* Posts by moiety

1839 posts • joined 28 Aug 2009

Octogenarian accused of performing sex act with a SHRUBBERY

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Agreed. The neighbour should leaf him alone.

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

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Re: I have 600

"Nobody could possibly use more than 640K of memory"

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

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Re: May I suggest...

So what happens if you think you are unobserved, but aren't and somebody else uploads pics/vid to the net? For the sake of the thought experiment, you're doing something legal but distasteful.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

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"Windows as a service"

Nope.

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Chat about Safe Harbour all you like, the NSA's still the stumbling block

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Re: Why do we have standards?

What's the betting on all these regulations being done in Office 365?

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UK.gov: Are we talking about Big Data enough? Should we plug it more?

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“This inquiry will be weighing up how we can open up opportunities in big data for entrepreneurs, while ensuring that consumers feel their private data is protected,"

Note feel their data is protected as opposed to actually protecting the data. In other words, "How much milking can we do with minimal mooing?" I'll feel like my data is protected if you can just keep it the fuck away from entrepreneurs. Don't steal it in the first place would be favourite.

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Five data centres you can't live without

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Re: El-Reg ?

They do a good job. El Reg is my standard test for "is it me, ISP, or the rest of the universe?" connection issues. If anything works it'll be the Reg site.

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Re: Screens

It's an unfashionable opinion here at the Reg; but I prefer 16:9 for the simple reason that there's less pressure on the screen hinges. I had a couple of 4:3 laptops go at the hinges; but haven't encountered that with a 16:9 yet.

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Invisible app ads slug smartmobes with 2GB of daily downloads

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Re: @bazza The poor advertisers...

So, no, however much you may personally dislike adverts, you're not paying for them through increased prices, and nor am I.

Isn't a lot of advertising deductible? So the money is going into advertising instead of taxes.

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Re: The poor advertisers...

Same here. This is how advertisers normally behave...assuming that they have a right to your bandwidth...just a little bit more so.

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Re: All entities should be held accountable

Those who hacked the cars should go to prison for a minimum of 10 years and be fined treble damages plus all cost of prosecution and incarceration.

You are so very wrong. For every honest team of researchers who publish in order to get the hole closed, you can bet there's a bunch of other teams doing the same things but keeping quiet about it and adding to their capabilities. Military, espionage, lulz, blackmail, whatever.

This flaw -as someone a couple of comments down pointed out- be used as a WMD if you could hit every car of the same model at the same time: Steering 3 degrees left; accelerate hard; disable brakes. That'd probably tie up emergency services country-wide for at least a few hours. Ideal if you're planning a military invasion and want to keep the enemy busy and distracted. Or arsehats like ISIS would do it for the atrocity value alone...way more effective than a suicide bomber.

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Choc Factory research shows users just don't get security

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Re: Password managers

For WIndows, I find Keynote NF quite useful...it's a freebie tree-style note-taker with tabs; standalone; no installation (you have to create your own shortcut); and you can encrypt files with a couple of choices of encryption flavours. One executable and one data file.

If you keep the login URL with the passwords, you're pretty well proof against phishing attacks as well because you're only using your own URLs. Also you can keep notes, code snippets and other relevant bits in it.

It is a single point of failure; but you can mitigate that a bit by scattering a few copies of the data file around. Works for me, anyway. No synching and only works on WIndows; but I never log into stuff from anywhere but here, so works for me. Highly mobile people won't find a lot of use for it probably.

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"Don't click on email attachments unless you absolutely have to and even then scan the tits out of it first" isn't on either list

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All wristjobs are as insecure as $#@%, reveals unsurprising research

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Case in point. Security is expensive and if customers aren't bothered then manufacturers aren't going to volunteer for extra expense. Until something happens like...I dunno...burgling rings waiting until you're properly asleep before breaking in or something like that. By which point it'll be too late.

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In fairness a lot of these apps are about monitoring fitness. People who are prepared to broadcast live data like sleep stages, heartbeat etc. to foreign companies probably aren't overly concerned about security. Yet.

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BURN ALL BLOGS! WordPress has a critical cross-site scripting flaw

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Errata: All-in-one wordpress security and firewall

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Wordfence fends off brute-forcers quite well (and there's a lot of them about) and the live view is quite good to have. It also turns off the user listing page (which if your username and 'screen name' are the same leaves brute-forcers only needing to guess the password). You can also have 2FA if you cough up the money.

Wordfence and All-In-On Wordpress Security and firewall together cover a lot of common flaws and play quite nicely together.

It's mainly to stop brute-forcers and obvious/common attacks/flaws. Like having a burglar alarm really - ups the skill level required, but if someone skilled enough really wants you they'll find a way in.

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

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Re: Was The Mutts Nutts

Yeah, even the viruses were nice...a box saying "TeeHeeHee you have a virus" with maybe some music and that's where it ended.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Frankly, they're bloody lucky if I have trousers on.

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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

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The meth lab seems to have been built to fairly low standards. If only there was some sort of agency who could do something about that...

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Re: Smidgeon as a unit of length

Bloody big hammer? Surely you mean a brummagem screwdriver?

I call mine "the fine-tuner". Also heard (here on El Reg) as them being referred to as "Service Pack Zero" which I quite like as well.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Re: I'm intrigued....

