* Posts by Philip Clarke

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Migrating from WS2003 to *nix in a month? It ain't happening, folks

Philip Clarke

viabilty

Now a responsible CIO, CTO whatever job title fits, would have seen this coming 5 years ago and made a plan to investigate options (though having had a look five years ago, porting active directory hot design wasn't reliable/ possible/ stable). Hopefully someone will be looking ahead the next time.

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Blackhats using mystery Magento card stealers

Philip Clarke

The only real thing of interest is that there's an alleged zero day magento exploit out there, PHP in images is nothing new, encrypting it so that script kiddies/ clean up crew can't read the purloined info is not new. Mr Black Hat has just come up with a differing mechanism to protect that data.

Putting the data in a php image is inefficient, as soon as the web server is stopped from serving images as PHP then it collects no more and is reliant on clean up not noticing embedded PHP in the image,

grep -i '<?php' `find . -type f -iname \*.png`

is basic but works.

Much better would be to append the encrypted info to any file (existing or not) in a comment block which would reduce the chance of detection and still enable pick up, or to just send the data out straight away to multiple compromised sites.

This also fails if the magento site is using external authentication for payments, though probably useful for collecting background info like email addresses, address details etc... and the clean up is easy if the site is configured correctly from the beginning, a git repository above the web root by a higher level user would show every altered file and log analysis of access to those files could then be backtrace to the original attack vector.

Distributing the data out immediately is preferable as it retains the max amount of efficiency rather than relying on pick up at a later date, all this indicates is that one black hat is working on a better way of obsfucating which data is exfiltrated and I take my hat off to him, modifying the file time is quite nice as it confuses as to who has bought what during the time the hack was live (and is probably used to check if the file has altered since the last pick up). Downside, makes it easier to track which files were modified for exfiltration during clean up.

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Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

Philip Clarke
Happy

Alfa's = flawed but you overcome them for the driving pleasure. I had an SZ, used to take it to track days, remarkably easy to slide around corners, handling was out of this world. Long gearing so it was slow compared to virtually everything else. But there was just something so "right" about it's handling and I compared it to a lot of cars including caterhams.

Driving to the track days was like hell on earth, an air con system in perfect working order that wouldn't demist, windscreen wipers that made visibility worse, touring car suspension so the car followed the camber all the time, every single piece of gravel felt through the rigid composite (not carbon, but not fibreglass) bodywork, ride quality would have been improved by removing the suspension, and a hydraulic button operated lift to get over speed bumps with no indicator light so you'd need to open the door to see if the car was rising or scrape the exhaust off. Never had a better car.

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'Oracle, why are your sales f-' CLOUD CLOUD CLOUD, blasts Larry

Philip Clarke
Coat

RBS -> Oracle IaaS = ability to blame someone else. Sounds like a plan to me.

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Celebrating 20 years of juicy Java. Just don’t mention Android

Philip Clarke

anomalous adoption spike

I'd like to see a real world adoption graph as I'm betting minecraft spike it up, and doesn't anyone else find it odd microsoft buying minecraft and paying licensing to Oracle for Java? There's always advice that there is no need to run Java and it's insecure which always neglects to mention the wee ones factor, but then that also goes for not using flash plugins, yet youtube works without flash it doesn't do basic things like annotation, subtitling or even whether one has watched a video or being able to change devices and resume playing at the same point. Security is one thing, practicality another.

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Zuck can EFF off: Internet.org is SO NOT the INTERNET

Philip Clarke
Linux

I don't get it

I started off in the mid nineties as a web developer, so I don't really get the point of internet.org. I may be phenomenally naive but we designed for slow connections from the outset (because that's all there were). We also designed code to last.

If anyone wanted to take a big step forward, an RFC dictating network capability or analysis and a website designed for high and low bandwidths would be the answer rather than boxing people into a proprietary system. It's either that or smack designers round the head with a set of sensible old school low bandwidth or disabled text accessibility guideline.

In fact any fool could code a php page to present a transparent png to a browser, measure the request/ delivery time and subsequently shift low bandwidth users to an alternate view of a site (be better if server based and setting an environment variable though). Now that's published there goes prior art, so it's open source, yeah.

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ATTACK of the DINKY DRONES! US military creates ROBOTIC CARRIER PIGEON

Philip Clarke

How does a desert shrub kill a gliding device? Has DARPA invented surface to to air shubbery? Autonomous heat seeking tumbleweed? for deployment in Iraq, I think we should be told.

