* Posts by boltar

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Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year

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Re: Charity?

Downvoted because I'm absolutely sick of hearing anti taxation rants based around vague handwaving polemnics about weapons this and war that, that sound good at a CND rally or in student common room but pretty bloody naive anywhere else. We can all find things that tax is spent on that we don't agree with but thats not a reason not to pay it. Not always getting the result you want is a side effect of democracry and dealing with it is part of being an adult.

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Re: @Gordon 10

Indeed. When the El Reg hacks give a 3rd of their income to charity then they can take the piss. Until then they should just STFU.

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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Re: Whats the point of home SIP anyway?

"His point was that ElReg is a techie site."

His point was that unless you're interested in absolutely everything technical no matter what then you have no business on this site. A stupid and naive point of view.

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Re: Whats the point of home SIP anyway?

"At this moment, to me the question is not "why would home user want SIP" - it is "why not want it", with one possible answer "lack of skills and motivation to learn".

This might come as a shock to you - but some things in life really should just be plug and play. A phone is one of them. I might be a techy but I don't find phone systems the slightest bit interesting and I have ZERO interest in faffing about configuring a device that should Just Work.

"Which is pretty lame on ElReg, I think you will agree.""

No, I wouldn't actually. Do you buy a car from a garage or build one from a kit each time you get one? Right. Same thing. Different people have different interests. Deal.

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Whats the point of home SIP anyway?

If you already have a BT landline installed just use a POTS phone. The voice quality is better, its a LOT more reliable and to "hack" it you'd need physical access to the box or exchange.

Sorry, I just don't get the point of using SIP at home other than its something for geeks to brag about to other geeks.

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Becoming Steve Jobs biography: ‘Much of it was chutzpah and self delusion’

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Re: Flawed - like all of us

"Edison was no genius, he was a thief and a crook who claimed other peoples work as his own."

Ah, the old he didn't invent the lightbulb meme, it was Swan. Well possibly. But there were plenty of things he could claim credit for. I suggest you look them up.

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Re: Flawed - like all of us

"You seem to be confusing capitalism with genius. Einstein didn't have Jobs's or Gates's cash, which is what the original post was about, not their intelligence."

I was refering to Edison and Telsa you muppet, not Jobs. Do try and follow the thread.

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Re: Flawed - like all of us

"Which diseases did Edison spend Billions on wiping out ?"

You seem to be confusing genius with philanthropist. I pretty sure Einstein didn't do much to eradicate disease either.

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Microsoft open sources MSBuild, aims for cross-platform dev tools

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Re: if you want a cross platform...

"what's wrong with Ant?"

Over complicated with a large learning curve plus IIRC it depends on having Java installed. These tend not to be attractive attributes in a build tool.

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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Re: So what happened to Aero?

Steve Sinofksy happened. He's the man who was ultimately responsible for this whole clusterfuck. You'd think now he's gone things would improve but I can only assume some of his acolytes are still lurking in dark corners at Redmond.

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Re: Looks f-ing awful

"Look, I'm not gung-ho for a GUI dripping in wankish arty crap but are we paying through the nose for increasingly more powerful GPUs so we can sit in front of this?"

Its not just Microsoft. Check out the last version of the Dock in OS/X 10.10. Looks and acts like it escaped from an Atari ST.

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Noobs can pwn world's most popular BIOSes in two minutes

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Re: This wouldn't be (much of) a problem...

"How exactly does one determine that?"

The OS checks the ring level its running at against the type of CPU. If its not at or can't switch to the most priviledged level for that CPU then it can assume a hypervisor is sitting between it and the hardware.

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Re: This wouldn't be (much of) a problem...

" Some even stay running in service mode and listen on your network card."

Unless its running on a server IMM then how exactly does it "stay running" if the OS doesn't call it periodically? Its not a hypervisor, its just code sitting in a ROM, not magic.

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"require only access to a PC to execute."

Can anyone spot the teensy flaw in this l337 way for hackers to take over the worlds computers?

