* Posts by Mage

3179 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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Region Locking

Should be illegal. The folks elsewhere in the Galaxy can buy each others video.

I have no illegal copy DVDs. Despite in Europe Region I have had to buy some USA (inferior 480 line vs 576 line and sometimes films with gratuitous 3:2 pull down shudder) DVDs as the title isn't available anywhere else. They play on my DVD player, but not on any BD player.

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Your data: Stolen through PIXELS

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Eh?

How is this news?

Though the article was a bit confusing with some irrelevant detail.

Obviously you send important targets a very nice mouse with a trojan. Much cheaper and more effective.

If you really want to do this you supply a nice monitor with this built in. Perhaps with a special cable dock for ALL cables to pass though (Protect your Cat5, USB, Mains etc from surges and lightening, or equipment replaced free) The nice surge arrestor of course listens on all and uses the ethernet to call home.

Icon because the example is baby stuff.

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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Option Explicit

VB5 & VB6

If you had never used BASIC you could apply all the good stuff you learnt doing C++, Modula-2 etc, for the code you wrote to make your visual design work. No Gotos, No pointers, no go subs and everything typed.

You did have to remember to assign a VB String to a big enough literal if calling C, C++ or Modula-2 based DLLs.

I ignored Windows programming completely till there were real 32 bit versions and 32 bit VB.

If there was only as good a visual IDE for web server pages with mix of Cold Fusion, PHP, JAVA and SQL excuted on server with HTML/CSS/javascript on Client. It's like being back in 1976 . Eclipse is hardly better than a Text editor with project resource tree. Notepad++ is almost as good and less annoyance to use.

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Good Reason to move VB6 to C#

VB.net is con for VB6 refusniks, it's a C programmer's concept of VB. Pointless. Better off learning C# for .net

A proper VB for .net would be nice, (not likely), so it's C# (really MS version of Java).

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1&1 goes titsup, blames lengthy outage on DDoS attack

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Toto ... we're back in Kansas

All back now.

Someone fed the Hamsters.

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Nothing much to read ...

Start:

12/09/2014 4:50 PM

Estimated end:

Unknown

Last update:

12/09/2014 5:37 PM

Type:

Incident

Affected services:

Website

Description:

Some customers may currently be experiencing website issues within their 1&1 webhosting package due to DDoS attacks.

Status updates:

12/09/2014 5:37 PM

Our engineers have identified the problem and are working to resolve it as quickly as possible.

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German?

Which site you get depends where you live.

They have UK hosting (but you need a UK address).

If your address is in some European countries you can only order via .com and you get US (Kansas) Hosting,

My Kansas hosting is still down via Web, but my control panel and SFTP is OK. So my content is still there. Perhaps DNS will take a while to catch up?

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Hmm..

1and1.com

1and1.co.uk

and

1und1.de

are all up though.

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Confirmed

My Kansas hosting is down.

Still, over the last year it's been better than Microsoft and many other Clouds/Hosting.

If it's not back soon, I'll worry. Is the UK and German hosting down too?

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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But Google?

Google in the Taxi or Delivery business?

Only as a sideline to sell more adverts.

Do they make any SIGNIFICANT profit from anything other than selling adverts?

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Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

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Re: MS Linux?

I remember installing MS Xenix on 286 boxes very long ago.

Maybe Linux is MS plan B if MS Win X is a fail?

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Re: Still too big

Same actually for NT and LInux, except one Floppy I think.

I have a floppy that expands into RAM running a Linux, then allows a USB boot of full Linux (for laptops / PCs with USB, Floppy, no CD/DVD and no BIOS option for USB boot, i.e. before May/June 2002 approx.)

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Intel: Grab these platform shoes and dance to OUR Internet of Things standard

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I don't want IoT

I don't care if x86 or x64 or ARM.

There is very little I want connected to the Internet, and nothing more than I had 10 years ago.

