* Posts by Khaptain

2435 posts • joined 4 May 2008

E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

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Re: What a load of old virginia

>Why would an e-fag have anything other than power pins in the usb connection

Simply because they can or because one of the existing superpowers/badguys/Russian hackers will do anything to introduce Regin/Stuxnet or equivalants into any/all machines....

Or maybe even Marlboro, Lucky Strike etc did it on order to present subliminal messages to the luser that cigarettes are good for you and ecigarettes are bad..

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Re: We need the hard evidence...

Their web filters are obviously not configured to deal with the dangers of secondhand smoking.

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Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

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Re: @ Arctic Fox @Simple Si Indeed - thus demonstrating how easy it is for.............

@VinceH, that definately makes a change from pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

[PS : If you go a googling Vinces' references it is important to note that it might/will return a NSFW result..lol.... it made me laugh]

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Re: @ Arctic Fox @Simple Si Indeed - thus demonstrating how easy it is for.............

>So, tell us about the fanny.

I can't really judge from the article but there appears to be 2 possible cases

1 : Something is required in order to pack the fanny.

2 : The fanny will be used to pack something else.

In either case those rounded corners will probably be far more welcome that sharp pointy ones..

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Get your staff working on the move: Develop that app for mobile

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Stopped reading after 1st line

>Working on the move has become most people's normal way of operating

Faffing about on the move has become most people's normal way of operating

TFTFY

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Dropbox sees rival file-piles merely as dots in rearview mirror

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BitSync

Surprised to see that BitSync is not on the list. I know it is relatively new but I thought it would have been there.

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Britain's MPs ask Twitter, Facebook to keep Ts&Cs simple

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Only one word is necessary

Pwned

There is a reason that those T&Cs are written in legalese and it's all about moving responsibility from the company to the user when the inevitable shit hits the fan. In other words they are simply protecting their own interests.

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World's best threat detection pwned by HOBBIT

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Re: Microsoft Security Essentials pwned.

Just out of interest which OS ?

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Stop selling spyware to despotic regimes, beg MEPs

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Re: How is this related to Regin?

>Is someone the EU Parliament suggesting Regin was an EU state export? Either the article or the MEP is missing something.

I think that what they are worried about is that they know how good it is and that it is being used against them, ironic if the creators really are the GCHQ..

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: Peazip question

>peazip in my experience was horrible, would rather 7zip anyday!

For the moment I agree, 7Zip is definately better.

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Peazip question

I installed it recently as an alternative to 7Zip but I cannot find the means of Password Encrypting the created zip files. Is it possible ?

Notepad++ a must for any Admin

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Paint.net as JDX mentioned was unfortunately not in the list.

BitTorrent client works extremly well ( dont ask).

Keepass ( Another must have)

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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Re: hansel sprockets

Where exactly is the Flux Capacitor ?

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Re: 10/12

10/12

No idea who that woman is and to be honest she is not an important figure so I don't knwo why should would be known.

I thought that Privacy Policy question was a trick question !

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How to run a big web music biz (Spotify): Grab more cash from fans, sink deeper into the red

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Stakeholders delight - not

>It told stakeholders: "The more time people spend with our product, the more likely they are to become paying subscribers."

That's not the kind of phrase that would encourage me to invest in Spotify, confidence does not appear to reign here...

After reading through the article and the amount of risk mentioned, it is extremely difficult to imagine anything bright about the future for Spotify.

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Google turns on shiny new .google top-level domain – but WHY?

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Huge Opportunity

>The opportunities and possibilities are huge and many will be looking to Google to help draw out the future.

Well someone will have to explain them to me because for the life of me I can't imagine how any can possibly "increase" upon the existing marketing vectors.

We are already permamnantly bombarded with publicty and marketing, without drilling directly into the brain I dont see how it can be further increased just by using some domain names.

In Grenoble the Mayor is removing all of the publicity panels from the town, I hope that the idea spreads all over France.

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Lenovo: We'll say HELLO MOTO to profits in 18 months

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ThinkPhone

Magnesium casing with a red button

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NEWSFLASH: You may ALREADY have seen Steve Jobs' willy

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Double Standards

Apparently Jasper allows for lude/rude/suggestive remarks in the article but not in the comments..

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Sacre vache! Netflix ne parle pas le Frenchy ... zat is against ze LAW

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Agreed, the culture in France is about on even par with the Muricans and Guns.

Touche pas mon cul(ture).

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Bank of England: What's all this then, CHAPS? Review to get a grip on IT cockup

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Secret Cobol programmer was ill

The plethora of sub-routines, sub-processes, ie : the means by which the banks can filter money of into hidden unspecified accounts, was so complex that the temp outsourced code monkey unintentionally made a minor filtering mistake and they were unable to recover the lost yachting funds for the month.

