* Posts by Dick Emery

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Now you can easily see if a site's HTTP headers are insecure, beams dev

Dick Emery

Re: My bank website sucks?

Ah! Nevermind. It means 'redirect' and you can use the redirect link to scan correctly. Santander scores and 'F'. :P

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My bank website sucks?

I just tried it on www.santander.co.uk and it brings up a number of issues.

Missing headers for:

Strict-Transport-Security

Content-Security-Policy

Public-Key-Pins

X-Frame-Options

X-XSS-Protection

X-Content-Type-Options

I'm not sure how that effects my actual login though.

Oh and it's scoring is 'R'? WTF does that mean?

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Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

Dick Emery

Re: H0rsePr0n

So that's why whenever I search for 'blackmail' I get the wrong results!

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Dick Emery

You forgot the 'need'. But I caught your drift.

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It's not who you know...

...it's who you pay.

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Dixons Carphone to shut down 134 shops

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They can always rebrand to...

...PhonesNot4U. Quite.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

Dick Emery

Switched from 2000AD?

Sacrilege! 10 years in the iso-cubes scumbag!

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Cabling horrors unplugged: Reg readers reveal worst nightmares

Dick Emery

Re: I got a call-out...

Talk about giving you the 'run around' :)

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Cables that go nowhere

I used to admin a office in London and had racks that were pretty much inaccessible. They were partially hidden behind lots of clutter and what you could get to was a knotty mess. Many of these cables actually went nowhere because the prior admin could not be bothered to unplug one when not used anymore. They all went underneath the flooring and were unlabelled. Trying to trace a fault or changing a desk location was a nightmare. There were also ethernet hubs dotted around the offices which made it double difficult.

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Windows 10: What's coming in 2016?

Dick Emery

Bug fixes?

They still have not fixed the old Windows password bypass bug inherited from Windows 7 (Or was it earlier?) yet. Also DPI scaling on multiple displays with varying resolutions is atrocious!

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a new hope for the franchise

Dick Emery

It's good but not great

I won't go into spoilers but what I found was it was a rehash with a few new bits cobbled on.

However.

This is probably a good thing. JJ is playing safe here. Even the soundtrack contains all the original motifs and not many memorable scoring (There is no dual of the fates here).

He had two things to juggle here. One was to try and appeal to the nostalgia crowd (meaning dads). The other is to appeal to a younger audience. Especially the kids who are more forgiving of simple plot lines and heavy CGi use. Disney also is on the merchandising trail obviously.

If he had gone too far away from the originals it might have upset the boat of at least one group and had an impact on both (dads not interested in feeding their kids merch).

There are lots of convenient plot devices to keep the kids interest and lots of 'Look at this old object/person from the original trilogy' to trigger the oldies.

Also logical science has been thrown out with the bath water. Pretty much like the originals. It's a space opera after all.

Even with this. Don't forget we now have a slightly more sophisticated audience (even if they dumb down the movies in terms of plot). Making something that is *all* old school mechanical effects will not wash.

This also helps newcomers get to know some of the old Star Wars universe (while retconning the prequels somewhat). Especially those who may have been living in a cave or are too young to have seen the first round of movies. I am sure the next movie will be more expansive and go in a slightly different direction. I doubt it will be a repeat of ESB.

As a fan I also will give it 7/10. It does what it needs to do in order to satisfy a larger more varied audience in more PC times. If it pandered *just* to the Star Wars fan it might get a 9/10 but leave some of the audience bemused and not as big a money spinner.

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Are you the keymaster? Alternatives in a LogMeIn/LastPass universe

Dick Emery

Password Maker

http://passwordmaker.org/

Works for me.

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Samsung Gear VR is good. So good 2016 could be year virtual reality finally makes it

Dick Emery

At last mai waifu is within my fumbling range!

Social anxiety aficionados rejoice!

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Bitcoin inventor Satoshi 'outed' as Aussie, then raided by cops – but NOT over BTC

Dick Emery

There are only two certainties in life.

Death and government officials wanting to know why your are making more money than them.

We need a rich fat guy camping out in New Zealand icon.

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Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

Dick Emery

Eye lights

I suspect more people are hurt by these having them shone in their eyes than pointed at aircraft.

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TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief

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Where is our test case?

These idiots need a wake up call and I think a court case would go some way to doing that. Saying they are not required encryption is like saying I am not required to shut the shut the safe at the bank even though there is a locked door to the safe room.

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Gimp

No bot heads this week during X-Factor

Insert witty comment here [ ]

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

Dick Emery
Terminator

Humans fail too often

Let's face it. Humans are fallible. Even if you could get that certain programmer back to help with some code, it might be he has forgotten most of it (and it's foibles) and not be of any help. They may even be dead (Good luck raising them from the grave).