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A first look at Google’s Android Studio 1.0: Climbing out of the Eclipse kitchen sink

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IDE 1.0 vs Eclipse

In theory you can use Netbeans too. But while I prefer Netbeans to Eclipse, sort of, I'm more familiar with Eclipse on Windows and LInux, I've only used Netbeans about 6 years ago on Windows.

Having recently started to do Android, I can imagine the 1.0 IDE can easily be better than Eclipse. Maybe try it next week.

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NASA prods sleeping New Horizons spacecraft: Wakey, wakey, Pluto's calling

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Re: Navigation

Pulsars. That's the lads.

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Re: Navigation

Neutron stars are the Galaxy's GPS.

We are mapping them well enough for Solar System Navigation.

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Re: PLUTO.......Planet, planetoid, Celestial Body or what?

Dwarf, but not red.

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400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes face SUPPORT DOOM

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cloud storage?

Not a viable replacement for more than tiniest fraction of a percent of Server Users.

Windows Server Later versions ... Paying thousands to have what you have now?

Time to look at migrating from IIS, Exchange and Sharepoint, the only compelling reasons to have Windows Server at all? Lots of people never got locked into those in the first place.

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IBM Research wants laptop batteries to retire and slum it

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Nice Idea?

Only if you want to treat the developing world to our rubbish. it's a better Idea to give them a sustainable power source instead of a continuous stream of dangerous scrap.

Recycle them.

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Gigabit-over-copper VDSL successor G.fast signed off at last

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Physics

Probably there isn't much more reach possible at 100Mbps. So they experiment with shorter distances which inherently allows more speed.

Shannon-Nyquist.

The future is fibre. Even VDSL2 is becoming a Niche for existing apartment blocks, hotels, guest houses etc that don't have Cat5e or similar. At about 900m to 1200m (depending on cross talk, noise, cable condition etc) the ADSL2+ becomes better than VDSL2. Most VDSL gear will fall back to ADSL2+ on poorer / longer lines.

Another aspect also is RFI production as you increase power and bandwidth for higher speeds.

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Competition probe opens door to Canal+ Spain for Rupert Murdoch

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Murdoch

He "cheated" to get toe hold in UK during BSB. He cheated to acquire Italian Operators. His money has distorted UK Football and pricing to have Sky sports is predatory.

Personally I'd never watch Sky Sports even if free.

He should not be allowed to run Channels AND a Platform, one or the other.

We need a decent Europe wide probe into Murdoch's monopolistic activities. Do we want one Europe wide American owned* Satellite Pay TV company?

(*Though Australian he bought US Citizenship).

Telefonica just sold Ireland's O2 to Three and might sell UK's O2 to BT, so perhaps they can afford it.

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EU justice ministers: This is not the one-stop-shop you're looking for...

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Not entirely true or fair

The Irish DPC is FAR better than the Communications Regulator (Comreg) and the Financial Regulator.

Of course that's not perhaps a good comparison.

They did slap Sky's wrist once.

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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I wonder ...

Will India or China be first with someone on Mars?

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

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Pointless

MS, the Cloud isn't a stable, universal solution. MS Cloud is a worse lock in than Win95, so no thanks.

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Euro spacemen clear Ariane 6 for liftoff

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Re: plenty during the 80s

So non-tech people under 40?

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Re: Great stuff. UK in ESA

You should fix the Wikipedia entry for ESA.

Actually ANYONE should fix it. It's a bit confused and rambling.

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Great stuff.

Most non-tech people haven't heard of ESA, NASA is better at publicity. Yet Arianespace launched 61% of the current in orbit satellites, was 1st commercial launch company and does over 50% of launches.

The European Space Port was started in 1960. It now has a pad for Soyuz launches. In South America, though most control/co-ordination seems to be in Darmstadt, Germany. There seems to be a back-up centre in France (probably a CNES facility), anyone know where?

The connections, funding and membership between Arianespace, ESA (Canada is an associate Member, UK seems not, but EU funds over 20%, so UK pays anyway, there are non-EU European members) and CNES (the French equivalent of NASA) is fascinating. Arianespace seems majority French owned (or they are biggest) with Germans 2nd biggest.).

