* Posts by Colin Critch

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Pity the poor Windows developer: The tools for desktop development are in disarray

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Re: I've given up writing applications for Windows full stop.

Just get a code signing cert and sign the exe and dll. Package with an installer using the code cert there. Warning will vanish.2 years for 120 quid.

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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Monkey

Tripitaka I think. Possibly one good use of a "Cloud"

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Meh

Re: Now that no-one is using Symbian...

You could but it would take a long time having custom ASIC inside. I still have a psion netbook running epoc and a development one running debian ( before they got desperate and tried a CE port ).

Anyone interested it is just gathering dust?

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500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

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Re: Hardware problems and upgraders.

I agree with you on this one. One problem that is not well know is that adobe made the latest flash require SSE2 CPU extension. So older PC can not play flash any more.

So for a usable Linux intall you need CPU with SSE2, 1GB Ram, SATA1 disk ( get a £60 SSD hybrid for ebuyer ). 64 bit and dual core is a nice to have, a CD rom drive. Distros that run well are SolusOS, Debian and Kubuntu.

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Re: What about fitness-for-purpose?

You run AVG! good luck with that. You know firewall don't stop zero day exploits? Guess you wont be running an software built on higher than .net 4 then.

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Microsoft: YES Windows 8.1 is finished, but NO you can't have it

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Just be carefull of the Adobe Flash SSE2 required problem ( and blue smurfs )

Hi Bob, good plan but.... I started to see blank video on BBC iplayer and youtube when using the latest flash on Debian and Ubuntu based distros (gnash was not good enough) when instaling on older PC's.

Currently Adobe have screwed older Linux PC's that don't have SSE2 in the CPU and don't seem to care.

See below

https://bugbase.adobe.com/index.cfm?event=bug&id=3161034

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O2 pulls plug on OAP-monitoring service

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Meh

designs so wrong

Considering that manufactures of DECT and Mobile phones are still getting the designs so wrong for older and disabled people, this never had a chance of working.

Basic stuff they get wrong for people with parkinsons, memory problems and deaf:

1) Automatic answer and put on speaker phone at loudest volume. Why this cant be done staggers me.

2) Speak time and DATE every 30 minutes during the daytime for people that have memory problems

No point on having gps stuff if the person cant remember to pick up the phone. Much better to have camera tracking in the home to check against falls.

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

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Pint

RIP Iain

Thanks for the fantastic SF. Here is to you.

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Thirty-five years ago today: Space Invaders conquer the Earth

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Re: I miss the invader's sound

Thanks PaulyV. It was Astron Belt. As you say stunning only 5 years after Space Invaders. Now does anyone remember that 3D film Treasure of the Four Crowns a bit later that blew me away at the time.

Well now stuck on Crysis 3, but still enjoying Skyrim at level 51, off to write some code now.

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I miss the invader's sound

I remember playing Space Invader with my mates through the night like until 5am and the next day just hearing space invaders all the time. The Tron and Star Wars arcade games that popped up later got lots of attention from me too.

Now there was a video disc arcade game on Margate Pier, I can’t remember the name of ( leading edge at the time ) that was fantastic, but not as profit generating as the penny tilt machines ;-)

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Meh

Nick Frost

Nick Frost playing the doctor like in "Attack The Block"

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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Try http://www.solusos.com

Try http://www.solusos.com it is good on low resource PCs

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Serial killer hack threat to gas pipes, traffic lights, power plants

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Meh

legacy software

I suspect that many of these systems use convertors because they are a bit legacy and do not have the credential functionality built in to the main control software. Some will be truly distributed and will need to be connected from different IP addresses while others can be locked down to a single IP. Even in the locked down case it will still be vulnerable from man in the middle routing attacks if the packets are not encrypted. The safest way in the single IP case would be to have paired convertors, doing certificate based SSL. This would mean the two legacy systems being connected would not need software change, just best practice IT configuration control and some routing rules.

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Guess who PC-slaying tablets are killing next? Keyboard biz Logitech

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Meh

The Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball is OK

I hope they keep on making Trackball. They stopped the wired USB ones some time ago. Less and less trackball around every year now.

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Twenty classic arcade games

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WizzBall and GoldenAxe

Nice list. But even better with WizzBall and GoldenAxe

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MEGAGRAPH: 1983's UK home computer chart toppers

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Still have my Dragon32

I Still have my Dragon32 and a DASM cartridge in a cupboard somewhere. I liked the 6809 stuff back then in my teens. I bet it still works though finding a working tape deck will be more problematic. You could speed up the CPU but loose the video with a simple asm write or poke.

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Game over for legendary 1980s games designer Mike Singleton

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Mike you slew the dragons and thought again

RIP Mike. Thanks for LoM it burned my hours as a youth and kept me entertained.

