* Posts by Gene Cash

2300 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

Yahoo! couldn't! detect! hackers! in! its! network! but! can! spot! NSFW! smut! in! your! office?

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Old joke

I'll bet Yahoo "can't tell an ass from a hole in the ground"

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Why XPoint SSDs won't meet original speed claims: A guide

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You know it's bogus when Intel isn't going to comment or otherwise defend their numbers.

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Smartphone lost on QANTAS 'began hissing, emitting smoke and making orange glow'

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These sound like seriously mis-designed seats. If they can crush a phone like this, what could they do to your fingers?

Plus, it looks like Qantas owes someone a new phone.

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HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

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I took a look at the Epson EcoTanks, and sadly, they're multifunction units. I've been burned too many times by those. When I want a printer, I'll buy a nice printer. When I want a scanner, I'll buy a nice scanner.

I don't want to be stuck unable to print because a motor's not working in the scanner or something. I've been down that road already.

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Mozilla tells Firefox OS devs to fork off if they want to chase open web apps vision

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Re: B2G

I thought it was Business-To-Geek

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Re: so they want to continue gecko..

Firefox user since phoenix 0.3 as well, but I just recently changed to Palemoon as of 2 weeks ago because I was tired of staying on FF 43 to keep fine-grain cookie control.

Mozilla, you had me but you lost me.

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Before Bitcoin, digital cash was called Beenz – all that's left is a T-shirt

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Re: CueCat anyone?

I remember CueCats used to phone home, and there was a way to easily stop it, and the CueCat company threatened to sue all these "hackers that were depriving it of a living"

Big 'ol storm on Slashdot, back when Slashdot was actually relevant.

I also remember Radio Shack pushing them REALLY REALLY hard. Almost as hard as they pushed batteries.

Edit: Fired up a few more sleeping neurons and remembered also there was a method to convert them into plain 'ol standalone barcode readers.

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"Beenz denies it's about to be canned"

Second best headline next to "Man removes penis from Ebay"

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Has to be said

It works in Kerbal Space Program

Seriously though, this has been his aim from the start.

And did anyone see that huge composite fuel tank? That's something Lockheed-Martin couldn't manage to do for X-33. They built a prototype, had one crack appear, and threw in the towel. Great show of American design talent and persistence right there.

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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

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Re: Potato

goes a bit deaf on DAB/DAB+ when earphones are plugged in because the telescopic aerial is then disconnected

What the hell kinda stupidass design is that? Here, you can have this jacket if it's cold out, but you can't wear it with gloves.

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Oracle's on-prem cloud plan is mostly Engineered Systems

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Newman?

Is that a first name? Last name? Title? Maybe editing dropped the sentence in which he was introduced?

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Dutch bicycle company pretends to be television company

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Re: Doesn’t always work

I've always considered "left with neighbor" as "failed to deliver"

First off, they're contracted to deliver to my address. Not my neighbor's address or where ever.

Second off, I don't even know the gender of my neighbors, that's how little I interact with them[1]. I'm certainly not popping over to ask about a package, and I certainly wouldn't accept a package destined for a neighbor.

On this side of the pond UPS & FedEx are so busy, they don't have time for shenanigans any more. They just leave the package and go.

[1] except for one guy that rides a bicycle in his speedo. Ewww.

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R2D2 delivery robots to scurry through the streets of San Francisco

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Why would Homeland Security care? The robot's not trying to get to its flight on time.

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Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

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Not just arbitrary code

There's now commercially-available "USB sticks" designed to destroy the motherboard with 220v pulses.

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/235328-computer-killing-usb-drives-now-on-sale-for-less-than-60

And yes I'm sorely tempted to leave a bunch of these in the company parking lot...

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Target lost, Cruz missile misses: Ted's ICANN crusade is basically over

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Cruz also crapping on NASA

Trying to wriggle out of actually *paying* for a space program

http://spacenews.com/senators-introduce-nasa-authorization-bill/

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In other words

Cruz has cried "wolf!" too many times, and it's cost him.

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Mozilla emits JavaScript debugger for Firefox and Chrome

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FAIL

People still use Firefox?

