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991 posts • joined 23 Sep 2009

Firefox alpha dons Flash flak jacket

Ammaross Danan
Coat

Missed the point

Very informative reply, but I think jake simply missed clicking the "joke alert" icon, as his "Flash? What's that?" comment most likely implied he chooses not to install flash at all and therefor has no problems. Good attempt though.

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DARPA to build military App Store, battlefield 3G

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FAIL

Well

They already stated ways to possibly power these base stations: stick them on a mobile unit. So, if an alternater in a vehicle isn't good enough, I'm sure sticking an antenna on the back of a Paladin for some good'ol tank grunt should both protect the tower and power it sufficiently. When all else fails, mobile generators in on a trailer should do nicely. Probably the base ballist to keep it upright in high winds....

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Web wags stage IE 6 funeral

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FAIL

Fail

"every time I browse for porn and erase my dirty tracks with the push of a couple of buttons."

Last I checked, this is a good way to get stuck permenantly browsing porn as all the crapware shoves itself onto your system through the crap they call a browser.

And as for the tracks, isn't that what porn-mode, erm "In-Private Browsing," is for?

Fail for crappily-constructed sarcasm (please say it was just sarcasm).

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Sony readies revamped netbook

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FAIL

Unless

"Oh, and the next "modern" machine I see with a modem needs to go in the blender - waste of space and power"

Unless, you're a Road Warrior. You know, the kind that may need to make (or receive) a fax whilst in <enter a random nowhere-ville location here> for business reasons. You know, the type that might be in to the ultra-portable and light, but cheap for the beancounter's approval, type laptop.

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Men lie more in online dating - except about their weight

Ammaross Danan
Big Brother

Title

Simply put, online dating (and no, not restricted to "dating" sites) avoids the evolutionary problem of finding a suitable mate within proximity, by chance.

Pontificate at your own expense.

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New use found for 'world's most useful tree'

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FAIL

Title

Last I checked, they didn't park the ISS next to a stream, or even a mud hole for that matter...

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Apple yanks Wi-Fi detectors from iTunes

Ammaross Danan
FAIL

Never

Jobs would never pull those apps from the store! They help add (pad) those app counts with zeroes! "Over 100,000 Apps! There's an App for that!" (as long as you're looking for a fart app or something equally younger than 12)

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Intel shows off 48 cores

Ammaross Danan
Boffin

heatsink

To answer the question of water-cooled or no, as well as the size of the heatsink, the author did mention that "We'd have shown you a picture of the part, but really, all you'd have seen was a lot of fan"

The keyword is "fan" in case you didn't see.

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Typing merely by thinking - plugless brainjack kit invented

Ammaross Danan
Terminator

Alternative

I take it no one read the Reg article about how Sex may be the culprit in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, not typing?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/21/carpal_tunnel_syndrome/

Not quite RSI, but perhaps linked?

But seriously, to make a brief (well, sort of) mention of the brainjack idea. A halo that can interpret thought it nice and all, but a brainjack into the brainstem will allow total Nervous System interception. When you run in your VR world, you don't have to be physically running, so the BrainJack2000(tm) filters such actions from passing along your spinal cord. Of course, it would need to be positioned above the lower brain so breathing and such isn't affected (or better hope the ipchains/tables people got their filters correct!). There is the added benefit of the brainjack being capable of SENDING information back to the brain. Neurofeedback and the like. Kick a rock? Make you feel like you kicked it. Of course, more ipchains/tables to sort out to prevent rogue software from sending a "you're being burned alive" signal.... Perhaps have a sliding scale of pain and such you would like to be let through, like adjusting volume.

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Global warming may be normal at this point in glacial cycle

Ammaross Danan
Flame

I for one...

@Rob Foster:

AGW proponents say humans are to blame for "Climate Change." Others claim we are not to blame for Climate Change. The idiots are the ones who say "the climate is not changing." Sorted.