In the future I expect to see more automated AI type systems that handle the coding side for you. Entrusting important long term solutions to fleshy meat bags is a lost battle.

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Jim tests...

Jim tests out his new Samsung Galaxy Mega selfie mode.

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Volkswagen enlarges emissions scandal probe: 'Millions' more cars may have cheated

Dick Emery

Was it intentional though?

I'm still trying to get my head around this. Did VW really intend to 'cheat' the system? Or was it a 'feature' used to make the cars low emission when used in built up areas? From my understanding (I Own a Ford Fiesta Zetec Diesel BTW) the cars throw out all the nasty soot the most when over a certain rev count. That is intended only to happen when out on the motorway for instance where there is little if any pedestrian footfall (Unlucky if you live close to a motorway but still). When running low revs most of the time in built up areas the system falls to a low emission mode?

It's all rather puzzling.

BTW do you think we will see a large increase in vehicle licensing for diesels in the near future? I can see a lot of savings on diesels going out of the window (after buying my somewhat overpriced diesel I believe any savings were probably lost anyhow over the course of time).

It seems to me like the entire diesel fiasco was nothing but smoke and mirrors in the end and I should have just stuck with the devil I know.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Dick Emery

Upside down...

...MS turns me. Inside out and...round and round.

Upside down...why'd you spurn me? Update hell you..hound and hound.

Microsoft you're turning me. Your Windows 10 is burning thee.

Microsoft you're turning me...to Mint or some FreeB-SD!

To the tune of Chic's song 'Upside Down'

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Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave

Dick Emery
Facepalm

Terrible episode

After the last 2 x 2 part'ers, this was a slap in the face for the more serious Who fans amongst us. I am used to the comedic moments/ramblings but they took it to new heights in this episode. Doctor Who is not a fucking comedy (although many will say it is actually but it's not intentional)!

Throwing in the Benny Hill theme whilst threatening to use interstellar social media to bully the aliens with was the last straw.

This has turned into Reddit/Twitter appeasing nonsense where every moment of the show is about rhubarb rubbing showing how 'clever' they can be with plot arcs.

Don't get me wrong. I still watch and enjoy the show when it is written coherently and as a quirky science fiction 'fun' family show. But it really pushes some aspects too far sometimes. Lexx did dark sci-fi comedy better and Red Dwarf just did outright comedy a LOT better. The writers keep switching from sad to humorous with gay abandon barely giving any time to actually allow it to sink in or associate any emotional context to the characters (and with that infernal soundtrack intruding LOUDLY every minute DROWNING out the fast paced dialogue it needed subtitles enabled to understand what the hell was being said).

The show is full of some great idea's ruined by idiotic script writers. I shall still be here for next weeks episode though as I have nothing better to do on a Saturday night.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Dick Emery

With 3 competing VR headsets in the offing...

...four by two's company. But tree's a crowd!

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Dick Emery

Re: Oculus Rift-

I was gonna use that one!

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

Dick Emery

So many companies are running on a razors edge

I remember one small company (although the name evades me after so many years an such a short period I worked there so is probably a good thing) as an admin. They had a NT box where all the networked PC's data was held. It was connected via a switch that could not handle the load and a shit load of ethernet cables with no labels in such a knotted mess it was impossible to trace which cable went where. They went under the floor to various rooms in the building (No nicely placed wall sockets). They also went to hubs (also under the floor) where they got split to various PC's which users complained were 'slow' (Hmm. I wonder why that could have been).

The NT box held a ton of porn (mostly saved by management I might add) and the server was running low on space on the RAID array (I deleted it all and then had to deal with management in my ear about doing so. I kid you not). The backups were made to tape in the most erratic manner. None were tested and the labeling was a nightmare. I spent a VERY frustrating evening one day trying to rebuild the array after one of the hard disks died with the 'concern' that the backups might not work if it could not be rebuilt (or another disk died during the rebuild). They had an ancient database system that was 'proprietary' and coded by someone who had long retired and the temp IT guy they had been using only knew small parts of the system. I was made 'redundant' once I got totally fedup with the mess and went to management with my diagnosis that the company was about to go tits up if I was not allowed to spend some decent cash on fixing it.

I wonder if they are still in business. Actually no I don't.

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Still safe as houses: More CCTV for the masses

Dick Emery

There are some sites that offer that facility already and for free! A certain site with 'hub' in the name for example (Not that I frequent those kinds of sites of course *cough*).

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

Dick Emery

I will wait for a while

The things I am waiting for.

