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1883 posts • joined 18 Sep 2009

BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*

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Oh, to be a fly on the wall...

Who do you know that could survive interviewing Simon for a job?

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Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast

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which will die in 2 weeks.

..if I touch it.

I guess I could pay someone to buy me another 64GB card and put it in my phone for me.

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Facebook wants to Zuck up your cash into its mobile payment service

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ok, 1 down 999 to go

After that, its up to you.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?

I certainly did.

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VMware patches man-in-the-middle vSphere vuln

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Re: dear vmware

Close. I've seen that page and other vmware KBs, but what I want is for vcenter 5.5 to continue to maintain its own sub-ca, but prompt me and ask if I'd like to sign the internal CA they're about to create, myself. What vmware provide (and have for several versions) is a kludge. It would be much simpler if they would simply ask: do you want to sign this CA yourself? If you don't want to be bothered and can accept that you'll continue to have to tell users to accept the certificate (that they've just been warned about) reinforcing the belief that they can just click on Firefox's, Chrome's and IE's warnings every time they see one. Otherwise you can download the CSR, sign it using your company's CA, and upload the cert.

This beef isn't limited to vmware. Splunk is similar, but I think I can using a single wildcard certificate to replace all of Splunk's certificates. And don't get me started on APC PDUs, unless you have solved this yourself and would like me to send you cash.

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dear vmware

Now would be the perfect time to allow administrators the opportunity to submit vcenter's CA csr to be signed by an external CA.

signed: an admin who never enjoys telling users to click through a certificate error.

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Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

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Re: Your observation is flawed

That's because the definition of self-signed certificates includes two types of certificates:

1) certificates created by a device/software during its installation process

2) certificates signed by a non-global CA

#1 above can, depending on the author of the installation script, create identical certificates on every device.

#2 is what you get when you build your own, internal, CA. Either using openssl and a handful of scripts or a package like ejbca. You can create certificates equal to, or better than, certificates issued by any global root CA. At nearly zero cost.

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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re: alternate error pages

I agree. At least firefox still allows you to display the error codes.

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FAIL

re: google update

The problem is that the installer ignores the currently installed version's parameter setting? Why? Do they think I turned off automatic updates by mistake?

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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So, no more patches

Does this mean that if I reinstall XP on a machine that it won't find any patches available from Windows Update? Or are they only ceasing to release patches to the general public for XP?

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Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it

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Re: MILNet

Are you sure? I'm sure that dockmaster.navy.mil was accessable from sun1.cc.usm.edu back in the 1980s. I'm sure I've got a screenshot of the login banner somewhere.

Unless you're talking about the 1970's.

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Big Content goes after Kim Dotcom

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Re: MD5

I don't think that was his (Kim's) point, but consider this:

You have permission from the content creator to distribute content X.

I don't have permission from the same creator for the same content X.

If you and I are both using the same service for distribution, and the takedown mechanism uses md5sum(X) is the trigger, then an automatic system will remove not only my copy of X, but the valid, authorized, legitimate copy of X of yours.

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Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive

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Re: Too intrusive for Singapore

Wow, we only get him for Capital One credit cards over here.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Re: No mention of microcode? - floppy disk

MTARS (I don't even remember what it stands for) for the Honeywell DPS/8x, 8xxx and 90 hardware loaded from floppy of course, by the time of the /8000 and /90 models, they were on 5 1/4 instead of 8inch.

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Re: Why won't the mainframe die?

Oh, please! I may have even written one or two myself.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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on hold after hours

First Union (now part of Wells Fargo) used to have a really poorly implemented system. If you dialed in with less than a minute left of active helpdesk time, and it took you more than a few tries and more than a minute to enter your account number correctly, it would keep you in queue until you hung up (or more likely, Monday morning at 9am - i never lasted this long.) My record for one call, with nothing but a computer telling to continue waiting was about 14 hours. The only reason the call ended then was that I inadvertantly dropped the phone, causing the battery to pop off.

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SPARC and Solaris will live until at least 2019

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Re: The Oracle Walled Garden roadmap

I thought he only needed money to widen his moat.

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

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Are you kidding?

aargh.

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Re: OTRS

Can you point us to the document that allowed you to make it do everything?

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Re: Helpdesk?

Yes, but if you aren't familiar with php, then you'll be stuck, like I was, googling for how to actual make it do things.

On the whole it was easy to install, but doing the initial setup was painful.

