* Posts by Marty McFly

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Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

Marty McFly

This sucks....

As an Oregonian who is represented by Wyden, I would have expected to see a bit of this on my local news sites. Not a word. I need to go to an overseas news source. It shows just how in-the-dark our media keeps the masses.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

Marty McFly

<Shrug>

Over here in the states we simply buy surplus WWII rifles direct from the government. Look up the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Pick up M1 Garands all day long.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

Marty McFly

The Reg nails it

I have three older MMs. I was all ready to upgrade, but a lack of expandable RAM will kill that for me. The Reg is right - this is a BIG limitation that Apple has imposed. In my opinion, it is a move that may very well kill the platform with this generation.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

Marty McFly

Like, but....

Apple has a real gem with the Apple TV. Much better than other players out there. However, their insistence on not allowing other content (specifically Amazon Prime) had unfortunately taken me to a Roku instead.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

Marty McFly

Free Windows OS

Take a look at history. Prior to WinXP, anyone could pirate a copy of any Windows OS quite easily. Just look at Microsoft's market share through the 1990's to see how well that worked.

Did Microsoft lose money on this strategy? Perhaps there could be a case of an immediate loss - someone didn't buy an OS they were using. However, in the long term strategy they absolutely dominated the marketplace. Individuals self-trained on pirated copies of Windows. It then made sense for companies to buy & deploy Windows as they did not need to provide training for users.

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

Marty McFly
Thumb Down

So obvious...

I can move my mouse 1" by 1" on my desk and command anything on my screen. Why would I want to lift my entire hand and arm to touch something on a Metro touch screen?

Is it cool & sexy? Sure. Would I want to spend all day at work doing that? No way. Besides, I absolutely HATE fingerprints on my monitors....

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Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

Marty McFly
FAIL

I'll pass...

Welcome to Microsoft where we have a failure to innovate! Adobe = the new Microsoft.

Solution: Change everything up. Charge more money. Lock customers in. Get them to forget that 99+% of what they want to do, they can do with the existing product.

Smoke & mirrors.... "Look at our new go to market strategy and ignore how uncreative we have become".

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AMAZEBALLS: Buy a doomed Apple TV, get a replacement free

Marty McFly

Avoid the Apple TV 3...

...only because it isn't jailbroken yet. My jailbroken Apple TV 2, despite having a lower resolution, has much more functionality than my blessed Apple TV 3.

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BOFH: My HELPDESK HELL - lies, phones lines and statistics

Marty McFly
Happy

It's always a better Friday with BOFH!

Another happy reader!

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BOFH: Climb the corp ladder - and use your boss as a bullet shield

Marty McFly
Happy

I was worried....

...BOFH died again or something. Glad to see you back in the new year!

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Virty giant VMware drags upstart Hortonworks to court over 'unfair practices'

Marty McFly
Pint

Competition

Companies compete for customers. They also compete for employees. If the grass was greener on the other side of the fence, then they have no one to blame but themselves. I think this taking of legal action by VMWare illustrates the employee's sense of 'where not to be' is accurate.

Future talent considering VMWare for a career stop would be wise to consider this situation.

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Data gobbling app lands Delta Air Lines in the dock on privacy charge

Marty McFly
FAIL

App deleted! Delta deleted!

Delete. App gone from iPhone. Delete. App gone from iPad. Delete. App gone from iTunes.

From the Delta airlines on-board marketing drivel... "Thank you for flying Delta. We recognize you have a choice of airlines...." Yup, I do. And I'll fly with someone else next time.

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Apple to ditch Intel – report

Marty McFly
Flame

Apple ][

I am still upset I did not have an upgrade path from my Apple ][ to the Macintosh platform. Yeah, ancient history and I should get over it. Just proves Apple can survive even if they cut off their loyal users.

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Big cell towers now outnumbered by briefcase-sized jobs

Marty McFly
FAIL

This stinks!

I have no cell service at my home (coverage stops 8 miles away). AT&T made me pay $200 for a micro cell to plug into my Internet connection. Why should I be paying to help them with their coverage??!!?? And on top of that, the thing is a piece of crap.

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Symantec CEO takes over global sales chief's job, shows him door

Marty McFly

@AC....