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Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first

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>While the world gets excited about Internet-of-stuff

Is that the whole world or just the world of white appliances......

Whichever packet size or netwokl layer they manage to change it would be nice to think that "security" is being carefully considered at the same time..

It's enough that the NSA know that you watch YouPorn but that they will also know that you will soon be running out of cheese, milk and beer is frankly discouraging.

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New Snapchat Snapcash service inspires amateur PORN STARS

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SnapASnatch

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Safe replys

Let me see your big knob, [sends picture of round door handle]

Let me see your tits, [sends pic of garden winged variety]

Let's do it bareback, [sends pic of horse without saddle]

I'm into bondage, [sends pic Mr James Bonds DB9]

I'm into fisting [sends pic of veterinaire artificially inseminating cow]

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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Re: Why Are Apple DOOM Analysts Worth Quoting?

@Eddy

I predict that there will be a lull in unwanted christmas presents for a period of 4 weeks just prior to the 25 dec. After this time Fleabay will be awash with aformentioned goods for a period of approxiamately 11 months.

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Re: Even the regular 6 is too big

>The double touch on the home button feature

I just gained kudos from a colleague for showing them that double-tap method....

Cheers I owe you one of these --------------------------->>>>>>>>>

[ Subtle because it's a double tap rather than a double push ]

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: Mint, mate

>NB My hardware is not old. Quad core i7

Lol, I have XFCE running on a pair of Dell OptiPlex 755 Pentium Dual-Core E2200 2.2GHzs...and it runs great considering the specs... Ok the machines are used for dev testing and admin which are not very labour intensive...

On a Quad Core I7 we are talking whole other levels of vroom.

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Re: Mate is a step in the right direction...

Much better at what ?

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Re: Security

There is a backdoor in every OS, it is called the "User". If you can master the "User" you can master the security.

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Re: Upgrades - 2 questions

1 : Is there a major reason for wanting to upgrading so often ? By desiring to remain on the bleeding edge then the small amount of time required to "customize" is a small price to pay. If you used windows it would be the same process of re-customisation when moving between major versions.. ( Can't speak for macOS).

2 : Having to recustomize what exactly ?

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XFCE

I relinquished on both Mate and Cinnamon and preferred the more basic XFCE which works flawlessly for my needs.

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New job in 2015? The Reg guide to getting out and moving on

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I applied to a large International company recently ( 4 weeks ago). I received a 1st call asking only three questions

1 : How quickly I was available.

2 : What salary was I expecting.

3 : Reason for leaving existing company.

Time in call 5 minutes.

That was all that was asked by the person whose task it was to "filter" out from the hundreds of CVs that they had recieved.

2nd call : Sorry but you did not pass the intial process. There was no explanation about which of the three questions filtered me out, just that there was so many canditatures that they had to filter quickly....

I was avaiable within 4 weeks, the reason for leaving was valid and the salary was the going rate for the region.

No discussion about the CV or experience whatsover and this leads me to believe that some people must be is job hunting with very low salarial expectations......

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'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

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Re: Which OS / Platform ?

>Of course, if you're really interested you could always read the Symantec PDF linked to in the article...

Isn't that the point of El Reg, to do a little bit of the footwork for us.

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Which OS / Platform ?

Which platforms are targeted ? And what was the method of distribution. ?

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Exterminate

It would have been kinda funky to ioclude the Daleks even though they are from a TV series.

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Europe may ask Herr Google: Would you, er, snap off your search engine? Pretty please

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I would argue that the poliltical value relates to the financial value of all those Google dollars being moved to Europe rather than in GooglesVille USA.

As a second thought, if the Euro politicians have some indirect "nudge nudge wink wink" relations with the search providers they then gain an extremely powerfull propoganda tool. As the moment Euro politicians have got no leverage over what Google displays as results and it probably drives them crazy.

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Windows 7 is too blame

Something has happened in the OS space, everything has become "minor" regardless of the OS version.... W8 tried "major" changes and failed... W10 is going back to minor changes and yet I still don't see it as a runaway success. I don't have a Mac so I can't compare but if I have understood correctly there are no major changes there either.

If we have reached peak OS, or thereabouts, can't we simply stop all the version numbers and just have kernels where things will be garaunteed to run fro the next 20 years.... I can't imagine why we would need 128bit applications,, the 64 bit address space is "huge".....So that shouldn't be a problem. We don't really need Yet Another File System, so that should be OK.. The majority of people don't even use more than 5% of what is already available to them anyway....

Let's concentrate on security ( bye bye NSA), go back to keeoing things simpe, compatibility between platforms, anything other than the endless race to have the highest version and the maximum incompatibility.

