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3521 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Second LulzSec Sony website hacker starts a year in the cooler

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Re: It's all good

A minimum ten year sentence?

For making your sister's display flip upside down and go funny colours?

Fucking glad I live nowhere near Japan. They have USA-style batshit-crazy IP laws too.

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Re: and how did Sony get the customer's information?

That rootkit thing might be old, but it's a good thing people are still haranguing Sony BMG over it. Wouldn't want to let the bastards think they can get away with it again.

Also seems the sentencing was less to do with justice and more to do with tearing someone's balls off because they can. 600 grand? Really?

How much did Sony BMG end up forking out in $7.50 increments to the people who could be bothered claiming or even knew there was a claim? Was it more or less than $600,000?

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Web ad giant (Google) pops Adwords into Maps for iOS and Android

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By that definition, neither Microsoft nor Apple are software companies. The software is just a prison to keep you in while they shake you down every couple of years.

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Penguins, I give you: The SOLAR-POWERED Ubuntu laptop

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Those panels look like the couple-of-watt solar trickle chargers you can get from Maplins for a tenner or so. Given the panel component cost will be a lot less than that, they might add up to less of the total materials cost than you might think.

Whether it can really charge a netbook battery to full in two hours anywhere further North or South than the Tropics, is another matter.

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Google patents swish, swosh, swoosh pattern unlock app swipe

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Re: ROFL

"The more possible working passwords there are the less secure the device will get!"

The more app-specific patterns there are, the more chance someone will be able to randomly start a pattern-started app. There will be no extra chance of them finding the pattern you protected the phone with. Unless one of the apps you added to the list was "Phone Dialler" or "Contacts", I don't see how this makes the device less secure?

Just don't add the camera app if you have some sensitive selfies in the gallery!

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Google rolls its eyes, gives Windows Phones five more months to sync

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Re: Hmm

Windows Phone 7 was released. Amongst other silly things like the contrived "smoked by Windows Phone" competitions, the other thing Microsoft seemed to promise was an easy updates path, none of this horrible "fragmentation" stuff.

Of course, as soon as WP8 is released, WP7 is dropped like a hot dog turd, seemingly by design. We now have Windows, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8. So Windows, Windows or Windows, and none of them really interoperate entirely well with each other. Microsoft are trying to turn everyone's computer into an Xbox, meanwhile the whole "mobile" effort that Microsoft is uprooting everything for, is being received in a manner that could best be described as "lukewarm", and that's in the friendly territories.

I can see how some fandroids might be experiencing schadenfruede.

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I think it's more to do with who would get the blame. A sudden chop, and Microsoft could say "well our hands are tied; those nasty Google people stopped it from working! :("

If however, they still don't have their shit sorted by the time the twice-extended kill date rolls around, Google can now say "well we gave them a whole extra year longer than everyone else on the planet including the ones on our own platform. Not our fault if they still can't get it right."

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Re: WP7?

s/idiots/victims/;

FTFY

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Moto X: It's listening to you. But can voice control finally take off?

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Re: The only time I have used Google Now:

Well, on a trawl through my comment history and this crops up.

Yep, Google Now Disabler/NoAssist seems to work. Feels awfully kludgey, but until Google actually let people disable that thing properly, it'll do.

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The only time I have used Google Now:

Accidentally, when a tap is misinterpreted as a swipe on the home icon. It usually gets turned right the fuck back off again, and I'd love to be able to permanently disable it but there appears to be no way to do so.

And no SD card slot. Fail.

Other than that, it looks okay I guess.

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Apple patents laser, incandescent projector for laptops, smartphones

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So when are Mozilla going to get their fingers out and make a Seabird phone?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG3tLxEQEdg

After all, they've got to the "pretty drawings" stage of design, which is obviously enough for some companies to get a patent.

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Hey, you know Android apps can 'access ALL' of your Google account?

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UKash, Paypal, and pre-paid debits cards are your friends.

Or, you know, Google Play vouchers.

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Ubuntu puts forums back online, reveals autopsy of a brag hacker

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"Hashed using MD5"

So a bit like a salted ceasar cipher then. Methinks it might be prudent to swap that bit out for SHA256. 512 would be nice, but probably a bit slow for a busy forum.

