* Posts by caffeine addict

252 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

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AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

caffeine addict

Re: "Have a look at www.gotati.com"

Can you stop signing your comments? We can see your name at the top where your name is.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

caffeine addict

I'll miss them. At nine years old I learnt to drive in an ex-Army IIa with doubled back springs so it could lug a welding rig around. ( No idea what they were welding to need that. )

It was a fantastic thing to learn in, and a great age to do so. That was 30 years ago, and I want it back. 90" (or 88, or whatever they were back then) in pale blue with a white roof and a highly perished offroad tyre filling half the front window...

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

caffeine addict
Joke

Hang on... I've got a great story about a user breaking their new computer's cup holder!

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

caffeine addict

The worst bit of impenetrable code I found recently was some 10 year old PHP that was mess of procedural code in classes, with meaningless variable names and recursive functions that sometimes took variables by reference, and sometimes didn't.

The comments block just contained an apology to anyone who came to investigate it. Signed by me.

I've stopped judging any code that's more than a year old...

Still, at least I wasn't responsible for the code that tried to connect to a server 3 times before giving up. But which auto-incremented the wrong number, causing a cascade of unresponsive servers DOSing each other...

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Two Corsair SSDs destroyed thanks to faulty PSU from Maplin

caffeine addict

Someone I know who works at Maplin head office (as what, I know not) has repeatedly told me that their business model is based on selling cables to people who can't wait for them to arrive in the post, then upselling tat.

A little harsh, IMO, but not that far from the truth.

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Ukraine energy utilities attacked again with open source Trojan backdoor

caffeine addict

Presumably anyone opening an unexpected 3rd party XLS file is getting dragged out and shot, yes? And the important systems are all airgapped from muppets with email access, yes?

No?

Well, paint me purple and call me Bernard...

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Shop online at Asda? Website vuln created account hijack risk

caffeine addict

"There is no evidence of any customer information being compromised as a result of these issues."

Isn't the whole point that they'd (potentially) never know?

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Skype now translates in real-time into seven languages

caffeine addict

Considering how god awful the Microsoft powered translation on facebook is, I dread to think what this will be like...

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Council of Europe gets tough on net neutrality

caffeine addict

It used to be common that you'd have unlimited(*ish, but not) internet after 6pm or midnight if you were a home user. This was to protect daytime traffic for business users and to encourage businesses to pay for daytime contracts.

Using the example mentioned above, I'd expect "home" users to suffer during the day if the load was spiking. And I have no problem with that as long as it effects all traffic for all home users, or targeted all high volume transfers regardless of the data being transmitted. The problem of net neutrality isn't the idea that your ISP throttles your traffic, but that it decides to throttle traffic from Youtube because Vimeo gave them a nice backhander.

It's like the government decided the way to ease rush hour traffic by banning lorries between 7am and 9.30am. Truckers would be pissed. But if Highways Agency then allowed Stobart trucks to ignore the law because of a fat brown envelope at Christmas...

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

caffeine addict

two years ago I had one that had been running since 1999. Not because it was critical but because the boss didn't understand IT. Also, not an uptime since 1999 because said boss's IT understanding meant our UPSs were about as useful as a PP9 battery.

Last time I saw it, it was a virus riddled mess that wasn't plugged in to anything but was still spinning away. The boss demanded we kept it running because he had "critical emails on there" but he didn't notice when we pulled all but one of the cables out of the back. So it's sat there in quarantine, no-one looking after it or treating it, but no-one taking it round the back of the barn either.

One day they'll get a PFY who will wonder what the box it, plug it into the network, and release the wrath of skynet...

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Anyone using M-DISC to archive snaps?

caffeine addict

The website seems strangely vague about what they actually are.

Are they just Bluerays with a more stable data layer on the disc?

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Discworld fans stake claim to element 117

caffeine addict

I would have thought 118 was a better choice for the 8th colour, personally. But it's a bit pointless when (IIRC) the rules say the names above 100 all have to end in "ium". In which case "narritivium" sounds good to me.

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'You're updated!' Drupal says, with fingers crossed behind back

caffeine addict

Oh the wit of assuming "a handful" was a small and absolute number!

A million drupal sites. And each developer is likely to have knocked out a few sites each. Lets say that's 5 each (just because, why not) then 200k developers. Out of how many people in the world with at least one website to their CV?