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RIP Harry Harrison: Stainless Steel Rat scurries no more

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Unhappy

Will miss the great SF

Harry thank you for getting me hooked on to SF, somthing that endures.

RIP Slippery Jim

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Android Firefox: Screaming, awesome, you'll go blind etc

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Works Ok for Me

Just gave new FF (on a LG X2, kernel 2.6.32.45 Cyanogenmod Android 2.3.7) a go and it is a LOT faster than the older version, even a bit faster than the Google browser.

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And the worst film NEVER made is...

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It must be "Return of the Barbarian Women"

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Bury council defends iPads for binmen

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IT Angle

I bet the software will cost more than the hardware

I bet the software will cost more than the hardware unless there is an itrash app for 50p.

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Tricky Xbox 360 hack claimed to work 1 try in 4

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Do you mean I2C?

Do you mean I2C?

If it is I2C then I guess connecting 2/3 wires could be required to change the clock speed.

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Hackers pierce network with jerry-rigged mouse

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Be more worried about a flash USB stick with HID built in

Be more worried about a flash USB stick with HID built in. Send the stick to several people in a company, some sucker sees a free stick plugs it in, the HID part sends the key macros for the exploit ( possibly using hidden files on the flash. I would not be surprised if they are not already out there 

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Dear Google and Facebook: You don't want Skype

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Skypite

It would be more compeling if linkedin and skype accounts were merged and made secure under a big company.

Also take all that add rubbish out of Skype client at start up, keep the other OS clients up to date (Linux please) and make sure that the video automation is not restricted like it is at the moment (full screen video on start up).

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How is SSL hopelessly broken? Let us count the ways

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for Webmail you should use bought cert

Never use self signed certs on browser stuff it is just a road to pain when users are involved. It's ok for non browser stuff. For web stuff you will have to use a bought SSL cert for your webmail subdomain I guess or let users have unsecured email where packets can be read across the internet. let’s just hope they don’t send password to each other in email!

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It's official: Nokia bets on Microsoft for smartphones

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What is Apple?

What is Apple?

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Linux

I agree with you

The thought of S3 not being around when you have been using it since S1 is a bit frighting. I wanted Symbian to succeed but they have just had a too big gap on UI and performance ( responsiveness). It will take a bit of time for S3 to die but you have to ask yourself as a user how long are you willing to wait for a decent UI, responsiveness and regular software upgrade service. Nokia made margins out of less hardware cost because S3 EPOC could JUST ABOUT get away with it. It wont be able to do that with W7.

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Malware endemic even on protected PCs

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Linux

All OS need protecting

Good set up Linux with ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 for Linux Desktop.

Good free setup with Windows is Comodo Firewall (FW only) with Microsoft Security Essentials ( for runtime protection ) and Clamwin for mail protection.

Avira free would have been my first choice on Windows if it scanned incoming email.

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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

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micro USB not robust enough

Micro USB may not be robust enough. On the ZTE Blade ( after a couple of months use ) the contacts have become interment, this is because of the lateral flex you get with a non-round connector. I welcome standardisation but these sockets have to be robust.

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Vulture falls asleep in front of Christmas TV

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happy xmas the reg

good work this year

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Diary of a Not-spot: One man's heroic struggle for broadband

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Why not use a repeater in the middle of the field?

Why not use a repeater in the middle of the field?

A 2 or 3 Draytek AP-700 (with lead acid battery and a solar panel) in repeater mode.

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Horror AVG update ballsup bricks Windows 7

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Avira Better than AVG

I have been steering home users away from AVG for some time now. Avira is quite nifty as AV and Firewall ( but you have to pay for this ). It plays well with Security Centre and has OESIS OK Certification.

Comodo is good for paranoid people like myself but I only install the firewall on home users machines as the defence notifications tend to confuse most users.

The problem with Security Essentials is the infrequent updates ( if it's not frequently updated you could be more insecure)

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Tech firms warn Ireland on bailout

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We are all doomed! In the UK we owe £65,000 each (Above £4 trillion )

In the UK we owe £65,000 each (Above £4 trillion )

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=509002&in_page_id=2

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No wonder CompSci grads are unemployed

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learn C first then C++

learn C first then C++

Here is a good book.

"A Software Engineering Approach" by Peter A. Darnell and Philip E. Margolis

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You do need the passion in programming and tech to keep on doing it well.

You do need the passion in programming and tech to keep on doing it well. I know it is a bit unfashionable to be a “geek” but for certain jobs being a geek is a good step up ( though possibly not in UI design).

I started dicking around with computers in my teens while still at secondary school. Lucky enough to have a Dragon 32 with a DASM Demon cartridge , I wrote my first assembly invert screen program. From then on I was addicted.

