* Posts by Chris

28 posts • joined 29 Jan 2008

Microsoft fortifies Windows 7 kernel with overrun buster

Chris

@ Goat Jam

As others have said, you obviously don't understand the Windows security model.

An application, running as a normal user account, cannot do anything that requires administrative privileges.

And as for reboot messages, it IS the application that asks for a reboot, not the operating system itself.

Did you check that the application had done anything to actually require a reboot (file rename operation, installed a new service?) before coming on here and whinging about it? No, didn't think you did. As others have already said, check the Application log to see what really happened, rather than your worryingly inaccurate version of events. I too hope you don't actually work in IT.

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How the government uses dirty data to legislate morality

Chris
Heart

Superb Article

Nothing more to say that hasn't already been said, but brilliant article, well worth the read all the way through.

Thanks very much :)

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Kaminsky: MS security assessment tool is a 'game changer'

Chris
Coat

I can see Windows Update now...

Security Update: !exploitable Crash Analyzer Service Pack 1

This update fixes a number of security vulnerabilities in !exploitable Crash Analyzer which could potentially allow an attacker to compromise the user's computer if the following set of conditions are true:

1. The affected PC is running Windows

To resolve this issue, obtain the latest service pack.

... Cynic, moi??!!

Mine's the one with all the holes in the pockets...

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Intel releases eight-headed* beast

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Alert

@jake - English is a precise language when used properly

This isn't supposed to be an academic journal, you know!

Perhaps in your view the title should have been something as exciting as "Intel releases eight-core cpu". Well, it's accurate, but some folks also like a little humour in their lives, and I would be fairly confident of guessing that most people payed very little attention to this gross misuse of this word 'head'.

Perhaps you'll understand if I put it this way - (I presume you spend a lot of time coding!):

When compiling a sentence, if either the HUMOUR or JOURNALISTIC_LICENSE symbols are defined, then many more words are compiled with overloaded constructors, taking a variety of parameters to denote a variety of meanings!!

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SCO boss to customers: 'Blah. Blah. Blah'

Chris
Coat

Perhaps it's a legal issue....

i.e. they could only afford to pay their lawyers to approve one word - 'blah'!!!

Or alternatively it could be a Ballmer-inspired message.... "I have 3 words for you ... Blah, Blah, Blah!"

Mine's the one with the walkman in the pocket playing the remix of "developers developers developers developers...."

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M42 closed by marshmallows and beer

Chris
Coat

You couldn't make it up...

Marshmallows and beer... sounds like a recipe for a good night!!!!!

Mine's the "Stay Puft" costume...

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UK.gov says extreme porn isn't illegal if you delete it...

Chris
Paris Hilton

Re: satisfying their weird lusts

On the contrary, and I ain't no psychologist, but I would suggest that by being able to freely watch this weird stuff, it is only further desensitising them from it and making them think it's "normal".

However.... why ban "life-threatening" scenes only related to sex? Double standards.

Doesn't affect me anyhow, I like to see people enjoying themselves!!

Paris... well do I even need to explain why?!

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Danish ISP ordered again to block Pirate Bay

Chris
Black Helicopters

Sonofon .. is losing market share

And they'll probably have even less substantial broadband operations and lose more market share as a result of this.

The great firewall of Europe? It's coming to get us all.... lock up your daughters, and er.. your torrent clients!

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Windows 7 'pre-beta' washes up on Pirate Bay and co

Chris
Coat

Re: 3.11 floppies

Yep. Win 3.1 was 6 also IIRC

I remember installing DOS 5 on my 286... from 2 x 1.2MB 5.25" floppies... onto my 30MB hard drive!!

Ah.. those were the days....

Mine's the one with the "Turbo" button!

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GooTube snubs McCain's call for DMCA favoritism

Chris
Paris Hilton

@AC: 'lol'

So?

This isn't about whether a video reaches #1 or not... and why should the video have been taken down (I'm presuming the video in question was a legitimate release onto YouTube by Avril Lavigne's record label?)

The fans doing the auto-refreshing probably violated YouTube's T&Cs (clause 6.1G is the most likely), but then according to the T&Cs, their accounts should have been banned, not the video.

