* Posts by M Gale

3526 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!

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Re: Reasons NOT to upgrade?

Sticking it all into kernel space is certainly safer if you are running Windows. Unlike Linux's legacy monolithic kernel model,

Oooh, "legacy". Which sneakily implies "old". Okay.

Windows can maintain true isolation between the kernel itself and running processes / drivers.

You know that Windows is a hybrid kernel, right? Yes, that's right, it has "services" like a microkernel, which run shittily slow but have the separation you're on about. It also has shit glommed into the kernel, which run whizzily fast precisely because they are in Ring Zero, which is exactly where you don't want a web server.

The SUDO point is that on Windows you don't have to run anything as root / admin to give elevated rights - so you have to trust zero code running as admin / root - you can directly give JUST the rights that are actually required.

...and that's why UAC comes up every time a program needs elevated privileges. It's not elevating privileges, just pretending to?

When a program can arbitrarily put shit wherever it wants in the system, then whether it's technically running as the "admin" user or not is really a moot point. You might as well chmod 777 the whole hard drive and then say that it's safe because nothing is running as root.

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Sat comms kit riddled with backdoors for hackers – researcher

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Re: Security through cost

It isn't the script kiddies you need to worry about.

The important thing here though, is what are the ramifications for LOHAN? Are we going to see the vinyl-wrapped beast performing a Death From Above manoeuvre at the behest of some Guy Fawkes Mask-wearing Spanish trolltard?

THE PUBLIC MUST KNOW, and such.

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Vulture 2 rocket motor heater a non-sizzling success

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Re: How about...

The Playmonaut pilot just needs to hop out with a wooden pole and reattach the pantograph to the overhead wires. (You young'uns won't get this reference)

You would be surprised.

Mine's the one with the World Of The Children volumes in the pockets. They're bloody big pockets.

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Battery-production problems delay anorexic 5.5-inch 'iPhone Air'

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Re: I've got an idea

there must be someone in this world who just can't handle the iPhone now due to excessive depth

I tried to resist making a lewd joke here.

Sorry. Can't.

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Re: I know it won't be a problem

And that's why you never stick a phone in your back pocket. Ever.

Back pockets are for spare change, the occasional key and stuff that bends.

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Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor

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Re: If I were MS, I would be much bolder and replace icons with tiles.

Application icons are just a thing from the past, something good for old school OS like iOS, Android and Linux.

Because Android doesn't have widgets AT ALL.

Neither does KDE4. That's a Linux desktop environment just so you know. There are so-called "Screenlets" if you're more of a Gnome person.

Difference is, you can do entirely without them.

Think about a mail app icon showing you actual messages, instead of just a plain image of an envelope.

Sounds like the Gmail notifier widget. Though, showing the actual messages rather than a number does sound like the sort of horrendous privacy faux-pas that only Microsoft would be capable of. Yes, that is a little ironic.

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Re: please, not the start menu

from people who never assessed it objectively and just hate change.

Making a lot of assumptions there. Maybe some of us decided to try it, got a VM spun up, fiddled with it for a little while, and now the VM image sits there gathering dust except for the occasional run to see how much more the latest update has buggered things? Myself, I'll see what the new rumoured menu does if it arrives, and if it's shit, the disk image sits in a dark corner of the hard drive with a dunce cap on yet again.

Seriously, if a pipsqueak upstart like Canonical can manage to officially support at least three different desktop environments with their Linux distribution, I'm sure Microsoft could manage "Metro" and "Classic", or whatever they want to call it.

I hope this is a fake and MS stick to their guns like they did with the Ribbon.

Best thing Microsoft ever did... from the viewpoint of the LO.o and OO.o devs. There's a lot of people who wouldn't even be contemplating looking for alternatives if it wasn't for the Ribbon.

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Re: please, not the start menu

Oh well. I'm sure some enterprising 3rd parties will make a start screen replacement for you.

If that sounds snarky, that's because it is.

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Oz crime-busters' calls for data retention get louder

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"without a stick we are getting rejections"

People with free will in using-their-free-will SHOCKER.

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Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES

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Black insulation tape.

Or white if you got the six-months-later edition. Gotta keep it colour-coordinated.