If you have physical access to a machine you can do pretty much whatever you like. This is a non story.

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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Re: The Chancellor claimed Britain was "walking tall again".

"Do you honestly believe that foreign aid is even meant to help poor countries rather than acquire natural resources from those countries?"

I honestly have no idea where the foreign aid money ends up , other than its rarely in the hands of the people who actually need it. Still, until recently we were helping India fund their nuclear and space programs which was nice.

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Re: The Chancellor claimed Britain was "walking tall again".

Yes, I'm sure the russians think we're walking tall as a huge cut in defence spending hoves into view so soon our navy will consist of 1 aircraft carrier with no aircraft and a couple of men in a rowing boat to keep an eye on it. No wonder Putin is giving the whole EU the finger. Without the US intervening russia could probably take the entire continent in a month.

Meanwhile we waste 0.7% GDP (£18 billion) per year on paying for palaces and yachts and some AK47s for various dictators ... sorry , I mean foreign aid to worthy causes.. which only the most handwringing north london liberal bedwetter actually believes is a good way to spend taxpayers money in the current economic climate.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Re: Whatever happened to code optimisation?

"Does anyone code in x86/64 assembler any more? and before you ask, yes you can, whatever the question was."

Probably simple x86 asm. But the modern x86 instruction set is so complex and the pipelining so obtuse that I doubt any one person could write and optimise an assembly code program better than a C compiler thats taken hundreds of man years of work to develop it could compile and optimise some C code to the do the same job.

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Re: Apple Internet Recovery

"Optical media? How quaint."

Professionals use the best tool for the job , not what's fashionable for hipsters this week.

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Who watches the watchmen?

From the Win10 blog: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/03/16/how-windows-10-achieves-its-compact-footprint/

"Without a separate recovery image, the Refresh and Reset functionalities will instead rebuild the operating system in place using runtime system files."

Umm ok. And what happens if malware or a trojan has screwed or subverted these subsystems? Or if they've simply become victim to disk corruption or an OS bug?

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Re: Apple Internet Recovery

"If you've replaced a borked hard drive with a new empty one it downloads an OS X image and installs it."

Which isn't terribly useful if your internet connection runs at the speed of an arthritic tortoise. Even today there is still a lot to be said for installing an OS from DVD-ROM.

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I BEG YOU, mighty Jobs, TAKE MY LIVER, Cook told Apple's dying co-founder

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Re: In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter

"and hands up who hasn't chipped away at their own life-expectancy in one way or another by their decisions?"

Chipping away at it - ie taking a small risk - is one thing and is generally an unavoidable part of life unless you want to be constantly double checking every decision you make and eventually going insane. Yeah, perhaps by eating a McD burger I might have a 0.001% increased change of having a heart attack in the next X years but the alternative might be going to a different restaurant and having to cross a road where I have a 0.002% chance of getting run over. Etc.

That is completely different to making a decision that is all or nothing - have the treatment or face 100% certain death in the very near future.

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Re: Odd how someone so smart...

Bear in mind that jobs was never an engineer or scientist - he was strictly a businessman. That requires a different kind of intelligence. I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't even understand the conventional cures.

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Google MURDERS Google Code, orders everyone out to GitHub and co

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Re: Google is too EVIL for words these days

"but they shot that idea in the head by their censorship."

The problem isn't google per se - its american companies in general. As a nation the USA is far more prudish than others. Which is ironic really for a whole number of reasons. Upshot is of course you have to work to their rather victorian moral codes if you use an american company for this sort of thing.

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Re: They're not even going to make it read only?

"And at some point, it's possible that their Usenet will go away also."

Luckily usenet is a service that only requires 1 public server to still exist for usenet to still exist. We're slowly getting to that stage but I doubt the final server will be switched off until us 80s & 90s internet pioneer generations are in our coffins. And even then - perhaps someone will keep one going as a virtual museum or suchlike. :o)

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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Re: Even better idea.

