* Posts by M Gale

3526 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Yet another eavesdrop vulnerability in Cisco phones

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Thankfully, ReVuln didn't find this one first or we'd all be getting told something like "we can hack Cisco phones.. who wants to pay us for the details?"

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Stroustrup on next-gen C++: I didn't want to let go of my baby

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Re: Missing foot.

You mean the 0.001% of developers who want something that's compute-intensive to complete on a timeline somewhat less than from now until the heat death of the universe?

Those developers?

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Re: Not understand the whole language...?

"So it's a big question whether you are a C++ programmer who thinks that out of index array accesses create exceptions, or one who knows what really will happen."

Ah, the joys of creating fencepost errors and wandering pointers, then wondering why your program is behaving "oddly", cannot be overstated.

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Re: C++ put me off programming

"I strongly feel that the best way to put someone off being a developer is to choose a language like C++ as their first exposure to programming and then get taught how to use it ..."

Oh I don't know. Back when I was doing an initial Access to IT course, the tutor split the year into two classes. We both did VB and C++, however one group did VB first, the next group did C++ first.

I was in the group that did C++ first. It was only a very basic course, didn't even go very far into things like pointers, however it did teach some of the basic principles of OOP. When it came time to switch to VB, everyone in the class had become so used to C++'s idiosyncracies that they took to VB's hand-holding-but-slow-as-treacle paradigm like a duck to water.

The group that started with VB on the other hand, took one look at C++ and collectively shat their pants.

Sometimes, just sometimes, learning by going to the deep end and throwing yourself in can be a good thing.

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Facebook ditches mobile HTML with native Android app

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Oh, awesome.

Another version of the shit that can't be uninstalled from various phones and sits there taking up space whether you want it or not.

How wonderful.

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Londoners can bonk their way to work without Oyster cards TODAY

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Re: As a Londoner

...and let's not forget the very real chance of being arrested for wearing the wrong type of T shirt.

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Re: As a Londoner

As someone who was born in London and still has most of my relatives dahn sarf, I do like being able to go on a five minute walk and be in the middle of a load of green. The only disadvantage is that people up here think I "talk posh" and don't seem to know the difference between "born in London" and "born within sound of Bow bells", and people down there hear me speak and think I eat babies or store ferrets in my pants.

As for trying to use the Underground during rush hour, being charged increasingly extortionate rates according to which concentric circle you want to get off within, or being taxed for daring to cross an imaginary line on the ground while in a vehicle.. you can keep it.

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Re: Doink

Just because: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckMvj1piK58

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Re: @M Gale

"Are those the weekly tickets and daysavers you have to queue on a weekly/daily basis to purchase?"

That would be the weekly tickets I buy direct from the driver at about 6am when there's no queues to speak of, yes. I suppose I could buy a season ticket direct from the bus company and avoid the 5-10 seconds of inconvenience. Either way, it works quite well and means that when the bus station/stop is busy, I can squeeze past the bonkers and cash-payers with a cursory wave of a pass, while they're reaching to place the card on the bonk-pad, waiting for it to register, then retrieving the card.

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Re: What about non-repudiation?

"How can I prove that it wasn't me who used the 7.15 to Peckham on the 12th December?"

CCTV on the buses. FOI request.

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Re: Cost?

"so long as it's as fast as Oyster."

I'm not familiar with the speed of Oyster. However if the bonk-payment and new RFID-enabled OAP passes are anything to go by, it's the slowest way of getting on a bus next to paying cash when the driver has hardly any change left.

Just give me a laminated bus ticket that the driver can check using Eyeball Mk 1. Much easier, and quicker, for everyone concerned.

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I wonder how much simpler this is to use than the completely dumb, non-electrical, no-RFID weekly tickets and daysavers that I'll routinely wave at the bus driver on the way to the seat?

Yes, that was sarcasm.

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Re: Your move apple...

"almost all phones suffer the same type of issue"

Not to anywhere near the same degree, they don't. The iPhone 4's Grip O' Death was pretty much guaranteed to kill the signal, whereas any other phone? Not so much.

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Re: I almost died in Australia

"took me years to convince Google, TeleAtlas and Navtech to stop sending people to our house via the mudpit that masquerades as the middle portion of our road."

I still see people trying to head from here to a village due South, via an old track that is still legally a toll road. Unfortunately, the farmer who owns it can't be arsed maintaining it, so keeps the gate shut.