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Base stations get high on helium, ride MUTANT kite-balloons at the football

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Re: Anything over 200' is liable to be shot down

I think the UK limit for model aircraft (and kites, by the way) is 400 feet, though obviously the heart of Africa and other such places will have different laws.

Personally I know I've had models at over 1,000 feet AGL. It's nice to flip the thing into a dive and be high up enough for the bottom-mounted camera to see the very-nearby clouds peeling away and the dive to last for quite a long while. Not so nice to HAVE to put the craft into a dive after it starts disappearing into said clouds. That's between you, me and the rest of the Internet though. Keep it quiet, 'kay?

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Google SELLS OUT the INTERNET HIPPIES! AGAIN!

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Re: Standard Terms and Conditions

Using VM as an example again, they allow you to listen or send on any port you like. What they also do however, is run regular scans of the entire network and attempt to take advantage of any open proxies they find. If you're running an open mail proxy that goes through their mail servers, you will be immediately cut off until the problem is resolved.

Once the problem is solved, you can phone 'em up and be back online in a day or two.

No, I don't work for VM, but several years ago I did report to Blue Yonder than an Aussie ISP was black-holing all of their mails due to open proxies. That caused a level 1 alert and all kinds of shit flying up at BY central command, which resulted in the abovementioned scans that continue to this day.

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Re: Standard Terms and Conditions

Pay commercial rates and you get complete access - what's the big deal?

If you're comparing a leased line with a 50:1 contended domestic connection, I must assume you're having a jolly good laugh. There is your difference between domestic and "business" connections.. what people use it for should really be up to them.

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Virgin Media tried this

Well, to be fair it was Blue Yonder that tried it, banning all but personal servers on their broadband service and any servers at all on their dialup service.

They soon realised what a fucktarded idea that was, people broke the rules en masse, it was utterly unenforcable, and the AUP is now more like "so long as you don't bugger up our network, we really don't give a shit."

Just as it should be.

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Weekend project: Mulch your old PC to save the world

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Post-LOHAN SPB project perhaps?

See title. Grind up some circuit boards, filter some shitty water through the result and see what happens.

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Boffins: We have FOOLED APPLE with malware app

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Re: Objective-C runtime

"Apple just cannot find out that such maliciousness exists in general."

Have to wonder whether this is related to the halting problem.

Given a system, find out whether that system will ever become malicious.

In simple cases, solvable. In complex cases? Well, I think the example is in the article.

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Re: Objective-C runtime

The entire contents of Wikipedia?

Damn, that movie could have ended SO differently if it was made just a decade or two later. "Input", indeed.

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

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Actually yes, just like Windows and Apple.

Microsoft Windows, and Apple Computers on the other hand...

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"Anyway anyone uses microsoft products (and isn't' some whack job fundamentalist) and has skydrive know it shits on the shit you get from other vendors."

Can you explain for people who aren't tied into the Microsoft treadmill, what the advantages of Skydrive are over every other online storage locker out there?

(Also yay to Reg comments for inserting random newlines everywhere. This paragraph inserted solely to prevent it.)

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China's army releases FPS trainer game

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"Thinly veiled communist propaganda"

As opposed to the intro to Home Front, which isn't propaganda at all.

Not saying it isn't bloody good fun, mind.

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Syrian Electronic Army no longer just Twitter feed jackers... and that's bad news

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Government, ffs

Assad government. "Regime" just sounds like Daily Wail propagandising. I know the Reg is supposed to have a tabloid feel, but is it really quite that unthinking?

Still, at least the SEA have declared open season on themselves. I can't think of many Western security agencies being too bothered if a whole shitload of hack attempts are detected heading inbound to Syria.

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Android MasterKey found buried in kiddie cake game on Google Play - report

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Re: @I ain't Spartacus

"No ads = no revenue = no reason for the dev to release for Android. See the problem?"

Well then they should make paid versions. Tough shit if there's no network connection. Stop the app from working if you're that bloody minded, but don't dare think you have the right to stop me from disabling your app's access to network resources, or any other resources for that matter.

"And while it's YOUR phone, it's THEIR app. Go their way or go without,"

...I frequently do. Rovio's software has no place on my phone until application firewalls are up and running.

