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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

Tony Green

Heartbleed is going to be milked

I reckon every website that gets hacked because their own security is crap will be rushing to blame this to take the heat off them. Probably for years to come...

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You want an IT course? Welcome to QA Training's Week of Free

Tony Green

mistook?

No mistake. They've always used their "training" courses as marketing tools.

I remember going on a number of them and a good part of each course was given over to the sort of cross-promotion normally associated with Murdoch media outlets. They even gave incentives to hand over the email addresses of colleagues so QA could spam them.

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123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

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Re: A tenner

As I remember from when I transferred some domains out, 123-Reg don't even HAVE to tell Nominet. You just fill in an online form and it's all done electronically. So cost to them is the power for the server while you do it.

I suspect it's more to do with deterring people from transferring domains away from their crap service.

Though that was at least better than Webhost UK, who I wanted to leave because their staff were bloody useless. I had to ask them and THEY did the transfer. Had me worried they were going to screw it up for me...

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Aw, SNAP. It's too late, you've already PAID for your storage array

Tony Green

Aw, Snap???

Can someone translate into English please?

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

Tony Green

Oh, for goodness' sake!

It's the bloody Daily Hate! Doesn't that tell you all you need to know about the story?

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

Tony Green

Re: Funny that..

Here's a tip that worked for me.

Email their CEO, Tom Mockridge, tom.mockridge@virginmedia.co.uk, telling him that you regard their constant unwanted communications as harassment under the terms of the Harassment Act 1997. And that if you receive any more communications you will take action under that act against him personally, as the person responsible for the company.

You'd be amazed how quickly they get their arses in gear to get it stopped and just how apologetic they get.

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Brit boffins brew up blight-resistant FRANKENSPUD

Tony Green

"FRANKENSPUD"?

So you thought you'd hold of the inflammatory language this time then?

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How NOT to evaluate hard disk reliability: Backblaze vs world+dog

Tony Green

Shurely Shome Mishtake?

"Replacing one drive takes about 15 minutes of work. If we have 30,000 drives and 2 percent fail, it takes 150 hours to replace those. In other words, one employee for one month of 8 hour days. Getting the failure rate down to 1 percent means you save 2 weeks of employee salary - maybe $5,000 total? The 30,000 drives costs you $4m."

But what about the cost of any outage between the drive failing and your engineer getting it back and restoring the data?

Or the data you lose because they were written after the last backup?

Or the reputational damage if the failing drive takes out a customer-facing system?

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Capita and Updata ink £325m Scottish PSN deal

Tony Green

Crapita???

Someone should donate some old issues of Private Eye to whoever actually handed them the contract.

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

Tony Green

Something else we need to know

Who is getting the contract to handle the database?

Bad enough if it's serial incompetents like Crapita, but if like the census it's being handed over to a Yank company, then that's a serious problem for privacy.

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

Tony Green

What grates for me...

... is the use of the word "fails" when "failures" would be so much more literate (and non-American).

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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

Tony Green

Re: Radio 4 this morning

"they have no plans to sell it to private companies"

This is distinctly different from "they will NEVER sell it to private companies".

Weasel words, weasel words...

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EU warns United States: SHAPE UP on data protection OR ELSE

Tony Green

The US can NEVER be trusted

Anybody who thinks the US will actually respect any agreement it might claim to sign up to is a naive idiot.

Uncle Sam considers the rest of the world to be his property, to do with as he wishes. If it suits American business interests or imperialist aims, the US will spy on, murder or invade anywhere necessary. The only sane way is to work on the basis that America can be trusted about as much as Soviet Russia could.

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

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It can be enlightening

Understanding the demented mind of a man like Hitler can be useful in countering the demented ideas of those who still idolise him.

And it's useful in other ways. Religious groups often try to portray atheists as monsters, "because Hitler was an atheist". Which is rather disproved by, "And so I believe to-day that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord."

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Tony Green

"Personally I find a muslim appearance whilst wearing a racksack to be the most effective...."

Though potentially life-shortening if any of Cressida Dick's death-squads are on the tube.

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Report: Prez Obama kicks Healthcare.gov contractor to curb for web disaster

Tony Green

English translation needed

I have no idea what "kicks Healthcare.gov contractor to curb" means.

This seems to have been written either by an illiterate or perhaps someone who only speaks 'Merkin English (which amounts to the same thing).

Checks URL bar... yes, thregister.co.uk

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

Tony Green

Re: At last

Better than it was. Though religious organisations are still allowed to work through their bigotry.

And while it's a lot less socially-acceptable to sound off about "poofs" or "fudgers", as a heterosexual man I still hear far too much of it.

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Tony Green

Breathtaking pomposity

The wording of the document confirms what I've always thought - Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg-Gotha is one hell of a pompous, self-important bitch.

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World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

Tony Green

Good reasons to move to AAISP

"The government wants us to offer filtering as an option, so we offer an active choice when you sign up, you choose one of two options:-

Unfiltered Internet access - no filtering of any content within the A&A network - you are responsible for any filtering in your own network, or

Censored Internet access - restricted access to unpublished government mandated filter list (plus Daily Mail web site) - but still cannot guarantee kids don't access porn.