It proved amusing once, at some ungodly hour on a Winter morning, when I was woken by the sound of a screaming engine. Some chavs had nicked a car, presumably with some kind of satnav in it. Now, the junction off to the track I mentioned is further up the street. However, these fools were being chased by the cops and missed their turn. Not even realising this street is a dead end, they hit the very gentle curve near the bottom of the street, fast enough for me to hear the tyres begin to screech and complain about lack of traction. Wouldn't surprise me if they were doing near enough a ton at that point.

Then they saw the end of the road.

What I heard then was the longest ever skidding sound as this car proceeded to slide the last two or three hundred yards down the road sideways. There was an ominous silence for about a second as they careened off the tarmac, ploughed (literally, like digging trenches in the lawn) through someone's front garden, and then a short crunch as the car impacted the fence just before a 5 foot drop into woodland. I managed to gaze bleary-eyed out of the window to see what the fuss was about, just as the police came down at a much more leisurely, relaxed pace to arrest the joyriders.

Faulty mapping data: An awesome anti-theft device.

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In a mobile data eating contest, Brits would win - Ofcom

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Re: Source?

" you could start looking at dropping the fixed-line services with that."

I'm sure many people could. However, how long could the average Reg reader stand to be stuck behind 192.168.0.0/16? I know it can be somewhat annoying for me.

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Sinclair ZX Spectrum FAILS latest radio noise rules SHOCK

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Rebuilding?

Why bother? You could probably emulate a speccy with a microcontroller.

Wonder if anybody has stuck the whole thing, ULA, CPU and all, on a single chip yet?

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Microsoft Surface to hit third-party stores on Wednesday

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Re: I'm Confused

To be honest, after you've been around long enough to see how Microsoft operate, it's difficult to have any kind of positive attitude toward them.

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Re: And...The same applies to their WinPhone8 offering

On the contrary, when I used to work for a certain purple-uniformed big brand computer retail company, I got questions from a fair few people along the lines of "Do you do Linux?"

When they weren't the usual neckbeards, it was nearly always suited and booted business types fed up with Microsoft's license fees and/or bullying.

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Re: So, it's official

You know, I'm thinking that a symbolic dumping of a crapload of Nike, Adidas, McDonalds and other branded goods into Liverpool Harbour would be amusingly ironic around now.

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Russian space research org targeted by mystery malware attack

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Re: I'm guessing South Korea.

The main North Korean population, perhaps.

I'm pretty sure the ruling elite will have all mod cons.

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North Korean rocket works, puts something into orbit

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Re: North Koreas space programme

Jebediah for World Leader.

That guy is fearless!

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Re: Whatever it is up there, it's a lump...

Well, we don't know exactly where the ol' pater's kid is on the batshit scale either. As for it being a small nuke, I doubt it. The plot of Home Front might be fairly engaging and also quite obvious propaganda, but the US is neither on its knees through fuel starvation. nor about to do anything other than act like a rabid dog if somebody did EMP the shit out of North America.

Of course, that could be the plan.</paranoia>

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Considering any missions the X37B undertakes is going to be highly secret and we're not officially supposed to know it is up there, you could conversely speculate as to the life expectancy of the crew aboard once they get too close to an orbiting laser-toting shark, or whatever else is up there?

That or it could just be a mylar reflective beach ball with "lol, made you look" written on it in Hangul.

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Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits

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Re: "do you know what and (sic) an Android stick or media box is?"

you actually manage to infer here that a granny would know what an android stick is.

I'm sure she'd know how to use one after a little playing with it. Oh, you do know that using Android has nothing to do with Vim, Emacs or editing /etc files by hand?

Really, have you used Android?

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Re: If it looks like a computer....

So your average retired grandmother is going to get a Linux computer up and running on a TV is she?

Uhm.. setting up an Android device is not much harder than plugging it in and switching it on?

It's somewhat easier than setting up a VCR, and I see plenty of those in the homes of people older than I.

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Re: ReVuln seem like nice people

Yes, because not wanting to kill people means you want people to kill people.

Really, the mentality of some people amazes me.

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Top-secret US spaceplane sets off on another classified mission

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Re: Food for the secret moon colony

Stop it, you're giving me a nostalgia attack.

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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SIlly idea

Not sure if it's already suggested, but that "send corrections" link at the bottom of the article might be better off pointing at a page where you can send corrections, rather than the generic "here's how to contact us" page. At least while logged in, anyway.

