* Posts by FrankAlphaXII

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Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

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

FrankAlphaXII

Ancient game debugging, pt.2

Your comment reminded me of something. Awhile back I read a really good article about a guy who put himself through figuring out what was wrong with Atari's (in)famous E.T. : The Extraterrestrial game for the 2600. Since you put yourself through debugging an Oric game, you'd probably like it.

Apparently its not that hard to make the game playable, granted that you have a hex editor.

Check it out here.

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Hacked Japanese space probe sends back first pictures of Venus

FrankAlphaXII

Some of us still do....

Thought admittedly its a lost battle in that regard.

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One Bitcoin or lose your data, hacked Linux sysadmins told

FrankAlphaXII

Re: because GCHQ et al

Since when is Law Enforcement an intelligence agency's job?

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Windows 10 is an antique (and you might be too) says Google man

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Revisionist

Don't forget that networking infrastructure was straight out of BSD. I'm not a Windows hater, if anything I can't stand Linux anymore (not the Kernel, I love the Kernel, the distributions killed it for me. Been using PC-BSD and FreeBSD since early 2014 along with Windows 7 and now Windows 10 and I couldn't be happier when it comes to my UNIXlike or with Windows for that matter) but it likely wasn't Microsoft's idea, if anyone it was probably whoever was doing networking for Open, Free or NetBSD at the time.

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Oracle Java 'no longer the greatest risk' to US Windows PC users

FrankAlphaXII

Apple? really?

I'd have still figured it was Flash.

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Russian subs prowling near submarine cables: report

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Oh, and another thing...

Quite agreed. They haven't even retargeted the Tridents yet, the Navy made a big deal when they de-targeted so I'd imagine they'd say something if they retargeted them. They're still actively downsizing the cruise missile and bomber fleets, and the B-1s haven't been re-nuclearized.

As soon as they do the opposite of any of that, we can say that its the Cold War again, til then its Russia willingly getting itself into the Middle Eastern quagmire, which isn't very Soviet like. The Soviets were never stupid enough to openly fight in the Middle East. They always had proxies do it for them. If anything, it shows the lack of political clout that Russia possesses anymore.

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FrankAlphaXII

They could be trying. Its a hell of a lot harder with fiber optics than with the copper cables that were being used by the Soviets during the Cold War though. I mean it could be possible, but I don't know of any "weird" boats that the Russian Navy uses, which isnt to say they don't have any, I just don't know if they do or not. You can't just use a stock attack sub or boomer for it, its gotta have some specialized equipment.

The US Navy used to do it all the time though, check out the histories of the USS Halibut (SSN-587) after 1965 and USS Seawolf (SSN-575) post-1971. They were what we used to tap their cables. That is, until the Soviets figured out what was going on. Anecdotally (I've heard this from NSG Spooks with CT* ratings and a guy with an Intelligence Specialist rating who were all in the Navy at the time) because some cookie pusher at the State Department fucked up and asked a Politburo Central Committee member about something she couldn't have known about unless we were listening to them over a Submarine cable, this politician went and reported it to the KGB, which a couple of months later had the information stolen by the GRU who immediately had the Soviet Navy banging away at their cables with active sonar looking for the collection devices. The Soviets didn't bother encrypting anything sent over the cables because the Imperialist running dog pirates had no way of intercepting them, or so they had thought.

In reality, John Anthony Walker ("Johnnie Walker Red") probably found out about it and told the Soviets, as his son who was a member of the spy ring was stationed aboard the USS Simon Lake (AS-33) and the tenders were privy to things that the rest of the Pac and Lant fleets weren't, like what the individual boats were doing, where and when. When even the toilet paper order goes through the same supply system that missile and reactor parts do, really mundane shit ends up with an exceptionally high classification, and the Walkers were selling as much as they could to the GRU.

The Soviets located and then hauled one of the collectors up to the surface. The geniuses at the NSG or maybe even the NSA itself forgot to pull the riveted metal "Property of US Government" tabs off of them, at least on that one. The game was up at that point.

So much for plausible deniability eh?

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Western Digital's hard drive encryption is useless. Totally useless

FrankAlphaXII

Re: My Seagate has excellent encryption

Two of my 2010-ish 1 TB Seagates had that same "feature". Both failed spectacularly within a matter of months.

