* Posts by Cameron Colley

2108 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari EXPLOITED to OWN Mac, PCs at Pwn2Own 2015

Cameron Colley

There are no decently secure browsers out there because most users want shiny new features and not security. I know it's a slightly different issue but notice how many people moved to Google Chrome because it was shiny and new and didn't give two hoots about the fact that Google were collecting all their browsing data?

Of course there are a minority of users who do want a more secure browser but the finding the resources fro such a project would be a tough job.

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

Cameron Colley

Re: I'm sure it's nice to find.....

The DVD box set I have even has a recording of Philip Schofield singing the these tune.

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

Cameron Colley

Re: plus a ten year travel ban when he gets out

Indeed, you would think though that they would want him to leave the country not stay there.

Just goes to show what a pile of excrement they are. They obviously torture for torture's sake with the religion not really coming into it at all but just being a reason to behave like the subhuman scum they are.

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Cameron Colley

Re: Reproachless

I can't type for other commentards but, personally, I have always been a vocal critic of the UK government's involvement in the torture of citizens of any country by any country.

Just because Obama showed himself to be just as much a despicable piece of crap as Bush and Guantanamo Bay is still there and still torturing the innocent with no intervention from the government of my country (whom I did not elect) it does not mean I have no right to criticise the less-than-human Saudi government.

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

Cameron Colley

Re: Latex gloves

I was lucky when I went ot the US with one of the original batch -- I'm assuming the bright lights of Orlando Airport meant that the TSA didn't notice I was carrying a source of nukiller radiation or I might have been arrested as a turrist.

This was in September 2002 too so security was stepped right up. So much so that while we were there I saw a report that a woman was detained by the TSA for carrying her partner's (not sure whether it was her husband or not) federal issue firearm. Trouble was -- they did so after she had already flown...

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

Cameron Colley

Re: Long term (Free?)server access?

Open a non-standard port* and use certificates** with either SSH or a VPN to tunnel traffic through something like a Pi or other low power device set up as a server.

*To stop your logs filling up.

**To prevent brute force.

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FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

Cameron Colley

Re: Erm, wrong @Rick Giles

If you're willing to install Google Chrome Beta you can now watch Netflix on Linux natively just as I am doing right now, it being the only thing I do use Google Chrome for but that's another topic.

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Which of UK's major ISPs will let you have exotic p0rn? NONE OF THEM

Cameron Colley

Re: Sweet... (YouTube Buffering).

Thanks for the civilised reply Richard 12.

I have to admit I never found the problems repeatable enough to try a proxy or other tests. I'd love to know how those who voted me down know that YouTube is fine and the evidence I have seen to the contrary is rubbish when the problem seemed difficult enough to reproduce under Virgin.

I certainly won't mention the times I've had problems with a YouTube video at exactly the same time as a friend on another network in another city, perhaps thousands of miles away, and then find neither of us have problems with the same video the next day. Nope that never happened, it was always Virmin Media' plot against other networks...

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Cameron Colley

Re: Sweet... (YouTube Buffering).

As I understand it the YouTube buffering problems are just that -- problems with YouTube.

I have seen them, though rarely it has to be said, on Vermin Media (which I've been using for years) but friends on BT lines and LLU have seen the same. Heck! a friend in Oslo has had problems with inexplicable YouTube buffering and I've seen it in Amsterdam and probably other places I can't remember.

I don't suggest that VM customers are mistaken in blaming Vermin in all cases -- but I am suggesting that when people spend a fair amount of money for broadband that they know will supply a decent bandwidth and YouTube won't play properly they are more likely to get out there and moan without necessarily knowing the cause.

Anecdotally for YouTube problems I find going to a lower or even higher resolution to help me on occasion that or justtaking a link to where the video is, closing the page and starting again where I left off.

iPlayer I've never had problems with from anywhere so can't commenton that one.

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Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

Cameron Colley

Re: TL:DR....

I don't think anybody listens to music any more as very few portable audio products seem to be stereo nowadays. Granted the Ultimate Ears et al can be made stereo but that's over £300 for a set of portable stereo speakers which may not even be used that often. Surely somebody makes a pair which don't cost the earth?

Mind you, what I'd really like is a Bluetooth receiver with phono (or, perhaps SPDIFF) outputs but that's another story.

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Samsung forks 4K with Tizen tellies

Cameron Colley

Re: I want

I want 16:10 for my computer, please. 16:9 is just a little lacking in "lines" and with 16:10 viewing at full 16:9 and having a title bar, controls, or whatever is still possible.

I really would like to be able to replace my old 1920*1200 iiyama with something with a higher resolution.

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QWERTY-tastic BlackBerry Classic actually a classic

Cameron Colley

@AC: I'm glad you like your grubby, fiddly glass picture of a keyboard.

I'm not sure whether you have bothered to notice but there are a few more people on this planet than just you, and some of them want different things to you. Sadly, it is people similar to you working within the technology industries who regularly kill products that people actually want because they can't see outside of their own "on trend" mindset.