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Messerschmitts, Sinclairs and a '50s living room: The Bubblecar Museum

Philip Clarke

Re: More photos please

Thanks, interesting (potentially) the Messerschmitt had no reverse gear, you'd turn the engine off and then reverse it's direction. He claims he got it to 50 mph backwards before bottling out at an RAF base during his national service.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_KR200#Engine_and_transmission

The blue disabled vehicles were Invacars and banned from the road in 2003 due to safety concerns

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invacar

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Philip Clarke

More photos please

Because some of us don't know what an Isetta is or looks like.

Sounds like the museum is in need of lottery funds, a stairlift, and is there a C5 there ?

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Row at UN domain-name body WIPO: Probes shut down, payout from controversial chief

Philip Clarke
Coat

to be clear

Probably the first paragraph should read WIPO Director General Gurry; as it makes the full scale of the article and quoted texts easier to interpret rather than "WIPO head Francis Gurry".

"WIPO is currently advertising for a director of internal oversight", is there an online application form? Mine's the coat bulging with Swiss Francs.

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SAVE ME, NASA system builder, from my DEAD WORKSTATION

Philip Clarke

No UK shop

so not really much point, seems more like advertising.

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German server lockbox scores MEELLION dollar seed-smashing record

Philip Clarke

did anyone else notice that the "lockbox" in the title has been changed to love box in the article URI ?

Perchance an SEO consultation ?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/05/german_server_lovebox_scores_meelion_dollar_seedsmashing_record/

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Hooters, shooters and looters: Eidos’s Tomb Raider

Philip Clarke
Alert

Sirs

I object strenuously to the sentence,

"she flaunts an overinflated chest and ass to the masses"

if I recall correctly, she had rather boyish buttocks.

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

Philip Clarke
Alert

Re: If proof were needed that police are theives [lying and bribery proof currently in the courts]

But I have a macbook Air and an iMac, are they going to repair my device, replace the hard drive, even if I have not been charged with any offence. Does this also include my Android phone with non-removeable storage >

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Philip Clarke

Possible correction

surely it should be

At this point they will decide if they wish to charge you or detain you...

and not

At this point they will decide if they wish to arrest you or detain you ...

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Child protection group's creep-catcher passes Turing Test

Philip Clarke

So if Sweetie passed the Turing test can legislation be changed to chemically castrate the men that contacted her / it ?

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San Fran tech hub wants hookers and hackers for Halloween

Philip Clarke

Ahh but this is the internet, so the avatar on the flier is a 38 year old 22 stone bloke living at home with his parent's called Dave.

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

Philip Clarke

But Williard Foxton is an "expert" he even wrote the 28 Days Later blog without knowing any html (it's about internet dating), although he's obviously wrong about algebra and programming.

I can't remember that quadratic equation my maths teacher made us recite by rote, but I can still program html, php, javascript, perl and my children both under 10 have used a raspberry pi, the codecademy website tutorials and I'm pretty sure a grounding in the rules of programming any given language and the principles of logic is going to make any mathematical task easier.

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Terminator-style robot busts leg in martial arts demo mishap

Philip Clarke

Obviously it's Chakras were not aligned correctly.

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SPEARS fired up for explosive climax

Philip Clarke
Stop

Surely you should blast off regardless of turbulence ? Better a delayed messy ejaculation of the craft then no release, the latex popping and crashing to the ground ?

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PayPal is bleeding market share and it's all eBay's fault

Philip Clarke

an interesting question would be why the monopolies commissions in various countries have not taken a hard stance against compulsory Ebay and Paypal. I think Australia was the only country that did.

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Philip Clarke

all the other solutions mentioned in the article are USA only. No good for the UK let alone other European countries. Only Google checkout and PayPal work outside of the USA which is the fundamental flaw in this article.

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

Philip Clarke

Older Apple iMacs

Looks like no-one in the study has one because mine draws 60 watts on "idle"

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3559

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Open API lessons for LinkedIn and Facebook

Philip Clarke
Thumb Down

GPL from the FAQ

"A company is running a modified version of a GPL'ed program on a web site. Does the GPL say they must release their modified sources?

The GPL permits anyone to make a modified version and use it without ever distributing it to others. What this company is doing is a special case of that. Therefore, the company does not have to release the modified sources.

It is essential for people to have the freedom to make modifications and use them privately, without ever publishing those modifications."

Open only has to be Open if the source code is release.

This article is odd since it only deals with one person's quote, and doesn't really propound anything. Facebook could boot off Zynga if it wanted to, so there's a situation where one company dictates it's API and could harm others, but the flip side of the coin is that if Facebook were to release all of their data, then no one would visit, as a small developer could strip out the bumpf and produce a "pure" Facebook experience thereby destroying the value of the company. (and probably still clean up by selling the contact details). Asking for an open API without restrictions is like asking for the world to throw away intellectual property.

