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Downed US vuln catalog infected for at least TWO MONTHS

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Heh

Adobe's ColdFusion web development software is to blame for the downtime of the US Government's National Vulnerability Database.

The malware infected two servers . . .

ColdFusion has officially been classified as malware, apparently.

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Aaron Swartz prosecutor accused of 'professional misconduct'

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Re: Wow!

Ah, Matt, dripping as ever with the milk of human kindness, I see.

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SimCity 4

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Re: Where the "report errors" link gone

Ahem, I think you mean, "Where has the 'report errors' link gone?".

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eBay: Our paid Google advertising was a total waste of money

Tom Maddox
Headmaster

Grammar nazi hijack

The appropriate abbreviation for "advertisement" is "ad;" the appropriate abbreviation for "advertisements" is "ads." "Add" and "adds" refer to mathematical operations.

This has been a note from your friendly neighborhood grammar nazi.

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Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

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Mushroom

ODFO

That's it, really.

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Yet another Java zero-day vuln is being exploited

Tom Maddox
Trollface

Fortunately for web users the world over, the exploit "is not very reliable", the researchers write. In most cases, the payload fails to executive and leads to a JVM crash.

So, it's just normal Java code, then?

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John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net

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Re: Sweeney

Well played sir, well played.

A commentard such as yourself should

Never

Knowledgeably

Exhibit

Reprehensible behavior such as you did.

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Civilization peaks: BEER-dispensing arcade game created

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There is not enough beer

You must construct additional breweries.

</Starcraft>

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Billionaire baron Bill Gates still mourns Vista's stillborn WinFS

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Re: Microsoft refused to allow the OEM’s to pre-load BeOS ..

Good job, kain, you failed to read the first line of the article you quoted:

BeOS is an operating system for personal computers which began development by Be Inc. in 1991. It was first written to run on BeBox hardware.

Or the paragraph right above your quote:

Initially designed to run on AT&T Hobbit-based hardware, BeOS was later modified to run on PowerPC-based processors: first Be's own systems, later Apple Inc.'s PowerPC Reference Platform and Common Hardware Reference Platform, with the hope that Apple would purchase or license BeOS as a replacement for its then aging Mac OS. Apple CEO Gil Amelio started negotiations to buy Be Inc., but negotiations stalled when Be CEO Jean-Louis Gassée wanted $200 million; Apple was unwilling to offer any more than $125 million. Apple's board of directors decided NeXTSTEP was a better choice and purchased NeXT in 1996 for $429 million, bringing back Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

In fairness, I misremembered some of the history myself, such as the Hobbit, but your claim that BeOS was originally written for the Mac is clearly false.

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Re: BeFS

@Gene: It wasn't F/OSS, no, but I'm not sure where the "closed as hell" comes from, in that is was no more closed than any other desktop operating system. Be definitely caught a lot of hell from the Linux fanboys, basically for not being Linux.

@kain: No, BeOS was designed for its own system, the BeBox, which happened to be based on the same chip as the Mac at the time, which meant that porting it to the Mac would have been much simpler than porting it to x86 was. Gassee tried to sell BeOS to Apple, who wanted to pay far less for it than he wanted, and, of course, Jobs was making his comeback and brought NextStep in instead. Be then made a move to the x86 platform and tried to position BeOS as a competitor to Windows, which failed in part due to Microsoft's efforts to keep OEMs from bundling any competing operating system with their computers.

The lack of apps was definitely an issue, so Be pitched the OS at specialist users such as graphic designers and sound engineers who could make use of the pervasive multithreading and high responsiveness of the UI, but it never really took off in that market. It was definitely unfortunate, because it was the most responsive and advanced OS, from a user perspective, available in the market at the time, but the company didn't really have a notion of how to sell it, especially against Microsoft's market power.

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BeFS

Back in the day, BeOS implemented a filesystem (called, natch, BeFS), which did all the things WinFS was supposed to do. It used metadata extensively with a database-like filesystem which allowed applications to access and store various data types in the filesystem without an intermediate store. It was also blazing fast due to the filesystem index being a built-in feature instead of an add-on.

