* Posts by Dan 55

3591 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

SourceForge accused of shackling GIMP in kinky adware

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FAIL

Good monetising plan

1. Add adware installer wrappers to software.

2. Annoy end users.

3. Developers leave SourceForge.

4. Take over developers' accounts.

5. Add adware installer wrappers to newer versions of software now hosted elsewhere.

6. Annoy end users.

7. ???

8. Profit!

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: Dan 55 Robocop

Since when have the police or highway agency been reticent in closing an A road? And suddenly now they need to bring out 20 armed police and a helicopter to gun down a cow. I hope the farmer's been reimbursed market value.

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Robocop

I'd hate to see what this lot would manage to do if let loose in India. It'd be a massacre.

Obviously common sense and patience are becoming scarce commodities, especially in law enforcement.

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Win Phone to outgrow smartmobe market for next four years

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Re: Bovine Excrement.

Haven't you got a better job to do, like testing Windows (Phone) 10?

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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She should have provoked a constitutional crisis just for shits and giggles

"My government has expressed the will that it would like to snoop on everybody's communications like the then East German Stasi, I am completely against such a measure and will use every means at my disposal to stop this coming to pass."

In theory Liz has got significant powers and is more than just a puppet with Cameron's hand up the Royal Posterior.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: Past Glories, Revisited

I didn't even realise the post I was replying to was from amfm. What is the world coming to?

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Re: Past Glories, Revisited

Although his presentation leaves something to be desired, he was basically proven right with the Snowdon leaks. What did you expect him to do, say "my work here is done" and retire?

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German watchdog rips off Facebook's thumbs after online fracas

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Re: At least the reg is clear

It's taking the "https is coming real soon" promise made by Reg staff out back and kneecapping it.

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Re: Two step version?

Was going to say the same. Bruce Schneier's website uses them. Really it should be the default, but so should lots of things...

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SNAFU: Blighty's judges not trustworthy, says their own website

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Re: Expired cert does not mean in the clear

Because you now can't tell the difference between a certificate which expired this morning and a false certificate which has been set up to expire early this morning set up by a MITM, both pop up the same warning.

It really should make clear that the identity is correct but the certificate expired a little while ago instead of saying 'ARGH, I don't like this certificate at all'. But then again, this shouldn't really have happened in the first place, the site owner should take certificates seriously. In that way a huge great honking warning when something's wrong is the correct way to get site owners into compliance.

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O2 craps itself on national Blighty holiday as cabinet minister moans: 'Oi, sort it out!'

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Re: Makes a change from EE

I could understand it if the Reg asked 3 some questions but I've got no idea what they hoped to achieve by asking EE.

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Samsung to create industry giant via mega merger with itself

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Re: Fashion, Lesishre and Construction?

That explains who did the user interfaces for products like their televisions, tablets, and phones.

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Blackhat hack trick wallops popular routers

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Re: Checking?

If it's a cross site forgery then it's visiting a sote which opens a frame to the router's DNS admin page via some exploit and changing the settings from there.

A simple way of stopping the attack would be to change the router's IP address to something else other than the default so it can't be targetted as a hard-coded value. And changing the default admin password too, although most of the commentards here should have done that already.

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Sir Jony Ive, chief Apple doodler, promoted – into job he already has

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In his new-old job he gets to travel more, apparently

Perhaps he's tired of being glued down and stuck in the same place.

So are their customers who value a certain amount of upgradability in their iProducts.

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Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

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Re: I was 32 at the time with a young family, and it shows: I look tired and overweight

I'm surprised to see something like that from the mid-90s, it seems a few years out of date.

Now on the other hand, this was entirely of its time...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmTQE6Fl4AA

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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Re: A few points

I think once again it was all or nothing, in Windows graphics and print came together so if you moved one into the kernel you moved the other. There's certainly no speed advantage for printing and a whole world of hurt (crappy blue-screening print drivers).

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"Software changed and improved a lot form those days, otherwise, think about what DOS was capable of doing in 640K RAM and 360K disks..."

