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* Posts by Dan 55

2252 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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Mushroom

Hopefully El Reg will continue the theme and publish an article about Matamoros ("Kill the arabs" or "arab killer") in Mexico. Matamoros is also a Spanish last name.

Can't be seen to show favouritism, after all.

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Microsoft reissues Windows 8.1 Update for enterprise customers

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Re: Windows' Future in the Enterprise

They've ported the kernel to mobile, ARM tablet, and XBox so there must still be some expertise there.

However the walled garden and the update release schedule are both completely unsuitable for enterprise. Either they split Windows into consumer and enterprise or they'll end up pushing businesses over to alternatives.

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Re: Well that's all well and good, but...

But a timescale of 1 month doesn't allow for that...

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Re: Well that's all well and good, but...

Unless they've decided to make it automatic at the end of the month, Microsoft have just shot themselves in the foot again over Windows 8.

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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Well

At least it's an improvement on the adverts featuring people with little hands holding an iPhone with both of them.

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OpenSSL bug hunt: Find NEXT Heartbleed, earn $$$ – if enough people donate cash

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Wouldn't it have been better to crowdfund a full audit for OpenSSL, like TrueCrypt, instead of just offering a bug bounty?

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This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices

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Re: Meh

"... even if it's also trying to push it a bit too far to allow Windows only."

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Re: why would I want this?

It doesn't even have to be free, if you want you can also buy full office packages which come without a best before date for less than the price of the yearly tithe to the Lord of Redmond.

The genie's out of the bottle, people know there are very usable alternatives.

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Wall St's DROOLING as Twitter GULPS DOWN analytics firm Gnip

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Snakeoil

Thanks to Gnip I know that everybody's selling it, from Twitter to Wall Street!

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Heartbleed vuln under ACTIVE ATTACK as hackers map soft spots

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Re: And pray that nobody used a web admin interface

Well... two people have found the key so far. One with 2.5 million requests and another with 100,000 requests.

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Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68

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Unhappy

RIP

I and the Norwegian Leather Industry will miss you.

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Re: Could not have timed it better

Of course they can afford it. They just need to cut back on other things, like building the Matrix.

I'd much rather have a good old-fashioned space race, it's of much more benefit to humanity.

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Ye Bug List

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Re: New mobile layout

- Stories which are off the main theregister.co.uk site don't load from the main page (e.g. "Biz PC market's looking healthy – but is it just an XPocalypse bounce?" on Channel Register).

- Firefox on Android seems to get a bit confused regarding the back/forwards control and story links in other tabs.

- Don't like the smaller comment icons. Bah, humbug.

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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WTF?

Analyst funnyman

Apple could make $63bn if it makes its own version of the Surface RT, which cost nearly $1bn for MS to write off.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Re: What is heartbeat used for?

I imagine the idea was to allow the client to put an internal ID, time, or similar in the request which could then picked back up by the client from the response so that a decision may be taken about that particular connection.

Next huge Internet exploit next week: "A malicious server could craft a fake heartbeat response which crashes all clients connecting running library x..."

It would probably have better just to design the thing to send back a ping without any data.

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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Re: I assume ...

Doesn't matter what format the card's in, device manufacturers still need to pay licences to use exFAT just like they do with FAT32 + long filenames.

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Re: I assume ...

Ok, limiting 'nothing' to Android mobiles, considering the story and the list of manufacturers that MS is going after.

Cameras/camcorders can easily get around FAT issues, all they have to do is save every photo to the SD card with an 8.3 format name. MS has a patent on devices understanding long format names.

Some argue that if the device reads or writes long file names but not both then it's not covered by the patent, I suppose that depends on how lucky the device manufacturer's lawyers feel.

Like someone else said, UDF might also be an answer. If anyone could push it it's probably Google with but it seems like they've already decided on removing SD card support and using MTP and cloud drives.

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Re: I assume ...

Doubt it's exFAT or any kind of FAT, practically nothing accepts SD cards any more and if you plug a USB cable into an Android phone it uses MTP not mass storage so the computer doesn't care what filesystem is on the phone.

Maybe it's MTP that MS is bludgeoning Android manufacturers over the head with.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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They haven't deserted religion

They've just used the Internet to discover the ultimate truth in the universe and converted to Pastafarianism.

May you all be touched forever by His Noodly Appendage.

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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FAIL

Server-side authentication

MS have heard of it...

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Re: Free?

How will it make money?

In the short term, the continued survival of WP as a platform (they hope).

In the longer term, if this is not some temporary never-to-be-repeated-again offer to get them through a rough patch, they'll be making money out of services like Google does (see their new motto "Cloud First").

So that makes all the big three mobile OSes data slurpers. Great.

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Google to Supremes: End this Street View fight once and for all

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Odd line of argument

I've always thought it was security professionals who worked for the company owning the networks they were securing and hackers who didn't and tried to get in from outside.

It can't make legal precedent, if it does then all anyone who's up to no good with someone else's network has to do in the future is cite this case.

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Steelie Neelie secures MEPs' support for 'net neutrality' – in principle

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Nick Clegg's all for the EU removing roaming charges

So I'm sure we've seen the last of them and other charges won't go up.

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

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Re: Upgrade cycle

If you saved the documents as ODFs from within Word, and the ODF spec says that feature is supported but OO/LO opens it wrong, then that's a problem with Word not being able to save ODFs right.

