* Posts by frymaster

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

frymaster

Reminder: Kindle does this too

I read the first chapter of a book on my phone, then load up the kindle browser-based reader and it's automatically at chapter two. They are up front about this, and it's a damned useful feature - but in terms of sending data back to the mothership it's functionally identical to what adobe are doing*

* it may not do it exactly page-turn by page-turn

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

frymaster

Smartphone app

"why can’t we just use an approved smartphone app for ad hoc readings today?"

My supplier (British Gas) lets me do just that

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Brandon Gray aka Namejuice suspended by ICANN

frymaster

The VM junk mail I get is the non-addressed kind that gets given to the postie in a pile and he gets told to deliver one to every street.

That explains why I get asked to sign up even though we've been with them since they were called cableinet...

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Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

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Re: It is not a cancer

EEE:

Embrace a technology

Extend it to add value

Extinguish the competition

So... MS are embracing .net, will extend it compared to the pre-existing implementors (Microsoft), and will then extinguish the competition (er, Microsoft).

Does not compute

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IoT cup claims 'instant' identification of what's in it

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@Trevor_Pott

Interesting. MDMA also supresses the thirst signal. People would take it, then dance all night, and not realise they were dangerously dehydrated. Leah Betts took MDMA and because she "knew" that you had to drink lots of water when taking it, died of water intoxication. So I can definitely see why people who don't feel thirst could use this

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When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

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Re: throwing a big wrench

Sorry, wrong. MPAA et al. are not claiming third party geolocation databases can tell what house an IP is associated with (and they can't even in the best case), they're claiming the ISP's own records can. In this example, it would be like saying that Microsoft itself has no idea if a given IP corresponds to a VM in the US or Brazil.

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EFF blows Snapchat a raspberry in gov't surveillance report

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Re: The internet Archive was ranked?

The internet archive allows user registration. People can upload their own data (e.g. live music). It's possible law enforcement might want that data for whatever reason.

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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Re: WYSIWYG is the problem

I was told to just write the content and worry about formatting it later, but yeah, you can be distracted.

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HP: OpenStack's networking nightmare Neutron 'was everyone's fault'

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Re: What's with all the Xen is obsolete talk I hear?

"Unless I missed your point, VMWare runs fine under linux and has done for many a year"

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1006095

A native client is not available. The web interface includes "includes a subset of the functions available in the vSphere Client"

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

frymaster

60k wan't a guess

Above 60,000 feet airspace is unrestricted. When the plane wants to descend below 60,000 it has to ask for permission to re-enter controlled airspace.

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

frymaster

"The use of a protocol other than TCP/IP prevents such systems from being implemented in a VM."

That ignores the fact that UDP exists.

Less pedantically, if you're using a VM in bridged mode as opposed to via NAT, the networking should operate at the Ethernet level, so should work fine.

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GNU security library GnuTLS fails on cert checks: Patch now

frymaster

"The reason this was fixed is because someone could look at the source, see that it was broken and fix it"

Last I heard it was supposed to be the same person that introduced the bug that found it, so no, in this specific case, open source gained no advantage.

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Reg HPC man relives 0-day rootkit GROUNDHOG DAY

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Re: In concerns me that this is the case

This is a problem with remote diagnosis.

Once an attacker has run a program with admin credentials, the system is theirs. They can alter any part of the OS. They can alter task manager so their processes don't appear on it, they can alter the filesystem libraries so their files don't appear, etc. etc.

If people had been there in person, they could boot up from an external disk and maybe see more of what's going on. But in nearly every case, they should be saying "yup, you done got hacked" and advising a complete reformat anyway. It's just too easy for something to be missed, which then acts as a source of re-infection.

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KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

frymaster

Not adding up

Domain registration doesn't involve records for email or website. I suspect not only is your domain registered with them but they're also doing your DNS hosting, at a minimum. £100 a year may or may not be a reasonable price, but it's in the ballpark

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Don't be a DDoS dummy: Patch your NTP servers, plead infosec bods

frymaster

Re: DNS - check, NTP - check, what's next?