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BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

FrankAlphaXII

Re: licensing

Do you work for BBC's legal department or something? You keep saying the same old shit over and over again like it makes it okay for them to do this or something. You don't address any of the issues that are raised by blocking VPNs. I live in the US and I don't pay a license fee, I shouldn't have access. But someone using a VPN from inside the UK who does pay should have access.

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Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10

FrankAlphaXII

Re: BB death greatly exagerated

>> All Most US governmental agencies use them.

I can think of two entire departments that do not and use either Samsung handsets with KNOX instead or whatever MS calls their preferred MDM and Security solution for WinPho. The Congresscritters and Justice are still hung up on BB though, as are parts of DHS, and as I recall CIA was as well as recently as two years ago. So there's plenty of BlackBerry usage in the Federal Government still, but its by no means universal any longer.

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Is domain overlord ICANN the FIFA of the internet? We'll know this weekend

FrankAlphaXII

Re: US readers still have power over ICANN for a little while

The date's been set and has been for quite awhile.

I don't know there's much anyone can do, outside of persuading the President, the JCS, Secretary of Homeland Security and DNI letting ICANN take over is a threat to National Security, which would be a tough sell.

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ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run!

FrankAlphaXII

Ask the chinese?

Uh no. We're not going to be asking China to do something we don't want them doing, ASAT is one of those things we (and the rest of the world) really don't need to be doing with any kind of frequency.

Especially not when its something the Navy itself can do if they have to shoot it down.

An Aegis-equipped cruiser or destroyer can shoot the damned thing down with a Standard Missile 3, its just where do we do it? It might be a real issue to destroy this thing if there are other satellites, especially those owned by other countries, sharing the same orbit, and there probably are. The Army could also probably bring it down with the Missiles in Alaska or a THAAD battery, but I doubt the Navy would let them.

The X-37B's actually the better idea, if (and that's a big damned if) its capable of doing anything to fix or disable it. The Air Force won't say what it can do so no one really knows. And the people who do know are in a Top Secret - Secure Compartmented Intelligence measured Special Access Program that probably has an SI and COMINT caveat. They're probably not gonna say.

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No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Goodness.

I agree, the bitching about Windows 10 out of the writers here is getting very old. I've been using it for two months and have had no problems. The one thing I'll agree with is Mozilla's complaint about changing default programs, it is kind of a pain in the ass and its not just for browsers.

And keep in mind what they're not telling you about Matt Asay's background, he's a FOSS evangelist, which they used to make very clear on his articles when he was a regular writer here. So much for disclosure anymore, eh?

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Unisys halts and catches fire: Mainframe builder dives into the red

FrankAlphaXII

Just like HP right?

That kind of thinking reminds me of the Army. To quote Colonel Charles Alvin Beckwith, the man who fought with the US Army for years after he'd been with the SAS on an exchange program to create something like the SAS here, which eventually became Delta Force (or whatever you wanna call em, Delta, Task Force Green, 1SFOD-D, CAG, The Fort Bragg Bicycle club, etc. It must be nice to not exist.): "The problem with officers is that they worry about pissants while elephants are stomping them into the ground". And its true.

Save a sinking ship with a tie and jacket, yeah right.

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Re: Bah!

Best post I've seen on El Reg in awhile Stevie, creative, funny, and above all, true.

You should get a Gold Badge for it, IMHO.

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Security tool bod's hell: People think I wrote code for Hacking Team!

FrankAlphaXII

Re: not possible

Creative Commons has something like this. CC-BY-NC.

You spend a lot of time here, Destroy All Monsters, so you surely know about xkcd, whether you like Randall's artwork or not. He licenses his stuff under it, and his description of it is pretty good, you're free to use it and share it, but not sell it.

Since Hacking Team were selling this guy's product, which they're free to do as long as they follow the terms of the GPL and include the source, he could license it under CC-BY-NC to prevent anyone from selling it. It might dissuade people from wanting to use your software in other projects, but it does prevent someone fucked up from selling your code at least.

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FrankAlphaXII

It may sound stupid but...

CC BY-NC would work for what he's after, it allows the source to be used freely, but with attribution and not at all in a commercial product. Since I don't think he's selling the code, it would stop for-profits from taking his code and selling it. CC was mostly designed for artwork, but there's no reason you couldn't use it for software that I can see anyway.

