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* Posts by Andy Prough

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Mad Max: Fury Road – two hours of nonstop, utterly insane fantasy action

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Re: Hyped to the max!

Mark Sinclair = Vin Diesel

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

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I know this may not go over well.

But personally I'm tired of theories being widely proclaimed as fact, only to be later shot down or significantly altered.

Nothing to do with the matter at hand, by the way. I'm more than willing to believe that it may be a random, one-in-ten-million chance. But I'm also willing to think that the underlying theory could be full of holes.

And the vicious shooting down of "doubters" seems highly problematic. Most science could use a very high level of skepticism and criticism, even in cases like climate change where the skepticism seems counter-productive to the health of the environment. The scientist-as-priest and critic-as-heretic narrative seems quite dangerous.

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'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

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Re: No it doesn't

@AMBxx - "Just write them on a post-it, then stick to your monitor. Problem solved."

That's a horrible system. What if you lose the post-it note?

Take a picture of your post-it note with your phone, send it to your computer as a jpg, and then regedit the LockScreenImage string to use the image as your login screen.

Problem solved.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – blisteringly big banter, brawls and brio

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"cinema entertainment in its purest"

Oh dear. Pass.

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Re: But how many Titanics would it fill?

@chivo - "11.x Grand Canyons is a bit abstract? No?"

Consider that you could easily stack every person who has ever lived on earth in the grand canyon with lots of room to spare.

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Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

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UFO Crop Circles

Amazing what those aliens can do.

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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Re: isnt that a good thing?

There is a difference between software and a potato?

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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Re: @david bates

You Brits have to get a license to watch TV? Are you serious???

One of these days I'll have to learn more about this. From other El Reg articles, it even sounds like the BBC is able to tax you - is that right?

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US govt bans Intel from selling chips to China's supercomputer boffins

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Re: Since those chips are already made in China...

Maybe my info is outdated, but my understanding is that the Intel wafer fab in China (Dalian) is a 65nm plant, mostly used to make motherboard chips. If they are producing any Xeons, they would have to be 9-year old models or older. Not very likely.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Re: [Andy Prough]Clickbait article and blurts of thinly veiled frustration in comments

That's a matter of personal preference. For me, I feel the writing has gotten quite a bit better over the 7-8 years that I've been a regular reader.

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Re: Clickbait article and blurts of thinly veiled frustration in comments

Some of us read nearly every El Reg article on nearly everything. They are written in a good style, and tend to be interesting and informative. And the comments sections tend to be a good forum for discussion and gathering further info.

Besides, many of us are going to have to support these iwatches and other i-things for our neighbors or relatives or our co-workers who are i-thing addicts. Nothing wrong with reading or commenting on them, even if some of us personally think they are a bunch of overpriced junk.

Just sayin'

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Wi-Fi hotspots can put iPhones into ETERNAL super slow-mo

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Re: The phone in the article photo doesn't have a 'call' key

The phone in the picture is a prototype for a (relatively) secure mobile device. The "call" key has been removed, since the process of "making calls" is one of the primary security vulnerabilities for modern phones.

Unfortunately the phone is still susceptible to a number of vulnerabilities - specifically attacks from wood-decay fungus, termites, and carpenter ants.

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All Mac owners should migrate to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ASAP

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Easy

"Attackers can pull off the hack by sending a nil, a kind of NULL for Object C,Kvarnhammar says."

Just tell the Mac "We are the Knights who say Nil". Presto - you're in.

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Amazon whisks desktop apps into cloud bazaar in virty PC push

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So annoying.

No GNU/Linux desktop support - that's really too bad. Workspaces could be a great alternative to Citrix to create affordable access for Windows-only apps from non-Windows computers.

And Flash required. Good lord. Keep partying like it's 1999, Amazon.

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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You would still see it - our orbit is elliptical, so it would be visible at certain times of year.

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Bad news everyone: Cybercrime is getting even easier

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Re: Only safe option:

NoScript is a good first step. Along with flushing Flash down the toilet. And a good ad- and tracker- blocker.

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Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

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uBlock works just as well at blocking Youtube ads (and all others), and is less resource hungry than the Adblock variants. Also it's free-as-in-freedom software (GPL3). Might want to consider it for your ad-blocking toolkit.

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Screw YOU, Apple – Netflix teases world+dog with its own 'coming soon' SMARTWATCH

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Re: Only thing funnier than losers queuing for the iwatch...

I'm not being cynical about the iwatch. Don't care one way or the other - it's a piece of tech I'll have to support on our network at some point just like all the other Apple kit. Which isn't terribly difficult.

