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Why no one smells a RAT: Trojan uses YAHOO WEBMAIL to pick up instructions

Ivor
Big Brother

and in the real world

"All of these communication techniques are unlikely to be blocked in corporate environments."

really? it's not unusual at all in most large corporates to block webmail, social networking, linked-in etc

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

Ivor

Re: Why the 'Donnot bin' symbol

..because it contains a lithium battery so needs to be ripped into pieces before disposal. The fact that all components are destroyed when dismantled isn't an issue at that point.

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WhatsApp founder: Believe us, internet! 'Twas a DODGY network router WOT DONE IT

Ivor
Paris Hilton

really?

"It was caused by a network router fault which cascaded into our servers."

Yeah that's a clear well explained and plausible explanation.

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Reg readers tumesce as they get their tongues round 'podule'

Ivor
Gimp

Zak

Youtube link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTNUm-pIFmQ Zak the Alien. From 1987

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Ivor
Gimp

Translator podule

Best pronounced a-la-Rowan Atkinson. Can't find a youtube link.. but Zak the alien had a translator podule that was malfunctioning.

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Woman spanked for dissing ex in Facebook snapshot

Ivor
Pint

New shirt

perhaps she can get a new shirt with the slogan "my ex-husband is a litigious shit"

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'Unconvincing' Met top cop Yates: My phone was hacked

Ivor
Big Brother

Vaz

Ah yes, Keith Vaz. Champion of truth and honesty.

FFS.

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

Ivor
Paris Hilton

Fuck noooooooo

Where are the tissues.

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Panasonic preps outdoor Android slate

Ivor
Pint

eink

Now if they produced one with a mode switchable e-ink screen, then that would be interesting.

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PS3 telly add-on update hit by splash screen crash

Ivor
FAIL

dismal

PlayTV is still a pretty dismal offering considering the capabilities of the PS3 and hasn't seen any significant improvements since release. Why is there any need to "export" to XMB anyway? why isn't it all neatly integrated in the first place? why can't I schedule recordings over the internet?

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Vulture falls asleep in front of Christmas TV

Ivor
Paris Hilton

Hic

That's it???

No christmas banner?

No Paris angle?

No illiterate drunken posts?

What is The Register coming to?

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Microsoft has shifted 1.5 million Windows phones

Ivor
Paris Hilton

"Shipped"

Isn't "number shipped by manufacturers" effectively simply the number that have been manufactured and sent to stock?

i.e. phone manufacturers aren't the ones actually retailing mobile phones? How many do you need to manufacture just to ship and stock up retailers worldwide?

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Top Ten Arcade Classics

Ivor

gosh

blimey. that's my childhood. all of those. just missing donkey kong.

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Apple files patent for iPad weight loss

Ivor
Jobs Horns

what the f*ck

That's how you make cfrp laminate. That's how everyone does it. That's how I made one last week. How the hell can this be patentable, there's nothing novel or unique in the application.

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Easynet blames network collapse on dodgy router update

Ivor

Three nines.

Doesn't 99.9% give them just over 8 hours in a year? what's the duration of their SLA?

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PARIS nursing mother of all hangovers

Ivor
Paris Hilton

Telemetry

Awesome! Is there any telemetry for the plane logged at all or did the gps just not function?

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Microsoft Tag emerges from beta

Ivor
Boffin

Less information

The article a a little misleading here since the example shown doesn't contain more information itself.

The Microsoft tag only holds 105 *bits* of data, versus your example QR code (which actually would contain 440 bits or 77 alphanumeric characters not 250 as it is a 29x29 matrix assuming the lowest ECC level).

Yes there's more data available by using a tinyurl style link via Microsoft.... but you could of course do exactly the same with a QR tag.

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Amazon Kindle DX

Ivor
Badgers

round and round

Pedantry time.... but all of my devices have 360 degree rotation. I think you might mean 180 there. :)

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Linux coders do it for money

Ivor
FAIL

Apple reference

There's no mention of Apple in the original article. and the article and statistics are referring specifically to Linux the kernel - not "Linux" the GNU ecosystem.

Original article: "Those figures also don't include companies like Google which rely on Linux-based systems for their own technology, but tend not to contribute code back to the kernel."

