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'We screwed up' sighs Sony bigwig after gaming portals collapse in DNS cock-up riddle

Victor Ludorum
WTF?

Re: I KNOW HOW THE INTERNET WORKS.

Maybe Sony ran out of IP addresses...

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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Re: Proxies

But shirley the number of Debian-using Sky subscribers can't be very big?

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(A Mint-using Virgin subscriber...)

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Evil Dexter lurks in card reader, ready to SLASH UP your credit score

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Facepalm

I have an idea...

I was troubleshooting some VPN issues a while ago, and when I reviewed the logs I noticed that there had been some access that looked like attempts to log in to a certain 'enterprise point of sale' system. Could this be related? Some retail systems might be set up for remote access with quite lax security?

V.

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

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Pint

I get the feeling Apple don't really want to sell through other outlets. If they can make the terms of the deal so restrictive that few operators will agree to them, then everyone will have to queue to buy their latest iThing from an official Apple Store, thus increasing Apple's margin and the apparent craze for them.

Beer o'clock...

V.

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LG: You can stop hiding from your scary SPY TELLY quite soon now

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Re: It's strange how their attitude changed

It's been on the Beeb - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25018225. Unless a lot of people make a fuss over it, I'm not sure the general (i.e. less tech-savvy) public really understand the implications...

V.

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HURRI-KANO: Raspberry Pi kit for kids STORMS past funding target

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Oh bother

I had a quick look at this yesterday, and thought I would buy one at the end of the week. Went to Kickstarter, and just missed out on the last $99 earlybird offer!

Oh well, I'll just have to join the unwashed and wait a bit longer....

Oh, and well done to everyone involved - surely that's the sort of thing Eben was aiming for with the Pi?

V.

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Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list

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Thumb Down

eztv and kat are also blocked (on Virgin at least).

It's such a shame that there are ways round the block... (ztunnel, tor and vpn to name a few)

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

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Re: Should publish these for all phones

Gb usually means gigabits. GB usually menas gigabytes (16 gigabits = 2 gigabytes)

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Ultralight party balloons in WEEK-LONG marathon flight

Victor Ludorum
Facepalm

Re: Is it me

Did you read the subheading?

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Tat bazaar eBay takes a rest for 'scheduled maintenance', goes offline

Victor Ludorum
Pint

When I were a lad...

Back in the steam-powered days I remember eBay would go down for 'scheduled maintenance' every Friday morning. Maybe they are bringing back the old ways... Or the NSA wanted to plug in...

Beer? Well it is Friday!

V.

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

Victor Ludorum
Big Brother

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

I understand why they feel the need to do it, but who checks the security staff (or management, or whoever it is) ?

V.

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Dragons' Den Jones' etail biz Expansys back in the red

Victor Ludorum
WTF?

Re: Bunch of spammers...

Every promotional email I've had from them has an unsubscribe linky at the bottom. I know it works, because I used to get the promo on two similar email addresses, and cancelled one of them.

I realise it's difficult to read through a whole email you didn't want, just to find the little word at the end that says 'unsubscribe'.

V.

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

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Coat

Re: Nothing to contribute

I sea what you did there....

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Not even Comet crashing into Earth can keep Dixons out of the red

Victor Ludorum
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Re: Pointless 20th Century retail clown fails to keep up with the 20th Century.

No, I think the first one works.

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Domain registrar attacked, customer passwords reset

Victor Ludorum
WTF?

Aah, that explains it!

I tried to log in to my name.com account yesterday and the password didn't work. Went through the password reset procedure, and it wouldn't let me reuse the previous password (which wouldn't work anyway!)

Seemed a bit odd at the time, but obvious now...

V.

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Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

Victor Ludorum
Boffin

I presume...

...it's because the people (managers) spending the money on developiong the apps have iPhones so that's what they want apps developed for first. Often these middle management bods don't realise that you can write one app for Android and it will run on (almost) every Android phone. They tend to assume you will have to write one for Samsungs, one for HTCs, one for Sonys, etc which obviously adds to the cost, and the top brass won't like that...

V.

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Review: HTC One

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Re: Nifty

Spooky - my Sensation contract's up in May... Although mine runs Cyanogen 10. And I use my Nexus 7 for pissing about as well (when the kids aren't using it - thank $DEITY for the multi-user feature!)

V.

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Oops, they did it again? Britney Spears, Paris Hilton 'LAID BARE ALL OVER THE WEB'

Victor Ludorum
Paris Hilton

"The supposed Paris Hilton credit report suggests she has taken out a five-year repayment deal on a Toyota for $5,600 (£3,770) a month"

Err, $5600 a month? Over 60 months? That works out at about $300,000. For a TOYOTA! Is it gold-plated or something? I really hope it's not a vajazzled Prius...

