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HALF A BILLION TERRORISTS: WhatsApp encrypts ALL its worldwide jabber

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That's nothing

This lot want to enable encryption for the entire interweb:

https://lwn.net/Articles/621676/rss

or

http://it.slashdot.org/story/14/11/18/1830229/launching-2015-a-new-certificate-authority-to-encrypt-the-entire-web

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Holy cow! Fasthosts outage blamed on DDoS hack attack AND Windows 2003 vuln

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Re: What happened to cheap and cheerful?

C'mon d3vy - that DV barely scratched me. Give us your best shot.

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Re: What happened to cheap and cheerful?

"See that's who I love the comments section on here, 3 downvotes for stating a couple of facts,

1 LAMP stack won't host asp or asp.net pages (excluding maybe using mono)"

Ooh, d3vy have another one on me.

Why would you even want to try to run asp[.net] on LAMP? You'll be telling us you can't put diesel in a petrol engine next.

You make three points and only one appears to relate to the article. whilst the remainder appear a little partisan. Do you mind if I call shill?

Love you

Jon

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You know those WEIRD glass sheds in New York? They'll be replaced with Gbps WiFi

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Re: Not even sure it is legal

"they were required to have x number of pay phones per y population with out a phone."

Well, Ma Bell had best get cracking and build some more then. I suspect NY plc can do what they like with derelict structures on their land.

In the UKoGB we also have some crazy laws but ours generally involve rights regarding sheep worrying on certain days whilst wearing a certain fruit. Such rights stretching back to the 10C and unfortunately suffering from a mistranslation in the 15C and downright myopia in the 18C.

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Re: Riiiight...

"And if you connect and hack the State Dept, how do they track that? If you take care to spoof your MAC address, of course."

I hope you don't think that I can only use your MAC address to track you .... Mr Cash

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Cynic

This looks bloody marvellous but may need some careful thought.

For example I think if you start putting free wifi up all over the town then the locals may possibly abuse it unless it is the intention to replace all those paid subscriber accounts with a freely supplied civic one.

Anyway: good luck to them. It looks good on the face of it and could be fantastic.

Cheers

Jon

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Translation please

Is "rollneck" en_US for "polo neck" (en_GB)?

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Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

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OneDrive UI

Gah - they've done it again: copied someone else's idea!

Owncloud for example does this on all OSs - it uses the built in file manager thing. I suspect all other sync apps do the same. You configure it to watch a folder or two and then you drop files in then and they sync somewhere.

Magic.

Cheers

Jon

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

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Awards to ACs

Why award to ACs? We need names to flame or congratulate on a hard won Twig of Fail (which generally seems to be caused by winding up the AC shills)

I'm still waiting for the comment that can invite the wrath of the whole lot for a gloriously massive downvote, although saying "I love/hate systemd" on somewhere like Slashdot can easily achieve the same result with little effort.

Come on you lot: Let's see some real downvote totals - put your backs into it.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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Re: RE. Re. To 32,767 and beyond!

"wonders if Pi's are actually that sensitive to radiation" - put it in a microwave and report back.

Cheers

Jon

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Judge: Terror bomb victims CAN'T seize Iran's domain name as compensation

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"Russia would seize the code for estonia, the US would have its own DNS that resolved differently.

The French would decide that all .com should really go to .fr if used inside France

The scots would decide that McDonalds.com should resolve to a small cafe in Edinburgh - except if your ISP was owned by an American corporation. Microsoft.com would go to gotse if you typed it on a Mac."

... and yet life would still go on, somehow ...

Cheers

Jon

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SUPER-JAMMY Philae comet probe got down WITHOUT harpoons

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Re: Just brilliant

It's even more incredible than your summary. The craft flew over 1 beeeellion er miles or km (probably km) and used Earth and Mars multiple times to slingshot. It was put into hibernation and woken up. And it did this over 10 years.

Now that's ambitious and frankly beats the shit out of some science fiction for being a bit conservative.

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

@LDS: "yet you can't never know where help could come from"

Fair one: I was a little harsh in attacking someone I have never met in my life with some pretty unpleasant vitriol.

Sorry

Cheers

Jon

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

@LDS: are you having a laugh? Do you really think that el Reg is a Bugzilla?

Anyway, for the record: my windows are Georgian 6 pane and my IE version is IEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE .... Hope that helps you fix my bug.

