* Posts by Dan 55

3064 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Thailand: 'The nail that sticks up gets hammered down'

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Don't stick your neck out.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Re: Computer says yes

I use the three big desktop OSes. I dislike them all equally but not as much as meeja types or Mail.app. I believe there are others who don't like them either.

So there you go, fake copyright claims, meeja types, and Mail.app. All things I dislike.

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Computer says yes

They're meeja types browsing YouTube from their Macs, they believe everything the iShiny tells them. At least they managed to reply so it means they're not using Mail.app.

All hail the content-driven economy. This is the future.

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Leaked doc: Europe's justice chiefs forming plans to cosy up to ISPs

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Re: I don't get it.

It doesn't. Everyone's adding their bright idea onto the wishlist on the back of a tragedy.

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MS got a request for data over the Charlie Hebdo attacks

And they gave the data in 45 minutes, including checking if the claim was legal (which it was).

The current system works. There is no need for these powers.

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? Well ... not so fast

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Re: Low end will probably be dropped

Lately they seem to be targeting low-end handsets and forgetting about the high end so they'd be silly to make a phone OS that only plays well with high-end hardware. Probably the first generation of Lumia handsets will get left out.

It seems if they can drop an architecture they will (e.g. ARM tablets) because it's too much work to get Windows 10 to run everywhere. Remember it's just Windows (Phone) 8 with a coat of paint. If they start launching Lumia phones with Intel SoCs then they're in full retreat from Windows 10 for ARM devices.

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SURPRISE! Microsoft ships next Windows 10 Preview build early

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Re: Be fair

Thousands, imagine the first high level meetings with everyone sat in front of a powerpoint demo with loads of different coloured shop icons right through to the last ones with 50 shades of grey.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: Stallone

I won't have a word said against Bad Taste.

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Re: Computer Games Movies

Resident Evil starts off okay but by four and five turns into Excrement Drivel. They never happened.

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Re: I nominate

Too easy, anything with Nicholas Cage in is a guarantee of highest quality natural fertilizer.

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Re: Devil

The ones where the trees shake in the wind drive people to suicide was an MNS one wasn't it?

It's that shit I've forgotten its name.

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Is Windows RT not invited to Windows 10 upgrade party?

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Re: ARM vs ATOM

RT was only an anacronism because it was so nobbled in the first place. If they didn't lock it down and instead let it run proper desktop apps on ARM (instead of some bodge for Office RT) then it would have sold more. If they had put some kind of emulation layer on for simple apps that use the GUI and wait for input then it would have sold a lot more.

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Windows in all the usual places, not everywhere...

They've only got Windows to go everywhere by dropping ARM for tablet devices and relying on Intel to subsidise Atom. Intel's subsidies aren't going to last forever though.

And it's proof that under the hood it's as much held together by rubber bands and paperclips as Windows 8 is. If it were otherwise they could press a button and have yet another build to go alongside Windows 10 for Atom tablets and Windows 10 for ARM phones.

That's marketing for you.

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Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

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Re: yes

I suppose you fudge it to iPad or maybe Safari on Mac.

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Free Windows 10 could mean DOOM for Microsoft, and the PC biz

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Stop and think a bit, please...

It means that if you hit the download button from a Windows 7/8/8.1 machine and the date is between the launch date and the launch date + 12 months then it the cost is $0. Otherwise there will be a price attached.

"We will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device" - just like XP/Vista/7/8/8.1.

If you think it's going to lock up after 12 months and ask you for your credit card number like Cryptolocker then you're barking up the wrong tree. It's just not legally possible to do that, the Windows you've got now is yours and can't be taken off you.

What they may possibly do is charge for updates after the initial support period is over, like many people said should have been done with Windows XP when it was EOL'd.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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You, there...

What is the meaning of this 'hero' image?

Come on, explain the joke for the rest of us. We're all waiting to hear it.

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Your anonymous code contributions probably aren't: boffins

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Re: @Dan 55 (was: C++ ...)

All code should be fast and, especially these days, secure. If the code doesn't have to hit the hardware it then is in all probability easier to write and maintain in C++ than C.

