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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: Harvey's law

I'm not sure a hotel should be expected to allow nntp access, considering it's unsavoury usages far outweigh it's legally safe usages.

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

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Apologies for not arguing at all

Fantastic and thoroughly interesting review - thank you.

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Lazy sysadmins rooted in looming Mozilla cert wipeout

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Lazy journos root sysadmins

"Admins could run the command '$ openssl s_client -showcerts -connect kuix.de:443' to assess if their infrastructure depended on the affected certificates"

The command given is just an example. Running that command will show you what certs kuix.de:443 is using, not your own site.

The original article phrases it better: "For example, you could try to use a command like this[...]"

It's a fine distinction, but I would hold el reg to higher techy standards than a broadsheet rag.

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Nanu nanu! Mork calling Orson on VoIP over 2G

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Re: Proprietary compression technology

"Why would you spend money developing a proprietary compression technology that carries voice in 11 kbps when g.729 runs at 8kbps[...]"

Because g.729 is not a royalty-free algorithm. It incurs licensing costs.

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Amazon Zocalo rocks Box, socks DropBox, clocks Google Docs

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Impressive job on the headline there!

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Nice Traffic System You've Got Here...

..It'd be a shame if anything *happened* to it.

So black cabbies want us to only use them, and not Uber. And to show this they block up traffic for a day, causing frustration and hatred against black cabs. Not only does this seem like a bully move, stubborn in the face of change, but thanks to the Streisand Effect, they've ensured a *fantastic* amount of free publicity for Uber.

If the black cabs are blocking traffic and causing me aggravation because they hate Uber, then.. *counts on fingers, stares into distance* ... then.. I.. love Uber!

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600 school sysadmins sacked in New South Wales

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Re: That sounds like American politics...

Just to provide the counter point, while books are lovely and tend not to crash, and without arguing the merits of it, you are more likely to find job adverts asking for basic computer skills rather than basic book reading skills.

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VMware reveals plan for pay-as-you-go hybrid cloud and hybrid NSX

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Well if you're not going to

Here's the link: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/25ys3b/we_are_the_hybrid_cloud_team_at_vmware_and_are/

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

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Re: Dear author

Wow! Must be an amazing view from that high-horse!

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Aw, SNAP. It's too late, you've already PAID for your storage array

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No shiller, but all filler.

Play this game with the article - after every sentence, add the words "No shit!"

"One way is to look for independent reviews of the product by a trusted reviewer. No shit!"

"For example, product reviewers paid by a media outlet should be more independent than ones paid by the product's vendor. No shit!"

"It is, to be frank, inconceivable that a vendor would pay for a product review and publish the thing if it was negative[.] No shit!"

"A review of a product's claimed specifications using supplier-provided information is not enough on its own to justify a purchase. No shit!"

"All such reviews or product comparisons should be discounted unless there are independent reviews of the product. No shit!"

I hope I have, like the article, or a small asian child whittling at twenty-foot high bamboo, made my simple point at quite unjustifiable length.

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Irish plod biro outrage invites Limerick Limerick challenge

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Sorry

There once was a judge named O'Kelly,

Who couldn't placate his big belly;

He ate all the things,

Pencils, police pens and pins,

and washed it all down with mint jelly.

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Torched £30 server switch costs phone firm millions in lost sales

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Citation needed

"And it wasn’t even the server that failed, Delran said, just a £30 switch on the server that burnt out as a result of the fire."

That doesn't sound dodgy to anyone else? A server with a built-in switch? A massively important server that they couldn't simply move the drives, and/or functions to another server? A cheap switch ("on the server"?!?!) that they couldn't replace?

I'd love el Reg to get in touch with Michel Delran & press him for more details of this, pardon my french, bullhonkey.

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One day your datacentre will get you to the pub on time

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Just my two pence

First of all, kudos to anyone who made it through the article. My eyes kept skittering off the page from things like the HR Manager asking "Can you explain why I’m paying so much for my IT?” (because that ever happens in real life) to tortuous quotes such as:

"The key requirement for a service-centric approach to delivering IT is to define the services required by the various business groups and functions and their value to these groups and functions,” [...] “These services should then be delivered to the associated users – business application owners and groups, end-users and consumers, or other IT staff.”

I see there are words written there, but I struggle to find meaning in them. 'Service-centric' IT, by all accounts, means delivering IT to users. This supposedly contrasts with 'Kitten-centric' IT which revolves around throwing mewling cats at users until they go away? Or is all IT about delivering IT to users?