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Samsung Galaxy S III

Philip Clarke

Eyes's glinting

What happens when one wears shades ?

Also what happens when I light a ciggy putting my phone down in the process, that is encrypted with the compulsory letters and number combination for the password on the lock screen? I put the phone down, light the fag and then have the bloody thing turn off and have to enter the lock screen. I have an S II which has rubbish battery life and a screen so big that entering the lock code with one hand frequently means it presses shift or settings with my palm, it also crashes far more often after the ICS upgrade and does odd things like refuses to find the GPS and overheats in a car window mount. AND the SIII is plastic ? Give me an aluminium honey comb grid on the back as a heat sink, a big battery so I don't need the lock screen on every 15 seconds to save power and for security, and don't give me wallpaper on the apps screen where the app designers have no HID guidelines so the icons clash. I don't want a walled garden, I want a man's phone that is usable.

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Internet's first 'Hall of Fame' REVEALED

Philip Clarke

It's okay they'll just populate later years with those self publicists from silicon roundabout.

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Lytro light field camera

Philip Clarke

Re: don't care about the science

no that's not the point, the surgical distance is the point you set as lens to give the perception of the deepest area in focus. on a wide angle the area in focus is "greater" because of what is called s reduced circle of confusion. to recreate lyto all you would need is to to pictures in rapid succession like. at .5 metres 6 metres and 25 metres, then Mark the images as "one" where all items are in focus and the choose the focal point later in software. the hyperfocal distance is lens and aperture dependent as well as how you view the image because in reality there is only one focal point and this circle of confusion gives an parent depth of field. in lower light you would need more separate images because to get the image the hyperfocal distances would be lower and a telephone lens needs many more shots but then the software could be limited to a primary area like the entire head for a portrait. trust me i was a physicist then a photographer. a low light portrait would be great because you'd shoot the head but then select the eyes and nose tip in software and omit the background and ears from the focal zone.

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Philip Clarke

Re: don't care about the science

you could also do it with mobile phones etc... they have massive depth of field anyway and the multiple exposures could act as compensation fir their major problem, noise.

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Philip Clarke

don't care about the science

why not have a dslr program that knows the lens, fire burst mode at overlapping hyperfocal distances with possible hdr exposures and then combine the images in one format? it's not rocket science gives virtually the same effect at higher resolution and more options.

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Forensic snoops: It doesn't take a Genius to break into an iPhone

Philip Clarke

waste of time in UK

Just get a court order to reveal the password or the "perp" gets two years inside.

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Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi C4

Philip Clarke

I'm surprised they put an equaliser on it. my information may be outdated by 20-30 odd years, but it always used to be that the money was sunk into quality of components, while equalisers were for the shelves of dixons, Amstrad & Matsui.

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Jobs' 'nuclear war' is not doing Apple any good - analyst

Philip Clarke

work rounds cost money, a company invests a billion in manufacture then has to bin the infringing items. Samsung makes a lot of components for apple and when the cost of the law suits impinges on their bottom line they'll be a cost to apple. I'd expect Samsung to be buying other manufacturers then dropping apple's volume discount. long term it could benefit the USA as apple will have to source components from countries where the FTC won't allow cartels currently apple has enough money in the bank to go into memory fabrication the question would be if they could get a return on their investment from their sales alone. the one thing consistent about apple is that it does not return it's cash stockpile to the shareholders, I predict a partnership with foxconn and new component factories in China as apple marginalises it's component suppliers and that could be very good for apple.

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Latest El Reg project: Rise of the Robot Sheep

Philip Clarke
Happy

dreams

when I was a child 30+ years ago, I had a book about the future, jet packs with head up displays, bountiful energy from nuclear fusion, instead we got the solar powered parking meter.

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Nissan Leaf battery powered electric car

Philip Clarke
Stop

second car

a second could be considered recycling, a diesel could be run on bio diesel and be carbon neutral as opposed to coal powered/ gas powered leccy and all could be recycled at a salvage yard.

or you could just skip the second car entirely and have the first car as above.

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Apple wins skirmish in HTC-Google patent war

Philip Clarke

it depends on the detection part, the action can be got around by putting a icon to tap next to the number, I can't see much use for an address book without being able to dial the number on any phone.

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IT'S OFFICIAL: AT&T, T-Mobile deal is dead

Philip Clarke
Go

please tell us that...

you are going to do a new year article featuring all those business decisions in full?

