* Posts by Tom 64

173 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009

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Brexit-bored Brits back to bashing the bishop after ballot box blues

Tom 64

Re: Localised

... even after last week's vote, you have that much confidence in the UK population?

Nice to know someone still has faith, mine went out the window.

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Tom 64
Coat

Speaking of Brexit...

If Northern Ireland and Scotland leave the UK, does the remaining political union become known as:

Wangland?

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

Tom 64

Deeply impressive tech.

Given this is running on a Pi, its awesome. All those meaty neurons wasted.

OK, its running a pre-taught AI on the Pi, but its still awesome. Read the PDF for more insights, they basically had an AI train this AI.

I wiser man than myself once remarked:

'Game over, man!'

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Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

Tom 64

Re: Wow.

Pretty sure that isn't all of the fuel, or the flambe would be much larger!

I'm guessing the pilots dumped most of the fuel before landing again

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I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification

Tom 64
Pint

Re: Huh?

Well said.

I happen to work in a Japanese games studio and:

1) There are plenty of talented women in the industry here

2) They aren't completely unaware of the world (at least anymore), and hey they employ immigrants like me

3) There is a lot of hard work and original ideas that go into games (at least in the studio's I've been involved with)

Still have a pint for making me giggle about wales ;)

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Fedora 24 is here. Go ahead – dive in

Tom 64
Boffin

Re: Agree.

Been using fedora since 22 and have been converted. If you want a daily dirver which is very up-to-date and hasstle free, its well worth an install. I'll take this over ubuntu any day.

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How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

Tom 64

Probably fine

As long as your batteries don't short due to seal failure.

Then you'll find yourself in a stalled, rapidly combusting car with some lovely electrolytic gasses, superheated steam and, oh sinking to boot. I think that combination might ruin anyone's day.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

Tom 64
Facepalm

Re: Bank app or TOR?

Well, TOR wont help you much with the digital surveillance angle, I'm afraid.

A lot of the exit nodes for TOR are run by our esteemed security services, precisely so they can surveil usage. If you have used TOR with any regularity, the chances are some of your connection details and possibly content is already on a government HDFS cluster.

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Tim Peake to return to Earth after six months floating around in space

Tom 64
Pint

Re: Hhmmm...

If the cost to the British tax payer really was only £80m, I'd say it was a bargain.

Inspirational stunts like this are good for getting the kids interested in science. Money well spent.

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Friends with benefits: A taxing problem for Ireland in a post-Brexit world

Tom 64

"nations have interests, not friends"

You see, that's the wrong kind of thinking right there.

If you're a greedy, power-mad, xenophobic, sociopathic politician perhaps, yes. To the rest of us, the Europeans are our friends and partners, and we probably quite literally could not get by without them.

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Lester Haines: RIP

Tom 64

The passing of a legend

Lester kept us entertained for a decade and a half, and will be sorely missed.

Very sad day for El Reg.

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

Tom 64
Coat

Re: I wish I had a seven segment brain

> "I wouldn't be surprised to hear of a laptop being stolen from a car with the entire LinkedIn database on the hard drive"

LinkedIn have already been breached, multiple times. From the first page on google:

2016: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/24/linkedin_password_leak_hack_crack/

2012: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_LinkedIn_hack

Not that your data will be any safer in Microsoft's hands. Is their outlook.com password policy still only allowing maximum of 16 characters? Hello NSA, nice bruteforce script you got there :D

And that price... still can't get over it. Guess there is value in spam networks after all.

I'll get my coat, I'm off to work on my spam network business plan.

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

Tom 64
Boffin

Education, education, education.

While I like the idea of these drinks being taxed to prop up government coffers (which are empty for other reasons), I don't think this will solve the problem. If someone wants a coke (or is addicted, which can happen), they'll pay extra for it, as a can of pop wont go up by much.

There may even be other worse consequences, such as manufacturers substituting sugars for other even less healthy options (nutrasweet, aspartame anyone?) to keep prices low and profits constant.

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Apple WWDC: OS X is dead, long live macOS

Tom 64

1600 bucks for a ticket?!

