* Posts by Frumious Bandersnatch

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Pretend to look busy

Meerkat Jesus is coming!

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Premier Mirkova poses for the cameras with girlfriend Anastasia at Tatra National Park in Liberated Poland.

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Damn it Jim!

I'm a meerkat, not a beaver!

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keyboard cat had to start somewhere

In fact, he started with a one-key xylophone.

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re last weeks prize

With nearly a dozen entries, I was sure I'd win the prize. Or that at least one would get an honourable mention.

In fact, no pun in ten did :(

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This new iLog thing is brilliant for resting my hands on. Now, where shall we have lunch?

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Pwn2Own Tokyo hacking contest trashed, export rules blamed

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Been there... bought the tee shirt

Couldn't they try taking a leaf ot of Phil Zimmermans book and just print the code on T-shirts? There's only a ban on softwear.

Oh, wait...

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Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

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Re: Disable CEIP?

Why does hard-coding a DNS name prevent the TCP stack from using the hosts file entries as part of its name resolution process?

You need to stay in more often.

If all you have is an IP address, hosts is bypassed. If you have a fully-qualified (or partially qualified) domain name like microsoft.com or localhost, then hosts.txt or the DNS server is involved in the translation into an actual IP address.

Apparently what the quote in the OP above means is that the FQDN "settings-win.data.microsoft.com" bypasses both hosts and DNS-based name resolution.

That being the case, the only way to squelch the traffic is to add custom routing rules (probably at the router rather than the PC, just to be sure) for any/all IP addressed associated with that address. With the way things are going, we'll probably also find that there's a custom MS DNS server involved as well whose sole purpose is to resolve that address, so that will probably need to be blackholed too

How did things get to this stage so soon?

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Ashley Madison: ‘Our site is full of women, and members are growing’

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Re: "members are growing"

To quote TMBG, "you're older than you've ever been / and now your even older (x a bunch of times)"

So it's perfectly correct to claim that their members are growing (unless they're dead, but then ipso facto they're not members any more)

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Canned laughter for Canadians selling cans of air at $15 a pop

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Reminds me of the "air inspectors" segment of

Tales from the Golden Age.

In fact, that segment (the best of them, IMO) seems to be called "The Legend of the Air Sellers".

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

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I am a normal human

Typing with my human hands.

7oo me7a? I could probably scour b3ta or fark...

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Deadly Spiders 2

"Hair Happerent"

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looking over your shoulder

--- It's not just for paranoid freaks!

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"so you want me to pose for a stock photo?"

"and you want me to bare my shoulder?"

"and have a spider crawling on me?"

"and have me look really scared?"

"What kind of sicko would pay money for a photo like that!?"

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"It's just ..." Janet began, then trailed off.

She knew what she had to do and yet Howard was just so sensitive. It was obvious that she would have to be delicate with him---there was no way of knowing how he would respond to the brush-off.

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(the last two to be read as a diptych, natch)

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Obvious Outcome with Ornery Octopod

Antsy Arthropod Attacks Advertising Actress

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"so just to clarify"

I can get this amazing 6Tb WD Black drive for free and all I have to do is put this spider on my shoulder? What's the catch?

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No one would have believed ...

in the first years of the 21st century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligence-

AGGHGHHH A SPIDER!

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<em>That's</em> a spider

Actor Paul Hogan arrested at web conference. Guest speaker turns terrorist as audience member recounts memorable 80's catchphrase "one too many times"

Omnishambles "could have been prevented", admit organisers.

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Australian Tourist Board to launch Dropbear Awareness campaign

Warns visitors to remain alert to true menace even while being marauded by other deadly species.

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After a series of frustrating encounters on dating websites (how could he forget his disappointment with the lady and her "chocolate lab"?), Roger decides to filter out all leggy brunettes as a preventive measure.

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Pauline McLynn to open new dating hints website for women

Press treated to sneak preview of her patented "over-the-shoulder comether" technique.

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with mounting horror

it began to dawn on fashion student Celeste that her chosen accessory was not quite the right shade of grey.

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Re: That says it all

three essential human requirements are shelter, sex and food

I always thought it was "flax, fodder, fire and frigg" (4 requirements) but web searches turn up a load of Wicca sites (and others) talking about "flags" for some reason.

I wish my landline had a "fuck off I'm cooking/eating" setting.

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Re: I have an "Honor" 6

Do they spell honour correctly when attempting to sell these things outside the US of A?

If your name happens to be "Honor Blackman", then yes.

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Malware menaces poison ads as Google, Yahoo! look away

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Re: Online Ads Not Malware???

Much evilness is in the URL-rewriting

Google search results also do the same thing. Check it out and see.

As a user of Google search, I've made the decision that letting them store (most of) my queries is an acceptable price to pay for the usefulness of the search results. I draw the line at them knowing which link(s) I've chosen from among the search results. To stop this URL-rewriting I use Greasemonkey and the "Google Link Cleanup" script.