I don't think FSF would think too highly of it, but really, who gives a shit about them if you're really that concerned and outraged about a for-profit that does some unethical shit using your tools in their software to make money.

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

FrankAlphaXII

Re: The Problem With This

>> Else, what's next? USB drivers showing advertising every time you plug your phone in? Your printer driver printing a full-page American Express ad at the start of every document? The BIOS message reading "Drink Coca-Cola"?

For the love of all that is good and holy, do not give them any ideas or else we'll be seeing that fairly soon.

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National Archives finds OPM-style intrusion: No data theft found, though

FrankAlphaXII

NARA handles service members records after they've left the armed forces after a period of time. It would definitely help with cross referencing information with everything they got out of copying all of those SF-86s if they're really trying to create fake credentials or recruit spies.

If this was at St. Louis, that's probably pretty likely what they were after since your personnel file has your MOS, rating or AFSC on the first page, I think my 201 even has a copy of my SF-86 in it as well. If they're indeed trying to find people to sell information to them it would make sense to nail the archives, especially at that center.

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Two foreigners, a desert and a jeep full of bank statements

FrankAlphaXII

Given that Dammam is basically Aramco country, and they can charge whatever they want to them and get away with it, its probably far too expensive to mail them from there or the Saudi Postal service will only give the company a bulk rate if you mail it from an agreed upon facility.

The same kind of thing exists in the West, if you're American have you ever wondered why Del Rio and Plano, Texas always seem to be where junk mail originates or goes to?

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The insidious danger of the lone wolf control freak sysadmin

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Sometimes, it's management

>>I never imagined I'd be happy to get fired from somewhere before then.

You were either rather young at the time or you've been rather fortunate to have worked a very small number of shitty jobs if you can say that and aren't lying.

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Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Wait, you don't have a preservation act to go in-hand with FOI...?

I'm amazed to see that myself. They probably torch records they want torched left and right. It must be great if you're up to something fucked up.

I dunno about the Federal government's requirements, but the parts I've worked around or in seem to save everything even if its really pointless (at least the Army saves [in triplicate, mind you] damned near everything, especially if it relates to money. Yet keep in mind that they say DoD, which the Army is part of, can't be audited as its too big so draw your own conclusions there) but I do know for a fact that my state has a really strict law about that, we call it Government in the Sunshine, and everyone from the State level down is subject to it, even some services that aren't "government" technically but use public funds are responsible for storing their data for auditing.

I suspect your State or equivalent government or maybe even your central government does as well judging by your reaction.

It is strange to see a government have something like FOIA, but at the same time be able to burn its archives so FOIA doesn't really matter. And what gets me is that no civil liberties lawyers existed that were able to see through that arrangement. The UK needs something like the ACLU to keep these people a little more honest because it's really outrageous that they can basically burn or shred what pleases them.

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FrankAlphaXII

Over on the other side of the Pond...

At least in Florida, we have this law called the Government in the Sunshine Law. It basically says no matter who you are, if you're paid by the Government, you have to retain your email archives as they are a public record and anyone deleting them is breaking the law and they actually do prosecute people over it.

It was one of many charges that my former county commissioner got charged with when they brought her to book over corruption. Its funny, since she's been convicted we've had growth, re-zoning, improvements and new construction every quarter. Before it was all going to District 4, small wonder why.

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Apple seeks fawning 'journalists' for in-house 'news' self pluggery

FrankAlphaXII

They may be doing this to have fake press conferences where Apple Employees are "journalists". FEMA got in some serious trouble with world+dog when they found out they were doing this at press conferences following some wildfires in California in 2007. I'm serious about that.

However, if Apple has a fake press conference it would applauded as something innovative from corporate communications. Compare to when FEMA did it, with the bad ol Government trying to fake people out before they put em on death trains. Gotta love people's fuckin' priorities and their level of paranoia.

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

FrankAlphaXII

Re: The reason why cuts work...

Well the first experiments with central banking were ended by a congress under a war-monger that manged to get most of Washington burned to the ground after having untrained rabble serving as militia attack civilians and civilian grain stores in Canada, and a jackass* that let the second attempt's term expire.

But no, it didn't work at all. Bank runs and financial crisis were both fairly normal over here. People got sick of it after the 1907 Bank Run, which followed bank runs in 1873, 20 years later in 1893, and again in 1907, but congress shammed something together and Wilson signed it.