"and if more people go without, devs again won't see a reason to release for Android,"

If people who own a massively popular phone platform are not buying your apps, it is not the fault of the platform. Ditto if you don't offer a paid version.

"and remember when the security model was first made, Android was the underdog against Apple. They needed a way to attract developers."

Like joining a new app market for a platform that's extremely promising and cheap? Just how do Windows developers make money on a platform where you can easily get firewalls that block apps from network access?

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Re: @I ain't Spartacus

"Might see a rebound of this if devs lose security control."

How in hell is letting me block an app from having Internet access causing the dev to "lose security control", whatever that means?

The dev has no rights over my phone.

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I get down voted all the time for giving opinions about windows 8 and windows phone 8, saying they are actually good to use here is the equivalent of telling someone that you just ran over their cat in your car.

WP8's UI is just about passable on a phone. On a desktop it's a bloody horror.

You may think differently, but I honestly don't care what you think. I know what I like and don't like, and Windows 8 is a piece of shit straight out of the Steve Jobs "we know what you want better than you do" school of OS and UI design.

Problem is, they don't know better.

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No fondleslabs please, says Microsoft as Office 365 hits Android

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So basically...

...artificial fragmentation introduced on a platform where in most cases, one app will run on any screen size.

Then they can say that Android is fragmented, whilst completely ignoring the far worse state of Windows vs Windows RT vs Windows Phone?

Maybe it's a plan!

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British boffin muzzled after cracking car codes

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Re: This ain't rocket science

"Pretty soon, it will be pretty much impossible to live life without breaking a few laws every day. Just the thing for keeping the populous under control."

You mean it isn't that way already?

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A warning to future security researchers:

Don't tell people what you're going to reveal, especially not people who would rather get an injunction out than fix the problem. Just publish the data and be done with it.

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Appcelerator polishes Titanium for platform-neutral JavaScript reboot

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"C for iOS"

I've not used Appcelerator and I make no claims to über-hackerdom but, surely Objective C? You know, that thing that's about as much like C as C# is? Or about as much like C as a strawberry blancmange?

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Verizon offers Motorola mobe with 48-HOUR battery life

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Re: No SD slot?

Far more useful on the ol' Transformer TF201 (which also is currently using most of its inbuilt 32 gig and nearly all of a 16GB full size SD and 16GB micro SD). The USB slot on the keyboard dock is great for shoving a thumbstick in for file transfers (or a joystick or pad for games, or even a mouse for some Real WorkTM).

On a phone however, that means big dongles sticking out the end, and some kind of adapter to go from micro-USB to full size. I may not be Apple-obsessive over neatness, but that's an ugly and potentially unstable solution when a micro SD will do.

Besides, most of the internal space is actually taken up with apps. Yes really. You know how many gigs of space putting just a few Gameloft or Rockstar titles on the device will take up? Stick a few albums and some DVD rips on there and you're full, and wondering what to delete to make room. That extra 16 or 32GB makes a massive difference when you only have 16 or 32GB to start with.

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No SD slot?

No sale.

Yes, yes I do use more than 32 gig of storage.

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Texas man charged in multimillion-dollar Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

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ISK can be used to buy play passes

Play passes can be sold for monies. Not sure it's against CCP's ToS or not, but it's certainly possible.

Therefore, you can convert ISK into real money. In fact if you're that awesomely good at the game, it's feasible you could make yourself quite the wage packet out of just playing a computer game.

To make it more interesting, scams are a legitimate playing tactic in EVE. Hell, look at the "Causality" trailer and you'll find that CCP are even encouraging people to be downright dirty bastards (but only to bad guys, of course).

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Sammy had Sweet Fanny Adams to do with Swiss Fanny madam's blast

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Re: Ledswinger

1) That's a bronze gong.

2) Cooo, inturresting theory.

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Ubuntu boss: I want to make a Linux hybrid mobe SO GIVE ME $32m

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Re: I can run Ubuntu on my S3

A Linux distribution running in an emulated-x86 VM on an ARM processor, with the UI chugging along at some low amount of frames per second and the apps taking an age and a half to load, is not quite the same as a custom-made phone for a custom-made distribution running apps designed for the system.