@the CO2 Anon. Coward of: "reducing our CO2 emissions will definitely prevent this":

NASA reported that CO2 was not sufficient enough, on its own, to change the climate, but that ASH (or other types of particulates of such nature), were the most likely culprit of any climate change. So I'd be more worried about volcanic eruptions, forest fires, and other dirty-burning/releasing of ash-like particulates. Perhaps put a filter on your campfire next time?

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Forget SETI, this is how you find aliens: Hefty prof speaks

Ammaross Danan
Coat

Cheers

"Finding out that we are alone in the universe? Or, finding out that we are first and have to teach all the other intelligent races that come after us?"

Just because the universe is X Billion/Trillion years old, doesn't necessitate that life has evolved prior to now. We, ourselves, could be that "ancient" alien race that went about seeding and colonizing the planets in our galaxy and beyond.

Anyone got a few Stargates in their pocket to sprinkle around? Methinks I misplaced my coat...

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Apple is suing HTC

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FAIL

Hey!!!

I just patented the "five fingered" glove. Many companies have patented a glove in which to insert a hand, and variations on it, but my patent explicitly states the need for five "tubes" in which to insert the fingers for the purpose of digit dexterity. Now I can sue everyone that makes gloves!

Talk about patenting multi-touch and gestures....bleh.

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Zombie tactics threaten to poison honeypots

Ammaross Danan
Terminator

Problem

Since many servers (should) nowadays be running inside a VM, simply dumping out due to being an a virtual environment isn't enough of a check. Servers are the lucrative hosts for zombies due to their always-on, high-bandwidth, high-horsepower nature. To dump them simply for being a virtual server will cut out a portion of this zombie base. As noted in the paper, other methods would be much more meaningful. However, one mentioned (of including a self-address in the list for verification), wouldn't be on my list. Even if it was a web-based email, it would still require utilizing one (or some) of the bots to auto-check the "personal" email address for verification, which would throw a control password into the mix, and provide a means of compromise. Not good. Other alternative would be to check it with some control center, which could be traced back to, another fail.

Perhaps the easiest way would be to register a few (if not all) directly-accessible bots (not behind a firewall or the like) as targets. For every batch of spam sent, from every server, one email would be addressed to <randomgarbage>@<infectedcomputerip> (so to speak) and have a C&C message verify across the bot-whispernet that such an email was received, and have that determine if the machine is being filtered/blocked/redirected. It isn't flawless, but will give the herder an idea of which machines are pointlessly infected.

As for the "act as a honeypot" to disable a zombie suggestion above, I would assume you have the technical know-how to remove such a bot if you know how to "act as a honeypot" in the first place. Or am I just giving too much credit?

Either way, if the bot is unable to send spam for whatever reason, I'd probably just flip it into "keylog and send me juicy info" status anyways.

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Asus goes small on aluminium, big on Bamboo

Ammaross Danan
Welcome

OR

Or you could show us the tasty little 9" tablet.

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Mozilla orders Jäger shot for Firefox engine

Ammaross Danan
FAIL

@Bob 18

Yes, because Java and .NET are well known to be fast and entirely effective at driving events on a webpage.

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Bulgarian airbag absorbs semi-automatic rifle round

Ammaross Danan
FAIL

RE: Myth Busted!!

Yes, mythbusters busted the bullet-stopping capability of implants (didn't they use Silicone ones anyway?). However, they didn't measure its effect at REDUCING penetration depth. The round fragmented (obviously, since "fragments" are mentioned), and with the extra inch or so of "high pressure" salt water to penetrate, the fragments didn't penetrate deep enough to kill her (by mere millimeters in this case). Ever see a bullet shot into water? Stops quite quickly. Or didn't you see that Myth Busters of shooting a cube of gel at various angles/depths in water?

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Ammaross Danan
FAIL

Not quite

Breast implants aren't ment to offer the same penetration resistance as normal flesh, but to provide the same ELASTICITY resistance. It gives them the proper shape-holding and wobbley goodness of the real [oversized] thing.