URL-rewriting is evil, Google.

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Re: Looking at the problem backwards

Ensure the code for the adverts is sent to the publisher to be published. They can then automate the screening of the code for re-directions (and embedded malware).

I was thinking of something like this myself. Recently I was bemoaning how Flash became such a cesspit because it allowed arbitrary code to be run, and how a more declarative programming language would have solved all the problems. That approach could still be the answer to the problem of "malvertisement". There would be sections for all the graphics "assets" and some basic scripting language that allowed for interactivity. In fact, SVG + this new scripting language would fit the bill nicely.

The language spec and interpreter would have to be designed so that it was impossible to, eg, smash the stack or call itself recursively. As for redirects to an external website, these would have to be declared in a static part of the SVG file, so there would be no chance to modify them or obfuscate them. No other external assets would be loadable from the ad itself.

Providing there's no underlying bug in the SVG or interpreter for the scripting language, then at least the ad itself would be easily vetted (both by the site that will embed the ad and the user who is being asked to view them). What happens after the redirect is, unfortunately, still beyond the control of the person showing the ad (if there is malware hosted there, it can be sensitive to context such as the HTTP referrer field or cookies stored on the viewer's machine) but at least the ad itself would be safe so long as nobody clicked through, and other means (such as black/whitelisting or some sort of trust rating) could be used to give some assurance that the target site won't be hosting malware.

No re-directions, no malware

Unfortunately, with a general-purpose language like ActionScript (ie, Flash) or Javascript, deciding what URL the ad ultimately redirects to is nearly impossible without actually running the code (thanks to their ability to obfuscate and 'exec' bits of code dynamically or implement self-modifying code). Further, even running through a simulator, if any external data/assets are involved, those parts can detect whether it's a real user (who they want to infect) or the simulator (in which case the malware side is disabled). So (a) ads have to redirect or else they're worthless to the advertiser, and (b) the current techniques or providing the redirect URL are fundamentally insecure.

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Win10 PCs still stuck on slow boat from China, warehouses empty

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refused to comment?

That's a bit strong, innit? Did you try "ah gwannn, ah gwann, ... ?"

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German spies sold out citizens to the NSA in exchange for super-snoop-ware XKeyscore

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would this be a good time

to ask again when we get an extra 's' in front of www.theregister.co.uk?

(he said, sneakily avoiding automatic keyword scanners)

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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"in addition to the magical stones and healing ointments"

I know this is slightly OT, but frankly, I find it embarrassing going into health food shops for much the same reason. Sure, I don't mind if they cater to whatever the latest nutritional fads might be. These "superfoods" might be useful if you balance them out with other required vitamins and amino acids and whatnot, but they're not going to harm anything except your wallet. The same goes for most of the tinctures or tonics that have some active ingredient (though just because it's "natural" or "organic" doesn't mean it can't have side-effects or be damaging if taken to excess). But fuck, a lot of the other shite they sell (and often the advice they give to punters) should have warning labels on them. A case in point: on one of my last visits I was given a handout for some "iridology" workshop at the checkout. Only politeness prevented me from pointing out that it's a steaming pile of crap.

We also have anti-vaxers who are really into getting measles and dying. It's nice.

That's fine (if we're both prepared to be flippant about kids dying) so long as not too many people believe the anti-vaccine FUD. Herd immunity and all that.

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NHS site defaced with screed protesting Syrian conflict

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"We shan't link to the site ..."

That's a bit of a departure for the Reg, isn't it? I mean usually (as far as I've noticed) you link to an archived copy of the defacement. What's different in this case?

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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

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another option

Let users design their own lock screen based on photos and clip art. Present a grid with 3x3 or more pictures and use a series of gestures rather than one continuous swipe. Mostly based on dragging pictures around, but allow a few distinct gestures such as:

* wiggling an icon

* dragging an icon onto another (possibly from different angles)

* circling an icon around another

* "throwing" an icon or moving it out of the grid area

Each step would map to a simple subject-object-verb or subject-verb action, which could be easily memorised, even with fairly long chains.

To guard against the smudge attack, the pictures/icons could be randomised. It should be easier to find pictures among a random grid than it would be to hunt out a particular number.

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

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Re: Everyone does it

While we're tangentially talking about the Irish and mistranslations, let's not forget the Gardaí scooping the Ig Nobel prize in Literature back in 2009 for something similar.

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not quite at that AIpocalypse yet

I dunno. Maybe it indicates that the AI has developed a nascent sense of humour. Today it's telling us how to find a particular restaurant in a foreign town, tomorrow maybe directing us on how to fill our hovercraft with eels?

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Oh no Wikiwon't: Russians plan own version of 'distorted' Wikiland

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no mention of "conservapedia"?

http://www.conservapedia.com/Main_Page

I know there's Poe's Law and all that, but it seems that there are plenty of people who fall for this dross. Perhaps the Russians could fork from that instead of forking Wikipedia?