Most of the world I know has moved on, and considers Firefox to be about as useful as IE 6. I'm probably the closest, since I use Palemoon instead of Chrome or Edge.

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Samsung wants your exploding Galaxy Note 7. Have a new one instead

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Re: They deserve it.

I think that ironically the non-replaceable batteries are to keep Joe Cheapskate from replacing the OEM battery with some half-price dodgy thing from ebay, then blaming the phone manufacturer when the crap battery goes up in smoke.

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RAF Reaper drone was involved in botched US Syria airstrike

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Re: "Non Enemy Troops"

welding propane gas bottles to the solid fuel rocket engine

And they're able to do this more than once?

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BSODs of the week: From GRUB to nagware

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On a related topic

Is anyone else as bemused as I am at the number of honking huge expensive LCD monitors restaurants toss around these days?

I went to a burger joint recently that was plastered with half a dozen LCDs in the 28"-30" size. Just to display the menu.

I also remember the first very early morning in a Burger King before I realized they were LCDs. "Hang on, it's *scrolling*" - I was not yet awake enough for such a thing.

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Dark web drug sellers shutter location-tracking EXIF data from photos

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EXIF editing

There are 5 or 6 tools in the Debian repository that allow you to actually edit the EXIF information, not just delete it. So apparently I took this picture of Hawaii while I was standing at the White House in Washington, DC. I have an extreme telephoto lens I'm willing to sell you!

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Re: where a photograph was taken

I just tested my 6P, and while it doesn't store the location, it does store the "GPS Img Direction" which is the compass direction the phone was facing when it took the picture, according to exiftool.

That's something I didn't know.

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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Meh, don't use your real info

So I just don't use my real info in those "What is your spouse's name?" type of questions.

And yes, once I got asked how I had a "spouse's name" since I wasn't married, according to the rest of their info.

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Rise of the Machines at Sea: The British firm building robot boats

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Re: Interssting software development challenges and a nice part of the UK to work in.

You forgot the bit about all the products suddenly stop functioning.

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35,000 ARRIS cable modems at risk from firmware dumper bot

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El Reg review

Soooo, how about El Reg discussing some small network stuff, like cable modems and 4-port switches/firewalls. Probably not much to review, but maybe a list with pros/cons.

I'm getting rid of the ISP provided crap I'm renting, but looking on NewEgg doesn't really tell me anything about the kit, other than some of the spotty reviews.

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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Google still does the wardriving

They call it "high accuracy mode" and they hammer you to allow it every single damned time you turn GPS on. It's so bad, I wrote my own applet to turn on (and off) GPS and skip that dialog.

Google Maps will still occasionally notice you're not in "high accuracy mode" and ask to turn it on, but it's not so insistent.

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Luxe cable crimper

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Unhappy

Interesting to see that a bloke asking for honest on-topic advice gets downvoted in El Reg of all places.

Edit: and I'm in the same boat, and would like the same answer.

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Phones exploding in kids' hands, shares tanking – but it's not all good news at Samsung

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Re: Removable battery

I think built-in batteries are more to protect the manufacturer from the consumer buying a Chinese knockoff battery on Amazon that's $3 cheaper because it doesn't include thermal protection circuitry.

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Re: Galaxy Note 7...

That's a smokin' product!

I hear Verizon's havin' a fire sale!

Samsung's positively burning up the market!

[grabs coat and runs like hell]

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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Paper rocket

We'll see how it is when metal has actually been bent. Right now, the only existing part is engine prototypes. I've seen a LOT of rockets never make it out of Powerpoint. At least SLS has an assembled first stage fuel tank.

Speaking of which, it's interesting that's been left out of the diagram, since it's a very similar class rocket.

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HP doorsteps Apple shoppers at the altar of dreams

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Re: X3

I had to Google "hp X3" to find out what it is/was. That's a truly outstanding product, in my opinion!

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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Re: You can turn it off...

Sure you can... and then it has a snit fit and refuses to work.

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HP Ink buys Samsung's printer business for a BILLION dollars

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Re: Can't remember the last time I printed something

The last thing I printed was some Google Maps directions, as a backup to the cellphone, the TomTom, the road atlas, and the other paper map.