Actually, you sad shill my windows version is X.

Love you

Jon

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Amazon bags control of .book and .pay domains – but NOT .cloud

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.dont.give.a.shit

Who cares? As is often opined: a fool and his(*) cash is easily parted"

You might as well buy "memorable" IP addresses, say 1.1.1.1 (I know a man who ... )

This is how a general interweb session goes when the seeker does not know where to go:

1. Fire up search engine (if you have Bing or Yahoo come up by accident, use that to find Google)

2. Type in misspelt search terms

3. Click on link

.willywaving: buy a personalized numberplate - it might have some residual value but you'll still look like a twat.

Cheers

Jon

* or her - fooldom is not sexist.

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German spies want millions of Euros to buy zero-day code holes

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Funny old world

This is not an attack on you or I personally but it feels like one because they are directly seeking to subvert something that we might hold dear: Privacy.

A dodgy analogy: Front door vs Encryption to preserve Privacy.

* My front door is pretty strong, it costed £n00 (I think - it was on the house already) and will withstand a shoulder barge or a naive attempt at picking the lock. Drive a tank through it or get a locksmith or a sledgehammer and its not going to do the job anymore.

* My encryption is free and libre. If I'm careful it's as good as the best possible in the world.

However, it is possible to get through both my front door and my encryption without me knowing. In the case of my door by being a good locksmith and my encryption by asking a govt for shit loads of loot and making sure that the world + dog knows about it because it is cool and trendy. I'm sure that the South German Times is a reputable read, packed with quality investigative journalism and nothing like the Sunday Sport in the UK.

Really?

That cash is probably destined for something far more esoteric and spooky than messing with OpenSSL. I suspect that "mucking about with crypto" is now the new nod and a wink for spies n govts to put cash where it's really needed.

Cheers

Jon

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Hot, horny bees swerve PLANET-SAVING DUTIES as climate warms, claim boffins

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Solitary bees are not honey bees

There are 150-200 (can't remember the exact number) of species of solitary bees eg mason bees etc. They are important for pollination so we should take heed of the warning.

However, warmth extends the growing season and hence the amount of time these beasties are out and about. Besides, more shagging probably equals more bees and there will be some form of normal curves over time which will probably still overlap due to being taller (by plotting the postulated larger population, that I've just invented).

The study only looked at the effect on one species of orchid, which will now get to demonstrate whether it can evolve in time to change it's flowering to re-coincide with the bees they depend on or perhaps rapidly become attractive to some other insect.

Study too specific to draw wider implications from.

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Microsoft, Dropbox execs go public with their Office hookup

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There's always another way

If you don't like the thought of syncing to someone else's system with all the attendant worries about security, advertising or reliability, there are other ways.

For example you can install the likes of OwnCloud on you own gear and have phones backup photos one way whilst fatter systems like laptops do two way sync for documents.

You can do it your way or not be fussed about your information - your call.

Jon

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VMware: Yep, ESXi bug plays 'finders keepers' with data backups

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"Yes we're too lazy"

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1031873

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

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TIL

Today I Learned: a few photography skills. Thanks for a great article.

I had not even heard of medium format before today. Now I have a few extra skills to try out or at least strategies to make my phonecam shots better. Starting with dealing with the crap colour in night shots and artificial lighting.

Cheers

Jon

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'National roaming' law: Stubborn UK operators to be FORCED to share

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There's an existing model

We could use the railways as a model here. We could create a MobeTrack or CellTrack who do the infrastructure and then pour money into it via something like PFI. The carriers then get to act as middle men pushing packets around. Hey we can probably bin O2 etc and just have ISPs.

Oh, just remembered that's the way POTS n broadband etc works with BT OpenReach.

Cool, we have two models on how to do this - let's sit back and watch the race to the bottom.

Cheers

Jon

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Forget eyeballs and radar! Brits tackle GPS JAMMERS with WWII technology

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Dead in the water without GPS?

Well bloody well wreck yourself if you can't navigate without GPS.

Navigation by dead reackoning/chart/compass/log/sextant/stars/eyeball/fluke or whatever has worked for millenia. Ocasionally it has failed: most of the coast of Britain is a graveyard to the unfortunates who got it wrong, but it has still got many a boat or ship from A->B.

Hell, even I know how to find Polaris. Can't find the sun? a polarizing filter will sort that out. Funky sunglasses or a lump of cordierite will do the trick - make sure you have some on the bridge.