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SAVE THE EARTH... give all your iThings back to us, begs Apple

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Bigass Samsung link URL hidden under easier-to-read text.

I think this deserves an equally cheeky response from Samsung, perhaps taking the shape of a fake apology?

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

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Re: Why are we beating up the volunteers?

Astonishing that the hysteria does not occur each month when Microsoft releases the usual slew of patches. Or when Adobe has yet more "interesting" vulnerabilities. Or when Java lis found to have terrible bugs.

"Dog bites man" is not news. "Man bites dog" is news.

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Re: I am paying for OpenSSL, via my Red Hat subscription

And when you buy Android, all you buy is the right that your data will be stolen by Google and not someone else.

Which I suppose is better than paying through the nose to have your data "stolen" by Microsoft? You should be reading the news; their Scroogled campaign has now dropped from zero credibility down into negative integers.

Everybody does it. If anything I'd call Google the more honest out of the bunch because at least they are up-front about the whole "WE ARE GOING TO ADVERTISE TO YOU" thing. Still haven't found any scandals involving Google engineers manually poring over Gmail contents to find an alleged leak, and the Google Maps wardriving incident was.. really not an incident.

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Re: Its mostly C ....

Probably compiler directives, looking at that one function. Ouch.

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Reddit users discover iOS malware threat

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Funny how you have to go quite far out of your way to compromise the security and integrity of IOS, yet on desktops (especially windows) it's a breeze.

That's because desktop OSes, or as I prefer to call them, "real OSes", actually give you control of the device rather than locking root permissions away behind a manufacturer or vendor key, like iOS and Android both do.

Granted, Android's "walled garden" is more of a knee-high bit of trellis, but they're both basically locked down and locked up like some kind of games console. Oh yeah, and that Windows Phone thing, too.

Still waiting for an alternative Droid ROM that'll let people re-lock their device under a personal key. All the freedom of a proper OS (well, to an extent), with gazillions of apps that have no excuse to ask for root and a user base that is probably conditioned to be suspicious of anything that wants root. Yes, please.

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Butbutbutbutbut jailbroken!

Funny, that doesn't stop the tards in the peanut gallery coming out to attempt picking holes in a certain other phone OS that only seems to have malware problems when you break it.

And spreading through "Chinese iOS software sites"? Gasp, you mean unauthorised copies exist on Apple phones as well?

Well I'd have never thunk it.

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Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it

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I like Wolfram's answer on the subject.

How many Loch Ness monsters are there?

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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Anecdotes.

Out of the people I know who've tried it, roughly 50% can't stand the thing, and the other 50% are "meh".

Most of these people are not computer scientists, but strangely have little difficulty in the "insert disk and keep clicking next" method of installing software that's been around since Windows 95 (at least in Windows land).

If "insert disk and keep clicking next" is taxing your intelligence, I have to wonder if you're inserting the disk into the disk drive, or into your mouth to examine the flavour?

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: OEM licenses

Fortunately, "OEM" licenses are a load of bollocks. Especially Microsoft's insistence that if the motherboard dies, replacing it counts as replacing the computer, thus demanding a new purchase of Windows. One local computer shop has already been stung by a £4,000 demand after the guy reactivated Windows on a mystery shopper's PC after replacing a "broken" motherboard, and didn't charge for it.

He didn't pay.

He's still not been taken to court over it.

Fuck you, Microsoft. Fuck you.

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: No win.

If you try to strip the tax free status of one church you'll have to strip them all because the Catholic Church is FAR more politically active than the Church of Latter Day Saints.

Bloody good idea actually. I don't know how this would threaten your ability to believe in whatever fairies you like, though.

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Re: Because "minority" people are entitled to entitlements!

I think you'd make a better case if you didn't use loaded terms like "human rights soviet", and at least acknowledge that a lot of the more sympathetic coverage to this is coming from LGBT news sources. Yes, really.

You might also want to mention that at least one of the judges described the ruling as "sobering", or that the backlash this is likely going to cause is probably going to bring about a change in New Mexico's state law.

Though I do have to wonder what the reaction would have been if Ms Hugeunin had refused to photograph a wedding between two black people?

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Re: If they wanted to boycott Firefox, where would they go?