Spaceports and Launch tech are crucial to getting the parts up to assemble a Spacedock, or a Generation ship Starship. Arianespace doesn't get the headlines of SpaceX, Virgin Galactic or others, perhaps because they just keep iteratively advancing capability and reliability?

ESA and CNES are MUCH more than Arianespace. Even if Arianespace was under cut out of business, there would still be ESA funding using other launch platforms. ESA & CNES do Science, Research, Exploration, Satellites for Weather monitoring, resource, gravity and climate. Also the only civilian alternative to Military GPS (The US and Russian systems exist for Military reasons and can be disabled for civilian use).

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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responsible for creating the company’s most iconic kit,

STYLING the company's kit.

He doesn't program, design electronics or systems for Apple. Only styles the box (and sometimes GUI appearance) copying Dieter Rams designs for Braun in late 1950s and early 1960s.

He hasn't created any kit ever, as far as I know.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: Hmm. Geany could be worth a look...

Nearly as nice as Notepad++

LibreOffice : Isn't already on everything?

But the rest of the list? Really the best 8?

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Not just bots

"They" employ cheap humans to put adverts on sites.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Re: Project Orion

I'd prefer if the "proper" Orion craft (which would do the trip so quickly that the only shielding consideration is from its propulsion) was launched well away from anyone. The middle of Pacific perhaps.

Though maybe using conventional launchers for its parts and lighting the blue touch paper in LEO would be more acceptable.

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Project Orion

We need the PROPER Orion spacecraft.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: Where are all the keys?

It needs a keyboard.

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Yes, stupid because...

The idea isn't without merit, but as it stands it won't work. The only sensible solution is a wholesale company that runs ALL the base stations and whose licence says 99.5% Geographic (not population) coverage and minimum capacity standards (thus mast density has to vary with population and not just the current scenario where mast density is based solely on ROI vs capex. Like SES-Astra runs the Satellites that Freesat & Sky use.

Then every one else is a MVNO.

It's a RAN.

It would also on average double capacity because you wouldn't have the stupid situation where at one location your speed is 0.12bps or you can't connect or make a call, on ONE operator, but the other operator's channels are sitting idle.

The problem is weak regulation from Ofcom, who supports operators against the consumer and a totally blind devotion to idea that competition is always good. It's not like baked beans. There is limited spectrum. The real reason to have multiple operators on the spectrum instead of one Wholesale RAN operator is to get more money in licence fees. The RAN operator should pay NOTHING for licence and the revenue raised from the retailers (VAT gets a lot already).

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Yes. Right Direction

Google Wear and Apple Watch are wrong direction. Pebble (and maybe the Sony) have it nearly right.

It's not eInk, though, but a special low power memory LCD. eInk is maybe higher resolution, but slower response time.

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Never fear, Glassholes – Intel to the rescue! 'New CPU' for tech-specs

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Re: Google should be awarded Nobel prize for driving innovation

What innovation? Competition yes, innovation less so.

They have a good Search Algorithm and fantastic Advert Selling business. You know that Android, Earth etc are bought in developments and Google Glass isn't the first such device?

Also Android is basically Linux + Desktop Java, using Davik instead of Sun/Oracle JVM because Mobile Java is for ancient phones and Google wanted full Java, but the Desktop Java licence forbids it for Mobile?

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Intel & ARM

They also have an ARM based comms chip they kept when they sold the originally DEC ARM family they had to Marvell. They have had an ARM licence for years.

It's baffling the ego that makes them stick with the clunky x86 instead of applying their good process engineering to making a better ARM.

Probably Intel could do a useful 0.1W ARM SoC.

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

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No, Nokia does other things now, they don't make phone. They periodically change. They used to do paper, welly boots, TVs, satellite receivers. They do Networks.

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one way to get sales figures

"Windows" is becoming a millstone brand.

