* Posts by teknopaul

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Ego and CEO are 66 per cent the same

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news?

IMHO what happened on the telly in a soap is not news.

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

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Xmas

So darling, would you like another pet poodle for Xmas.

No mum, I'd like another t-shirt.

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The fork? Node.js: Code showdown re-opens Open Source wounds

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Re: FSF

NPM are highly ethical...

Rule #1 respect the rights of the many (large companies) over the few (individual os contributors).

Rule #2 be open (send email telling you to take a short walk) and clear (written by lawyers)

Rule #3 steal underpants

Rule #4 profit.

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Want to get $1bn from Apple? Step 1: Move to China. Step 2: Copy Uber

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bit of a Ballmer move

Spend a billion on arriving late, eyeing up someone else's billions, unrelated industry.

Seen that before.

Peak Apple indeed.

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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crime rates going up?

Or reporting of crime going up because victims feel safe/able to report it since they have it on video?

Police statistics are damn lies, I remember when the clean up rate in my area rather embarrassingly went from 90% to 102%.

Real crime rate is unknown. Only stats are crime as viewed by the police.

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Re: Snake Oil

There is no reason "pods" can't be as large as planes. Or trains. Or chained together.

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Unicorn adopts rainbow as logo

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rainbows

Proof, if anyone needed it, that it is impossible to make an icon look too garish or out of place on an iPhone.

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Four of the top 10 places in the world for internet are, er, in the US

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lies damn lies and statistics

What does Peak mean in that graph?

We have 300MB/s on offer in Barcelona Spain (buggers don't stop phoning to tell me about it).

I'll need to upgrade a few routers and wait for a whole new generation of Raspberry PIs before I bother to upgrade from my current 100MB/s; which is strangely not on that graph.

If its some kind of average its still a useless number. You want to know how fast, latency, how much it costs, and how reliable it is to determine "Best Internet".

:P

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Slack smackback: There's no IRC in team (software), say open-sourcers

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email sign up?

One of the best things about IRC is you don't have to sign up at all.

Low barrier to entry.

That and the fact that creating bots is as easy as

echo hi > ~/irc/host/in

All this hype about slack is trying to cover up what OS devs have known for years.

Chat should be text.

Group video == boring meetings

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Oracle's JET flies into open source skies

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I don't trust UPL

Another OS licence specifically designed to let Oracle sell other peoples open source work.

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Learn things? DROWN HTTPS flaw proves we don't even test things

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blame whois

How about this for an idea, every DNS entry has a whois email registered. Spam the email with security warnings if DNS registered https sites are found insecure.

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One-third of all HTTPS websites open to DROWN attack

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why the down vote?

Is this not correct? SSLv2 must be enabled or possible via a downgrade attack right?

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Canonical and Spain's BQ team to put Ubuntu on a tablet

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Re: The problem with this is that it's trying to be like the rest

BQ are famous for stock android with a pleasant lack of junk software. Ubuntu are famous for their occasional digressions, but in the big scheme of things put a lot less restrictions on the software you run than any other big software provider.

Seems apt-get works on touch if you want it to.

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How a power blip briefly broke GitHub's boxes and tripped it offline

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Re: Single point of failure

They've obviously never rebooted on that firmware or they would have noticed right? Best advice for failover testing I heard was from Amazon, three of everything in prod, pull the plug regularly, like daily, or for all new software drops. This way you have confidence your production env behaves like test. Never do graceful shutdown. Not even in test. It just masks what happens in a real failure scenario. Trouble with all that is what you can't test is how well it behaves when you spike the electricity. You just can't do that on a daily basis. Respect for rebuilding a redis cluster in two hours. And for having hardware available to do that on.

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Oracle to kill off Java browser plugins with JDK 9

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Re: Pathetic, isn’t it … ?

Heartily disagree, if you look at the recent security issues in the java plugin many come from a large attack surface of APIs not intended at all for the browser. The attack surface of JavaScript is significantly lower. It's a much better language for Web development. If you consider the significance of REST in webdev having the flexible object literal notation of JavaScript really makes it a good choice. Python perhaps, but it would have to be a significantly cut down version.

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'Here are 400,000 smut sites. Block them' says Pakistani telco regulator

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Re: "... 429,343 banned-smut Websites."

429,343 X 12 min is ten European standard wank-years

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Cisco patch day fixes CGI script blunder, hard-coded credentials

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Re: WTF???? CGI ????