It's already being used. I know someone who got a snooty email from a university, saying their IDS had caught him using an "SNMP scanner" - turned out their printers were involved in DDoS'ing him. He did a packet capture and a VERY high number of switches, routers, wifi access points etc. were attacking him, presumably because they were using the default community names

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FCC boss: I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep net neutrality down

frymaster

Re: Appealing.

One reason is that the court's line of argument looks pretty solid. The FCC has different powers depending on if something is a "common carrier" or a "telecommunications service" and the issue was they were trying to have their cake and eat it. So the court had good reason to say that the rules, as written, weren't legally enforceable.

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'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

frymaster

I didn't even know it was done by a female architect until this article...

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Yahoo! Pays! Paltry! $12.50! Bug! Bounty! For! Nasty! Email! Vuln!

frymaster

Nope - the first was previously reported (allegedly). The second two were not, and it's because of the second two that the "bounty" was issued.

The original statement does at least mention that all 3 vulns have now been fixed.

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Valve shows Linux love with SteamOS for gamers

frymaster

Re: @Mikel

It's worth mentioning that every single feature that the article says is an announced "steamOS" feature is actually an announced feature of the steam CLIENT, whether running on Windows, Mac, self-installed on a pre-existing Linux box, or bundled with steamOS.

So no, I don't fear Valve games becoming steamOS only - and even if they did, the non-valve games outnumber them by a factor of 300 or so

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Open ZFS wielders kick off 'truly open source' dev group

frymaster

Not ungrateful

People who want it to be GPL2-compatible want it because then it can be included in the Linux kernel.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

frymaster

Salaried staff

HR and management are unlikely to be hourly paid.

I used to be a burger flipper at McDonalds; electronic clocking systems are a GODSEND. Given the choice between having to tell the management any time my actual hours worked deviated from my schedule (and hoping they remembered to action the changes) or being paid by the minute by an automated system, I'd choose the second.

And, in fact, it looks like they already have a (crap) clocking system. This is just a more convenient version.

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Oracle wants another go at Google over Android Java copyrights

frymaster

Re: Fscking ridiculous

re:parody defence

parody is a defence against trademark claims IE your parody is allowed to be recognisable as the company it's parodying (otherwise there's no point).

It isn't a defence against copyright infringement (though for novels this is no hardship)

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Trust the cloud with my PRECIOUS? You gotta be joking

frymaster

Re: Quite right, too

"Well, suitably backed up to a different location that'll be fine, otherwise you're unprotected against 50% of data risks."

...and 100% of "accidentally hitting the delete key" risks

RAID is nice; backups are vital

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Microsoft Security Essentials loses AV-TEST certification

frymaster

It's not perfect

I've had MSE miss a virus on a friend's PC before - thankfully a "let this program have firewall access?" prompt came up, alerting him.

We submitted the file to one of these online sites, and only 2 of the virus scanners caught it, so I'm not claiming MSE to be amazingly shit either, but that it can miss things is undeniable

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Virgin Media vid misery blamed on unnamed peering network

frymaster

Re: Can't remember the last time VoD worked properly on Virgin Mediocre

No conspiracy I'm afraid.

This issue is affecting LINX only. Speedtest decides what server to use by checking the pings. Thus, when this issue is happening, speedtest will test against servers VM doesn't go over LINX to, because the pings are lower.

Some more information:

http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Up-to-100Mb-Speed/Very-poor-performance-between-7pm-and-12am/m-p/1505368/highlight/true#M4909

http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Up-to-100Mb-Speed/Very-poor-performance-between-7pm-and-12am/m-p/1554170/highlight/true#M7223

(not sure if the two issues are related or not)

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There is life after the death of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Start button

frymaster

Re: Microsoft understands...

"forced obsolescence through incompatibility"

rerversi from windows 1.0 still works on win7 32-bit (64-bit windows can emulate only 32-bit apps)

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

frymaster

Re: freetards?

to be fair to orlowski, he wants to re-purpose the word to mean "those who demand things for nothing" rather than "open-source enthusiast"

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PR mag: Let promoters edit clients' Wikipedia entries

frymaster

Seriously?