"IT has to become a service-centric culture." IT has always been this. In The Beginning, God didn't create an email server - first of all there were users wondering how they could send amusing powerpoints to each other, then came the email server. IT by definition is a service. There's little point hosting a website if nobody's intended to view the bloody thing.

Beyond stating that our mythical HR head should, should she ever suffer a severe head trauma rendering her unable to ever feel joy, be able to pull up an ever-dynamic list of why she is "paying so much for IT", I've no idea what the point of this article is. Rambling and at every turn using a Mayfair word where an Old Kent Road one would do, it feels like something autogenerated by a robot, or a someone wishing to merely fulfill a quota.

"A truly sophisticated cloud architecture extends to the team, helping them to understand how they benefit each other in the delivery of IT services."

By the end of the article "the team" has long since departed for the pub, leaving the manager to continue his badly-covered-up affair with the head of HR.

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AVG: That World of Warcraft hack? RIDDLED with malware

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Re: Should simply say

So - you haven't played it in three years, yet you agree the game is still bad?

You've missed too many changes to espouse on it's merits.

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Sanitary towel firm's 'CEO' sets traumatised man straight

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Re: @Dave 126

Also, weasel words like "can help hide the appearance of wrinkles."

ie. In a study of 10000 women, one of them thought her wrinkles looked better. So it *can* do it!

My comments are proven to reduce weightloss

when combined with an active lifestyle and a healthy diet.

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UKNova drops torrents after threats from FACT

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Devastating

As an expat living in the states I'm not ashamed to say that when I read the site notice on Sunday I cried.

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DDoS crooks: Do you want us to blitz those phone lines too?

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Register DoS

At that point a border controller should be saying "erm... 10 failed registrations in a minute? Ok, you're getting blocked for an hour."

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Fear not, Linux admins: There are TOOLS to help you

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Re: For [Insert Diety here] sake

>Just changing the port SSH runs on doesn't make it anymore secure.

Yes it does.

It doesn't make it *secure*. It's certainly 'security through obscurity', but it is a mite more secure than leaving it on the default 22.

>If you must expose SSH services at least lock them down to known source locations.

Great! Now can you tell me the IP source address of the wifi access point in Terminal 7 of Amsterdam airport, because my boss has just called to say that mail is down, and I need to ssh in quickly to reboot the server.

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

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Re: Freeware?

Windirstat is a great alternative to Treesize - free, and you can scan network drives.

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Mobe hackathon contest spits out Wi-Fi-by-bonk app wonder

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Isobar

From the meta tags on their home page:

"Full service digital marketing agency, Online marketing agency, Modern communications agency, Interactive marketing agency network, Digital creative agency, Global digital agency network, Isobar, Isobar Communications, Isobar Worldwide, Isobar Global, Digital advertising, Digital agency, Digital agencies, Digital marketing, Online marketing, Online advertising, Email marketing, Wireless marketing, Interactive Television, SMS Marketing, Mobile marketing, Direct Marketing"

not sure how they can complain about being labelled as a PR company. Methinks the lady doth (digitally) protest too much...

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Hardware exists.

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Re: Not so zen

Ah! That Tribe Called Quest song must've been about a printer tray.

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Zen

I remember reading "If it makes a noise when you drop it on the floor, it's hardware. Otherwise it's software."

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Still buying CDs?

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Re: Still buying CDs?

That's something of a false dichotomy - it's becoming increasingly common to use .flacs for ripping, which are lossless. It's a great format if you want to move all your physical media into something digital.

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Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit

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Re: So many words...

The article doesn't say that it's a paradigm shift, and I didn't say it's a paradigm shift. We both asserted that Microsoft believes it to be so.

I just wanted to make a stand against the idea that using a flourish of vocabulary was distasteful, superfluous or redundant.

If it is not the case, perhaps "Mickysoft" and "windoze" could be added to the Commentards Bingo?

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Re: So many words...

Just because you don't understand the words, doesn't mean it's "wankword bingo".

[Microsoft is] demonstrating their belief that we are on the cusp of a paradigm shift in computing.

[Microsoft is] showing everyone that they think that the our whole way of doing things with computers is about to change.

The first sentence is a shorter, intelligible and perfectly cromulent way of expressing the same idea as the second.

While we spend our lives surrounded by marketing buzzwords & creaking acronyms, but not everyone believes that a paucity of vocabulary is doubleplusgood.

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A sysadmin in telco hell

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Enum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enum

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Netflix set to make your video history public

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Really?

*citation needed.

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Alanis..?

"sharing feature is available to its overseas subscribers but ironically not in America, its biggest market"

S'not ironic..

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Infographic: The road to desktop virtualisation

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RBL?