I'm being cynical about the losers who queu up for the iwatch.

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Only thing funnier than losers queuing for the iwatch...

... Is the fact that the boys at El Reg will laugh at just about anything.

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Android alt-wars: OnePlus looses Cyanogen-slaying OxygenOS firmware

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Hey - lay off of Apple now. Why should they have to reinvent the wheel?

Besides - Apple's financial contributions to the underlying BSD projects are at least 1/1000 as much as Google sends to Firefox annually. Well, maybe not quite that much, but certainly some fraction thereof.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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I recommend libre.fm, the GNU supported streaming service

Uses kind of a last.fm model of scrobbling your tunes as you listen to them, and recommending similar stuff. Many advantages:

1. free

2. ogg (free-as-in-freedom codec)

3. lots of artists looking to be discovered

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US Senate to probe the Obama-Google love-in

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Duckduckgo...

...It's working much better recently - nearly a drop-in replacement for Google search now. With Startpage and even Bing as backups, I wouldn't miss Google search if it lost it's monopoly position and couldn't afford to offer the same search options.

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Got an Android mobe with a virus? Congrats, you're The One Per Cent

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Re: A little math..

"good.... make that great... AV for Android. By great, I mean one that actually worked."

Malwarebytes.

Free.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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...because they stopped selling Vaio's???

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Google takes ARC Welder to Android, grafts on Windows, OS X

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Yawn

Is there a single phone app I'd like on my PC? Android or iOS? Can't think of one.

How long until Google sinks too much effort into these crap app ecosystems and falls into irrelevancy?

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South Korea to NUKE Microsoft ActiveX

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If you thought the browser wars didn't really matter...

Microsoft's illegal monopoly tactics rear their ugly head again. South Koreans used to have a choice between Netscape and IE. From "the cost of monoculture" on Gen Kanai's Mozilla blog:

"In the early years of SEED, users downloaded the SEED plugin to their IE or Netscape browsers, either an Active X control or a NSplugin, which was then tied to a certificate issued by a Korean government certificate authority. (Can you see where this is going?) When Netscape lost the browser war, the NSplugin fell out of use and for years, S. Korean users have only had an Active X control with the SEED cipher to do their online banking or commerce or government."

South Korean taxpayers are now left footing the bill for this ridiculous situation.

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Chip rumor-gasm: Intel to buy Altera! Samsung to buy AMD! ... or not

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Damn - if Samsung had x86...

Finally, someone with the money to give Intel some real competition?

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Chrome trumps all comers in reported vulnerabilities

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Re: I wonder how they measure vulnerabilities in Gentoo and Solaris.

"Gentoo OS" is vulnerability code-speak for Chrome OS. And there's probably almost nothing wrong with Gentoo - the problem is all the flash and other crap Google has shoved onto Chromebooks by default.

Same with the Chrome browser - by itself, the underlying Chromium tends to be highly secure. But when you hard-wire flash into it and start optimizing it for gaming and media streaming, you are bound to expose a lot of vulnerabilities.

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Document Foundation pledges Office 365 and Google Docs challenger

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Re: Nice but...

@AC - "What's the benefit over running LibreOffice desktop app and saving your docs in a Dropbox or Drive folder?"

A little thing called "mobile", I would imagine.

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Re: A Hardware Alternative Too?

My understanding is that Firefox OS is not free as in freedom. Lot of discussion about that over on Phoronix the last couple of years. Seems you have to go with Replicant if you want a truly free as in freedom OS for mobile. It's possible if the hardware were fully open, as you say, then Firefox OS could do away with all binary blobs.

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Snowden dump details Canadian spies running false flag ops online

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Don't wreck the budget there, Canada

"the CSE claims it has the ability to process 125GB of internet traffic per hour for intelligence, and store 300TB at a time"

What is that - about $50,000 worth of gear? Less?

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

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Re: flash ...

Yeah, cause that had nothing to do with Apple trying to steal users away from Youtube and other media services - right?

Good thing iTubes has never had any security flaws...

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Re: Flash should just die already.

It's 2015 already. Why the hell are major websites still using flash?

If Google would rip pepper from Chrome's innards, flash would basically disappear from the webernet in no time. Do us all a favor Google - stop enabling this monstrosity.

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Lambs to ISlaughter

IIRC, US Special Forces (Seals, Rangers, Green Berets, etc) are taught dozens of methods of killing very quickly and efficiently with just their bare hands. I'm sure the Brits and Aussies teach much the same thing.

Sneaking into a soldier's home is probably not a good idea for long-term life expectancy.