Y'know, Its pretty sad when your country's had enough bank runs that they get titles like they're military campaigns.

*Andrew Jackson got called a Jackass by the Adams campaign, it became his symbol and eventually the entire Democratic party started using it and still uses it to a degree, though nowadays their official logo really sucks, it looks like a DC Metro line more than a political party's logo.

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Do you use Hola VPN? You could be part of a DDoS, content theft – or worse

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Coffee --> Screen

I don't believe in security. Only idealists and fools do.

Edward Snowden stole how many files off NSAnet and JWICS and didn't get caught? He knew noone was paying attention and exploited that lapse in security to create a conversation the world should have been having at the end of the Cold War. Aside from the National Command Authority's emergency action messaging system, JWICS alone is supposed to be the most secure communications network there is by design, and even they're vulnerable to an insider launching an attack.

I do believe in layers of security, that old defense in depth maxim. It costs more (whether its actual money or just time) but if you believe in keeping people who don't belong away from looking at your stuff it is well worth it. As long as it actually works correctly. But its hard to tell what works and what doesn't, especially not in the early days of an Arms race.

There will always be a way to counter any sort of defensive measures somehow anyway. Best you can do is make yourself so difficult a target and make your garbage look so interesting that A.) no one bothers because the problem looks too difficult, and B.) if they do manage to succeed, they don't get anything of value other than maybe some plaintexts which will have nothing to do with the real keys but are there to drive opposing forces cryptographers insaner and waste their time.

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SNAFU: Blighty's judges not trustworthy, says their own website

FrankAlphaXII

Re: SSL Check

One of them must be that they're using actual SSL instead of TLS. I'd not use them for anything I could avoid it.

I can't get any https pages from them to load at all, and the only reason I can think of is that I have old-school SSL completely disabled in both Firefox and Windows.

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Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Why is this 'news'...

No, it isn't. The Circus Kernel constantly is outside of Kernel development, especially at the distribution level (even though software packaging is pretty bad too) and why that is I have no idea, but its not like that everywhere.

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Let it go, let it go: How global DNS could survive in the frozen lands outside US control

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Easy enough

I've spent the past 30 minutes trying to make heads or tails of what you wrote and how it relates to the IANA/ICANN debacle. I don't get it, and it is quite simply not happening. Not without copious amounts of psychoactive intoxicants that aren't suitable for a Tuesday during a four day work week.

At least I can't find a way to relate the supposed "Agnostic Farmer" (which I've heard before from a Jewish Chaplain while damned near in the geographic center of a very Muslim country, so go figure) toward internet governance.

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Special Forces

Keep in mind, the Special Forces only recruit men that are Specialists who are promotable (E-4P) or Sergeants (E-5) with one exception that I'm not at all sure that the Army's doing anymore, where you enlist as an 18X Special Forces Candidate, go to Fort Benning for Infantry OSUT or Fort Leonard Wood for Combat Engineer OSUT, do Airborne School at Fort Benning, and then go to Fort Bragg for Special Forces Assessment and Selection and the Q Course. It takes two years of very specialized classroom training at the DLIFLC in California after you pass selection and the Q course also, and thats the part that kept me out of SF. I have a very hard time learning to speak foreign languages.

The attrition rate is like 70% overall for them. Other Special Operations Forces (this is a distinct thing from Special Forces, in the Army SOF is everything from 1SFOD-D to Orange to Det-A/39th Special Forces Detachment, the 75th Ranger Regiment, to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment to Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations, but also includes the Special Forces Command) have higher washout rates actually. I've heard of Delta not selecting anyone in the past for instance.

Special Forces and most SOF also get several other types of pay and allowances that DFAS isn't listing on the basic pay chart, like Hazardous Duty/forward area pay, Airborne Pay, Language pay, Basic Allowance for Subsistence, Basic Allowance for Housing, and some others.

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Lenovo system update flaws plugged, security world not impressed

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I'd bet they have people working 24/7/365, I would not be surprised at all if there's a full shift of people in the war room and working on other things there at all times.

I agree 100% that their writings are definitely worth looking at though. Its good stuff if you care about security at all.