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Microsoft slams nails in Windows Vista, XP SP2, 2000

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FAIL

XP vs Win7

Windows 7 is a smooth operating system, if you're a punter end-uzer. I have to run Windows XP for quite a few reasons, least of all for gaming. Civilization 4 WILL NOT WORK in Windows 7. Period. Granted, last patch for it was Sep07, but WTF? Yes, it technically is not Windows' fault, but the software companies (who had PLENTY of advance notice), however, older software/games that were developed and reached end-of-life long before Vista was born have no chance. And of course, VMs don't (yet) have native gfx support, so Civ4 in a VM is out of the window(s) :P

Another thought, what will happen to Windows XP Mode in Win7 when XP hits EoL? Technically, it's a feature of Win7, which should still be supported..... But then, Win8 will probably be out by 2014 (hopefully) and all our problems will go away (again)...

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MS uses court order to take out Waledac botnet

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Thumb Up

I hate to admit it

...but AC has a point. If I put a rule on our main firewall that drops all inbound traffic NOT from the USA and ALSO drops all outbound traffic to anywhere EXCEPT the USA (and the UK for The Reg of course), my network and users would have ZERO impact. Unless of course there's a search result piping me to a bot drone "web server" punting malware. Since Google or their ilk don't provide search results from their "anywhere in the world" datacenters /directly/, shouldn't be an issue. Now, to look up the IP ranges provided to US-based carriers....

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German jugs pulled from iPhone

Ammaross Danan
FAIL

Seriously

Seriously, people shouldn't bash Apple for this. When you buy a product, it is because you deem its benefits acceptable compared to is lack of features. You buy a DVD player without a USB or Network plug? Don't cry to the maker because "it's essentially a computer, so why did you not include this feature?!?!" You bought it. If it was the only DVD player on the market, well, your desire to watch DVDs may far outweigh your want for a USB or Network plug and you'll buy it regardless. When people buy an Apple product, they feel it is worth the niche market cost and lock-in. Not to mention accepting the Big Brother we-know-whats-good-for-you-take-it-or-leave-it marketing and development. If you don't own an Apple product yet, go ahead and flame your reasons for not buying their "crap." But when you become a paying customer, you waive that right.

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Google eyes hypegasm fuel cells for 'whole data center'

Ammaross Danan
FAIL

Misleading...

"US television news magazine 60 Minutes reported that Google has been running four "Bloom Boxes" in a data center for the past 18 months, but this is a tad misleading."

Since when has 60 Minutes ever NOT been misleading with their hypegasm reports? Remember the whole SUV "exploding gas tanks" debacle where they planted explosive charges to get it to blow up on impact?

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Creaky old Windows flaw rises, divides doommongers

Ammaross Danan
Coat

So

So 2X goes hysterical because its shoddy programmers screwed up an API call and crashed a server?

Mines the one with a Windows API reference guide in the pocket

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Chuck Norris botnet doesn't infect routers...

Ammaross Danan
FAIL

Well

It was probably suggesting remote administration ports to the router/DSL modem. The article stated it redirects port 80 (from internal to external at least) to a malware-loaded website.

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Google (finally) nabs On2 video codecs

Ammaross Danan
FAIL

However

But who would want to use the "better OS" if it only played on a small subset of specialty devices? Go buy a "better format" HD-DVD and see how far you get.

Disclaimer: No flames about using a "dead" format please. It was for sake of argument and as a common-knowledge visual. Only flame for the fact this was a stab at a "OSX Rules, Wind0ze has Virii!" post

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Ammaross Danan
Alert

But there's a reason

Microsoft won't support it because such wonderful piece of software could do nothing but make their browser crash. Not saying that cruddy software [*cough* Flash *cough*] doesn't crash their browser already... Oh, sorry for the "crash browser" when it should be "crash browser tab," which then crashes the whole browser anyway....

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Cisco and HP - the gloves come off

Ammaross Danan
Coat

And

And if you have any doubt Cisco isn't trying to gouge you, just go to their website and try to download their VPN client.

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Dell Inspiron Zino HD

Ammaross Danan
FAIL

Fail

Yes, because AMD would like their ATI competitor, nVidia, to be coupled with their CPU. ATI also has a form of CUDA (albeit not as mature and popular [if CUDA could even be considered that...]).