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caffeine addict

As far as I can work out, Drupal is only loved by the handful of masochists who can handle setting it up without going mad - because if you can set it up you've got guaranteed return custom from the client who can't work out how to manage their own site.

I left a job once because the client demanded we start using Drupal...

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ANN-IE-LATION: Microsoft to axe support for older Internet Explorer next week

caffeine addict

No more IE8 support?

I'd cheer - if I didn't still have clients demanding IE6 support.

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Cat fight: Watch out YouTube, here comes Facebook

caffeine addict

Re: Facebook stats, pah!

Damnit... you were automatically upvoted as I scrolled down...

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

caffeine addict

Re: Wileyfox Swift

I was really surprised not too see Wileyfox mentioned considering all the love ElReg has been giving it. I was so tempted when I Amazon had them for £100 just before xmas but I can't justify killing my incredibly resilient MotoG...

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iOS banking apps security still not good enough, says researcher

caffeine addict

Re: NWhat you need to do

Only thing I can think AC meant is blackmail, but you would need to have some money/services transfer for that.

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caffeine addict

Re: Name and shame

If you shame the list of banks, they'll just say "we take security seriously and we'll be looking into this immediately".

What you need to do is tell the banks, then publicly announce the vuln and say you'll make the list of banks public in 30 days. Those that actually give a shit will fix it and get out ahead of the story. Those that don't give a damn about security will get doubly shamed when the names go public and they're seen to not take it seriously.

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Facepalm time: MS Office update wipes custom Word autotext

caffeine addict

I think you'll find that's what they're doing/failing at the moment...

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ICO slaps HIV support group with £250 fine following email blunder

caffeine addict

Re: It's 2016 for cripes sake....

Yeah, a limit of 10 in TO or CC fields would help.

A limit of 50 in BCC fields might get people to actually use proper mailers with proper unsub functionality too.

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Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him

caffeine addict

Can we hire the guy who the Americans get to make up their acronyms? Patriot and Prism vs RIPA and Preston? Oh dear...

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All eyes on the jailbroken as iOS, Mac OS X threat level ratchets up

caffeine addict

Re: Consistency please.

Yes, you're right, we all know how ElReg is in Apple's fruity pocket...

/sigh

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caffeine addict

Re: No absolute numbers provided. Why?

Pretty sure that's the argument we used to use about why there were so few viruses in Apple world...

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Motorola’s X Force awakens a seemingly ‘shatterproof’ future

caffeine addict

Re: 6.0 "soon"... riiight.

Odd, seeing as how my 2012 Moto G has 5.1 on it.

Sure that's Moto and not the operator?

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IBM kills Hack A Hair Dryer women-in-tech vid after backlash

caffeine addict

"Rosa" Franklin? I have never seen here called anything other than Rosalind...

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caffeine addict

Re: frequency-hopping spread-spectrum Hedy Lamarr

[citation needed]

Not sarcastically, actually. Just genuinely needed, if true.

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Pirate Bay domain suspended thanks to controversial verification system

caffeine addict

Re: Heartless B*stards

It says in the wiki article that the images were publicly available as part of the investigation. So they came, legitimately, from the police through official channels. Nothing illegal or immoral about the pictures - just bad taste. And if we removed everything in bad taste from the internet...? Well... fuck...

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Part of the world's IT brought down by Azure Active Directory issue

caffeine addict

It's a good job we haven't just moved over to Office 365 because it's cheaper and more stable than running our own stuff. /sarcasm

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caffeine addict

Since it's all online and cloudy, I presumed it's still in Beta...

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PHP 7.0 arrives, so go forth and upgrade if you dare

caffeine addict

Nice URL. I take it the script that removes tags from titles doesn't know about teletype then?

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Europe launches search for Einstein's space-time ripples

caffeine addict

To measure movements at a sub atomic level I assume you need to make sure your equipment is stationary at a similar level. That's going to need some mighty impressive duct tape...

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Node.js sysadmins, get ready to patch

caffeine addict

I've never played with node.js, but I'd have guessed that saying "we introduced it in this version, and it's still there" would make it relatively easy to track down, shouldn't it? Even with changes along the say, git blame for current lines introduced in 0.12 is going to give you some hefty pointers, no?

