* Posts by ElReg!comments!Pierre

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Decision time: Uninstall Adobe Flash or install yet another critical patch

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Re: I just

And you think you jest!

Not funny in the least (sez the sysadmin who can't get his wife off the online version of candy crush)

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No shit, Sherlock.

Adobe Flash... pretty sure it serves a useful purpose, somewhere, for someone. Come to think of it, for me it does serve a purpose. It spares me from seing the most useless parts of the terwebz. I just see a "Flash is a small install from Adobe, please click 'yes' to install it in order to view this slideshow of domesticated felines" which is definitely an improvement over the intended content.

I do wget a few .flv clips that I play in mplayer, from time to time, though.

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Kali Linux 2.0 to launch at DEFCON 23

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Re: Based on systemd, so will work on ~10% of machines

I suppose I could get thousands of datapoints going one way or another using virtual machines and custom-made images. What I'm talking about here is live images (and live/install images) which by definition are supposed to be generic, and also the main use case for Admin/penetration distros such as GRML or Kali. Only systemd doesn't do generic. It may work in compile-everytime situations such as Gentoo install (and even then, I'd bet your 400 points are 390 virt and 10 phys at most).

Problem is, an admin/hack/penetration distro ain't no good if you cannot just slide the CD (or plug the stick) in any machine and boot from that, with full hardware recognition. That's something systemd just can't do, in my experience.a

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Based on systemd, so will work on ~10% of machines

The Kali project switched to systemd, which means it will not boot properly on almost any portable machine and create problem on some desktops and servers as well. Kali's forums are already full of threads reporting major problems, and I'm not surprised, as I've tried myself some systemd-based images (Debian and GRML) all of them failed on litterally every laptop I tried (6, from 10-yo to this year's model) and caused major problems on most older (older than 5 years) desktop hardware, too.

(note that all the hardware mentionned in this post now runs Devuan without a hitch).

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Samsung to launch a Snapdragon 808-based clamshell smartphone

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Same here

Clamshell and physical keyboards are good. I would buy this. Then again, I might be impaired; my impairement being a profound dislike of:

-clumsy touch keyboards

-screens that suddently lose half the display size to a clumsy touch keyboard

-smudge all over the display from the use of the aforementionned.

And then there's pocket dialling.

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French privacy cops snarl at websites over crap EU cookie warnings

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@ Holmes

"People know what it means to open a web browser and visit a page"

How much are you willing to bet on that? (Protip: you're about to lose)

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Re: Hosting

Very useful reminder, thank you.

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Pint

I just completely ignore your <comment>, it'a supid <comment>.

To top it off, I'm not breaking any law in the process! Ain't life wonderful?

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Re: Very annoying they are too

inhumane indeed. But then again, you "visiting Europa via VPN" to access the WWW would be you trying to escape your local "humane" legislation, yeah?

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BULLSHIT! [was:: CNIL? Yeah, follow your own rules, dumbasses!]

Things are bad enough without you making things up (or is it bad translation?). The French version crudely reads "by browsing this site you allow 3rd-party cookies as needed for video presentations", with a box labelled "OK, accept all" (in green) and another labelled "tune to your needs" (in gray). The "tune" link allows you to opt out of the 3rd-party cookie setting, which are from DaylyMotion and YouTube (explicitly stated, individually tunable).

On my cursory check 10 s ago no cookie was set at all (I did not check the "OK, accept all" button, obviously).

I'd say they're pretty much following their own rules, unless I missed something.

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Re: flash cookies and localstorage NOOOOO!

Please don't give ElReg webdevs any (more) bad ideas.

Browsing ElReg from low-footprint browsers or screen-readers has gotten hard enough with the new layout.

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Good (wo)man, you!

I think your approach is great, and as your (l)users may not be grateful enough, allow me to do the following in their stead:

Thank you.

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I'm sorry Drew, that's BS

"too intrusive for mobile" and "we trust our users yada yadda" is just marketspeak for "we can't be arsed".Let's forget we're on a tech site and pretend you don't know any better; one good way to comply with the law would be:

-check for the REGACCEPTCOOKIES cookie; if present, proceed without any banner or warning;

-if absent, present the user with a tick-box (in any form: dedicated page, another bit of JS crap, whatever). If box is ticked, set REGACCEPTCOOKIES cookie (and then some);

-if box is not ticked, present the user with whatever you feel you can do without setting cookies. Heh, that may even be a blank page with "tick the box, dummy" in the center; not nice, but legal.