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Kipping at your desk is highly productive, say boffins

Ammaross Danan
Alert

Siesta

Many people have lauded the boost in performance a Siesta can deliver, but many people ignore a minute detail: a Siesta "power nap" should NOT exceed a MAXIMUM of 30 minutes. Ideally, it should be 15-20min. This is the "power nap" time parameter used in most research (Google it if you must). So, the "up to 3 hours" of Siesta that some people prescribe to does more harm than good in productivity terms.

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NetApp says tiering is dying

Ammaross Danan
Coat

A Thought

"Always an interesting discussion when someone says that a solution 'requires' SCSI or SAS, because you know SATA drives and controllers haven't sped up at all in the last 5 years. "But I need high throughput......""

Just made me think, off-hand, what would happen if a hard drive implemented 2 read/write arms (positioning the additional one on the opposite side/corner), instead of just one? Simultaneous data access anyone?

Mines the one with the patent application in the pocket.

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Almost 2,500 firms breached in ongoing hack attack

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FAIL

IE6

Many companies mandate IE6 and WinXP due to problems vetting newer browsers/OSes. The Gov't in particular probably runs custom software that demands a certain browser or uses an out-of-date plugin that requires an older OS. I work in Healthcare and I know of several EMR solutions that either directly embed browser windows into their interface (thus requiring IE6 for instance, so everything stays working as intended), or uses some plugin for managing PDFs or images that is running 4 revisions out-of-date which only supports XP. Why? It costs money to buy licensing for the new plugin, or to pay someone to update the interface, etc. Until people start refusing to use software solutions that REQUIRE them to stay on older, more insecure, platforms, nothing will be done by those lazy software vendors.

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Raygun 747 missile-zapping test video released

Ammaross Danan
Megaphone

Well

Just slap a nuclear reactor in the back of the plane. Electro lasers powered by such would be more than capable of one-shotting a missile in a few seconds, not this horrid 1-minute crap. Hate to have to stem off 5 missiles at once.

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Apple bans iPhone hackers from App Store

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FAIL

Re: Apple isn't prosecuted for monopoly abuses because it isn't a monopoly

A <6% share of the "personal computer" market is not a monopoly. Saying Apple is a monopoly is like saying Nintendo has a monopoly on the Wii. If you don't like the iPhone, there's several other smartphones out there you can use. What? They are all crap? Then get an iPhone and live with the manufacturer's restrictions. It's called Vendor Lock-in. Get used to it.

A monopoly is only a monopoly if there are no other choices to be had.

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A decade of techno-sex: Look how far we've come

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FAIL

Agreed

"Second Life is a metaverse, not a MMO game."

Agreed. Even after sludging through the rant about how SL truly is a MMO "game," I still agree it's a metaverse and not a game. Calling it a game on the mere basis that you have a user that can "interact" (view and generate content), and can perform actions others can see/read, would make it essentially a graphical BBS. Should we start calling phpBB.net a game? Thought not.

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Putting an iPad through the Motions

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FAIL

@Mad Hacker

"Really? I'm not a fanboi but the all too common BSOD in a medical scenario seems scarier to me then whatever you are imagining might go wrong with an iPad."

Last I checked, the physicians I know don't rely on their Windows PCs in a "medical scenario" that could be considered "scary" by any means. Of course, when your personal physician (of whom your basing your comment on) runs blind because his iPad ran out of juice and is no longer able to get help from a First Aid for Dummies app, I really will feel for you.

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Archos 9

Ammaross Danan
FAIL

@Commentard

"iPad "equivalent" for Win 7???"

I believe the subtitle was "alternative." Wait, let me check...yep "alternative."

Would I use it? Most definately NOT. As you so annoyingly sum up, most all of its features FAIL. However, you my friend get a FAIL banner. Why? You assumed "equivalent" and it shows in your rant. This is a band-wagon item from an obscure(ish) company.