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PCI Council wants upgradeable credit card readers ... next year

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Re: Fuzznugets!

> YOU get to foot the bill

At the moment, that doesn't seem to be a deterrent. It seems to me that most companies look at the costs and decide security isn't important enough to pay for. And I don't see any of them really getting fined or having any reputation issues, so they keep going.

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Edward Snowden's 40 days in a Russian airport – by the woman who helped him escape

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Re: Elections

> In a 2-party democracy (e.g. UK, US) I don't think that elections can really be a way for the electorate to hold politicians to account

In my circles, this is why Trump has even the shred of hope. He's the "fuck you" candidate, and I'm planning to vote for him because while he's the worst choice to lead the country, he's not the current establishment of backstabbing and lying (hello, Obama) politicians. Hillary has already demonstrated several times she doesn't give a shit about rule of law.

It'll be interesting to see just exactly what percentage of votes he gets in less than 2 months. I think it'll be a direct metric as to how pissed off this country is.

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Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup

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Header photo

Obviously an issue with the headphone jack, there...

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

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Re: Rainbow Screen of Death

> That's because your laptop is stupid

Dear sweet monkey jebus, how dearly I wish I could do another couple thousand upvotes for this post.

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Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography

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Re: Are you, or have you ever been, a child?

> their behaviour seems entirely rational

No. Deleting Solberg's post was completely beyond the pale.

Deleting the original image might be defensible, but arbitrarily deleting someone's post is f*cked in the head.

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Airbag bug forces GM to recall 4.3m vehicles – but eh, how about those self-driving cars, huh?

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Re: Checking online might be difficult if...

The "better" systems are probably more complicated, with a bigger surface for bugs.

There's good things to be said for cheap'n'cheerful.

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The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom

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First I've heard of it

So this is the absolute first time I've heard of this Bandit camera. Is this a prototype? Do they sell it?

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Top smut site stops Flashing, adopts HTML5

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Twitch has also gone to HTML5, so that's all the sites I'm interested in.

The BBC still hasn't, but I've also rarely (almost said "never") seen a video add value to a news story.

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Nest offers its thermostat in three new pretty colors!

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Revolv

Every time I'm tempted to buy a Nest, I remember Revolv...

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Hello, Star Trek? 25th Century here: It's time to move on

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Re: I have a speech...

> Most scifi these days seems to focus on things going badly wrong

Most scifi back then focused on things going badly wrong.

That's why Star Trek was such a breath of fresh air.

It showed a world where we'd made to the stars w/o killing ourselves, in a time when we didn't know if the USA or USSR was going to push the big red nuclear "instant global annihilation" button at any time.

Most of the episodes also showed we could solve intergalactic problems w/o major violence, other than Kirk talking the aliens to death.

That's still an uncommon concept 50 years later.

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Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

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Aw yisss... as much point as the college friend that wrote an assembler... in COBOL.

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QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones

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Re: No need to panic... But PANIC FEELS BETTER

That's OK. This country went from landing on the Moon to "This bag is not a toy!" in only 40 years.

I have to facepalm when I see serious articles saying "Musk is pushing SpaceX too hard" and crap like that.

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Surge pricing? How about surge fines: Pennsylvania orders Uber to cough up $11.4m

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Sure, I'll take an unlicensed builder or car ride when I really need one, and can't get a licensed one.

The local taxis are incompetent, inept, bumbling fools. I just want to get home. They can't do it, so I use Uber.

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Austin banned Uber & Lyft and now just can't understand why its DUI rates tripled.

Amazing, that.

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Did you stay at any of these 60 Kimpton hotels? Whelp, hackers have your card details

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Lawsuits?

C'mon where are the huge class-action lawsuits that'll make these companies take security seriously?

Granted, the lawyers get all the money, but more importantly the hotel takes it in the pocketbook hard enough to go "oh don't worry about security" in the future.

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Shitty YouTube skin

Can you guys get rid of your shitty YouTube skin? It's insisting on playing in Flash, then crashing because (duh!) I don't have Flash installed, as per the many, many Adobe security issues.

Thanks much!

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Mars

That's definitely an Earth-shattering kaboom!

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