Better tell that to Facebook, lamp stack uses (fast)cgi, as do lots of other Web frameworks, the notion that scripts are insecure does not sit well with the JavaScript community. That link recommends C for Web facing code, me ☺ its a tad out of date

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where is vulture south?

That OZ? we get 300mbs as standard domestic adsl in Barcelona

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Recall: Bring out yer dead and over-heating Microsoft Surface Pro power cords

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Re: Are "electronic" components involved in the failure?

Nonsense. If you coil a kettle lead and boil the kettle it's a fire risk. An electric motor is just a copper coil passing electric current. All you need to add to a coil with passing current to get it to ignite is a bit of magnetic/ferrous metal that can't move so

it will heat up.

Friend of mine set his kitchen on fire plugging a kettle into a coiled up extension lead.

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Red Hat plants containers as Jboss EAP 7 bursts into beta

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still working on 5-6 upgrade

As someone still working on a 5 to 6 upgrade project that is now measured in man years, literally. This is great news.

Given that jboss no longer supports remote java calls across different versions of the server any talk of microservices should be taken with a pinch of salt. It's not really a microservice arch if you are obliged to upgrade all the parts all at the same point in time, it's just one big component based macroservice running in multiple vms.

Hrumph.

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El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

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Re: Close range but powerful...

No explosives, but as regular reg readers know really high mussle velocity is achieved with rail guns.

Balance the strength of the cord with the mussle velocity from the rail gun so it doesn't fire over 2.5m. Requires getting in close should be fun to watch. Perhaps a retractable javelin.

Not sure how happy the FAA will be to find out el reg is developing rail guns and space rocket tech at the same time.

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Stop, look, listen: Don't be 2016's DevOps roadkill – here's how to survive

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I skipped most of it

Who where they advertising?

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Evil OpenSSH servers can steal your private login keys to other systems – patch now

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Java

Java libs exists if you are willing to accept the overhead of a Virtual Machine.

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Feds widen probe into lottery IT boss who rooted game for profit

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high tech

You gotta check www.musl.com

Classic Web design.

<body background="images/bg_bluelines.jpg" leftmargin="15" topmargin="15" marginwidth="15" marginheight="15">

<div align="center">

<table width="740" height="560" border="0" cellpadding="2"...

Pre css!

Loads pretty fast.

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Boffins unwrap bargain-basement processor that talks light and current

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So does this mean that systems can be built where, instead of only moving data from on chip registers into the processor, data from anywhere within "a few kilometres" can be moved in to the processor at the same speed? I. E. No need for map reduce or sharding?

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Bookstore sells some data centre capacity, becomes Microsoft, Oracle's nemesis

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Re: Since it wasn't mentioned by name in the article

Windows™, because good managers know that the only cure for FUD is a bonefide certified support contract.

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Team America, world police, take down 37,479 counterfeit sites

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fuckem

If a luxury goods market only works with huge cash spend by nation states policing the world. Let it die.

Protecting consumers from being ripped off with poor quality fakes is a more noble cause.

I don't think the help my poor Lamborghini's Street cred line is a vote winner.

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Cryptowall 4.0: Update makes world's worst ransomware worse still

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gotta be state run

Or mafia.

How do you launder .3 billion you need more than just crypto tech skills. If it were really a lone Wolf he'd have a life's work trying to spend that amount.

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Lone wolves could be behind multi-million dollar Cryptowall ransomware racket

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lone Wolf

Every time I hear that I presume state intervention. It makes it easier when the shit hits the fan to rustle up just one 'culprit'. Who exactly was it recommending we just pay up?

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ICO 'making enquiries' into bizarre shopper data spill at M&S

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agreed

cache of a response with a set-cookie header seems likely

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UK/China cyber security deal: National security attacks still OK, it seems

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china to UK

We know that you won't stop gchq from hacking the planet, but could you please stop doing it just to give government cronies a competitive advantage in business deals.

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Ubuntu 15.10: Wily Werewolf – not too hairy, not too scary

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grrr 15.10 killed both my laptops

Not much features in it, but plenty problems. Spent all weekend recovering from 15.10. Four failed installs, xen borked, lxc borked, graphics driver problems in both laptops.

I usually click upgrade as soon as it's offered. With remarkably few issues in years. 15.10 is going to make me more cautious.

I think Canonical are guerrilla advertising snappy core.