Unfortunately, Be took on Microsoft at the height of its power and never really had a compelling story about why one might want to run BeOS instead of Windows, so it has vanished into the dustbin of history.

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'Let anyone be administrator' bug in VMware snapped shut

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Re: not a bug in the hypervisor

I'm reading it as a bug in one of the drivers provided by the VMware Tools package allowing privilege escalation in a Windows VM running the affected driver.

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LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

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Re: Am I the only one who likes the Ribbon interface?

Anything that takes 5 years to become less difficult shouldn't have been released in the first place.

You mean like . . . Linux?

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Holmes

Says it all, really

The previous code was just really horrendous," Meeks said. "Dialogs were constructed and drawn by hand – in fact, not even by hand. Programmers just sort of entered random numbers to lay them out, and it really looked awful.

This says it all. I believe this is the design philosophy behind all F/OSS and, indeed, all *nix GUI-oriented software.

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The business mullet: Cool or tool?

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Re: I'm not even going to pretend to care.

If you had $30 million in VC money riding on what someone else thought of your attire, I'm willing to bet you'd learn to care.

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Windows Server 2012 kicks ass: discuss

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Enough, already

I haven't used Server 2012, but I have used 2008 R2, and I've found it to be robust and stable, and much easier to configure and use than any version of *nix, so I'm guessing that Microsoft has done some good work enhancing those qualities with 2012.

Note that I say this as someone who has deployed various flavors of Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Solaris over the years. I recall very well Microsoft's dirty tricks. Nonetheless, I'm willing to sing the praises of Windows as it now runs because it meets my needs and the needs of the business I support.

Finally, I'm entirely fed up with this knee-jerk fanboy mentality in the technology. Maybe you should try judging technology on its actual merits instead of engaging in childish my-sideism. Eadon, I'm looking at you.

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Re: expect FUDD from Microsoft dupes

I notice that, like most *nix zealots, you ignored the detailed post which addresses your points and chose to focus on the troll.

BTW, I'm not sure what FUDD is. FUD is Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt; FUDD is presumably Elmer Fudd's XBox gamertag, and I'm not sure how that's relevant.

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Customer service rep fired for writing game that mocks callers

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Joke

We here at the CRA . . .

. . . have no sense of humor that we're aware of.

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Wii-U boat torpedoes Nintendo's '¥20bn profit' into ¥20bn loss

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Re: Won't take my money

@Elmer Phud:

I see what you did there, even if no one else did.

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Truly these are the GOLDEN YEARS of Storage

Tom Maddox
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Layers upon layers

All that's happening is the next step in an ongoing evolutionary process. Over the past few decades, the number of intermediate steps between slow storage and fast compute has been growing, with on-die CPU cache, level 2 cache, level 3 cache, system RAM, HBA/controller caching, onboard flash cache, storage array cache, on-drive cache, and now array flash storage providing yet another layer designed to improve the speed of transfer from static storage to active compute. The slowest storage has essentially stagnated, from a speed perspective, merely growing in capacity. The next tier up, "fast" spinning disk, is itself turning into yet another intermediary layer for staging data.

All any of this means is that same as it always has: ultimately, the goal is to touch the disk as little as possible and keep the relatively small amount of data you're actually using somewhere else.

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Who ate all the Pis?

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Re: WTF?

You think that mistyping slashes is a skill?

<FoghornLeghorn>It's a joke, son.</FoghornLeghorn>

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Tom Maddox
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Project manager

The project manager, meanwhile - and this is a man who is known to have struggled for some minutes to find the main menu in the new FireFox - has written a Python program that interrogates his diary in Google Calendar and switches on the central heating in his holiday cottage in Wales so that everything is nice and toasty when he arrives for the weekend.

So, the typical Reg reader, then?

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Samsung demands Apple's iOS 6 source code in patent case

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Trollface

Hey, now, don't let logic, reason, and law get in the way of a perfectly good American Hate thread.

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Cisco and NetApp fatten up Flexpod, chuck it at cloud biz

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Re: Why not just buy a fully converged and integrated stack from one Supplier?