Ahem. Firefox doesn't have the "really awful" Thunderbird either.

The whole point of Firefox and Thunderbird, back when Firefox was called Firebird, before Pontiac went full retard on them, was to separate the various Mozilla components into more managable chunks.

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Re: Personally

"Christianity" is really a whole bunch of religions that all share a common root. You only need to go to certain bits of Ireland to see just how similar two particular sects of Christianity think they are to each other.

Go to the Westboro Baptist Church, and they'll soon tell you what they think of the evil tools of Satan.

On the other hand, the local C of E vicar around here is quite the effeminate chap, and so's his boyfriend.

Doesn't stop me from calling religion in general a bunch of hocus pocus, but I'm a lot less likely to want to stove the local vicar's face in than any of the WBC lot. Hey, the vicarage is all wifi'd up because of me. Bloody thick walls in that place. Utter nightmare without a repeater plugged into the network.

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Re: No win.

And if somebody next would like to marry his or her cat, dog or horse? Why not?

Come on, really? Do you know how recently it was that certain US states actually banned bestiality?

A clue: Not all of them have.

Seriously, stop channeling Santorum. It makes you look silly, as amusing as it is to watch.

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Re: Freedom of speech goes both ways here

But let's remove the finger, all this fuss about marriage is really about *money*.

And the various other benefits afforded to people who are willing to inform the state that they are officially fucking each other.

I see no reason to deny this to any particular pair, or perhaps even group, of consenting adults. That or get rid of all the benefits for everyone, straight or gay. If the religionists want to claim that marriage is their exclusive property, then marriage must be removed from the state as an institution and contained solely within the church (temple, mosque, coven, whatever).

Anything else is theocracy.

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Re: Freedom of speech goes both ways here

In the rest of the world

Just like some Americans need to learn that the world does not begin and end between Point Udall and West Quoddy Head, I think some others need to learn that "rest of the world" is not solely contained within a small archipelago of islands off the North of France with dismally shit weather.

Unfortunately there is more than one country where the official view is somewhere between Medieval and Victorian as far as attitudes towards sex and intimate relationships go.

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I guess there were so many clicks from this article that you just had to milk it some more?

I guess I don't blame you guys. The comments here should be as funny as the last article too. Is Santorum going to show up again?

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Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

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Re: How to update your router

I'd recommend finding the IP of your router, most commonly 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.1.100 or 192.168.1.101 or 192.168.2.200 or 192.168.1.201

Or open a command line (hit the Windows start button and type 'cmd' then the return key). Then type 'ipconfig' and hit return. Amongst all the blergh, you'll have your active network interface. This will have a "default gateway" address. That'll be your router. Tap that address into your web browser.

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::1414:2f7d:2def:4e1d%18

IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.43.92

Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.43.1

Something like that!

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Re: Titles are for toffs.

me being a non-techie person, not in the IT industry.

Came here for the BOFH, stayed for the LOHAN?

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Re: Your observation is flawed

You can create certificates equal to, or better than, certificates issued by any global root CA. At nearly zero cost.

Butbutbut, you don't get the green address bar or the little padlock, and the browser will shout at you! That makes it insecure!

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So you are admitting to performing a security probe without authorisation from the server owner? Congratulations on becoming a criminal.

Under what law? The special Internet law that doesn't exist?

Unless of course you know in which jurisdiction the OP resides, and can quote the relevant passages from the relevant acts verbatim.

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Re: Simple solution

it was open source that caused this problem in the first place.[Citation Needed]

You sure it wasn't someone making buggy code that caused this problem in the first place?

And the open source development model that made the bug more likely to be discovered and fixed?

...and the closed off, black box nature of shitty SoHo routers that prevents a lot of people from easily applying the fix?

Yes, yes and yes.

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nmap -O

It's lovely. Not perfect, but lovely all the same.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: Am I the only one...

And yet Ubuntu's OK because you can install something other than Unity

I guess you haven't seen the various comment-storms on that one then.

I guess you've also not heard of Kubuntu or Xubuntu, neither of which come with Unity and both of which are official Canonical products.

Or you could just put a red hat or a shiny fedora on and be done with it.

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Microsoft might think the Store is the future.

