* Posts by as2003

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as2003

Moving deckchairs

Ignore these luddites; the reg has been due a makeover for a very long time.

I applaud the move in the right direction, but you still have a long way to go.

You may have moved a few deckchairs around, and administered a lick of paint here and there, but you have some serious flaws in functionality. The most obvious of which is the inability to get any notification that your comment has received a response. With user engagement comes page-views. You're pissing free money up the wall.

And for the love of god please hire a professional graphic designer.

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#Gamergate folk load flamethrower, roast own feet over GTA V 'ban'

as2003

That video was painfully dull. I kept waiting for some kind of content.

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

as2003

Re: Wow, I'm way out of touch...

How the hell is Sliverlight even in the list, let alone #1?! I can't think of a single website that even uses Sliverlight*.

(*Netflix was the only one that sprang to mind, but apparently they ditched it earlier this year)

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Boffins train robots to pull apart LCD screens – without breaking them

as2003

Re: Eh?

Were you reading another article?

> Not only that, but professor Kara also reckons once a robot's learned its way around a screen, it only needs a couple of minutes to disassemble it.

Furthermore where are you getting "spend years and millions" from? It's not mentioned in the article or the press release how long they have been working on this, nor how much it cost. More to the point, who cares? It's their money and time to do do with as they wish.

And yes, it's progress. Do you honestly expect the first iteration of an autonomous machine-learning disassembly robot is going to be perfect?

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

as2003

A little explanation of what DoxBin is/was would be nice, and also some comment on why this guy claims he won't be going to prison would interesting.

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Crypto collision used to hijack Windows Update goes mainstream

as2003

Re: Is this news?

Not only is this old news; as far as I can tell, this security researcher is just running 'hashclash' to look for the collisions. A program that has existed since 2009. Not sure why this story is making so many headlines.

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Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories

as2003

You forgot one

* Verizon are inserting unique identifier token headers (UIDH) into mobile traffic, regardless of whether you opted out or not.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/27/verizon_wireless_token_tracker_triggers_tech_transparency_tempest/

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FBI impersonated newspaper to finger school bomb threat suspect

as2003

Something smells fishy

> Links to the doctored story were sent to the MySpace account of a suspect

So they knew the details of his Myspace account. Why didn't they just subpoena Myspace for the user's IP address, like they normally do? Why go to all this effort?

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Tor exit node mashes malware into downloads

as2003

Uh, what?

Wouldn't this 'FixIt' program be signed too? (And if not, it would be trivial to do so).

Regardless, this MITM attack isn't exclusive to TOR, it's just as feasible to do with with regular internet.

Furthermore, I wasn't aware that you can mark exit nodes as "BadExit". That's a pretty cool feature; one that doesn't appear in the regular internet.

The story implies that TOR is dangerous - but as far as I can tell, it's actually safer than regular internet.

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

as2003

Great craic!

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Citizenfour: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

as2003

Remember to pay for your ticket with cash

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Inappropriate adverts?

as2003

I'm in Australia so that probably affects what I see.

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as2003

Inappropriate adverts?

It seems that 2/3 of page loads on El Reg now show me adverts for Thaimatches dot com, featuring a particularly be-cleavaged young lass.

It's not my place to dictate how you bring in the dollars, but I can't help feeling they are inappropriate for the register, in terms of content as well as aesthetics.

Just my two cents.

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Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER

as2003

What a bizarre reaction!

Look at it another way: Who *should* decide how a website looks? The person who owns and pays for it, or Steve Graham?

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'Dropbox passwords' for sale are all EXPIRED: Bitcoin buyers beware

as2003

> and uses AES-256 encryption to protect stored files

Doesn't really make any difference if a) the attacker can walk in through the front door with the correct credentials, or b) three letter agencies can just stroll in through the back door with the decryption key

Not that I want to discourage any steps towards security. But it feels more like they are waving around buzzwords in the hope of giving some false sense of security.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

as2003

Re: Not compatible

Sad but true.

It always sets alarm bells ringing when there are arbitrary limits on password length. It implies that passwords aren't being hashed behind the scenes.

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Ye Bug List

as2003

> Not our overlay

> This is a Bloomberg video

Sorry, yes, I was actually referring to the youtube videos that appear in other articles.

> I think the video tag was fixed a while ago.

