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* Posts by sabroni

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Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

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Re: Already fixed

Only 22 years after it went in! Sweet!

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Re:though 40 char+ function names don't help

"wait_for_completion_interruptible_timeout" seems pretty helpful, more helpful than "x" anyway.....

Doesn't your IDE complete that stuff for you once you start typing anyway?

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Campaign to kick NSA man from crypto standards group fails

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Re: Nail, head.

As Mary so rightly points out, the presence of a known NSA stooge doesn't make everyone else clean, they have many employees. For the standards group to have any credibility he surely has to go.

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Dell confirms Chromebook for Blighty

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without worrying about viruses, updates, licensing etc etc.

You don't need to worry about being up to date, but you might want to worry about updates removing functionality you use. If you're not paying to use a service then Google have no reason to maintain features they don't want to....

Automatic security patches are great (up to a point) but automatic "updates" to application behaviour can cause all sorts of problems.

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Vodafone dodges UK corporation tax bill - AGAIN

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Re: Nothing to see here, next story please.

Please stop discussing this and get back to work plebs!

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Android antivirus apps CAN'T kill nasties on sight like normal AV - and that's Google's fault

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Re: No numbers of successfully installed ones are ever given.

You say that like it's a good thing. It would be much better if the number was known and it was insignificant. You imply that this lack of knowlege is because the number is small, I hope you're right, I fear you're not.

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Re: pretty much useless

Too right. Letting you know you have malware on your phone is pointless if you can't automatically quarantine it. I'd rather let it run if the alternative is having to take some action myself....

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Xiaomi taps the HYPEGEIST with 10 pence DIY Wi-Fi router

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the closest thing to Apple one can find beyond Cupertino. ®

Yeah, nothing says "Apple" like a build it yourself router. Or a terabyte of storage for 10p.

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Thought your Android phone was locked? THINK AGAIN

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Re: If you've left your phone unattended you're not likely to see it again.

Depends whether I want to sell your phone or use it to impersonate you in an email or sms. If I'm trying to blag that I am you then stealing the phone will alert you that's something's afoot. Clearly there is limited but real potential for this to be exploited.

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Re: Is this a Real world vulnerability?

From the article: As a result, any rogue app can at any time remove all existing locks.

If this is true then you could have malware on your phone that I could trigger when I see you leave your phone unattended and disable the lock. But you don't think that's a "real world implication"?

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

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re: that's when Betty is on most channels...

It's disrespectful to call her that!

Should call her Liz!

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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Re: 2 - 4 - 6 - 8

never too late!

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Sony PS4 SHATTERS UK console sales SPEED RECORD

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@ Brenda McViking

And the evidence to back up your theories is?

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

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Re: I no longer know which side of the argument The Register is on

Refreshing, isn't it!

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PS4 with Black Friday underway: TOUGH, you CAN'T HAVE ONE!

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Re: No, that's you, that is.

Quality repartee!

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Google in Dutch: Privacy changes BREAK data law, says Netherlands

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You might not use their services

but if you're surfing in english then it's highly likely that Google Analytics is tracking pretty much every site you visit. And that allows them to monetise you to advertisers.

So, assuming the original quote is a translation, what he said may well have been quite reasonable, you aren't using their services directly but their analytics service is certainly using you.

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Beastie Boys parody sueball tennis ends after toy firm yanks Girls

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Re: people can gain control of an expression by being the first to get there

By that logic we can all write the complete works of Shakespeare, but he just got there first.

Sounds ridiculous to me, I know I couldn't create what he did. Art is an expression unique to the artist (or in this case artists), no one else can "get there first" because no one can be someone else.

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Weird PHP-poking Linux worm slithers into home routers, Internet of Things

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Re:But hey, you don't care when having a good rant?

A three line post is hardly a rant, and the "it's the third party code that's shit" argument is equally true whether running on Windows or *nix.

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Only if you're a Windows Administrator who doesn't know how to configure a *NIX type OS.

Ah, it makes sense now. It's the Windows Administrators that are responsible for all the Linux defacements....

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Looks like Google may ask you to PAY for YouTube music - report

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Re: can El Reg get rid of those MS Dynamics ads...they are bloody annoying.

Try noscript, you still see ads but their ability to be annoying is severely reduced!

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

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Re: a discount given to prevent the early Linux netbooks getting market share

So that's why we haven't had the year of the linux netbook! FFS M$, back off!!!

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'You're BEAUTIFUL when you're angry' 'You SEXIST PIG!' Xbox One's fresh brouhaha

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Re: what the fuck

How dare you call today's generation tossers! I'm incensed and will be writing to my mp forthwith!!

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Re: 3D still being filmed using 2D methods?

Nevertheless the illusion of depth is shattered by blurring things in the background, it makes it very clear that what you're seeing is an illusion of 3D. The Dredd film ruined a couple of shots with exact issue, looks fine in 2d but at the cinema in 3d they looked crap.

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Re: Pint of Lager is almost unwatchable.

Indeed, and that logo gets in the way as well!

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Like, ahem, cooking pr0n and talent shows.

Of course the BBC shouldn't waste money on popular shows just because licence payers like them. How will the plebs ever learn if you give them what they want?

