable? WTF!


Re: Not just business

"At these levels of mark up, that bag is probably worth more than the new beemer on my neighbour's driveway." If you add consultancy fees, travel expenses and some random expenditure that no-one except a fellow IT 'consultant' can explain, you're probably about right.

We're all doooooomed: Gloomy Brit workforce really isn't coping well with impending Brexit


"All you need is an axe to start with" - Axe, what axe? Everyone knows you start with a crowbar.

Just as Ecuador thought it had seen the back of leaks, over 20m citizen records are exposed


It doesn't really matter how old the data is - how often do you change banks? I've been with the same one for 20 years.

Watchdog: Hush-hush UK.gov blew £97m on Brexit wonks from six of the usual suspects




Re: Small Change

The ones who started planning this 4 years ago.

Fed-up graphic design outfit dangles cash to anyone who can free infosec of hoodie pics


Waste of effort

She could have been carrying her hacking tools in a clear plastic bag and I wouldn't have noticed.

To get a sense of Samsung's Q2 profits, picture a Galaxy Fold closing to half the size


Re: 5G

Huawei - Your way, my way, any way to get a clickbait title. Websites love Huawei - click here for 25 best ways to incorporate Huawei into a page title for clicks. Also some random news about 5G.

It's so hot, UK needs to start naming heatwaves like we do when it's a bit windy – climate boffins


Re: Names

That's 'Siobhan'.

Trump: Huawei ban will be lifted!
US Commerce Dept.: Yeah, about that…


Re: She can't MAGA

'The word is that even the most fervent of Trumpites aren't that keen on Ivanka'

Oh I don't know, the most fervent Trumpite of all (Trump himself) seems pretty keen on her...

UK.gov pledges probe into tourists' 'motivations'


Those companies are where the data is coming FROM; they already have the data and will be making it available - via the Hub - to SMEs.

Those darn users don't know what they're doing (not like us, of course)


Re: Not laughing with you


Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...


Re: You Just Need to Have Faith

Jesus Christ, that webpage made my eyes bleed.

Uh-oh .io: Question mark hangs over trendy tech startup domains as UN condemns British empire hangover

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Never let something so flimsy as a locked door to the computer room stand in the way of an auditor on the warpath


Re: Golden Rule of Audit

Why make an error yourself when HMRC are perfectly capable of making them themselves?

A day in the life of London seen through spam and weak Wi-Fi


Nope, that's a pancreas.

Ok Google, please ignore this free tax filing code so we can keep on screwing America


Re: 'tis the Merkin way

'Merkin' way? What do wigs have to do with taxes?

Mystery of the Chinese woman who allegedly tried to sneak into Trump's Mar-a-Lago with a USB stick of malware


Re: 'Malicious malware'

Sounds like a case for the Department of Redundancy Department.

Take your pick: 0/1/* ... but beware – your click could tank an entire edition of a century-old newspaper


Re: I'll drink to that

"I wonder if Adrian would have come clean had there not been a happy ending?"


That marketing email database that exposed 809 million contact records? Maybe make that two-BILLION-plus?


Show me the money

So is this a GDPR non-compliance? Who do I send an email to to get redress (yes, I havebeenpwned)? I don't have time to trawl through 2 billion records to find the email address of Verification.io's CEO (Catastrophic Errors Officer).

How do you solve a problem like Galileo? With a strap-on L-band payload, of course!


Re: when has spending money on a Nigerian scheme ever gone wrong

Sorry, I easily can tell this is a fake scam; there are too few spelling and grammar mistakes.

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification


Re: This Identity thing is the key

VPN you say? https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/29/smut_site_offers_vpn_so_you_dont_bare_all_online/

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price


Re: Trade Descriptions Act

Re: those Christmas 'offers', the large round tins of wrapped chocolates (Quality Street et al.) are a classic example. I worked in a Co-op for a while and saw those tins bumped up to £10 or £11 each for about six weeks in July/August-ish before being knocked back down to 'half price', remaining at that price until the following summer bump.



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