* Posts by Richard Wharram

980 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008

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At last we know for sure. Blighty's 'best mobile network' is ...

Richard Wharram

Giffgaff

Giffgaff is pretty good for data and signal round me. The call quality is never the best but adequate.

On the other hand Giffgaff is pretty useless at the in-laws. The signal is great and shows no sign of weakness, calls are fine too, but the '3G' connection seems unable to process data at more than GPRS speeds.

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OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

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Can you put Ubuntu on it?

I was looking for a new second phone since giving my Moto G to the wife but I'm mightily bored with Android :/

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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CAN Bus

Stands for Controller Area Network, not Car Area Network :)

It's used in Lorries and Aeroplanes, not just cars.

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

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Code monkeys

Is still a thing.

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I, for one, welcome...

Meh

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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Re: Mechanical hack

Is that a euphemism?

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CAN Bus

Vehicles use the CAN Bus or variations of. Its behaviour is that a client on the bus broadcasts to all other clients on the bus, providing the bus is currently free or only a lower priority broadcast is underway. Its up to other clients to look at the message and decide if they want to do anything with it.

To be honest it's a great design for the scenarios it was intended for. However, integrating it with the public internet provides some very specific design challenges that perhaps it isn't best suited for. All devices on the bus are trusted by default. Anything on a public network should be untrusted by default.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Re: ST was better

I had, and loved, an ST. Nowt wrong with the Amiga though. Just couldn't afford both and my friends had STs.

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

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Smut filter and nonce-catching

I don't understand how the two are related? The smut-filter is an on-off thing for 'adult content.' How could it help catch nonces?

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Galloway and Greens challenge Brit spooks over dragnet snooping

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Oh God...

Don't put me on the same side in any debate as George Galloway. It makes me feel unclean :(

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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Navels of angels, existence of...

Given the amount of effect this law currently has on behaviour...

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

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I will be worse off

But I was the UK's Lib Dem voter, not a Tory one.

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Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable

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Re: They need to fix the bugs

OK. Relatively speaking.

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They need to fix the bugs

Just had to factory reset and restore from backup for a second time as mine lost connection to the iPhone again.

(I got the cheap one to see what it was like.)

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Thanks for open sourcing .NET say Point of Sale villains

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How the fuck?

How would an exploit on installation instructions be able to get into your POS network?

It should be on a separate VLAN and firewalled to allow nothing in it doesn't expect or that it hasn't just requested. Who would open a PDF or Word document on the POS VLAN?

Like, what the fuck?

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High Court smacks down 'emergency' UK spy bill as UNLAWFUL

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And now you see...

...why they want to repeal the Human Rights Act.

Kind of similar to the Amendment To Be song in The Simpsons. They needed to amend the constitution so that they could pass 'all sorts of crazy laws.'

http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/The_Amendment_Song

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Behold: Pluto's huge ICE MOUNTAINS ... and signs of cryovolcanoes?

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Re: mostly...

Cthulhu lies dreaming in R'Lyeh which is on Earth, not Yuggoth.

You may be thinking of Cxaxukluth.

Obviously.

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Re: Yuggoth

Because that would cause 'Insanity, Permanent.'

"Roll for SAN loss..."

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BT issues formal whinge to Ofcom over Sky dominance in pay telly

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Re: If GoT was on Netflix or similar

Good point but NowTV isn't HD :/

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If GoT was on Netflix or similar

I'd stop the Sky robbery today.

(Someone will now tell me there's a subscription service I've missed.)

I'd also need a way around the football.

Legally.

:/

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Peppermint?

Light and pretty.

Or Puppy. Very light. Not so pretty :)

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Crap crypto crackdown coming as FBI boss testifies to US Congress

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This will never happen.

Microsoft would move to Canada (or wherever) rather than be unable to sell their OS to any country other than the US because noone would want it. It would be business suicide and they owe it to their shareholders not to do it and the same goes for almost all tech companies.

Let them bleat about it for another two years. It will come to nothing. Tech company bosses are big political funders too.

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Facebook vows to blow EVEN HARDER

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This is perfectly 'normal' for a datacentre

I've reviewed many a document or RFP response where the provider claims that all their energy is 100% renewable and (a few sentences on) that they are supplied by dual-feeds from the gas-turbine plant down the road.

What they mean is that they pay their energy provider to be on their renewable tariff. The provider ensures they have bought enough energy from renewable sources to cover those on the renewable tariff. Individual electrons don't give a shit about renewable or not.

Also I'd still dispute the 100% wind-powered claim. Are they claiming they don't have diesel generators that they swap over to on a regular basis to test the resilience? Not much of a datacentre if true.

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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Re: Wrangel Island

The Old Kingdom Pyramids in Giza at least were built about 2500 BC so 4500 years ago, not 5000.

The Middle Kingdom Pyramids were about 4000 years ago.

They didn't bother with Pyramids in the New Kingdom.

The oldest Egyptian Pyramid was Djoser's at Saqqara and that's still only about 2650 BC and that wasn't really a true pyramid. Really you'd be looking at the Red Pyramid as the first true pyramid.

Anyone for Serious Sam?

