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Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables

Mark #255

somehow able to create a database of customers...

But where on earth would Oracle get such a complex program, this "data-base" of which you speak, from?

And surely it would require an unprecedented level of foresight to allow a company to contact its paying customers over such a newly discovered class of issue (I mean, bugs only gained their name in t the forties).

No, Mr (or Ms) Coward, I feel you are holding this poor, blameless company to altogether a too high standard.

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

Mark #255

Re: about that International "Space" Station...

No, I know the ISS is real: I've seen it on The Big Bang Theory.

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Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't

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Coat

[...] hardware is dragging Oracle down, down, deeper and down.

I guess that's why the status quo couldn't continue.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

Mark #255
Headmaster

Re: The other trick that stumps all hackers

pɹoʍƨƨɐd

Your "s"s have been mirrored, not rotated.

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Has Europe cut the UK adrift on data protection?

Mark #255

Re: Let's be clear on definitions and scope of territories

Plenty of countries in the EEA but not the EU...

Well, if by "plenty" you mean "four": Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland and Norway. And Iceland was on track to join the EU until it went bankrupt.

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

Mark #255

Study not blinded enough

That is released – not announced – so it must come from actual use, rather than just thinking that it isn't quite up to date.

Not necessarily, because it's not a blinded study. It could easily be a placebonocebo effect.

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Recording lawsuit targets Ford, GM in-car CD recorders

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Coat

Hmmmm

I'm wondering how the Audio Home Recording Act applies to cars with internal data storage.

I mean, a PC (not marketed primarily as a ripping device) doesn't fall under the Act, so a car (similarly not marketed primarily as a ripping device) shouldn't either.

Also, if your car is regularly in your home, you're an astonishingly bad driver.

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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

Mark #255

Re: Bad AV

Back when I was green and running Win98SE (but I repeat myself) I installed McAfee's firewall, which was a separate product to the AV program at the time. It ate memory and brought the PC to its knees.

Prejudice, n: Sometimes synonymous with bitterly-won experience.

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

Mark #255

VS Express "free with a valid MSDN account"

This is rather disingenuous of them, since Express is free for anyone.

Unfortunately, it's also worth about what you've paid for it, particularly if you want to use C++ - it cripples the Intellisense (which is one of the more useful bits of the IDE). Evidently they're intent on pushing C#...

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SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud

Mark #255

This old canard...

VHS vs Betamax; VHS won because it was cheap and no one cared for Betamax's quality.

Also, the (original) maximum recording length for NTSC Betamax tapes was 60 minutes. Far fewer people cared for an intermission in their movie than the putative better quality that Betamax's shorter tapes offered.

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

Mark #255

Those MPG numbers...

Hmmm.

91mpg (NEDC).

39mpg (test drive).

That's an even bigger margin than usual, even accepting all the usual caveats (driving enthusiastically, not run in yet, etc).

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Twitter hints at messaging moves

Mark #255

DM fail

The failure I found with DMs was insufferably long delivery times. I'd send a DM to SWMBO, and she'd be notified of it (official Twitter clients for both of us) 30 minutes to an hour later.

It would be marvellous if you're paying per-SMS but can find some free WiFi to scrounge; but the lack-of-instantness killed any claim to instant-messaging.

Of course, it may have changed in the last 30 months.

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Huawei's turnover rockets upwards. Suck on that, US government

Mark #255

Influx of ex-Nokia folk?

Huawei are probably looking forward to an influx of ex-Nokia-Microsoft hardware engineers, since their European HQ nestles in close proximity to the offices of the Lumiatects.

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

Mark #255

Re: Tetra

Yes, TETRA does the funky ad-hoc mesh network setup if your handset can't see a base station; but it does voice and data.

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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

Mark #255

on slogans...

On the whole "devices and services" versus "mobile first, cloud first", I can see very little functional difference between the two. Devices == stuff you can (mostly) carry about, and services == things we can do for you (and we'll do them on our computers and send you the result over them thar Intarwebs).

With apologies to Babylon 5, I think they've had their last, best hope, and it's failed. Yes, they'll be around for a couple of decades to come, but as custodians of a fading empire rather than world be-striding colossi (colossuses?)

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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

Mark #255

time for Netflix to test things properly

So evidently, what is needed is for Netflix to quietly set up some VPNs of their own, and lend them to complaining customers, just to see where the problem is. (Of course, this armchair engineer leaves it as an exercise for the reader to ensure that/maximise the chance that the bits do get shunted down the correct pipes so it's a true test.)

