* Posts by Youngdog

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

Youngdog

Re: RAID 10 ? Why not RAID 5 then?

According to the configurator page they can do RAID 5 for the same price - and they offering RAID 1 mirroring on the PCIe storage too!

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Four Boys' Own style World War Two heroes to fire your imagination

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Some great ones in the recent le Carré biog

My favourite so far is Lance Pope - walked out of Colditz wearing a German officer's uniform he'd made himself. Even had the cheek to b*ll*ck one of the guards in flawless German on the way out!

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Huffing and puffing Intel needs new diet of chips if it's to stay in shape

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Headmaster

"I spent nearly two hours typing an analysis article on Intel's latest financial figures into our intranet"

Oh dear. As any fule kno you must always always type it out, in full, into something far more stable than a browser window if you want to avoid pulling your hair out in clumps before keeling over with an aneurysm. I use notepad just to be sure.

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Invite-only bug bounty criticised for turning up the heat on Tor

Youngdog

Wait - what?

The shelf life of any bug they may have found or will find might become a lot shorter

Isn't that the whole point of a bug hunt? When did that become a bad thing?

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Intel lobs out new Core m3/m5 Compute Sticks, shouts 'Fetch!'

Youngdog

Re: How much?

Upvote for this - after some consideration I went for the Gigabyte Brix over the Zotac. Some high-end versions can top £500 but I got a last-gen quad core for <£100. Small, quiet (fanless) and does everything I need!

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Youngdog

Why the Dickie Davies would I pay $100 more for Win10?

I can get a legit Win8 license for half that and upgrade free. What gives?

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise

Youngdog

@DavCrav

That's true - my bad. The reaction of the field to the bolt would push the weapon projecting the field in the opposite direction

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The bolts are projected via a (possibly magnetic?) cone extending beyond the tip of the blaster - they accelerate away from it drawing energy from whatever field generates the cone. This would explain why the shooter doesn't suffer an equal and opposite reaction.

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I thought Carrie Fisher was excellent as Yoda

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Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

Youngdog

Re John Brown

The bloody beaker people! Coming here from the Iberian Peninsula, giving us cups so we didn’t have to lick water from our hands! What's wrong with licking it up like a cat eh?*

* c/o Stewart Lee (what, you think I'd nick it uncredited like some bloody Pasquale?)

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Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL: Clear thoughts of Continuum with a snazzy camera

Youngdog

Re: "where your phone doubles up as an ARM-based PC to run Microsoft Office"

An idea that is then taken out at the knees by the use of the ARM processor. Don't get me wrong - it's a wonder of modern technology - but it's also the reason M$ were left with warehouses full of Surface RTs.

If I can get a 7" tablet with an x86 processor for £50 is it really beyond our best'n'brightest to come up with a phone that runs full Win10? Then you would have true continuum.

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Microsoft encrypts explanation of borked Windows 10 encryption

Youngdog

Re: No FDE - no Win10

Wait sorry - just re-read the article. If I've FDEd using something other than bit locker does it affect BL functionality for other removable disks?

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No FDE - no Win10

If you think I spent those extra pennies on an Evo Pro just to use M$ software encryption you can jog on

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Hey Cortana, how about you hide my app from the user?

Youngdog

'nuff said

"The less time the user spends in the app, the more productive they're going to be."

Microsoft's contribution to the 21st century working environment in a nutshell.....

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Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

Youngdog

@sisk - from the article you linked

"The terror group prefers to be known as the Islamic State, and is averse to any acronyms, especially one politicians are now using more often...the Islamic State reportedly hates 'Daesh' so much that its brutes have threatened to cut out the tongue of anyone using it"

Would it help if we built them a shrubbery?

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US radar paparazzi snap 'Halloween Asteroid'

Youngdog

The worst kind of space potato

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Big mistake, Google. Big mistake: Chrome OS to be 'folded into Android'

Youngdog

Re: killing a secure, lightweight desktop OS in the process

I think you're throwing the baby out with the bath water with your dismissal - there are really no decent options for 'c' right now which is sad as a terminal only, properly secured device would be a boon to companies concerned with intrusion and data leakage.

I've seen them all - RDP products, Citrix, Java-based virtual desktops - and they all suffer because of weaknesses or limitations in the baseline OS used to launch them. A dedicated locked down chromium solution would be ideal.

And yes, as someone whose dabbled with Android on netbooks, I agree it really does suck when not on a phone.