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BOFH: Stop your tiers – when it comes to storage, LESS is MORE

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Hmmm goat business

Reminds me of falling for the goatse trap on Slashdot years ago. Whilst at work.

If you don't know what I'm on about then Google it, then read the WP article first before going further - you have been warned.

Cheers

Jon

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Cor: check out the number of ACs here

"But once you get the thing in your hand, the coin soon drops. Gone is the creaky, plastic case to be replaced by a much more solid, stylish and expensive-feeling affair, complete with an exposed, chamfered metal band running along the circumference of the handset. "

Well I've got something in my hand, err it's OK - just a SGS4. It's a fucking phone and does stuff. God I feel so inadequate that it's not whatever the bollocks above says. It has lost some of the chrome plating on the edges but apart from that it looks identical to when I took it out of the box with the addtion of a few smudges from my fingers on the screen. I've dropped it loads of times on various surfaces and it is still happy.

I'm happy with 2 gens ago: it's still bloody fast - Google Earth for example is fluid and smooth.

Cheers

Jon

PS Wonder who'll downvote me: Sshills for being happy with an old device or iShills for daring to like something else?

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New Nominet CEO: I'll embrace past but look forward to the future

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ENUM

Wonder if ENUM will get another look over.

Imagine that your phone number was encoded in DNS somewhere in a format that most PBXs (ie what you can run yourself with some effort) already understand.

Nominet is the authority responsible for the UK's ENUM. They have a page http://www.nominet.org.uk/whoweare/whatwedo/our-products-services/enum . I tried contacting them to discover how things were going. I was told by email and verbally that its a no go here. There are no registrars and no I would not be considered for creating one (I have a black belt in DNS and a shit load of infrastructure available should it be needed)

Can't imagine why its being paid lip service - BT n Co would love you to skip their termination fee ...

Cheers

Jon

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Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ

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Linux

Congrats Andy. The shills fell into line beautifully with your well crafted call to arms from three branches of the buggers.

I think we can do better though. Just need an article that draws in iShills and DroidShills, winds up Windows lovers, Penguins and more iShills. Sprinkle audio buffery and perhaps an editor conflict. Oh and for top marks a script language willy waving contest. Now offend the whole bloody lot with only mild swearing and gentle arguement.

Whoever pulls that off will truly shine in these hallowed halls and they shall have the entire tree.

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US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'

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Thing of the past for me

Since I put an IVR on my phone line (OK: Digital Assistant).

If you ring my home number then you'll get my dulcet tones saying: "Please press 1 if you think we'd like to speak to you, 2 to leave a voice mail. If this is an unsolicited sales call then hang up"

The wardiallers get confused and don't know how to press 1. The phones don't even ring. I have a whitelist for friends and family, so they get straight through.

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GCHQ staff 'would sooner walk' than do anything 'resembling mass surveillance’

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So where the f*** is this coming from?

I regularly see this sort of thing in my firewall logs:

Time If Rule Source Destination Proto

Oct 25 13:53:28 WAN1 Block private networks from WAN1 block 192.168/16 (@67)   192.168.54.1   w.x.y.z ICMP

ie a ping from 192.168.54.1 to my WAN address (w.x.y.z) at home. I've asked my ISP and they say they do not pass RFC1918 addresses (those in 10.x.x.x, 172.16-31.x.x, 192.168.x.x etc etc). 192.168.51 is nothing to do with me nor are the other random attempts I see.

Wonder where the probes come from?

Only tin foil hat wearers need apply.

Cheers

Jon

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

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Re: These are not DNS-Servers

Factually you are correct(ish) However, Unix based systems (at least) will have in /etc/resolv.conf something like:

domain example.co.uk

nameserver a.b.c.d

nameserver e.f.g.h

So the newbie: Windows using the term "DNS server" in their dialogues is fair enough - they are servers that spit out DNS information. As it turns out, a large proportion of the world refers to non auth resolvers as "DNS servers" or "nameservers".

I manage many Windows DNS, BIND, PowerDNS, Unbound, int al and feel I have a pretty good handle on how DNS works. Criticising people for their use of "DNS server" for a "resolver" is pretty low on my list of thing to get wound up about. Incidentally, many of those mere "resolvers" may of course be authoritative for some domains. In which case how do you refer to them?

