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Euro banks will rip out EVERYTHING and buy proper backend systems ... LOL, fooled ya

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Re: Poor IBM

I'm not sure what they were expecting, if a supplier rings me up and asks if we're thinking of buying anything new I tell them "no", and put them to the bottom of the list.

Don't call me, I'll call you when I need something.

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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Re: the bug

I read a comment yesterday (possibly here?) saying that from the orbit it looked like the final stage had burned perfectly, but in the wrong direction, which is a plausible error to make.

The trouble is, to get back into the correct orbit they're now going to need twice the delta-v of the final stage, or some fancy orbit shenanigans.

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Gamma's not a goner! UK ISP sorts out major outage

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Re: Not Gamma

Some ISP called COnnexus that one of our customers used was down as well.

We found it quite amusing as they're just migrating *to* Connexus, against our advice.

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Racing Post escapes ICO fine after leaking info of 677K punters

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No comments about what a mare the Racing Post website is? Or how it's got knackered security?

No quips about laying long odds of it happening again, or asking who dobbin'd them in to ICO?

No horse racing puns at all commentards? FOR SHAME!

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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Re: Quite right

"Wait.... wouldn't they have video on a destruction engineering run?"

They've been using a drone copter to get cool footage recently. I can see why they didn't want to send that up if they were expecting an explosion.

Also, they tend to take a few days to release footage even when they do get some, not sure why, but i suppose it's their prerogative.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: Two girls and a cup

Well, it did contain two girls, and one cup, so you can't say the title was misleading, it just didn't cover everything...

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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"created using pioneering lean-CGI techniques developed entirely in-house."

MS Paint?

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

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Re: Yeah, well, like, you know.

I'm assuming they're referring to this guy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anwar_al-Awlaki

Given that the US claims a policy of "Innocent until proven guilty", shooting a US citizen, in a foreign country where they have no official jurisdiction, was rude at best, and probably illegal under US law.

Of course in most countries, if the government does something it's legal by default, but Americans are weird about stuff like that.

Possibly they're referring to al-Awlaki's son, who was also a US citizen and who was killed two weeks later, and doesn't seem to have any connections with terrorism beyond his father.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: Never gonna replace windows

When Valve first released Steam the only reason most people installed it was because it was necessary to run Half Life 2 (but oh how we grumbled, especially those of us still on dial-up).

Valve could do the same to drive uptake of SteamOS. Personally I can't see Half Life 3 (or L4D3 or whatever) being a Linux exclusive, but even a one week exclusive would drive a massive increase in users.

Also, just by releasing games on Linux Valve are helping the platform, whether it's passing bug fixes and performance enhancements upstream, or just raising the profile of penguin gaming. A lot of the most used game engines (eg Unity) make it pretty simple to export to Linux (and OSX) as well as Windows now.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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Re: Flash

At the last few gigs at the O2 in Bristol* that I've been to the bouncers have taken to shining torches at anyone recording with the flash on, and then going to have a word if the punter doesn't notice.

Mind you, they had never managed to catch the guy having a crafty spliff in the middle of the crowd last time I was there.

* not a particularly good venue, but it gets the big bands, so...

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

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Re: That's nice.

Is there *any* race car that can do any of that?

If you're looking for an electric vehicle to carry lots of people, dogs and cargo, at least compare your current car to something like this: http://www.smithelectric.com/smith-vehicles/models-and-configurations/

Which doesn't have the range you need, but can probably do everything else. Unlike a race car.

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TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P

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The scary bit is that Philae (the lander), doesn't have any thrusters, so it's landing will be more of a fall. Fortunately the comet's gravity is pretty weak, but to get an accurate landing the boffins are going to have to map it's (presumably wonky) gravity field, and take into account the pressure from any out-gassing from the surface and the solar wind.

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Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code

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Re: Good for them, and for Yubico

Yup, it behaves as a USB keyboard. In our environment we use them to log into the more sensitive systems (that contain customer info etc.), and it's a case of typing your password, then press the button on the Yubikey whereupon it outputs a string of characters followed by a carriage return and you're logged straight in.

Each user has a unique yubikey, and they're so small they easily fit on a keyring.

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Oculus sucked by Zuck? 'I'm over it' – Minecraft supremo Notch

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Re: Word of warning, Notch

I have a Oculus rift DK2. I do not have a facebook account. I can guarantee that there is absolutely no facebookery in the Rift.

I'm not entirely sure how facebook *could* put their oar in to be honest. Unless they only allowed sales through facebook (which is not currently the case).

When I first heard about facebook buying Oculus I was pissed off as well, as I'd just given them money, but there is really nothing to worry about. and if they ever do start inserting floating banner ads or something equally stupid, then vote with your wallet and buy one of the other VR headsets that will undoubtedly be coming out in the next few years.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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All the security features in the world can't protect users from themselves, if your want to allow a program such as Dropbox, then you're also allowing enough access for a malicious program to steal your files and upload them somewhere else, no matter that either program can't directly access RAM or peripherals.