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AT&T accused of Wi-Fi interception, ad injection

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the "potential security problem" angle doesn't sound so weird

when you consider that this would be a perfect way for the various TLAs to track persons of interest arriving at airports. Just pay for ad space just like any other <insert your favourite scumbags here>

Paranoid, maybe. Weird, no.

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'Web brothel' CEO, staff cuffed on prostitution rap – clue: the website is called Rentboy.com

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a simple solution to illegal prostitution

Make it legal.

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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if your keys fall into a black hole ...

forget about them, man--they're gone.

(or maybe not?)

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'Hans free' mobe gag crowned Fringe's funniest

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I'd love to have a luxury yacht

I'd call it "Raymond".

(pronounced throatwarbler mangrove, natch).

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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re: Muff Divers

There's also a Feakle in Co. Clare. You wouldn't want to mix them up by mistake.

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I think Peneston is Brittany should get a mention. 'Cos it sounds like Penistown.

Is that near Brest?

Anyway, I don't know anything about Scots Gaelic but I just logged on to say that "feis" (a festival) in Irish doesn't take the accent. We Irish would pronounce that something like "fesh". If it had a fada (the acute accent; I never knew Scots used a grave, but I assume it denotes the same sound change) on the 'e', it would sound more like "faysh". In other words, the fada changes the vowel from a short one to a long one.

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

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Re: Clever..

she dresses to distract and has no other space to store equipment

*snook*

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Re: Huh?

shoes?

Taking a line from The IT Crowd, yes, "THE SHOES!" I wonder if this is where the hacker got her idea that men don't notice them?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Ugandan 'rolex'

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not so keen on your chapatis

They look altogether too thick and doughy.

If you're going down the route of making bread, nothing beats Malaysian roti canai. There's a bit of an art in stretching and folding the dough (like a pizza, but much thinner) but you can cheat with an oiled rolling pin (or clean wine bottle, natch) on an oiled counter. The stretching notwithstanding it lends itself well to some advanced preparation (mixing, kneading and proving and chilling the dough). It's also not too hard to whip up a quick lentil curry/sauce. The combination of the two is simply amazing. It's the perfect comfort food and great soakage after a night on the batter.

I've never made this myself, but after buying an electric griddle/flat-top in Lidl recently, it's high on my list (with okonomiyaki being the main other use I can think of). I reckon that ciabatta flour is a good bet rather than plain flour since it's higher in gluten and should give a better texture and be easier to work with. Lidl happen to sell those bread mixes, too.

The pics in the article reminds me also of Japanese tamagoyaki, which is basically a cross between an omelette and a crepe, but rolled up into a log and sliced. There's also a certain amount of skill involved in making them, but I gave it a shot recently and it actually turned out surprisingly well. It really needs katsuobushi, though (or Japanese dashi) for an authentic flavour.

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

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Re: ARM without binary blob means no GPU

you cannot get any hardware graphics acceleration unless you use the binary blob

That's exactly what I suspected, Richard12. Someone talking out of his arse, I think.

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Re: Yours will be for movies over ethernet?

re: OpenBSD runs without binary blobs and [Pi] is not an open system by any stretch of the imagination

I suspect that you're getting most of your downvotes because you're dissing the Pi (among other things), but I'd be interested to know which ARM platforms that OpenBSD runs on "without binary blobs". As I understand it, all ARM boards need a "Board Support Package", which basically seems to be the equivalent of the BIOS on a PC. Also, AIUI, these tend not to be open-sourced as manufacturers are in competition with each other and treat the inner workings as trade secrets.

The biggest problem with ARM and binary blobs, though, seems to be with the graphics infrastructure. ARM's own MALI drivers aren't open source so people have to try to reverse-engineer what they're doing and try to emulate them. Obviously the quality of the free drivers will vary depending on the specific platform.

So basically, just to reiterate, I'd be very interested in hearing which platforms OpenBSD works best on and, more importantly, whether it uses MALI (essentially this "binary blob" you're complaining against) or, in the case of a free driver, whether it's up to the level of the proprietary driver?

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power over HDMI

I'm replying to both Ru' as above and also this part of the article:

As a note, the device can't be powered over HDMI. There is hope that Intel will implement this in future versions of the stick.

The 50mA figure is how much current the TV/monitor can take from the source (be it a graphics card or PVR or whatever). The TV does not power the source of the video signal!

I'm almost left speechless at how sloppy the article's author is here. It's fine that they don't know how HDMI works, but I'd expect any journalist worth his salt to do at least some basic fact-checking before submitting. And as for the "there is hope that ..." bit, who is it that hopes? Intel? The author? Random newsgroup posts? This unattributed passive voice bullshit is sloppy and lazy.

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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so if I get this right

the list itself is adulterated? How ironic.

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