Are you honestly saying that the FIRST THING someone should do if they find factual errors in a wikipedia article criticizing them is to sue?

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Brits trapped in confusing council website labyrinths - survey

frymaster

Re: Quite agree...

I love Edinburgh council's site

On the main page, on the "popular pages" links, it has council tax, school openings, swimming pools, bin collection, road gritting, libraries etc. etc. Never had a problem using it, which still comes as a mild surprise each time...

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Microsoft sets date for Windows 8 preview - at mobile shindig

frymaster

win7 crashyness

by contrast, I can make windows 7 bluescreen really easily.

All I have to do is push the overclock past sensible levels... :P

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Virgin Media broadband goes titsup for 3 hours

frymaster

VM also having LINX congestion issues unrelated

the LINX packetloss issues are/were because an undersea cable had been cut. This meant traffic that otherwise would have been using it was shoved onto LINX, causing congestion.

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Windows 8 hardware rules 'derail user-friendly Linux'

frymaster

Um, have you actually read this?

I can't help feeling you haven't actually read the article.

Microsoft are explicitly saying that OEMs won't get the shiny sticker unless both the orthodox way (no bootloader signing) and the new way (add your bootloader's keys to the firmware) of installing other operating systems are supported. What they are insisting on is that machines shipping win8 do things the new way by default.

If it's the whole idea of signed bootloaders you're objecting to, the UEFI forum published that spec in April 2011, and no one complained either before or after.

In terms of lockdown, the ARM stuff is much more restrictive (apart from the fact that MS only has a couple of percent market share so isn't a monopoly in any way)

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Linux will work just fine on new stuff as well

...just that, IF YOU BUY A COMPUTER WITH WIN8 ON IT, you'll have to turn off the signed bootloader thingy.

Talking about messing with the keys is a red herring; if you want to do signed linux, you were always going to have to install your own keys, and even if the UEFI spec doesn't specify how this is to be done, it ain't Microsoft's job.

They key points is that MS have said that to get their shiny sticker on OEM PCs, they not only have to ship with a way to turn off these security features, but they have to be customisable. This will, in fact, make key-signed linux MORE likely than it would have been last week.

As to the ARM stuff, in the abstract this is annoying. But in reality, I can't see the presence or absence of the ability to load linux onto win8 phones and tablets affecting me one way or the other.

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Apple to Oz court: ‘Our products are lame, really’

frymaster

depends on the license

Not sure what the relevant bits are licensed under, but it's possible you can only use the source if you release any derivative works (like a compat layer) under the same license, And if you do _THAT_, then, assuming tight integration, you'd have to release iOS under that license as well.

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Red Hat engineer renews attack on Windows 8-certified secure boot

frymaster

MS isn't stupid

"MS will pressurise manufacturers NOT to allow the feature to be turned off"

That would leak in about half a second, and trigger a new round of EU _AND_ US antitrust penalties. They don't want that.

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frymaster

Disagree

All this means is that CORPORATE MANUFACTURERS will include such the "disable secure boot" toggle - they'd be stupid not to. That says nothing about the rest of the market, especially the pre-assembled end of it (I suspect consumer retail motherboards to be likely to support disabling it; OEM ones, _maybe_ not)

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Microsoft: No Windows 8 ARM support for x86 apps

frymaster

missing the point somewhat

for new metro-style C++ apps, it seems like compiling for ARM will be as easy as clicking a checkbox (though I'll believe that when I see it, and of course deliberately writing things that are limited to one processor is trivial)

so if you're still at the "choosing what to develop for" stage, you should be able to target both

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Game denies Steam threat claims

frymaster

we have a winner...

...why do you think they don't want steamworks games? because you can't re-sell them, because once it's tied into your steam account it can't be extracted (to be fair to steam, I can't think of a way to transfer games to other accounts that isn't doomed to end in squillions of stupid-phished-users' games being used to scam people)

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BBC explains 'All your Twitter pics are belong to us' gaffe

frymaster

Yes and no

In most cases, all the T&Cs do is make explicit that because you've uploaded a picture to their site, it's going to be made available on the internet to anyone with the URL. Some sites, however, opted for the cheap lawyers, and the T&Cs reflect that.

