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Revoke, reissue, invalidate: Stat! Security bods scramble to plug up Heartbleed

Steven Davison

Have a cookie for the XKCD Reference :- http://xkcd.com/1353/

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3CX Phone System takes on the corporate mobiles

Steven Davison

Re: Mobile SIP Clients

Can I assume that they have got some kind of gateway to the mobile/POTS telephone system?

Whats the cost model on using that? do you pay for the sip call, and then for the ongoing call on the mobile network?

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Nvidia uncloaks GeForce 800M GPU series for gaming notebooks

Steven Davison

"What are you using discrete graphics for under Linux?"

You mention it in your post... Steam.

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It's a BLOCKBUSTER: Minecraft heads to the silver screen

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Re: @ Bye Bye Minecraft Videos ...

I'm guessing the theory is, once an official movie comes out, the studio that makes it would *possibly* be able to sue other minecraft films and shorts for infringement.

Don't know if that's actually true but it did float through my head as well. I hope it's wrong as there's some really good minecraft youtube videos. Slamacow springs to mind.

While possible, I'd like to beleive Notch has the nous to retain the rights on it, or to stipulate that fan made movies are allowed.

Additionally, they might have problems as as of ver 1.7.4, Minecraft has built in twitch streaming... .

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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no MUD?

Wasn't death in the original MUD completely permanent?

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WET SPOT found on MARS: NASA rover says 'high percentage'

Steven Davison

Re: Mars attacks

ugly, you missed ugly

ugly bags of mostly water.

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

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Titanic

AFAIK, the main reason that Titanic wasn't as unsinkable as they thought was not the fact that multiple bulkheads were breached, but actually due to the fact the bulkheads did not reach the deck, and make fully watertight compartments.... http://www.titanic-titanic.com/titanic_watertight_compartments.shtml

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Hm, disk drive maker, what's that smell lingering around you?

Steven Davison
WTF?

Re: Reliability??

just for clarification,

Do you mean Hard Disk drives ("spinning rust"), rather than SATA?

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Boffins FREEZE PHONES to crack Android on-device crypto

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Re: Perhaps a minus sign has escaped somewhere.

If the device has been running a while, it's likely its internal temperature is a fair deal higher than room temp, which might account for the hour to chill it down... i guess...

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Sinclair ZX Spectrum FAILS latest radio noise rules SHOCK

Steven Davison

Rebuilding a Speccy...

If you did get the blueprints, i'd be interested in doing it as a project...

maybe with modern components behind it, it's EM output can be reduced to 'regulated' levels..

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GCHQ lines up BAE and pals for 'Cyber Incident Response'

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Facepalm

"What active service do these guys provide?"

www.detica.com

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Bond fans: Test your 007 trivia, now!

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"I mean, knowing the exact punctuation of the numberplate of the Goldfinger Aston? Blimey."

BBC Iplayer has a feature from top gear on bond cars... ;)

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Virgin Media spanked for 'we've already cabled up your house' mailshot

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What gets me is the fact Vermin Media are allowed to use the phrase "Fibre Optic Broadband', when the last portion of the cabling is RG59 or equivalent coaxial copper!

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PLT chair: UK Radio Society is 'living in a dream world'

Steven Davison
FAIL

Re: Erm... exactly why do we need PLT anyway?

Where you live in a property where you cannot lay Cat5. (Renting etc) and the walls/structure of the building prevent reliable WiFi Transmission....

hardly difficult that one!

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

Steven Davison
Headmaster

Re: That reminds me of some dumb programme...

Not just a bus....

it's a PCI Bus they are going on about. (They also harp on about RISC architecture changing everything...)

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Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control review

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Try these for explaining the English language...

http://theoatmeal.com/tag/grammar

:)

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NASA's $2.5bn Curiosity rover: An Apple PowerBook on wheels

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Joke

Actually, I think it's supposed to be a joke....

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Jackson’s Hobbit becomes a trilogy

Steven Davison

Correction to my inital post "it's the dog's bloody name!"

@ AC : 08:17 - No, I don't believe any word is a 'bad' word. Words become bad based on the context in which they are used...

@ Mr Lion - I'm not sure what you are attempting to say here. I didn't mention anything about colour. Please elaborate.

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Longer wait for Dambusters then? lets hope so

To change the subject entirely....

You *cannot* have a Dambusters film without Nigger the dog.

I don't care if it's a bad word to some people, but it's the dog bloody name!

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Natwest, RBS: When will bank glitch be fixed? Probably not today

Steven Davison
Joke

Re: Trendy Wine Bar

Same happened in Aldershot.... (Where for a number of years they had two branches opposite each other)

The older building was closed, and sold.... remained empty for a while, until it reopened, as a said trendy wine bar... :P

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Softphones strangled by smartphone battery life

Steven Davison
WTF?