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Review: McAfee Endpoint Protection for SMB

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Re: McAfee? Good? Heresy!!!!!!!!!!!

Trevor could write that McAfee doubles the speed of your computer and automatically deposits $100 in your bank account every Friday, and I still wouldn't give it a second look.

Burn me once - shame on you

Burn me 10 times and keep sneaking your crap into downloads to keep trying to burn me more? Where's my shotgun...

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@AC - "Yes - I know many commentards don't like Norton - but please humour my staying with a product that has previously been fine for over a decade. I've tried others and always ended up back with Norton Internet Security."

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit...

Maybe the AC found his machines run too fast, and felt the need to throttle them?

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Re: Fellow commentards - help needed pls...

Windows Defender plus a free Malwarebytes scan a few times each week/month. I stick Malwarebytes in the startup so that it pops up and reminds me to run a scan every time I turn a machine on. Haven't hit a problem in almost 3 years of use on various machines, and impact on system resources is nearly zero.

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PIRATES and THIEVES to get Windows 10 as BOOTY

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What about the whole BSA con job???

What about all the poor bastards over the years who paid thousands $$$ to the BSA because they couldn't find a paper license for every copy of Windows in their small office?

This is total bullshit. If MS is going to upgrade every Asian pirate for free, then they need to repay every penny of that stolen BSA cash, with interest.

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Adobe launches cashless bug bounty

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Re: You want your vulnerabilities traded in underground forums?

@keef - I thought the silver badge was stupid and pointless - until El Reg sent me my gift card for the lifetime supply of free beer.

Cheers!

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Reg exec in deluxe roo-skin pen case beernami trauma

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What a complete disaster!

An entire beer - wasted.

Will he be appropriately reprimanded for placing a sharp utensil within striking distance of a perfectly good beer? I'm thinking suspension without pay, bathroom-cleaning duty, demotion to the sales department...

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Silent Circle revamps secure smartphone

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Either that's a giant hand in that picture...

...or I'm getting used to larger phones.

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First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

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Re: Nope

@Len Goddard - "Nope. Nothing here to bring me back from Mint."

Not to beat a dead horse here, but saying "I'll use Mint, but not Ubuntu" seems a bit awkward to me. Same repositories, same package manager, same installer, same tools, same internals, just a different window dressing. If you said, "I prefer the Mint Cinnamon version of Ubuntu, but I refuse to use Unity", that would sound more accurate.

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Re: 5 people who care about Ubuntu

6. Little boys who post Ubuntu top 5 lists from mom's iPad

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At night, scary wildlife comes out to play in the chemical factory

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I remember many days at the beach when I was young, my dad grilling hot dogs on the barbecue, and the gulls grabbing them hot off the grill. And my dad cursing and swatting at them with his grill tongs.

Later in life, I got a big thrill (no idea why) from bringing big bags of potato chips to the beach and throwing handfuls of them into the air for the gulls. If the chip bags were big enough, I could get a couple hundred gulls all hovering over me waiting for the next launch. The strange thing was that they never got aggressive or attacked me or the chip bag - they just hovered in formation, waiting for the chips to fly into the air.

And yes, I know I should not have been feeding them and enabling their bad behavior, spare me the nasty comments.

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FORK ME! Uber hauls GitHub into court to find who hacked database of 50,000 drivers

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How is this github's problem?

That Uber posted their login key for all to see? If they can't use the system responsibly, they shouldn't be allowed to host their code there.

Offering a year of free credit monitoring after the fact is such a shitty way of handling these things.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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Pay?

More than enough to cover the $10,000 a month for a shared 1-bedroom San Francisco apartment, I assume?

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Let me be the first to say...

@Deltics - "Only someone who isn't involved with developing apps for the web would say "it just works".

Another web app developer, sharing his vast wisdom. How useful.

Maybe I should revise my statement - It's just worked for many years, despite the best attempts of Microsoft and web app developers to fsck it up. And I'll throw Adobe into the mix just for the hell of it.

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Re: Makes Sense

@AC - "It also dates back to that dark period when Microsoft was more interested in screwing the competion, rather than looking after the end users."

When did that "dark period" end? Still the same old MS as far as I can see. Call me when they embrace ODF as their default office formats.

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Facebook sad-nav: How to put depressed chums on internet suicide watch

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Brilliant

So people can just create fake accounts for their worst enemies, fill them with dark, depressing posts, turn them in to the Facebook thought police...

Yeah - no way this will get abused.

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Reddit showers gold on drugs, hippies and Tor-rorists

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That will be huge for FSF

They only get about $1 million a year in donations, and they make it go a very long way.

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