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Android gets tipsy on Wine, runs WINDOWS apps

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Re: This is not about phones

The host instruction set shouldn't matter. From what I can tell it's running on an Android emulator, and is working to translate Win API calls to Android API calls. This isn't new, there was a version of WINE running on Mac PowerPCs before they switched to x86 (DarWINE?)

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Twitter clients stay signed in with pre-breach passwords

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Yup. But doesn't stop the down-votes flooding in for the same thing I suggested above.

The obligatory analogy - you were given a key to the back door of a house by virtue of showing them you had a front door key. The front door key has now been stolen, but was stolen in a tightly locked box that will take a good deal of effort to break open. So they've changed the front door lock lest that ever happen. The lock for the back door hasn't been compromised, and there's no way to use the stolen front door key to either open the front door, or be granted a new back door key, even if the front door key is broken out of the box.

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Re: There is a very clear risk

"There was no gap between hackers getting the username/password (why wasn't it encrypted - was it?) and twitter locking the accounts?"

Was it encrypted? Yes. The risk was if they ever decrypted it, it would then be worthless.

To revoke the Oauth logins would have revoked it for every user of the app. Crap implementation maybe, but the risk assessment is pretty much zero.

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Re: There is a very clear risk

@Richard 12 - they can't log in as you using one of these apps. New logins aren't accepted, they still require the user/pass combo (which would fail), only pre-existing logins work. These apps are permanently logged in, and don't store passwords on the device, relying instead on this one-time token which was unaffected by the breach. To log in a different app on a different device would require a generation of a new token which would be issued on submission of the correct password, which would no longer work. The article says as much, namely logging out of the Twitter app (destroying the old OAuth token).

The title of the article is misleading "Twitter clients stay signed in with pre-breach passwords", it's not "with" pre-breach passwords. It's with a token unaffected by the breach.

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No security risk?

On first reading, it seems that there isn't an issue. Potentially usernames and passwords were leaked (though salted, and emphasis on "potentially"), which has no bearing on the tokens used by the Twitter API which uses, in effect, a unique one-time password that exists between client and server.

The only criticism is that some affected users wouldn't know they'd been affected, but the only risk to them would be if they shared passwords across different services.

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Pub o' clock comes early for C&W biz customers silenced by titsup phones

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Re: Email that I jut got from CW

"A spare disk? Are they saying they didn't have a HDD onsite for this (assumed) server?"

No, they're saying they've used a spare disk ("the replacement disk has been inserted into the Glasgow machine") and are sending a replacement for that spare disk. For all you know there are x spare disks on site and they are now down to x-1.

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Space Shuttle Columbia disaster remembered 10 years on

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Re: HSE

I know why RSOs exist, was merely pointing out their existance to demonstrate an accepted risk of the entire stack going wrong, which astronauts are aware of.

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It's thought that at most they would have had 30 seconds of knowledge, when the main hydraulics failed, probably even less. Events up until that point had been nominal. The decompression event that followed loss of hydraulics would have lead to loss of consciousness pretty much instantly.

Unlike the Challenger disaster where it's thought the crew survived until impact, 2 minutes 45 seconds later.

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Re: HSE

Also, I used to know one of the ISS designers (or a designer of an earlier version of it.) She said about the Shuttle - 'You'll never get me in that thing. I've seen the plans.'

There's clearly risk in spaceflight, astronauts know and accept this. As an example, it's a relatively little known fact that the Space Shuttle had a self-destruct mechanism (utilised in the Challenger disaster) controlled by the Range Safety Officer.

What astronauts probably don't expect and expect though, is that the risks are really poorly managed in the case of both shuttle disasters.

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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Re: ...

@Stratman - no idea who'd vote you down for a square being a rectangle?? A square is also a parallelogram and a quadrilateral. And a polygon for that matter. And a closed polygonal chain :-)

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Re: What next?

"No other shop will be able to have smug looking "cool" staff wandering around doing anything other than actually selling anything."

Abercrombie & Fitch got there waaaay before Apple did on that front.

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Re: Prior art ?

Yes but their tables are perpendicular to the wall, instead of parallel. Phew!

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Christ, even Gap has a similar layout to this.

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Apple blocks Java on the Mac over security concerns

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"(with the obligatory offers to install crapware at the same time)."

Urgh, that. 100x that. Not so much that it offers, but that the Yahoo (!) tool bar is selected for install by default is beyond annoying.

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ESA proposes 3D printing on the moon

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Re: Inflatable

I think it is based on inflatable buildings, and they are spraying it with some form of cement - that's what the "printer" is doing - but a cement made of moon rock.

The difference is all they need to take to the moon is the binding agent, the base material is free in effect.

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Commentards Ahoy! How about a Petabyte of storage?

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I missed out the other condition as it was less relevant, but it also has to support 1.4kN point weight, so you'll be fine standing on one foot ;-)

And yes, as pointed out already 400kg would be fine in a room, but only if it were spread out over the whole floor, which it probably wouldn't be. And it won't necessarily happen the instant you subject it to that weight.