In the article I mentioned? Curiously it still appears broken to me in Chromium 37.0 (in both Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7)

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as2003

Something very strange going on in this article:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/25/schmidt_hits_the_fanbois_samsung_had_your_shiny_new_toys_years_ago/

Looks like an </object> tag is missing.

And while I'm here, can I ask what the justification for the Register overlay on youtube videos is? It's mildly irritating that I can't close adverts and popups in the videos, and the link to the video's page on youtube is not working.

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as2003

Re: Embeded Flash YouTube

I missed your response, but I didn't miss a whole bunch of videos suddenly being visible in recent articles. Thanks!

Incidentally, I'm still being asked to install Adobe Flash Player on every page, but I believe that is due to the current set of adverts.

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as2003

Embeded Flash YouTube

Not really a bug, but I don't have Flash installed which means none of the embeded youtube videos work because you're using the flash player.

I wouldn't mention it, except for the fact that I know you could use an HTML5 player.

For example, in the recent article on the PiPhone [1], I just see a big grey "plugin missing" box, but if I navigate to the source article [2] (where they are using the HTML5 player), it plays perfectly well.

[1] (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/28/chap_builds_mobe_based_on_raspberry_pi/)

[2] (http://www.davidhunt.ie/piphone-a-raspberry-pi-based-smartphone/)

Also, If I remember correctly, you're using some weird overlay which obscures the 'youtube' logo bottom right, thus making it impossible to click through to the video's page on youtube.

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China is now 99.8% sure you're you, thanks to world's-best facial recognition wares

as2003

"...from 91 angles."

Huh?

91 angles between 0 and 1deg? 91 angles between 0 and 180deg?

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Yahoo! YUI! project! is! no! more!

as2003

What has node.js got to do with the demise of YUI? They serve entirely different purposes.

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

as2003

Re: Financial Damage

So what happens when details of their activities escape and the world at large then loses faith in the products and services their country provides, and stops buying.

Do they then have to spy on themselves?

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MONSTER COOKIES can nom nom nom ALL THE BLOGS

as2003

Re: Wrong inference?

Yes, good point. My mistake.

Anyway, it sounds like the behaviour needs to be better defined.

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as2003

Although section 6.3 of RFC 2109 (written in 1997) is talking about the client-side, I think it's not unfair to infer that a server should be able to support requests with at least 300 x 4kb cookies.

In his test, Bogdan Calin uses 100 x 3k cookies.

6.3 Implementation Limits

Practical user agent implementations have limits on the number and size of cookies that they can store. In general, user agents' cookie support should have no fixed limits. They should strive to store as many frequently-used cookies as possible. Furthermore, general-use user agents should provide each of the following minimum capabilities individually, although not necessarily simultaneously:

  • at least 300 cookies
  • at least 4096 bytes per cookie (as measured by the size of the characters that comprise the cookie non-terminal in the syntax description of the Set-Cookie header)
  • at least 20 cookies per unique host or domain name

6.3.1 Denial of Service Attacks

User agents may choose to set an upper bound on the number of cookies to be stored from a given host or domain name or on the size of the cookie information. Otherwise a malicious server could attempt to flood a user agent with many cookies, or large cookies, on successive responses, which would force out cookies the user agent had received from other servers. However, the minima specified above should still be supported.

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FAA shoots down delivery by drone plans

as2003

Why is the reason a craft is in the air important to the FAA? I.e. Why do they care if the nature is commercial or not? Genuinely interested.

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Content control freaks are peddling futility, says iiNet

as2003

> The only way the government could stop this traffic would be to block all encrypted traffic

Shhh! Don't go putting ideas in their heads!

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Appeal to again seek code for Australia's secret election software

as2003

360,000 lines of code to count votes?

Perhaps I'm being naive, but this seems grossly over the top. No doubt it had a commensurate price tag too.

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Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

as2003

I estimate that...

...sending 20kg by Falcon-9 to low Earth orbit (where the ISS resides) comes to about $80,000.

I also estimate that the cost of an espresso from that machine would be comparable to London prices.

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Give us a slice or we BLURT all your users' topping preferences to the WORLD

as2003

> There's little evidence Rex Mundi's victims have paid up.

well, there wouldn't be. For all we know, a lot of people have paid up.

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

as2003

@ Lee D

I'm not quite sure what your point is here. You just seem to be indiscriminately pouring scorn on all aspects of the AI field.