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frymaster

not clear

twitter do now do their own image hosting, but the chances are the images were hosted elsewhere and merely linked via twitter

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Virgin Media blames Activision for Call of Duty lag problems

frymaster

or maybe not

a) throttling isn't "on a whim", but more importantly

b) on the lowest service VM offer, while being throttled, there's MORE than enough bandwidth for gaming. whatever is going on, it's not due to lack of bandwidth

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frymaster

fool and his money

while being throttled there's more than enough bandwidth for gaming. what's far more likely is that there was some sort of issue with your connection; going to 50 meg involves changing from DOCSIS 2 to DOCSIS 3, and an engineer visit. Chances are whatever they did resolved your issue.

and let's not have any crap about "using what you're paying for"... you're on a consumer broadband connection. You're paying for a contended service -> you are getting what you paid for, unless you're paying at least 3 figures a month

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Microsoft breaks own world record for IE nonsense

frymaster

pretty much

This "native" malarky is basically MS banging the drum about the graphics acceleration - AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN which, given that HTML5 is looking to replace at least some of the kinds of thing people used to do with flash (and could have done, but didn't, with silverlight) may actually, at some point in the future, be worth mentioning.

RIght now, the only real-world difference I notice is that IE is better at displaying 30,000 by 30,000 pixel images than opera.

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MythBusters: Savage and Hyneman detonate truthiness

frymaster

can't be done

the assertion of existence of a deity isn't falsifiable - it can't be tested. This is the reason why it's not a question for science

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Natty Narwhal with Unity: Worst Ubuntu beta ever

frymaster

not wrong but...

you're not wrong, but the default experience is still critically important. All new users, and I suspect even a very large proportion of existing users who upgrade, will judge ubuntu on what it chooses to present to them, and why shouldn't they?

This doesn't affect me so much since my main experience of ubuntu is via ssh terminal ;)

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Microsoft+IE9: Holier than Apple open web convert?

frymaster

Your history is wrong

ie6 was released in 2001. Firefox wasn't released until 2004. The issue was not the state of IE6, the issue was that a new version of IE wasn't released until 5 years later.

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frymaster

uh... am I missing something here?

what happens if you just turn off cleartype? does it turn it off for the OS but keep it on for IE9?

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Windows 7 customers hit by service pack 1 install 'fatal error' flaws

frymaster

true but not the whole story

that is indeed part of why people use command-line, (a similar phenomenon on windows is "registry hacks" instead of just checking the checkbox in options), but part of it is when you are wanting to walk someone through something, it's easier to tell them to copy&paste from the command line than it is to say "bring up this menu, then that menu..." ad infinitum. Windows server MSDN articles do the same thing; to enable a lot of functionality they'll tell you to type something into an elevated command prompt rather than click on the "install server role" option or similar

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MS embraces/shuns Google's open video codec

frymaster

"Redmond, you see, has a certain aversion to open source software"

in this case, not true. It's nothing to do with not liking open source and everything to do with the possible patent-infringing nature of WebM. Many industry experts are fairly sure WebM may be violating some patents, but there's been no court cases as yet - mainly because it's suspected that any potential litigators are going to wait until someone with a lot of money comes along first (like, say, microsoft). GOOGLE WILL NOT GUARENTEE THAT WEBM IS FREE FROM PATENTS therefore the responsibility is with the implementor. So if MS distributed WebM, they would be sued, not google.

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ISPs to spill net traffic management beans

frymaster

Missing the point

While some probably _ARE_ selling above their capacity, home broadband is and always has been a contended service, a tradition going back to the days of dial-up where they owned less modems than they had customers, meaning it was possible for you to call the number and get an engaged tone.

As soon as even 2 people are using something, traffic management can be useful, for latency reasons even if not for bandwidth reasons. e.g. on a line that can get 100 meg throughput, someone bittorrenting at 50 meg can knacker someone's voice comms which only uses 1 meg, even though there's spare capacity, simply because the voice comms is more sensitive to late or missing packets.

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