Register article: "The likes of Google and Apple were notably absent from Corbet's list as, while both companies use Linux-based systems to build their tech, neither have a tendency to contribute code back to the kernel."

So whilst Apple do indeed use lots of components of the Linux environment and that's a valid point the register article could be discussing it's nothing to do with the kernel which is what this report was referring to.

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Last patch train of the decade rolls in from Redmond

Ivor
Big Brother

Pedantry corner

oh one more please?

You're both wrong of course. decade from the latin "decas" meaning a period of 10 years.

i.e. any 10 years.So when we say "this last decade", we are referring to the previous 10 years. We could in fact compile a list of the most pedantic posts of the last decade in the year 2012.

The designation is therefore used by well pretty much anyone - except you two of course - as a shorthand for a group of 10 years in the same "X0's" grouping. i.e. the 80's the 90's etc.

What you *should* have quibbled as professional pedantrists is that saying "the decade" is inaccurate.

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Vodafone offers free mobile internet

Ivor
Badgers

Not hugely exciting.

It's WAP access only not mobile broadband, and only up to 25MB - so not a huge deal really.

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Microsoft in Bing jingle kiddie vid outrage

Ivor
FAIL

other hand

er, that makes three hands.

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Turkish filters block Reg commentards

Ivor
Paris Hilton

keywords

so is it a matter of seeding the comments with the canceling out keywords? perhaps a little footer on the comments page with "advice and news article about apache chicken farming" etc.

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Merkel rips into Google Books

Ivor
Badgers

Trouble with copyright...

Perhaps she should read Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture.

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Startup makes thin clients look chubby

Ivor

@Gordon

It looks like the board is an FPGA to do the decoding wired up to some VGA, network and usb hardware. So pretty much a form of remote KVM with a simple protocol to squirt the display traffic over a network.

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Microsoft bribes Oz to ditch Firefox

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Thumb Down

Konq

meh it just says "never find it using that browser" in konqueror.

I see they've now changed the abuse from "get lost." to "get lost..." with a rollover that says "lost in the hunt".

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KOffice 2.0 available for early adopters

Ivor
Paris Hilton

@Charles

"when there's a perfectly good one out there."

which *one* are you referring to there? KOffice has always been rather impressive, and quite often a more *interesting* approach to the UI than openoffice which has tended to just be an MSOffice clone. Also KWord includes a text mode akin to the MSOffice draft mode. where's that in openoffice?

"Kids, there's lots of valuable software that still needs writing"

you think kids are the only ones writing open source software? which *valuable* software do you think still needs writing anyway?

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BT Wholesale cuts off Prodigy Internet

Ivor
Paris Hilton

@Mountford D

er actually it's quite a handy way of getting a massive discount and better offer. :)

you ring up, ask for a MAC, get passed to the retention department, they grovel, you sigh a few times and suggest a discount/few free months/new mobile phone etc and they give it to you.

everyone's happy.

probably limited to trying it once a year though I guess. :D

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The world's best tech bike?

Ivor
Paris Hilton

pah

but it's got "analogue" gears. tsk. how quaint, how 2008.

"ergonomic, biometric and environmental data."

you're hurting.

you're not trying hard enough.

it's raining.

:) and it's ugly.

Paris. er something about riding.

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Google silences Gmail security blogorumors

Ivor
Paris Hilton

@Steven Knox

Because occasionally.... just occasionally you might not be able to be able to use https for some reason and you're prepared to take the risk of using an unsecured connection "just that once" to get at something?

or... perhaps I'm using my gmail account for a non-personal, non-private, non-sensitive, non-secret use and I'm not particularly bothered if the communications are open at all?

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US Justice Dept builds microwave heat-ray 'rifle'

Ivor
Boffin

Mesh pants

Although everyone already knows I (proudly) wear a tin foil hat... few realise I also sport a pair of wire mesh microwave proof underpants.

Hah.

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Tesco causes couple condom catastrophe

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Flame

@Anonymous Coward

"Get a fecking life! It's not like they got sent a dead dog in the delivery, only a packet of rubbers!"

you sir. are a fool sir.

they didn't send anything out. they added the condoms to the purchasers list of favourite items on the website as part of a marketing ruse to try and get people to buy them.