So the real question... what has this got to do with the article?

Paris... coz even she would probably make a much more relevant comment!

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DarkMarket carder forum revealed as FBI sting

Chris
Paris Hilton

Re: AC - Stings are evil

"Media should blow the cover on these as often as possible."

Sorry, I don't agree for something like this. The only people actively participating on a forum such as that are going to be active / wannabe scammers.

Doesn't mean I agree with stings / entrapment in the majority of cases, but in this case, the cover should never have been blown.

However, if the FBI were that good, the cover would never have been blown anyway!

Paris, coz talking about being blown somehow made me think of her....

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Pub toilet todger tiff ends in bloodbath

Chris
Joke

Cock Fight??!

(I can't believe that no-one's said it yet!)

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World goes mad as Bill and Jerry eat churros

Chris
Coat

I like it

Seems I'm in the minority... I'll get me coat!!

Mine's the er.. chewy one!

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Psychologists give gaming the thumbs up

Chris
Coat

Faster keyhole surgery is all well and good, but...

There isn't a "Restart Level" button in real life!!!

Mine's the one with "1UP" on the back!

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Microsoft's Vista push probed by Fair Trade Commission

Chris

I ain't no Microsoft fan, but...

They don't sell XP anymore, they sell Vista. XP is over 7 years old, Vista has been out for well over 18 months...

IMO, it's just like saying to Intel "Hey, we don't want these Core 2 CPUs, you're using your position to push these onto us, we want to continue to use Pentium 4 chips instead!!"

I do think the downgrade rights should be more lenient (you can only downgrade to XP Pro, and only if you're running Vista Business or Ultimate), but the point is you are able to (legally) run XP if you have a licence for either of these Vista versions.

If they hadn't included all the DRM stuff in Vista... it would have been orders of magnitude more successful and well regarded than it actually is.

But I don't agree that the FTC should be involved. Otherwise there would be no advances in technology from major vendors for fear that they are using their monopoly position!

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Steve Jobs is 'cancer-free'

Chris
Coat

Re: prior to the launch of the iPod, Apple was seen as a declining brand

You mean the apples were turning sour?! Boom boom!!

Ahem.

Well someone had to say it - although on second thoughts....

Mine's the one displaying a total lack of imagination!

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Chris

On a serious note

Of course no decent person would ever wish cancer on their worst enemy - and that includes me. I too wish him the best of health and long may he live. He's achieved some remarkable things at Apple.

But I can't help thinking that the cracks in the Apple empire are starting to appear / widen ever so slightly recently.

iPod, iPhone... it's already starting to tire a little - whatever comes next will have to be something very special indeed!

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Nvidia throws itself under the bus with chip defect, delays and lost sales

Chris
Joke

Re: 1 long beer and 2 short beeps

Shouldn't that be "1 long beer and 2 short burps"?

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Firefox 3 makes up world record to set world record

Chris
Paris Hilton

Why such animosity towards the record attempt?

As someone else has said, it's PR. I saw it as nothing more than a bit of harmless fun and advertising.

Let's face it, people are going to behave like sheep anyway, so what's the harm in Mozilla trying to gain a little more market share by hyping up a new release of Firefox?

And for the record, I wanted to support the cause and downloaded Firefox during the record attempt.

Paris, coz she's pretty firey.. and foxy... and I could say something sexually twisted about a record attempt at number of 'downloads' - but I won't!!

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Ofcom swoops on caller ID-faking firm with... request for information

Chris
Coat

@Ofcom, about as much use as a chocolate teapot..

And lets face it, even Ofcom wouldn't have any use for a chocolate teapot, since that's probably all their staff do all day... sit around drinking tea!! Geddit... coz the chocolate teapots wouldn't be any good for really making tea!

Ok.

Mine's the one pretending to be a different colour!

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Chris
Stop

Simple - Present Real Caller ID

It was mentioned earlier on this page about a function to present the real caller ID (can't remember who said it, sorry). Perhaps this should be a feature that BT implements PDQ!

And perhaps they should also enable the new setting on all outgoing international calls, and perhaps on all calls to mobile networks too, by default.