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TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

Youngdog

As a customer of these clowns

The only thing they're going to get from me is I watch a lot of Black Books and The IT Crowd. These idiots couldn't even get my mobile number right.

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TalkTalk: Hackers may have nicked personal, banking info on 4 million Brits

Youngdog

One not-bothered Talk Talk customer here

Given how useless they were at responding to my complaints that details they had were wrong and STILL showing as inaccurate or out of date even the last time I checked I'd be surprised if the miscreants managed more than a few of the digits to be in the right place to do any harm.

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Millions of people forget to cancel Apple Music subscription

Youngdog

Sign up seamlessly?

Are you sure El Reg? I was told by my phone that my free subscription was ending and given a very clear yes/no choice on its renewal. The fact I chose not too and had no problems removing the Apple Music options from my Music app suggests Apple weren't being as shifty as your article suggests.

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

Youngdog

Re: Tracing paper and a roller

I heard the whole magstripe/chip'n'pin/NFC arms race began after a waiter in Italy worked out how to take an inconspicuous rubbing (fnarr fnarr) to lift the details. Apparently he later turned gamekeeper and went on to start a very successful tech security firm!

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How to evade Apple's anti-malware Gatekeeper in OS X and really ruin a fanboy's week

Youngdog

Ah bless - he drew a little picture!

A bit redundent given El Reg's concise explanation of a very simple concept - but one that worryingly wasn't picked up by the Gatekeeper team at 1Infinite Loop.

If software does have an external dependency (that isn't just input, conditions or settings) then it shouldn't be a mystery and so can't it just be given to Gatekeeper as well?

The picture I drew in my minds eye was based on my previous experience of copying older/patched DLLs into install/Env paths to get things working on various Windows versions!

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FATTIES have most SUCCESS with opposite SEX! Have some pies and SCORE

Youngdog

No news here

In some cultures women prefer men with a bit extra on them as it would indicate they have the resources to fund a more opulent lifestyle

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FBI: We unmasked and collared child porn creep on Tor with spy tool

Youngdog

I'm all for this...

...if I knew for a fact this tech would only be used to catch people like this. Unfortunately I know it won't be so I'm left with a feeling of ambivalence about this. Happy they caught him, worried they could.

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Weird garbled Windows 7 update baffles world – now Microsoft reveals the truth

Youngdog

Trixr/AC - Effect vs. Affect

This debate is the reason IT professionals, who generally came from a maths background and not languages, started using 'Impact' instead of both to spare their blushes!

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BBC joins war against Flash, launches beta HTML5 iPlayer

Youngdog

Good riddance...

...to bad rubbish!

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Feds want a phone smart enough to burn itself if it falls into the wrong hands

Youngdog

Re: They're making a big mistake...

"Incidentally the maths problems underpinning the problems with these sorts of systems and requirements is what killed off the biometric identity card scheme here in the UK"

They seem to have sorted it out in other countries. When living in Singapore I could breeze through passport control at Changi with an ID card and thumbprint - and that place seemed much more concerned than we are with keeping out the uninvited! What were we (or they) doing wrong?

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332M Kick Ass pirates get asses kicked by scareware ass-kickers

Youngdog

Er, caveat ereptor maybe?

Or as my dad used to say - 'Don't play in puddles unless you're wearing your wellies!'

Mines the one with the Tails live disk....

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Boffins make brain-to-brain direct communication breakthrough

Youngdog

Re: I disagree

Fair point - and yes this thing would have to be bullet-proof - i.e better than polygraphs - before life or death situations

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Youngdog

I disagree

If this proves sound it could prove very important to someone suffering from untreatable locked in syndrome if the question was 'do you want us to turn the machine keeping you alive off?'

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Anthropology boffins solve 9,000-year-old headless body cold case

Youngdog

Re: I'd sure like to know

Like most things you just don't know until you try

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India to cripple its tech sector with proposed encryption crackdown

Youngdog

Very sad

So in a country plagued by poverty, corruption and bureaucratic incompetence and with such a backward, and often tragic, attitude to social and sexual equality it turns out the biggest problem government and law enforcement face is people encrypting data. Their insistence should set alarm bells ringing - it's pretty obvious they are the biggest threat the good people of India need protection from!

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GCHQ wants to set your passwords. In a good way

Youngdog

@oldgrumpy

You don't remember the name of your first pet? What kind of monster are you!

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@jonathan1

Obligatory blah blah you know the drill

https://xkcd.com/936/

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

Youngdog

Re: Nice Pi case in the picture

Think it's this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Raspberry-Pi-Official-Model-White/dp/B010180JSS/

Going by the recent news around Amazon I would recommend using this for reference only and sourcing it from somewhere with more ethical working practices!