Perhaps you might also get upset at an Apache instance being used as a reverse proxy being called a "web server".

Now if you really understood DNS 'n' IP to a level where you can get uptight in public and not expect to be flamed then you would have pointed out that MS's biggest mistake was to make it appear that DNS settings are per interface and not per host.

... or to put it another way: how would you like me to refer to a system that does DNS thingies as a resolver, authoritative for some zones and non-authoritative for other zones. I think I'll just call the whole lot of them DNS servers and if I'm not sure what they do but they perform this function then I'll still call them DNS servers. Oh and even if I bother to check the finer details, I'll still call them DNS servers.

Cheers

Jon

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South Korea faces $1bn bill after hackers raid national ID database

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Classic error

It's always a bad idea to make an index number mean something. An index should just be that and not hold data in it. Apart from anything else it limits possibilities. For example they have a field that is 1 or 0 for sex: that dichotomy is meaningless in some cases. The UK driver number is nearly as bad - it encodes your date of birth.

@Christoph: a National ID? Have a closer look at your driver's license and tell me we don't already have one by proxy. If you don't have one then your passport will do the job instead (they are linked nowadays as well). If you don't have either then there are still plenty of other ways to identify you. Got a mobile phone? debit or credit card? Oooh: don't tell me you were born here - you have an NI number. So your NHS card will do the job.

National ID card? Get a grip: we know who you are without some piece of plastic.

Cheers

Jon

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

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Where's the daft name and funky logo?

When my Linux boxen fall prey to a nasty they get trendy names and a logo (Heartbleed, Shellshock) with Windows you only get CVEs and a load of blather.

(EDIT:) My word! I glazed over the DougS comment just above here, surely a troll, and re-read the list. Sure enough, the Win kernel apparently does TTF parsing. Sorry mate and as you said: WTF.

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FACEPALM! HP cert used to sign malware

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Scale of negligence

I might being sound of wind and limb suggest that further analysis should that analysis be warranted or required or be intimated of this incident or any other incident now or past or present or future and that incident be connected to this incident or any other incident or happening now or in the past or present or in the future whereby the terms past present or pink goblins be defined hereforeto herewith or my teeth fall out or other bollocks be defined wherein.

Sorry, someone else's day job interferred with my post.

This is negligence of one sort or another. The scale of which probably needs to go to court. On the face of it as presented, in my opinion: it's probably errr should be criminal.

Cheers

Jon

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Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

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Why on earth is this news?

Why would an OS designed to work on devices with presumably USB connections or similar to external devices really need EXTx support? You generally don't use EXTn on them anyway.

Perhaps RAM is restricted in some way on these things. I note that the xfs module on my laptop is around 680KB in size and the btrfs one is a jaw dropping 740KB. Nightmare! God only knows how big the ext ones would be.

I can easily remember when RAM was £30 per 1MB and with some effort when it was priced in GDP.

The world turns ...

Cheers

Jon

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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Re: HAHA HAHA HAHA HAHA

"This is like suing "The Neverending Story" because it ended !!"

No its not. "The Neverending Story" is the name of a film about a neverending story. Following that line of reasoning would mean that Terminator 2 would have had a pretty small audience and T3 would have been a mop up operation.

Jon

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Pen-testers outline golden rules to make hacks more €xpen$ive

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"Most PHB only get concerned when a security threat affects them. If they want to play farmville at lunch, well tough they will play farmville at lunch."

Yep and your carefully crafted Squid ruleset gets neutered to allow them access to gambling sites etc etc.

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Re: Just a thought...

"Just try disabling your own internet access (I'm assuming you're in some IT role) and see how much work you can get done."

Well for starters - no el Reg and hence a massive increase in productivity 8) But we lose the benefit of their insightful comments.

Jon

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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It's still there

$ curl -X POST http://adelogs.adobe.com/datacollector/ping?id=com.adobe.rmsdk.dev.demac

UP

Where the hell are the script kiddies when you need them?

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

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There are lies ...

"In your 13 posts (thus far) on this thread, you've garnered 16 upvotes and 84 downvotes. That gives you an approval rating of 19.04%."

Hmmm: 13+84=100 votes cast. So that's either a 13% approval or an 84% disapproval rating depending on which way you want to spin it.

Apples and oranges are both fruit so you can say that 13% of the fruit are apples and 84% are oranges.