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Re: C++ ...

RAII says you're wrong.

Maybe a kernel requires C because it acts as the intermediary between hardware and the rest of the system and it's better to stick with tried and tested code than change everything to C++ just for the sake of it, but the average program does not.

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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To El Reg: Re: Huge image of Bart Simspson

Why? Have you had a meeting and decided you don't need a readership or something?

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Re: Danger Will Robinson?

They cannot suddenly switch an OS that you bought or came with your computer to a rental model. As well as being illegal in the western world and getting them sued into bankrupcy, there'd be an avalanche of Wintel landfill when the 12 months are up.

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Re: 'Windows as a service'

Of course he's not heartbroken losing customers, if he were he'd be on his fifth transplant by now.

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Re: I'm free!

XP isn't getting a free upgrade because of hardware specs and there's still real money to be made with updates and support contracts.

What about people with Vista though? It's practically Windows 7 once the Platform Update has been installed, the install base isn't that high, yet MS still can't resist giving them another poke in the eye.

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Ad agency Turn turns off Verizon's zombie cookies

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Header noise

Has anyone tested putting one or more fake Verizon headers in the HTTP headers in the client request? There are Chrome and Firefox add-ons which let you furtle with them.

Maybe Verizon doesn't overwrite them all and the end result is several Verizon headers and with luck advertising companies will pick the wrong one.

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Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL

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Re: Self Importance?

I think AC's point was it's 'da Gama'.

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Video nasty: Two big bugs in VLC media player's core library

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Couldn't we have had The Coneheads at least?

So much image space, so little idea of what to do with it...

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Re: Responsible security research, he's heard of it

VideoLAN probably didn't open a bug upstream because there was no need to, the bug was already fixed in the later version of libavcodec.

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Responsible security research, he's heard of it

So, he didn't try the latest VideoLAN build where he would have found that the bugs weren't there, he didn't report the bugs to the right people (FFmpeg for avcodec instead of VideoLAN), and then he let the world and dog know about it maybe because otherwise he wouldn't get the glory.

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NSA: We're in YOUR BOTNET

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Re: NSA says hacking other countries' computers is A-OK

North Korea vindicated or North Korea's computers completely owned and used to launch attacks from?

Sony are Japanese anyway. Acceptable collateral damage.

Two years ago this would have been high level tinfoil hattery, now it sounds perfectly plausible.

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DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox

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"If you are older, disabled or vulnerable then don't let us know otherwise we'll know you're a weaker member of society and put random charges on your bills."

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Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

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Mac Firefox finally has HTML5 video in H.264 in version 35, which is nice.

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Re: Have they enabled look like Firefox yet?

Any retreat on version 12? Maybe there's someone out there with M1 who says it all went downhill from there.

Still, I'm sure the antivirus will make up for having an unpatched browser (Norton since before the Semantic takeover I suppose).

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Re: newtabpage still borked

Try the 'New Tab Tools' add-on.

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Lloyds supplier payments TITSUP: What, you want MONEY from a BANK?

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I'm shocked, shocked...

Crappy bank which doesn't realise how important IT is doesn't pay IT suppliers on time.

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Ski MOUNT DOOM or take top coffee to the beach? Your choice

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That safety video

Seat belt signs are eliminated? What have they done to deserve that?

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Dongle bingle makes two MEELLION cars open to exploit

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Re: Oh No, Flo!

And it's actually legal for an insurance company to foist something like that onto their customers.

Isn't there a law against that somewhere, just as there would be if a car more-often-than-not fell to pieces within a year. Or are we all expected to put up with shoddy IoT crap for the next 20 years because politicians have their e-mails printed out for them and have no idea about legislating in this area?

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Alabama tops US teacher-pupil sex league

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Re: Skewed

Stop this outrageous nanny state interference in family affairs!

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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In the UK, wiretaps are not allowed as evidence in court

And until they are, any additional powers the government try to push through are more about grabbing power and less about bringing criminals to justice.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Re: Google just violated this law this morning

So, to resume, access to your work is hanging by a thread in your Chrome browser's sync data which is intended to replicate data across two or more browsers and not intended as a backup?

