* Posts by kbb

45 posts • joined 19 Aug 2009

Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

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Expansion

Ah, I still remember my A500. I still have the A1200 and an A4000. One of my favourite things was the Action Replay. Astounding that you could freeze your machine as the press of a button, poke around the memory, find images, sounds and music, and then carry on as if nothing had happened.

The keyboard was a dream. If I recall it actually had it's own co-processor.

And for the developers, who can forget the system calls that allowed you to put in a memory-resident program that survived the CTRL-Amiga-Amiga.

I'm off to have a read of the ROM Kernel Reference Manual for aulde times' sake.

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Watermarking assembly

(Dragging this from the depths of my memory so apologies if it is misremembered.)

There used to be a shareware x86 assembler that claimed in the docs that it watermarked your output. It said that there were multiple x86 instructions that performed the same operation, so by choosing them in a predictable pattern during assembly, disassembling the output could determine if you were licensed or not.

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

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Re: Linux

Soon to be one and the same as I understand.

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Watching porn makes men BETTER in bed, say trick-cyclists

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Bravo!

Whoever came up with that title image wins the Internet.

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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"the need for a thorough overhaul of the current, overly complicated, legislation..."

"...thus allowing us not to simply replace like-for-like, but to give us the opportunity to add in all those other things that we, of course, do not currently do (*cough*) but would like to do."

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

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"...for a complete tyre change and fuel top-up"

Except they don't refuel anymore.</pedant>

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UK boffins DOUBLE distance of fiber data: London to New York WITHOUT a repeater

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Testing

I always wonder how they test these things. Do they happen to have a long enough piece of fibre spare that they give one end to an intern to send off on a long walk?

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Here's your problem Lord B

"...and hand this over to the government without a warrant". Perhaps if you were to ask for something and abide by due process with checks and balances you might get somewhere.

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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Joke

Creating Precedent

Isn't it obvious? It's all a front by the RIAA/MPAA. If they can convince everyone that a list of IP addresses equates to the identificaiton of the guilty party then all those pesky "an IP address doesn't identify an individual" arguments get thrown away in court.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Mobile apps

I believe on Android the "automatically update apps" option is on by default. Is this something that Google have to worry about or individual app creators? If the latter I can't see how they can stop it other than not releasing any updates or adding in a new permission for each release to make the update a manual process.

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BOING, BOING! Philae BOUNCED TWICE on Comet 67P

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Reg units

Auntie Beeb says the probe is "the size of a washing machine". Is that an officially sanctioned Reg unit?

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

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Re: Simple Counter-Measure

aka adverts

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Bitcoin blockchain allegedly infected by ancient 'Stoned' virus

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A cunning plan?

So could this be a plan to make people so annoyed with their AV - "I can't spend my bitcoins because the stupid AV software thinks it has a virus" - that they turn it off?

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Is FCoE faster than Fibre Channel? Who knows? Just run your own tests

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"what hope do the non-technical and the uninitiated have to find out the truth?"

Should the non-technical and uninitiated be concerned? Shouldn't they be asking the technical and initiated as to which is the best solution to get?

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Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

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Too little

"King claims that it is only seeking the patent in order to prevent rival firms from ripping off Candy Crush."

So why not trademark "Candy Crush" instead of just "Candy"?

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App to manage Android app permissions

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"SnoopWall is proudly made in the USA."

"Patent pending." Ah I love the sound of sueballs in the morning.

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HTC: Shipping Android updates is harder than you think – here's why

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What's missing...

...is a timeline. How long, for example, does it takes to incorporate Sense™ vs. the other steps?

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Fees shakeup: Freephone numbers will actually BE free – Ofcom

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A mandatory service?

How about making all providers supply a free way of finding out how much a call would cost you? A free app or something on a website where you put in the number you want to call and it shows the price? Or a number you can call or text (for free) that you can then enter the number you want to call and it will tell you how much it will cost. Can't be that difficult to tie it in to your account to be able to say if it is part of your included bundle surely.

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MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon over Xmas

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Alternatives

"I haven't used Amazon for a year and I have found plenty of alternatives for buying goods online."

Did you Google for those alternatives by any chance?

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The CURSE of WHO: WHY has there never been a decent videogame with the Doctor?

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What is needed...

...is a Dr Who made by the team that did Monkey Island.

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

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"...help customers to consider environmental concerns..."

Wouldn't it just be simpler to make the manufacturers make the things 'A' rated?

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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Watermarking

Wouldn't re-encoding remove watermarking like this?

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Co-Op

In my experience the Co-Op ones seem to be set up to give you about 0.27 seconds from scanning "beep" until it tells you to place the item in the bagging area for every single item.

And often the "unexpected item" issue can be sidestepped by pressing the "I'm using my own bag" button, even if you're not.

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IT bloke inadvertently broadcasts smut on vast public screen

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Happy

What? No jil(l)in(g) jokes?