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

Victor Ludorum
Pint

Thank f@&# for that

I moved from Be to Virgin a year ago, because Be couldn't get BT (sorry, Openreach) to fix what appeared to be a dry joint or bad earth on my line, which just murdered my connection in damp weather. By the time Openreach got round to visiting, the problem had gone away... Fair play to Be, they didn't treat me like an idiot, and their (Bulgarian?) call centre were friendly without being condescending or complete script-monkeys.

Several people I have spoken to have had nothing but trouble with Sky broadband. As soon as they move back to BT broadband, their connection speed mysteriously doubles...

As far as I am concerned (and I think a fair few people on here would agree with me), the Murdochs have got more than enough money, and definitely more than enough power in the industry.

Beer? Well, it is Friday...

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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Re: Assam only

Assam FTW!

Sainsbury's own label bags are surprisingly good, and excellent value. And they're Fairtrade certified too!

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

Victor Ludorum
Pint

Re: but...

Yes, it's where they serve the Apple Kool-Aid(tm) (patent pending).

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Rampaging gnu crashes Microsoft Store, hands out literature

Victor Ludorum
Headmaster

Re: @LDS

I think he meant *legally*. Look at the Legals for OS X. You can only run it on Apple hardware.

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Ten technology FAILS

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Not to mention

sixdegrees.com, the Facebook/LinkedIn that was five years too early...

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Santander downplays risk of 'personal data-stuffed' cookies

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FAIL

Yikes

I've just looked at Firefox cookies on my main PC, and Santander has two cookies on my machine with the sort code and account number in plaintext... Not impressed.

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Astronomers tell story set a LONG time ago in a galaxy far, FAR away

Victor Ludorum
WTF?

Re: Space, and the enormity of it

'The current distance to the most distant object we can see is about 46 billion light-years. The Universe has a 'diameter' of about 92 billion light years.'

So you are telling me the universe has expanded (or is expanding) at greater than the speed of light? If the universe is ~13 billion years old, surely it can't be more than 26 billion light years in diameter?

And we are RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE?

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New guide: Bake your own Raspberry Pi Lego-crust cluster

Victor Ludorum
Pint

Re: Nothing to say really...

The Hobbit is still going, despite a legal threat from some US company that claims to have the rights for the name from Tolkien. They even set up a Facebook page to fight the injustice.

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Famous SAS man trousers £1m as e-publishing startup sold to Tesco

Victor Ludorum
Black Helicopters

Re: VC?

I'm presuming it's more to do with Vulture/Venture Capitalists than the Victoria Cross...

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Saudi oil giant seals off network after mystery malware attack

Victor Ludorum
Holmes

Aha!

Have we found the target for <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/14/gauss_mystery_payload/">Gauss?</a>

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Can YOU crack the Gauss uber-virus encryption?

Victor Ludorum
Black Helicopters

Re: Debugger time?

The problem is the decryption routine needs the unknown filename as a key, so they can't run it in a debugger until they know the filename. Once they know the filename, it's easy (unless the Gauss writers put some traps in)...

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Apple unveils tightened Mountain Lion requirements

Victor Ludorum
Coat

I'm pretty sure the only reason the OS doesn't self-destruct the minute a new version is released, is because they haven't been awarded a patent for it yet.

FTFY.

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Google Nexus 7 price, details confirmed in pre-I/O leak

Victor Ludorum
Coat

That can't be right

It's got rounded corners.

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£CHING: ICANN bags $357m from 1,930 dot-word domains

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Thumb Up

"Meanwhile, Zodiac Leo Ltd has applied for .wang."

$185000 - That's Numberwang!

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Vodafone unfurls booster brolly for mobes

Victor Ludorum
Unhappy

Re: Solar Umbrella???

Is the sun really strong enough in the UK for anyone to need a parasol?

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Sony outs 1080p skinny laptops

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Re: Screen resolution

Sony have been doing these Z-series with 13 inch Full HD for a while, I guess these are just Ivy Bridge with a little bit of a cosmetic update?

I really want one of these, they are what I hoped an Ultrabook would actually be - sub 1.3Kg, skinny, full HD. Unfortunately I can't justify the price at the moment...

Maybe the old Zs will start appearing on the tat bazaar and I can get one a bit cheaper...

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Samsung... no, Apple... no, Samsung tops Q1 smartphone sales chart

Victor Ludorum
WTF?

Excuse me?

Nokia? 3rd? For smartphones? Eh?

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Google asked to bin autocomplete results for Japanese man's name

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"Google does currently censor autocomplete results to exclude [...]searches that could lead to copyright violations."

Hmm, so what results do you get when you search for something like "inception 5.1"...

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BBC Micro team to celebrate historic machine's 30th year

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Re: BBC Basic on the Pi

I haven't looked, but I'm sure Brandy will be available...

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Tevatron refines Higgs boson picture

Victor Ludorum
WTF?

Re: Awesome

There I was, thinking a 'barn' was a new El Reg Unit of measurement...

