* Posts by sisk

1811 posts • joined 17 Mar 2010

The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Re: Rant

You haven't been in a school recently, have you? We DO teach kids to touch type.

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If she's like my daughter you'd best make your security airtight before she's got her ABCs down. My son was easier though. Put a Minecraft shortcut on the desktop and that's all the further he'll go for now.

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Impressive....and scary.

These 10 and 11 year olds are doing things that I didn't even have an opportunity to attempt until I was in college. And I'm not even all that old (unless you ask my wife - the perils of marrying a younger woman). In another 10 years we'll have kids just entering the dev field with portfolios that already rival those of people who've been getting paid for their work for quite some time.

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Still using ColdFusion? Really? Well, you'll want to install this patch

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Re: Still using ColdFusion?

Because it works, we've been using it since the 90s, and (most importantly) the people who get to make decisions cringe when I bring up LAMP servers.

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Linux boss Torvalds: Don't talk to me about containers and other buzzwords

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Nah. It's Linus. For all his personal flaws (and there are many, which he freely admits) he's always been fairly pragmatic and honest. That's one of the reasons he still has widespread respect despite the fact that a lot of people find his frequent tirades somewhat immature.

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Re: Hold on a second

One day I will learn to add the joke alert icon even when I think it obvious I'm joking...

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Hold on a second

Are you telling Linus Torvalds actually got through an interview without a single curse word or flipping anyone the bird? I didn't know he had it in him.

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Ashley Madison keeps calm, carries on after hackers expose lives of millions of its users

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Shoulda shut down

They'll be out of business soon enough after this fiasco.

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Act of God damaged data on Google cloud disks

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They did better than us. Last time our power grid took four bolts in quick succession some of our users lost most of a day's worth of data. Though given the difference between our budget and theirs they danged well SHOULD fair better than we do.

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You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

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If anything I'd say that the offline piracy maximum sentence should be dropped to match the current 2 year one for online piracy. It is, after all, a relatively minor crime. It's morally questionable, but the actual damage done by an individual copyright infringer is so negligible that it takes tens of thousands of them for it to make a noticeable impact.

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Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

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Why would anyone take advice of any kind from a woman whose judgement is so sorely lacking that she's bringing the spawn of Kanye West into the world?

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Major web template flaw lets miscreants break out of sandboxes

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Re: Wow

Yes, they do. And some of them aren't half bad from a pure aesthetic viewpoint.

Basically these types of systems are designed to either allow people with little-to-no knowledge of web design to build complete sites or to allow professional web designers to roll out sites much quicker (and therefore at less cost to the client) than they would normally be able to. They're not anywhere near as good as someone who actually knows what they're doing putting a good deal of time into building a site, but they are quick and easy enough for non-professionals to knock up a decent looking site.

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Want to avoid a hangover? DRINK MORE, say boffins

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Erm....or water...

When I was inclined to drink heavily (a habit which fell by the wayside well over a decade ago, when thinking straight became more interesting than losing my inhibitions) I usually matched my alcohol drink for drink with glasses of water. The only time I ever got a hangover was the one time that I didn't do so (New Years 2001....I don't remember a whole lot other than the floor attempting repeatedly to beat me up).

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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Re: It's not that bad...

For a while my lunch budget was about $2/week. That got me a loaf of bread and a pack of hotdogs or bologna. I'm not sure which is more unappetizing: that or Soylent.

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I actually want to get some Soylent to keep at the office for those days I forget to grab my lunch on my way out the door. Unappetizing as it is it's still better than the fast food I've had to eat on those does. A hell of a lot cheaper too. Mind you I'd probably opt for the powder with a shelf life measured in decades over the premix that I have to be sure to get through in a year.

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Re: Donald Trump

He's a rich arsehole who inherited all his wealth. Thus he gets the benefit of someone having done the hard work.