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

Mark #255

Re: Seagate's HQ

It's actually (or it was - they talk about hard drives now) Seagate's preferred spelling. My father (who used to be a purchaser for a now-defunct UK computer manufacturer) has a Seagate T-shirt with a watercolour-esque print of a drive, titled "The Art of the Disc Drive" on its back.

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Mark #255

Seagate's HQ

To bring a slight IT angle, Seagate's old headquarters in Scotts Valley, CA was on Disc Drive.

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We've just unboxed our Google Android Wear. We're not appy

Mark #255

Paid apps tied to specific devices?

Really? I've never encountered this.

(Specifically: Minecraft, and a couple of other games I've bought from the Play Store are happily installed on 4 devices [stock Nexus' and a Moto G, if you were wondering]).

I'd be mightily annoyed if an app I'd bought 'tied' itself to a single device.

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Rockall batters plucky Brit adventurer

Mark #255

Re: "Those seagulls will be start to look awfully tempting soon then"

Ah, is this what the "Report abuse" link is for?

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Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram's images to own bit barns

Mark #255
Coat

I'm sure it costs something to have your advert displayed to $large_number_of_eyeballs.

Or were you thinking of a different end-user?

But yes, their infrastructure is technologically impressive.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

Mark #255

Re: I just don't get it

[...] only practical use is health-based, but just how lazy do you have to be to consider pulling your hand out of your pocket to look at a wrist-strapped screen as being preferable to holding on to your phone as you pull your hand out of your pocket so that you can look at a hand-held screen?

I'd guess that some folk get out-of-breath and sweaty enough that holding a screen becomes significantly more difficult and risky than having one strapped to your wrist.

(There isn't an "oh my $DEITY I'm having a heart attack" icon that I can see)

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Lync users see outages as Microsoft wrangles with network problems

Mark #255
Black Helicopters

obvious

I blame the NSA, of couNO CARRIER***

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'I got a little bit upset by that Register article...' says millionaire model. Bless!

Mark #255
Coat

Re: What about a Mars-obliterating catastrophe?

I need more info.

Would Lion bars be affected at all?

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

Mark #255

Evidently neither of them reads xkcd.

(No, this is not a call to cease all scientific research and rely on xkcd cartoons.)

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Podule-lodged Brit nears two weeks atop ocean peak Rockall

Mark #255

Of Redshanks

Redshanks are wading birds; their typical habitat is shores with lots of sand/silt/mud where they can hunt for wriggly things. Rockall is fairly far removed from that type of environ.

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Twitter for iOS embraces Bing Translate in time for World Cup 2014

Mark #255
Facepalm

Re: I can't believe Appple....

This isn't Apple, it's Twitter.

Twitter on Android also has a bing translate link. Amusingly, it tries to automagically guess when translation is needed; unfortunately, it doesn't exclude URLs, so you get

<cat picture>

_Translate from Romanian_

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The cute things they say

Mark #255
Facepalm

Re: Lost Files

Oh $DEITY.

In Word 2010 you can 'pin' files to the recent files list.

I don't know whether it's awesome or awful that the developers have used Tales of the Lusers to widen their use-cases (luse-cases?)

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

Mark #255

Re: Nut allergy

One course (at Uni) I saw was for Computer Literacy and Information Technology.

The lower-case 'a' was to be retained in all abbreviations, on pain of pain.

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Mark #255

Re: Signs on the reserved parking spaces:

No, no.

Business Development and Strategy Manager

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

Mark #255

Re: This is nice but (@dan1980)

...let a dozen companies infringe and then go after the thirteenth

I daresay a defence of Laches would be swiftly brought in by No 13's lawyers.

(IANAL, TINLA, etc etc)

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

Mark #255

Re: SatNav analogy @theodore

M1: emm one

A59: ay fifty-nine

B247: bee two four seven

(but: A500: ay five-hundred)

A1079: ay ten seventy-nine

are, I believe, typical British pronunciations.

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Mark #255

The version I heard was that the car would end up driving past the highest-bidding advertising hoarding.

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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

Mark #255

Re: CalDAV/CardDAV

Android doesn't have native CalDAV support. That is, the calendar will plug into Google calendar, and into an Exchange server (though I've never needed to try this myself) without further ado, but not CalDAV, unless you install a separate plugin (of which there are several available on the Play store).

And woe betide you if you try to use a simple WebDAV store to save your iCal file on.

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Moto E pops up with £89 price tag – alongside new LTE Moto G cuz

Mark #255

I've got a G...