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FrankAlphaXII
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To hell with Lenovo, seriously

My Lenovo doesn't have anything like this because I blasted their crapware laden Windows 8 abortion off that hard drive as fast as I possibly could and clean installed Windows 7. But then again, after Superfish and my experience with that computer's weirdness, I'm never buying from them again.

I kind of second the post above me, giving the PLA access to whatever they sell is probably a concern for them, and they're probably backdoored to hell and back, I wonder if there are any hardware backdoors because I formatted everything with GParted after finding the weird partitions with DISKPART. DISKPART found two extra partitions when I ran it, one was big enough to run Linux or *BSD (with KDE or GNOME even, it was a good sized partition, like a couple/few GiB), on my hard drive when I was preparing for the Windows 7 install, it was really strange because they weren't the recovery partition at all, had a different file system even, so I switched over to GParted to have a look and finished the formatting part of the install with it. I called them and asked them what was up with them, because I didn't want to brick the computer and I've never gotten an answer as to why they were there. They did say I could delete them and the computer would be fine, but nothing else.

Those partitions lasted as long as Windows 8 did on that computer. All I know is that I don't trust them after my own experience with Lenovo's customer service idiots himming and hawing to me about what the deal was and not explaining anything really, and then the Superfish fiasco.

Also, don't be too surprised if the Wumao/50 Cent Army and Putinistas downvote you for complaining about Lenovo or Kaspersky. Its an occupational hazard.

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

FrankAlphaXII

Content recognition, and contextual/cultural analysis is extremely difficult for a computer to do on its own. Sometimes you really have to have someone fluent or from the culture in question to pick up on what's really being said.

But shifting all of the translation and some analysis work to a computer, even if it was possible (which it isn't, at least not yet) would be a nightmare for everyone involved. It'd just add another layer of Male Bovine Feces to work through but one that's completely unresponsive. I can tell you with near 100% certainty that it would also seriously piss off the voice and non-voice collectors who are hanging their asses out in some very hot places a lot of times to get the linguists and analysts their product. You have to be able to talk to the analysts if they or you have questions, and you can't do that with some dumb-ass computer. And I can see that kind of extra bullshit getting people killed.

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FrankAlphaXII
Black Helicopters

I'm pretty sure that the Army at least is still taking anyone who can qualify for at least 35S, 35P, 35N, 35F, 35G, 350F, 350G, 351L, 351M, 352N, 352S, 353T, 35A on the commissioned officer side and 09L.

Then again, spaces change around day to day. One day an Enlisted or Warrant MOS or commissioned officer Career Management Field will be open, the next it ain't. Its a hell of alot more flexible on the Enlisted side than for either type of Officers, but there simply aren't as many spaces for Warrant Officers that ain't flying a helicopter and Commissioned Officers as there are for Enlistedmen.

Knowing the Army, I would seriously doubt that the two Military Intelligence brigades at Fort Meade aren't using all the personnel spaces that they can possibly get from HRC. Two brigades is quite alot of people really. I also seriously doubt a computer program's being substituted for a linguist and analyst going over it.

Black helicopter because it looks like a Kiowa misshapen blackhawk.

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Money-for-mods-gate: Valve gives masterclass in how to lose gamers and alienate people

FrankAlphaXII

Re: We won

Yeah we did win. And I wrote a letter too. I also participated on some of the Steam threads that got nuked by Valve.

Gamers won, and we haven't been winning much lately. Between gamergate and its accompanying nonsense from both sides, pre-order pay-to-win crap, Day 1 dlc, Assassin's Creed: Unity being a broken mess, Always on DRM, and a bunch of other crap, etc etc, as a consumer in this segment things have kind of sucked lately.

Just curious though, you're the first person that I've ever heard have trouble with the script extender. What happened? I mean its really easy to install, even manually (copy the unzipped folder into the Elder Scrolls or Fallout game's root, copy and replace the files, and then launch the script extender launcher through your mod manager, a shortcut, or whatever. I guess you could launch it in command prompt or powershell if you really wanted to as well of course) so I strongly doubt you were installing them wrong. People posting at El Reg can generally follow directions when it comes to installing programs, at least usually.

I've had my anti-virus really wig out about the script extenders before, (OBSE, FOSE, NVSE, and SKSE, I use all of them) and throw their files in quarantine, that I'd have to go manually restore and whitelist them, so I'm wondering if it was the same thing with you. It was tedious but I do kind of understand why a decent professional antivirus program would freak about them, but they work just fine now after I whitelisted them.