The idea of buying converged systems from a single supplier is often pooh-poohed as "proprietary", especially by suppliers who don't have the three technologies needed in-house, and the main three suppliers in that position are Cisco, EMC and NetApp. Both EMC and NetApp are trying to attract the attention of Cisco, the great converged stack prize, and hoping to be chosen as its preferred partner.

I think that might answer your question.

The problem with the "converged stack" theory is that it's the mainframe redux: you're locked into buying giant units of equipment from a single vendor. Virtualization ameliorates this issue somewhat, insofar as you can easily move your processing workloads elsewhere, but storage lock-in is especially pernicious since storage is the hardest resource to move away from. The discerning IT equipment purchaser will look for the opportunity to retain flexibility.

Also, take your Huawei shilling elsewhere.

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Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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Re: Again, sort of want

So, Dave 126, what you're saying is that the HD 4000 is slightly less shitty than the HD 3000 but it still basically sucks. Thanks for backing me up!

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Again, sort of want

I could see really getting a lot of use out of this class of device. I could even live with the piddling RAM and storage. But Intel graphics? REALLY? If there's one thing I don't want in a tablet, it's a graphics processor which is slow yet hot and hungry.

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Paging Dr Evil: Philips medical device control kit 'easily hacked'

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There's your problem

Both the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ICS-CERT, which normally deals with security issues involving industry control kit, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are reportedly taking an interest in the issue.

Clearly the problem is excessive regulation by the federal authorities. They shouldn't bother the poor manufacturer with their intrusive regulations and requirements; they should just let the free market sort it out!

(This is what some people actually believe.)

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Ten stars of CES 2013: Who made the biggest splash?

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Re: How much to play Monopoly?

I would totally buy that if someone made an electronic version of BattleTech or Car Wars to run on it.

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Microsoft control freaks Server 2012 clouds with System Center SP1

Tom Maddox
Meh

It's all about the workflow

After using SCOM 2012 for a little while, I appreciate its power, but the workflow is still extremely awkward and inflexible. If Microsoft have made it possible to do hypervisor and VM management with the same ease and simplicity of vSphere, then this might be interesting. Any other commentards care to weigh in?

Also, in before Eadon's bitching and moaning about the evil of Microsoft and how there's some OSS version that is faster, cheaper, and more stable, and which will simultaneously ease all your virtualization woes while massaging your prostate.

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HP maintains seat atop wheezing, spavined PC market

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Re: windows 8 came out, sales fell 26%

As other commentards have noted, people buy what they need. The only place anyone cares about who makes the software is your mom's basement.

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'Mauro, SHUT THE F**K UP!'

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Re: Mauro should get a job

@ dogged:

Yes, but then he'd have to leave the comfort and safety of his bridge.

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Facebook continues to CONQUER THE WORLD

Tom Maddox
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STOP LIKING WHAT I DON'T LIKE

I predict many anti-Facebook comments which amount to the above.

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It MUST be the END of the WORLD... El Reg man thanks commentards

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Re: Khaptain

The thing is that Trevor is not just doing technical writing. If he were putting together white papers for prospective client or technical documentation, I would agree with your criticism, but he's writing blog-style articles for a publication renowned for its ironic or sarcastic tone, so an injection of personal perspective is absolutely called for. I don't personally find him to be a know-it-all; I get the impression that he's genuinely enthusiastic about the technology he uses and proud of the solutions he creates for his clients.

YMMV, of course.

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Thanks, Trevor!

Despite having a similar title, you work in a very different world with very different tools, and I'm always enlightened to hear about what other options are out there. Keep the articles coming!

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Dotcom titan funds 'Mark Cuban Chair To Eliminate Stupid Patents'

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Re: Hurray for rich nerds!!

My god, you're right! Cheap access to space will never benefit anyone! What possible use could it be to put things in space? And electric cars? Why even bother to innovate in that area? These rich guys should just take their money and spend it on giant impractical vanity yachts instead of trying to invest in the future!

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Fish grow ‘hands’ in genetic experiment

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Re: If you inject the same gene...

Or they might become filthy, antisocial, neckbearded basement-dwellers with a propensity for condescension and self-righteousness. Then you'd have a peer group!

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FCC urges rethink of aircraft personal-electronics blackout

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HELLO? HELLO? YES, I'M ON THE PLANE!