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

caffeine addict

Re: Re stu 18

I'm afraid I have a patent that covers the "deterring of undesirables (including, but not limited to, trolls, idiots and commentards) using exothermic reactions (literal or metaphorical) and photoelectric or mechanical capture and recall mechanisms". Payment is accepted in non-sequentially numbered barrels of Doombar or Guinness.

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Walmart spied on workers' Tweets, blogs before protests

caffeine addict

Re: Spy: One who secretly keeps watch on another or others

Nonsense. People forget that posting to social media is a form of publishing and, unless you post privately, are available for anyone to read and act upon. You can't spy on graffiti or a newspaper - this is the same. If you put it out there for anyone to read, you can't cry foul when people read it.

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El Reg unchains the Vulture Velo cycling jersey

caffeine addict

*sigh*

Maybe Fenke cycles 50 miles each way to work. Maybe They didn't get Simon to wear the top because it wasn't in his size or because they couldn't ship it to him. I can think of reasons why ElReg chose to show their logo across an attractive woman's chest that aren't sexist or inappropriate.

I can't say the same for your comment, Velv.

Some of us would like more women in the industry for reasons other than implied wet t-shirt competitions. :/

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Randall Munroe spoke to The Reg again. We're habit-forming that way

caffeine addict

Are you really telling us that your surveys can't handle checkboxes, or was this a meta joke about "checkbox" not being in the top ten hundred english words?

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Clueless Anonymous asks the powerless to save dolphins

caffeine addict

"If PUTNAIOOACA are serious about the cause, they really need to get up to speed and target @turnbullmalcom and @JustinTrudeau instead."

@turnbullmalcom looked like the world's most ineptly boring parody account until I remembered his name was Malcom Tucker...

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

caffeine addict

Re: Bob

What? No, 123 was the spreadsheet program.

I've found what I meant though - it wasn't Lotus, it was Packard Bell Navigator...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-h9fUBKlrZ4

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caffeine addict

Re: Bob

Someone here will know - what the hell was the name of the thing Lotus had that was basically Bob with better graphics? It came bundled with the rest of the Lotus suite on my IBM PC back 95-ish.

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caffeine addict

I have no sound card in the office, so I have no fecking clue what anyone is saying, but those videos. Oh god...

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One-armed bandit steals four hours of engineer's busy day

caffeine addict

Re: Hands up if...

Not quite... But I have had to phone a guy to get him to unlock the office so I could get the keys and phone another guy who phoned a guy to get security to let me in to the hosting suite. Because I accidentally triggered a remote shutdown on a live server.

It was 3am and I was in the wrong terminal window...

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No, the EU is not going to make hyperlinks illegal

caffeine addict

Re: Ah copyright

The infallible Wikipedia makes it clear that the diary was reworked, rewritten and edited by her father. I guess it comes down to how much he's accepted as being an editor and how much as a creator... :/

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caffeine addict

Re: Ah copyright

Apparently, the original diary was published as written by her with bit added by her father.

I guess that means you can republish the bits written by her - as long as you can work out which bits they are. Publish a bit he wrote and you're in trouble. I wonder if the foundation can be forced to state which bits were his...

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Reg mashup rates CompSci unis for books, booze and boogie

caffeine addict

Re: Fewest Tokens

I was trying to decide if you are a troll, a bad humourist, or an arse. So I looked at your other posts. The use of "feminazi" answered that one for me.

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Emacs gets new maintainer as Richard Stallman signs off

caffeine addict

"once we dot the i's and cross the t's"

Isn't there a key combination for that...?

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Encrypt voice calls, says GCHQ's CESG team ... using CESG encryption

caffeine addict

You know that noise you just heard? That was a joke, not so much "wizzing by" as lazily flapping towards the horizon, yet you still missed it...

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

caffeine addict

Re: Quite

"You're a true SJW, aren't you?"

And just like that, I dismissed the rest of your comment...

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Rocketeers aim for the Moon with first-stage £600k tin-rattle

caffeine addict

Doesn't Kickstarter demand you have a working prototype? Isn't that what killed the laser razor thing?

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We're getting kick-ass at seeing through walls using just Wi-Fi – MIT

caffeine addict

Re: Denim blockers?

I'm off to file a funding application for a big machine that fires ping pong balls at engineering students. For a smaller grant I'd be willing to use sociology students instead.

Actually... I may just go buy 10,000 ping pong balls and make the machine out of Lego for my own entertainment...

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