I nominate any decision by any HP executive or for a long term prediction the thousand dollar ultrabook price tag.

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Angry Birds maker now aims at Asian IPO

Philip Clarke

the kids have it

at my son's eighth birthday party every single one of the 25 children had played it (i asked then around the table), it's popularity appears to be waning with moshi monsters gaining, but an IPO in Hong Kong is great as I believe that they have to be profitable as opposed to groupon.

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Feds charge eight former Siemens officials with bribery

Philip Clarke
WTF?

and nobody noticed a director taking $10 million from the company accounts?

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Mozambique menaced by flesh-eating bananas

Philip Clarke
Mushroom

more seriously

If that email was sent by a foreign government, it probably is now an act of war.

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China gets 64 quid Android 4.0 tablet

Philip Clarke
Stop

says it's a capacitive screen, could have an almost iPad killer if it were not for the CPU.

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The BBC Micro turns 30

Philip Clarke
Happy

business use

in 1985 or 86 my father bought one as an upgrade to the zx81. it was educational, we built a business around it, using it to calculate of area of wood needed for hardwood triple glazing that he manufactured. you'd select the frame style type in the size of hole for the window and it would work out the wood required and it had graphics so the client could sign off on it.

it was truly exceptional just rectangles area and a unit cost and all achievable in basic for a 13 year old.

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Rock star physicist Cox: Neutrinos won't help us cheat time

Philip Clarke
Stop

tosh - wikipedia science

The problem with all of this is that it is complete tosh. The theory of special relativity (and clasical mechanics) has 3 possible outcomes

1) something travels slower than light and would require infinite amounts of energy to get it to light speed (ordinary mass)

2) something is stuck travelling at the speed of light (photons)

3) something travels faster that light to start with and can never drop below light speed without destruction.

It happens because in classic mechanics you can have a negative velocity that is the squared (basic kinetic energy) therefore making it a positive so at lower than light speeds the energy of the particle would be negative, e.g. non-existent which happens quite a lot in theories like dropping to absolute zero where a particle has no energy so can have no mass. It's perfectly possible to travel faster than light but only if one starts faster so in "the real world" one would require negative energies and mass. Possibly CERN generated neutrinos of this type but probably not. How is light altered by gravity in the parallel plane if gravitons aren't particles faster than light ? (and so giving use the red shift used to correct astronomical observations to give us an idea of the make up of stars). Just because no theoretical model has predicted that a neutrino could be created starting off faster than light doesn't mean it couldn't have happened. Stating that something is "impossible" based on a theory is a dodgy starting point for any discussion, otherwise we'd still be stuck with Newtonian mechanics. Best to see if the experiment can be replicated by a different lab.

I blame the media and the second paragraph of wikipedia on lightspeed myself.

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Engineers seek funds for world’s largest Tesla coil

Philip Clarke
Trollface

But can it re-animate the dead?

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Spaniards prototype ARM-GPU hybrid supercomputer

Philip Clarke
Boffin

10Mw ? Didn't the spanish just build a massive solar ranch in Arizona? That was 20Mw I believe. Out of general green interest, how many flops does one get when one does some thing like seti with the public's computers ? Could a SC feed in tariff be more viable than a green electric tariff ?

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Pass the wine, dear. Yes, that papier-mache thing

Philip Clarke

Same in India, at least in Bangalore.

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NASA: 2012 solar flares could DEVASTATE CITIES!

Philip Clarke
Holmes

That's why they killed the ibook, now everything is encased in aluminium shells which can be earthed, it's Steve Jobs' last vision, oh wow oh wow oh wow.

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Eurozone crisis: We're all dooomed! Here's why

Philip Clarke
Go

Silver lining?

According to the nice lady on the phone this morning I could have been mis-sold payment protection, and could get a lot of money back. I wonder if greece had it too... Problem solved then.

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Old apps must die when you migrate to the cloud

Philip Clarke
Boffin

Never going to stop

The problem is quite clearly highlighted in the article, you get the applications down, get people retrained, have the system reduced to the bare bones, then some one decides to buy another company.... Rarely are the people in IT asked about the costs a new acquisition will incur to migrate the systems, in addition to financial audits there should probably be a requirement for a migration audit prior to purchase only then would a company not be doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.

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Behold: The Gecko-robot wall-climbing tank!

Philip Clarke
Go

Wonderful

How do they get it off once it's stuck on? Can it be scaled up? I'd like to see one with a chair for use as a stair lift for the elderly you could deploy them quickly to create temporary elderly care homes though getting the daredevil pensioners back to ground child be tricky, bugger free climbing my father'd be scaling any glass building he could find.

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