* Posts by phuzz

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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Surely the real tragedy is that people can't do basic maths and do something better with their money.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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re: sweapstake/sweepstake

The worst part is my spell check clearly catches the error, but I clicked submit anyway.

Mea culpa.

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Shall we start a sweapstake on how long it will take before an automatic update borks, lets say, 10% of the install base.

I'm going to go for nine months.

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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Re: Sounds like a job for:

Oblig XKCD What If. (somewhere down the bottom of the article).

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: SSD Essential

I'd say an SSD is essential as a boot/OS drive for basically any hardware or OS now.

The only thing HDDs are good for is bulk storage now.

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Samsung stuffs 2 TERABYTES into flash drive for ordinary folk

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Re: GIMMIE!

If your laptop contains a DVD or CD drive that you can live without, you can buy caddies that convert the optical bay into a space for a 2.5" drive.

Not always an option, but it can work well.

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Re: GIMMIE!

Why not buy a smaller SSD for your OS and programs, and keep your data on the cheaper spinning rust?

Things like pictures, music and videos don't need higher transfer speeds than a harddrive (except raw hi def video), so why waste money putting them on an SSD?

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

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Re: Today - faces, tomorrow - thoughts

Wait a minute, now I'm thinking about you committing a thought crime, does that make me guilty too?

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

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Re: Dish mish

The Deep Space Network has complexes in the US, Australia and Spain.

There's a really cool page here that shows you what all of the different dishes are talking to right now. For example right now at 0816UTC one dish in Spain is listening to Rosetta, while another is communicating with Mars Odyssey. Most of the US and Aussie dishes are listening to New Horizons.

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Number 5 is alive! VirtualBox the fifth debuts

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Re: Link?

On most browsers/OSs a middle mouse button (ie the scroll wheel) click will open a link in a new tab, whilst keeping focus on what you're reading.

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Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it

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Re: Linux Desktops?

I disagree. I think the main factor that governs what OS companies use on the desktop is inertia.

The marketing department will use Macs because they always have, the IT department will use a mixture of all three plus some odd ones because we're contrary buggers and most users will use Windows because retraining them is too much of a pain in the bum.

(I don't run linux as my main desktop, but I have just rolled it out to a bunch of users, high turnover staff are easier to change)

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Pwned Hacking Team tells cops, govts to shut down software

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Re: It's almost a pity

It's being reported that the FBI, DEA and US Army all paid them money for software.

Bit of a waste of taxpayer's money when they could have got better help from the NSA.

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Migrating from WS2003 to *nix in a month? It ain't happening, folks

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It's always fun watching elReg getting pilloried for being Microsoft shills in the comments for one article, and then being derided as being penguin humping freetards in the next.

Personally I work with both Windows and Linux systems, each has it's place.

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BPI fiddles with music consumption figures while revenues burn

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Reverse image search FTW!

(but attribution wouldn't go amiss elReg)

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Re: Accuracy?

If they're trying to track the popularity of a song/album/artist then the streaming figures are actually more accurate than knowing how many records were sold.

If someone buys a CD, you then have no idea if they played it once, or many times, or just ripped it to MP3 and resold it on eBay.

It all depends on what they want to use the numbers for. I do agree though that it's a bit dodgy trying to conflate physical sales, digital sales and streaming.

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Soyuz source replenishes international space station

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Re: El Reg units...

Yup, spaceflight should be reported using SI units preferably unless you're measuring in jubs.

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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Charlie Stross discusses it in detail here, but the short version is that a very small fraction of the price of a book is for the printing, storage, transport of dead trees etc. Most of it goes on things like editing and proofing of the manuscript.

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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Re: [email protected]

Not to mention that paracetamol is no more effective than a placebo for back pain.

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Re: That is a really idiotic design choice.

I think nowadays the two main makes of SatNav are Apple and Google.

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New racks, cables for aging and neglected data centres

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Moving to your own datacenter rather than 'the cloud'

All you do is, tell management that you're moving servers into "a private cloud", and then just put them into a datacenter.

Out of site, out of mind.

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UK.gov spied on human rights warriors at Amnesty International

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At Last!

At last the government are finally Doing Something to protect us all from these dangerous subversives at Amnesty International!

If they were allowed to continue their work advocating on behalf of the less well off I might end up actually feeling empathy for another human being!

Hopefully next the government will turn their attention to the NHS, I hear they give drugs to children!