-job done

Intrusive? Maybe on the first connection. Much less intrusive than the current solution in the long run though.

I'm sure there are other ways you can think of.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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FON

I just have a Fonera. Keeps the public network separate from my private one(s), with track being kept of who does what from the public side (local laws otherwise states I'm responsible for everything that goes through my network).

Also it gives me a nice convenient separate (private) LAN with a password that can freely be given to guests and changed at a whim. Not that it matters much, as there's nothing else than guests on it.

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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Re: It's my motto

Bullshit!

Friday afternoon changes are the best. Just make sure that:

-you strictly the required change, for which you have a written order, 2 minutes before the end of the shift

-you're not on call on the week-end, or in on the following Monday, or on Tuesday for that matter. On company-approved leave, of course (to be made up during the week-end, if need be).

-the change has the potential to ruin someone important's life (or contract) if anything goes wrong.

You only usually get the one try, so make it good.

Friday afternoon requests should be pretty seldom after that.

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

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A relevant picture on El Reg!

I am thankful for the relevant use of the rightful use of the new-fangled "huge pic in your face".

Not so thankful as to read the article though, as I'm busy enough running proper software. But hey, I'm keeping notes, I might even direct people to this article if they want a go (poor souls).

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Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

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Re: Opposition Theatre?

I... dunno. Perhaps the assembly managed to keep him talking? Talking for more than 10 hrs is an athletic challenge, even for a well-trained pro. Ask teachers! If he had not enough support from fellow opponent to give him rest from time to time he may not be able to speak much for the next couple days!

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

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Black Helicopters

Always shoot downwards

The need to get high stems from the use of a rifle; bullets can travel for quite some way, and it was an inhabited area (with a busy road close by). In order to avoid any accident, the cops wanted a downward shot. Good on them (the need to dispatch the animal in the first place notwithstanding).

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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Re: It is better to send robots

Wrong math! you can't compare 4-5 discharges to 461 casualties. I don't have discharge data at hand but I'd expect it to be significantly higher. As a result the percentage is probably lower than 1%...

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Reddit: Gonna SCRUB these TROLLS right outa my hair

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Re: Cameron

You're a bit unfair there. He was considerably less slimy than that. He flat out declared "free speech is not someting we can tolerate anymore" which is quite ballsy. Even with the accompanying "because terrorists, duh" thrown in to placate the sheep. I think he attended the same training workshop as Kim Jong-un.

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BOFH: Getting to the brown, nutty heart of the water cooler matter

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Brilliant!

Actually I thought Simon would eplace the fake with a real one before the PFY's little act in front of the coffee machine, but that would have escalated too quickly perhaps.

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Boost your attachment size with this one weird trick

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Late comment, but fitting: WE'RE ALL DOOMED

Just answered an email from my old (OK, not-so-old) daddy honestly at loss with a request from his editor. The man's down-with-the-kids teacher, published author, and a bit trained in the ways of software, by yours truly (or so I wished).

The Question? "My publisher asks for a plain-text version of the book as well as the PDF, what is it and how do I do that?" [summarised and translated].

Oh, the humanity. He's using OpenOffice, too.

If you're looking for me I'll be over there under that oaktree, busy hanging myself.

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Re: No, never increase attachment size limits

And then there's the classic trick of the 20-MB pdf carefully crafted from within powerpoint, that just contains the date, time and location of a meeting. Because of course there was no way to put that in plain text in the body of the email.

Oh and let's not forget the old "I put the price of that new stappler you were looking at in the attached Excel file. Good reception."

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Instagram's HTTPS cert expires, millions of crap photographers panic

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*grumble* Get offa me lawn *grumble* *grumble*

Perhaps because Instagram is as serious about security as they are about photography?

As a person who thinks highly of both security and photography I can't help but feel the Schadenfreunde urge. I'm not myself very good at photo, but at least I'm trying not to be overly cheesy. I'm not perfect at security either, but I challenge y'all to prove me that "perfect security" ain't an oxymoron in this day and age.

A toy-photo app/site is proven to have toy-like IT support. Big surprise.

I'm a lot more concerned when I hear of major IT players with enterprise-grade contracts happen to make the same mistake. Which, worryingly enough, happens way too often.