Source, BS 6399:

http://totalglassfittings.co.uk/upload/file/bs_6399_part_1_loadings_for_buildings.pdf

You'll see in that doc that server rooms have to be rated to 3.5kN/m^s and 4.5kN point weight - about 3x the strength of a domestic floor.

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Re: I'm floored

400kg, or 4kN approximately is a lot, depending on how it's sited. A residential floor needs to be able to support 1.5kN/m^2 (BS6399). Say it's all mounted in a single 19-inch, about 0.6m x 0.6m means it's generating a load of 11kN/m^2, which is substantially over that limit.

I don't worry about entering a room with 4 people in there, but equally I don't stand in the same area as all 4 of them. As long as the room is over 2.7m^2, then you'll be fine. And fitting 5 people in a room that small isn't that common.

Not to say it wouldn't be a problem, but certainly don't bank on it.

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Exciting

I'm considering myself to now be a freelance journalist. I eagerly sit by the letterbox awaiting my cheque.

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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"Were there any stickers on those machines with "Designed For Linux" on them?"

Probably not, were there any stickers on it that said "designed for Windows" on it? I've not seen them for some time. The only ones I see are "Windows 7", telling you what software is on it at shipping, or "certified for Windows 8". None of them say "Can only run Windows 7" which would be a strange thing to put on an x86-64 machine. Presumably your understanding would be that it can't run Windows Vista either?

"Yeah, I put diesel in my petrol tank ... guess what?"

No, the closest analogy is you put Shell petrol in a Ford Focus, when the sticker on the cap now says "Ford recommends BP"

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Re: There is a simple fix

Dear AC

"I'm sorry, please explain to me why Samsung now have to fix a buggy Linux kernel driver." Because a) they wrote it, and b) it's not that they need to fix, it's the crappy laptop that allows its firmware to be vaped by a software error.

"Did Samsung write it?"

As stated many times, yes, in this insance, but even if they hadn't they would still be responsible for building a laptop that doesn't fail to protect its firmware.

Is that so hard to understand?

Signed,

a non-Linux user.

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Re: Schadenfreude

"Downvoter humour fail!"

It's probably more people have assumed that Eadon has found the "post anonymously" checkbox.

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'Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

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Re: Spin This

Some people still remember the nuclear "too cheap to meter" promise...

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LOHAN teases with quick flash of spaceplane

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Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator

Low Orbit *Hydrogen* Assisted Navigator. My one man campaign to update the name continues... :-)

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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Re: "The ribbon makes more features visible"

@Fuzz - nope, this was a menu shortcut. It's gone. Asking on the MS forums results in an MVP telling you the convoluted option as if it were an obvious replacement.

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Re: "The ribbon makes more features visible"

I'm convinced the ribbon is designed to punish those who predominantly use a keyboard. As an example, pre-ribbon to quickly accept an Outlook invite you'd press alt+c, the "c" being handily underlined in case you forget. Hitting enter sent the confirmation (or the arrows let you change the default behaviour).

In post-ribbon, I press alt (lo, the letters appear), then H (to select the "Meeting" tab, naturally the H is silent), then C, then E, S or D to edit, send, or don't send a response.

So from alt-C (with visual clue already there), enter. To alt <pause>, H, <pause>, C, <pause>, E, S, D. Thanks MS, it's now quicker for me to move off the keyboard and use the mouse.

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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El Reg *exists* to bash Apple

Satirically true, but it's a ballsy move to criticise the iPad by praising the Surface Pro! ;-)

It's sadly a symptom of the public's perception that the iPad *is* the tablet form, and have set expectations against it. TBH, I'd assumed that android tablets suffered the same storage conundrum, my HTC Desire did anyway.

No-one bats an eye at your PC coming with 20GB of storage taken up by the OS and apps. Hell, no-one bats at your 500GB hard drive actually being ~475GiB.

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Apple confirms 128GB iPad. A hundred bucks for an extra 64GB

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Re: "without needing their old PCs"

Yeah, I was wondering who would be doing CAD and 3D design on an iPad of all things.

Plus, how are we transferring that 128GB onto it? Oh that's right, via wireless (pffft) or a USB2/iTunes combo. Great, get right on that.

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Who ate all the Pis?

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Re: Just clicked through that link..

" any thoughts on how Maplin will survive the year with this kind of pricing?"

Yeah, just selling a couple of those DVI/HDMI adaptors will probably see them through 2013!

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Re: My PI

"The HDMI cable is stupidly expensive"

It's really not. Get it for about a couple of quid, five if you're in the mood for luxury.

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Just clicked through that link..

TWENTY THREE QUID FOR AN HDMI/DVI ADAPTER????

I know Maplin can be expensive, but that's taking it to new levels. Apparently its connectors are 24K gold. I'd expect the whole thing to be gold plated for that price.

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

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Re: That really is a massive fail

"So a quick bit of maths shows that at most only 0.005649% of iPhone iOS6 users are impacted by this and are so upset by it that they've found their to the Apple website forum to complain about it."

