* Posts by Andy Prough

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Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary

Andy Prough

The horse is already out of the barn and the barn's burned down

But you blokes want a law to "fix it"

Brilliant! Ain't no law gonna fix this problem. Massive bot armies are rampaging.

We'll need a technical solution that ignores their requests. We'll basically have to turn them into millions of dead devices.

And let the class action lawsuits on behalf of the consumers proceed at that point.

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Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

Andy Prough
Holmes

Re: @Andy - The Macs in our office have been tossed aside for the past year

@Coward -- "Tells me they lost their minds completely. Asking for Windows 10 ?!"

No, it's more like "I can't use this crappy Mac - I need to push out a spreadsheet pronto, what do you have back there?"

"Got this shiny new Win10 lapper..."

"Oh, f*** me. OK, give me the f***ing lapper then."

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Andy Prough
Holmes

The Macs in our office have been tossed aside for the past year

What does that tell you when workers are asking for Win10 laptops because they just need to get their work done?

Not a single Mac in daily use anymore. I doubt we'll ever buy another one in the future.

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'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

Andy Prough
Holmes

Re: Possibiities

"My money is on #2, perhaps without the "accidentally".

Yup. My money is on some enterprising phone sales dork "replacing" people's phones with the original phone of the last customer that walked in, and selling the "new" phones on the side for a healthy hunk of cash.

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When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

Andy Prough
Holmes

"Lord,you can imagine where it goes from here..."

"He fixes the cable?"

"Don't be fatuous, Jeffrey"

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In the name of love, don't scalp your U2 aka Dreamfest tickets, warns Salesforce

Andy Prough
Pint

Re: Yes, one can only imagine the pillow talk

"Love your backend baby! Shagalicious!!"

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Andy Prough
Facepalm

Achtung Baby, LOL

Please. We all know they peaked with The Joshua Tree.

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4chan is going /b/roke

Andy Prough
Holmes

Condolences

So you're saying that passing around kiddie pR0n, doxing Scientologists, and aiming low orbit cannons at uncaring corporate overlords isn't profitable? Shocking.

In the immortal words of Mr. Lebowski, "Your revolution is over, 4chan! Condolences! The bums lost! My advice is, do what your parents did! Get a job, sir! The bums will always lose, do you hear me, 4chan? THE BUMS WILL ALWAYS LOSE!"

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Firefox to doctor Pepper so it can run Chrome's PDF, Flash plugins

Andy Prough

Crap printer divers? Works perfect for me

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Anti-ICANN Cruzade continues: Senator Ted still desperately trying to defund US govt

Andy Prough
Holmes

The 3 pinochios comes from a WaPost article that makes a false claim attributed to Cruz:

"Cruz goes too far in asserting that the ICANN transition will result in Russia or China being able to censor U.S. Internet content."

Cruz has not claimed that. Cruz has stated that countries that officially censor content and repress journalists and free speech advocates should not have a seat at the table or a vote. Cruz then goes on to make a "slippery slope" argument, which is regarded as a valid form of argument in American jurisprudence.

Backing by google and FB for ICANN's position means absolutely nothing to the American electorate. In fact, I'd say it means less than nothing, as the top tech companies are widely viewed as tax cheats who engage in mass spying on their users and frequently violate anti-trust laws. Cruz, whose legal experience includes anti-trust work for the government and who frequently fights against bulk data collection, knows exactly how to portray their support in a negative light.

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FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

Andy Prough

Re: make it go away

They haven't done journalism in 100 years. The Watergate story was handed to Woodward and Bernstein.

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Andy Prough

Or just ignore it

And stop giving it credit for "changing world events in the Middle East". Oh please. Should we also give the AOL chat rooms of the 90's credit for opening up China to trade?

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

Andy Prough
Holmes

$763 worth of gear

(or $16,130 retail)

FIFY

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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

Andy Prough
Holmes

Re: Will these extras have much effect?

I'm pretty sure that "notification" means "notification".

Like, "just wanted you to know that while you were sleeping, someone logged on from Guanzhou and emptied your last $5 from your bank account. Have a nice morning!"

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Andy Prough
Paris Hilton

How did you guess my password was "password1"? And that it was also my password to my bank?

I added a number - it's so much more secure.

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Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

Andy Prough
Holmes

The IT angle is clear as day

I'm never taking a flipping IT job in Thailand.

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Booming sales of flippy detachables offers hope to glum PC market

Andy Prough
Holmes

My Windows PC has been a detachable for 3 years now

Best little lapper I've ever had. Nine hours battery life between 2 batteries (one in the tablet, one in the keyboard). Slim, light, with a robust processor and nice fast SSD. Full size HDMI outlet that I hook to a big monitor for my coding and spreadsheeting.

And when I want to read Kindle-style, I just grab the monitor off the keyboard and go sit on the couch and read it as a tablet.

Too bad there's no room for a bigger or 2nd hard drive, or I'd put Arch on it too, and get some real work done.

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

Andy Prough

Re: When is ad-blocking ethical?

"It displays what I want it to."

I don't even tell it what to display or not - I just tell it not to display anything on EasyList. If the advertisers are so inept that they can't figure out how to get past EasyList, then that's their problem, not mine.

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Apple: Don't 'overreact'

Andy Prough
Holmes

My phone has a clock

Threw away my watch 20 years ago because of that. Now I'm supposed to want a watch again?

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

Re: Hyped to the max!

Mark Sinclair = Vin Diesel

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

"cinema entertainment in its purest"

Oh dear. Pass.

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Facepalm

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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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Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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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Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Trollface

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

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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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Andy Prough
Holmes

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

Andy Prough
Holmes

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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