* Posts by Khaptain

2369 posts • joined 4 May 2008

Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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Re: 2 cups oxygen

"2 cups of oxygen"

Phew : For a minute there I thought that someone was going to comment that life began with 2 girls and a cup.

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Saudi Arabia hires 'ethical hackers' to silence smut slingers

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Re: R@ Fluffy Bunny (was: e: We need a better term than "hacking")

I would argue that the term "hacker" originates from the world of telecoms/IT. MIT students used to "hack" the telephone lines using a computer to test the PBX lines for available dial tones and successfully managing to re-route the call charges to third parties.

@Jake

"Hackers" are people who know how to take apart systems, from hardware to firmware to running code, and then put it back together again so it works properly/better. They are the people who gave us modern computing"

I am not sure that the electronics engineers at IBM,Intel,Motorola etc would agree with that phrase

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Spruiking

Verb : To promote a thing or idea to another person.

[ Maybe I am the only one that didn't know this word, we learn something new every day on El Reg]

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The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household

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Connections

And how willl the suppliers ensure that Electricity, a fast Connection and the Network will function 100% of the time.

How does one protect themselves from the future Stuknets and Regins ?

I will remain old and boring for many long years before accepting any of this technology which I believe is only being built/provided in order that mass surveilance is accepted into your home by you....

I'll be the one with the tinfoil wrapped faraday cage house....

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No cellphones in cells, you slag! UK.gov moots prison mobe zap law

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Re: They could just use jammers

Why do the guards need cellphones whilst on duty? I presume that they have access to fixed lines within their offices and walkie talkies or similar whilst doing their rounds.

Jammers would be the obvious solution, or is there something that I don't know about that requires a cell phone on duty.

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Re: Er, prison...

This week a Belgian paedo was granted the right to been euthanised ( is that the correct word) so maybe he should have been given a cell with bars years ago.

http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/60443/date-set-for-rapist-and-murderers-mercy-killing

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Ladies and trolls: Should we make cyberbullying a crime? – Ireland

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One man's meat is another man's poison

Many things to consider, the line that they are treading is very, very thin.

* Consider how heated some forum debates can get.

* Some people can't bear even the slightest remark or negative critic.

* How will they trace the historic of all and any converstations/acts.

* Would the "victim" have behaved the same in a public place, if so case continues , if not ????

* How to avoid people crying wolf.

Very touchy subject and and I am not convinced that it is heading in a good direction. I agree that some people are bastards, and yes they need to be surveyed, but there are also others that need supervision by a nanny "before and/or during" being allowed into the web alone.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: An ideal car for the French market

Strange, I thought Atomic were an Austrian company.

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Want to have your server pwned? Easy: Run PHP

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Re: And the alternative is ?

"Please ... it's like saying Windows is popular because it's good. Or wars are popular because it's good ..... etc. etc."

Now that was a very poor attempt at trolling, do you also read the Daily Mail.

PHP is not imposed on anyone........... Web programmers have a plethora of choice.

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Re: And the alternative is ?

@Frumious

"Nah, I don't think that it's because it's good, but because (IMO) it's relatively easy to write code in, has good documentation, the feature set is well-suited to the task of web programming and its syntax is easy for people to get to grips with (somewhat like Basic or Pascal). "

Doesn't your argument give weight to the fact that what you just described is actually what most people want from a language? For me, that would be the definition of good.

Of course it is also possible to use to use synatically more difficult languages, or more precise yet difficult to read but what is there to truly gain from that... The web for example requires very dynamic languages that are quick to program.

I coded in assembler for a year or so and as much as I enjoyed what I did, I would not class it as a good language to program in ( although it is excellent for certain tasks, I was hooking and chaining interupts at the time)

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And the alternative is ?

PHP is popular because it is good.

What are the real alternative 'secure' solutions, that wont break eveything when upgrading, that are maintained regularly and that are human readable?

IIS, Java, Perl, ActiveX, Flash ?

( Flash and ActiveX are just there for giggles please dont take seriously, even though some of you might)

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Fake Android The Interview app actually banking Trojan

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Re: It's sad...

