* Posts by Harry the Bastard

110 posts • joined 11 Feb 2008

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

Harry the Bastard

meh

hft is exploitation of computational oomph and minimum latency to screw the less well equipped, it has nothing to do with investing or even speculation, spoofing is simply gaming the gamers, good luck to him

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iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

Harry the Bastard

article misses out the most important information...

who won?

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

Harry the Bastard
Coffee/keyboard

damn, i acted on the headline

now i've got suds all over my keyboard, am still mortal and it tastes bad too

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Drones to bring DEBT FROM ABOVE in Switzerland

Harry the Bastard

Re: They have it covered from the other angle too

in the uk we get the first two parts done already, so adding on the email stage should be a doddle

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Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde: Less fun than it should be

Harry the Bastard
Pint

Re: quadrifoglio verde?

yes that's the meaning, hence the eponymous quadrilobe spinach laden cheesy savoury

beer because pizza

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Harry the Bastard
Pint

quadrifoglio verde?

i'm sure i've seen that on a pizza menu

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

Harry the Bastard

what's that rumbling i hear...

yep, it's the sound of bill and dave spinning in their graves

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Finally, Mozilla looks at moving away from 'insecure' HTTP. Maybe

Harry the Bastard

never knew about the yiff version of the logo

furries get in everywhere

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

Harry the Bastard

grrr

i understand the desire to expunge legacy nastiness for the sake of the children, but for grown ups it causes problems

as above, there are many existing systems and applications, including supposedly modern fluffy cloudy ones, that either will not work at all, or will have surprise malfunctions when accesed

oh, and then there's the updated microsoft webmail my megacorp just deployed, far more bells and whistles than the old version, oh, and now i can't attach files, chrome doesn't work, firefox doesn't work, safari (ptuii) works a bit

at this rate i'll be firing up a vm running ie just to get work done, hardly a step forward

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

Harry the Bastard
Holmes

"I think that binge-watching the first four episodes is a stupid idea that will make you ache for a month waiting for the fifth episode"

surely that should be, "I think that watching this dross is a stupid idea, it will rot your brain and leave you obnoxious, stupid and lazy"

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

Harry the Bastard

Re: Underfloor can be much worse!!!

i remember one like this

there was so much cable we couldn't get the floor tiles to lay flat, didn't stop us adding more though

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

Harry the Bastard

still on my s2

with no sd card it seems they're trying to head down the fruity lock-in path, but they're not apple, they don't have the content infrastructure with over a decade of itunes behind them and the cross-device integration, imho the more they try the less they'll succeed

if only they'd stop adding bloatware and undeletable apps, instead just ship good hardware with a straight build and then maintain it

unless/until samsung (and others) commit to providing timely, long term updates for their android-based devices i'm not buying something that's going to be hung out to dry in a year or so

waiting for a nexus of similar size/weight to the s2, at least i'll get updates for a reasonable period and have only one set of garbage apps to ignore

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

Harry the Bastard

mmm belgium

beer

chocolate

cobbled classics

vlaamse stoverij with frites

gets my vote

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Unlimited stolen Uber accounts flogged for $5

Harry the Bastard
Childcatcher

no evidence of a breach

that'll be no evidence other than the sale of what seem to be customer details

well, that's alright then

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

Harry the Bastard

the mere sight of the caterpillar tracks makes me want to buy that set

i would need to add radio control

and lasers

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

Harry the Bastard

unacceptable to hit a minion, but on the other hand he is reputed to have punched piers morgan in the face, so he's not all bad

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Spookception: US spied on Israel spying on US-Iran nuke talks

Harry the Bastard

one day

the the usa will wake up to the fact that it's really not in their best interests (nor the rest of the world's for that matter) for the usa to be at the beck and call of israel's rightwing nutters

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chana masala

Harry the Bastard
Pint

best served with a batura

...or two, or lots of puri

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Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

Harry the Bastard

^^^ this

the article completely ignores el reg's standard units, fortunately i was able to resolve the crisis by determining that the distance involved was in fact 392.8571 linguine

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'Roly poly' soft, wobbly robot BANGS EXPLOSIVELY, leaps 0.5m in air

Harry the Bastard

i, for one, welcome our new roly-poly overlords

i’d like to remind them that as a trusted el reg commentard, i can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground swiss lair

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Cash'n'Carrion restocks atomic keyrings

Harry the Bastard

one with a glowing ☢ would be good

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WHY are GoDaddy and Verisign stockpiling patents? Do I smell war?

Harry the Bastard

oh ffs

humanity, we're doomed

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

Harry the Bastard

Re: vi + ms + troff (+ tbl + eqn + pic + scripts + sccs + etc. as required)

i value substance over style

wysiwyg encourages the exact opposite

when i want complex layout i use indesign, not the foul abomination that is word

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Harry the Bastard
Happy

vi + ms + troff (+ tbl + eqn + pic + scripts + sccs + etc. as required)

job done

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Chinese food safety officials drank so much during working lunch that one of them DIED

Harry the Bastard
Pint

hahaha...cof, cof, COF, gak, gasp, phew

“China has banned officials from drinking at lunchtime, to purge the tradition of mixing booze and business,” a local report stated.

nearly choked on my bolly when i read that

/where's the champagne flute icon?

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

Harry the Bastard
Paris Hilton

plenty of people can't even handle walking while fiddling with their phone

the idea of a pilot using one in the cockpit beggars belief

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I don't think you're ready for this Jelly: Google pulls support for Android WebView

Harry the Bastard

non-event

most oems seem to provide updates for only a short period, then the phone is stuck with ageing software, no updates even for serious security issues

my samsung is stuck on 4.1.2, but i'm loathe to ditch a perfectly functional phone, especially as most of the new ones with features i like have become so fat

it's the only real gripe i have with android, if there's a new nexus with a smaller screen than the 6, i'll buy it simply to be free of the bloatware and rapid abandonment that come with other brands (yes i know i could put cyanogen/other on my existing one, but i just can't be arsed)

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'IDC, why did you play down EMC?' IDC: WAAAAHHHH

Harry the Bastard

analysts

shamalysts

/nmfp

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Sony-blasting Lizard Squad suspects quizzed by UK and Finnish cops

Harry the Bastard

assuming he's in it up to his scrawny neck, by now...

...he's ratted on his mates and is trying not to think about what's going to happen next, which i hope involves jail and the reenactment of scenes from deliverance and scum

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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

Harry the Bastard

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

Harry the Bastard

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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