* Posts by marcellothearcane

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Crooks steal NFTs worth '$3m' in Bored Ape Yacht Club heist

Paris Hilton

3 million?

I'm confused by the valuation - surely nobody would pay the $3m for this stolen property*, which is obvious by following the blockchain?

Like how if someone stole a famous and recognisable artwork, they wouldn't be able to sell it on.

Unless the theft here is just a dog-in-the-manger style denial of the original owners being able to sell them on; in which case, what's the motive?

*For an extremely permissive definition of property

Elon Musk says he can get $46.5bn to buy Twitter


Would it be possible to put income tax on loans backed by shares? Currently taxes are only due when you sell them, however this is a massive tax loophole that rich people use.

When the expert speaker at an NFT tech panel goes rogue


Not even - the only unique (and non-fugible) thing about an NFT is an ID in the blockchain of choice. I could make an NFT pointing to exactly the same metadata/URI as yours - see the Ethereum NFT schema standard RFC here: https://eips.ethereum.org/EIPS/eip-721

> Every NFT is identified by a unique uint256 ID inside the ERC-721 smart contract. This identifying number SHALL NOT change for the life of the contract. The pair (contract address, uint256 tokenId) will then be a globally unique and fully-qualified identifier for a specific asset on an Ethereum chain.

AI-powered browser extension to automatically click away cookie pop-ups now promised


Prior art


No AI involved!

Rivals aren't convinced by Microsoft's one-click default browser change


Re: The Most Down Voted Post Ever

It's just Chrome with Microsoft icons, so essentially 70% of browser users have used it.


Re: Condescending messages

Also using Teams, and it was probably just last week that they finally allowed a right-click "reply" option on messages.

Absolutely no reason for it not to be there since it works in Edge Chrome, they're just anti-competitively disabling features.

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Edge nagging

Just this morning I had yet another popup asking if I wanted to reset my PDF viewer to Edge when I tried to open one.

Crooks use fake emergency data requests to get personal info out of Big Tech – report


Re: IP Address in an emergency?

The request is probably something like "give me all the information you have on so-and-so, now" and IP addresses get carried along with that.

In a genuine emergency, more data is probably better than not enough, especially as someone would have to sift through it to see what is relevant.

Man arrested, accused of trying to track woman using Apple Watch attached to car


Re: a misdemeanor violation of the state's prohibition on non-consensual vehicle tracking statute

Yes, but that's how the legal system works.

Rest assured*, the threats will be considered as an aggravating factor, which will mean a bigger punishment.

You have a much greater chance of conviction based on evidence, rather than hearsay - otherwise it's her word against his, and he could flatly deny it. With actual physical evidence of intending to track her (note they mention his wanting to know where she was to back up the claim), they will hopefully be able to create a restraining order.

Al Capone was finally arrested for tax evasion.

* I am not a lawyer.


Re: More to the point

They didn't notice because they didn't drive with it on.

As far as I can tell from the article, the tracker was installed after she had called the cops.

Welch, the affidavit says, eventually arrived at The Family Safety Center "where instead of coming inside, he approached [his girlfriend's] vehicle and squatted down beside the front passenger-side tire."

When officers inspected the vehicle, they apparently found an Apple Watch – determined to belong to Welch – strapped to one of the wheel's spokes.

The first step to data privacy is admitting you have a problem, Google



On the backlog along with "pay proper taxes".

Lockbit wins ransomware speed test, encrypts 25,000 files per minute


I've thought before about whether you could have a honeypot file in your harddrive root that a program watches for changes and kills the process that changed it - that would reduce the false positives, but does add a cat and mouse problem where viruses dodge that file.

Win 11 adds 'requirements not met' nag for unsupported hardware


Re: What about?

Silent updates.

AI drug algorithms can be flipped to invent bioweapons


The thought [of misuse] had never previously struck us


Chinese Go Association suspends player 'for using AI'


Probably because like chess, the difference between a move that results in a good position and a move that results in a bad position depends on the exact game state.