Talk about elitist... Wonder how many independent developers were there!

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

Tom 64

Re: Could be interesting....

> "For what, pray tell? Firefox? Ubuntu? Sailfish? Tizen? Not going to happen. They can stick with AOSP for Chinese no-names, but that won't fly for the Western volume markets."

Since 60% of the worlds population lives in asia, I don't suppose they'll care too much.

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

Tom 64
Coat

Re: this is not your father's Microsoft.

1987 is indeed a large number of disks!

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Tom 64
Mushroom

Re: OUCH!

Probably means bsdstats gets enabled by default and spaffs data at redmond.

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Tom 64

Not sure if I should be happy

One the one hand, if I'm forced to use Azure, I'll know what to roll out for network facing servers.

On the other, I'm not sure if I like the idea of Microshaft screwing with an otherwise excellent Operating System.

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Firefox 48 beta brings 'largest change ever' thanks to 'Electrolysis'

Tom 64

Re: "ability to whitelist plugins has been excised"

"Yet another reason I'll be on 38.7.1 for the rest of time."

... And loose the benefit of security updates.

I do hope you block flash, iframes and javascript. Otherwise you'll find your machine is a member of someone's botnet before long

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Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague

Tom 64
Alert

"Serious crimes such as tax evasion"

I like the way he threw that one in there to appeal to the general population who hate rich tax evaders such as.. well himself.

Wonder if he minds us plebs looking through his accounts then.

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UK Home Sec makes concessions to please Snoopers' Charter opposition

Tom 64

"the bill's proposed judicial commissioner"

Let me guess, he's unelected, unaccountable to the public and has a fat government paycheck.

Sounds fair?

Nope, sounds like a job for an Eton graduate.

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Systemd kills Deb processes

Tom 64
FAIL

"Also, systemd is actually entirely modular."

So that's why its master process listens to the network on port 9090 then?

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Tom 64
Coffee/keyboard

Broken expectations

Yup. I frequently push processes into the background as an unprivileged user and immediately log out expecting that process to stay the fuck alive until I choose to terminate it.

Having systemd kill processes on user log out may well have its place on grandma's or little Johnny's laptop, but it would irritate the crap out of me anywhere else.

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Bletchley finds Hitler plain text war machine on Ebay, buys for £10

Tom 64

Can someone tell me,

what on Earth was this thing doing in Essex in the first place!?

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

Tom 64

Re: Private sector

"If you've got more than a payroll team, then be worried."

Nope, I once knew a chap who was an HR consultant. Companies would bring him in to do the dirty axe swinging work, pay him a fat cheque then send him on his way.

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

Tom 64

I love the smell of corruption in the morning.

With a little luck, all the attention will mean revised security designs for the meters.

I wonder which costs more, revised designs or lawyer bills.

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Rats revive phones-and-cancer scares

Tom 64

How convenient...

... that the America's National Toxicology Program would find an American modulation standard to cause less cancer than the opposing one.

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Dropbox gets all up in your kernel with Project Infinite. Cue uproar

Tom 64

hahaha

That's some more software to add to the toxic crap list, along with anything from Adobe.

You don't get to call something 'battle tested' until its been on the net and had every APT in China or Russia try to exploit it for a year. Corporate networks do not count.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

Tom 64

Re: US nuke arsenal run by 1970s IBM 'puter using 8-inch floppies

I mean, why the hell not?

Blighey's warships are running a 'hardened' variant of Windows 2000, after all?

*shudder*

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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

Tom 64

Was the 'shuttle' even self powered?

It seems that this was simply a parabolic trajectory with separation at the top of the arc and the height was enough that it could achieve silly speeds on the descent.

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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

Tom 64

Was going to slap down cash,

but I think I'll pay HTC instead.

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Shakes on a plane: How dangerous is turbulence?

Tom 64

Re: Wing test video

Kind of wish I had'nt seen that. When it does fail, it can only be described as catastrophic

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Sky! Blue!, Oceans! Wet!, Yahoo! Overvalued!

Tom 64

Re: Lean In

Well, she certainly doesn't need a better lawyer, her contract must be absolutely bulletproof!