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: Scumbag Steve Meme goes here

I thought one of the first things everyone learnt with the shell that if it's an environment variable then it's just as unreliable as user input, but it looks like they skip that lesson these days.

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Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

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Re: EU "law"

More democratic than the UK system? How's that exactly?

Open list PR might be more democratic than FPTP depending on the kind of open list but MEPs in the UK are elected by closed list PR which is far less democratic. You vote for the party and the party hierarchy decides who gets voted in. As someone else said they get a prize for just for turning up.

There's no link to the constituency level so good luck writing to find out their opinion on local issues and if we had general elections using the same system nobody could e.g. stand against Farage in the general elections because he's at the top of his list so will always get in as long as UKIP have enough of a vote at national level.

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US drug squad cops: We snooped on innocent Americans' phone calls too!

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Re: The agency is no longer collecting bulk telephony metadata from US service providers.

New programme, copy the data from the old programme, close down the old programme, carry on with the new programme, Bob's your uncle...

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US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

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That's after the next election, isn't it?

The yanks are going to have an easy time of it if there's no encryption or big honking government backdoors in every server in the UK.

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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

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Re: About time....

They pushed out a patch for the last issue, perhaps the testing wasn't as thorough as it could have been to do that. Imagine what shit could hit the fan if MS pushed out a patch for this issue which screwed up checking the impersonation level of the token which the caller passed for cached executables (for this is what it does). Would you like it if a load of Windows machines ground to a halt because some key executable couldn't run?

If this were a 0 day discovered in the wild then MS might have pushed out the patch ASAP. But it was Google who discovered it, Google who reported it to MS, Google who should show a bit of responsibility, and Google who made it 0 day by releasing it two days before it was patched in a regular patch cycle. I think most security researchers would have managed to wait till the next release in the patch cycle if they found this bug, if Google are going to behave like blackhats then we might as well pack up and go home.

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Re: Damn, crikey.. <fill in expletive of choice>

Your most important customers are enterprise so you devise a regular patching scheme to keep them happy. Then Google find a bug, notify you, wait for an arbitrary 90 days, decide they can't wait two days longer when the patch comes out, and release an exploit for it.

Either they've all got Aspe's down at Google or the real reason for Project Zero is to kick the competition repeatedly in the balls under a guise of corporate responsibility. It's not even due to their open source background, there are disclosure embargos between major UNIX/Linux distributions until they've all got their patches out.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Maps was built out of acquisitions...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps#Acquisitions

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Warning: Using encrypted email in Spain? Do not pass go, go directly to jail

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Re: Get a grip...

The Spanish criminal justice system is based on Napoleonic Law which is not at all like Common Law. They're not on trial, they're being investigated by the judge and are held in custody while that investigation is taking place. If you're in any further doubt all you need to do is read the news of groups of people being arrested, investigated, then released a few days later when nothing was found.

As for RiseUp, it uses much the same encryption as the major free providers, i.e. IMAP or POP3 encrypted with TLS and StartTLS between the source and to destination email server. Do some investigating yourself and look at their website.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Blade Runner was the original and the best when it came to infinitely zoomable digital images.

By the way, on a related note...

http://moviecode.tumblr.com/

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Google UK doubles London Kings X mega-office sprawl

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Re: (cough) Tax (cough)

I've heard they use SEPA and pay their salaries to an Irish bank.

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Security? Don't bother until it's needed says RFC

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Not the right way to do this

Hence Dukhovni suggests where suitable (more on “suitable” shortly), the assumption should be reversed: peers assume that their starting point is cleartext, check each others' advertised security capabilities, and incrementally work up to the best security they're both able to support.

STARTTLS does this and can be easily MITM'd. I used to think adding a STARTTLS request was a fast, good and cheap way of securing e-mail in transit between servers, then I changed my mind because the MITM fiddles with the cleartext capabilities list. In hindsight it's totally obvious it wasn't good.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: @AC "11 mins" whatever that means, ElReg (was:Whatever.)

Come on jake, I'm sure you've not got any need for Unicode but even grep does case insensitive.

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