Items like this are never going to seriously compete against the iPad. Of course, if Jobs had the iPad run OSX (or simply allow multi-tasking), and drop the price a touch (I could probably wait 2 years and never have that happen), then there is no one that could compete competantly.

However, what's the one (well, perhaps 2 things) that this device has going for it? You can (with a varying degree of slugishness) run ANY Windows application. This is not to say you can fire up Need for Speed: Shift on the thing, but more along the lines of what the article tested. Run Firefox, with Javascript!, OpenOffice, and VLC Media Player. I'd like to see any of these on the iP[ao]d. And let's not forget you don't need iTunes to copy your media files to and from the device....

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Chips make you chipper: Official

Ammaross Danan
IT Angle

Question

So, were the "chips" in question a Pringles-style chip, or more the "fish and chips"-type food? Oven baked or fried?

Can't possibly be IT-related, since I wouldn't want to get all that grease on my shiney keyboard...

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WD speeds up a Caviar Black interface

Ammaross Danan
Coat

Well

Yes, a 6Gbps interface is about as pointless as a USB3 floppy drive. Even SSDs will have a hard time saturating SATA3 currently. For platter-based storage, probably the only effective means of using such a link would be for hybrid disks. Many high-performance storage systems have tiered storage: RAM-based --> SSDs --> HDDs (---> Tape). As data ages and is accessed less frequently, it's moved to a slower (but cheaper) storage location. A hybrid 3.5" drive that has 1GB of RAM, 32GB of flash AND 2TB of platter storage would be something that could be very nice to stick on SATA3. Perhaps using some semi-intelligent data location algorithm to stick (a interm copy of) your database/dlls/etc high-frequency stuff in the RAM for super-fast access, quick-to-access info in the flash (such as boot-required windows stuff, perhaps your favorite game), then store your MP3s, DVD rips, and your photo gallery, etc on the platters....

Of course, anyone that has the money and a bit of know-how has probably already set up a RAM Drive, an SSD, and mass storage in their computer anyway. It would just be convenient to offload all that hassle and headache into a "black box" of a hard drive.

Mine's with the patent application in the pocket, so I can troll on it later.

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Foreign objects in orifices a bigger killer than laptops

Ammaross Danan
FAIL

A thought

A cop I know was in a foot pursuit of a suspect when the suspect pulled out a hand gun and was firing at the cop (while still running btw). At that point, the officer emptied his entire clip into the suspect. Justified? Yes. Why? All shots from the suspect (6) did not hit the officer. How many could have potentially hit bystanders like yourself? Thankfully none did, but it was a risk that needed to be put down ASAP.

Chalk at least 1 up to "entirely justified." I'm sure most, if not all, fall into the same category. It's the 1 officer-involved shooting that has some grey to it that gets blasted (and hyped) by the media that makes you think that all police officers may be racist and quick-to-the-trigger.

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Big Blue boffins hatch dirt-cheap solar cells

Ammaross Danan
Coat

Well

The next time I have to buy solar cells for my house IN SPACE, I'll look you up.

I say just create these as shingles for roofs, and "plug" them into a circuit system on the roof. Make a building code to mandate their use (if it's within reasonable price compared to normal asphalt shingles), or at the very least gov't (or utility co) subsidize their use. A bit of tar underneath and you get roofing AND the entire roof surface for lecy generation. Siding might be nice, but too vertical for any real gain (unless my house was north of the Arctic Circle).

On the utility co. subsidizing note, perhaps have one of these solar array projects rent suburban roof space to reshingle and maintain. Sure, it's not a dedicated space in the desert, but your power generator(s) are on location to the people who need the power in the first place. Save on infrastructure!

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Microsoft erases Windows 8 optimism

Ammaross Danan
Linux

KDE/GNOME

What cool new features did KDE or Gnome add to their UI recently? Now take that list, write "New GUI Improvements to Windows 8" at the top, put it in a PowerPoint, and you'll have the keynotes for the Windows 8 launch party!

Don't believe me? They snuck in tab-completion and directory coloring to the command prompt, as well as program grouping on the taskbar for XP just after KDE did it....