Um....no. He's lost all the wealth he inherited several times over. He inherited tens of millions, maybe as much as $200 million (that's the wildest estimates). He's worth billions. If you think he could have done that through treasuries then you fail at math.

Which is not to say he could have done it without that inheritance. Once you've got a certain amount of money it's pretty easy to turn it into more money. But few can do it as efficiently as he has.

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Re: Crap web team

It's set up on a CMS. He doesn't even have a real web team.

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Re: Donald Trump

Trump will put his many, many lawyers on mad-money until these hackers are found and caught, then he will press state, local, and Federal charges.

He can throw all the money he wants at lawyers, but if they did the hack from a laptop in McDonalds or somewhere else with free public wifi (which, honestly, they'd be morons not to have done) the odds of actually catching them are pretty much nil.

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Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

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Torvalds is NEVER in the mood to be polite. Judging from what I've seen of his interactions with the rest of the dev team and some of his public appearances I'm not sure the man even knows HOW to be polite.

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Re: I'm not a nice person and I don't care about you

In Torvald's case I'd call it a pretty good case of self-awareness. He's NOT a nice person. In fact he's a raging arsehole of a project manager. That fact that he freely admits it makes him only slightly better than a raging arsehole who thinks they're popular.

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Small number of computer-aided rifles could be hacked in contrived scenario

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No story here

This entire article can be summed up thusly:

A really expensive computerized sniper rifle scope that no one is really interested in can be easily hacked if the wifi is turned on and left on the default password. So it's pretty much like any other computerized device with wifi then, except this one is attached to a gun. Not to worry though, because a successful attacker can only prevent the gun from firing or make it miss its target. Actually making it fire without a trigger pull is not possible.

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BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

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NOT indicative of American attitudes

Some idiot has gone and contributed further to the bad reputation of Americans. Most of us would never dream of vandalizing Hitchbot.

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Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man

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Flash deserves to die

Years ago. Even before the exploits started rolling in the quality of the program had deteriorated to the point of "Why the hell would any sane developer ever use that pile of bug soup?" Now that it's being exploited left and right also just dump it already.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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I'll say just one thing about Windows 10 since I'm not using it and barely supporting it. My wife has been on the Win10 preview since late May and she's been mostly happy with it until the last couple weeks (when it started crashing for no apparent reason). Yesterday she upgraded from the last preview to the first release and her performance took a very noticeable nosedive. I don't know what Microsoft did between the final preview and the first release, but it was clearly something wrong.

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Oh, Obama's responded to the petition to pardon Snowden. What'll it be?

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Re: 2016

"Trump was the favorite of 24 percent of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

Yes, but somewhere around 60% say they'd never vote for him. And as much of a nutcase as he is his lead has 0 chance of growing and 100% chance of diminishing each time he opens his mouth. I know some hard-core Republicans who say they'd vote for any of the Democratic nominees - ANY of them - before they'd vote for Trump. That's how un-electable the man is.

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Re: Trump, bombing and front runner

instead of talking about Obama and Clinton as they'd prefer

The further it gets into the race the more it looks like it may be Sanders they have to worry about. He's looking more and more electable every day. Which, really, is just proof that you have to be an extremist to be electable anymore.

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"The balance between our security and the civil liberties that our ideals and our Constitution require deserves robust debate, and those who are willing to engage in it here at home."

No it doesn't. We do not give up our civil liberties in this country. Period, the end, no debate allowed on the subject. If you can't protect our security within that context then resign so we can elect someone who can.

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Re: @elDog: Please don't come home, Ed Snowden, please don't come home...

You forget that of that 236 million people only about 20-30% of them can be buggered to get to the polls for Presidential elections. For anything less than a Presidential election the number drops to 5-15%. That being the case 167,954 is actually around 1-2% of the population that actually gives a rat's ass. If you have 1-2% of a group signing a petition that's usually a pretty good indication that it's important to the group at large.

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Re: So?