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Red Hat raises guidance after good Q2

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Re: Red Hat still exists?

Two billion reasons to think they might be here next year.

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Sorry, Californians, you can't have this: Asus to build WATER COOLED notebook

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Re: Gaming laptops rule !!

Word. If you can put that fat gpu to use compiling code.

gcc -j 2048...

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Anti-privacy unkillable super-cookies spreading around the world – study

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opera mini browser bypasses this

Mind you, opera are doing something very similar Already.

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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data treated as code

Most security bugs seem to stem from executing data as code. Can some knowledgeable reg reader explain to me why this cannot be resolved in hardware. Eg physical ram that is only ever treated as data and separate chips registers and caches for code. Is it infeasible for some performance reason? Not assuming current architectures, consider also a 128bit word, where one half is guaranteed to be data,or something else "thinking out of the box"

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Can you run Linux on it

USB Lan adapter, can you even install Linux on it?

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

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Re: Ditching XBL/XUL would mean Mozilla shooting itself in the foot

XUL has been replaced. I liked it, I've written a lot in it, it was a good UI framework in its own right even outside of FireFox, but I can see that it has to go, you can't have two plugin frameworks. Also agree you can't just ditch it today.

I'd vote for keeping FireFox as it is and apply security fixes and what ever corporate integrations only and for someone at Mozilla to fork a SlimFox without XUL, if you need some XUL plugin use FireFox. That worked for the migration away from Netscape, do it again. You can't do that too often, but FF is at version 39.

Should probably split FireFox Dev and FF lite. The DEV tools are second to none, but that's not what you want for browsing. "Open in FireFoxDev" menu would suffice.

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British Airways cracks open its API doors for developers

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Ba.com is so broken

Ba.com is so broken I buy ba flights via their partners websites these days, you can get ba tickets on vueling and iberia. Opening apis is a great idea, then someone else could build the front end. Couldn't do much worse.

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You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

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Blind copying of other software featuers is risky. Patents exist.

In terms of FOSS projects GIMP is one of the best. Its 20 years old.

Replacing Save as [insert lossy format here] with Export to [lossy format] makes perfect sense to those that grok that png and jpeg formats involve loosing data.

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Re: Context

Don't forget about graphics professionals on Windows using gimp and inkscape. In Web development, Gimp and Inkscape are lifesavers. I moved off photoshop and corel draw years ago and never looked back. Tried illustrator once didn't like it.

It's convenient to be able to use the same toolset on Windows and Linux.

Just for the stats, I'm not a mermaid.

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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Re: Why in the first place?

Agreed, leap seconds make no sense.

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Huawei announces tiny 10 KB IoT kernel

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Re: 10KB for the OS?

With 500mb of ram

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Google App Engine has THIRTY flaws, says researcher

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Re: Do these flaws apply to all GAE; or just to Java GAE instances

I don't think python has a sandbox. Java's sandbox exists for browsers but I guess AppEngine borrows it to define some dos and donts for use of the service. I'd presume there are other dos and donts that are just written into the license agreements rather than restricted with code.

Really this story says security researcher did a bunch of things on an instance he was not meant to do, got no where, got spotted, got locked out.

Hardly a security fail.

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Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

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11 9's

S3 designed for 99.999999999%* durability.

* For as long as we are in business.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Better cut the budget for that "cameras on bionic moths" project.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/20/scientists_implant_electrodes_into_moths/

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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The ear can't hear square waves.

Speakers cant produce them, and the air cant transfer them. The fact that mp3 represents sine waves well and square waves badly is by design. The fact that you can draw a square wave on a computer screen does not mean you will ever hear one.

Just like you wont see a square wave on the ocean

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Yahoo! starts $1.99 'watch list' to recycle old usernames

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Disgraceful disregard for security

I wonder how many other people out there have dead yahoo accounts with matching usernames at hotmail or other big providers with the old account as the fallback email address.

Thanks El Reg for highlighting this. The amount of private info I have in my cloud inboxes is scary.

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MS brandishes 'Katana' HTTP/2.0 server

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Re: Interesting... after years of text-based protocols we're back to binary ones...

SPDY really is just compression and multiplexing the HTTP part does not change. Saying http/2.0 is a binary protocol is like saying http1 is binary when you send it over ssl.

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ARM servers to gain boost from ARM, Oracle Java partnership

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kill java?

like no one uses android or hadoop or tomcat anyway

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