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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

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Re: A nasty way to go

"So the little crabs get caught in the tendrils and are slowly eaten alive"

I thought that too, but it's probably that the 'eating' part takes some time, so I'm guessing it's more likely the victim dies of starvation (or boredom?!) first and is then absorbed afterwards.

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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I love the idea

...that a site dedicated to people doing things for free expects to make some money out of them (at some point?).

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Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS

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Twitter = marketing and PR

Never been on Twitter, never signed up, possibly never will.

As far as I can tell from the people and places that seem to mention the platform Twitter seems to be primarily used by famous peeps and companies to spread the word about themselves, or their products, or whatever it is they're pushing at the time.

If the company wants to make some money maybe it could start by charging them all a bit?

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Top ten biz software vendors reveal Heartbleed exposure

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Other devices

I was wondering yesterday about such things as server remote management boards like the HP ILOs and Dell DRACs. I'm guessing they use some form of embedded Linux, so I wonder if a) they're vulnerable, and b) we'll ever get told?!

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

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Users?

"The mega-vulnerability was patched earlier this week but to resolved the problem users* need to get a new public/private key pair and update SSL certificates before requesting that users change every potentially compromised password."

Don't you mean *site admins?

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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Re: sigh

Yes, 'cos there's only ONE major city in the whole of the UK, the rest is countryside.

More southern-centric bollocks from the Home Counties eh?

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

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Re: AV for Android

"And only the REALLY gullible think there are is no Android malware."

Surely this app itself was a form of malware (luckily in this case only taking money under false pretences)? The fact it got to be a best seller doesn't say anything good about the vetting of the apps there, or the gullibility of many app buyers!

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

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Re: Garage PC

"As for security, it has a half decent AV package and all my data is backed up elsewhere, so if it does get Pwned, I'll just wipe it and reinstall XP."

You're working on the assumption you'll know immediately if it gets 'pwned'. In reality it might be some time, by which time the bad guys might have your bank details, your friends email addresses, and as stated above have Cryptolocked your remote file store(s).

If/when you "wipe it and reinstall XP", will you be able to reinstall the existing patches from Windows Updates (will these still be on offer after today)? If not you'll just be making a bad situation worse.

Your complacency is worrying: I think you should listen to the Linux suggestion, or just shell out for a cheap copy of Win7 from FleaBay.

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Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website

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But Branston Pickles Did ruin my Wife!

Your wife seems fine to me, and that's quite a condiment.

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 updates also tweak Windows Server 2012

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Re: Don't need to reboot each time

"One of the bigger complaints about Windows Server 2012 onward was the placement of the shutdown and restart options"

I got to the point where for simplicity I placed a shortcut to Cmd Prompt on the desktop or task bar of any new 2012/R2 server so I could just open that and type "shutdown /s" (or "/r") as required!

Yes I realise I could do the same thing with the PowerShell prompt, but that can take ages to initialise whatever it's initialising when you open it, whereas Cmd Prompt takes just a second or two to launch.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Re: Looks quite nice

Whoa, easy there tiger! It's *just* a mobile phone OS: if you don't like it then don't buy it, or read reviews of it. No need to get all Mr. Angry about it!

Keep taking those chill pills yeah? ;-)

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Re: smart dialling

"what about changing the middle digit of a phone number without having to delete all digits between that and the last digit?"

It's funny isn't it, it's the little seemingly obvious things in OS design that can really bugger up real world usability!

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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RJ45

Yes, the annoying fact that standard USB plugs fit (width-ways) into ethernet ports has annoyed me many times when using laptops...

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Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

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Upgrade cycle

Last time I looked the various Linux flavours have even faster upgrade cycles than Microsoft, so how would moving everything to one of them remove the problem that at some point you'll need to upgrade your estate? Even if you go for one of the LTS releases you'll still need to do it eventually.

The "underused word processor" comment shows an arrogant ignorance of the vast amount of bespoke/legacy software many of these government departments depend upon.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Re: XP will only be insecure if connected

" I can't imagine a benefit to having a cnc machine such as a lathe connected to the internet"

If the machine can only talk NetBEUI then it never will be.

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Re: Just to be pedantic

"Poisonous means it's bad for your health if ingested, venomous means its bad for you if introduced to the bloodstream"

Both of them mean keep the frak away to me!

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: 1 in 16 boys? seams low

Oh come on: the sort of dog-eared top-shelf muff magazines we used to have in our yoof are light-years away from the kind of hard core easily accessible online nowadays.

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Re: Are you insane?

