* Posts by Harry the Bastard

80 posts • joined 11 Feb 2008

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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

Harry the Bastard

jong un's a wrong 'un

if the rest of the world cut off all electron communication with his loathsome regime it'd be a good move, the majority of the population would see no impact whatsoever and it'd at least annoy the ones at the top of the pile

but china will always look after them, and it's a fair bet that his serene bloatedness and chums will have satellite phones etc. to keep in touch with their foie gras and truffle connections

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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i travel a lot on business and don't pay for the wifi, it becomes another freebie, like bottles of water, lounge access, fluffy robe etc., this will be the case for any regular business traveler

for infrequent/leisure travellers it's more likely that they'd face a charge (and more likely they paid a knock-down room rate), but it is becoming much more common for wifi to be either free or tiered with basic free and a charge for high bandwidth

setting up personal hotspots may seem innocuous, but it's also a great way to lure the innocent onto a wlan where the intent is to capture traffic or carry out man in the middle attacks

there are both passive and active countermeasures that can be taken, but use of automatic deauthentication needs careful consideration, restrict it to devices that are spoofing mac or ssid, as these are clearly not the work of the casual surfer

in high density environments enough hotspots will degrade/disrupt the legitimate site wlan, in trade shows etc. the issue is more likely to be from proper access points rather than mobile devices, in which case triangulation or wandering around to find them and have a word is a better option

clearly some hotels do see wifi as an extra revenue opportunity, personally i'm ok with that as long as the price is reasonable (which not all are!), it's not a free world

imho using personal hotspot in room seems ok, but in areas used others but there are legitimate security and performance reasons to limit their use

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Privacy-loving BOXING KANGAROO BIFFS DRONE out of the sky

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leggything 1

drongodrone 0

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Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

Harry the Bastard
Black Helicopters

norks on

norks off

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Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a VOLVO

Harry the Bastard

Re: What a stupid fucking idea....

yes, it would be great if SOME DRIVERS got some lights, didn't run red lights and stopped weaving from one lane to another

also SOME DRIVERS not speeding, not indicating right then turning left, not ignoring solid white lines, not driving on the wrong side of the road and not driving the wrong way down one-way streets would also be welcome, some of them are scary enough from inside a car, let alone when on a bike

perhaps these things could be made part of driving lessons and the test, and, here's a thought, enforced by the police

over the last few years people seem to be a bit more considerate on the road, true fuckwits are rare, but these include cyclists, pedestrians as well as drivers, and yes, audis and bmws seem to have a disproportionate share of imbeciles behind their wheels

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Purple glistening plasma, you say? Orion plummets back to Earth

Harry the Bastard
Flame

after a bit i figured out the view was through the rear window

but why did they feel it necessary to splice on the two blurred sidebars and add the silly sound track, instead of silence or whatever noise was to be had inside?

perhaps they assume the audience is incapable of handling video in a 1:1-ish aspect ratio with no sound, but this sort of needless embellishment subtracts from the original, get ready for future nasa videos featuring sound in a vacuum

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London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS

Harry the Bastard

Re: going down

don't care, fuck him

he's a net negative contribution to humanity, removing him from the gene pool is a good thing

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We are never getting back to... Samsung's baking Apple's 14nm 'A9' chips?

Harry the Bastard

apple knows samsung is the best

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Iranian CLEAVER hackers may DRAIN energy and defence firms, warn Feds

Harry the Bastard
Black Helicopters

i see your stuxnet

and raise you my cleaver

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

Harry the Bastard

Re: Sometime I wonder...

until you come to the turtles

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The Information Age: A day out for grown-up children?

Harry the Bastard
Unhappy

hmm, after visiting the science museum for the first time in ages i was depressed at how dumbed down, narrow and superficial it had become

an institution that once had a fair crack at presenting humanity's development over millennia has turned into an entertainment venue seemingly aimed at an audience raised on reality tv drivel and with the attention span of a guppy

i suppose it's the end result of having to drive visitor numbers to retain funding, but i just found it sad and depressing

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

Harry the Bastard

Re: Bah!

puts me in mind of some albondigas i had in a small village in lanzarote

hard to tell what part of the dog they'd been made with, i'm guessing lullock (a blend of lung and bollocks)

they had a disturbing texture and a taste that no amount of tabasco could overpower

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Harry the Bastard
Coat

he can lobby all he likes, but...

while you can get arbitrarily close to pie, you never actually reach it

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Mmmmffll-CHOMP: I won? Reg reader to have CHOC-TASTIC YEAR

Harry the Bastard

"A small fifth morsel of chocolate is supplied so that you can introduce a friend."