Well, no, because you're excluding the people who don't know that it happens, those that don't know of that website to post a complaint about it, and those who have just taken it back to Apple and had a replacement. I'd bet that a fair number of iPhone users don't know that they have wifi, or how to connect it. SWMBO doesn't, certainly.

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Re: Hmmmm

Probably. The part that's targetted with the hairdryer is where all the various connecters join the mainboard (camera, aerial, screen etc)

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Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed

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Re: My mum gets worse than any of this

"My mother who lives 3 miles south of Chesterfield, 100 metres from the A61, the main artery in North Derbyshire, manages to get 250Kbits per second tops."

You say 100m from the A61 as if that should somehow dictate where BT site their exchanges ;-)

Sadly, more often than not, being colocated with big pieces of infrastructure like train lines and arterial roads inhibits your broadband speed, as the BT line will likely have to circumnavigate it, dramatically lengthening your line.

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Re: Backend Throughput

"Pay for a premium ISP and you shouldn't experience this fluctuating throughput."

And for the seven billionth time, that's not an option for everyone, particularly those that don't have an LLU or 21CN exchange.

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Re: The joys of rural existence.

"Why will BT not use ADSL repeaters?"

Cost and the hassle of getting power to the repeater(s). Even FTTC infrastructure would probably end up cheaper.

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Microsoft teases possible Jan. 29 launch for Office 2013

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Re: Marketing without foundation

"I read a study once that even reasonably knowledgeable users, use only about 7% of Excels capabilites. I presume that with word it is not much different."

If it was the *same* 7% Excel's capabilities then that would be a point worth noting...

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Re: Jan. 29 launch for Office 2013 ...

"The retail version of Office 2013 has been available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers since October."

Maybe you've managed it via the magical way that was pointed out in the fecking article?

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China may axe 13-year console ban, games OK for kids after all

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Re: What's the difference...

@sabroni, I doff my hat to you. Have a pint.

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Helium: Can it prevent the onset of Shingles?

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Re: Helium supply

"At least, until the deuterium runs out."

ONCE AND FOR ALL!

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More platters

"This opens the way to having more platters in a standard drive enclosure, seven instead of four in a present day 4TB, 3.5-inch form factor drive, giving you 75 per cent more capacity and no diminution in write speed"

Even better than no diminution (great word, aiming to use it in the real world today) in write speed, if managed correctly it can lead to an increase in read/write speed too.

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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Re: With any luck .....

This is the same Lawrence Kasdan who did Dreamcatcher :-\ Granted the book was terrible too, but it's still worth noting

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"It wasn't called ST 9"

*cough* XI =/= 9. But your post still stands :-)

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Brilliant

Looking forward to see the opening crawl complete with lens flare

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Apple 'dismayed' to find over 100 kids building its iDevices

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Re: Could this be translated into sales ?

"I would be quite happy to pay extra for things that are not built in the dodgy parts of the far east"

Buy a Lumia then, made in Finland.

The thing to remember is that the US and UK probably couldn't bring their manufacturing back from the Far East any more. All the skills that could make this stuff have long gone or never existed (in today's scales) in the first place.

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Re: Well

"Enjoy your slave-labour products, iTards. Do they come with the salty tang of childrens' tears?"

So where do you think HTC, Samsung or LG phones come from? Do they have the salty tang of childrens' [sic] tears?

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Broadband ESSENTIAL to life, titsup ISPs must cough up - court

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Re: Not about a refund

"Therefore, in addition to a refund, claimant was awarded the costs for a comparable DSL line according to market prices as the ISP failed to provide the line as it was obliged."

I'm confused, they gave him his money back, and the same again to go and buy a different DSL service? So they (effectively) gave him free internet? Doesn't quite stack up in that case, they've already given him the costs of a comparable DSL line - his money back.

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Consumer SLAs

Not sure about the rest of the ISPs, but mine offers my money back for 5 days of outage.

"Compensation" is a tricky word. In contract terms, it's liquidated damages, but generally you have to show that any costs incurred by the plaintive were reasonable and expected. On a consumer-level ISP, it's hard to show that any financial loss could be incurred.

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Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 INTO BOOZE

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Re: I applaud these efforts

"Makes a million times more sense than "carbon capture and storage" which is the worst idea I've ever heard."

Sort of. The carbon will still exist in our ecosystem and presumably released again when we use the methanol for fuel. We've inadvertantly released more carbon from the earth than would normally happen, so it's worth trying to get some of it back in again, surely.

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Re: Hmm...

".a wind turbine should be able to exceed 0.2% efficiency. Could that be harnessed via this gizmo to produce methanol/ethanol/something?"

This would certainly explain why Scotland's government is so keen on having the largest wind farms in Europe. Free energy and booze?

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LOHAN premieres intimate REHAB vid

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Re: So you've lost one playmonaut...

Really awful line on Family Guy the other week, while trying to help the Griffins get back to earth after accidentally launching them into orbit on a shuttle, NASA reassure them over the radio:

"don't worry, we're pretty good at this - we're like 6 for 8"

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