Hardphones FTW

I'm with the others here on this one.... don't use softphones where you have the deskspace to put a VOIP hardphone... cabling is not an issue now as many SIP compatible phones have switches built in... and can also be run off PoE... (Linksys SPA922 is a prime example). If you are a truly 'mobile' worker, get a quality Bluetooth handsfree and pair that with your laptop..., rather than faff with a cabled headset...

and definitely DON'T get a propriety SIP based offering from anyone.... get an expert in to set-up a Asterisk based system , and benefit from choosing hardware and software that suits your needs (rather than something that is almost there, or wildly overspecced, without having to pay the nose and ear for it... if your expert is good enough, and gives you the correct advice, you won't regret it...

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Peter Molyneux parts with Microsoft and Lionhead

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if you want to play Transport Tycoon... go play this...

http://www.openttd.org/en/

Got Coat... Gone!

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GiffGaff boots freetards off mobile network

Steven Davison

It can't be that difficult to regulate speed someone gets... T Mobile's new tariffs are 'unlimited' in the same way. You get X amount of Meg, go over that, and your speed disappears.

This change forced Tesco to change all their marketing for TMobile to show the fair use figure as the data allowance, to prevent them giving misleading information to customers...

My suggestion to GiffGaff is to :-

Publish how much data the individuals in the 1% are using....

Publish their 'fair use' limits

Allow users to *easily* see how much data they are using...

Meanwhile, someone (Ofcom, OfFT, whoever) should start looking into the disproportionate (IMHO) costs for Broadband usage over the mobile network... surely bandwidth is not that expensive these days...

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Microsoft copies Google with silent browser updates

Steven Davison
FAIL

Not tosh...

The item you posted is an OEM Licence, which cannot legally be used on a machine that isn't *new*...

If he's got vista on it, it's not new...

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Revealed: Full specs on Mars rover's nuclear laser heat ray

Steven Davison
Coat

Could this new Rover go and blast the dust off the other two and make them useful again? (I know one of them had a failed drive....)

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Ten... remastered videogame classics

Steven Davison
Meh

Hear Hear!

@ Stuart Halliday - Yes, I agree... but Ian and David won't be able to agree on the rights for it, so it's never gonna happen... Elite 4 is still in development, apparently... longer than Duke Nukem:Forever maybe?.

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Intel ships six-core desktop 'Extremes'

Steven Davison
Joke

Title is optional?

Great Scott!

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Don't buy your iPad in a McDonald's car park

Steven Davison
Joke

Coat, Door, I know!

I hope she logged it with the correct authorities..

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Just when you thought it was safe to enter the data centre

Steven Davison

Unbelievable. You, Ru, must be the pride of [subject hometown here]!"

I've made a note, your post was a great success.

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id Software Wolfenstein 3D

Steven Davison

ROTT

My memories of ROTT were playing with friends over a LAN at my house, and using the FKey taunts....

"Where ARRRREEEE You?"

Ovvveeerrrr HEERRRRREEEEEE!"

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Half of Virgin Media broadband ads are wrong, says ASA

Steven Davison
WTF?

WTF?

in line with my original thread

Quote from Tatsky > "He worked out the extra load from new houses hooking up required the signal to be boosted"

Could someone explain why a Fibre Optic connection would suffer signal loss??

(TatSky, I'm not slamming you here, i'm pointing out a further issue with the way Vermin media (and NTL/Telewest advertise their products....)

@ AC 10:36

As Ragarath points out, they imply that you can have fibre to your premises if you want it. (FTTP)

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Steven Davison
Stop

Fibre Optic

When will someone point out to Virgin and the ASA that their network is simply NOT completely fibre optic... the cables into customers houses are Copper Co-Axial!

At least BT are honest about where their fibre goes with FTTC and FTTP.

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Intel 320 SSD bug causes forum despair

Steven Davison
Stop

Really?

Mike 125 > State your sources, or thou art branded a Troll!

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So, LOHAN: What's it to be?

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Low Orbit High Altitude Navigator

Definitely gets my vote... it's almost plausible!

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Anti-religious campaigners smack down census Jedis

Steven Davison
Troll

Why the fuck does it matter? #

Maybe so there is some kind of record of how many people (claim) to belong to a specific religion and when, so the demographic can be charted as changing over time?

my default question always is... If you aren't willing to tell, what are you wanting to hide?

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Captain Kirk hails space shuttle Discovery

Steven Davison
Happy

Hmm, actually...

I don't think such a phrase as 'following winds' is valid...

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

gives a explanation of the phrase :)

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Microsoft finally says adios to Autorun

Steven Davison

Chuckle

"And they said /etc/asterisk/extensions.conf was hard to understand."

depends who wrote it and how old it was... :P

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Microsoft confirms code execution bug in Windows

Steven Davison

Because...

"Sigh. How many times have we gone over this... If you keep giving Microsoft your money it only encourages them to keep writing software. Install Linux and have done with it."