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Something's going on with Google Reader but nobody knows what

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Who is losing out?

I used to be logged in all day to reader, which would mean Google get all my searches. Without reader I don't have the incentive to be logged in. So with my cookies being cleared when I closer my browser seems to me that Google are losing out more than me.

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Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

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"Redmond tried to argue that the term "sky" was descriptive"

Like "windows" then?

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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

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Numbers

Seems that Microsoft either have better linked accounts than Facebook/Apple or they are more generous with their answers: approx 5 accounts per request vs. 2 for the others.

Or there was one massive fishing expedition. :-)

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GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

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Banks too?

I've written my PIN down before in amongst a lot of other numbers to disguise it, and then forgotten which 4 digits were the right ones, so I contacted the bank to let them know I'd forgotten it. They sent me a "here is your PIN" letter and it had the same PIN (the digits were in my note). So they must be storing PINs in plain text too.

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Coat

Re: Thank God it's (not) Fryday

No, but it puts her nose out of joint.

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Twenty classic arcade games

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What was that one called...?

What was that game that had live action scenes played. It was a western and you had to shoot things at the right time to move on? If you got it right the next scene played. If not a death scene played. (Something like that - it was a long time ago now.)

I remember seeing it crashed in an arcade in Margate and it was showing the infamous Guru Meditation; sooo chuffed to find out that it was basically an Amiga inside.

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Top tools for junior Linux admins

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tcpdump

For troubleshooting networking issues there's nothing like a good tcpdump on a server imported into wireshark on a desktop for ease of viewing.

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Linux Foundation ships UEFI Secure Boot workaround

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WTF?

Why can't I sign my own stuff?

Why should Microsoft, or any company, have the keys to the kingdom here? Why wasn't this stuff designed so that me, the actual owner and user of the hardware, can perform some process to install my own master certificate (or whatever) so I can sign whatever bootloader I want? If I want to leave Microsoft with that power then I can. If I want to do it myself then I can.

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US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash

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Joke

Re: Corporate tax dodgers

None, but MPs would be able to award themselves that little bit higher pay rise.

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BT's 'six-month free broadband' offer is a big fat FIB - ads watchdog

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FAIL

Does the ASA have any other punishments?

Why do all the ASAs punishments always seem to be "Don't show the advert again, even though you won't anyway because the campaign has ended."?

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Nipper's toy train enjoys journey to edge of SPAAAAACE

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Could've been a disaster

It's all very cool, but what would have happened if it had landed 'Stanley' first on a hard surface?

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Metric versus imperial: Reg readers weigh in

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Mix and match

Dunno why but I tend to use metric for very small units (millimetres), imperial for the next step up (inches, feet up to about 6ft), metres for things over that, but miles for large measurements.

Why can't my satnav tell me the distance to the next junction in miles and metres goddammit?!

Just my 2 hundredths of a pound.

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Canada: We'll boot 'security risk' firms from gov network bid race

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Conspiracy Theory

The American Govt. knew about the Secure Network plans and thought, "How do we ensure a US company gets the gig? How about we announce that those other companies can't be trusted?"

Now where's my EU made tinfoil hat?

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Berkeley Lab proposes 4D clock

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Ions in the ring, tra la-la la-la.

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Olympics security cockup down to software errors - report

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Joke

Re: Probably using Excel 97

And Pentium processors - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_FDIV_bug

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Happy 30th Birthday, Sinclair ZX Spectrum

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Happy

Hey Hey 16K

Of course no birthday celebration is complete without a burst of Hey Hey 16K. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts96J7HhO28

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Crap PINs give wallet thieves 1-in-11 jackpot shot

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Storage of PINs by the banks

What interests me is that I can request a PIN *reminder* from my bank, not a PIN reset. Doesn't that mean they must be storing PINs in clear or reversible encryption rather than as a hash?

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Pope pooh-poohs airport perv-scanners

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Why not...

...put up a scan of the person doing the scanning for that shift at the scanner? Fair's fair.

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Cyber attacks will 'catastrophically' spook public, warns GCHQ

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Conflict of interest

Quote: Growing reliance on the internet to deliver public services will "quickly reach a point of no return", meaning "any interruption of broadband access becomes intolerable and will have serious impacts on the the economy and public well being"

Better throw that clause out of the Mandybill then.

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UK.gov revives net cut-off threat for illegal downloaders

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Get people support

Just get the ISP association to release a press release saying that they'll have to charge all account holders an extra fiver a month to pay their 50% to implement this. That'll get some letters written to Mandy. Is it true? As true as the view that all free copies equal a lost sale.

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Microsoft warns of 'irreparable harm' on court's Word injunction

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Great defence

So now the community knows what defence to use if Microsoft come knocking at the door waving patents at Linux. What's good for the goose...

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