* Posts by Jim 59

1661 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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"What you mean is that "the truth hurts"."

No. He means the tone of the post sucks. And he is right. Huge tonal suckage.

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If a router firewall doesn't block all connections when it says it does then that's a serious problem

Agreed. This an issue of BT misrepresenting the behavior of the Hub firewall. They said it blocked all incoming ports, when they knew it didn't. Next case, please.

Oh and the HH3 is leaves port 161 open too.

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

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Sounds like something out of Red Dwarf.

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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

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Before gTLD revolution: "Yeah let's go to the Register web page. Bound to be theregister.co.uk..."

After gTLD revolution: "Yeah let's go to the Register web page. Find the telephone directory so we can look up their telephone number and ask them what their URL is".

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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IMO music and satnav are not important enough to be on the "binnacle" and should be relegated to a second screen as they often are.

And I wish computers would butt out of car ventilation. In my Nissan, you can turn the fan up full, and what you get is an on-screen graphic showing an increased fan level, while the fan does nothing. Over the next 10 seconds or so it slowly ramps-up to your chosen speed. Guess Nissan thought this was cool, or restful, or something. It isn't. Just turn the fan up already, like right now. Like my Astra did in 1995.

...from the 230PS 2.0L TFSi model I drove. Top speed is a limited 155mph ...

Hmmm. Are Audi being econimical with the truth ? I think it would take more than 230PS to get this car to 155. Then again, are they actually claiming 155 is possible, or just saying there is a limit in the software...

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Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

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According to one report the plan was to hover outside a cell window while the inmate reched out to grab the booty. A seemingly hairbrained scheme likely to end with a crash or lost fingers, as well as immediate detection by the prison guards.

Simply catapulting stuff over the wall seems like a better idea.

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Re: Dot Matrix?

Before about 1987ish, utility bills (phone, water) bore the unmistakable appearance of having been line printed.

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ARM plans to win 20 per cent of the server market by the year 2020

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Re: The problem is still the lack of a decent common hardware plattform

...Windows is overwhelmingly winning

This is an obvious troll comment, but I'll bite. A datacentre contains a goodly amount of both Linux and Windows, various other Unixes, and the occasional mainframe. Windows did exactly as you describe in the late 90s - muscled in on midrange at the cost of propriety Unix systems. But from 2000 on, Linux did the same to Windows.

Nowadays the heavy /specialist work is often still done by proprietary Unix on proprietary hardware. The medium work is done by Linux on commodity hardware, and the light work (eg running basic network services to support the desktop) is done by Windows. The natural order has remained fairly unchanged.

Oh and Windows is still king of the desktop, the king of embedded is Linux.

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Backing up cloud applications is never easy but Asigra gets it done

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Ahem...

" and SANs and clouds and lion and tiger and bears."

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Pass the Lollipop: Google creepily warms to body contact with Android lock function

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If it like the existing "stay" feature thing, where the screen won't blank so long as you are looking at the phone, then it will be nothing more than a battery consuming gimmick which nobody will actually use.

Like much smartphone functionality (apart form the camera), accelerometers in these devices are just toys.

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Watchdog slaps American Apparel's youthful naked arse

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Even with the pixelation ?

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Lol. The Mail was slobbering over it this morning, describing the model as "flame haired" etc.

It is probably a bit too revealing for a clothing catalogue. But I'm surprised that an advertising code applies to online catalogues.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2998827/American-Apparel-advert-banned.html

(maybe NSFW)

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Microsoft shows off South Korean PC-on-a-stick

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Re: There are a number of these things around or announced

Not sure. Shortly after a product like this launches, people start to say "I can have a tablet for the same price, complete with screen". Linux on a stick makes sense, because everything can be done over SSH, but not windows. The clue is kind of in the name.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

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Re: Decompression is fast

My puny 120 MB C: was embiggened to a 240 MB H:

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Re: Whatever happened to code optimisation?

No. Instead they pull in 10 libraries, which each pull in 3 or 4 others, which link to others which...

Hey presto! Hello World in only 25,000 lines !

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Re: Don't stop there

They have no problem fitting Windows 2008 server on a single DVD. Do the same with Win 10. If the user needs to re-install, they re-install. Also offers recovery from failed disk, which on-disk recovery images don't.

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Cab for Callinicos! Uber's CFO moves on after just two years

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Uber

Who is regulating the drivers ? That's the tricky bit with Uber's offering. With a conventional cab, you can have ate least some faith in the driver and in the local company providing him. Isn't using an Uber car stepping into the unknown ?