or eat it yourself, more chocolate == better

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

Harry the Bastard

ruined at the last moment by adding coriander leaves

seems to be genetic, among all food i've ever tasted it's by far the most disgusting taste there is, even a smidge ruins a meal

but the rest of the eggy spiciness looks most scrumptious

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Google dodges 'costly' legal precedent, settles Daniel Hegglin case

Harry the Bastard

because of course there're no other search engines

all he's done is advertise the fact that there's some sadfuck posting poorly written crap about him

now in addition he's made himself look like a twat

online abuse is illegal, he can report it to the police, it's their job to trace the person doing it and then nail them, sounds like he's got enough money to make them pay attention to his complaint

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Oracle to axe over 450 jobs in Euro support centres – sources

Harry the Bastard

it's the only race hurd knows

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

Harry the Bastard

most of world ≠ usa

the usa government and courts need to accept with grace that they have fuck all jurisdiction in most of the world, otherwise they're just bullying thieving scumbags

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Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

Harry the Bastard

message just received in arecibo...

all your cash are belong to us

you are on the way to destruction

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iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA

Harry the Bastard

i believe it to be an event featuring a popular beat combo with non-zero height but lacking both breadth and depth

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‘This is 2LO calling’: Marconi transmitter, IBM Simon and more at the Science Museum

Harry the Bastard

i assume it's ye olde point to point wan

if you ignored geography you could achieve site connectivity diagrams that had as least as much relationship to physical reality as the constellations the ancestors came up with

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Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

Harry the Bastard

let me be the first to say that

i, for one, welcome our new ball riding overlords

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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beer under the streets, pipelaying vessel seen leaving hull

only possible conclusion: GCHQ is already working on lawful intercept

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

Harry the Bastard
Holmes

i bought a nice rimowa suitcase instead

that way even when it gets bent or dented, it'll probably still work, and i won't have to worry about updates bricking it or apple spluffing the contents all over the interwebs

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

Harry the Bastard

Re: Looks like many are missing the point

the london vs. edinburgh thing is a red herring, it borders on racism

there's no 'london' or 'westminster' government, it's the government of the uk, voted for by the people of the uk

the fact that one or more areas dislikes it is neither here nor there, it's the system

the correct approach is change the system, not break the uk

otherwise where does it end? i live in a london borough where council and mp are not what i vote for, can i secede?

because that's the core of the snp argument, even if the vote is 'yes', it's likely near half the voters will have said 'no', can they secede?

no way! the snp will never offer that to the people of scotland, they are no different from the system they claim to be so wrong that they want to leave it

salmond and co. are after one thing, power for themselves, they aren't good enough to cut it at uk level, so they dress up their lust as 'independence', the hypocrisy is sickening

same shit, different day

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Harry the Bastard

yep, by parentage i'm half scottish, but get no vote as i live in the evil empire

either way, it will be interesting to see what happens

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Harry the Bastard

until recently i was a firm 'no', splitting one small country into two smaller ones will help neither and it makes the awful prospect of an eu exit more likely

but since the spineless raving conliblab party started promising to take an even more disproportionate amount money from the rest of the uk and give it to salmond's whiners (promises that were in no manifesto at the last election and were never approved by parliament) i'm thinking 'yes'

it'll be a rough ride but at least the shafting of the rest of the uk's taxpayers will one day come to an end, plus it'll probably help increase employment in northern uk

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

Harry the Bastard

the fact is these people chose to use the service and chose to accept ebay's terms and conditions which give no promise of availability or reliability

ebay isn't a human right, it's a choice they made, if it goes titsup they have to accept it, otherwise they can get a shop and manage the issues themselves

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"I think sellers need compensation, or at the very least auctions extended - we're losing money by ebay being down"

oh ffs, get a shop

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UK.gov sinks another £1.6m into Internet of Stuff spec HyperCat

Harry the Bastard

"publish the HyperCat specification as an independent and publicly available standard through the British Standards Institute"

does this imply the usual bsi paywall? that should encourage widespread adoption

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Dr Dre's crew gets Beats-down from Apple: 200 jobs to go – report

Harry the Bastard

"HR, finance will bear the brunt of cuts, it is rumoured"

good, parasitic scum of the corporate world, nuke 'em 'til they glow then shoot 'em in the dark

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Ever wanted to be a Playmonaut? El Reg's Vulture 2 spaceplane sim reveals what it's like

Harry the Bastard
Thumb Up

hurrah!

nice to see the cousins joining in

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

Harry the Bastard

Re: Containing little but bolts and glue

bolts and glue could be a test run to check if it's detected by security

prior to sending the deluded nutter through with the one containing bolts and explosive

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

Harry the Bastard

yep, vm status pages are useless, as is the telephone status

during a long (>48 hours outage) and after several calls over two days with the 'help' desk, who could only say there was no known issue or resolution time (and kept trying to get me to check my network settings, grrrr), i was finally passed to second level support, who instantly replied that "oh, it's a planned outage for network changes, service will resume at xx:yy" which it did

i) planned, so why didn't they email affected customers in advance?

ii) planned, so why didn't they put it on the status page, phone status etc.?

iii) planned, so why didn't they tell their own help desk people?

iv) planned, in what way?