Sure, it's proved to be a lot more difficult that anyone expected; it may not even be possible! But what would you have us do? Just give up?

Your bit about "every AI project I've seen tends to be a year or two old at the most - usually just long enough to write a paper, get your doctorate and then flee before someone asks you to do any more on it", is grossly disingenuous. You seem to be implying that the sum total of activity in the field of AI amounts to a handful of pre-doc students taking random pot-shots at the problem?!

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Canon offers a cloud just for still photos, not anything else. Weird

as2003

Re: Marketing bollocks

> what's it doing new that Flickr doesn't?

Not fucking up and alienating vast swathes of users?

Just read the support forums to get a taste of what's wrong with Flickr.

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

as2003

Re: CryptTrue

!FalseCrypt

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

as2003

I'll do it for free

def is_tweet_significant( text )

return false

end

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FORGET OUR PAST, 12,000 Europeans implore Google

as2003

A few media outlets seem to be implying that 12,000 is a large number. I suspect Google get an order of magnitude greater sign ups per day.

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Police at the door? Hit the PANIC button to erase your RAM

as2003

Re: This app will self destruct in 5 seconds...

Uh... what if the script is installed on the truecrypt volume that it unmounts, or the fully encrypted disk the OS is installed on?

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Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

as2003

Re: The tank used for the illustration ...

> This is not the first time that I've lamented that El Reg doesn't provide larger versions of the thumbnail images used in its lists of articles.

Here's the original

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

as2003

If he's into self-flagellation

...someone should point him towards LaTeX

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

as2003

How much does it cost to get a patent?

I'm going to patent "A method of applying for beyond-trivial, and/or blatantly common sense ideas, concepts and processes".

Then sue all the trolls.

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Web cams pointed into hot young star's 'Ring of Fire' down under

as2003

Re: And if you don't have flash installed... re. ABC News 24

I haven't watched it enough to form an opinion, but I have it on good authority that it's basically the Australian equivalent of BBC news. Make of that what you will.

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as2003

And if you don't have flash installed...

Here are the direct links:

2014 Annular Solar Eclipse

29 April 2014: Partial Solar Eclipse -- live event, online!

Watch ABC News 24 Live

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

as2003

Someone with more spare time than me should do a statistical analysis of voting practices in Google Play to identify vote rigging. It's painfully obvious when it happens, and it seems to happen a lot.

With all their experience of battling spam, I don't see why Google seem to be turning a blind eye to this problem.

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

as2003

Re: Occam's Razor

This seems far more likely. "New Error Photography" more like.

Either way, I'm curious to see the footage.

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US to strengthen privacy rights for Euro bods' personal data transfers

as2003

Nice try

If these secret US agencies are perfectly happy to violate their own Constitution and then lie about it, what hope is there for this scrap of paper?

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New WebCL toolkit hooks browser apps into GPUs – and that's not good news for Apple

as2003

Cue millions of websites (hacked or otherwise) becoming host to embedded bitcoin miners.

Perhaps not, but I do wonder how many zero-day hacks lie in wait for us.

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WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

as2003

Did anyone think WhatsApp was secure?!

They have a notoriously bad track record. Prior to August 2012, messages weren't even encrypted!

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

as2003

Hopefully this doesn't end up bricking swathes of ATMs across the globe

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

as2003

I'm sure this has been mentioned before, but up-voting and down-voting requires a complete reload of the site. This is *so* 1990's. Could you at least add one or two lines of javascript?

If you use the principles of graceful degradation then it doesn't even have to break anything. And it would really benefit the one or two of us who have these cutting edge browsers that support this new-fangled javascript.

Similarly, seeing as I'm being forced to log in every day, perhaps you could make that a less tedious task by throwing a bit of javascript at that?

Also, I don't see why a bunch of ideas have been ruled out because "they could be gamed". Entire websites have been (successfully) built around these ideas that can be "gamed".

I would also like to "+1" the suggestion of getting notifications when any post of mine has been responded to. It's a pain having to log in, open an article, click comments, click my posts, middle click a handful of my posts, ...and scroll.

All great apart from that!

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Netflix coughs up to cruise on Comcast

as2003

> What, other than a channel Netflix doesn't hugely need, can Comcast offer beyond quality carriage?

Perhaps it's an exclusive deal. I.e. Netflix signed the contract with the understanding that YouTube and other video streaming services would not be offered similar deals and would continue to be throttled?

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