Also calling different things windows (NT Server, Windows For Workgroups or 95, Windows CE) was always stupid.

Deliberately trying to make it one platform is the stupidest of all. That's why "Windows" is getting a bad name. You can't make a 3" keyboard, 4" touch screen, 11" tablet, Laptop, Workstation, TV /Setbox, Server sensibly be the same.

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E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

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Re: Let's sum it up

Except the eCig Vaping marketing is being done by Tobacco companies. These gadgets still have addictive nicotine. They allow the images of sexy smoking on posters & TV too.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Evil FlusterCluck

If it was something other than Gnome ...

But Gnome 3 makes Win8 look enlightened. Gnome has lost the plot, so their judgement can't be trusted. On Ubuntu I use "Classic" and on Linux Mint and Debian other things. (Not Cinnamon or Gnome 3)

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Inevitable

Poor as the sysinit system may be, systemd is terrible. Not a step forward. Given the religious devotion on both sides a fork was inevitable. Eventually systemd will bear no relationship to today's version.

This won't do anyone any good.

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

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Excellent

Great interview.

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Simplez: OLD SCHOOL TECH can SAVE the MEERKAT

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Re: But

" it is the parts of the spectrum in a given area which are apparently not in use for TV broadcasts, requiring a device to be location-aware in order to know what frequencies and transmission powers to use. "

[My emphasis]

Exactly. Unfortunately just knowing your own location doesn't actually work, unless EVERY TV tuner device is reporting in real time which signal source it's really using, as for many reasons some viewers need to use a different one to the "normal" service area.

It's been proved time and again, that a single planning agency needs to allocate all the channels. In most networks there are no real holes. The "Hidden Transmitter Syndrome" is only part of the problem. Also who will police so called "White Space" devices and ensure they don't add illegal power amplifier, bigger aerial (easy ways of ignoring the database), or the user simply deciding the frequency is free and over-riding the database.

Only Angels could be trusted to use "White Space" and even then sometimes the database will be wrong, users will have interference and unlike Analogue (i.e. you HEAR the CB) , will only get pixelation or occasional freezing and will not know what is causing it or who to complain to.

The very concept of "White Space" is inherently flawed.

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That sub-$100 Android slab you got on Black Friday? RIDDLED with holes, say infosec bods

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Re: Yay scareware stories

Privacy is a major issue on Android.

Applications get too many permissions.

If it's Playstore enabled / Google approved then Google seems to know everything, vs cheapest one with no Google Playstore or Processes.

Google Location Tracking?

Partially avoiding Mobile and only using your own WiFi Router with extra blocking may help privacy. It's not just about Malware.

Also today's Vulnerability is tomorrow's machine with a trojan stealing you email passwords. site passwords, bank, credit card and paypal details.

Add Firefox and Ghostery?

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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No worries

As I wouldn't touch that Google spyware. Makes their WiFi Street view slurp look tame. They are NOT an altruistic Tech company, but a company making money from Adverts. They are a parasite. Look at their attitude to other people's media (Books, Music, Video and how they run YouTube).

Google's Web services used by many websites, Chrome and Android seriously makes the EU cookie concerns look daft.

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Dropbox sees rival file-piles merely as dots in rearview mirror

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Barge pole

Why are "Enterprise" using these dodgy 3rd party Services?

Totally opaque in Security & Privacy, except of course Google has a bad reputation reading other people's stuff, Dropbox bad security record and MS a bad uptime record.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: Colourblind

Looks a banana-ish Mustard Colour. Not green

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World's best threat detection pwned by HOBBIT

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Not many people?

You only need one expert enough and able to market, or a friend marketing it.

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A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

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Classic Marketing

MS need to release Classic Server and Classic Workstation, based on XP and Server 2003, in 32 bit and 64bit, with NT 4.0 Enterprise's 16G PAE by default for all XP and 32bit Server.

I bet it would sell well. Their concept of features and changes rather than fixing long time annoying stupid "features" and bugs is sheer candy coated marketing. Stupid egotism.

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