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Trading Standards pokes Amazon over 'libellous' review

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Re: Perhaps

" the extra step of pressing *5 only assures that a human is on the line who won't be stymied by it."

Except that (round these parts at least) telemarketters and other phone parasites don't have access to a dial; it's either entirely robotic, the fleshie is only there to do the talking and gets the phone calls handed to them by a robotic dialer one after the other. So, unable to press the required "5*" combination.

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

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Good job

"is there another Internet?"

Usually I answer this one with " well TECHNICALLY there is, in a way..." and then change the subject. By now everyone knows better than asking for an explanation when I put an emphasised TECHNICALLY so close to the beginning of a sentence...

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APT group hacks cyber-spy gang in spy-on-spy pwnage

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That's a rather...

... APT developpment, if I may.

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Sony releases Nork flick The Interview straight to DVD (digital video download)

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I do hope they release it on blu-ray soon so I can buy it.

Why would you want to do that in the first place is beyond me. A fabricated bomb threat or five about My Little Pony 45: return of the brightly-coloured dragonfly would not have me buy it either -or watch it for free, for that matter.

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Devuan rebels hope to deliver Debian fork in 2015

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Re: Logo Plagiarism

... while being completely unrelated to the Debian logo, Shirley?

Inspired or not by the Debian logo (and most definitely not by Suse's), "plagiarism" is not quite the right term. Perhaps "slight inspiration" or "discreet reference"?

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Lookin' good so far

Let's hope Devuan won't run out of steam. In the long run it would probably be beneficial to have separate desktop and server branches anyway, less pollution of the server branch by bulky dependancies only needed for GUI niceties. I initially thought that Ubuntu et al. were going to be the desktop branches with Debian staying focussed on clean, lean server-ready code; obviously I was wrong. Long live Devuan!

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Linux 'GRINCH' vuln is AWFUL. Except, er, maybe it isn't

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Re: Brought to you by...

Full-disk encryption with the passwords kept away from the hardware would slow someone down considerably in the task of accessing the installed system

Not really, no, unless the server happens to be powered down when the perp gains access to it. If the system is running whole-disk encryption is a minor inconvenience only if your strategy involves rebooting the system, which in most cases would be the best way to alert the rightful admins that something is up. If you keep the system running you're not event going to notice that the disk is encrypted...

but how common is that on a server?

I'd guess "not very", perhaps because a server is typically designed to stay up, while whole-disk encryption is only useful to prevent either disk theft or unauthorized boot.

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BONK for CASH in Brixton and help us EAT the RICH

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Re: Another alt-currency?

It's not really a currency, more like some kind of voucher system AFAICT. Slightly-enhanced gift cards, really. Local business association need to set up new alt currencies like they need a hole in the head.

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Re: Wait a minute

The subtleties of the English language make the slogan readable in 2 different ways:

-you must use the Brixton Pound, and only that, when in Brixton (illegal shirley)

-you must use the Brixton Pound in Brixton and nowhere else (obviously, as anywhere else it would only get you bemusedly puzzled looks at best)

I think legally it's supposed to be read in the second way, while being phrased to be understood the 1st way by most of the population.

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Merlot and hot dogs: Atos snaps up Xerox's outsourcing biz for $1.05bn

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Toutes votre base sont nous appartiennent!

Vous n'avez aucune chance de survivre fabriquez votre temps!

Mwa! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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Woz moves to Oz

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Re: "The Woz-ard of Oz"

Only whiter.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Wait, what?

We don't think we're brighter than the BBC

Perhaps not, wouldn't know, don't care. You're also not brighter than even a pretty dim star, or a 500 W construction spot for that matter. I usually avoid staring at those, too.

images

Yeah, that. well they're not going away apparently.

There's also the mouseover bar; the newly-added delay is nice but on my browser when you pass the mouse over it to reach the browser's command bar it pops up and won't go away, which means I have to sneak the pointer by the side gap. No biggie; a bit annoying.

Soooo I found a solution. w3m. Black background, no image. No problem.

I don't know what it does to advertising revenue but at least it's a version of the site I can actually look at, which has to be better than no page views at all.

Plus I get to use a truly good no-nonsense web browser.

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Re: Bland Bland Bland

8. Wet T-shirt contest!

Hey, I do own one of these. Can I enter it in your contest?

