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32 posts • joined 26 Mar 2011

WordPress 4.0 is here, complete with one-click upgrade process

Spindreams

The problems with wordpress are many, and I personally would not use it for the following reasons

1. It has very little built in security, you need a plugin just to add some anti-bruteforce options.

2. it is so popular and no insecure that every script-kiddie in the land is trying to hack it and NOT finding it very difficult as the typical WP website owner know nothing about how to secure it.

3. For web hosts like myself it is a nightmare as it is very CPU intensive and really badly coded so a couple of Wordpress sites being brute forced can bring down a whole server.

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

Spindreams

I'm going to assume the OP knows that Hoover is a brand and competitor to Dyson and used the word tongue in cheek and not simply thinks it is another name for a vacuum cleaner.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

Spindreams

I am a Brit who has lived in Italy for 10 years and have had a Gaggia (Baby) coffee machine for about 15 years and it just works, it takes no time to get your coffee in the morning and it is always exceptional, lots of crema and two cups at a time. Anyone who says instant coffee is the way to go obviously has never tasted good coffee from a proper espresso machine.. One tip I would add is if you want milky coffee (Cafe-latte) then use semi or fullfat UHT/Longlife Milk not fresh milk (it enhances the taste) and use an espresso amount of coffee and the rest is hot milk (So very little water). On the other hand if your doing tea always fresh milk. :)

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

Spindreams

I don't see the point

Before I had a mobile I had a wristwatch to tell me the time, now I use my phone to tell me the time (and much more) and I haven't worn a wristwatch in 15 years, why would I now want a wristwatch to do less than what my phone does, require me to still carry my phone and look fugly at the same time.

My phone is in my pocket and that's pretty easy to access. The only way I would wear a wristwatch again is if it looked fantastic, something like this maybe https://www.behance.net/gallery/Smartwatch-Concept/14929833

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London officials declare cabbie-bothering Uber is legal – for now

Spindreams

In the US a tip is just an expected part of the payment, it is not given as a reflection of the service provided. Which is why yanks tend to think foreigners are cheap as we tip as a tip should be for good service and if we don't get it we don't tip leading to foreigners never tipping when they go to the US. :)

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Spindreams

I was in Rome for a shopping trip and took a taxi from the shopping center to the airport to catch my plane home, we new the route was short and should only have cost about $5 but the taxi guy drove us clear around the city to ramp up the price. I didn't want make a fuss while in the cab in case we got stranded by the driver, final fare was close to €50.

I confronted him at the end of the journey and asked him if he thought I was a stupid and explained that I knew exactly how much it should cost, he made the excuse that there were road works that meant he couldn't take the normal route. I gave him €5 and told him where to stick it.

This is just one of many bad experienced I have had with metered taxi cabs both aboard and in London, any app or tool that gives me more choice, better control and helps me avoid being con'ed is good and I am afraid the traditionalist taxi drivers who have what I see as an unfair monopoly should start to move with the times and think of their customers first instead of themselves, maybe then they wouldn't have to be so scared of loosing them..

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

Spindreams

QNAP TS-210 and WDTVLive

My setup is really simple and works really well. I have a QNAP TS-210 where I store all our media which is connected to our router in the office via GB Ethernet port. On top of the TV we have a WDTVLive set top box which has a pretty good interface and can connect in many ways either directly via network File system or to any DNLA media server running on the NAS box (Twonkey for example). The WDTVLive will connect via wifi but is a little slow for streaming movies and sometime it has problems so we use powerline networking which works much better.

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

Spindreams

A few to recommend.

We use WHMCS from www.whmcs.com at our site servwise.com, it is a hosting eCommerce system but has integrated Support desk / knowledge base with some nice features but maybe not quite enough for you. The good thing though is the website interface for customers which is highly customisable to allow people to open support tickets and no limit on number of agents. (I should point out there is no need to use the eCommerce part of the software if you don't need it)

The next two have agent limits so you pay for the more agents answering tickets.

Kayako.com (another we have used) works well and probably has more of the features you are looking for.

If you prefer something is .NET then try SmarterTrack (Nice pollished system and includes live chat if you want that. http://www.smartertools.com/smartertrack/help-desk-software.aspx

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

Spindreams

Re: The ISP is to blame not the sender

Using SPF to block is a no no in my book as as has been shown it often gets broken (especially with complex systems using many sending MTAs) and if you do block then the responsibility lies with you for blocking not with the sender for messing up their spf. SPF should be used to give an indicator of spammy-ness or hammy-ness not an excuse to block emails outright by an ISP and it is then the responsibility of the person receiving to decide if to block or filter or whatever and as such also their responsibility if they block legitimate emails.. Its like saying I sent you a letter, you don't like the look of the envelope and so you binned it without opening it first to read the contents, but it is still my fault.