The AI didn't find some golden rule like "put a piece here on move 17" that always works, so humans can't copy it.

Apple delivers desktop, mobile OS updates, patches dozens of security holes


Re: Glad they got Face ID working with face masks

Banks probably don't care - after all, they issued contactless bank cards that don't even need to be removed from your wallet (or pocket).


Germany advises citizens to uninstall Kaspersky antivirus


Re: Just don't use ANY anti-virus

Granted, everyone loses from new malware.

However, a lot of malware-slingers are script-kiddies or worse, and just spit out old stuff which antivirus programs pick up.

Fine, nothing is really going to save you from a determined, targeted attack; but if antivirus saves my less-technical colleagues & grandparents, that's a good thing as far as I'm concerned.

I've had Eset delete malware attachments from our company's public-facing email address, which I'm thankful for.

Facebook is one bad Chrome extension away from another Cambridge Analytica scandal

Paris Hilton

Did I read that correctly?

You use the Facebook "view as" feature, and get to see other people's access tokens?

UK regulator 'broke international law', says Facebook


Wikipedia says

Nation-states observe the principle of par in parem non habet imperium, 'Between equals there is no sovereign power'. This is affirmed in Article 2 (1) of the UN Charter, which holds that no state is in subjection to any other state. John Austin therefore asserted that 'so-called' international law, lacking a sovereign power and so unenforceable, was not really law at all, but "positive morality", consisting of "opinions and sentiments...more ethical than legal in nature."

Jeff Bezos adds some more overheads to his $485m yacht by taking down historic bridge


Re: Meh

No no, he doesn't sell any shares. He goes to the bank and says "give me a loan of $485m". The loan is secured based on the fact that he has access* to that and more in Amazon shares.

That's how rich people end up paying very little/no tax - their personal finances show massive debts, rather than vast amounts of money under the mattress.

*He doesn't really - Bezos couldn't sell any significant number of shares, as (a) if the owner sells shares in their company, it's bad news and the share price would tank, leading to (b) the market probably wouldn't buy them.

Website fined by German court for leaking visitor's IP address via Google Fonts


Only one site?

I cannot believe only one site has done this - why pick on that one? When are the other fines/lawsuits?

Off to check I'm not doing the same thing --->

Billionaires see wealth double during pandemic as tech bros lead the charge


If you gave everyone $100, I'd be interested to see how quickly it makes its way back to the pockets from whence it came.

Tesla Full Self-Driving videos prompt California's DMV to rethink policy on accidents



In the UK, signs are in normal paragraph case, because I think research has proved it is easier to read.

The inevitability of the Windows 11 UI: New Notepad enters the beta channel



Or it didn't happen.

Wi-Fi not working? It's time to consult the lovely people on those fine Linux forums


Re: "first read the fine forum thread until the end"

The USB logo is always on the top - no stickers required!

US grounds investors in Chinese drone maker DJI over 'Xinjiang human rights abuses'


You get like who you live with

If you abhor the people in The Register forums so much, why did you hang around for 21 years?

BOFH: You drive me crazy... and I can't help myself



It's all a diversion tactic, while the PFY demolishes the servers - he's keeping Shannon distracted from seeing errors on his PC for as long as possible.

Google loses appeal against $2.7bn EU antitrust fine for distorting competition in price comparison websites


Re: Coffee money 4 years on

That just kicks the can down the road. Whoever runs the next venture would be just as bad if not worse, and if it's the government they won't fine themselves next time.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely...

Singaporean minister touts internet 'kill switch' that finds kids reading net nasties and cuts 'em off ASAP


Re: "It could be crowdsourced like Wikipedia, for its accuracy."

At least he's consistent - none of the other ideas make a lot of sense either.

Windows 11 Paint: Oh look – rounded corners. And it is prettier... but slightly worse


Re: Progress

Why would it need to be consistent with other vendors? You should only ever use Microsoft apps.

See the second E.

Canon makes 'all-in-one' printers that refuse to scan when out of ink, lawsuit claims


Is this something open-source hardware could solve? At first I thought ink would be a problem, but then there's enough ink cartridge clones out there that branded printers try as hard as they can to reject...