Not only is she not sacked, but she's getting a bonus? wow

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Symantec antivirus bug allows utter exploitation of memory

Tom 64
IT Angle

Re: ....is making life miserable for Symantec again

Well, lets just hope this does enough rep damage to make them irrelevant.

You get what you deserve when you're a fear-mongering shit-peddaling charlatan.

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

Tom 64
Pint

Break out the popcorn...

It won't be long before a disgruntled, sacked BOFH trains a chap in India to bring the bank's ATM network to its knees instead of resetting customer account passwords.

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ZFS comes to Debian, thanks to licensing workaround

Tom 64
Holmes

Re: does it automatically

Good question. If it can build it all and install it from the install CD, I'll give it go.

If its required to already have to have a working system from which to build, I doubt it's going to see much uptake.

Still, I tip my wizardly hat to the greybeards for enabling more choice =)

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

Tom 64
Coat

"It's a camera?"

"damn, it looked like a gun before I shot him!"

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

Tom 64

Nonsense

Is it just me or is hyperloop just the stupidest thing ever?

It is going to be horrifically expensive to build and maintain, will support very few passengers or cargo cans/hour and can only be outrageously unsafe for anyone brave enough to set foot in one.

Yes you can go fast in it, but there are already better alternatives.

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Adobe...sigh...issues critical patch...sigh...for Flash Player zero day

Tom 64

Re: Amazing

> "One wonders: how did it ever work at all?"

It didn't. Its always been a buggy piece of shit, prone to crashing video drivers and more. The sooner it dies, the better!

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Tom 64

Re: Why....

It has been, I make a point of uninstalling it from every PC I come into contact with.

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Cyber-moolah boss gets 20 years' porridge for money laundering

Tom 64

Re: On the other hand

There are plenty of alternatives for the poor crims who were using this venture. HSBC, for example.

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Tabby's Star's twinkle probably the boring business of calibration

Tom 64

Re: And this is why there is no global warming

"Does the BBC still do news? I must go and have a look at their website."

I wouldn't bother, last time I checked it was chintzy government propaganda.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: As supported by world's most controlling men

Tom 64

Re: Classic FUD from Don't Spy on Us...

"Well given there is little in the bill that isn't already being done (under the 1984 Telecomms Act)"

I think you mean:

"Well given there is little in the bill that isn't already being done (Lifted from George Orwell's 1984)"

There, FTFY

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

Tom 64
Mushroom

"tcp6 0 0 :::9090 :::* LISTEN 1/systemd"

That is pretty horrible. I've done a bit of network programming and one of the things I've learned is that you should never use your master process to talk to the network.

I'm not sure what will happen if process 1 blows up on Linux, but I AM sure its not what you want happening.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

Tom 64

Re: Ok, just RTFC

>> "Thanks for the link. I've just read it. It appears to support Mr Hanff."

You opened a PDF linked to from this guy? You're braver than me, but you may now want to reformat that VM.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

Tom 64

Re: Look I like Windows 10

>> "Why not just have a simple 'classic look' option like win 7 does?"

Because then they can't sell advertising space in peoples 'tiles' to the likes of King games.

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

Tom 64

'a maximum sentence of three months in prison and a fine for misuse of data.

... and I'm betting this sentence has been handed down by a beak exactly ZERO times.

Also besides the analysts who's job it is to do the searching, there will be some back room BOFHs with unfettered access to this data.

The mere existence of this data means there is potential for abuse, leakage, theft and more abuse. I say burn it with fire, or nuke it from orbit.

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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

Tom 64
Mushroom

Re: Politics used to be a noble science

"Successful politicians tend to know how to be charming".

Do you consider David Cameron to be charming? He couldn't charm a pig with sh1t. Or indeed with anything else.

He's arguably successful since he landed the top job twice, but I doubt charm had anything to do with it.

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America's Intelligence Transparency Council to meet for the first time … behind closed doors

Tom 64
Pint

Re: Give 'em a Break

Sounds like a nice excuse to occupy a hotel ball room for a few sessions of lunch followed by brandy and cigars at taxpayer expense.

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