Enjoyed hacking lords of Midnight on my Spectrum for lots magical items and instant teleportation ( I got a military victory before hacking it). Later on soldered in extra ram in my Atari ST ( remember Blood Money ).

Later on did some electronics then an diploma in system software. Leading in to real-time C, then C++.

Now I do C++ and C# in the day time job.

But last night I was soldering relays to the Panda Fez, progressing the automated cat flap project ( though doing it in C# just seemed like cheating ). Sometimes you are just hooked!

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Intel slips anti-theft tech into hardware to deter thieves

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FAIL

This is just a gimmick for Admins with a god complex Or

This is just a gimmick for Admins with a god complex Or

So this is more about data protection and revenge. The laptops are likely not to be recovered just broken up into spare parts and sold or trashed. Or is it more about hardware vendors wanting to sell more hardware that will be less likely to be reused when OS bloat makes them too slow/obsolete?

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Intel swallows McAfee: Why?

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PC Hardware assist

It could be possible to have dedicated CPU/Firmware/chipset in a PC that would allow a kind of pre-fetch on access AV file analysis which would speed up overall operation.

It would require some hardened software actually on the OS being protected but would accelerate the process of file scanning. Think of it as putting a scanner between the hard disk and the disk interface on the mother board. Think of it as a hardware assist for sorting out file/memory scanning ( a bit like a graphic card GPU)

They would use all three things AV expertise ( though not the windows version of the code ), real-time kernel Wind River and CPU/Chipset.

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Shuttleworth spears Natty Narwhal for Ubuntu 11.04

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10.4 Works for me

10.4 Works for me. I use the 32bit VPS Server on Xen, the kubuntu 64 bit vesion on Del Vostro 1500 and a i7 Desktop. When the kernel is updated I reinstall the nvidia driver manauly and it just seems to work well.

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Microsoft morris dancers upset Soho with Hotmail relaunch

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Megaphone

Reputation

This gives Morris Dancers a bad name! Real ones do it without a sound system or an operating system and certainly with out hotmail ( well this one does anyway).

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McAfee offers cash for clunkers

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Pint

I recomend Avira over AVG

Avira is very light weight, you can get a 3 pack for a very reasonable price, it integrates with Security Centre, it has it's own firewall and works on 7 with OPSWAT support.

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'Severe' OpenSSL vuln busts public key crypto

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Stop

How can it not be a bug with openssl?

How can it not be a bug?

If power fluctuations are effecting the the data out of the system it seems to me RAM/buffers are not being cleared before and after use! Even if this is a seed problem it still smells of using uninitialised memory.

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Apple turns the flamethrower on Android

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WTF?

Psion prior art on Observer pattern

I'm pretty sure there is prior art on Observer pattern per 1995 in Psion software :-)

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Google's Android code deleted from Linux kernel

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FAIL

Lots more effort for Google

I expect the Google will force them to do a lot of back/cross ports (security) from the Linux kernel. Wow that will take a lot more effort. Makes you wonder how insecure the Google phone will become. I expect Nokia (Symbian) and Istuff have the same problems with closed software.

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ID minister promises virtual immortality for all Britons

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Big Brother

That suits me fine

That suits me fine, an ID card over my dead body ( just not a live one)

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DoH tells NHS to dump IE6

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What about protected mode?

I hate IE as much as the other guy, but IE8 ( on Vista and 7) does have protected mode ( you know and integrity levels ) also integrates with AD GPO. Let's hope the other browsers can implement these and then there will be no excuse for any organisation using IE of any version.

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Ubuntu Firefox shuns Google for Yahoo! search

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WTF?

No default search engine

Ubuntu should have no default search engine! The user should have to choose on first launch. I for one have has second thoughts about Google as they seem to becoming too powerful. Don't get me wrong the Google search is very good ( but then there is the issue of what searching habit data you give them). I hate Bing too. I think the user should choose.

With regards to making money; Canonical just don't do it! As soon as it starts turning commercial it will turn into a pile of poo. Just fund it out of Mark's pocket money.

(kubuntu user, work and play)

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China's doomed attempt to hold the world to ransom

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Should I keep all these old hard disks then

Great Article!

Will this mean that we will be recovering more rare earth stuff from discarded ipods, window phones and old hard disks?

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Peugeot designs Hybrid4 concept coupé

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Greenwash

So just a petrol car with electric green wash then! Rubbish.

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Software engineer rated best job of 2010 (almost)

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Sandals going on now ( in the UK )

Sandals going on now ( in the UK ); Switching to monotone; Looking a PSU circuit routing for a laugh, oh FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

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Axeman Chancellor toes the line on ID cards

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Big Brother

No bio passport for me then

I will just let my passport expire and be stuck in this shitty little broke Orwellian country.

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