I'd be interested to know if internally they run Linux or the *BSDs for their own classified systems and what changes they've made to the kernel code. If these guys are this good they've probably made something virtually bullet proof.

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I don't care about the morality of it

I just want to get a job at the NSA! This looks like exciting work.

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BT inks deal with Williams F1 for go-faster cloudy goodness

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Re: They'll regret it...

They won't actually have dug it up - just parked a couple of transits and a sea of cones in the middle of the track and then gone off to do another job in Scunthorpe for a week.

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Which will be more boring...

..BTs next annual accounting report describing this deal or next seasons F1 racing.

A close run thing.

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Re: The difference is...

"You do realise that the US government supported (at least in part) and instigated the creation of most of those regimes don't you?"

Most large powers have either created or supported various regimes. The british empire, the USSR, china, they've all done it. The US is not unique in this respect.

You see the choice you have is

A) Upholding or supporting a goverment that can create some sort of order even if the guy who does it is a bastard.

B) Just leave alone and watch the chaos ensue. Which is whats happening right now across the middle east.

I'm not supporting US policy, god knows they've made a fuckup of Iraq and their continued support for the Saudis despite everything they've done makes me sick - but lets not pretend that politics in these sorts of areas is a simple black and white affair. Jackass Straw found that out the hard way and his "ethical" foreign policy disappeared almost as quick as you can write PDQ.

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Re: The difference is...

"Most terrorist plots can be thwarted by simply not having terrorists. "

Wow, man, so profound! Let me worship at the foot of your mighty intellect!

"This can be done by not being a massive dick to other nations and/or by not supporting brutal dictatorships."

Yes, because overthrowing dictators is all thats needed to bring about peace and harmony and goodwill to all men. Look at Syria, Libya, Egypt.... oh, wait....

I'm afraid the world isn't as simple as your Dummies Guide To Liberal Politics makes out.

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Re: That's rich...

"Until you do that, you are hypocrite and not worthy of any respect,"

I'm not privy to how much Obama and the NSA gives a shit about your respect but I suspect its not particularly high Their job is to protect US interests and they'll do that regardless of what a bunch of naive whining millenials think about it.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Re: Wonderful screen, less wonderful everything else...

"and yet, pretty much every other manufacturer has managed to use far less plastic and far more metal than Samsung."

And you'll find plenty of people complaining about poor signal quality or none at all especially from Apple products. I wonder why that is?

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Re: Wonderful screen, less wonderful everything else...

"Wonderful screen but such a shame Samsung can't work past the cheap looking 'chrome' and plastic. "

Metal cases may look nice but then tend not to be a great idea when you've got a radio antenna inside.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Re: Volkwagen

"And the curses involved in getting the engine out of a VW Dub need to be heard to be believed. Came up with a number of new ones myself. Worth the effort (I think) though."

Of course you could always buy a vehicle that came with a decent engine in the first place rather than trying to squeeze a few extra HP out of something that would be underpowered for a lawnmower.

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Re: El Reg readers would agree with this

"If the dullards demanding simple are more vocal than you, then you lose, I'm afraid."

The sort of idiots who get confused by a menubar are hardly the sort who'll be sending feedback reports to mozillas dev team. They have their work cut out for themselves just trying to double click the browser icon.

No, I'm afraid plenty of people have complained to mozilla but just like the arrogant dicks at Gnome , they think they know best and anyone who complains is a luddite. Well, they'll slowly find out from their dwindling market share that they don't and we arn't.

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The car in front has Kaspersky deep inside

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A decent embedded OS shouldn't need antivirus in the first place

Because there should be so few attack vectors it should be virtually impossible to inject malicious code and even if it does get inside it should be limited to the sub system its in and any misbehaviour detected by a watchdog which shuts it down.

But then most of these industrial systems and even cars run some version of Windows so I guess these companies reap what they sow.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Devices

"Give me a "B", give me an "A" give me an "N" give me a "D", give me a "W"....."

Are you suggesting 80 channels on freeview and god knows how many on satellite still isn't enough?

