* Posts by sabroni

2077 posts • joined 11 May 2007

Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

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Re: or installing linux

Or, if you don't want to change OS's just to stop javascript autorunning, associate .js files with notepad or your favourite text editor. Takes a couple of seconds.

Of course, if there were linuxes that autoran js, the fault would be with the user stupidly opening unsolicited attachments not the OS.

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Microsoft's BITS file transfer tool fooled into malware distribution

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Re: wasting SO MUCH TIME by not having it that I would question competency.

I'm a coder, not a sys admin, so it's not really a question of my competency, but thanks for the explanation.

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Re: Just get into the habit of setting up PXE-based WDS or SCCM

That's easy for you to say!

What does it mean?

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Re: Windows Update

Hang on. This is a service designed to run downloads when the network isn't particularly busy. Rather than embed this behaviour into the multiple client services MS used one service. That is exactly how it should've been done, a download service that is used by the things that need downloads and aren't in a rush. Isn't this a mantra of the linux "do it properly" people? Do one thing well?

Besides which, as this "exploit" requires Admin priveliges to get started, it's not an exploit at all. At least that's what I'm always told about Android and Linux "exploits".....

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The fork? Node.js: Code showdown re-opens Open Source wounds

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Re: Without open source there would be no leftpad

It's easy enough to use table layouts via css without lying in the markup and having table tags for things that aren't tables. It's certainly messy if you're defining most of your styles with css but some crucial formatting in html. It's about separation of concerns, it's difficult to argue that mixing concerns in better.

The drive towards making HTML describe it's content is a sensible one and putting everything in a table, though quick, doesn't help in this respect. It's certainly shortsighted when it comes to disabled users and alternative rendering mechanisms.

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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

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Re: racketeers like the EU

"Say, nice internet site you have here. Fancy paying us to put you at the top of the list when people search for "The register"? You don't? Oh well, maybe some other tech news sites would like to pay us to go at the top of the list when people search for "The register"..... Well yes, I suppose that could impact on your discoverablilty but that isn't my problem. Of course, american express would do nicely!"

The EU are the racketeers?

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Cock fight? Not half. Microsoft beats down Apple in Q1

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Re my point is that is a pointless comparison

It sounds to me like your point is that the iPad pro is a pointless product that business doesn't want. Like the article says...

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China caught astroturfing social networks

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Re: Every big company does this.

Harvard research shows China astroturfs, not by arguing against things but by distraction and misdirection. Commentards rush to point out that all companies do this, though they can't seem to show any research to back this up.

50 cents a post you say?

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Google Chrome deletes Backspace

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Re: Managing Change 101

It's not because Google think it's too difficult, or too likely to cause bugs, it's them using their metrics to decide it's not worth the effort for the tiny number of users using it.

As other posters have mentioned on other threads, that logic is ok for 1 or 2 features, but once you start to apply it to 100s of features then the 0.5% of your users that you've inconvenienced with each change becomes 50% of your total users who you've pissed off for no good reason.

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re: I don't use Chrome so I guess I'll continue to suffer.

According to a comment above firefox lets you configure what the backspace key does, if that's any help.

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Re: Don't care about backspace

Ok! Who took Neil's delete key? No one leaves this forum until he's got it back!!

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Re: Nothing secretive or nefarious to see here

Move along? Discussion over is it? They added a phone home to chrome for every backspace navigation and that's OK because it's mentioned on the development forum? If this was MS they would be getting the shortest shrift ever, but it's Google so it's OK? They track you around nearly all of the web with GA, a little specific phoning home is no biggie...

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BBC's Britflix likely dead before the ink has even dried on the news

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re: Government representation on the board

Government representation on the board is a terrible idea. The BBC is frightened of the government enough as it is. To involve the government at that level would be then end of the BBC.

Oh, sorry, is that what you were getting at?

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Malicious Android apps slip into Google Play, top third party charts

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Re: And checkpoint want me to trust them?

Yeah, with a posting history like that it's clear this is an opinion to value!

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Is uBeam the new Theranos?

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Duh! Unicorns type with their horns. Very precise, but pointy.

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Google asks Unicode to look over 13 new emoji showing professional women

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Emojis were fine yesterday.

But now they've given women jobs? And not just as hookers? Fuck that, get rid of unicode.

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Facebook promises release of own 'modular routing platform'

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reliability?

reliability is “.... the ability to quickly write and continuously deploy new code."

Is it? How does this make a network more reliable? No doubt it makes for a better development experience, and allows for rapid deployment of fixes, but trying to class that as making it reliable seems a bit of a stretch. What if someone makes a mistake in some new code that has a bad side effect? Rapid deployment of that won't help reliability. What if an external service is dependent on something that the developers see as a bug? Fixing that bug may be correct, but won't help the reliability of the dependent service.

Continuous integration and deployment is great, but it's not magic.

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Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

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re: Not sure why its "hypocrisy"?

It's simple. If the legislature believes that artistic freedom is important they should apply that across the board. Why is the artistic freedom to depict child abuse more imortant than the artisitic freedom to depict your own body?

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Re: c****

It's ok, you can type cunt if that's what you mean. Or are you being satirical about Japan's "Penises good, vaginas bad" attitude?

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MongoDB on breaches: Software is secure, but some users are idiots

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Re: This is in the Getting Started doc, in a red panel:

Warnings will be ignored, even if they're in red boxes. Who would've thought it?

It should be secure by default, with a red box in the Getting Started doc saying:

Warning:

Mongod.exe is not visible on public networks as it defaults to “Secure Mode” with the auth setting. MongoDB is designed to be run in trusted environments, so if you are confident in your network security you can disable this behaviour like this.....