Personally, I would not consider the majority to be that stupid.. I agree there are some but definately not the majority.

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Re: It's sad...

I don't understand this either, why would someone activelly search for specific application, click to install it, in order to watch a specific film...

If these kind of people do exist then why are they allowed to actually use a phone, let alone a smart phone, unattended...

Appropriate quotation for the day:

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

<Albert Einstein>

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Key to Windows mobe app sales? Er, LOW MEMORY, of course

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Old Hat

"Microsoft is imploring developers to keep an eye on memory budgets when coding for the Windows Phone."

And in order to handle things they are bringing back EMM386.....

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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FAIL

Corporate ActiveX anyone

How many of you out there are stuck with IE8 due to legacy requirements ( shhhh dont tell anyone that we are still using ActiveX components).

Working for large corporates has it's advantages but also a lot of disadvantages.......

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Re: You left out flying models

"The woodwork teacher found me a balsa glider kit that someone had not assembled. I remember its dihedral wings - and the final taut doped red paper skin. I suspect now that he may actually have bought the kit especially to cater for poorer pupils like myself."

I had several of those balsa/doped gliders and I really enjoyed building them, hence the reason I have always had scalpel knifes kicking around (mother was a nurse so scalpel blades were common). Up until today and reading the above comment, 35 years on, I never realised that they were for the poorer kids, which I was without knowing it at the time. It's kinda funny but I now realise that my parents actually made sacrifices to buy me those gliders.... I never lost my desire to build things like this...

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Cambridge boffins and Boeing fly first hybrid airplane over British skies

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Re: Can you clairfy

"I think where this hybrid tech eventually find a home is in keeping larger unmanned craft airborne for longer, rather than manned aircraft."

Unfortunately those "unmanned" aircraft usually have a military rather than an altruistic usage..

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New Zealand Supreme Court says Kim Dotcom search warrants were legal

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I don't get it

Can anyone actually confirm that KDC, or his company, was actually sharing illegal files. I always understood that he simply owned the platform.

Or is this poor bastard, simply being used as a media scapegoat...

Sounds like our Kiwi bretheren have dropped their pants for Mr Obama...... I think that this is what upsets me most, I like the Kiwis so I can't understand them being brow beaten for this kind of crap.

Unless of course KDC was actually the sharer, in which case, tough luck, you got caught.

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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Jammers ???

I thought that jamming wireless signals was illegal or are the hotels above the law?

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Now Obama seeks China's help to halt alleged Nork HACK ATTACKS

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Re: He really wanted to see that movie badly

" I thought we still have a couple of years to go."

Maybe the Yanks have lost interest in Afghanistan and are simply looking to move on. Maybe there are a couple of Missile Manufacturers, that need to shift some stock and NK would be an excellent opportunity. Might be worth investing in Raytheon for a quick buck or two. ( Or whoever G.W. Bush invests in ).

Icon is obvious ->>>

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Microsoft fires legal salvo at phone 'tech support' scammers

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Re: Nice "one"

It appears that some people don't understand words.

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Re: RE: ".........(law enforcement) have AFAIK pretty much ignored the problem....."

I have to agree with Arctic Fox, this is a police/Interpol problem, 1.5 Billion cannot be considered petty crime..

Also the Telcos know exactly where these calls are coming from, so surely it wouldn't take long to track the bastards down.

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Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

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Alternative solution

Why don't we just change all the DNS entries for Sony. If they can't be found, then a lot of people would be extremely happy.

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Iliad owner coughs €2.3bn for Orange Switzerland

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Illiad, who ?

Must admit that I have never heard of the name "Illiad" I can only presume that it is the holding company. "Free", however is very well known as they have successfully pissed the major operators, SFR, Orange and Bouygues...

If they do the same in Switzerland as they have done in France they will make a fortune. Swiss ISPs and Telcos are extremely expensive and I believe that the Swiss public will be enthralled to have some decent competition.

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Soon EVERYONE will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

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Re: Wahoo Tikr runner

Everything that was interesting was clearly shown.

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Re: Everyone?

I clicked throught the 10 pages of marketing and thought to myself, shit, who would want any of this stuff.