If you like a slab of glass for a communications device then I am happy that you are able to have one -- I wish though that you would do the courtesy of being happy that I, and others, can have our physical keyboards.

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Firmware update kills Lenovo Home Media Network HDDs. Here's how to resurrect them

Cameron Colley

Re: RE:"Others may just choose not to buy Iomega or Lenovo again"

There's this magical thing called google which would tell you the answer in a few seconds. Are you new to the world wide web?

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

Cameron Colley

Or, perhaps, just don't make the phone as fragile.

Seriously, why is it that everyone seems to be convinced that the "best phone" is a bendy", buttonless, water-sensitive, glass-covered slab anyhow (and I'm not just talking about iPhones)?

How about, since everybody has decided that physical keyboards don't work, designers use the lack of keyboard to make the phones highly shock and water resistant? That way every second person on the train won't be looking at a cracked sheet of glass. I can only assume that people like to own phones with cracked glass and expensive insurance.

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Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

Cameron Colley

Re: Daft design

As mentioned above, these don't pop up ready for each use but pop up at night and back down in the morning leaving more space in the street for daylight activities at a time when most people would be too bashful to use the urinals. they do something similar in UK town centres (or did, I've not been out in a while to check whether it still does on) but instead used portable orinal blocks dropped in town squares come sunset.

I think the Dutch idea is a reasonable one though even if they're not as usable during the day as the pissours they have.

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

Cameron Colley

Why should El Reg be ashamed?

The description she gave herself included her profession as pole dancer and a quick google for her name suggests that Ms Mills is quite happy to "objectify" herself without any help from El Reg.

If this were an article about the latest hire of an IT company being "a screaming hotty" or some such I could understand but this is a woman who sells herself on her looks being described accordingly.

Do you really think she minds the "tapping that" joke?

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Facebook scammers punt fake 'sexy vid' of Emma Watson

Cameron Colley

Re: Nothing new here...

While I too do not like how Windows hides file extensions I don't think that the fix is to just show extensions. The fix I would employ would be to prevent files from being executable by default -- there is no reason why a downloaded file should be given permission to execute. I might add that Linux isn't beyond criticism here as in default configuration a lot of desktop systems will allow the user to download and execute a file just by double-clicking which, to my mind, is unacceptable.

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Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS

Cameron Colley

I think the use of the term "male" by law enforcement is entirely justified.

After all, is an 18 year old male a man? How about a 16 year old ... a 12 year old?

Yes, in this case if they knew it was a 50 year old male, for example, then "man" could have been used but, then, does that mean law enforcement should do as in bars and call every male who looks like they could be under 30 a "boy"?

Such is language that we sometimes need to use less than personal words to be consistent. I know police do, in many cases, seem to treat their fellow human with less than the due respect but I think the use of "male" and "female" are just necessary in order to be semantically correct and avoid ambiguity. Of course, then we have transgender/mixed gender people and so forth so perhaps, in future, law enforcement will simply say "human" ...

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

Cameron Colley

Re: There's something wrong with the gravity

I came here to say exactly that, SpeakerToAliens. The idea of having the moon growing in mass was purely for budgetary reasons -- the writers wanted to send Courtney to the moon and the growing alien could have been enough for the "peril" part of the plot. Then somebody mentioned that it's very expensive to simulate the moon's gravity and it developed from there.

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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

Cameron Colley

Re: Nah

Ah, but you make the mistake of thinking that the surveillance is there in order to protect people or to stop terrorism or other crimes. That is very obviously not the case -- it is there to up the IT spending of the government to please the buddies of those who make the purchasing decisions.

The governments of the West (and most others too) don't wan to prevent terrorism at all, apart from the few attacks aimed at them personally, but like terrorism as it can be used to keep people controlled and quiet.

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

Cameron Colley

Re: Too much change

The browser I used to make that post is classed as "experimental" and was displayed using e-ink. So, you are right, there was no proof reading whatsoever. In fact, I wasn't even sure it posted.

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Cameron Colley

Re: Too much change

I, too, tend to dislike change but when set up carefully the changes I have seen in Firefox have been fairly minimal I currently use version 34 bjt till vae my menus nd the toolbar pretty muh as it was 10 versions ago. I did move to XFCE a wjile back though as i was sick of the shenanigans with KDE and Gnome and I hate Uniy

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Overclocking to 5GHz? We put Intel Devil’s Canyon CPU to the test

Cameron Colley

Re: The optimal solution is to slow down the human

Windows 7, at least, does have a message telling the user that the current task is taking a long time. I know because I see it all the time at work when running such incredibly resource hungry applications as Outlook and Internet Explorer -- sometimes with up to 5 , yes 5! I know, tabs open on a measly i5.

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US skywatchers get Earth's first peek at new meteor shower

Cameron Colley

Why the US time zone?

At least this time the time zone was explicitly specified so that people in other zones could convert. It would be nice though to have times given in UTC so that there is no room for misunderstanding over DST and other things.

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Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!