My 2p

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Social networking site bans oldies over sex offender fears

Chris

Re: Utter Twoddle

"And there are plenty of over 36s on Faceparty who use it to meet over over 36s."

Not any more there aren't!!!

"Can't wait for the first age discimination suit."

Not likely - it's a private site so they can do what they want. If they want to delete everyone over the age of 36 they can do that. They're only representing themselves, not anybody else, so are perfectly within their rights to do that.

On the other hand I DO NOT agree with it, and actions like this are to make stupid people in high positions think that FaceParty are doing a good thing. The age of 36 baffles me though - I have plenty of friends over 36 and none of them are paedophiles - in fact none of my friends are.

The world's going crazy. Now if you're over 36 you're a suspected paedophile - I dunno :(

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Apple okay with Safari 'carpet bombing' vuln for now

Chris

Re: Only a problem on Windows Safari

> Since Windows Explorer doesn't do this

It can do - as long as you've got XP SP2 (and the downloaded file is on an NTFS formatted volume) - IE will set an alternate data stream on a file downloaded from the Internet. When the file is opened, the shell warns the user. It doesn't say when and where it was downloaded from, however, but it at least does something.

I don't know why alternative browsers in Windows don't set this simple flag on downloaded files!

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Google readies for action against Dutch smut site

Chris
Coat

Ah yes, and easy typo to make

Of course Google are perfectly correct about this... because it's obviously far too easy to make this typo... I mean everybody somewhere has typed 'porn' instead of 'g' when going to a URL, and as a result thousands of dutch people are surprised and shocked to see this website instead of the friendly innocent Google search page due to a simple mistake, when all they wanted to do is search the web!!!

Yeah, I can see how this is a severe threat to Google - shut down the site now, I say!

Er, mine's the pornreen jacket.... er - I mean the green one...

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Spread your database connections with PHP PDO

Chris
Paris Hilton

Someone needs to learn what "abstraction" really means

It seems like the developers of PDO have done a lot of work for no real gain, apart from allowing developers to use pretty PHP classes instead of the mysql_* commands.

Agree with the comments above, if they really wanted it to work they should have developed some abstracting classes to allow true interoperability with different SQL syntaxes.

Unless I'm mising something, yeah on the surface it looks nice, but doesn't really do anything useful... ooh, kinda like Paris really!!

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Ryanair battles ASA over 'saucy schoolgirl' ad

Chris

She's obviously "old enough", but...

She's still dressed like a schoolgirl. Is the country trying to give a mixed message to paedophiles or something? Note I'm not objecting to the fact that she's a girl, or she's dressed provocatively... just the obvious portrayal that she is supposed to be a "sexy schoolgirl" doesn't sit right with me. Maybe it's because I have worked in a school since I was 18, and so since then the sexy schoolgirl image has never appealed as much as it does to many other people, because to me they are quite simply "off limits"!

Why not have a hot young teacher in the advert or something, then it's just as well linked to the ad campaign itself, but without the controversy.

Answer: MarkyW hit the nail on the head. It's called "slashing your advertising costs!" I never saw the original ad in the papers, yet I read it on here, and I now know that Ryanair are running a campaign linked to some kind of school theme. All without them spending a penny more to get the additional coverage on the BBC, El Reg etc.

Clever marketing or bumbling good luck? Choosing PH cuz I'm not sure which she is either!

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Spammers dive into Google's lucky dip

Chris

Or even easier...

Above is easy, but relies upon all antivirus / malware vendors making the change. I'd hazard a guess that there are still enough unprotected PCs out there for the tactic to still be worthwhile persisting with.

Far simpler (for the public anyway) way is to Include a simple random-number key that is generated at the time the google home page is opened, and store it in a server session variable. Have it submitted with the search form as a hidden form field, then compare the two values on the server.

If the two values match, then the "I'm feeling lucky" button will go to the normal place, but if the two values don't match (i.e. they hadn't visited the google home page first), then display an error page instead.

A simple way of ensuring that your browser HAS to have gone to the google home page in the same session before the button will work!

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Experience overcomes Microsoft's broken promises

Chris
Stop

All well and good...

Yeah ranting about it is all very good and stuff, but you'd be well among the first to complain if the release had serious bugs in it!! Think about it...

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