After three seconds of thought I split people into two polarised groups (a very serious study if ever i saw one).

"The anti-everyone group ( I belong in this group with Steve along with a lot of El Regtards)"

You like watches, you already have a real watch ( at least one probably more).

You are sporty kind of person, you already have a Polar/Garmin/Suunto.

You are a Geek, but not stupid enough to but this gear, at least when you can buy an indestructable Casio G-Shock with 14000 functions.

"That everyone group ( you know who you are - there might even be some closet Regtards)"

You drink KoolAid, Ok then why not, it will match the fluorescent ski bonnet...

You already have an iPhone, thes add to the Shiny shiny collection.

You wear shell suits, and maybe like the Chav approach to life.

Fashionistas wet dream material here.

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TorrentLocker ransomware pestilence plagues Europe, bags $500k

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Re: Why is it different for computer use ?

>Well, first of all... you can't kill someone over standard tcp/ip...

That depends on how well you can manage Stuxnet and/or Regin.

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Interweb Licence for The Flox

Should the heardables, sheeple, collectively known as "The Flox" be required to obtain a licence before being allowed to go near the interwebs ?

In all honestly, many people were given the key to a technology/toolkit for which they have had no prior training, are completely unaware of the abuse that can and is done, and are simply lost in the miriad of abreviations and keywords. ( Those in a business environment have less excuses, there should be an IT bod in the vicinity to help explain things).

A static textfile or an executable have no difference for the Flox, they just click on the damned thing and a program magically opens up displaying the content/performing the task. Why should they be expected, "inherently", to know the difference ?

By default, Windows turns of File Extensions which makes things even more vague. I can understand the anguish of those that receive a file named "Electricity Bill.pdf.docx.exe"

I understand that the OS has a lot to answer for but the user has his role to play as well.

The user interface of a vehicule, road signs, basic laws are relatively simple but we are obliged to take lessons and pass a licence. Why is it different for computer use, which for the user, is far more complex ?

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Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

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Re: High school adjectives for business solutions

> Horse-Drawn Aeroplane

That's definately a 2 or 3 beer analogy. Cheers

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Re: Fenestrae X

"Only thing I would find awesome is if Windows 10 ran as well as other operating systems I've used."

If it doesn't you could always change the name to Defenestration X.

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High school adjectives for business solutions

Do people honestly use AWESOME, in upper case I might add, as an adjective for an OS ?

I would honestly prefer something like, "Enterprise class", or "Business strengthened", "Proven stablility", yes, they are boring but they actually mean something.

AWESOME is a very vague word that has about as much appeal as a blunt kitchen knife in an operating theatre. It's a word associated with beach bums and surfers named Brice....

Bring back the IT adjectives, they're boring but appropriate.

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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Re: @Khaptain Come on - TheReg should know better

@Frank Ly

I had no other option, I was far too worried about the shitstorm that would have arrived if I had used the "Gl*ck" word.

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Re: Come on - TheReg should know better

"Well, 'cracker' is a racial epithet in the US, that's why the press avoids it."

I'd say it was then about time that a lot of people grew up. It appears that anyone with enough time on their hands will eventually find a term, a word or a phrase which offends them.

In my book, if you decide to behave like a c**t then you have to accept to be treated like a c**t.

I put asterisks in place in order to avoid offending all the colts...

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Spear Phishing !!

"The organization notes it was a "spear phishing" attack, suggesting employees clicked on a link in the messages, and then typed their usernames and passwords into a bogus webpage, providing hackers with the keys to their accounts."

This can't be serious, if it is then maybe they should change their name to ICANT....

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Sony looks at unpopular Google Glass, shouts 'ME TOO!'

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It's a sony

"Unlike Google Glass, which required users to purchase the full headset, the Sony unit clips on to a user's own sunglasses, sport goggles or fashion glasses (the company did not say whether the display will work with prescription lenses at this point.)"

So the product has intentionally been designed for the Fashionista crowd. I've yet to see someone wearing Google Glass so I don't imagine that these are really going to make much of an impact either.

Is there really a mass market for these wearables, I can think of specific niches, but I just don't see these as being a "herdable" product.

ps : That's the 1st time I have seen "herdable" in an article.....makes a change from sheeple.