Yeah... That's a fiscal year, not a calendar year. Symc just reported on Q2 FY13.

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RIP Neil Armstrong: The reluctant American hero

Marty McFly

Godspeed.

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Microsoft corrects itself: 'We expect fewer people to use Windows 8'

Marty McFly
Pint

Here's to hoping...

....Microsoft will still provide 'downgrade rights' with Windows 8.

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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

Marty McFly
Facepalm

I like the ones where I get to make up the question. I actually had my bank's call center ask me:

"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?"

The poor girl barely got through it without busting out laughing. And no, I won't tell you the correct answer as it is memorable only to me.

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Shuttle Enterprise comes home to New York

Marty McFly
FAIL

Not sure why a shuttle ended up in New York city. Not a lot of space related activity there.

Shuttles built in NYC? Nope.

Shuttles flown from NYC? Nope.

Shuttles landed in NYC? Nope.

Mission Control in NYC? Nope.

Big voting block in NYC for Obama this year? Yup!

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Shuttle Discovery to buzz Washington DC at 1,500 feet

Marty McFly
Black Helicopters

Re: errr "Discovery aboard the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft when it still had a job"...

@AC: No, I am disputing the lighting in a Reg photograph. If you want a discourse in edited NASA photographs, just Google 'fake moon landings'.

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Marty McFly
Boffin

Re: errr "Discovery aboard the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft when it still had a job"...

Pretty sure that is not an early SCA flight with Enterprise. The first SCA was a recycled American Airlines 747. It had the red & blue American Airlines stripes still on it. It wasn't repainted NASA colors until later.

However it is VERY interesting the shuttle's name has been removed from the picture. Here is a real picture of Discovery on the SCA with its name next to the window:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/05/NASA_Shuttle_Transport.jpg/1280px-NASA_Shuttle_Transport.jpg

My guess is El-Reg has El-Photoshop fired up. The more I look at the Reg picture, the more it looks fake. The light on the SCA & shuttle is coming from the left, almost as a sunset angle. However, the clouds in the distance below the tail of the SCA appear to be lit from the right. Cool picture though.

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Apple flooded with iPad 3 wireless connection complaints

Marty McFly
Meh

Situation Normal, All Fouled Up!

I have the same problems with my iPad (original) and iPhone 4 (no bloody S), both on the current iOS and neither is jailbroken. Just last night the phone wasn't picking up a 3G signal. Power cycle and bam - Five bars!

Methinks the problem is either software related (fixable), or there is a fundamental design flaw which affects all the 'i' products. Given that this problem seems to be hanging around for a few different generations of hardware, I suspect the problem may be more of the latter.

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

Marty McFly
FAIL

Count me out on Metro

I don't like Metro.

I really don't like MSFT's 'We know what is best for you' attitude.

Good thing my company has an option to run Mac as my standard PC. I will be switching the next time I am due for a hardware refresh.

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Asteroid could SMASH INTO EARTH in 2040

Marty McFly
Pint

Who cares?

If this is a TEOTWAWKI scenario, then I am going to gather my loved ones, grab a beverage of choice, and sit back to watch the show.

Some things are worth worrying about. Other things....well that is God talking to you.

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Top Gun 2: It's happening - and the choice of star is stirring controversy

Marty McFly
FAIL

Make it without Cruise and use real jets

Top Gun is one of my favorite movies. It was from the era when Tom Cruise was cool and before he turned into a complete arse-clown. Hopefully the producers will see the light that TC is spoiled goods from yesterday and will dump him for a better actor.

Oh, and give us real action footage like the original movie. Not Hollywood CGI pretend stuff.

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Will Windows 8 sticker shock leave Microsoft unstuck?

Marty McFly
Coat

Homecoming?

Once upon a time Apple created the Mac and gave Apple ][ users (like me) no upgrade path. I have been PO'd at Apple since then. It looks like MSFT is about to do the same thing to their user base.

At my company we have a optional Mac hardware spec. All the people who have switched swear they will never go back to Windows. If Win8 is the self-imposing monster it is purported to be, I may extend the olive branch to Apple and return home.

Mine's the one with the old rainbow Apple logo.