And it (being the 16GB model) is very nice. Prior to that I had a San Francisco, but its battery wore out, and replacement ones were horrendously poor, and I ran out of space for apps, and it struggled to run them (and I wanted TEH SHINY).

SWMBO has an S3 mini which she's now looking to upgrade (18 months old and suddenly battery life has fallen off a cliff) - the added uSD slot may well convince her to get the "G with LTE".

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Traffic light vulns leave doors wide open to Italian Job-style hacks

Mark #255

Re: Hack away you can't do worse than Bristol City Council

You can probably replace "Bristol" with any other reasonably large town or city. My vote goes for York (20 minutes to travel the half-mile to the A64/A1079 interchange, every weekday evening).

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

Mark #255

Shielding Effectiveness only quoted for the fabric...

So, the material itself provides (according to their indiegogo page, and converted into proper numbers) 70 to 80 dB, which is actually quite reasonable for a woven fabric.

But once you fashion it into a pair of pants, and leave great big holes for the leg and trunk, you'll be lucky to get any level of SE worth bothering about.

Also, measuring the SE in a meaningful way would require a body phantom (full of toxic goo which mimics the body's electromagnetic properties accurately enough), so actually it would be a rather expensive measurement.

So all in all it's a good job that the threats these pants are supposed to mitigate are not actually backed up by credible, peer-reviewed science, since the pants won't actually provide the (implied but strictly speaking not promised) protection.

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Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

Mark #255

Google's small business data sources need work

Wherever Google is getting their info about small businesses and local shops, it tends to be woefully mangled when the business name is based on a person's name. So the registered company name might be "Joe Bloggs Motors Ltd", and Google will list it as "Bloggs Joe Motors". Which is just ugly.

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

Mark #255

Re: BASIC is under-appreciated

I learned BASIC on a BBC Model B, and taught myself about subroutines, loops, control etc. I don't recall using data structures, but the other concepts are, if not universal, certainly widely applicable.

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

Mark #255

Section 3?

Section 3 covers intent to impair.

But seeing if Heartbleed is fixed or not (AFAIAA) does not (a) impair the operation of the computer; (b) prevent or hinder access; or (c) impair program operation or data reliability.

It just gets back random data; so I don't see how S3 applies here. *.

Section 1 (unauthorised access to computer), probably (but IANAL).

* For other types of penetration testing, eg SQL injection, I could see how it could apply.**

** Would changing your name as per little Bobby Tables be an offence under the CMA, I wonder.

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Murdoch says Microsoft needs 'big clean out'

Mark #255
Trollface

Skycrosoft? MicroNewsInt?

I have to say, a mega-corp merger of Sky/NI and Microsoft would allow me to consolidate most of my daily moans of discontent into a single roar of unalloyed ire.

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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Mark #255
Coat

Re: WTF is the point of this thing

... it runs win 7/linux duel boot...

What, they fight each other? To the Pain?

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Win XP usage down but not out as support cutoff deadline looms

Mark #255

Bye-bye, XP

I'm happy to report that my XP netbook (an Asus eeePC) is now running Ubuntu 12.04 as well as it did WinXP. WiFi, webcam, Bluetooth, touchpad, even the 3G dongle Just (F***ing) Worked. Most gratifying.

And for balance, the XP desktop (which does gaming duty) is midway through a transition to Win7 (hurray for eBay, and the Digital River official downloadable Windows ISOs).

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

Mark #255

Re: Causes cancer, prevents cancer...

Ultimately, you're mortal, deal with it.

+1 Depressing.

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Don't look at Maria's SQL, look at MY SQL, pleads Oracle

Mark #255
Unhappy

Re: Cheap swipe

the workbench is a huge improvement over previous tools.

I (foolishly) updated from version 5.something to version 6 and was "rewarded" with a sodding TIFKAM-style abomination.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

Mark #255

I'm afraid this has set off my Poe's Law alarm...

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

Mark #255

Cloth nappies FTW

As long as you're not on a water meter, cloth nappies work out cheaper in the long run (well, they did for us 7 years ago).

Plus you get a seemingly inexhaustible supply of dusters, napkins etc for the following years.

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

Mark #255
WTF?

"electricity meters that talk to the grid to get you the best deals"

Which version of the Smart Meter roll-out is that going to be?

Because I'm fairly sure that the ones being delivered by 2017 or thereabouts aren't required to do anything like that.

And I'm stone-cold certain that no incumbent supplier is going to be offering devices which minimise customer revenue without such requirements.

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

Mark #255
Boffin

Re: Changing passwords

Indeed. Bruce Schneier disagrees with you, El Reg

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