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Spindreams

The ISP is to blame not the sender

If he was getting his bill by post and the post was lost he would still be liable to pay a late payment fee, email is not a guaranteed method of delivery and the person should take responsibility for paying their debt on time no matter. A feeble excuse for an obviously feeble person.

Their ISP has most to blame as SPF is just a way to score an email as possible spam, and should not be used by default to block / delete emails, as someone who runs a hosting company myself we never block emails, we only provide spam scores to allow our customers to filter and block emails if they wish based on those scores.

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BT-owned ISP Plusnet fails to plug security hole on its customer signup page

Spindreams

Just because a web form yet to be filled is not loaded in a secure page does not mean the form data being submitted is insecurely submitted, it depends on the forms post url which I can't see from the screen shot. If it posts to the non-ssl (none https:// address) then the OP is correct it is highly insecure.

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The ULTIMATE cuppa showdown: And the winner is...

Spindreams

Pg-tips for me

As an Ex-pat from London living in Sardinia there is very little good tea available locally, Tea here consists of expensive weak twinings or equally weak but cheaper Lipton stuff. So instead I get a bi-annual delivery from one of the many expat delivery websites for a pack of 1000+ pg-tips tea bags in a um bag,as well as all my oriental herbs and spices that I miss. British Corner Shop being my current fav (google it / no affiliation BTW). Now all we need here is a good local Curry and Chinese takeaway and all would be well again in the world. :)

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Sky watchers prep for early 2013 asteroid fly-bys

Spindreams

Asteroid or Comet?

"the agency will be measuring “the asteroid’s distance and line-of-sight velocity” to improve its ability to predict the comet’s motion."

I am confused........ I always thought they were different?

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UPS death in Pulsant data centre knocks out websites

Spindreams
Facepalm

servwise.com hit by power outage also

We were one of the unfortunate hosting companies (servwise.com) that experienced the server power failure on three of our servers. Luckily they were not our most used servers and the outage had little impact to our customers. I just hope tonight the same thing does not happen when they put the UPS back. :(

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TalkTalk subsidiary's customer data placed on the web in IIS whoopsie

Spindreams

Re: "could just have easily have been enabled on Apache"

Umm Cpanel, Plesk, ISPConfig, Hosting Controller, DirectAdmin, Kloxo to name just a few GUIs for apache

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Spindreams
FAIL

The article goes into much detail about how this is a problem specific to IIS, even the title "TALKTALK SUBSIDIARY'S CUSTOMER DATA PLACED ON THE WEB IN IIS WHOOPSIE".

This is NOT a problem with IIS and could just have easily have been enabled on Apache or any other web server software. The article poster is also blaming the anonymous user access when the problem is actually having directory browsing being enabled, if you disable anonymous access then not even web pages can be viewed unless the person logs in to the server. Fail on both the cause and the remedy....

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Spindreams

How is the fact that IIS allows anonymous access by default a security issue. It is a web server after all and is meant to be used to publish stuff to the world wide web, if you don't want that data published then you remove the anonymous access user or put it behind a firewall etc.

As someone who owns a hosting business and who administers IIS and Apache day in, day out I can vouch for IIS7 as being a very good web server. I actually think the story poster is talking about having directory browsing enabled and I know that by default that is not enabled in IIS so the server admin must have enabled it.

If it is a fail it is for the person who configured the website not IIS itself.

This sounds more like Linux fan-boys out to discredit something they know nothing about...

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Anonymous takes out Indian CERT as attacks continue

Spindreams

Hacktivist "grop"?

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Fasthosts officially not the best in UK for virtual servers

Spindreams
Pint

ServWise are the best, I can prove it....

How can they be the best when ServWise are the best...... huh!

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation or link or anything to do with ServWise, honest guv' ;-)

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'Attitudes to robot sex will change'

Spindreams
FAIL

How is this article NSFW????? no pictures of men humping androids or women using computer connected dildo's..

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George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'

Spindreams

George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'

Oh good, I was scared he might actually try to make another starwars "episode" that would again completely spoil the first three films. If he's saying the first three were not "his" movies because he was made to make edits he didn't want, then someone please find the persons who's movies they were and get him to remake the rest for us!