Sometimes I see an article that makes my inner proofreader want to curl up and cry a little. At the same time though, can I really be bothered firing up an email client just to tell someone they spelled "plant matter" as "plant madder"?

It's in the article on green Li-Ion batteries, by the way. You might want to check that. Or not.

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Re: Upvotes/downvotes

I dunno.

You can still see the post, so why not be able to vote on it? It's not like you can vote more than once without sockpuppetry involved.

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Microsoft notices Xbox gamers actually slack-jawed TV fans, adds 43 new apps

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Re: Well I Like It :D

At the moment I have a Radeon 5750 and some variant of AMD quad core phenom II. I'm pretty sure I can upgrade the GPU significantly before I hit the motherboard limit. I'm really not interested in spending £1500 on three high-end graphics cards in an SLI set-up, so I can get at least one fairly beefy upgrade out of this machine for not much of an outlay. £100-ish will buy me a GPU that, to use a time-honoured phrase, pisses on just about any current games console from a positively stratospheric height.

To be honest though, the current set-up gives the PS3 a good enough kicking as-is. Helps that I can turn the largely useless FSAA off too.

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Re: Well I Like It :D

"It will never be as good as PCs in terms of cutting edge and the ability to tweek settings etc but i dont have the time or spare funds to spend £1000 on a machine these days sadly :("

You can get a gaming rig built for you for half that price these days. I'm still running on mine from two years ago, and it still runs modern games quite nicely, if not in absolute top bollocks rendering-from-here-to-mars-in-64x-FSAA detail levels.

One quick graphics card upgrade later though, and that'll be taken care of. Not that I play many PC games these days due to most of them being infested with malware.. sorry, "DRM".

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Re: Holier-than-Thou Non-Believers

See I used to think that Microsoft charge for Xbox Gold membership because they host the servers, and bandwidth isn't cheap.

It's not like that though is it? They run a matching service, and YOU run the server on the Xbox. Fortunately I don't own an Xbox. If I did, I'd be pretty cheesed off after watching a friend routinely have the action stopped in the middle of a game with a "the person running the server is throwing a strop, spitting their dummy out and has turned the machine off, please wait while someone else becomes the server" messages. How Xbox Gold is different from Gamespy is beyond me.

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Netflix names Google Fiber the fastest ISP in the US

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I used to be somewhat envious of the Americans, back when UK Internet connectivity was via dial-up ISPs that charged phenomenal amounts, plus telephone providers that raked in the call costs.

How times change.

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Stephen Hawking gets $3m physics prize from Mail.ru tycoon

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Re: @AJ Macleod

The physicist frowns at the chemist who in turn frowns at the biologist, which of them is the most "science-y"

http://xkcd.com/435/

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Look out, world! Are you ready for John McAfee: THE MOVIE?

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Whereas on the other hand, We Can Remember It For You, Wholesale is a short story that can probably be read through in less time than it takes to watch either of the film adaptations.

I do hope the latest Total Recall ends in the same way as the short story, if only because it's completely unhinged.

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Big Data in creepy hook-up with big-game whales

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"At what point should these social media companies take some responsibility?"

These publically-owned companies that have a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders but absolutely zero responsibility to society?

We reward psychopaths, and we reap what we sow. When that stops, then you can talk about shoulds and shoudln'ts with any hope of being listened to. Until then, you and your son will be bled for every penny you are worth, because it would be irresponsible to the shareholders to do otherwise.

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Tor node admin raided by cops appeals for help with legal bills

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Re: This is why I can't run an exit node

The way Freenet works, is that unpopular stuff gets deleted from the network first. Stuff that's requested a lot sticks around.

So by running a Freenet node, uploading popular content that isn't child porn, and not downloading any child porn, you make child porn less accessible.

Just a thought.

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GPU-stuffed monster cracks Windows passwords in minutes

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Re: Shock Horror

I am pretty sure that XP forces you to set an Admin password...

No it doesn't. It then proceeds to allow anybody to do aything to it.

UAC was possibly the only useful feature in Vista, and they ripped off Sudo to manage it.

Then applied a patent.

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Record €1.47 BEELLION EC fine for price-fixing display cartels

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look where the internet wasn't 6 years ago!

Lolcats, porn and goatse? I wouldn't say it's changed that much.

Well, except the sad loss of the aforementioned anally reamed shock site.