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Fizzy bubbles at the ready: Dot-com celebrates 30th birthday

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Domains

It isn't a surprise that DNS, and therefore domain names, predate the WWW. We needed domans for ftp, gopher, email, usenet and the other pre-WWW services. So we could type stuff like

$ ftp ftp.wustle.edu

...and so on. Washington Uni was one of the biggest and best repositories of freeware in the early 90s, and probably the 80s too.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: Ha

It is worth it for THIS WEEK.

and top gear

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Re: Ha

"I have no problem with paying the BBC license fee at all. None whatsoever. It is great value."

I agree, but not paying the fee it is a CRIMINAL OFFENCE. So whether we like it or not is of marginal relevance. When you add up the cost of the 181,000 BBC prosecutions a year, is it still good value ? Judges do not come cheap.

"...politicians whose pockets are being lined by Newscorp to stamp down on the BBC does not help provide a better outcome for the public..."

Again I agree. However, buying products from Newscorp is a choice. You don't get arrested for declining the offer. What we need is a balance. I don't think free BBC gifts for children is part of the balance, and could even be construed as the same sort of bribary you rightly accuse politicians of.

iPlayer was a world leader in streaming for the masses - the BBC website still provides a wealth of excellent educational content..."

A lot of truth there. The less charitable might respond that any organisation, if given billions of pounds for free, might have similar success. Several TV companies have their own iPlayers, which they built from their own sweat in the free market. But the iPlayer is well done, no doubt about it. Congrats to the BBC engineers.

...despite being downsized by the shower of shit that is in government now. There is plenty to be proud of there and plenty for your short-sighted mind to be shamed for.

There is no shame in reasonably critisizing the state or its appointed broadcaster. How does persuing 181,000 of Britains poorest families fit in with the socialist utopia ? Any shame about that ?

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"Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, gushed: "This is exactly what the BBC is all about..."

Really ? I thought it was about performing activities pursuant to its charter. What is it doing buying electronics for children, however laudable ?

"...namely bringing the industry together on an unprecedented scale and making a difference to millions..."

What on Earth has the BBC got to do with "bringing industry together" ? And does Hall really believe this to be the electronics industry's biggest ever collaboration ?

"...Just as we did with the BBC Micro in the 1980s"

A second ago he said it was unprecedented.

Unfortunately, neither the BBC nor its reputation are anything like they were in 1982. Today nobody is certain what the BBC is, but what it seems to be is just a great wheeze if you can get on the payroll. Isn't this venture really just about promoting the BBC, and keeping its money-go-round spinning as long as possible ?

Ahh too cynical. Looks like a great device anyway.

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

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Beeb

You have done it this time Orlowski. Clarkson is on his way round, and he hasn't had his dinner.

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LUST for APPLE WATCH drove me to crime, says alleged meth dealer

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Wristputer

Say "hello" to my little friend!

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BT inks deal with Williams F1 for go-faster cloudy goodness

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Williams

I always thought Defender was their high point.

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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Catering

Sorry for being totally off topic but to Reg staff ever cause a rumpus over catering ?

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Consumers beware! Ofcom's seen a scary new mobe nasty: APPS

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Sorry about this but...

Sorry to be completely off topic but will you guys just write a Clarkson story already?

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Cambridge Wireless scoops ex-UKTI man as new top dog

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UKTI

Not Texas Instruments ? Boo.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: I don't get it

Even my Raspberry Pi has more ports than that.

And people wonder how Apple is so rich. See how it works yet?

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1982 Paper round = £5.00

1982 Dragon 32 = £200.

parallel port, cartridge slot, DIN audio, UHF out, serial thingy, joystick, just sayin'

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My Dragon 32 had more connectivity that this. Seriously.

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... cripplingly underpowered machine...

Please. It's called "Legacy free".

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Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface Dublin Rape Crisis Centre site

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Re: Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

Lol. Much rejoicing in recent years after we finally put an end to something like 500 years of bickering, murder, and war between Britain and Ireland. Britain even apologised for the 1.5 million stiffs in the 1840s. Bombs are gone. H blocks closed. Former enemies are now friends. Peace and harmony stalks the land.

And in a spirit of reconciliation that would have made Mandela proud stands Dogged's contribution: a foam-flecked "14 century [sic] lunatics!". Lol. Proud to be backward.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Re: As Treasonas May is fond of saying...

...our miserable, dishonest, thick, self-obsessed politicians... scum... vile... pox on Parliament... leeches, thieves and fuckwits... any vote for the Conservative, Liberal or Labour parties is a wasted vote.

I know there is a lot of sixth-form anarchy around at present. And indeed we are very annoyed by Westminster's seemingly endless stream of petty corruption. But instead of crying into Russell Brand's latest book, pay some attention to this kind of thing:

"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." - Winston Churchill

And to Winnie's wisdom I would add one more thing: PARK LIFE!