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Re: Devices

"Of course, if everything moves to IP TV, rather than old-fashioned radio waves"

Why is it that wireless seems to be the must-have for every gadget *except* the TV where people still seem to believe that a 1980s style plug-it-into-the-wall cable feed is the best approach? Can someone explain this doublethink to me?

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Bank of England could mint own brand of Bitcoin

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Re: control

"People who think Bitcoin has a long-term future in it's current form are idiots."

Depends how you look at it. As a currency its clearly a non starter due to the built in highly restricted supply and the massive fluctuations in value due to it not been pegged to anything other than the whim of its users. As an investment vehicle however ... well thats another matter. It may crash and burn as better tech comes along or someone finds a major flaw, OTOH bitcoins may become highly sought after in the future for a number of reasons.

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Laughing gas and rubber: A recipe for suborbital flight?

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A recipe for immense pollution more like

The crap that comes out of the back of these hybrid rockets make what comes out of the chimney of a coal fired power station seem like fresh mountain air in comparison. I really hope these things don't become commonplace.

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W3C recommends Pointer Events standard – but it's a touchy subject. Right, Apple?

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Meanwhile away from the Lilliput town of Webdev...

... all this nonsense was solved years ago. I can't wait until the W3C decides to mandate something thats actually complex like true programmer controlled multi threading in javascript - we can all sit back and watch all the cupcakes fly...

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Zeus scumbag infects itself, buddies, with rival Trojan

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Can't say I'm surprised

A lot of blackhats turn out to be kids who while intellectually very bright in a narrow sphere tend to be naive and lack common sense. Add that to the typical arrogance of the young with the it-wont-happen-to-me-cos-Im-too-smart thought pattern and its hardly a shock they get caught out.

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Re: Misuse of computers act. No exceptions

"Government agencies are not above the law. They are allowed to do certain things, in certain circumstances, that private citizens are not - but it's not a carte blanche authorisation."

I think you'll find what they did was within the law, coming under the all encompassing anti terror legislation.

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Re: renewables

"It is an absurd assertion that non renewable could do that indefinitely. (By definition)"

Long enough for us and the next few generations, yes. With nuclear reprocessing - which naturally the hippies don't like either - we'd have enough nuclear fuel to literally last centuries and thats assuming we didn't find any new sources in the meantime. But unfortunately those feckin unwashed dimwits in their organic peace hats sitting up a tree knitting yoghurt still think civilian nuclear power is a subversive way by The Man to make more nuclear bombs.

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Re: @Christoph

"Most of UKIPs members are baying idiots. Genuine quote from a prospective UKIP member standing for election this year:"

In theory a lot of UKIP policies make sense, eg EU referendum. In practice a lot of them are a bunch of half witted muppets mixed in with a sprinkling of racists. Farage himself might be a sound bloke but one man isn't enough to run a party never mind a country, and unfortunately the people under him couldn't run a whelk stall.

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Re: @Christoph

"whereas the Greens policies are just bonkers e.g nuclear power"

The greens nowadays are just a far left party with some greenwash painted over them. And yes, their views on nuclear power are absurd as is their idiotic assertion that renewables could provide us will all our electrical power.

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Re: Misuse of computers act. No exceptions

"Prosecute to hell and back."

I hate to break this shocking news to you - but governments reserve some powers for themselves that the ordinary citizen doesn't have. This includes breaking into computers as and when required. Now I'm not condoning what they've done, just giving you a bit of a reality check.

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"Standing as independents but with a common campaign and set of policies would avoid those problems up front."

Yeah, nice idea. Sadly in the real world power corrupts and any independents would soon become exactly the same as the party wonks they replaced. I suggest you read Orwells Animal Farm.

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Expired router cache sends Google Cloud Engine TITSUP

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Re: Remind me again

"about 100% uptime and availability, and why I should move to the cloud?"

Its 100% uptime in the time its actually up. They don't count the downtime cos that wouldn't look good in the marketing spiel.

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