[Please tell me that that screenshot is not using the default color scheme. I have not yet had the opportunity to actually see 10].

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DoubleDirect hackers snaffle fandroid and iPhone-strokers' secrets

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Re: Ping me - don't ping me.

I would imagine then that the protocol is therefore only active during hotspot/usb modem functionning or does it have to be on all of the time.

Obviously if it is only on during hotspot/usb modem the attack vector is very much reduced.

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Ping me - don't ping me.

>on devices running either iOS or Android. Mac OSX users are also potentially vulnerable but Windows and Linux users would appear to be immune because their operating systems don't accept ICMP redirection packets that carry malicious traffic

Genuine question. : What is the requirement for this subset of OSes iOS, Android and OSx, to use ICPM Redirection but where Windows and Linux don't ? Is this based on various Ping timeouts being used to determine the shortest paths ?

Also does this mean that all Windows platforms are safe from this attack or only the desktop variety..

Interesting attack vector though.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: reducing energy consumption

@Lis Or

Kind of personifies what is wrong in contemporary society, "I'm all right Jack".

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Re: reducing energy consumption

>The big things we need for comfort

The crux of the problem lies within the above phrase. Who is willing to give up their comforts today in order that tommorrows generation can also have a minumum chance?

The consumer society pushes us towards the consommation of products, many of which we don't "need" but that are very comfortable to possess/use.. This is turn gives us a very comfortable lifestyle but has the negative adverse effect of requiring massive a mounts of energy....

We need to cut down on consommation, reduce the population, basically to stop dipping our hands in the cookie jar. BUT as long as the rich can continue to grow richer this will never stop. Be carefull about the evalutation of "rich", it is not necassarilly the top 1%. If you have a roof over your head, own a car and eat two meals a day, have a few pounds/dollars in the bank, you are already on the list of the rich.

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It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like Z.com

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Marketing Vomit

Strangely enough, from the list of all of these so-called high-market value domain names, I have never visited any of them.

The names are so generic that they become bland.

Which of the following sounds boring

www.sex.com

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www.hardcore-jiz-sluggin-leather-bound-skanks.com

See how generic just seems fruitless and unappealing... And yet they have deemed them to be worth a small fortune.

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HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report

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Pentagon CCTV

Is this why we never saw the 757 striking the Pentagon ? Maybe someone had hacked all of the CCTVs except the one whose footage was shown.

No more plausible than the simpletons story that they came up with....

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Re: Ask Asimov

The crux lies in the fact that at the end of the day the responsibility is always human.

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Ask Asimov

Wikipedia - Asimov's Rules.

1.A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2.A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3.A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law

Rule 1 : The robots(cars) should never be in such a position in the first place. They should have previsional awareness such that the scenario can always be avoided, exemple : very little forward oncoming awareness = slow down in order to be in a position to avoid anything that might arrive.

Rule 2 : The human being in the car would be screaming orders to save their own skin, rather than that of the on-comer, which the robot(car) would have to follow.

Rule 3 : In our driverless car scenario, rule 3 has no real bearing, so we can rule out this ethic.

In the event of a crash the blame would probably resolve down to the last command screamed out by a human.

As much as we would like to believe that everything can be coded within a well written algorithm, the final decision that one makes in order to "survive" will always remain instinctive. I do not believe that "instinct" can be written as a series of rules due to the fact that we, as mere humans, do not fully understand what it is.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Friday on my mind

>Why? You are in the mood to be prodded by one?

If my PHB was a Barbie I would probably consider the idea.

Friday . Time its time for one of these ->

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Re: Pink crapfest

@And why do you assume it's an aficionado and not aficionada?

Statistics + El Reg

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Re: Pink crapfest

@Sir Runcible

I had to read your comment twice before the penny dropped, then chuckled at the thought of how the OP could possibly have made that observation.

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Re: Hey don't go mocking the 'creatives'

Obviously someone didn't understand the subtlety of Dr Mouse's comment.

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Re: Pink crapfest

>Take a walk down the girls' aisle of any toy store and you'll see that the only change is the prevalence of pink LEDs.

Now why would an El Ref aficionado walk down the little girls aisle of toy-r-us... Is there something else you are not telling is......

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Friday on my mind

A pointy haired Barbie, now there's a thought that makes me shudder, where's my pink cattle prod.

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BEST EVER broadband? Oh no you DIDN'T, Sky – ad watchdog

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Re: business model based on acquisition, not retention

>The issue is, they just want to sign you up,and roll you along. Loyalty isn't rewarded anymore

Loyalty is just a buzzword synonym for "you will get shafted in the long term".

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