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NASA flying saucer vids show fire in the sky

Harry the Bastard

no plucky playmonaut?

nasa has a lot to learn from el reg

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Paris Hilton

yep, not endearing them to me either

technological threats to livelihood are nasty for those on the receiving end

but i don't recall taxi drivers protesting as others were put out of business or lost their jobs due either to offshoring or simple elimination

in fact quite the opposite, they seem happy to rake it in when there's a tube strike due to the de-staffing of stations

paris because french taxis are mad

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Tor Project claims 'fake' Tor Browser sat in iOS App Store for months

Harry the Bastard
Paris Hilton

"Known...

...instances of malicious apps and unauthorized software being posted to the App Store are relatively rare"

ftfy

paris, just because

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Get out your Allen keys: Facebook's cooked up flat-pack bit barns

Harry the Bastard
Coat

ikea product line code contest

RÄKBIT

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I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

Harry the Bastard
WTF?

because, like paris, people with $400 million are well known for living in suburbia with easy access to the press, kidnappers, nutters etc.

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Rackspace seals new UK data center in frosty air-cooled TOMB

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Paris Hilton

"At certain times of the year when it gets warmer we spray additional water onto the face of the heating system."

as heatwaves never coincide with droughts, what could possibly go wrong?

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Gorilla Glass fights dirty, dirty germs with antimicrobial coating

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WTF?

corning claims "innovation", copying might be more accurate...

http://www.agc-glass.eu/AGC+Flat+Glass+Europe/English/Homepage/News/Press+room/Press-Detail-Page/page.aspx/979?pressitemid=1031

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The importance of complexity

Harry the Bastard

many years ago, for a project we were doing in a far flung place for her britannic majesty's government, one part required a lot of cabling

it was not easy to get cable from here to there, transport weight needed to be kept down

but we knew the cable routes, very many different paths and lengths, and we knew how much cable per reel

what was the minimum number of reels to do the job?

in a flash, i thought 'knapsack problem', a bit of cunning coding and hey presto, a cable laying schedule saying which run to do from which reel, the others at the site were most impressed by our efficiency

triples all round

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

Harry the Bastard

word? mention it not

things peaked with troff, a macro package for the job, and eqn, grap, tbl etc., plus you could embed command line stuff to dynamically suck in data to populate tables etc., since then everything has been downhill

for arty stuff, indesign is the bees knees, although bloat has set in there too

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Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go

Harry the Bastard
Paris Hilton

run out of cats?

nonsense, there're...

tabby

brown tabby

marmalade

persian

tortoiseshell

moggy

bengal

burmese

manx

...that'll do for ten years, plenty more after that

'mavericks', ugh, bunch of californians with over inflated egos thinking the rest of the world will bask in their trite place names

i'm sticking with snow leopard, by far the best of all the os x releases, cute kittens too

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Austerity BITES: Greece ends extra hols for civil servants forced to use hated COMPUTERS

Harry the Bastard

that small slice is schadenfreude, not happiness

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Harry the Bastard
Pirate

surely a better resolution would've been to give the rest of us 6 days extra hols

this would've increased overall global happiness and slightly improved relative greek competitiveness, trebles all round

instead they've just deepened the hellenic zone of despondency thereby reducing overall global happiness

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Radioaficionados españoles: Echadnos una mano

Harry the Bastard

¿qué?

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German guardsmen growing mono-boobs from drilling with Nazi-era rifles

Harry the Bastard
Big Brother

this sounds wrong in so many ways

expect to be receiving the attention of david cameron's enforcers

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Quantum boffins and bread-heads form new VC fund

Harry the Bastard
Devil

the first fund where your investment is a superposition of states

you cannot know whether you made a profit or a loss until you look at your holding and the wave function collapses

although many of my investments seem to work out this way, collapsed, so perhaps it's nothing new after all

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Boffins fire up old dish to send interstellar SMS

Harry the Bastard
Paris Hilton

let me be the first to text that

i, for one, welcome our new gliesian overlords

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