"If you don't want the extra crap, go get NT 3.5"

Before Win2k you had to restart WinNT if you plugged in a network cable in order to start up the networking subsystems. And the common Type 2 printer drivers would crash the whole OS. Do you really suggest we should go back to that sort of crap??

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It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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Re: Testing or Polishing?

This is the fundamental problem with all software: it's released half finished!

The next time I'm installing ANOTHER Windows patch, update for an Adobe product, or Java, instead of the bullshit about how many machines it runs on, just for once I'd like to see an APOLOGY for the fact that I'm only having to install this update because they screwed up and left a security hole in their product that may just cost someone their bank contents.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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When you're done

Could you compile your notes, and all this good advice, in to a list of what to put on a new PC? I for one would find it VERY handy next time it comes to a rebuild!

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

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Negotiable tax payments

Your (and my) tax affairs are very straightforward, easy to understand, easy to determine liability, therefore not easy to avoid.

Big global accounting firms, in fact big global firms full-stop, have very very convoluted labyrinthine affairs (probably deliberately) which makes working out liabilities very very difficult, and open to lots of arguments. Hence HMRC will sometimes decide it's better to cut a deal and say "give us £Xm" than to try and work it all out. Of course that then opens up the opportunities for abuse and corruption.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Censorship?

"The pirates who brought themselves a VPN plan, when this business interest only legal censorship was enacted"

I don't particularly agree with a lot of the actions of the music corporations, but how is trying to stop people illegally access your copyrighted product without paying for it censorship?

Also I've no time for muppets who'll shell out for VPNs but won't put their hands in their pockets to buy the stuff they'll download through them!

Just because something might not be available exactly WHERE you want it for the PRICE you want it, doesn't mean you have the right to just help yourself for free (otherwise the Porsche and Ferrari dealerships might be in for some trouble!).

I await all the freetard downvotes...

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Entry-level HP SAN array stoops to conquer small biz bods

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Differences between SAN and NAS

The difference is not at the hardware level, since often nowadays the same box can do both. The difference is at the protocol level:

SANs share data at the block storage level. The data will be presented to the client device as a chunk of storage, and often managed similarly to local disks.

NAS's share data at the file protocol level (eg. SMB/CIFS, NFS), and the data will be accessed as a network share of some description.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Asda

Aha! At last that answers my curiosity as to why they'd recently started offering free wifi. Personally I couldn't see why anyone would take the time to stop and sign up, when surely they'd just want to get their shopping done and then head home (likely to their own wifi)? Slurping customer info and sales metrics now fills in that gap in my understanding, and ensures I most definitely won't be using it anytime soon.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: US gallons

"US *pints* are smaller. They stick with the 1707 definition (16 fl. oz), whilst the UK had an "upgrade" (to 20 fl.oz) in 1824".

Ha! That'll teach 'em to get all uppity with that independence nonsense!

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Re: Things change.

I'd like to improve on that a little bit if I may?

EVERYTHING changes eventually. That's life, and the nature of the world we live in. You don't have to like it all, but for your own sake don't waste too much of your precious time and energy trying to fight it!

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

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A new type of ATM hack!

I wonder if it was running WinXP?

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

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"see how you feel when it runs on a tv advert and you get squat"

They wouldn't be getting squat though, they'd be receiving royalties from the use just as expected. It was the usage itself, not payments for, that was their problem, since they'd specifically stated that they never wanted their music used to sell product.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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"Disillusioned pilot possibly with a political motive"

I'm not sure how leaving behind a mystery advances any political motive much?

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Outsourcer Atos outsources hardware, data centre refresh

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Eating their own dogfood?

I'm a little surprised to see an outsourcer getting another supplier in to work on their own internal systems? If I was a customer I'd be a little concerned about their faith in their own abilities to deliver?!

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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

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1000 METRO users

I've been running Windows 8/8.1 on my main desktop and laptop for over a year now (yes it's been hard going at times but with a Start Menu replacement app I've got through it!), and using Firefox for nearly all of my browsing during that time. the only times I've used ANY apps in Metro mode is when they've opened by default, and then I've mostly cursed and looked for the fastest way back to the Desktop!

So that's possibly how by far the majority of FF Win8.x users have have been using their software as well? 1000 daily users is not a reflection on how popular FF has been on Win8x in total, but the Metro variant in particular.

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Re: Don't call me Shirley

I think people are still using Windows XP because they have a computer they bought a few years ago (or maybe were given by someone who'd bought a new one?), and it works whenever they turn it on, and until it one day doesn't work when they turn it on they'll keep on using it because as far as they're concerned it's an appliance.

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

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PowerShell?