If you choose censored you are advised: Sorry, for a censored internet you will have to pick a different ISP or move to North Korea. Our services are all unfiltered.

Is that a good enough active choice for you Mr Cameron?"

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Tony Green

Re: Hopefully it'll block the Daily Mail and their noncebait sidebar of shame

I'm assuming that as well as a mechanism for telling them that they've wrongly blocked a site, there should be one for telling them there's one they've missed?

Maybe with enough complaints about the filth that the Mail Online publishes whilst hypocritically railing against much less pernicious stuff might get it blocked.

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Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

Tony Green

To be fair...

...if they'd accepted, then it would have deterred anybody who wasn't a pre-pubescent girl with an IQ in double figures from using a BlackBerry. So it may not have been such a bad decision after all.

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London businesses to signal UNSWERVING LOYALTY to capital with .london domain

Tony Green

More likely...

...They're scared someone else will grab theirName.london so they need to get it first.

Not necessarily because they actually WANT it.

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Firefox's plugin-blocker slams into beta - but don't jump for joy, Flash haters

Tony Green

Re: How will it work in practice?

These are EXTENSIONS, not PLUGINS.

Big difference.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

Tony Green

Summer? There's a simple explanation

During hot weather, the DAB signal becomes useless. That's why digital listening declined during the hot summer.

I live less than ten miles from the BBC's huge Manningtree DAB transmitter. I have an outside aerial pointing directly at the transmitter. But on hot days during the summer, the signal was forever dropping out, either for seconds or hours at a time.

So funnily enough, my digital listening declined a hell of a lot this summer, as I was forced back to FM

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Bacteria-chomping phages could kill off HOSPITAL SUPERBUGS

Tony Green

"the most abundant life form in the universe"

Phew! Some claim.

I'd love to see the evidence to back that one up.

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Microsoft pulls Win 8.1 RT code which upgraded Surface 'slabs into BRICKS

Tony Green

Re: Bricked or somewhat confused.

For the average user I don't think that's a particularly relevant distinction.

For someone with enough (WIndows-specific) technical skills, recovering from something like this might be reasonably easy. But for the average person (ie someone un-technical enough to have been daft enough to buy one of these) it amounts to the same thing.

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Former Microsoftie in AUTOMATIC BEER MAKER funding plea

Tony Green

Come back when...

... you can use it to make beer as good as the monks at St Sixtus in Westvleteren do it.

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

Tony Green

Reliabilty is a big problem

Let's be clear, I LOVE my DAB tuner. I can plug it into a USB port of a computer and access every channel in whatever MUX it's tuned to simultaneously, so it's fantastic for a timeshifting application.

The trouble is, DAB just isn't as robust as FM. I live less than nine miles from a major DAB mast and I have an external aerial pointing at it. But when there's a high-pressure system (which there was quite a lot this summer) it drops out on a regular basis - sometimes for hours on end.

Even though my timeshifting was buggered up, at least I could listen to Radio Four on my FM tuner instead, something I won't be able to do if they switch them off.

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

Tony Green

I don't think it was a mistake at all

Had it been a single key it would have been all too easy to hit it by mistake and reboot your computer. The great thing about Ctrl-Alt-Del is that you have to REALLY mean to do it.

Very much in the same way that 999 was chosen as the emergency number - in the days of loop/disconnect dialling the chances of any random line conditions, even on a seriously faulty pair, accidentally generating three nines in succession was extremely low. Had it been 111 there would have been lots of false calls by accident.

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Boris Johnson floats idea of 'London visa' to attract tech talent

Tony Green

The logic of this...

... is that there will have to be controls to stop people leaving London without the proper paperwork.

And if that keeps a few million Cockney Wankers from infesting the rest of the country, I'd vote for it!

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

Tony Green

A bargain as a kit

It was fifty quid if you bought the ready-made one. But you could buy a kit and build it yourself for £16, which as an apprentice telephone engineer at the time was the same as my weekly gross wage. And extra geek points (before we'd even HEARD of geek points) for having built it yourself.

Funny thing about its use of RPN was that although it was hard to get used to, once you did it was very hard to get used to "normal" calculator operations. Rather like the way I now instinctively find myself using vi key-sequences whatever I'm editing in.

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

Tony Green

It wasn't about putting the data beyond use

It was all about intimidation.

"We don't like the fact that you're exposing our dirty-works so we're going to show you how we can order you about".

That's how government works today. And in truth, has always worked. In its OWN interests, not those of the people it's supposed to serve.

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Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic

Tony Green

What time was that then?

Since El Reg is a British site (well, I'm guessing .co.uk means that), why do you expect your readers to have the foggiest idea when "4:37pm Pacific Time" was?

Because it means bugger all to me. And I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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Just add creepiness: Google Search gets even more personal

Tony Green

Re: @Martin

Missing the (+) operator? use quotes instead. So instead of:

+register

do

"register"

Totally bonkers, but that's the way they changed it.

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End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

Tony Green

Can't include it?

"* We would have loved to honour HTML syntax and surround the word "blink" with angle brackets, but doing so risked making the story unreadable in some browsers or causing El Reg's publishing apps to choke on tag we don't use."