Ow ow ow. This made my head hurt. Is there a Recommended Booze Level to attain whereupon it all makes sense?

Thank you very much for giving something new a whirl, but this is a little too densely packed. Adding in large graphical links to, what, seven more articles and two videos is a little OTT.

I'd be interested in seeing what the infographic looks like when only portraying the relevant statistics, and not all the other hoo-ha.

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Boffins build JELL-O memory for your brain

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NSFW

Could you mebbe label that last link NSFW, for people who aren't already mistrustful enough of the interwebs to check the link before they click?

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Scientists reveal eight-legged Jurassic beast

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re:Re: beautiful creatures

wait... we're talking about cats now..?

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Still talking about desktops ... haven't we moved on?

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*top

I think that for the purposes of this discussion, a laptop PC that plugs into the coporate network *is* a desktop computer, albeit a small one.

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UK.gov closes door against foreign boners

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I am SHOCKED and DISGUSTED

that Lester didn't write this..

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Latvian film fan pops cap in loud popcorn eater

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RIP

Countdown has a Filth-O-Tron now? Gosh, it really did go downhill after Richard Whitely passed..

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McDonald's breach bares nuggets of customer data

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re: An unmanned firm?

Maybe they're ladies.. :) (or eunuchs - as in, a bloke who has recently been 'unmanned'.)

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re: Medic

I agree! At first I wasn't sure, but then I've been further even more decided to use even go need to do look more as anyone can.

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Reg Hardware goes to the movies

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From where do you most often rent or download your movies?

Now - there has to be a reason "torrents" was left out of that list.. Am curious.

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Apple lifted 'make web go away' button from open source

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Straw man

a) Noone accused them of having a monopoly

ii) Of course they have the vision and resources to do what they do. Every has the vision and resources to do what they themselves do. Otherwise they wouldn't be able to do it.

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Confessions of a sysadmin

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A/V?

Thank you for your honesty - one of the best articles I've read on the Reg for a while.

I have one question... what was the A/V software running on the user PC that allowed conficker to have a LANparty?

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Seagate intros 'universal' external hard drives

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I want one!

..but only because in the bottom pic it looks like a happy, winking rabbit..*

* I said 'winking'

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iPhone 4.0: iAds, multitasking, and 98 tweaks

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pfsshh..

Yeah, right.. If that were true then the porn industry would be a massive, multibillion dollar economy that drives technological advances like camcorders, vcrs, broadband and the Internet..! Dream on...

Gareth

San Fernando Valley, CA

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Office IT: One size doesn't fit all?

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Semantics

No, you dunce, that's the wrong version of profiling!

What the article clearly talks about is lining people up and viewing them from the side in order to work out how to place their desktop.

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Think software patching is a hassle? You're not alone

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aptget =/= appstore

Lawks yes - they're exactly the same..

Do you remember that time that Redhat remotely pulled postfix from everyone's PC because they realised it could be used to send emails containing boobs? Or all those times Suse denied publishing apps because the clouds were a certain shape & the leaves in bottom of their tea settled into the shape of a skull..?

No...? hm.

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Oz watchdog nips Pammie Anderson's bikini-clad ass

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If they banned all the porn on the internet

Then your landlord is a secret Scrubs watcher.. :) He stole it from Perry Cox.

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slo-mo cavort

worked for me twice.. :)

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iPhone: The OS with big aspirations

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fact

My grandad used to stick ferrous down his trousers..

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Google gifts Wiki millions

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Evilosity

The evil angle..? That's easy. A site as large as wikipedia - would be a lovely purchase for Google, surely.. Think of all the data they can mine from edits, impressions, etc..

Oh! They can't buy Wikipedia..? Well, how about they do the next best thing then, and graciously give them a bundle of cash. Then 10 years later, Google will be the *only* ones giving them substantial cash, which will put them in quite a nice position to start dictating terms..

do no evil =/= increase shareholder revenue

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Samsung preps Wacko Jacko movie hard drive

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quote

"Wacko Jacko fans, Samsung has the external hard drive for you."

What a fantastic line. Thankyou.

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iPad pictures revealed

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*ahem* A Joke

Q. I say, how do you get more Apple fluff to write about?

A. iPad.

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U2 frontman bitchslapped by TalkTalk

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Kettle

So.. we're not allowed to criticize Bono unless we too are lead singers for multi-million dollar irish rock bands?

I just read a story by Bill Ray about the imminent lacklustre success of the googlephone. I'm just sure he's in a great place to cast aspersions on that, given that he's done more for the greater good and suchlike that google has. I mean, it's self-evident.

etc.

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