I wouldn't just look at MS software though, if you look at what the Mac, ST, and especially the Amiga (all that was missing was memory protection because the hardware didn't allow it) did with less memory over the same period you'll realise it's always MS that does less with more and always later than everybody else. Windows 10 IoT is more of the same.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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You could map the second and successive nombres onto the English-speaking countries middle names but if you ask someone from a Spanish-speaking country what a "nombre medio" is (and I've seen this in web forms) you're going to get a blank look. Just as you can map the apellidos onto a double-barrelled surname which superficially works until a couple marry or have children.

Someone's written a very good essay on the subject here...

http://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-names/

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The 4% of Spanish speakers who got their father's middle name right, according to Google, are using made-up answers because Spanish and Spanish-speaking South Americans don't have middle names.

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Nokia getting there with HERE as rivals talk up price

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Users expect maps to be free?

If we're talking about the Android and iOS apps then people would be willing to pay for traffic, multi-country maps, and hi-fi voices. But really end users don't bring in a lot of profit, it's the companies who licence the maps. It's not as if Google Maps is free for licencees either.

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Spotify smashing new media paradigms with something called ‘video’

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Of course they want video. The licensing is completely different, video is flat rate and music is per reproduction. I bet soon every song will be reproduced as a video, the size of a postage stamp and shoved in the corner of the screen.

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

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Big Brother

And other people's URLs

"Google Tone temporarily stores a URL on Google’s servers"

Of course they need to do this to work out which browsers are in the same room. They can't help themselves, they need to know every last thing on matter how inconsequential it is.

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'Millions' of routers open to absurdly outdated NetUSB hijack

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Re: Nope

Depends. First the router database on dd-wrt is absurdly out of date so if you want an up-to-date build you need to download one from the ftp site. If you want to do that you have to read the forums to see how a modern build did with your router because many builds have something wrong with them on certain routers.

Secondly the firewall may block testing of the WAN IP from inside the LAN. You may have to trust a third party (Steve Gibson probably).

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

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Happy

You say that like it's a bad thing.

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Steve Jobs movie gets October release date

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Re: Not another one!

I'm surprised Morgan Freeman hasn't played Jobs yet, he does a good messiah.

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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

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Re: Read the statement carefully

Out of all the changes made to the CMA, Section 10 seems the most likely candidate...

10 Saving for certain law enforcement powers.

Section 1(1) above has effect without prejudice to the operation—

(a)in England and Wales of any enactment relating to powers of inspection, search or seizure; and

(b)in Scotland of any enactment or rule of law relating to powers of examination, search or seizure.

[F1and nothing designed to indicate a withholding of consent to access to any program or data from persons as enforcement officers shall have effect to make access unauthorised for the purposes of the said section 1(1).

In this section “enforcement officer” means a constable or other person charged with the duty of investigating offences; and withholding consent from a person “as” an enforcement officer of any description includes the operation, by the person entitled to control access, of rules whereby enforcement officers of that description are, as such, disqualified from membership of a class of persons who are authorised to have access.]

For reference, Section 1.

It's so loosely defined that the TV Licence man could legally hack into your computer if they wanted to. And spooks, of course. Perhaps the disingenuous statement means there's nothing that specifically names the intelligence services, but they certainly fall within the scope of this change.

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

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Re: The logic professor at Edinburgh ...

"Hello, *name* congratulations on your *degree* "

Did he have a problem binding variables to SQL parameters?

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Re: Worse case scenario...

No, the suspicion model was WGA...

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Re: Worse case scenario...

Only none of what I've said actually conflicts with MS' statements on the matter, either this one or the last. In fact there are more conflicts between their two statements than there are between my post and those two statements taken in turn. They're not being at all clear on their pricing structure and it shouldn't be this difficult to clarify it, at least for consumer versions of Windows.

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Worse case scenario...

Those who upgraded for free from 7 or 8 will be a dying species, owning their OS outright. Everyone else (pirates, new owners, people who want to upgrade from Home to Pro/Business/Enterprise/Ultimate) will be herded towards a subscription model.

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Wrestling with Microsoft's Nano Server preview

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So it's so stripped down that none of the usual Windows management tools work and it doesn't support their own software, only Unix ports.

It's difficult to think of a reason why anyone would go for this or why this even exists.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: One party state

They need backbench loyalty to phrase the referendum question in such a way that the result is that the UK stays in the EU, so beforehand we're going to get some good old nasty party policies that everyone can get behind and drum up party loyalty.