PowerShell?? Some of us have been scripting complex system-admin tasks using VBS, Perl, and even good old 'DOS batch scripts, long before this funny PS thing came along my friend...

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Re: Tip toe through the cat crap

"I see your cat crap and raise you enabling council chavs"

Cul-de-sac, literally translated from the French, means "bottom of the bag". Perhaps it's appropriate in your case?

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Top UK e-commerce sites fail to protect 'password' password-havers from selves

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Re: Locking out does not "deny" service

Well I doubt there are many if any home banking or web shopping users likely to be using lots of different IP addresses in the space of a short time, so that in itself could be used to filter malicious attacks?

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Re: Passwords ... pffft

Lucky you can change your date of birth then if it's ever compromised.

I did have an idea a few years ago, of generating a fake 'profile' for myself (invented date and place of birth, mother's maiden name, dog's name, etc), which I could then use when creating online accounts. That way it would be harder for someone else to socially engineer these from others, and I could always change them if they got compromised. Of course for some official sites things like DoB would need to be genuine, but for others probably not. Never got around to putting it in to practice though.

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Speaking of website logins

Could someone please speak to the many website developers who consider accents in names illegal? I have a number of European friends with accents in their names who have to drop them when registering with websites. Even the local Electoral Roll office's online registration form took exception to "é". And before anyone gets all UKIP there are plenty of UK-born people who have accents in their name.

Big big FAILS when people are forced to change their legal and valid names.

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Stop

Now THERE'S a campaign worth discussing!

Why are by far the majority of low paid/part time jobs being fulfilled by women?!

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Re: And nothing of value was lost...

Just because YOU'RE not entertained by something doesn't necessarily mean it's crap.

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BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website

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Re: Implementation of IPv6 is a farce..

When even products like Exchange 2013 (not the year in the name!) aren't 100% IPv6 compatible, then I really do wonder whether the migration to pure '6 will ever happen?

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Bill Gates is BACK... as CHIEF RICH human of PLANET EARTH

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Re: He's not doing a very good job of giving money away is he?

In which case you're still doing the same thing, since 100 mil is hardly putting yourself into poverty is it??

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Re: Toilets

"its easy to be philanthropic when it doesn't hit your lifestyle or bottom line in any meaningful way"

I believe he said something similar himself in a recent interview. Still good on him for doing what he's doing, he could have very easily just spent the next 20 years on an island, yacht, private jet, beach...

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Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

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Re: 25.3 million brits have paid for ransomware? Bloody hell

It does: it tell us any conclusions drawn from this study are bullcock!

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NASA could have averted near DROWNING TERROR in SPACE

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Luca Parmitano's calm demeanour in a terrifying situation

Given the fact he lives in a tin can in space, got there on top of a thousands-mile-an-hour firecracker, and at the time was outside the ISS in a space suit (which must be one of the most claustrophobic experiences imaginable), I've a hunch that "calm demeanour" is the a part of everyday life for them all?! Big up to him, and all the 'explorers' though.

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G20 gives Google, Microsoft, Apple et al tax deadline

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Re: Who's gonna pay for the ministers' private jets and cars?

Yeah you're totally right. And that money's much better staying where it is now in Google, Apple, and Microsoft's Cayman Island tax-free accounts instead of being spent on *something* in the countries in which it was earned isn't it?

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Curiosity now going BACKWARDS

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I don't understand

I don't understand MANY things in this amazing and surprising universe. Doesn't mean they're not real.

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

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Cheers Reg!

I'd never heard of this Door-To-Door opt-out from RM, and I'm sick of the junk crap (for Virgin Media, old-fogey insurance, etc) that they keep sending. So I headed straight over to their website to find out how to sign up.

For everyone else's convenience, check here: http://www.royalmail.com/personal/help-and-support/how-do-I-stop-receiving-any-leaflets-or-unaddressed-promotional-material

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Reg HPC man relives 0-day rootkit GROUNDHOG DAY

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Re: Change in backup strategy

I had a similar thought: keep your data separate from your operating system and apps, and keep the build well documented. It occurred to me that with the time the author spent finding a good image to restore, would it not maybe have been quicker (and safer?) to reinstall and rebuild the machines from scratch?

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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

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GUI?

Sorry you lost me at the "decent GUI" bit! The Mac/OS-X interface has been a mess for years, and is just getting worse. Disjointed menus unconnected to the application they reference, that stay visible when you minimise the application, a dock that looks like a 5 year old designed it, small un-obvious window buttons, no structure to the folder layout...

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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"revenge against your murdered child"

"An eye for an eye makes us all blind".

But hey that was said by a brown skinned religious fella so you may not have heard of it.

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