Maybe even buying a cheapo printer and flashing/replacing the motherboard?

Microsoft says Azure fended off what might just be the world's biggest-ever DDoS attack


Re: App store

Doesn't it come preinstalled? (Along with candy something and myriad other nonsense apps)

US nuke sub plans leaked on SD card hidden in peanut butter sandwich, claims FBI


Re: We'll never hear...

So long as it's not a peanut butter sandwich in your pocket

Clegg on its face: Facebook turns to former UK deputy PM to fend off damaging headlines


Re: Icon

No need, they do it to themselves!

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram deplatform themselves: Services down globally


Pin code

Just the three numbers on the back will do - now the usual API is down

Blue Origin employees complain of sexist culture that ignores safety concerns


Re: Still buying from Amazon?

That's why I don't.


Amazon delivery staff 'denied bonus' pay by AI cameras misjudging their driving


Re: Quit

All too often, that's not an economically sound option.

A lot of the drivers are not financially stable enough to go without a job, and you can be sure that Amazon work you hard enough and for long enough hours to prevent you being able to find other opportunities.

And even then, I'd expect drivers to consider the devil they know to be better than the devil they don't.

Linus Torvalds admits to 'self-inflicted damage' with -Werror as Linux 5.15 rc1 debuts


That's what the i < limit picks up, I suppose

UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead


But... why?

It begs the question: *why* do they want so much data? I don't have a Facebook account, and I've never been contacted by them, and any advertising I've suffered (which is partially Google too) has either been absolutely irrelevant or something I've just looked at - which I don't see why they'd need my details for.

Is it just that there are some data fetishists at Facebook who collect data for its own sake?

Power users of Microsoft OneDrive suffer massive inconvenience: Read-only files


Well obviously more than once - that's how you do backups isn't it?


The unit of measure for fatbergs is not hippopotami, even if the operator of an Australian sewer says so


Re: The plural of "bus"

Firstly you forgot your coat, secondly nobody knows for sure how to pronounce Latin anyway.


Re: Pural

See also graffito/graffiti

Banned: The 1,170 words you can't use with GitHub Copilot


Re: Only English Words?

Typing in Greek should be interesting, given some company has copywritten their alphabet.


Re: Who did knew that

This post has been flagged as containing irreverent keywords. Initiating spankings.

It's time to decentralize the internet, again: What was distributed is now centralized by Google, Facebook, etc


Re: Bullshit article premise

Did you know that 70 cents from every dollar earned by Amazon comes from their web services?

The shopping part is just a fun side project.

And before you say you don't use it, I guarantee that a lot more sites and people than you would think do use AWS.

Thief hands back at least a third of $600m in crypto-coins stolen from Poly Network


If I understand correctly...

You can trace where it goes, but not the people at the end of it.

The ledger just shows "wallet abc123 sent 100 currencies to wallet def456".

The fun starts when you own lots of wallets, and split the money up and send it round in a complicated set of transactions - there are also services like banks where lots of people send plausibly legitimate money in and it comes out in various directions, but you can't work out which bits are the stolen money. You can also convert to any of the thousands of cryptocurrencies and send it across borders with ease.

It's all standard money laundering techniques which are old hat. Crypto just lets criminals have a new and fairly unreglated way of laundering it.

The web was done right the first time. An ancient 3D banana shows Microsoft does a lot right, too



Linked stylesheets are better in some ways - they allow caching so you're not downloading the same styles for every page (assuming a consistent style set across your site), and ease of maintenance because you only have to change it once.

UK's Ministry of Defence coughs up bug bounties for crowdsourced pentesting


Cash-strapped MoD

I took that line to be sarcastic.

Undebug my heart: Using Cisco's IOS to take down capitalism – accidentally



It's the root word for "death" in Latin.

Mortuary, mortal, rigor mortis, mortified, etc.

We can't believe people use browsers to manage their passwords, says maker of password management tools


Re: My password is secret