Of course, the user still needs to install/run the malware, but you can always find someone willing to click "Allow" for the promise of porn/money/free things etc.

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Top money men face up to 2 YEARS in slammer for neglecting to spot crim-cash activity

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"Senior managers at "money service businesses" face up to two years imprisonment and an unlimited fine if their neglect leads to money laundering or terrorist financing activities*"

* Unless they happen to be HSBC or one of the other large firms that we play golf with while laughing at the plebs, in which case we'll just fine them a bit. Don't want to risk that cushy consultancy gig lined up with them after you leave HMRC eh?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20673466

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: He needs the attention, but still...

It's quite possible to support the aims of Wikileaks, whilst thinking that Assange is a self aggrandising dickhead.

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Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH

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Deep-sea pipelines are often towed in bundles, so 'towing the line' is possible.

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Revealed ... GCHQ's incredible hacking tool to sweep net for vulnerabilities: Nmap

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Re: While I'm at it

There's supposed to be a lot of underground spaces under the doughnut. In fact, local legend has it that there is/was a tunnel from the old Oakley site on the other side of town to Benhall (where the doughnut is now), which was used to transport equipment when they consolidated everything to the Benhall site.

Of course, the most specific information I've ever heard is "yeah, there's loads of tunnels under there".

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Snowden leaks show that terrorists are JUST LIKE US

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Re: 50 mile radius

That's what I was thinking, 50 miles includes Bristol as well as Birmingham, Oxford, Hereford, Coventry, Swindon, Bath, Wolverhampton, Newport and almost reaches Cardiff.

Perhaps this is advice they've taken wholesale from the NSA without bothering to think about it in terms of UK geography?

(a handy visualisation: http://www.freemaptools.com/radius-around-point.htm?clat=51.89847574774747&clng=-2.133922576904297&r=80.4672000307346&lc=FFFFFF&lw=1&fc=00FF00&fs=true)

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XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources

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USB drive formats

I'll be interested to know what file system formats it will read. On the 360, if you have a file bigger than 4GB, it won't fit on a FAT32 formatted drive, so your only option is to copy it to an HFS+ formatted drive. For some reason the 360 doesn't support exFAT or NTFS (or EXT, but that's kind of understandable, not many people format their USB stick ext4).

Yes, the only solution for a 4GB+ file on the Microsoft XBox 360 is to use an Apple file system.

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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At least they're all backwards compatible as long as you can physically connect things. A USB 3 disk will work fine (abit slowly) in a computer with only USB1, and a USB1 device will work fine in your USB3 equipped computer.

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The message of that paper is, make sure your USB3 harddrive actually has a case, and whoever made your device with a USB3 port has actually followed the specifications for shielding the port.

They did show that if you run your USB harddrive with no case, and remove all the RF protection from around your motherboard, and put your wireless mouse antenna right next to the port, it might get a bit laggy.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Re: Upstream issue

We had a problem reaching launchpad.net around the same time, not sure how widespread that was.

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Re: Who trusts a third party with their authentication?

I trust a third party more than I trust myself not to screw something up somewhere.

I'm guessing the downvotes came from people who are as fed up of "OMG cloud == bad" as they are of "cloud == best everything!". "Cloud computing*" just the client-server model writ large, and it can be implemented poorly or well. As a sysadmin it makes a difference to me if I can get physical access to a machine or not, but as a consumer, not so much.

* Although whoever came up with that name should probably be locked in a room and forced to listen to it repeated over and over again, until it's lost all meaning.

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Re: Lastpass

I got a few login errors yesterday, but Lastpass keeps an (encrypted) offline copy of your data, so I could still get to my passwords.

Sure, Lastpass is not the most secure system I could use, but it hits the sweet spot of convenience and security for me.

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Trans-Pacific: Google spaffs cash on FAST undersea packet-flinging

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Imagine how much money google have splashed on this cable alone, they're going to be trying to make that back any way they can.

>>>> need a "$MONEY" icon.

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DIME for your TOP SECRET thoughts? Son of Snowden's crypto-chatter client here soon

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Re: second tip...

And/or two factor authentication would help, it won't help you much to know that my email password is Pass123! if you don't have my Yubikey.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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What's this coffee nonsense? Give me tea!

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Love that noise

On the way up the M5 once, just as I got to Michel Wood services a pair of Apaches came in from the west and turned hard above the motorway, following it (and me) north. I was almost convinced that I was about to see them start to strafe the traffic, I was just looking for the flash of something being launched because every other time I've seen them do that has been on TV in a war zone.

Put the wind right up me I can tell you!