However, I bet there's quite a few developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers who might not like the idea of Microsoft doing a Microsoft on the means of buying (and selling) software.

Ballmer was right about one thing, even if wrong about everything else.

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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Re: I'm not entirely opposed...

Unsure. If I remember right, the idea of this thing is to use the URL, some other information and a salt to construct a hash, so you get a unique password for every site, without having to even make up a password.

The person I'm on about is a commentard here, so if they see this message, I'm sure they'll elaborate.

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Re: I'm not entirely opposed...

Well, I already know someone who's putting together a devastatingly simple and deliciously geeky thing. It involves an Arduino, a keypad, a chopped up USB cable, and enough code to say "oh hello computer, I am a keyboard."

Tap a PIN on the keypad. The Arduino fires a password over the USB cable. Magic password storing box. Tada.

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NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android

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7658MB RAM

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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Re: anybody remember the $999 Ruby app on the iPhone?

Shush, you. Only Android has crapware. Oh, and viruses that can magically break out of the app sandbox on non-rooted devices. Somehow. I think. Maybe. Or not.

Apple is perfect. The iPhone is heavenly. Praise St Jobs. Amen.

Sent from my iPhone.

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Re: Nerdy tweaks etc... Mostly have a place

My favorite App you might look down on is "Fix Broken Power Button" which allows you to turn off your phone with a button on the screen if your power button is broken, which has happened to me.

Perhaps a silly question but, how do you then turn the phone back on?

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Re: Is this the same Android AV scanner...

I root all mine/family phones as soon as the battery is charged

So what you're saying is that you break all of your, and your family's phones to the point where they need an AV, so that you can install an AV.

Makes sense.

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In Australia, protesting against Brendan Eich will be a CRIME

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Re: Since you played the "repulsive" card

The correct terminology is "sodomy" not "marriage"

And the correct position is missionary, and solely for the purpose of procreation, amirite?

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Re: Background

My word, it's like Rick Santorum has just joined the forums. Hi, Rick.

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Re: Background

"Family" does not necessarily mean "children", just so you know.

Also there's enough straight but sterile couples out there who've taken kids in from care homes. I guess they aren't a family, then.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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and they have been scared off by the stupid clown/teletubbie appearance of Win 8.

So... Windows 7, then?

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Anecdotally, many of those users may not have exactly paid for their operating system or reside in nations where the word about XP's demise has spread widely.

I always like the whole "pirated Windows" thing. Really, if you bought a PC, you bought the license to run Windows with it. Just because the manufacturer is a shit who doesn't give Windows disks and pretends that a hidden partition is a "backup", therefore demanding a hasty trip to the 'bay when the HDD goes tits up, doesn't mean you aren't legally running that hastily-acquired copy of Windows.

Granted, if you're running Windows Datacentre Edition on your PC with a Vista Home Basic license, that's probably not kosher.

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Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive

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Re: subheading

I think an easy one would be to append "...for SINGAPORE!?"

Yeah. When the Singapore govt says something is too intrusive, the govts in the West who are lapping the bullshit up like coprophagic dogs really should sit up and fucking well listen.

To add a little bit of hyperbole, that's like a certain charismatic German leader from the 1930s to 1940s saying that what you're doing to them jews is a bit harsh.

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Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades

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These are beta drivers.

You don't like crashes, glitches, BSODs, fire, explosion, war, famine, pestilence or death?

Then don't install them.

You want the bleeding edge and don't care how buggy it is?

Well, then go right ahead, but be aware that here be dragons. They're hungry, you're crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.

Simples. I've not had a graphics driver related crash in recent years, neither with my old AMD 5750, or the newer Nvidia GTX650. However, I don't install beta graphics drivers.

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The Shield?

You mean it's actually been released now?

Yeah, there's your problem right there. Try marketing the thing.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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Meh.

The only "special" thing about DynDNS is the "dyn" part, and that's hardly special. One cheapo VPS and a few scripts, and you're done for at least a few thousand users.

Client sends an HTTP request to the server with login details. The server responds with "fuck off" or "okay, here's your domain name and public IP details." Rocket surgery this is not.

A small amount a year I'd contemplate, but there may be a reason that nobody was buying at $25. It's about $23 more than I'd want to pay for what it is.

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