Is El-Reg REALLY so bad at HTML? Does nobody there know the HTML entities < and > ?

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Sky falling: 119,000 Brits flee O2, Be after Murdoch broadband gobble

Tony Green

No need for a Mac

Not sure why you appear to think you need a Mac to use Andrews & Arnold. They'll support you WHATEVER platform you use. And they'll support you extremely well, too.

(Very satisfied customer of many years standing).

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Secret ROYAL BABY birth VIDEO leaked! (And other malware scams)

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US Marine Corps misses target, finds and bombs Nemo

Tony Green

"They're flying aircraft that cannot land with external ordnance aboard without probably killing everyone."

Well what wanker designed that then?

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Tony Green

Re: splash or SPLASH

A bit bloody stupid taking bombs out if you're not going to be able to bring them back if you have to.

And just so they can practice murdering anybody who gets in Uncle Sam's way.

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

Tony Green

It needs to go beyond Turing

Turing's persecution was just one example of many thousands of men persecuted for being gay. Some of the men with similar convictions are still alive and in many cases they're still on the sex-offenders' register.

All of these men need to have their convictions rescinded (not pardoned) and their names properly cleared.

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Ex-prez Carter: 'America has no functioning democracy' with PRISM

Tony Green

Carter's one of very few Americans for whom I have ANY respect

Not only the only post WW2 US president to never attack another country, but apparently still virtually the only US politician with even the slightest vestige of human decency and honesty.

Though somewhat deluded if he believes the US has ever had any "moral authority".

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Fedora back on track with Schrödinger's cat

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Re: There is nothing wrong with KDE

Having recently decided to give KDE another try, after dumping it fairly early in the KDE4 cycle, I have to say that there certainly IS plenty wrong with KDE.

Yes, it looks fantastic. But by default it still insists on running all kinds of un-wanted crap around the pointless Nepomuk (which still seems to me to be a solution in search of a problem) and takes a lot of digging to work out how to disable what you don't want. (My guess is they want to make it hard to get rid of in case people realise how little use it is).

But just try something as basic as adding an icon to launch one of your own programs or scripts into a panel! On XFCE it's just a couple of clicks and the job's done. As far as I could work out, this can only be achieved on KDE by editing the menus, then copying a menu entry to the panel. It may be that there IS an easier way, but if there is, they've hidden it well.

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Bolivian president's jet grounded so officials can look for Snowden

Tony Green

Obama leaning on other countries?

It'll be interesting when it eventually leaks out what sort of threats Obama is making to ensure nobody gives Snowden asylum.

"Take him and the bombers go in".

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Report: Android malware up 614% as smartphone scams go industrial

Tony Green

The Gingerbread 2.3 Android build is still the most used mobile OS and it lacks crucial protections.

Maybe because of crap supplier updates? It seems that most Huawei G300 users who've tried to install the Vodafone "upgrade" to ICS have found that it's totally buggered up their devices, so they've reverted (when they could).

I don't know the Android ecosystem well enough to know if this is typical, but it's certainly why my device is still on Gingerbread. And even though it's a cheap device, I'm not confident enough to risk any of the (probably very good) third-party ROMs.

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Leaked Obama brief reveals US cyber defense, offense policy

Tony Green

"Where actions could benefit the interests of the United States"

Not just "defending the US if it's attacked". This means essentially they can (and no doubt will) use it to spy on non-US companies to benefit US big business.

And they call Iran a "rogue state"!

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US spyboss: Yes, we ARE snooping on you, but think of the TERRORISTS

Tony Green

“The unauthorised disclosure of a top-secret US court document threatens potentially long-lasting and irreversible harm to our ability to identify and respond to the many threats facing our nation,”

No bad thing, in my opinion.

The US is a threat to every other nation on the planet, so the less that terrorist state itself knows about those it wants to attack, the better.

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Obama administration defends mass call-data slurping

Tony Green

Surprised? No

Anybody who happily orders murderous attacks on civilians going about their lawful business, such as (shock horror!) having a wedding party, or simply tending goats in a field, is clearly a man of no decent principles whatsoever.

Can the Nobel committee rescind a prize? It's about bloody time they did.

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Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

Tony Green

Re: I'm going

Can I suggest Andrews & Arnold instead?

Slightly more expensive than some, but first-rate for speed, reliability and customer service. Recently came out in a big poll as the highest-rated ISP. I've been with them for years and never had anything about their service I wasn't happy with.

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Firefox 21 ships with performance-profiling Health Report

Tony Green

Startup time could be misleading

My Firefox is showing an average startup time of about 15 seconds. But this is because it's auto-started when I log into my Linux desktop, along with lots of other things that are triggered by me logging in, plus system services that are also starting up at the time.

Starting it manually later, it only takes about a second and a half. So any stats they get from me aren't going to tell them much that's useful.

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Redmond probes new IE 8 vulnerability

Tony Green

Eh?

'Microsoft says the vulnerability “exists in the way that Internet Explorer access an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated.”'

When I see English like that, I normally assume a scam from someone whose first language isn't English. Though I suppose, as Microsoft is a 'merkin company...

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