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While I was at a festival just down the road from Conigsby last year, the BBMF Lanc flew over at what seemed like tree-top height.

Not much is more impressive than four Merlins at full chat about 100m above your head, lovely sight!

(We also got to see a Spit and a Hurricane, and the Vulcan XH588 flew over the day before, I'll be keeping my eyes peeled again this year. Actually, four Bristol Olympus's are pretty damn impressive as well)

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Multiple user accounts coming to Android phones 'n' slabs

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Re: Interesting

I'm not sure how helpful this will be, but Cyanogenmod allows you to set which permissions a particular app will be allowed.

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Awooga: August Patch Tuesday incoming – with two remote-code exec bugs in IE, Windows

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Re: patch tuesday?

It's Update Wednesday if you're a UK sysadmin.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Prediction for the next step

"they cant ban VPNs because they are standard business tools"

You're making the mistake of thinking that 'they' are sensible.

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Snowden is FREE to ESCAPE FROM RUSSIA, say officials

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"Another whistleblower is reported to be following in Snowden's footsteps"

I still maintain that it is Snowden, they just forgot to cancel his VPN access when he quit.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Re: Brain Overload

"3) Cloud? Yawn. Next."

Think of it as a mainframe with lots of terminals attached, you know, like back in the old days when cars were brown and tuppence h'apenny would get you a pint of mild.

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Vulture 2 strapped to speeding van before delicate brain surgery

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Come now, vinyl is the modern, foreign, name for it. Let's use the traditional name, Sticky-Backed Plastic.

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Now even Internet Explorer will throw lousy old Java into the abyss

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Re: the world is weird now

I have also been administering many different versions of Windows safely and productively, and one of the ways I have done that, is by never installing Java if I could help it.

And if I did have to install it I'd lock it down in the firewall to local IPs only.

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Leaked docs reveal power of malware-for-government product 'FinFisher'

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Yup, I would post a link straight to it, but I don't want to upset el Reg's lawyers, instead I shall link to the the tweet that links to the download:

https://twitter.com/GammaGroupPR/status/496055257961463808

But for your information, it looks like Eset Smart Security 7, Panda Global Protection 2014 and Kaspersky AntiVirus 2014 all detect some components of it, but none detect all infections, and if I'm reading it correctly, no AV picks it up in a scan, only a few do when it's being installed.

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Yes, we know Active Directory cloud sync is a MESS, says Microsoft

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Re: But does it work?

I'd be interested to read that for one.

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Sony reads the future, quits e-reader market says German report

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Interesting timing, I was admiring my old Sony MZ-E33 minidisc player last night. Lovely bit of kit, and completely useless to me now.

Shame, Sony used to make some really nice stuff.

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Snowden latest: NSA targets Gaza, pumps intelligence to Israel

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Re: The Soviet Propaganda Department

"Back into full operation with the assistance of the useful idiots. The one rule, undermine the West."

Obvious troll is obvious. Go ask amanfrommars how to do it properly.

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We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

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Re: Speed trap.

"Modifying a measure to make it human scale is irrelevant"

In that case, what's so wrong with it? Is making things more comprehensible somehow a bad thing?

That said, this is el Reg, so speed should be expressed as a percentage of the maximum speed of a sheep in a vacuum. (1.2508% for those keeping track at home).

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Re: Shouldn't the mother ship be called Pequod ?

Oblig XKCD:

http://xkcd.com/1402/

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Re: Had a Fiat once ...

FIAT == Fix It Again Tony

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Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

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Re: Aaargh 2.0

The 2.0 came from el Reg, NASA is calling it 'Mars 2020' for now.

Presumably it'll get a name like "Inspiration" or some such before it lands, and it'll probably also have an internal NASA name like "Mars Science Laboratory", which was the overall name for the mission Curiosity was part of.

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar circumnavigates planet

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"using both the 434.500MHz band and 2m amateur band"

Nice mixed units there, how about either 'both the 0.690m and 2m bands' OR 'both the 434.500MHz and 149.9MHz bands'?

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REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

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Re: Hmmm...

The writers of el Reg sub-headings are not responsible for your sick mind jumping to conclusions.

That said, they are a bunch of perverted, smut obsessed, potty-mouthed, filth-mongers (and we love them for it).

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Retailers shot up by PoS scraping brute force cannon

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Re: Payment terminals

I was wondering that myself, why does the PoS computer even need to know the credit card number? Surely you just send the price to the card terminal, and receive back a message either telling you that the customer's card paid up, or that it didn't (or was cancelled, declined etc.)?

This way not only is your PoS terminal not at risk of CC numbers being leaked, but you don't have to worry about PCI compliance for your PoS software, which is a massive advantage.

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ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told

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Re: A fine idea

The simple answer would just be for the British Embassy to stop paying traffic fines in the US, until they got it up to a similar level.

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