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We hardly ordered any stock! Yet here we are again with ANOTHER PC MOUNTAIN

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"In this age of 8Gb usb sticks what sense does a CD/DVD drive make?"

In this age of in-car CD players and three quid DVDs from Tesco, I would have thought that was obvious.

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How our shaken Reg Playmonaut survived a 113,000ft stratodangle

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So...

...paraglider then?

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US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

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Re: I hope some fool shoots one down...

If you can shoot a drone down from 800 feet up with a standard shotgun, I think you deserve less imprisonment and more a bloody medal.

And the drone manufacturers would need a kick up the backside.

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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And of the 5 last comments on the petition...

...0 out of 5 of them were serious, at of the time of writing.

Methinks this chap is going to have fun reading through thousands of sarcastic comments calling him a twat. My pick of the front page has to be a paragraph by "Fuckfaic McGee", Australia:

I love restrictions. I want always online DRM. I want the game rental business to become obsolete. I don't want to let my friends borrow games, because fuck them. All I care about is my god damn new age console that'll blow everything else out of the water! Fuck the PS4 and fuck those Sony guys for catering to fans who care about their gaming experience. Fuck PC, that shit is stupid. Steam? Fuck that shit. They never have sales or anything. It's not as affordable as buying my games from the XBL marketplace. I love Microsoft and their business practices will be the best forever. Fuck yes. <3 Xbox.

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Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

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Re: useful APIs .... no longer portable

The problem to my mind is making money. App stores allow developers to monetise very easily, how you achieve that with an easy to copy web app is a different matter....

Question is whether you need to put copy protection on the app at all. The endless DRM arms race so far hasn't done much to stop unauthorised copying, but it has provided some pretty nasty ways of ensuring that paying customers are horribly limited.

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Re: And how does a developer make money from this?

You never paid for an app via someone's website before? Only, this time it could be a far more seamless "like this game? Buy the full and offline version for only £X.YZ. Click [here]!"

News sites like The Register, except with an article store that'll automatically download today's news so you can read it offline? Full offline functionality enabled via a small subscription.

That or MMO clients. WebGL exists now, and it's shaders as far as the eye can see. Possible to do a WoW or EVE client? Only Blizzard and CCP know that, but they'd be daft not to be running experiments right now.

Or even, shock horror, adverts. Must be a reason I'm being told that EE are doing a Blackberry Q10 on a business plan for just £30 a month, in that little box to the right.

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Tethered and vulnerable: Hotspot password FAIL not just in iPhones

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Re: Hotspot on my phone? No thanks!

Well, right now and for whatever reasons, my phone company is my ISP. The hotspot feature is not only useful, but essential.

As is an unlimited traffic allowance that actually means unlimited.

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Huh, I thought WPA2 fixed the little "sniff one packet and spend a week busting the key at lightning speed" bug that was in WPA?

Of course I could be wrong. Of course, some people still set their access points up as WEP, which really is game over before you even start.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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Re: Let me get this right...

Up to 72 IIRC on a 24'' monitor leaving the task bar for "running" applications.

Information Overload.

He's heard of it.

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Re: Mmeier

That's funny, I don't think anybody was replying to you. Nor accusing you specifically of anything. You feeling talked to, for some reason?

I have known someone else who claims to have nothing to do with Microsoft while at the same time seeming to profess undying love for them. Except, they work for one of Microsoft's contractors. So while strictly true about not working for Microsoft, this guy knows what side his bread is buttered.

Know what I mean?

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Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets

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Re: AC

They are all cunts, and the only problem is the shit caused to the civvies that have to live through it.

I'm reminded of a Jarvis Cocker song.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

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Is there some human element going beyond tradition to account for this?

Probably not.

Try just showing the film and not telling people it runs at 48fps. See what the approval rating is then, particularly amongst people who said that 48fps was crap when they were told what it was.

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Re: A great article with just one point that I'd take issue with... @m Gale

I mean they are watching HD channels on an old SD CRT screen, because it gives a better picture than the shitty blockfest that is standard-def "digital television".

Basically, HDTV finally fixed what digital television broke in a horrific manner and then tried to proclaim as "better".

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