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Amazon douses Fire phone man-in-the-middle diddle

Richard Wharram

Re: I have a fire phone

I don't believe you.

Anyone who actually chose a Fire phone must have such poor decision-making skills you'd probably be hospitalised or dead by now after choosing to brush your teeth with a hand-blender and file your nails with and angle-grinder.

Pix or it didn't happen!

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Are ALIENS hiding on Jupiter's Europa? Let's find out, cry NASA bods

Richard Wharram

Eww...

It's like looking at your Nan's legs.

...

Again...

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It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

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Re: Oh yes it is

Scalability is not the same as availability.

No-one with a clue about what they are doing says a system is 100% available. That would be saying that there is no remote possibility that could ever endanger your system, including Godzilla strike, changes to the laws of physics and err... Moth-ra strike. Or Mechagodzilla. You would only offer an SLA of 100% if you are happy that the payout you are contracted for (or likely to be fined for in this case) is affordable.

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Re: du -sh

Or possibly a pipe-delimited file where the 3rd party has applied a 'get rid of all pipes' filter in the text fields but this fails when somebody puts in a double-pipe which acts as an escape-character sequence for 'yes I really do want a pipe.'

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Popcorn time!

Same route cause as last time would be a good bet.

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Ready to go again, soldier? Final Fantasy VII remake revealed

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Re: A fantastic game

If I remember rightly you could pair knights of the round with a quad(?) materia which made it go off 4 times. Given that it was a super-long animation anyway I could pop to the off-license and back or have a shit, shower and shave whilst it did its business.

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FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

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But but but...

The FBI and CIA can already request all the communications data of suspects from Facebook. They just need to request it. Just because it's encrypted in transport doesn't stop that. Facebook store it and will respond to lawful requests.

Oh wait. That's the point isn't it.

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Password reset sites expose crackable PeopleSoft creds

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SHA-1?

For hashing passwords? Seriously?

And not salted either? This is the modern equivalent of ROT-13 :/

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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

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Re: Digital Research must be bricking it.

It wasn't an entirely serious post.

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Digital Research must be bricking it.

Microsoft can finally crack down on DR-DOS!!

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Safari URL-spoofing vuln reveals how fanbois can be led astray

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So instead of the Daily Mail?

They would get some phishing site instead?

I'd say that's a win to be honest.

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Oracle's Hurd says 95% of its software will be cloud services this year

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SaaS

They need to start writing SaaS contracts that don't allow them to charge for events outside their customers' control then :)

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CenturyLink boosts DaaS capital by acquiring Orchestrate

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Just 1 UK datacentre?

What Availability, RPO and RTO does that give?

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Managed services biz Claranet adds £107m to war chest

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Good dial-up

Good yes. I used them as my second choice dialup for Quakeworld but Barrysworld was better.

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PoSeidon, brother of Zeus, forks up point of sale terminals

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Lund?

You mean LUHN.

very simple check digit

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

Richard Wharram

Re: Hmm...$10,000...

W 59

My old F91-W is still going strong after 15 years without a battery change but the strap broke a couple of years ago :)

The 59 is similar but I can take the kids swimming with it.

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Cuddly robots, whipsmart laughs and plenty of heart in Big Hero 6

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Re: Pixar

John Lasseter heads up Pixar and Disney Animation Studios. They aren't that different now.

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Let it go, let it go ... Sales of games, video and music up for second year

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Re: Follow the money

On the other hand Frozen is still filling cinemas and has sold more merchandise than anything else this year.

Even the moderately successful animation Cars which had passable box-office and DVD sales made many times more from lunch-boxes, pyjamas etc...

Frozen stuff filled most kids Santa sacks this year. The profits will be mind-boggling.

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'I've got a brick feeling about this' - El Reg's guide to the best Lego films + TV

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Re: pseudobricks

I thought they did a great job. The bricks feel the same size they do in real life. I'd never seen a CGI Lego before that looked the right scale. Also the bricks have scratches and imperfections and texture. It's quite well done tbh.

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A first look at Google’s Android Studio 1.0: Climbing out of the Eclipse kitchen sink

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User-facing

The screen and keyboard face the user. The user faces the screen and keyboard.

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Oi, UK.gov. WHERE'S THE DETAIL on your Google Tax?

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But they already comply with the law

Albeit within a gnats chuff. Since they've already justified to HMRCs satisfaction why the profits are sent abroad (branding etc...) then where exactly is this tax supposed to bite? Except in the ballot box.

I'm not saying it's right but HMRC already accepts their arrangements.

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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Dangerous news

What happens when the population starts tracking down the oldest, skinniest people they can find and imprisons them as stool-factories for the obviously good crap they have?

What happens?

What?

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

Richard Wharram

Re: Secret mode?

WRITETYPER

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RBS's Ulster Bank whacked with enormous IT cock-up fine

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Seems fairly small

Is RBS as a whole going to get a bigger fine?

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Target, Home Depot and UPS attacks: Dude, you need to rethink point-of-sale security

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Re: Of course it might be easier if...

Keep them on a separate VLAN behind a firewall that's got some draconian rules for a start.

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SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google

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Original Moto G?

Is it getting it? 4.4.4 is so last month tbh...

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