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Re: A design suggestion

Fuck that's impressive. The old design was really WAY better and less agressive.

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Re: Bring back the Print button!

we're forced to listen to the SRE announce Every. Single. One. Every. Single. Time.

Oh wow. And I thought the gazillion cruft lines above useful content it creates on w3m was annoying...

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

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Re: Your politics are showing.

I switched to w3m almost completely* for El Reg (cuts both the white wastelands and immense immages from the Monstrous Makeover). The alt text displayed for that image is Bush in Game of Thrones; hardly a hidden attempt at political manipulation.

*I do use the "night theme" on xombrero from time to time, but something on El Reg seems to kill xombrero regularly, even without js)

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truly nice

Good read on an otherwise extremely dull day.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Renewables are NOT a Blight, stupid thinking is.

The simple fact is that all of these renewable technologies can be implemented on the existing footprint of current infrastructure in our cities and on our roads today.[citation needed]

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Micro generation? Having a larf are we?

The problem is not that renewables are not a complete solution. The problem is nutters who spout nonsense such as "micro generation is the way to go". Hey, let's solve malnutrition in the world, quick, everyone start growing lentils on a piece of damp cotton, that'll take care of it!

The problem is that people pushing "renewables" are fighting very hard to cut every other possible power source, despite the very obvious fact that, as you say, said renewables just can't cover more than ~10% of the energy need in densely populated areas such as western Europe (and I'm being generous). At a huge cost, at least for now. I'm not against experimentation with wind power and the like, but let's not get ahead of ourselves and discard the actual power sources, shall we? (to that regard the UK has acted as a warning for other european countries such as France that has slowed down the planned deployment of windfarms considerably after the overchannel results were published... and kept nuclear plants open that had been earmaket for shutdown after Fukushima. SOmeone has to provide that energy the UK is not self-producing anymore, heh?)

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Re: "Nobody doubts Carbon climate forcing"....REALLY ? ? ?

Yeah, deleting this post was a smart move methink; although it did make for a nice read, it was almost completely unrelated to the (to me, completely abstruse) post it was supposed to answer to.

I hope you fare well in you new pasture (no doubt more appleish).

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Re: "advanced nuclear power systems with complete fuel recycling ..."

not good enough

it may not be; however, the only way to find a good way to recycle waste is to invest in research on the topic -which we're told is unacceptable as it "sponsors" nuclear power which is not good enough at recycling its waste products. See the problem there?

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Re: Centralisation?

Meanwhile in the real world everyone knows the basic fact: local, small-scale electricity generation is incredibly inefficient*, moreso in the case of a "solidarity" low-voltage grid that many greenies dream about (low-voltage 'leccy transport is like carrying water in a handbasket). If you need big amounts of juice the only viable way is a big centralized generation center and high-tension (ie low loss) distribution grid.

Now that's not necessarily true for other forms of energy; you can lower a house's need for 'leccy by locally installing a geothermal heat pump and water-heating rooftop panels for example, both of which are relatively cheap and non-polluting (compared with photovoltaic panels for example). Then you buy the 'leccy you still need from the vastly more efficient grid, but you buy a much smaller amount.

*and the gear is hugely more expensive, proportionately to the output.

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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What if movie studio loses? Big biz liable for big data blunders?

It's a bit shocking that it's not already the case. Big biz often asks (sometimes borderline illegally) for a whole lot of private -sometimes very private- information on you, most of which is completely unrelated to your job. I would think it is a bare minimum that they are held liable for leaks should they misplace such data. If they can't keep it secure, they should not ask for it. (in most cases they should not ask for it in any case to begin with, but high unemployment rates awaken the slave-trader instincts in HR bods)

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HUMAN HAIR will soon be FOUND on MOON: Brit 'nauts aim for SPAAAACE

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Re: Well done folks...

Well, they have some money. Hard to evaluate for me but I'd guess 1/10th of the total budget at most. I guess the plan is to shame .gov and .co.uk into forking the rest of the cash...

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Bong Ventures LLC: We've been cyberhacked

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Re: I don't know about Bong Ventures LLC

Ha. Wouldn't know, I'm reading this on w3m. Only thing I noticed is the increase of crud at the top of the page (which I'm told is the "mouseover" navigation bar, developped)

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