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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Fortunately in the bit of testing I have done, 95% is unchanged. all the rest will just need a few "if lsbdistdescription = 'Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca'" bits in puppet to sort out the differences.

It was more that I'd assumed that 17.1 was an LTS release, which doesn't look like the case now.

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And there was me thinking that 17.1 was a good version to standardise a bunch of our customer's machines on. I haven't even finished rolling them all out yet :(

Ho hum, hopefully most of the package updates should keep coming for a while yet.

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‘Clandestines' prompt British border blockade in France

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Re: Would it not be fair...

I think it was intended to illustrate the desired reaction to immigrants of many people in the UK.

The rest of the UK think that "caging is too good for 'em".

(Ok, we don't all think that, but it's hard to tell judging from the recent election results)

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: A beautiful aircraft though

I saw her just over a week ago at Weston, and when she was coming up the coast (in formation with a Hawker Hunter) you couldn't hear anything until she was almost right on top of us.

On the other hand, when she departed and went into a zoom climb away from the beach, everything shook, you had to shout to be heard (and many people were shouting and cheering) and within about 30 seconds she was about 20,000 feet above Bristol already.

Many people "got a bit of sand" in their eye after that farewell.

Bye XH558 :(

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Half of Windows Server 2003 fans will miss July's security cut-off

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One of our customers had an old 2003 box running a single application. Said application would work on a newer OS, but the supplier wanted lots of money to migrate it.

I spent an hour or two turning it into a VM, and it's now ready to soldier on for another ten years (with everything uninstalled or locked down except the app it's supposed to run). Upgrade the OS? Why bother?

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

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Re: Pros and Conns

"always connected clod device"

Best typo I've read all day :)

'we're migrating our email to the clod', 'all our files are backed up in the clod' etc.

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Re: And another thing....

Maybe it's the Mac version, but I've found Calibre Just Works with pretty much any DRM'd book I throw at it. And then of course it will quite happily convert them into whatever format I need.

It might be slightly fiddly to set up but I'd say that for any elReg reader it's an absolute must.

(Although it's starting to get into feature creep now, what with it's own epub editor, webserver and news downloader)

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'No evidence' Snowden was working for foreign power says ex-NSA boss

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Re: Refreshingly candid

Shame he couldn't manage to sound so sensible when he was working at the NSA eh?

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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"We will ensure no customers are left.”

Fixed it for you.

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Airbus to build 900 mini-satellites for OneWeb's orbital internet system

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Re: Putting them WHERE?

We'd have to launch a lot more than 1000 satellites before they started getting in the way, you see, Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space. {with thanks to DNA}.

For a less flippant answer to your question, at the altitude of 500 miles that these satellites are aiming for there is a total area of 6.4 * 10^14 square meters of space, and each one of these satellites is about one meter squared, so as you can see, we have plenty of room yet.

(debris left behind from launches, and broken satellites is another problem however)

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Zionists stole my SHOE, claims Muslim campaigner

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Oh yeah, then who killed Bill Gates and replaced him with and exact duplicate then eh?

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'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers

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Re: They did Nowt for TWO Years?

Not to mention, why were such important UK files freely accessible to an American in the first place?

It's a bit bloody embarrassing that our intelligence (sic) services are so joined at the hip to the US that someone who was a contractor, not even a full employee had access to files which the government are telling us are incredibly dangerous.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Even if you manage to teach some kid to *ring* his girlfriend, what's the odds that she knows what an incoming call is and how to deal with it?

I see enough people wandering down the street having conversations by holding the phone directly in front of their face to speak, and then moving it next to their ear to listen.

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Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself

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Microsoft are a large company

Microsoft is a really, really big company.

It's entirely possible for one part of the company to be genuinely trying to make interoperability between Windows and Linux better, while a separate part of the business does it's best to make everything more difficult at the same time.

Look at the work they did allowing the SAMBA devs access to all the SMB/CIFS documentation even while Ballmer was still in charge.

tl/dr Assigning a single motive (eg MS hates OSS) to a company as large as Microsoft is over-simplifying.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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And what's the chances that they'll do the same as the usual 'Points' systems, where by you can only add certain fixed amounts to your account, but purchases won't line up with these amounts so you'll always end up with some unspent that you can't get back.

(For example, see Microsoft Points for Xbox Live, which it seems they're now getting rid of, which is nice)

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Top Eurocop: People are OK with us snooping on their phone calls

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Holmes

Sure I'm happy to have my calls listened to, provided a judge has issued a warrant based on reasonable suspicion.