Come back Clegg, all is forgiven.

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Google to extend rogue Chrome add-on ban to OS X

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Re: As an OSX user..

Firefox has an add-on called Clean Links which does just that.

I assume you use Firefox as Chrome is by Google and all.

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You have the right to be forgotten 41.3 per cent of the time says Google

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Facepalm

Finland's data protection registrar has just ruled that a Finnish businessman does not have the right to have information removed from Google just because he thinks it's embarrassing.

However the right to be forgotten originally came about because a Spanish businessman wanted information removed from Google just because he thought it was embarrassing.

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Yes!

(If you pay a nominal monthly subscription fee.)

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Re: Home users

Well it's not as if enterprises haven't waited a few days after Patch Tuesday to see what happens to the guinea pigs anyway.

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Home routers co-opted into self-sustaining DDoS botnet

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If OpenWRT gets pwned you use the software installer page to download the updated module.

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Re: "because ISPs, vendors and users have all disregarded..."

If it's truly random then it's difficult to print something which goes along with the router which tells the user what the default password is, particularly because you won't get genuine entropy until the router has been turned on and had chance to set up wifi and ADSL.

Not allowing outside administrator access to all and sundry using default/predictable passwords would do the trick.

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Re: Possibility

Something a bit simpler surely? I thought the majority of routers supplied by ISPs were set up to receive updates from the ISP, even though in practice they hardly ever push them out.

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'Nokia store? I dunno no Nokia store. This here's a Microsoft Reseller'

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It's for when they start calling third party shops which sell their kit Microsoft Authorised Resellers then close down their own shops...

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

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Re: More reasons to go to PaleMoon or other alternatives

which is all very well until the plugin checks the version of firefox and other magic indicators to check it's running on genuine firefox before decrypting...

It's in a sandbox, it can't check that much.

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Mac and Linux has been 64-bit for ages. For 64-bit on Windows you need the Developer Version (Aurora) for the moment. Classic Theme Restorer will let you go back from a black to a grey skin.

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Re: More reasons to go to PaleMoon or other alternatives

Oops, fail for me, I looked it up and it seems I'm out of date, that's not how Adobe does video DRM nowadays.

Either way, if another plug-in for Firefox can't be done because the plug-in is downloaded from Adobe on demand, a forked version of Firefox can be done to take the output from Adobe's DRM plug-in and stream it to disk. It's all good.

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Re: More reasons to go to PaleMoon or other alternatives

If you mean Adobe's DRM, it's called RTMPE not RTSP and there's software which decrypts it called rtmpdump. Given the heavy lifting has already been done, I doubt it will take very long to make a plug-in for Firefox.

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WTF?

Re: More reasons to go to PaleMoon or other alternatives

RTSP has been around for more than a decade and there are a tonne of tools which save them to disk.

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Re: More reasons to go to PaleMoon or other alternatives

It's exactly the opposite, it's a reason to choose Firefox over everything else. Replace Adobe's plugin with another which, say, writes out a standard mp4 file and you will then be able to see all your legally purchased content on all your devices, current and future.

I'm sure it'll take a while, like DeCSS, but it'll happen.

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MacBooks slimming down with Sammy's new 3D NAND diet pills

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So that's a year's lead time to change the connector and voltages on an EVO 850 so it's all nice and proprietary for the MacBook then.

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Re: TRIM support as well?

Use Trim Enabler which disables kernel signing on Yosemite and enables TRIM. I've got a Yosemite Mac with an EVO 850 and it works fine.

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Snoopers' Charter queen Theresa May returns to Home Office brief

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The Bedroom Tax Man cometh

IDS is also back in the cabinet and he's been given an axe. So the nasty party is back doing what it really wanted to do the first time round and this time there's nothing to stop it, unless some backbench rebels have a crisis of conscience (in which case, why are they in the nasty party in the first place)?

What's David Davis up to by the way, have they buried him in a shallow grave yet?

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Ghost Commander lets you a) select a wildcard pattern or b) search for a date range or other criteria and select all the search results then once you've done that you can copy or move the selection to the other pane.

It's a bit fiddly though, if I can I use the Cyanogenmod File Manager or Explorer instead, however they can't do selecting like Ghost Commander can.

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