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Re: Notice more than one make Android devices?

They also make quite a few Windows PCs.

And probably a few iWotsit components.

Your point?

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Google enables private Play stores

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CNET? Really?

So I can download some extra bundled adware on top of the adware the app comes with? Not a chance in hell.

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Watch live! Crack LOHAN team to send SPEARS to stratosphere

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Re: Oh the humanity!

You know, if the parachute and balloon could be tied together with a length of fuse, might that work as a test of the ignition system at the same time?

That and the possibility of the balloon conflagrating after dropping the rig.

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What killed Motorola? Not Google! It was Moto's dire software

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Re: What do Motorola phones and Nortel have in common?

Kies?

That's your problem right there. Horrific shite, as bloated as iTunes, and Samsung insist on using it to provide firmware updates.

You may have a couple of other unofficial options though. Personally, back when I had a Sammy device, I installed, updated, then uninstalled pretty damned quick. At least Kies uninstalls nicely, unlike a certain fruity piece of software that tries its damndest to insinuate itself into parts of your system that it has no rights to be in.

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Rogue IT employees - give us the down and dirty

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Re: Technical, if not IT related

Oh, this I know. I've heard some stories myself, about a certain shall-not-be-named radio station that is now quite ironically legitimate. Rather than just let the coppers come, bust the gear, take it as a loss and get another transmitter, they'd be sitting at the top of the tower block ready to cob chairs, bricks and other ammunition down at them.

Gave pirate radio in general a bad name, and played right into the hands of the "hang 'em high" politicos. Fucking idiots.

Definitely not the same as getting nicked for trying to set up a radio transmitter on the tower behind Paddington Green police station. Yes, apparently the police were not convinced that the antenna was for a walkman that one of them was carrying, and the TX rig was a UFO detector. Gave up on trying to hit them with a pirate radio charge though and instead hit them with theft of electricity. By said uncle's own admission, that was a bit of a silly place to try to set a rig up.

Yes, some of the pirates were idiots. These guys though, were pioneers, doing live uplinks from a moving boat party and using Doilby noise reduction techniques before the BBC had even got its skates on. Now? It's just not worth it. Within 15 minutes of firing a rig up, the rig will most likely be located and ready to be busted.

And we're all the poorer for it, IMNSHO.

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Think Xmas bashes in your biz are scary? Try partying with the Channel

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Re: Reminds me of a friend.

Hah!

Not only titanium-plated bollocks, but teflon-coated everything else. This guy could, and probably would tell Travaglia and his pimply-faced protégé where they could shove their cattle-prod, and survive the incident.

Amazing what you can get away with when you're indispensable, in the right, and have bosses that know this.

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Microsoft STALKS YOU even more than supermarkets do, says dev

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Google are evil. Google are evil. Google are evil. Google are evil. Google are evil.

But surely Microsoft make all their money from borging whole industries, trolling other software companies with spurious patent allegations, and selling you overpriced software that has been shown can be made for free?

What, you mean they're all at the privacy-invasion game? Say it ain't so!

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TVShack O’Dwyer strikes deal to avoid US extradition

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This is how the extradition process should go:

So how many people did this guy kill?

Oh.. none.

So.. did he commit a crime on your soil and flee to here?

What, no?

Well with all due respect, do kindly fuck off.

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MIDI: 30 years old... almost

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Hm, I was taught that channel 10 was the standard drum channel. Of course, you can define any channel to mean anything.

Also MIDI is not General MIDI. General MIDI, IIRC, defines the standard instrument patch set including one drumkit. Other MIDI patch sets include XG (by Yamaha) and GS (by Roland). A musical instrument that defines itself as "General MIDI", basically has the same first 127 instruments and drum set as every other General MIDI device. MIDI (sans "General") devices simply have the same communication protocol.

For instance, for some synthesizers such as the Novation K Station or Yamaha AN200 Loopfactory, it makes no sense to have them as "General MIDI", as all of the noises they generate are somewhat wierd, bleepy techno affairs rather than anything approaching "Grand Piano" (GM patch #1) or "Pizzicato Strings" (GM patch #46). The same applies to MIDI controller keyboards or boxes that make no sounds of their own, but are used to send commands to other devices, such as for instance the Evolution X-Session controller box.

Happy owner of all mentioned devices, and yes, they're all awesome in their own ways.

http://www.midi.org/techspecs/gm1sound.php

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