'Flat' OLED displays to become affordable and for them to work out the kinks (Like uniformity, endurance and lag). Samsung are reported to be getting back into the race. I personally was hoping that Panasonic would get into OLED. Even if they use LG's panels. No sign yet though.

HDR and high bit depth displays (I think one guy on the Value Electronic HDTV shootout said that displays need to go to 16bit or even higher to make full use of HDR.

HDMI 2.2 or newer on ALL ports (Same for video cards).

I'll mention lag again because it is very important for gaming. Currently LG's OLED TV's have *HUGE* input lag due to the processing.

Better smooth motion algorithms (I still see ghosting around moving objects if you set it too strong. Also full 1080P/4K pixel motion resolution only seems to come when you enable interpolation even at it's lowest settings).

Support for high refresh rates. 4K needs 120/144Hz.

CONTENT! CONTENT! CONTENT!

Oh and The Hobbit at 48FPS? NEVER!!! Basically the BluRay alliance did not put it in their spec.

There are too many compromises for me right now. Personally I am waiting for that operaiton to become common that puts new lenses in my eyes (giving you super human clear vision apparently) that was recently reported on so I can get rid of my thick spectacles to actually appreciate any of this.

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Dick Emery

Re: Sky and UHD

From what I understand passive 3D splits the line count per eye so is in fact only 720P. At least 4K would allow for true passive 1080P in that respect, but I think the TV itself would have to do it somehow?

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The roots go deep: Kill Adobe Flash, kill it everywhere, bod says

Dick Emery

Flash Bang Wallop What a Picture!

I really don't understand why Flash cannot be run in a sandbox from now on. There are TONS of creative things made from Flash (animations and interactive games etc). For them to be wiped out overnight because they want to ban Flash means the loss of a large chunk of our online creative culture and heritage. If it's such a security risk just sandbox that sucker!

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The insidious danger of the lone wolf control freak sysadmin

Dick Emery

Re: Lone Wolf..

It matters not if the co-workers are less competent. What matters most is that the 'competent' new employee works within the team as a team player. That means that if they feel the others are not pulling their weight they let them know and give valid reasons. This may lead to some friction but it has to be put across to the team that it's for the benefit of all. It's not a selfish thing to want to do well. But being a lone wolf is harmful to all and a selfish act.

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Dick Emery

Re: Sounds like...

Le troll.

I have nothing against people trying to get ahead within a company. I have everything against people who do it at the expense of everybody else. Including the well being of said company.

Hard workers are a boon. But they are - usually - only working so hard for one person. Themselves.

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Dick Emery

I worked for a company whereby much of their data entry was made on software designed by someone who had retired years ago. They had a consultant working for them as their IT guy but he was not permanent staff. He only knew bits and pieces about the systems. I got the job as permanent IT admin through him and he showed me the ropes. It became quite clear that I was in over my head. Although I struggled through I ended up leaving after a year due to health reasons (the stress was crazy). They had a backup system that was untested (I tested it and found it did not work after a RAID drive died and I spent an entire evening trying to fix it with no overtime. More fool me!). The entire company was balanced on a knife edge and just before I left I sat in with their head honchos and rather generously told all of this. After that they were left to their own devices. I did a few years later look up the company to see if they were still in business. They were not (at least not under their previous name).

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Disk is dead, screeches Violin – and here's how it might happen

Dick Emery

This will kill X blah blah blah!

The times we have seen people screaming the death knell of HDD as a storage medium. It's almost become a meme.

The truth is spinning media has a long history. It's a 'known' medium despite changes to the manufacturing processes to increase density,reliability and speed.

Flash on the other hand has only been with us a short while in comparison. When you look ahead as a company and look at what it will cost to create new fabs for what is still a relatively expensive medium, with a possibly short period to capitalize on it before something else comes along and wipes it out, I can understand some CEO's hesitance.

In order for a product to be successful it's not just about all the things we as consumers (including data centers et al) look for in a storage medium. It's about how much return on their initial investment over time they need to make to maximize profits.

If they plow billions into new Flash and only a couple of years down the line some competitor (notice I did not use 'someone' because as we all know inventors and start ups don't always come to fruition) invents some cheaper alternative that does the same or better. Then they are stuffed (or will at least make a loss).

For myself I am hopeful of technologies like Memristor. My biggest concerns are:-

1. Ability to recover data after the drive dies or write cycles have expired (Tests have shown that few if any SSD's allow you to easily recover the data. They should theoretically go into read only mode. But an endurance test done on several brands shows that they pretty much just die and not allow you to access the partitions at all!).

2. The ability of the device to erase data beyond recovery. Privacy concerns seem to indicate that although it is more difficult to recover data from Flash devices (especially after it has died). The data is actually harder to destroy completely than a simple 'erase' cycle over a hard disk byte value due to over provisioning/garbage collections etc.