And a femtobarn was teeny tiny.

And an inverse femtobarn was er, well, HUGE... A bit like an exabarn, maybe... Or a yottabarn...?

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TVCatchup

Victor Ludorum
Coat

Can I come round

for dinner?

I want to see you cooking - most people use a cooker and set of saucepans...

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MPAA threat sparks White House petition for bribery probe

Victor Ludorum
WTF?

Hmm, Section 106

That's a rats' nest of bureaucracy if ever there was one.

Council: We can't even consider your planning application for a grotesque supermarket/retail box/bowling alley unless you promise to spend an additional small fortune putting in other infrastructure in a completely unrelated area that we overlooked in last year's budget.

Developer: But we have evidence to show that this store is needed by at least six people, and we'll be creating jobs (most of which are temporary in the construction of the site). And that cycle path you want us to put in as part of the 106 doesn't actually go anywhere.

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HSBC pinpoints branches with sub-atomic accuracy

Victor Ludorum
Pint

That's all very well, but...

What if I need to know the distance in micro-linguine?

Beer => Friday...

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Lovefilm buys right to stream Sony Pictures content

Victor Ludorum
WTF?

Always thought it odd

that Sony BluRay players have the Lovefilm app on them, but you couldn't stream Sony films...

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Southampton Uni climbs aboard LOHAN spaceplane project

Victor Ludorum
Pint

Excellent news...

As an alumnus of Soton, I for one welcome our PhD wielding rocket scientist overlords.

Beer, well, I was a student once...

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Laptop display pixel counts to quadruple in 2012

Victor Ludorum

That's all very well, but...

You can already buy a Sony Z series 13 incher with a full HD screen. Only problem is it's over £1500. There are probably other manufacturers, but I expect they're in the same price bracket.

I have been looking for an ultraportable with a better than 1440x900 screen, and I can't find one at a sensible price. In the meantime I settled on an ex corp Thinkpad X200s (12inch 1280x800 with a 1.6GHz Core Duo), and upped it to 6GB RAM. Total cost so far less than £250. I might stick a 60G SSD in if I think it needs it. If I see a 1440x900 for a sensible price I'll swap.

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Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

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Thumb Up

Have you tried

dogpile.com?

It takes results from Google, Yahoo and Bing.

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Deep inside ARM's new Intel killer

Victor Ludorum
Coat

That's all very well, but...

Can anyone explain why ARM's share price dropped by about 5% this morning? I can only assume someone somewhere thinks ARM won't get this working. They've had nearly 25 years experience, I think they'll make it!

*Off to buy some cheap ARM shares, long term investment and all that...*

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Slow broadband blackspots mostly in south, not north

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That sounds about right

Here in sunny Leamington we do get good speeds, partly because of plenty of ADSL2+ LLU availability, and good Virginmedia penetration. I get 16Meg on my Be line, although it seems to be having an off day today (20-odd resyncs already this morning...)

There is some FTTC but where I am doesn't get connected until the end of September :(

I was with VM until evening contention made things horrific. A client of mine in a more rural location gets ~0.4M with Sky in the evenings, but it's 7Meg during the day (when he's at work...)

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Google+ bans real name under ‘Real Names’ policy

Victor Ludorum
Headmaster

RTFA

"In a follow-up e-mail, Google+ suggests “If you edit your name to comply with our policies in the future … we can re-review your profile”."

That is all.

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New Mac fake-defenders similar to Windows scareware

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Coat

I see the problem

Joe buys a Mac but can't afford 30 quid for Kaspersky for Mac (or similar)? Some people really do have more money than sense!

It was only a matter of time before 'effective' scareware/fraudware surfaced. I don't get the 'Macs don't get viruses' thing.

V.

Mine's the one with the flameproof lining...

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Desktop Linux: the final frontier

Victor Ludorum
Boffin

It never ceases to amaze me, but

When someone buys a PC, laptop etc, they expect it to have Windows, because that's what they're used to. All it generally gets used for is browsing, email, letters and maybe spreadsheets. And sometimes a game.

And yet, we will happily change our telly, car, mobile phone etc, because the new one has better features. And there's a new or changed UI to get the hang of. But because it's not a 'computer' people are happy to put up with it.

Public perception has to improve. Until the major manufacturers start shifting boxes, laptops etc to HIGH STREET RETAILERS (so that Joe Public can plat with it instore before purchase) preloaded with Ubuntu/Mint/whatever-distro-you-worship, people will still look for Windows (or Mac if that's the way you roll). Dell even tried shifting boxes and Minis with Linux. They seem to have stopped selling them in the UK unless you specifically ask your Account Manager.

Disclosure: I have run Ubuntu as my main OS since January, with Win7 and XP in VMs for those rare occasions I can't do something in Ubuntu/OpenOffice etc. Like play certain games...

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