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FrankAlphaXII

Re: why

My big problem with it, as someone who knows A LOT of Elder Scrolls and Fallout 3/New Vegas modders, was that someone could full well steal your work, say a free mod, repackage it saying it was theirs and make money off of it and there isn't much you can do about it, as I'm pretty sure you can't GPL mods for their games. So there's not much you can do without stepping on ZeniMax's well paid lawyers' toes in the legal arena and they're not easy to deal with. Not to mention Valve's.

Bethesda (and not to mention id, which is also a ZeniMax company now, they still behave the same in regard to source code releases without art assets and such as they used to though) is one of the most friendly developers toward its customers and people creating content for their games, their publisher and owner, ZeniMax, is one of the most unfriendly publishers in the business though.

I don't get the downvotes for asking a question though, most people do not know exactly what this meant other than Valve and Bethesda getting 75% of sales, with Valve taking the lion's share.

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Strange radio telescope signals came from microwave ovens

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Wifi and microwave ovens

Unless you're in North America. Channel 13's restricted to low power use, and its damned close to a restricted area of spectrum at 2483.5 Mhz. I really doubt anyone would come after you for using it but playing games with the FCC is like playing games with the IRS. They can make your life very difficult if you give them a perceived reason to do so.

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If hypervisor is commodity, why is VMware still on top?

FrankAlphaXII
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Re: doesn't have to be like this

>>Linux itself has this problem when Linus finishes up who will be the voice of control to keep things together or will it become a room of shouting idiots pushing for their need over moving forward with a common goal.

If you're lucky, it'll be Lennart that takes over. If you're unlucky, it'll be Theo instead.

And I'd say you're probably screwed either way in that case, so you'd better figure out how to make Linus live forever.

(And yes, I'm kidding, before anyone gets their knickers in a knot over it)

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FrankAlphaXII
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Trevor, I must say I haven't genuinely laughed at an article on The Register this hard in a long time.

Not because of the actual subject matter or content, mind, which like usual with your articles I learned a bit about virtualization, as I've only ever really used virtualization on a very small scale with VirtualBox to test out operating systems with, but because of some of the expressions you used, like "a lobotomized monkey wigging out on bad crack" or the openstack/pee in jars thing.

If they still had voting on articles you'd be getting a 10 for being funny. Keep it up Sir.

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LenovOUCH expands bits-blistering bodgy battery boomerang

FrankAlphaXII
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Lenoneveragain

So not only will they spy on you with their cheap laptops, they'll try to kill you with their pricier models. If you think I'm using hyperbole, I'm not. Lithium-ion and Lithium polymer batteries are pretty fucking dangerous, and when they get damaged or otherwise explode, they can spew flames and burning liquid metal everywhere.

I regret ever giving that company any of my money after the Superfish fiasco and this just reinforces it. If I didn't care about wasting something that cost me about a thousand bucks only a year ago, I'd run my ThinkPad over with my truck repeatedly and go buy something else like a business class Dell.

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Amazon CTO destealths to throw light on AWS data centre design

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Audio on a server

I'm thinking there might be some kind of legacy reason for it or its there for edge cases for whatever reason. Then again, the first server I ever owned and built, the remnant of which are a P2 Xeon and its mainboard that I have on my wall, needed a sound card if you wanted sound.

I never saw the need. I had a regular PC if I wanted sound.

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

FrankAlphaXII
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Re: iTampons

Oh, its 75 bucks extra for a sanitary mouse, and when the next hardware revision comes with different ports (or port in the case of the new Macbook Air) you can pay another 50 for an adapter.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

FrankAlphaXII
Trollface

Re: Meh

I person of Florida.

If SpaceX rocket go crash-bang-boom on house, lawn, car or pool, Person of Florida get angry, take week off work and drive to California in F-250 diesel of Michigan with AR-10 derivative of Florida to find South African paypal moneyman and NASA bureaucrat of Washington responsible. Open checkbook or PayPal account for new house, week's wages, plus ride on Dragon, person of Florida go home. Get Federal Firearms License, install FIM-92 around house regardless.

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

FrankAlphaXII

Re: "It's like heroin...."

Close, but no Marine Corps involvement in this one's origin. Its actually Patton from just before Overlord.