Is there a president or political leader who CAN be trusted? :)

President? No. Political leader? Sure, plenty of them. They all answer to "mayor" or "city councilman" in towns with populations under 50,000.

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Re: 2016

frontrunner Trump

Trump is NOT the GOP front runner. He's just the guy generating the most press. You'd have a tough time finding any significant number of people who are actually saying they're going to vote for him.

Me? At the rate the race is going right now Mickey Mouse is looking like a good write in.

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MIT boffins identify Tor hidden services with 88 per cent accuracy

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Time for something new. This is the third time in the last few years I've heard of a way to compromise TOR's security. Then again I don't use TOR so what do I know?

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Re: Seriously

It could come out that he's their most active client by far and there would be nothing more than shrugged shoulders. Even if he's one of the "cheating scumbags" on the list people wouldn't even be surprised, let alone outraged. He's already got a rep as a womanizer to put James Bond to shame. It would change nothing for him personally. So I can only assume that his concern about the far-reaching effects of this hack is genuine. Not necessarily accurate mind you, but genuine.

At any rate I suspect we're about to see an uptick in the businesses of divorce lawyers and marriage counselors. Hopefully not in that order.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Personally I've dressed 'business casual' for work for over a decade now. It's just expected where I work and proved to be the key to getting me away from the first line tech support position I started in. I showed up for the transfer interview in my best button down shirt and slacks, which wasn't all that different from what I wore on a day to day basis. I was later told that was the tie breaker between me and an equally competent tech who'd shown up in a ratty old Metallica shirt and torn up jeans. Which is basically the kind of clothes he continues to wear on a day to day basis now.

But that said suddenly changing the dress code on people is bad juju. Some of them will probably have to go out and invest in a new wardrobe to meet the new code and doubtless it will lead to ill will.

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Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

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Reg readers will know...

...that there is nobody more pedantic than a Reg reader.

Except a Reg commentard.

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The Register's resident space boffin: All you need to know about the Pluto mission

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If ever the Bureau of Special Projects get their hands on an Atlas, might I request that there be a well equipped cameraman on hand for those of us who can't be present to witness it in person with beer and popcorn?

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Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

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Actually that sounds better the human doctor error rate to me. 144 deaths out of 1.7 million surgeries? Human surgeons don't even come close to that level of patient survival.

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Ashley Madison invites red-faced cheats to bolt stable door for free

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Re: but will they

under UK law the website operators would be legally obliged to hang onto the financial data of each member for six years or so

True enough, but said data could be kept in a tape safe where even the world's best crackers couldn't access it without first getting a tech to physically walk it over to a tape drive.

Furthermore, with photo-manipulation techniques being so prevalent these days, a supposed nude photo of some bloke doesn't have nearly the blackmail potential that it once had; all one needs to say is "That? Photoshopped, I'm much more handsome than that!" and bluff it out.

I actually had someone try to blackmail me with a photoshopped picture once. First I laughed at him and then my wife did. Funny thing about naked photos: our spouses know what we look like naked. Few other people do in most cases. Though I've gotta say I WISH I looked as good as his supposed picture of me did.

But I digress. My point is that if the photo's genuine then you're going to have a hard time explaining to your spouse how someone photoshopped it with the right skin tone and all the right proportions and distinguishing marks (tattoos, moles, birthmarks, whatever) in the right places.

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Reprehensible

Personally I dislike that sites like ALM exist. The fact that they're making money by helping people cheat on their spouses is pretty low. But I have an even lower opinion of the type of person who'd steal data and then use it to blackmail a business into shutting it's doors. Even if it's a business I personally find less than savory extortion is just plain reprehensible.

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Microsoft: Hey, you. Done patching Windows this month? WRONG

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Kernel mode fonts

Fonts. In kernel mode.

FREAKING FONTS IN KERNEL MODE? The hell were they thinking in Redmond? That's almost as bad as passwords stored in plaintext.