Simply dividing apples by oranges like that is only going to leave mixed metaphor on your face.

Cheers

Jon

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Oracle will 'kill MySQL' and steal its users? Ha ha, haha, ha. Seriously, we won't – Oracle exec

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FYI

Ever wondered why its called MySQL?

Monty's first daughter is called My. Luckily he had another, called Maria. Handy when you've got a DBMS to name.

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OpenVPN open to pre-auth Bash Shellshock bug – researcher

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Re: auth-user-pass-verify Option

"Thank god we already migrated to a DirectAccess VPN."

Yep, thank God. You'll be enjoying this month's patch Tuesday - it's a bumper crop. Having to reboot your firewall so often must be a real bugger though.

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'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'

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iT just works (tm)

Ahh - so that's how "iT just works" err works. Cyanogenmod nightly builds are more stable than iOS releases at the moment.

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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Get a grip

"... Scan your network for things like Telnet, FTP, and old versions of Apache ..." and old versions of anything else - FTFY.

I'm not aware of many web servers that run BASH any more. Also BASH normally sits behind other stuff like sshd so IS protected by authentication.

Yawn - can't be arsed to get excited by this: IT IS NOT A HEARTBLEED SCALE SNAG. It's just a bug. Schools and Unis will probably want to patch this quickly though - for obvious reasons 8)

Cheers

Jon

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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Re: Stats are meaningless

"But still much faster than Android."

Really? I get nightly builds on mine and I get to read the Changelog. Fancy having alternatives like Cyanogenmod available. Damn all that choice.

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Jesus phone RAISED from DEAD. Watch iPhone 6 get BURNED, DROWNED, SMASHED

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My wife managed to chuck her SG S4 though the 2" opening in the car window whilst inside. It hit good Cumbrian limestone (5'+ drop) and somehow only chipped a corner, bounced and then sat in a puddle.

A colleague with the same phone had crazy paving on the screen after a 2' drop onto a stony beach - it hit on the corner as well.

Mine has flown across the room onto a wooden floor and also reacquainted itself with gravity and the tiles in our kitchen from various heights. It's fine.

Conclusion: you need to do a shit load of drop tests to prove toughness. Anecdotes are not data, especially not with the variations possible. Still, help yourself to my anecdotes - you're worth it.

Cheers

Jon

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Mushy spam law's IDEAL for toothless watchdog: Spamhaus slams CAN-SPAM

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Re: Zero enforcement in the UK

Asterisk: Yes you can blacklist which is nearly useless.

On mine I have a message (IVR) that says: "Press 1 if you think we'd like to speak to you, press 2 to leave a message. Unsolicited callers - please hang up."

No spam any more at all. The auto diallers don't know what to do. You can bypass it with a white list for friends and family if you like if they pass CLID (painful!)

Cheers

Jon

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Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize

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Re: "Bad Science"

Yep - "follow the money" is a good mental habit to get into when you are deciding on the validity of something.

For example I note that the iPhone features rather heavily in New Scientist this week and on numerous news sites across t-interwebs, even when the new v6 is not being reviewed.

Cheers

Jon

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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BING was not right

"Bingly-bingly-beep" was badly wrong and demonstrates how crap IT based predictions with funky algorithms and huge budgets really are - cf financial algos and their effects. They had access to vast amounts of data but could not get it right. I notice they only gave a number without error estimates.

The end result was 55%-45% not "too close for error bars" [my term]

I note that Edinbugh, Orkney and Shetland were massively against indy, ie the capital and the two most remote bits of Jockland want to be Brits and good on them.

Cheers

Jon

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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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Re: The beginning of a long and slow decline...

Who on earth is EDS?

TCFKAE(DS) is a long subsumed business unit of HPEDigiSynPac - and that's only made up of the one's I can recall at the mo ...

Cheers

Jon

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Boffins plot global (browser) cookie crumb trail

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Privacy badger

I run PB in Chrome and notice that el Reg gets a rather high score for the sheer number of third party sites linked. That probably helps explain the page load times being on a par with Facebook ...

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OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

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Re: hmm

"or that it'll need it during rainy days."

The last set of rainy days for my company lasted several years. Apparently it was some sort of global recession. The last one in the early 90s caused me a change of career.

How facile a simple "rainy day" trips off the keyboard. Our staff are damn glad we keep a big brolly handy.

Cheers

Jon

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