Yes endurance, longevity, speed, reliability and cost are important but without the above two I find myself distrusting the technology for anything other than the operating system and applications. Especially with recent problems like those experienced on the Samsung EVO range (I have a Pro 256GB SDD so it's not so much of a problem although I do notice a speed decrease the more I fill it which I did not realize would be an issue on flash memory).

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

Dick Emery

Why do people still have access...

Why do companies still allow access to the main server network anyhow? Surely user access should be in VM's with limited access to run exe's outside on live server data (maybe sandbox the users from the data)? I think this is another case of Microsoft methodology of running the OS on every system (I use Windows exclusively BTW before you accuse me of being a *nix know it all). Companies with important data and especially government and law enforcement really need to rethink how they allow their users to access data and work on their backup strategies. Educating users on protective measures just isn't enough. People will continue to make mistakes.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

Dick Emery

How do you know if a politician is lying?

Their lips are moving.

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

Dick Emery

LG's biggest problem

LG's biggest problem is with their processing. Motion on LG's is just not up to Samsung and Sony's. They lack black frame insertion or 'BFI' (Google it) which means they can look jittery especially on high action material. Their smooth motion algorithms are not quite as good as Sony's either. I read somewhere that BFI is not possible on current OLED tech. Also LG has a bad track record on calibration. Many experts find it very hard to calibrate LG OLED sets. I am hopeful Panasonic will bring their expertise in video processing and calibration to the table in order to fix these issues.

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Dick Emery

Re: Life?

LG uses white OLED's with RGB filters over them so they age the same amount. The downside is on 1080p sets you could see the filters close up. However. This should be less of an issue with 4K sets.

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Dick Emery

Re: I wonder if they've spent any money on the UI

My brother took his WebOS model back because of slow UI and response to the remote/changing channels etc. He got another older model that is 'decent' at channel changing and menu navigation but without all the bells and whistles of WebOS.

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It's not just about light output

This is not only about brightness but about blown out highlights. Ever taken a photo of a building in shadow and had the cloudy sky turn into a blown out white that you cannot recover in post editing? With HDR you can have your sky the same cloudy colour whilst still being able to see the details in the dark building without introducing noise by trying to lighten the dark areas.

HDR displays have a wider colour gamut and require at least 10bit (some experts say we actually need 16bit upwards to make full use of it). You guys should really watch the Value Eelectronics HDTV shootout that industry experts attend each year.

http://valueelectronics.com/

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The Rise of Islamic State, Touch and I Am Radar

Dick Emery

It makes me wonder

It makes me wonder if all the governments are in cahoots making up all these terrorist 'boogiemen' to keep the populace fearful and under control. Tin foil hat? Nah! Mines the one with the lead lined suit!

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Chappie: The AI tale that’s about heart, not intelligence

Dick Emery

I hope he don't die and come back to life

We've already had that ending multiple times with Short Circuit, Wall-E and a gazillion other movies (With or without robots).

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

Dick Emery

Down again

No joy here 22:05 GMT

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‘Get off of my Cloud’ Verizon tells users ahead of 48-hour maintenance outage

Dick Emery

Gotta put that black box in between ya see

Definitely not the NSA. Nope! No sirree!

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UK retailers in TABLET PRICE SLASH BONANZA

Dick Emery

No use found

Had an Asus Transformer for a year. Sold it on Ebay, Father got one to pass some time whilst in hospital then gave it to my sister (status unknown but probably unused). Brother got a Asus 7" tablet. Sold it about 6 weeks later.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

Dick Emery

Re: To paraphrase Mandy Rice Davis

You took my reply right out of my fingers.

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

Dick Emery

HTML5 Youtube

about:config

media.mediasource.enabled true

This gave me 1080p60 option in Youtube's HTML5 player. Ignore what the /html5 page says.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

Dick Emery

Function 'creep'

They need to ban slippery slopes too! Those things can cause serious injury to your 'private' parts!

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What We Do In The Shadows? Laugh ourselves silly, mostly

Dick Emery

I vant to suck your movie!

Looks like a riot. Will defo give this one a try.

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Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

Dick Emery

Re: Random TV question: 'juddering' in fast pans

The problem with frame interpolation currently abused on HDTV's is that it tends to be too agressive and applied to the entire movie. Whereas what would be better would be for it to intelligently sense panning movement and only apply it then.

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Dick Emery

I wish Showscan would get used

Look at some Showscan explanations on Youtube. Basically in order to keep the 'filmic' look slow movement is displayed at 24FPS and fast action sequences at up to 120FPS using variable frame rates.

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