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OpenDNS puts crypto in beta

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@Stephen 2

This hack AFAICS is very very limited. Using OpenDNS and being a registered opendns user are very different, most people using openDNS will not be registered users, they are simply using OpenDNS DNS resolvers and so this “social hack” would not work for them. Add that most openDNS registered users (who are probably quite IT savvy in any case for using opendns) would not follow a (phishing) link sent from just anyone makes the scope if this hack as I can see it is very very small.

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Cnet slammed for wrapping Nmap downloads with cruddy toolbar

Spindreams

I stopped using download.com when they started packaging up downloads with their own download manager thing. All looks completely dodgy now...

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Old Napster guy’s fan letter to Spotify upstart

Spindreams
FAIL

JT

All I can think of when I read this is that c*nt Justin Timberlake with his feminine voice and camp persona. Totally spoils it for me.

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StreetView gets the willies in Victoria

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Okay I see it, just...

Ya need to squint a lot but I guess when your pranking the google street view car detail ain't important. I like the one near me where he pulls into the fuel station to fill up. http://g.co/maps/m3vu5 I kinda thought these google street view cars were powered by nuclear fusion or something, seems not. :)

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Spindreams
FAIL

umm where?

Are you sure it's not someone who's drawn on your monitor, no "willy" that I can see!! Maybe you've been watching to much redtube? I guess google fixed that one pretty quick... :)

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It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

Spindreams
FAIL

Average of what?

What this study does not seem to mention is what the percentage of respondents where for each browser. Obviously I would expect IE to have a much higher percentage of the respondents due to it's popularity thus the average IQ score would also be weighted lower. I would also expect many with the lowest IQ to be ignorant of other browsers since IE is usually bundled by default with most PCs and it takes at least some intelligence to go get another browser and so the people with the lowest IQ would likely still be using IE. It would be good to see how many high IQ scores above a certain level were present from each browser, I would bet that IE would actually show the most purely because of it's market share. Incidentally I consider myself fairly intelligent, I run two of my own Internet businesses for the past 10 years (web development and web hosting companies) and have 20 years IT/Internet experience but I still use IE and have done since IE v3/4 as I have always found the alternatives either to fugly/clunky (FF) or feature limited (GC) and believe me I have tried to move to those browsers wishing they were better. Now with IE9 i'm not about to go anywhere soon either.

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Spindreams
Mushroom

duh!

If you take out all the non-intelligent users (who probably clicked the ad my mistake and then assumed it was a legal requirement to complete the test to continue to use this interweb thing) then maybe it is only intelligent non-IE users who feel the need to prove their intelligence by taking an online IQ test in the first place. :-)

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Gamer claims complete console collection

Spindreams

Original pong handheld

No original Pong handheld, the first portable "console" IYAM. Good effort anyway, great to see some of the things I used to play a lot like the galaxy 2 and Donkey Kong II which I remember taking to school to play at break times.

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Bloke pissing in reservoir prompts 8m gallon flush

Spindreams
WTF?

employee should be sacked

The employee should be sacked for wasting so much money and being a complete f**kwit. And the guy who pee'd should be given a meddle for outing the plonker (the idiot employee not his cock). That employee is such a f**ktard.. Man I just wanna swear when I hear crap like this.

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Email in the cloud

Spindreams

How is this suddenly the "cloud"?

Hosted email has always been their, how did it suddenly become "cloud" based, if you don't use your own server for email then your using someone else's. It is still on the Internet, although maybe in a data centre and not on a crap server in your office.

This does not make it "in the cloud".....

"Cloud hosting" should get the worst unexplainable hyped buzz word of the year.

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Fukushima scaremongers becoming increasingly desperate

Spindreams

Always potential for a catastrophe

I am getting a little tired of The Register publishing opinion as fact and conclusions before the story is even over.

I've seen three big stories now (probably all from the same pro-nuclear proponent) with absolutely no column space given to opposing opinions.

The articles are talking like this incident is already over and nothing happened or it is all good news, it's not and it isn't. All I see is that no matter how safe you *try* to make a nuclear power plant the fact is that there is always potential for a catastrophe (Ala Chernobyl) that can make large areas virtually uninhabitable for hundred's if not thousands of years and also negatively effect the whole planet in so many different ways.

Compare that to other power generation schemes that have very little or no ecological or human effect if they were to be destroyed by a catastrophic incident.

The fact that there is potential for these things is why I am against nuclear power. It only takes one terrorist with a big enough plane or an earth quake in just the right place. Only lucky escape (still to be determined) does not make it safe.

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