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NASA asks world+dog to name Mercury's craters (back off, 4chan)

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The Eadon Crater

Would be nice to have an El Reg "icon" way out there.

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Boggling bum babe Kim fails to 'break the internet' – Robin Williams instead tops Google charts

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Re: Kim k

"Come off it mate, "current events" are universally grim: Isis, murders, wars, unemployment, lying shithead politicians."

Always look on the bright side of life, dum, di dum, di dum di dum di dum....

Life's a piece of shit, when you look at it

Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true

You'll see its all a show, keep 'em laughin as you go

Just remember that the last laugh is on you

Always look on the bright side of life, dum, di dum, di dum di dum di dum....

Couldn't think of more appropriate timing....

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Pirate Bay admins 'couldn't care less' about police raid

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Re: Could(n't) agree more

@Phil

I just read an article that stated that it was around the late 1950, early 1960 that the Americans started to use "I could care less". Before then, apparently they did acutally use the "I couldn't care less" version.

The article also states that no known reason has been stated as to why the negation disappeared.

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Could(n't) agree more

UK : Couldn't care less.

US : Could care less. ( I cringe every time I hear this).

UK : Couldn't agree more.

US : Could agree more ( Can someone confirm if the "other side of the pondians" use this too, even though it is far more cringeworthy than the other monstrosity)

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France says "non" to UberPop

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Free for all

So basically this is a free-for-all service whereby any numpty on the planet can respond to a request for services. Now what could possibly go wrong with that !!

It's easy to understand from the Taxi-Drivers point of view. Imagine that the same kind of service went out for IT.

UBER-IT, we respond to your important IT requests 24 hours a day. We can't garauntee the service but we will gaurantee that your troubles are only beginning..

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Cool Large Hadron Collider to fire into doubly powerful ring

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Equal Reactions

Somewhere else in the universe a long piece of pipe is heating up to extreme levels in order that black holes can be sucked backwards through the pipe at incredibly slow speeds.

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Sony hackers PINCH early version of James Bond Spectre script

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Re: No, no and no

>They can post it online, but a true fan will simply choose to not download it.

I don't mind them posting it online, I can then choose not to look or search for it. I worry about the media splashing the story across the Internet/Newspapers/Twitter anywhere public that they feel that they can make a quick buck on...

Assange, if a French speaing person says his name it sounds like "un singe" which means "A monkey".

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Re: No, no and no

>If you could find a way to focus my schadenfreude particle emissions into a coherent stream you could vaporize black holes.

For years they have been researching a replacement for nuclear power and dirty energies.. Look no further lads, I think we have found the solution...

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Re: No, no and no

So Sony's sorry situation spirits some schadenfreude.

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Re: No, no and no

Calm down Trevor, this article is about the Bond script, the Sony hacking article was a few days ago...

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Re: No, no and no

"Really? I think it's fitting and just. Sony have been such utter fuckbags to their own customers for so many years that I think this is a great start to the penance they should be paying".

Talk about cutting of your nose to spite your face... I couldn't give a toss about Sony, that was not my point. What I care about is the futility of releasing the Bond script. Ok, Sony might lose a few dollars, it won't stop them being a bunch off bastards. But it truly does affect the actors, writers, film crew, carpenters, coffeee boys, the audience and fans of Ian Flemings hero...

No-one gives a shit about Sony but this story is not about them.

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Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

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Or alternatively it might actually be that that life, the universe and everything is actuallly the question to 24..

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Swiss McDonalds serves up no-holes-barred cheesy action to punters

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Fortunately two girls one cup and goatse scenarios do not produce offspring....I am not sure that they fall into the category of porn either, horror maybe...

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"what would have happened if there was a family in the restaurant at the time?”

Well, they would have seen some naked bodies performing the kinds of acts that resulted in their existance... What would they do if their children walked into their bedroom whilst they were having sex ?

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Iranian CLEAVER hackers may DRAIN energy and defence firms, warn Feds

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Word Play

A cleaver hacks.

A hacker cleaves.

A heaver clacks..

A clacker heaves

Which one are you ?

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