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Re: Upgrade cycle

The vast majority of the bespoke software would be ActiveX on IE8 (or worse, 7 or 6). It needs to be replaced with Java or, better still, server-side, then it doesn't matter one jot about what the client is running. If it's server-side then the client can even be thin.

Everything needs to be as portable and standard and protocol-neutral as possible, so if any one supplier (not just MS) tries to do a trick like this they're not painted into this corner again and can change that piece of the system for something else. As an example, why do you think MS opposes the government announcing that they're going to save Word Documents in ODF even though Word more-or-less copes with ODF?

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Re: Wasting taxpayer's money again

5.5 million is easy money to carry on supplying patches to XP and one year of support is not enough time to get off the Microsoft drug and MS know it, it's just putting off the inevitable.

Meanwhile in Spain they've decided to migrate straight from XP to 8.1 which is going to be a white-knuckle ride. http://hispalinux.es/node/767 (Spanish)

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'Good job, NSA! You turned Yahoo! into an encryption beast'

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Re: How long ?

Can't do that with PFS. Each session has a different encryption key.

Well done Yahoo (never thought I'd say that)...

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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Re: Curious

... and perhaps not naked (see link in story).

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Re: You MS haters are amusing!

Two whole months ago?

No, he's just got to mangle the date for Access.

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What took you so long Apple? 26 remote exec bugs die in OS X Safari

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Re: Yet no updates for many working apples

No update here and I'm on Mountain Lion. For some reason Safari is stuck on 6.0.5 which was from June last year. Not that I use it, but something else might use the WebKit engine.

But Apple have never been that good at security updates, they even disclose vulnerabilities as they are found on their website but wait ages to package up all the updates together to maintain the illusion that it hardly ever needs security updates.

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

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WTF?

"unlimited content for kids aged 3 to 8 at a cost of $2.99 per youngster"

Are the Clockwork Orange-style eye openers and restraining seat included in that $2.99 price?

How can they know how many children there are in the family or restrict content from kids which haven't got a subscription? Seems a silly way of pricing things.

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SmartTV, dumb vuln: Philips hard-codes Miracast passwords

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Meh

When my CRT finally dies...

I'll probably end up getting a monitor with built-in TV tuner.

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Apple poking at idea of bayonet phone fittings

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Re: a patent on a bayonet fitting?

... but on a phone!

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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Something which would differentiate on Android would be a good old-fashioned sync program which a) works and b) syncs to the PC/Mac without any cloud nonsense in the middle. Shame nobody's got the message yet.

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Chinese patent app tries to own Wine on ARM

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Re: Hold your horses ....

Wouldn't that be for a court to find?

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Re: Hold your horses ....

... and the patent was filed on 24th of June 2011 (and worse, granted).

http://www.google.com/patents/CN102364433B?cl=en

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This is an elaborate April fool's joke, isn't it?

Looking at the end of the patent...

"The above are only preferred embodiments of the present invention, but the scope of the present invention is not limited thereto. Any person skilled in the art within the technical scope of the present disclosure, may be appropriately changed or changes, and such changes or variations are encompassed within the scope of the present invention."

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Re: Shame about scanning emails to target advertising though

There was advertising-supported webmail before gmail. Having advertising-supported webmail does not mean that your e-mail must be scanned.

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Shame about scanning emails to target advertising though

Everything went downhill from then on.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/07/google_nsa_intercepts_the_register_forecast_9_years_ago/

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Disagree, it's a 5(3) matter

It's not a straight copy, it's making it available on another format that it wasn't previously available on.

And in the unlikely event that someone ever gets taken to court over format shifting under the new law (I don't think anyone has under the current act either), that's what would be argued and that's what the judge would find because anything else would criminalise something which the whole country does anyway.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Good for FPSes

After you shoot the enemy in the foot they apologise to you for getting shot.

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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Re: Well

I think I'd rather have Vista than Windows 8.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Re: Colour?

... but instead they passed the buck to the Unicode consortium and will probably end up adding a few thousand more emoticons to the standard.

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Argh, nooo...

Android's default character set support is a robot pulling faces. This is humanist. We need to duplicate all robot faces with the exact same human faces and fill up more code points.

The race of the emoji depends on the font used to display the code point, not the code point itself. Apple could vary the emoji's race depending on the language or country.

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

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Subsidy

Airtime and phone subsidy really need to be separated into two different contracts, and when you get to the end of your year, year-and-a-half, or two years of subsidy you automatically get a 'discount' (i.e. you only pay airtime).

The bloke from Three says that prices would only need to rise to cover the cost of a cappuccino but in fact the cost of airtime should fall as, if done properly, the extra 'dark pricing' charges that pay would be part of the subsidy, not airtime.

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

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More of this please MS

Now the community can look for that RTF bug in the source for WFW 1.1 and maybe get a patch out for Word 2003-2007-2010-2013 before MS does.

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GSMA: EU net neutrality reforms are the enemy of business

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Heh

GSM was a standard initially mandated by several European bodies and governments. But now we can't have any interference, oh no.

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

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I bet if you fired up a VM with Windows 3.1 and ran WFW 2.0 the same bug would still be there...

(But at least the UI would be better than Word 2013.)

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Google grabs Gmail-using HTTPS refuseniks and coats them with SSL

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Re: Encrypt it all by default

Calomel for Firefox shows how secure encrypted connections are.

Google's got all the bells (PFS, SHA-256). Oddly enough banks in general are fairly insecure.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/calomel-ssl-validation/

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Headmaster

"as you’re packing in less lines of code that’s serving simply as plumbing."

Fewer!

And I don't like the look of "that's" either.

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