I get that some applications need that kernel mode access for graphics. But fonts? Something that could be rendered in user mode with no lag on a 386? Why the hell would you ever put something like that in kernel mode??

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

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Yep, human at fault.

This one's pretty clear cut. It actually looks remarkably similar to the time the college kid behind me had his eyes off the road and destroyed my motorcycle. Except, of course, that my motorcycle was being controlled by a human and didn't even have a computer on board, let alone one running the show.

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Game of Thrones: Where to now for headless Nintendo?

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Please NOT Miyamoto

No offense to the man. He's a genius. But he's an engineer and a game designer, not exactly the areas of genius needed to run a company the size of Nintendo. I, for one, would much rather see him continue to do what he does best than trying to do a CEOs job.

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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I agree completely, he should have lost his job for inventing JavaScript instead.

Oh come now. JavaScript is actually pretty good so long as you use it only for what it was intended. It's when you start doing crazy things like take it out of the web and make it the primary scripting language of a desktop (the hell was the Gnome team thinking?) that it falls down.

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Re: Edge

Bah. Edge is IE just like Sharepoint Designer is Frontpage. A change in the name and cosmetic differences on top of the same old codebase does not a new product make.

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On the 'polarizing CEO' front it should be pointed out that the drama was neither his fault nor appropriate. The gay rights community was completely to blame for that. There was no reason to get up in arms over a political donation made ten years ago. And the fact that he was hounded out of a job over it is nothing short of disgusting. And I say that as a gay rights activist. It should have been a non-issue. After all in America we're supposed to have the right to support whatever political camp we want. Not only that but that particular political camp was in the majority at the time of his donation.

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Q. Why did Nintendo force GitHub to take down an emulator? A. It was stuffed with ROMs

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I wonder when, if ever, will people finally realise that "lawful" implies no correlation whatsoever with "reasonable", "moral", "the right thing to do", "decent", "sane" etc.

Exactly. The law isn't always right and what's illegal isn't always wrong. Case in point: Disney's oldest copyrights. They are still making money off stuff that everyone who put any kind of investment (time, money, or talent) into has long since died.

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Ah, memories

I started with Debian Minimal and grabbed the packages I needed for many years. Eventually I got tired of the headache and switched to Mint, but for older systems nothing beats the Debian Minimal approach. I used Fluxbox rather than Openbox though. They're pretty similar. At one point not so long ago I had a desktop running on a P2 system with 64MB of RAM. Granted it didn't do anything except browse the web and play music, and not even those at the same time, but still...

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Han Solo to get solo prequel flick in 2018, helmed by LEGO men

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Here's hoping the flick addresses Solo's two big missing pieces, namely how he managed to emerge from the Mos Eisely Cantina after shooting second

Han shot first. Seriously, how could anyone possibly miss that close?

and his methods for making the Kessel run in 12 parsecs.

Dealt with in one of the novels. I forget the exact details, but it involved a black hole. Oh, wait, sorry, I forgot. The expanded universe no longer exists.

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Evil NSA runs on saintly Linux, Apache, MySQL

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Um....so?

So the NSA uses open source software.....and this is a problem because....um....why? You wouldn't slam Windows for being used by the NSA. Why is Linux any different?

Personally all this says to me is that it's trustworthy enough that the NSA trusts it.

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ALIEN SLIME SHOCKER: Approaching comet probably NOT inhabited, say boffins

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Re: don't go insulting Captain Cyborg

@Sir Sham Cad: You misunderstand. Captain Cyborg is a nutter, but comparing even him to these two is insulting.

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Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

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Re: Not good

Given the extreme liberal bias and anti-gun sentiment in most American media I find it extremely difficult to believe they wouldn't pick up a story about a rape victims gun being used against them and run it into the ground. It would certainly be more newsworthy than a petty criminal attacking a cop and getting shot for his trouble and they ran with that one for weeks even after they'd already caused riots.

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