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Re: Firewalls. They aren't just for fun.

Isn't the problem here that mongo DBs were accessible from the internet without authentication? The firewall shouldn't be handling DB authentication.

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The default install should be secure.

The user installing it should have to open it up to allow anonymous access.

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Chrome edges out IE for desktop browser crown

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Re: I had an impression that MS was phasing out --

In the article the count for IE includes both Edge and IE.

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Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

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Re: a charge anything battery pack is actually more versatile

Not if you want to shut your phone down immediately. Then a removable battery is the tits!

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

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Re: Sod all this tweaking this, faffing around with that and getting started on the other

Well there's alway linux!

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Re: @djstardust Word to the wise old chap.......

I think JJ's posts are amusing enough. The angry responses are better!

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

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re: There are technical reasons why that is not possible with Android.

No. There are business reasons why that's not possible on android. Google are clever, if they wanted an update mechanism everyone could use they'd make one.

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Re: Tis all Bonkers

No, it's not. MS have already had large fines imposed by the EU for exactly this sort of thing. Apple don't provide their OS to anyone else and don't have a large enough market share for the commission to consider them. Google provide the OS that is on the majority of modern phones, making this situation very similar to MS and Windows.

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The commisioner was very clear that they see Apple completely differently. Apple sell devices that have an OS on, they don't provide that OS to other manufacturer's. In this case Google are seen as more like MS than Apple. It's the pressure on the other manufacturers to exclude competing services that is the problem.

If Apple had a monopoly on handset sales then the EU would doubtless look at them. With their current market share they're safe. (And Apple wouldn't want everyone to have an iPhone, that'd ruin the cachet.)

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Re: A lot of the APIs were moved in to other services from core Android

...so that they could be updated without a full firmware update. That's pretty important as a lot of carriers and manufacturers rarely provide firmware updates.

The solution to this problem (carriers and manufacturers not providing updates) is to cut out the middle men and have an update mechanism that works without them. I don't expect my internet provider to manage pc updates for me, why should my mobile provider be updating my phone?

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Censorship FTW! China bans Paris Hilton, minor Kardashians et al

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Re: Given half a chance

Too right. Good censorship like this is awesome. It's the bad censorship, where they ban things that I like, that's the problem.

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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I have a beard and don't consider myself sexist.

So this "research" must be bollocks.

Also, "Women seek to gain power by getting control over men." is just the truth! FACTS can't be sexist either!!!

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Music's value gap? Follow the money trail back to Google

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Re: Which means a high percentage of fewer fans

And we all know what that means!

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Linux-fight! Dev's plan to bundle kernel patches sparks debate

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Re: All he's doing is exercising the rights granted by the GPL

Microsoft have been doing quite a bit of that too recently. So maybe there is hope for the year of the Linux desktop!!!

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Re: You know it's true!

Quality troll JJ!! The freetards really can't take a joke.....

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Android's unpatched dead device jungle is good for security

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Horray! Difficult to write malware for all the different versions!

Boo! Also makes it difficult to write apps that work for all the different versions....

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Samsung unblocks ad-block plugins from its Android browser

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Re: keyboard, mouse, 21" widescreen

How quaint! Like my gran!

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Microsoft introduces yet another Skype for Windows 10

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Why are you logged into skype on four different devices at once?

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

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Re: I just can't see this leading to .... anything remotely useful.

Really? It's quite simple to imagine. A child that isn't interested in computers sees that it's easy to construct something using drag'n'drop and realises it can be fun. After working with that for a bit they then want to go further and branch out into more advanced languages and development environments, eventually establishing a career in IT and creating something useful.

You need to work on your imagining, that was easy!!

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Judge roasts Chipotle for firing guy who grilled bean counters on Twitter

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Re: Needless to say, my resignation was accepted.

Yeah, that was pretty unprofessional....

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Labour: We want the Snoopers' Charter because of Snowden

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Indeed. If only the Conservatives were in government.

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UK draft super-spy law 'not fit for purpose,' say 100s of senior lawyers

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Re: The next government then repeals the bill.

Wouldn't hold your breath for that....

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Linux fans may be in for disappointment with SQL Server 2016 port

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Re: Microsoft seeks naive and ignorant Linux user

I wonder if there's a tech news site anywhere with a forum full of them??

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Microsoft has crafted a switch OS on Debian Linux. Repeat, a switch OS on Debian Linux

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Re: Hope we are all not fools.

Well surely some of us must be. Did you mean "Hope we are not all fools"?

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Re: Then pick it up in its jaws as a dog with a rabbit and shake it violently until it is lifeless

Yeah, that's leaving your negativity at the door.

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Microsoft gets into the advanced intrusion sniffer game – but only for Windows 10

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Re: The limitation is for marketing reasons, not technical ones.

It's almost like they're a company!!!

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Re: that most will probably balk at giving up.

If they were aware that's what they were doing then maybe, but as it's happening silently the vast majority won't notice.

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Google cloud wobbles as workers patch wrong routers

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re: This whole article oozes snide

This whole site oozes snide. If it causes you offence when it's directed at Google then I guess there must be a little bit of Google love there....

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Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

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Re: he's an IT professional if he would vote for it!

Voting for it will turn him into an IT professional!! That's some fancy legislation.

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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

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Re: As for JavaScript... its a rare website that doesn't have coding errors these days

Indeed, but I could show you lots of shit C++ code, does that mean that C++ is also crap? (ok, bad example, but true for any language!)

Javascript is strange, with a lot of unusual features and gotchas, but that doesn't mean you can't write elegant robust code in it that works without throwing errors.

It would help if the people writing the javascript were programmers and not designers....

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