That was my favourite bit of the article too. Canute.

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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Well some people prefer a more managed service and that's fine. People who have been using Windows for a time, however, are not those people.

To be honest, it's mostly Photoshop and the fact that Win7 isn't too bad after a few tweaks that have kept me with it this long (that and laziness...a not inconsiderable factor). Photoshop have screwed the pooch now, for me. I took out a year's subscription because I had to at the time but I am absolutely not going to be renewing. This might be just me; but I can't really describe how much I loathe some 3rd party coming in and rearranging my furniture without my permission. Also my entire (expensively collected over a long time) plugin collection stopped working which decreases the program's utility for me, considerably.

Fairly recently I had two programs (from 2 different software houses) on my system remotely detonated. Not wholly without justification, as the programs in question were of dubious provenance; but the fact remains that some remote fucker has more control over my kit than I do sitting at the keyboard and that is simply unacceptable. Getting past my personal huffy and taking a wider view on the subject; this seems to be the direction that Microsoft seems to be going in and it seems likely that Microsoft will go further in the "rearrange user's kit for our own benefit" direction with Windows 10. I most emphatically don't want that. I don't want *my* computer shilling for cloudy this; appstore that; and remote services the other...nor do I want to play the "where's the fucking button today?" game.

All in all, it's looking like time to bail for me. Everyone else's mileage may vary, of course.

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Microsoft seem to be increasingly of the (dare I say Apple-like?) inability to distinguish exactly whose fucking computer it is.

I want an OS that lets me fire up the things that are needed to get stuff done; then get the hell out of the way. If a company wants to cost me time, effort and annoyance to punt their cloudy crap (absolutely none of which I have the slightest interest in) then they can fucking well pay for the privilege.

Cliche, I know, but it's looking like this may actually be the year of the linux desktop for me.

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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Re: Computers are afraid of me...

An intermittent fault never shows itself in the presence of someone qualified to fix it. If that isn't a law already, I hereby claim it.

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Re: Flanders & Swann

That is awesome. A modern take on Madeira M'Dear. Can't upvote you hard enough because I'd not seen it before.

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Ended up listening to the whole At the Drop of a Hat album.

There's also At the Drop of Another Hat in playlist form. Hadn't heard 'em for ages until I went to look up the link.

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Flanders & Swann: The Gas Man Cometh.

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Google says its AI will jetwash all traces of malodorous spam from your box

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Re: 99.9%

You mean that by using filters we're breeding superspam? *Gulp!*

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Hacking Team: We're the good guys, but SO misunderstood. Like Batman

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Depends upon context. A hammer in the hands of a carpenter isn't necessarily a weapon; whereas one in the hands of a burglar is to be viewed with some suspicion.

I'd say that selling surveillance software to dickbags like Libya, Sudan and Saudi Arabia definitely places it in the weapon class. Are they going to use it to be nice to people? Doubt it....

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"But we do not trade in weapons"

Liar.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Re: Ex-Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford

I really hope the lawyers are going to follow up with nastygrams. That would be awesome. We might end up with a definitive number for the amount of ways it is possible to tell people to go fuck themselves. Valuable research.

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I quite like the Yorkshire: "Yon fookers"

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It's a common mistake to assume that just because something is written in legalese, that it is in any way legally enforcable. I had one site where part of the conditions of use was that users must wear a squirrel costume in order to use the site. It was there for years, and nobody ever noticed.

Mostly those documents are arse-covering for the site owner/creator...several pages of "if you do anything illegal using our kit then it's down to you". There may also be somewhat optimistic "expected codes of conduct" which are usually only read so that people can make sure that they've broken all of them and not missed any. Some -like El Reg's- are pretty reasonable (although having a "no trolling" rule and allowing a comment thread immediately afterwards was a bit on the masochistic side, if you ask me. Also quite meta; because asking El Reg commentards not to troll is a troll in itself. Some are power-wanks on the part of the site owners, and some attempt to modify user's behaviour which is about as successful as you'd expect. Legality (apart from the arse-covering) doesn't really come into it. Mostly it's simply a matter of "how much do I fear getting banned from this site" that dictates the amount of attention you need to pay to these things.

Either the Toronto chaps are very stupid indeed, or they have a clever marketing department who know that if the internet is asked to do something it will immediately do the opposite. Personally, I'm not going to link to Toronto2015.

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"Strickly speaking, anyone who links to the website or even anyone who uses the games' own hashtag of #TO2015 is violating its terms, and could be sued."

Site terms of use are only relevant if you want to keep using the site. Doubt if you can be sued for breaking any part of a ToS unless the way you break it also conflicts with an existing law. You can deny a user access to a site if they break the ToS, but that's about where it ends.

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Oxford Uni unearths 800-year-old document to seize domain names

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Re: I read it as oxfordcollegegirl.com

I KNEW the .sucks TLD was good for something!

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

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Re: Anyone been tempted?

I quite like FastStone Capture for this sort of thing - Screenshots, then allows you to annotate, with text, arrows and highlighting. People seem to get on a lot better with visual information

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From doodles to designs – sketch it out with a stylish stylus

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Re: Tch.

Wacom do a bunch that you draw on a pad beside the PC. Intuos for serious designing; Bamboo for less serious kit.

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