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Microsoft genuinely chuffed as judge drops WGA case

Ammaross Danan
Boffin

WGA

The "Windows Genuine Advantage" title was most likely derived because only Genuine Windows installs would get a full barrage of patches. Originally, they planned on "no updates unless WGA is installed," but with the (obvious) bad reputation they had with security, they relaxed that stance and now allow "critical" updates to be installed without WGA, however you miss out on "important" or less updates. They figured that a large portion of the pirated versions Windows, still being vulnerable due to not getting SP2+ or patches, would hurt their "secure system" PR BS more than their bottom line would suffer from allowing these critical patches to be installed.

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Microsoft volume licensing site serves up customer details

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FAIL

Well

Microsoft probably employs the same development strategy for their websites as they do for their OS. We're just fortunate enough not to get the website-equivalent of the BSoD: a 500 error. :)

Of course, this is M$ afterall...they probably bought some company with a web portal for managing contracts and licenses and just strapped that on over their current eLicense database...thus they have no clue how the system actually works and they just put bandaids over bandaids. Wait, isn't that what they did with DOS?

Yes, I'm being cynical in this posting, but hey, I actually have to use the licensing system so I have first-hand experience with it, which is more than some (most?) of the following flamers can say. (yes, I'm assuming someone's just going to say "M$ sucks tard use Linux")

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Dell servers block un-Dell HDDs

Ammaross Danan
Alert

Obvious

"Note the creative use of the word "enabling" to explain a change that disables."

Actually, Dell (arguably) built the hardware, thus determining what it was "enabled" to do. They chose to "enable" it to run qualified hard drives. If you buy it, you accept what it is allowed to do, downside and all. If I bought a scooter and complained that it wasn't able to go 90mph, or bought an iPad and complained that it couldn't run my Calendar AND Email at the same time (yes I just had to throw it in), then who's fault is it? Mine obviously for purchasing an item that has obvious limitations. Granted, a RAID controller is expected to run any interface-compatible drive attached to it, but now that it's known it can only run Dell-branded drives, it's now on the end-user for buying it.

I just feel sorry for them when they try to put a nice new SAS-enabled flash drive in there... Good luck finding a decent price at Dell.

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Google will build 1Gbps fiber networks to the home

Ammaross Danan
Welcome

Offer up our First Born?

I can think of many people that would probably offer up their First Born to Google just to get a 1Gbps fiber to their doorstep. Myself not included, but pretty close! So Google wants to do Deep Packet Inspection and index/datamine all of my Reg comments and figure out what I like to look up on Amazon.com, let them. As long as they only charge a nominal fee for their service. Having a massive datapipe to the home would open up a ton of opportunities for close-to-DVD quality video streaming or the like. This of course would put ENORMOUS strains on content providers, which would be obligated to buy more bandwidth, which will most likely be punted by none other than Google...see the loop?

I, for one, welcome our new Google illuminated dark fiber overlords. I'd trust them with my data more than the Gov't any day.

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USB hack connects Droid to printers, video cams, and more

Ammaross Danan
Megaphone

@A_USER: Positioning and Appeal to Authority

"...I'm OS agnostic, son, I can..."

Just a note, but a classical mark of manipulating and making an argument is the appeal to authority (the parenthetical inclusion of "son," in the attempt to demean/lessen the authority of the one being spoken to, and strengthen the authority of the one positioning himself as "older"), as well as the postulating of experience given by providing examples of a wide use of systems. Both are in attempt to make this rant seem a worthwhile source of information.

It irritates me to hear (read) people that have to resort to these tactics (albeit subconsciously) to make their point rather than standing on the shear logic and soundness of their argument. Of course in this case, we can see why the author resorted to such measures....

Where's the [Info] icon when you need one?