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Revealed: How Microsoft DNS went titsup globally on Xbox One launch day

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Re: They release alpha software and charge a fortune for the privilege of you testing it.

Yeah! They should do a Google and release all their alpha software free. It might not work properly but at least you don't end up out of pocket as well!

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Meet the BlackBerry wizardry that created its 'better Android than Android'

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Security?

So how secure is the supposedly locked down business side of BB10 now android apps can call into blobs of code that no one at BB understands?

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Macy's: Now with Apple's Minority Report ads system that TRACKS your iPHONE

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Re: Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Stupid. Wrong.

Stupid? For not knowing the intracacies of the iOS settings screens? Fuck off.

I quoted the line I had a problem with, if you disagree with the article that's fine, but I didn't write it.

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fanbois can opt out by turning off their phone's location services.

That's not opting out, that's disabling a useful feature of the device to stop it being used by anything. Clearly there is no opt out. You might as well say "fanbois can opt out by buying a samsung"....

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Dear-ly beloved: Apple’s costly iPad Mini with Retina Display

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Re: But

But, but, but you bought your parents an Android! Then you bought yourself an iPad!

You've obviously not been paying attention. One is good, the other one is evil. I'm not sure which is which mind, opinion on that seems to be divided, but check the comments on this or pretty much any article here, you're only allowed to like one!

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It's the games, STUPID: Sony makes 'about $18' on each PlayStation 4

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Re: You Sony employees are beyond pathetic.

And you MS shills are awesome!

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

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Re: best album

Good grief! It's like listening to the conversation in a sixth form common room in the early eighties. Music didn't stop being good just because you gave up finding new stuff.

And how up yourself do you have to be to proclaim your favourite album is the best album ever?

Oh, hang on, I get it! This is just hilarious banter! I know, best album ever is Alphataurus by Alphataurus! (try it, just google "obscure prog rock" and pick one at random! Hillaire!)

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Getting it right on the second attempt: Sony Xperia Z1

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I nearly pulled the trigger on this phone

Do what?

I thought you meant "I nearly bought myself this phone" but then point 1 is about it being awkward to use for people with smaller hands than you. So what do you mean?

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Check out The Register's Google+ page

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I'm sure Google want to take Google+ beyond the Linux / Android geek-squad

They've kind of done that by grabbing all the gmail logins and youtube commenters. Of course that only makes those people "Active G+ users" in the marketing gumpf, but nevertheless news agencies will parrot it when "Google+ users outnumber facebook users"....

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I can't believe...

...that you're trying to force us all to use Google+! Subscription cancelled!!!!

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Linux backdoor squirts code into SSH to keep its badness buried

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Re: The malware in this story seems to be of a level way above the usual windows effort.

Actually I was totally taking the piss.

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Yeah!

Well put! It's not ike a little Linux vulnerability means anything. When the year of the linux desktop comes, then we'll have some real security!!!

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Re: The malware in this story seems to be of a level way above the usual windows effort.

Well it'd have to be, it infected a linux box and we all know they are secure by design!

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Pwn2Own crackers leave iOS and Samsung mobe security IN RUINS

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Reading the article would be your man here.

Really? I normally just wade straight into the comments.

Doesn't really adress my point, made so eloquently yet totally missed above, that Apple push udpates without using the Operators. So Apple can apply a fix, Google can fix Nexus devices, most others on Android using a manufacturer's version are stuck with the vulnerability. Do you get it now? Not sure how to make it any clearer...

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Re: It takes ages for the operators to put out an OTA update...

The original point was that operators are slow to put out OTA updates (it's there in the title). I mentioned that Apple push updates without using the operators so it's only Androids that suffer this. So why is everyone pointing out that they know iOS users that have chosen not to upgrade? The Android users haven't got that choice if the Operators don't push (providing they're not on a Nexus device for the rest of you smartarses.) That's the point, with iOS you have a choice that a lot on Android users don't. Not often I get to type that!!!

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Re: It takes ages for the operators to put out an OTA update...

iPhones are updated by Apple, and most devices are now on iOS7. If so then the problem of operators not updating surely only effects the Android phone in the report.

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SourceForge responds to GIMP grump with crowdsourcing caper

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re: Now if only the likes of M$, take note..

Why talk about a problem with $ourceForge (see what I did there?) when you can just make irrelevant points about your favourite baddy?

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Microsoft FAILS to encrypt data centre links despite NSA snooping

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Re: get over yourself, you're really not that interesting.

What the fuck are you on about?

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Re: So now we need VPN aware TOE for server-to-server

And your suggestion would be what? We should shut up and bend over?

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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

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Re: Genious!

You are!

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

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Re: so as to be able to run apps without need for change software.

Indeed, no need to change the software, just need a magnifying glass....

Besides which the software should already be able to run on different size displays. Pretending the screen is the same size as an iPad when it isn't is not a good solution, it's a bodge. Adaptive rendering ftw!

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Re: Nice display

That's fairly pointless on such a small screen, more like.

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

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Re: Well HTML 5 hasn't been ratified yet

It's a "living standard"!

So no.

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Google to web: SHUT YOUR MOUTH or Chrome 32 beta will do it for you

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So no support for google apps on Chrome 30 anymore then?

It's goose sauce, after all!

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