One of my biggest issues with zero-cost software is they usually have a zero-cost manuals. Some actually have docs that do LIST all of the commands, options and settings, but very few have well-written, IMNSHO, manuals and not just command lists. Hell, I can generate a list of commands just by using: strings <filename>

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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help!

Where can I find this list?

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: All I can say is

Are you kidding? In my opinion, upstart is just as bad.

Of course, I've been using init scripts since 1989.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

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Joke

Are you serious?

Microsoft thinks its the start button.

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'We’re not SNEAKY, we're DADS from the MIDWEST'

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dear facebook

Have you ever wondered how the Golf Channel can show the players on the 18th green from above without having the perspective change radically?

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Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy

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Re: Google cars are obviously recognizable!?

By your logic, any company that has taken street pictures using vehicles should cough up the same amount as Google if their vehicles were not marked as required?

What about people with dash-cams?

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show is GO for Saturday

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Pint

good luck

[see above*]

* - couldn't resist, sorry.

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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USB->mini-USB->micro-USB

The only connector with a good design in this bunch is the USB. Both the mini- and micro-USB are fragile enough that I have successfully, if thats the right word, plugged them in upside down.

As for the USB, for gods sake, stop using black plastic for the innards. It takes forever to find a store that has USB cables with white-plastic tabs. If you've ever tried to connect one in dim lighting, you know what I mean.

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Italy has a clumsy new pirate-choker law. But can anyone do better?

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regarding who you're smacking.

Insure that you don't break ANY laws while you're at it.

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

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Re: But why ?

Depends why they bought it in the first place. If they bought it simply to make a large payment to a certain group of individuals and then hold until no one would suspect that, then I think they might succeed.

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hmmm.

I read the NYTimes article yesterday, and was waiting for your observations. Do you have any additional comments on the "one, two, three, four, click, what do you mean its gone?" syndrome that was discussed.

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Re: Handy musical guide

If it was delicious, it wasn't evil. If you're dead, it was.

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Aw, SNAP. It's too late, you've already PAID for your storage array

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can't afford to test?

If you can't afford a test lab, and yet you're going to be spending 100k on storage devices, then you have your priorities in the wrong order.

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Systems cock-up plagued new hospital in Melbourne

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FAIL

are you kidding?

Even I could have written an extract/insert job to move the appointments to the new system. Of course that assumes that a blank field would raise a flag at the office requiring that additional information be gathered from the patients and used to update the new db, instead of causing the system to crash.

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US judge tells Marvell to pay Carnegie Mellon Uni $1.5bn in patent fallout

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i agree

They should only get to pay similar rates if they licensed the technology before using it.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Re: There have been great improvements more recently

Unless the part of the message that you're answering is under the compose frame.

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Asia's internet in peril as cable network breaks in TWO places

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FAIL

cut in two places?

How the hell do you do that? Did someone pick it up by the middle and yank it loose at both ends?

Surely they didn't just patch it with LC connectors last time?

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Re: We have the technology

naa-naa-naa-naa-naa-naa...

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LOHAN preps Vulture 2 for hot vinyl wrap

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Re: I'll say this for you chaps -

Either that, or they really do have day jobs.

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ICO plugs XSS vuln in its website. Only took watchdog FIVE YEARS

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Re: Turning circle of a...

Is that like a sit-and-spin?

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

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Yeah! I'm a statistic.

See above.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Re: Custom ROM

Where would you recommend I go to find instructions to do this?

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Happy

i'm on my way to buy one.

If I can find a store locally...yep...

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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

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tax purposes

It's registered in NJ for tax purposes (or at least it was in the '90s when I worked for them)

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Reports say Vodafone to gobble Spanish cable outfit Ono

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Re: As a Spanish national and ONO customer...

Yeah, whoever wrote the headlines missed a good one, there.

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'Catastrophic' server disk-destroying glitch menaced Google cloud

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: backups

Only if it was moved between Google data centers...

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Re: Your all up your own arse

Are you aware that simply raising your hand and waving it around will probably turn the lights back on?

Well, it will at QTS Atlanta...

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Re: Lets hope...

Has anyone checked to see how 'am i running xp' queries are ranked in Google/Bing/etc? If you wanted a site to be at the top of that list, I think that'd be the name to use.

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Vine's 'educational nudity': 'So if I write 1+1=2 on my boobs we're grand?'

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Devil

It's actuall at 2:31.6

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Re: Apropos of nothing ..

I was going to ask where you work and are they hiring. And then I thought my intent might be misconstrued...

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Re: Boobs

I think if she were to write pi to 22 places on one and e to 22 places on the other,....THEN it would be grand.

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