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Boss hands dunce's cap to chap who turned off disk monitor

Youngdog

Yup been there

Some bright spark in one place decided to disable BMC alerts as they generated too many incident tickets and made his stats look bad - can't really see how replacing them with one, big high-sev incident was any more desirable but hey-ho!

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Oracle bins virtual compute appliance, reveals identical private cloud appliance

Youngdog

Ignore me

I don't have any real interest in Oracle's virtualisation strategy - the accompanying picture just reminded me of the time I tried paragliding off the Hohe Salve in Austria and, for a while there, I went off to my happy place. Considering the Monday I'm having that was a very nice place to be so thank you El Reg!

For anyone who has never given paragliding a go I would thoroughly recommend it - it's like skydiving but a bit less stressful.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

Youngdog

Re: Nothing new here

You are probably running a certificate-based NAC to make sure only Domain (i.e. work) devices can connect

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

Youngdog

"windows with bing" - it is a cheap version that is NOT upgradeable!!

Really? I know people have seen some technical issues when trying because of OS Loader/Storage problems but I'm pretty sure you will qualify for a licence if you can get it working

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Mad Max: Fury Road – two hours of nonstop, utterly insane fantasy action

Youngdog

Cracking film

I would disagree with Nicholas Hoult's character being inept and although I do prefer Mel's 'I-genuinely-don't-give-a-f**ck' brand of madness to Tom's damaged and vulnerable interpretation I think he also did great.

The film managed to be intelligent and at the same time very primal and violent and the use of practical effects lent weight and 'realism' to the carnage. A great Mad Max film!

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BOFH: Getting to the brown, nutty heart of the water cooler matter

Youngdog

"Nice tie," I add. That's five.

Brilliant.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

Youngdog

Re: Harry

I am so pleased this was the first post to go up so it will be seen and not buried under a pile of replies. Every reason why I would rather stay in Europe is in there. Not such a Bastard after all!

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

Youngdog

Re: @Dave128 - TW is right, but for the wrong reasons...

Yes the Tories only got a third but they were still 2 million votes ahead of Labour so Miliband coming out as PM would have made even less sense. What we should really be concerned about is that Nicola Sturgeon's SNP now have over 50 seats in the Commons with <5% of the popular vote!

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

Youngdog

The counter-counter-argument works here too

At one end you have the Beeb raising Middle England's awareness of social issues and at the other you have Top Gear rent-a-racist Clarkson providing front-page fodder for consumption by the poor, destitute plebiscite.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

Youngdog

Re: Linux?

Having been on the wrong end of similar rude behaviour you have my sympathies - some people here could do with realising they aren't as high-minded as they imagine themselves to be! Have an upvote on me to cheer you up ;-)

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

Youngdog

Re: The canned response doesn't help

Straight, honest answer? Yes I did. My reading was that it could potentially allow malicious code to be run as admin without the UAC prompt and the likeliest targets would be home users with Admin rights on their regular accounts so the 'Insider scenario' hadn't occured to me. Won't hold my breath for an apology though.

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Youngdog

Re: The canned response doesn't help

I didn't propose an Inside Job scenario - that was you reading 'manipulating' as being an overt coercion e.g. blackmail.

There are plenty of ways to get an unknowing user with admin rights to click the wrong thing - and most don't need a gun put to their head to do it!

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Youngdog

The canned response doesn't help

"It is important to note that for a would-be attacker to potentially exploit a system, they would first need to have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to a targeted machine"

Bull. The attacker may try manipulating someone with valid login credentials into doing their dirty work for them instead!

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A general's tale of the US's Gulf War follies and Glyn Johns' life in music

Youngdog

The oxymoron of Military Intelligence

Armando Iannucci tells the story about why so many families were being shot to pieces by Allied troops at checkpoints in Iraq. Apparently the familiar western hand-signal (arm in the air, palm facing away from you) that means 'Stop' to most of us actually means the complete opposite to those in that part of the world. As a result unknowing civilians would be cut to ribbons after seeing the gesture and accelerating towards the barriers. This is of course an unfortunate and tragic misunderstanding - the real stupidity however is that it took 18 months for anyone to realise the mistake.

"If we know the enemy is open to attack, and also know that our men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the nature of the ground makes fighting impractical, we have still gone only half-way towards victory" - Sun Tzu, On the Art of War

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