"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his"

-General George S Patton, US Army. Address to 6th Armored Division, 31 May 1944

You still get an upvote because its one of my favorites

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This will crack you up: US drug squad's phone call megaslurp dates back to 1990s

FrankAlphaXII

Unsurprising, to me anyway

And again, remind me just exactly why and how anyone was surprised at all about what Snowden told them? This particular shit with the DEA has been common knowledge in Florida at least for as long as its been going on, they said they were going to do it even. It was a point of fucking pride for DEA, FDLE and the Governor's Office, the Coastal Sheriff's Offices, and the Coast Guard that the DEA could do this. They used to tell them all the time, at least once a month, they could hear them and then send one of the Helicopters from HITRON-1 in Jacksonville flying up and down the coasts to shoot out the engines on their boat a few minutes to an hour later.

And, now that I'm thinking about it, NSA used to have it very clearly stated on their website that they're explicitly authorized to collect on narcotics trafficking, they even had a link to the Executive Order authorizing it that Reagan issued back when we thought the drug war was winnable. Why anyone would think they wouldn't or weren't collecting when an agency that isn't known for their transparency in targeting were saying they were doing mass collection of communications related to narcotics trafficking is beyond me. I always thought it was stupid they were telling them so as well, but I guess they were trying to deter trafficking. Not like it worked or anything, it just moved overland to Mexico and was orders of magnitude easier for everyone involved except the cops and the spies.

Regardless of any of that, you'd be pretty hard pressed to find someone who lived in Florida the 80's and 90's possessing a modicum of intelligence and critical thinking ability who didn't strongly believe the DEA, FBI, CIA, NSA, SOUTHCOM via Army INSCOM through the 470th MI Brigade, HQDA G-2 and JSOC's Intelligence Support Activity, XVIII Airborne Corps, 1SFOD-D and 5th SF Group's S-2 offices, and the NSA's CENTRA SPIKE program, and whatever/whoever else was listening to every conversation to Latin America that originated from here. Only fools and idealists didn't, and I don't know many fools or idealists. People "knew" (and still think) they were being listened to if they were calling family in Colombia, Jamaica, Peru, the Bahamas, or Bolivia and it was a safe bet to assume the same for Mexico, way before the drug war went insane there. Its just how it is.

Then again, keep in mind that what most of my friends figure now and figured back then is that not only is the US Government listening, wherever they're calling is listening too and in the case of my Colombian, Venezuelan and Cuban friends that still have family or close friends in country at least, they're probably right.

I'd be willing to bet that they were also intercepting Key West and Puerto Rico at the same damned time and they're not fucking saying anything about it because its still ongoing/operational. I wouldn't be surprised in any way, the Federal Government acted like the Keys and Monroe County were a separate country quite a bit in the 80's, to the point where the people living on Key West had enough and they "seceded". Also whenever it suits the Feds they act like PR is foreign. When it suits them to act like its ours, they do instead. Sometimes in the same press conference.

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Mobile 4G spectrum investors actually spent $12.4m on walkie-talkie frequencies – US SEC

FrankAlphaXII

There are also a good number of public safety/emergency management frequencies in the 800Mhz band. Also a lot of times, at least in the Southeastern US, voice for the railroads is in it as well. The Motorola semi-APCO Project 25 compliant X2 TDMA/FDMA system for public safety in my area uses a set of frequencies around 770 and 855 to 859 Mhz. It works well for them, but then again they also have two main transmitters as the size of the county as well as its shape requires it.

Armed groups with an inherent need to have extremely mobile infrastructure like the Afghan Taliban, the Naxalites in India, and the former LTTE in Sri Lanka like to use that same frequency band for their radio base stations and handsets too. The Taliban at least are all well aware they can be and are routinely intercepted though, so they usually use local kids as runners for anything that isn't immediately tactical as well as anything really important.

I dunno, maybe these guys are crooks, then again maybe they're just incompetent or ignorant. Hanlon's Razor after all. And the investors who got fucked probably should have done some research into just exactly what these people were proposing to buy and, I dunno, maybe checked out any FCC documentation, as well as laws, CFR entries and such that might be relevant to said proposal.

I don't really feel too sorry for the burned investors though. Then again, I'm smart enough to know that giving someone aside from the Taxman thousands of dollars of my money when I don't know what they're doing with it is a pretty stupid idea.

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