Because :-

Not everything I run has been ported to Linux

I don't want to faff with Wine/and or other emulation systems...

"Free" does not always equal "better"

just a few responses.... not all of them either...

MS do need to sort out their coding, if issues like this remain unpatched!

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World of Warcraft bot ban ticks off world of critics

Steven Davison
Big Brother

As a WoW Gamer...

As a WoW Gamer myself, I actually have mixed feelings about this.

I applaud Blizzard in cracking down on Botting, and by association Gold Farming. It ruins an already dodgy economy!

Also, I agree that if you feel compelled to 'cheat' your way to higher levels, then you need to take a stern look at why you are playing the game.... levelling is a part of it, and especially following the new patch release (I'm sure you've heard about it!) is actually quite enjoyable!

However, I don't think we should be allowing the use of DCMA here, to prevent the sales of a third party tool that circumvents Blizzard's rules. At first I thought It was a good thing, but I ran past this analogy...

Most cars produced today can exceed the maximum speed limits in our countries, not to mention the lower, intermediary limits in towns and cities.... now imagine the uproar if the ideals from the DCMA were used to prevent the sale of all vehicles that could break a speed limit...

I'm sure there would be people that disagree with my analogy, or whatever... but meh, it's my opinion don't like it... I don't care! :P

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Raptor over Blighty: Watch the stealth fighter in infrared

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No F-22... Sad Face

I can confirm that the F-22 is not scheduled to make a display for the public days @ Farnborough this year...

Source : - http://www.gethampshire.co.uk/news/s/2074655_farnborough_2010_airshow_flying_display_lineup

However we may get to see a pair as they escort the B-52 on it's flyby which is due (providing they don't overfly Blackbushe instead)

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Shock! Facebook cycle-slut smutvid is adware front

Steven Davison
WTF?

Gay Icon

"So glad am gay! Btw El Reg: can we have the gay equivalent to the Paris Hilton icon?"

I think you found it all on your own...

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Faster broadband for free?

Steven Davison

Long Line?

Does anyone know if this would be of use to someone on the end of a long line from the exchange?

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McAfee false-positive glitch fells PCs worldwide

Steven Davison
FAIL

@ matt 83

"If a machine has Sophos installed then it isn't open source ;)"

This is incorrect.

Sophos provide CID downloads for Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, Netware, FreeBSD, AIX, Mac OSX and Various Windows systems...

While the product may not be open source, the OS can be.

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Vatican damns Angels and Demons as 'quite harmless'

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@ BossHog

on the DOS version I was playing, I got to Elite... then on to Archangel... also had an energy sucking 'cloaking device'

saved a planet or two...

What version are you playing?

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Pirate Bay guilty verdict: Now what?

Steven Davison
Pirate

Of course they did...

"The Swedish judges obviously missed out on Computer Science 101."

Of course they did... they are Judges, not Computer Scientists.

Unfortunately, the judges were probably in training a while back now, and may not have had direction on how this kind of technology works. It will take time to catch up, and I hope it does, as the people who created TPB shouldn't be going to jail.

I agree with the idea that you can't blame the manufacturer for the actions of the user... like with Guns, Knives... or Roads even... (isn't it funny that kids get killed on roads everyday... yet no one takes the people who put the roads there in the first place to court???)

I think the Entertainment industry needs to look at the people doing the sharing in the first place. The people who actually break the law by sharing media. This all seems that it's too hard work to find the real criminals, so we'll go after someone else instead.

I agree that in many cases the media is overpriced, but that doesn't give you the right to steal it... Would you steal a car because you couldn't afford it? (I know at least one person will say 'yes' to that question... but my argument doesn't care about you :P)

If people want the industry to change, vote with your feet and buy media that you feel is worth it. Go see Shows or support independent artists, whatever, just don't buy music at all, listen to the radio... thats free!

The industry is, at the end of the day, only out to make money, so if you don't buy what they are selling, they will have to find new ways to sell to you. Maybe a decent Internet distribution model, or a clever licensing system... who knows, but they will only develop it if they stop making money, and they can't get your money an other way (i.e taking you to court for stealing it)

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DARPA gives Cal Tech boffin $6m 'to save Moore's Law'

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I for one...

I for one welcome our new silicon based, self altering overlords...

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Gnome answers Linux critics with 'big' vision plan

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Yes but,

"is something innovative and new, and not just *nix knockoff versions of Windows or Mac apps."

Yes, that's probably a good thing, but in order to draw more attention to various *nix variants, it would be beneficial for these distros to be able to compete in an equal environment, and do what Windows and Mac can do.

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ISS crew flees flying space junk

Steven Davison

recycling

Is there no value in collecting and recycling this stuff floating around up there?

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Airbus A380 bows out of Air Force One competition

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VC-25

I beleive that the Boeing 747-200's are known as VC-25's when not carrying the President.... I may be wrong...

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