The main reason I can think of to continue the ban is to retain some kind of peace and quiet on the plane. Screaming babies are bad enough, but the last think I want to endure on a 10+ hour intercontinental flight is drunks yelling into their cell phones. "HEY BRO, GUESS WHERE I AM!"

If I wanted to endure that sort of behavior, I'd go to the movies more often.

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'Build us a Death Star, President Obama' demand thousands

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Re: @ Michael Luke

"Why the down votes?!"

Because you've shown yourself to be utterly devoid of a sense of humor.

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Entire US Congress votes against ITU control of internet

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Re: Well, obviously . . .

Ooh, look at that, you've earned the coveted Double Facepalm.

Noooooo . . . my point is that someone attempting to grab power via political machination is unlikely to forecast the fact that they're going to do so by admitting it, so a denial is meaningless. It is not confirmation of intent, per se. How seriously one takes the denial depends on how trustworthy one considers the ITU.

None of this should be construed as a statement of belief on my part that the ITU is in fact attempting any such thing. I was making a lighthearted off the cuff statement and have now driven this point as far into the ground as I can bear.

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Well, obviously . . .

"Never mind that the ITU itself says no threat exists."

. . . they would say that, wouldn't they, especially if they were launching a power grab!

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Schmidt: Microsoft will never be as cool as the Gang of Four

Tom Maddox
FAIL

OS aside . . .

. . . the Microsoft Surface concept is exactly the sort of thing I would like to see--something with a thin tablet form factor and detachable keyboard (and mouse, ideally) which runs an OS that will run the same apps as my desktop (which the Surface RT won't, I realize, but the Surface Pro will). To my mind, that's less "confused" and more "functional."

Now, whether Microsoft's implementation of this concept is any good is something I have yet to investigate, but the fact that both Eric and Tim are willing to write it off without even trying it is a sign of a blind spot that Microsoft may be able to exploit.

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Revealed: The gift that keeps on giving to Oracle ... is dying

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Not really . . .

The ELA is a side-effect of the lock-in. The lock-in is the effect of having data and logic tied in with a proprietary system, migration away from which is expensive and difficult. The ELA is a way of ensuring ongoing support and upgrades for the buyer, and it also provides a tidy little revenue stream for the vendor.

I agree that losing this revenue stream would be disastrous for the vendors who rely upon it, but CIOs and other decision-makers need to see that a) migration to a competing platform or product is less expensive over n years and b) that it yields sufficient tangible benefits to be worth the effort in the first place. It's likely that there's no one who doesn't want, on some level, to migrate away from Oracle, but justifying the time and expense may be challenging, regardless of the ELA.

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NY Museum of Modern Art embraces 14 video games

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Re: What, no Rogue?

Nethack is being considered for the next induction.

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Tech titans lose our loyalty: Are fanbois a dying breed?

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You're using it wrong

Now if we can just get rid of the smug, superior gits who insist that everyone who uses technology differently from them is an idiot, the world will be a much better place. Sadly, the two go hand in hand:

Technology Zealot: "Why don't you just switch to <Technology X>? It's so much more awesome than what you're using!"

Me: "Because I want/need to do this thing over there which is unsupported by or outrageously difficult on <Technology X>."

TZ: "If you just employ <horrendous, semi-functional workaround>, you'll be fine!"

Me: "<Horrendous, semi-functional workaround> is semi-functional and horrendous, and I have neither the time nor the particular inclination to try to implement it just for the achievement of using <Technology X>. Also, the user interface looks like it was shat out by a five-year-old."

TZ: "Your a idiot lol"

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NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

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LIES!

Like I'd trust NASA. Everyone knows they're behind chemtrails, HAARP, the FEMA concentration camps, George W. Bush's hurricane machine, geoengineering, ESD, autism-causing vaccines, and all manner of other perfidy! There's no question in my mind that if they're denying it, it must be true! Time to bend over and kiss your asses bye-bye, suckers!

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Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro gets laptop-level price

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Meh

Sort of want

I would like a tablet that can run real applications at decent speed and which comes with a detachable keyboard. The Surface Pro checks all the boxes, and Windows 8 is growing on me, but I fear the build quality.

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