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Bring on the Music, Apple: Spotify ups the ante - and money pot

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Re: Interesting...

I've been assuming that at least part of the reason iPad sales fell off a cliff is because everyone who wanted one (and could afford one) has already bought one, and there's not much point in upgrading.

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Spanish TV journo leaves subordinates cowering after verbal shoeings

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Re: She's just taking a leaf out of Australian journalists' books.

Well, given that they may be in trouble for recording a presenter, perhaps they should have just arranged for an "accidental" on-mic moment.

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Shine a light on the rogue IT that hides in the company shadows

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One of our clients just came to us with a problem. Their HR department (one person), just decided to buy a new HR 'solution' which allows end uses to book holidays and view pay slips etc over the web.

The problem is that it only works in IE.

Oh, and the cheque is already signed before they bothered mentioning it to their IT department.

So we're asked "can you set up a way so that all the shop users can access it?". As all the shops are running linux we just turned around and said "no, sorry".

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth we're going to look at a Remote Desktop connection back to a server in head office which will allow them access to a copy of IE. Hopefully the cost will be more than the cost of a new HR solution and they can just ignore the old one.

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Industrial Wi-Fi kit has hard-coded credentials

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Re: Mandatory step missed in the final line

I think after it's been "accidentally" set on fire, it should end up in the bin of the person who bought them in the first place...

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VMware unleashes Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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So how much will the license cost for this, and how many virtual desktops will you have to deploy before it's cheaper than just buying a RasPi to run each? (including the cost of the host server as well).

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HGST shimmy shimmy shingles its way to a 10TB spinning rust drive

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Re: Cannot imagine wanting under any circumstances

I think that the OP is right when they say "Hard drive technology advancement has crashed into a brick wall".

Yes, this drive is only designed for a very niche use, that's the point. It used to be that the high capacity drive technology would trickle down to more mainstream uses, but consumer drivers have been sat at 4Tb for several years now.

Spinning rust as a storage medium has pretty much reached it's limits. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that we never see a harddrive bigger than 20Tb in a 3.5" package.

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Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

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Re: why?

I imagine moving to digital would allow more radios to use the same bit of spectrum, and might make them physically smaller as well.

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Re: Typical short-sighted approach

If you add, lets say half a kilo (ounces are only used for buying drugs imo) more plutonium, then you need to add a little more hydrazine for the thrusters to counteract the extra mass.

But then your spacecraft masses a bit more, so the fourth stage needs to be slightly more beefy to get it into the correct orbit, then the third stage has to carry the extra mass of the plutonium, and the extra hydrazine, and the extra fuel in the upper stage, so it needs more fuel, and also extra fuel to lift that fuel...

And so on until your extra half kilo of Pu ends up requiring an extra half ton of fuel in the first stage. The rocket equation is a pain in the bum.

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Half a billion for BLOODY BIG telescope in Chile

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Re: European Extremely Large Telescope...

Most big telescopes now are built in relatively underpopulated areas to avoid light pollution, and there's not enough of those in Europe any more.

This of this as being a European telescope in the same way that Rosetta is a European space probe.

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Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise

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Re: Is this really going to affect many people?

Ok, I've just seen my boss's new Pebble Steel, and it is way more classy than my old school plastic Pebble, so I guess the point about the old Pebble looking a bit cheap stands.

However "Remember folks: if you're over 30, your watch should be made of metal and should tick."

Really? I was born in 1980 and I've not worn a ticking watch for years, are you going to tell me I should only use a non-smartphone in my advanced years? Perhaps my car from 2001 is a bit too new fangled for your taste, should I be driving something steam driven?

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Compromised SSH keys used to access Spotify, UK Govt GitHub repos

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Soon...

Just think, soon Windows users will be able to be compromised via ssh! It's a brave new world.

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Holy SSH-it! Microsoft promises secure logins for Windows PowerShell

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Re: GPL or who cares....

From TFA:

"I’m pleased to announce that the PowerShell team will support and contribute to the OpenSSH community."

OpenSSH is released under a BSD license.

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Google launches native Android Smart Lock password manager

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Re: Yeah, sure

Just think, they might be able to get hold of people's Gmail passwords! And once they've got those they could get into any account that uses that address!

Then they could make loads of money by, um, injecting ads into the webmail interface!

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