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Toshiba tunes into TransferJet

Ammaross Danan
Boffin

@DMH

"where the scientist touches his iPhone like tablet to the computer screen and swipes a 3D image off the screen on to the tablet. He then walks across the room and swipes the image on to a window"

This would be EXTREMELY easy to implement if the whole "web-based OS" platform idea took off, where everyone's computers were simply localized data-chunking systems and your actually desktop is "out there." Then it's just a simple matter of dumping your desktop session to whatever device you desire. You can already do this with Citrix remote sessions or Virtualized Desktops, just not so seemlessly as in Avatar. With a 30mm range for the TransferJet, I don't see a huge need for complicated authentication. If they reduced the range some more and REQUIRED the device to be sitting on a landing pad of sorts, then it really should work just like a USB device IMHO.

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Disk capacity growth rate slowing

Ammaross Danan
Boffin

Well

I, for one, will assume a BIOS stopgap (you read it here first!). Simply because a stopgap would be (roughly) a quick implementation and potential retrofit for existing hardware. Switching completely over to an EFI-based solution would be the ideal, albeit more expensive, solution. Of course we have the chicken-and-egg problem once again... what Mobo manufacturer will switch ALL their boards to EFI without a drive that requires it? Who would buy a drive over 2TB that doesn't work on any PC (except on one Asus? mobo). Yes, Apple runs EFI and thus the "PC" qualification. Of course, they'd never sell a stock computer with 2TB+ hard drive space anyway. You're lucky they decided to up their drives to 640GB.

Next question would be, sure, the BIOS won't recognize the >2TB drive capacity (at least, anything above 2TB), but what about USB-attached drives? I would assume these drives would at least be usable as externals.

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Stubborn trojan stashes install file in Windows help

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FAIL

Insert Title Here

The service executible just decrypts the virus from within the help file if the original virus is deleted. That is all it does, thus nothing would get flagged by a heuristics-type scan. A virus definition scan may pick it up if they thought of checking if a helper service was installed in addition to the actual virus, but it looks like an oversight.

As for the hidden virus, no virus scanner can remove it because it is encrypted (presumably with a key generated upon infection), and thus not something that can be described by a "virus definition." They best they could do would be to check the .hlp file for any non-standard info (hashes of all versions of the file perhaps?) and simply quarantine it if it fails. Granted, now they know, they should check for the service exe and quarantine the .hlp if one if this virus is found. But that's just sensical, and what would an antivirus be (especially McAfee) if they did something that made sense?

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The Virtensys triple whammy

Ammaross Danan
Boffin

Overhead

Latency to ship PCIe info across a presumably medium-length wire ought to be fairly high (compared to on-the-board channels). Slicing up the hardware interfaces does make some sense though, considering 10G ethernet can be hard-pressed to be saturated, let alone 100G in the near future. Shuffling RAM off the board and stuffing that in a nearby box seems a touch more daft to me. Serious OCers tweak timings to maximize the "laggy" link between CPU and RAM as it is. Pushing this over a connector, across a wire, into a processing unit of some sort, and back just sounds slow. Perhaps this could be supplimented a bit by a mega L3 cache or somesuch.

As for Single Point of FAILure, if this was used to host VMs running in some form of cluster enviornment, with a NAS-based setup, you could essentially afford the risk of an entire blade cluster going down, due to the "Live VMotion"-esque capabilities of VM systems. With all the cost and power savings (not to mention supporting hardware such as switches, rackspace, etc), one could afford to practically double their hardware to provide hot failover systems without incurring increased cost over a traditional solution. More computing power, with the same amount of wattage and (arguably) less money, with the potential for BETTER redundancy/failover. No wonders the slant in this story is toward extreme knife-in-the-back hype.

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Apple's mega Mac on hold (again)

Ammaross Danan
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Apple makes some very pretty stuff. I, however, would never buy an all-in-one setup, even if it did have a 27" display. Can you imagine shipping your last year's worth of personal info and data off to Apple just to have them repair the screen? And if the screen was dodgy and they replace the whole unit, you better hope they mirrored the drive properly, and that the new drive isn't dodgy either.... Yes, you could make backups of the data (as you should be doing anyway), but it's still a pain not to even have the computer for the week(s) it takes to repair it, when you could have simply plugged in that old 19" LCD that your new machine's LCD replaced.... I just smell a design fail here. Not in usablility, but in the event something goes wrong.

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