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Thanks for the article. I guess it is easy to be cynical about poor Bob, but it isn't such a bad idea IMO, especially in the context of the time. But then, who would have thought that the most successful addition to the PC experience was a straightforward start button. Simplicity wins again.

Personally I prefer Bob to Gnome3 / KDE4 messes.

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

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He then wraps up by throwing the switch to absurdity:

As a reviewer of code, please strive to keep things civil and focused on the technical issues involved. We are all humans, and frustrations can be high on both sides of the process. Try to keep in mind the immortal words of Bill and Ted, "Be excellent to each other."

What's absurd about that? Seems like common sense.

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CONFIRMED: Tiny Windows Server is on the way

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Re: What's tiny?

Lol. In the Reg forums, people vote down your seemingly banal postlets, while ignoring the massively tendentious rant you did posted above.

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Re: What's tiny?

I said 'Net attacks rarely come from Unix servers IMO. But on second thoughts, many civilians are buying Raspberry Pi's these days and putting them on the web in a badly advised manner, eg. running SSH services and the like with no security - and getting hacked. This may be adding to the botnet problem. Against that though, the Pi owner usually scrubs the OS after a few days.

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Tiny Windows Server

That would be the RPi 2 running Windows 10 ...?

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Re: What's tiny?

And in the *20 years* since...

And in the 20 years since Microsoft have single-handedly birthed the entire malware/hacking/virus/botnet culture which dominates today's Internet. After bad-mouthing the 'Net for 5 years, they finally put Windows (NT) on it with virtually NO rigorous security, and history hasn't been the same since. Today, the Internet is infested with bot armies, owing their entire existence to unsecured legacy Windows kit, and millions of lines of legacy MS code in which nasties can hide virtually forever.

"huge unix security holes" don't matter because when discovered they snap shut almost immediately, a natural consequence of community-driven open source. If your server were attacked today, it is unlikely to come from a Unix workstation, and more likely to originate on the Vista laptop of some of some blissfully unaware housewife in Chile or wherever.

Errr... despite the rant I actually agree with you 80%, have an upvote.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Re: Wonderful screen, less wonderful everything else...

To me, plastic seems the ideal material for a phone, ever since those Bakelite 1930's models. I have seen too many iPhones with crazy-paving broken glass. I hope Samsung stick to light, flexible, strong plastic. Mine has received a real beating and barely has a scratch. Mean while my brother-in-law is risking a cut ear by continuing to use this smashed iPhone.

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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Re: get yer pitchforks

Lol. I believe the Americans have a saying, "Sh*t just got real!".

Sh*t just got real for these lads, and no mistake. Personally, if I was going to make vulgar comments to a young girl on or off line, I probably wouldn't pick one whose father is a professional athlete and carries a bat for a living. The trolls are lucky, sh1t could have got even realer.

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Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

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Planes

Privacy? DigitalGlobe's heard of it and thinks-

Lol.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Unfortunately, the BBC is nothing like what it was, or was ever is intended to be. It isn't a private company, but pretends to be one. It isn't a public service body, but pretends to be one. What is does appear to be is, really, just a darned good wheeze if you can get on the payroll.

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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Re: Trouble , nothing but trouble

If you can't tell the difference between Mother Teresa picking a dying child out of the gutter, and an totalitarian state torturing its citizens, you are short of MIPS.

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Re: Give some thought about all this...

This is not the Saudi government practicing some extreme form of radical Islam. It is the Saudi government killing its opponents and keeping the population oppressed, just like dictators everywhere.

Speak out against the party line and you will be lashed, or shot in the back outside the Kremlin, sent to the Ghulag, machine gunned en-masse, sent to the camp, etc. etc. etc.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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Re: WTF?

Explorer is the one most users get given

Chrome is the one from Google's suite of stalky apps

Firefox is the customizable one

Safari for the polo-necks

Various others for experts, Pi users, specialists.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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...the moment anyone loses their job, a snatch squad from the DWP should raid their house and replace it with a black and white portable.

Binatone. No remote.

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An old B/W 14 inch was actually okay for a Dragon 32 or the likes. Low res, bit that was fine when the screen is only 32 characters wide.

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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MS gives away Explorer for free to consumers who already have a choice of other free browsers, so who does Explorer benefit ? It benefits Microsoft, and in one way only: by driving Windows hegemony. That appears to be its sole purpose.

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Syneto: Behold, blockheads – an all-flash array... based on ZFS

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In other words they stuck some Illumos based distribution like OpenIndiana or SmartOS on top of commodity hardware, added a Web UI, and called it a day.

Lol.

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