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419ers crank up the menaces

Ivor
Boffin

@Keir Snelling

"I might even whois the sending server's ip."

er, given the reply to is an @live.com address I suspect they're sending them out that way too.

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Brits won't get PS3 movie, TV downloads until 2009

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Flame

@AC - Big studios...

er... and isn't Sony one of the "big six"? :)

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Dissolving the plastic bag problem

Ivor
Boffin

FT article

Link to the previously mentioned FT article:

http://www.bpf.co.uk/downloads/news/FTMAG_Plastics.pdf

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Heathrow T5 security tackles Transformers t-shirt threat

Ivor
Paris Hilton

Taste...

30 year old IT consultant wearing a Transformers T-shirt... now if they'd just said look just take it off you're embarrassing yourself...

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Frameworks and the danger of a grand design

Ivor
Paris Hilton

@Matt Stephens

"I'm just in this gig for the groupies anyway ;)"

There's groupies?!!! Damn no-one told me.

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Ivor
Paris Hilton

@Rich

"...and I can't help we're falling into the "extreme programming"-type nonsense of pointing out the bleedin' obvious and selling it as revolutionary thought."

Sssssshhhh, for chrissake don't tell anyone. Damned fine money to be made.

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UK.gov plans central database for all your communications

Ivor
Stop

No no.... Tuttle..

not Buttle.

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The Moderatrix: Exclusive boudoir snap

Ivor
Alien

hubba hubba

Wahay, sign me up baBee!

What sort of comments get a whipping though? Will a bit of Martian babble do it?

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Is Vista ready for Business?

Ivor
Linux

@Mark Broadhurst

er I think the point is extrapolating the behaviour out.

if it causes such disastrous and inexplicable behaviour in a simple home setup what's going to happen when you let it loose on a monster behemoth of a corporate network?

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Government orders data retention by ISPs

Ivor
Paris Hilton

@Anonymous Coward @Alan Parsons

Yeah http://www.swedish-fanny.com doesn't resolve. http://www.swedishfanny.com on the other hand does...... :P

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Ivor
Paris Hilton

swedish fans

oh, don't get too excited though... :)

"swedishfanny.com for sale

as seen on Ali-G

all offers considered

send an email to - swedishfanny_at_ethicalhack.org"

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Pain ray really killer ray gun, many goats dead, says 'expert'

Ivor
Pirate

Ray guns pah..

get me sharks with frickin lasers...

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O2 says 128Kb/s is all its 3G customers need

Ivor

Reason?

Does anyone know if there is actually any technical reason why O2 are so piss-poor when it comes to data connections/packages compared to the other operators? Is their infrastructure simply not up to the job?

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Phorm admits 'over zealous' editing of Wikipedia article

Ivor
Paris Hilton

Hardly surprising

I guess it really just highlights just how technically savvy the Phorm clowns are, that they thought they would be able to get away with this unnoticed.

Will anyone at BT et al now ponder if this glaring lack of technical acumen might perhaps be a sign that the company isn't capable of being trusted with their customers private data after all? Perhaps not.

Paris 'cos she knows so much about private data being distributed.

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EU sets cellphone users loose in aircraft

Ivor
Linux

@Anonymous Coward

"PS: Please get rid of those stupid animated adverts, they alone are causing a bigger carbon footprint."

Adverts? What adverts?

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Rock rolls out 12in, 1kg sub-notebook

Ivor
Coat

Trialware...

No trialware... does that mean a without Vista spec is available? :)

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Virgin Media taps Microsoft in lengthy email outage

Ivor
Gates Horns

@hotmail

"Anyway, speaking of Exchange not being suitable for ISPs to run an email server - anyone know what Hotmail runs on?"

Well... there was a big fanfare about them migrating off FreeBSD.... but when the Reg scooped that they'd only migrated the front end servers to IIS and the backend was still all FreeBSD it went all quiet. Perhaps they did migrate it all in the end, but I can't find a decent article about it anywhere. There's a tech-ed piece from 2000 describing the migration (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb496985.aspx)... but that predates the 2001 Register story about it just being the web front end that was moved (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/12/12/microsoft_hotmail_still_runs/).

So no idea what it's on. MS does however try to eat its own dogfood as much as possible (or just buy out someone elses) so I'd be surprised if they weren't using MS software by now.

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