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Apple vs Amazon in ereader format smackdown

Marty McFly
Thumb Down

I don't get it

Next-gen books = movies. A book is a book. A movie is a movie. A book with moving pictures is a movie with subtitles.

All I want to do is read the darn book. I don't want sound or video to entertain me.

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Students busted for hacking computers, changing grades

Marty McFly
FAIL

School system

The school system failed to keep smart kids occupied & challenged. Classes are taught to the speed of the slowest student. These kids needed a challenge and they found one. Their teachers should be punished for not keeping the smart students intellectually engaged.

Now about the endpoint security technology which failed to detect a keylogger..... Probably should punish the IT department too.

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Experts: We're stuck with passwords – and maybe they're best

Marty McFly
Boffin

Still only one factor

Password = Something you know

Token = Something you have

Biometrics = Something you are

Switching from passwords to biometrics does not enhance security. It only changes it from one factor to another. Now ADDING biometrics to passwords - that will improve security.

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NASA busts booster booster

Marty McFly
FAIL

Russians...

No doubt this mis-placed 1960's kit has already been analyzed by the Russians - either this unit or one just like it. There are no secrets here, although NASA would like us all to believe there are.

What does NASA do for heavy lift rockets right now?? Oh, that's right. NASA pays the Russians to launch it.

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San Diego Baywatch rules out exploding dead whale

Marty McFly
Holmes

Bury it

Us Oregonians have learned from our experiences. Now we simply dig a trench on the beach and push in the whale. All the little microbes go to work and a year later the whale is gone. We then dig up the bones and donate them to a local museum. Oh, and there is a boom in the crab population too.

Towing out to sea doesn't work that well. Sometimes the whale breaks during the tow. Or it washes back up on shore. But it does make for entertaining news.

And hauling to a landfill?? Right. Because it won't smell there, it will only smell when decomposing on a beach. Plus someone gets the wonderful task of carving up the beast to fit into the dump trucks.

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BOFH: We don't need no stinkin' upgrade

Marty McFly
FAIL

But it's all new!!!

We changed the icons and moved everything around. You get to learn a whole new GUI! And beyond that it does the exact same things as the previous version.

Look at us, we are the Redmond Innovators!!!

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Catholic Bishops: 'Would you mind not bringing guns to church?'

Marty McFly
Mushroom

Overheard at a Wisconson church....

From an intruder during the sermon, "Allah Akbar!"

-Bang, bang

-Bang-bang-bang

-Bang

Minister, "Nice grouping!"

Choir boy, "Were those hollow points?"

Parishioner, "Sorry about the mess, I'll mop up after Mass."

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The Register Guide on how to stay anonymous (part 1)

Marty McFly
Alert

Avoid Cookie Culler

It blocked a bunch of stuff and subsequently would not unblock it once disabled. Very tough to undo the semi-permanent changes it makes. Other than that, the rest of the tools in the article are great!

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Windows 8 to ship with built-in malware protection

Marty McFly
Terminator

Symantec?

Ha! If MSFT had produced a secure OS in the first place, SYMC would have never grown into the company it is today.

"Microsoft is not a security company. Security is important, but it's just a little part of Microsoft," Arno Edelmann, Microsoft Business Security Product Manager, as reported on ZDNet.

'nuf said.

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

Marty McFly
Pint

TEOTWAWKI

First BOFH goes from weekly to whenever. Now Sarah Bee departs. Methinks there is a connection.

Hey, there's an idea - Sarah Bee could make the occasional cameo appearance in BOFH!

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Man nabbed nude pics from women's email accounts

Marty McFly
Thumb Up

Challenge Question

It is even more fun when I call into a call center and they ask the challenge question I have previously entered on their website:

"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?"

(Yes, I am serious and no, I am not going to tell you the answer)

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Researcher cracks Wi-Fi passwords with Amazon cloud

Marty McFly
Grenade

No password needed...

My wi-fi is wide open. Anyone can access it.

Granted I have property out in the country. In order to get close enough to access my wi-fi, it is necessary to trespass on my property. Where I live here in the states, we shoot trespassers. Then we fire up the backhoe and put their permanent dirt-nap 6ft under.

It is no surprise I have never had a problem with someone stealing my Internet access.

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BOFH: Die, Robot

Marty McFly
Pint

PFY needs a better looking robot

The robot from T3 with the mini-guns? Bleah.

How about the evil T3 robot from the future with her well placed mini-guns?

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NASA seeks soundtrack for final shuttle mission

Marty McFly

No doubt about it...

"Major Tom (Coming Home)" for their final day in orbit.

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Swedes decline to FCKU2MF

Marty McFly

Get a mirror

3M TA3 was approved for a long time....until someone saw it behind them.

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San Francisco's rogue BOFH is guilty

Marty McFly

Jurors...

...are free individuals. Unless a judge puts a gag order on the case, they are free to do whatever they want.

Most jurors do not go public though. Once they choose that path, their personal anonymity is lost. A vengeful felon could decide to go after them.

As for as the BOFH... I see his point. But he also failed at a fundamental security tenant as well. There should have been a trusted individual (read: supervisor) who also had the passwords. This protects the infrastructure from unplanned loss of the BOFH (think unexpected demise).

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Death row inmate claims allergy to lethal injection

Marty McFly

Lead?

I wonder what his allergy is to lead, say at around 2500 feet per second? I guarantee it will be quick & painless, though maybe a little messy.

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Game developer's lost electric buggy FOUND ON MOON

Marty McFly
Boffin

Ah, days gone by...

Lord British and Ultima - that brings me back to my youth!

As a fan of this game series, I know Garriott has not only visited but has also taken possession of his Russian moon rover. It is very obvious to me, as it should also be to anyone else who has played these games.

Garriott stepped into a moongate and emerged on the Moon as Lord British. Duh.

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Microsoft expects to flog 300m 270m copies of Windows 7 in 2010

Marty McFly
Thumb Down

Kicking & screaming...

Forced onto Win7 because I wanted to actually use (rather than simply carry around) my full 8Gb of RAM. It is the same Windows as before, except all the icons are different and locations have changed. I guess that qualifies as "innovation".

The good thing is I virtualized my old XP machine. I simply pull that up when I need to get something done which (surprise) doesn't work on Win7.

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One second-hand space shuttle: Yours for $29m

Marty McFly
Happy

Evergreen Flight Museum

Evergreen Flight Museum in McMinnville, OR is queuing up to get one of the shuttles. They already have the museum built & ready to go. Don't forget, Evergreen Aviation is heavily involved in the 747's used to transport the shuttle. I suspect their 'cost' of acquisition will be much lower than anyone else.

Evergreen was successful in landing (pun intended) the Spruce Goose as their first major display. I'll bet they have the moxie to land a shuttle as well.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner set for first flight

Marty McFly
FAIL

Come on Reg!

Boeing absolutely does not practice stalls, dives, and other such nonsense on the first flight. Yes, it will all be part of the flight test program on the way to certification. However, it is not for today!

Today's highlight will be stowing the landing gear & retracting the flaps. Seriously.

The Reg can do better reporting than this.

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Hard drives cop flak from .50 cal incendiary round

Marty McFly
Thumb Up

@ George Nacht

As a industry veteran, I recently went through my home shop and cleaned out piles of old computers. Knowing about data security, I pulled all the hard drives out before taking the old junk to the local recycler. I could have sanitized each drive and then given them away. But the drives are so old the average USB key trumps them. They have no value in the used computer market and will be trashed anyway.

Yes, I have one of the hard drives sitting at my desk with a pair of .308 sized holes in it. A post-it note which says "Certified Data Destruction".

Point being... What the heck else should I do with this old crap? Using it for target practice is as good as anything. It's my gun, my property, my old hardware. Who cares if there are pieces of busted PCB stuck in the lawn?

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California votes in HD TV power pruning law

Marty McFly
Grenade

Get out!

How about the government gets the heck out of my living room! It is none of their darn business what TV I watch. If I want to pay for the electricity to run it, that is my choice.

Maybe I'll dig up a 1960's Zenith tube television and see how much power that uses.

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Loud sex a human right, says loud sex woman

Marty McFly
Paris Hilton

Options...

Perhaps if a different orifice was chosen the noise would be greatly reduced.

Paris can elaborate....

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