Cameron Colley

Re: Can't afford Windows 7

"I can't afford Windows 7 for my gaming usage." yet you could afford the games? You knew over 5 years ago that XP support would end but you didn't put a dollar a week away?

Yes, I appreciate none of us have much money nowadays but claiming that you play games but can't afford $200 over 5 years plus seems a little strange.

I also don't see how your earthquake recording OS has any bearing on your gaming OS?

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

Cameron Colley

Re: We'll be needing more prisons, then

It will just be used when the police cock up. If they arrest somebody because they believe they have pirated software or child pornography and it turns out they don't a quick internet history search will give them something to prosecute for so they don't look bad.

As I understand it that's why laws are left nice and loose and open to interpretation -- so that everyone is guilty of something if needs be.

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Cicada 3301: The web's toughest and most creepy crypto-puzzle is BACK

Cameron Colley

It's the boppers from the moon.

They want to find people with skills so they can cut their brain up and digitize them piece by piece.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

Cameron Colley

Re: What's allowable in references.

I don't doubt that, theoretically, an honest reference is allowable.

I've been told that the largest law firm on the world doesn't give out references for support staff [don't know about legal] other than the "yes, he/she worked here" type though, so I would think very carefully before writing a reference for anybody.

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

Cameron Colley

Has anyone noticed yet?

I did mention this kind of thing once but the general consensus was that nothing was wrong. Has anyone noticed this is a problem?

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Man sues Apple for allowing him to become addicted to PORN

Cameron Colley

It does beg the question though:

If Apple think porn isn't a bad thing then why is it banned form its "app store" (R) TM?

Don't get me wrong, the guy's a duche but Apple's store policy surely means they "know there is something wrong with porn"?

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke pulls his own music off Spotify

Cameron Colley

Re: Merely a gesture

"and I suspect a large portion of their innovative minds are dedicated to moaning about how terrible life is living in a modern 1st world country, or some such. "o I'm so fucking miserable and hard done too and the world's so shit" or "don't worry I'll over come my hardship of having free full time education until the age of 18 and an nhs that will heal me, and all the other really difficult things in life""

Dear AC, please fuck off with your pathetic "ooooh, I care about the the poor starving millions" bullshit.

The relative lack of starvation and the disease control of the Western world do not stop people from having difficult lives or, indeed, suffering from mental illness.

That's not to say that every whiny emo ponce out there has a pint but to invoke starvation and disease in the rest of the world to belittle artistic output and suggest that a millionaire cannot have a stressful life or suffer from depression or just plain heartache is as pathetically wishy-washy and bullshit as the worst teenage pity poem. Well, worse actually since hormones are bastards as we all know and teenage suicide is very real.

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Motorola teases with Moto X 'design your own' phone

Cameron Colley

Re: Well, I know which manufacturer not to buy form then.

"So where do you get your ethically pure phone from?". Good question, but it certainly isn't the land of the hypocrite.

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Cameron Colley

Well, I know which manufacturer not to buy form then.

Since I decided a while ago to boycott US products until they improve their dire human rights record.

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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

Cameron Colley

Re: How would the professor know though?

I never said the professor was completely wrong. Also I think you'll find Al Capone was a shit businessmen -- even Jimmy Carr knows to hire a good accountant -- and he actually made no money due to dire business errors. Most criminals are the same -- apart from those who spy on their customers illegally for governments.

Still doesn't answer my question as to why I should follow the advice of a man who has no experience in the field? I know not all millionaires are dicks but, unsurprisingly, a lot of dicks have been a lot more successful than a random academic.

If I want advice on how to be a professor I'll ask a professor if I want advice on how to build a Business I'll ask a successful businessman.

May I ask the successful milionaire business people who voted me down why I ought to listen to somebody who hasn't made it rich?

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Cameron Colley

How would the professor know though?

While I am sure that the TV show will be innacurate in places, how many million does the professor have in the bank? Why would anyone take business advice from anyone with less than a couple of million to their name?

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German engineers demo ROBOT APE

Cameron Colley

Needs more monolith.

Possibly a pile of parts also.

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Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

Cameron Colley

Re: The Indomitable Gall

"Anyone who claims they're atheist on intellectual grounds is deluding themselves -- one way or another, we've all been acculturated."

Only morons are like that. The rest of us make our own minds up whether we end up agreeing with our friends and family or not. Only the ignorant do not constantly question their own beliefs and values. You do hear of priests and vicars (and just normal churchgoers) who have decided they're atheist because their constant scholarship meant they lost their faith.

The same goes for other beliefs too, of course, whether it be in Socialism, Capitalism, AGW or anything else you care to think of.

Our whole lives should be spent being open to change and receptive to new ideas.

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Brits' HSBC bank cards, net access goes TITSUP

Cameron Colley

Re: "We are sorry for ANY impact"

It reminds me of "... Your call is important to us..." when, surely, a less defensive (so more believable) way of putting it is "... Your call is important to us..."?

It's almost as if they want you to know they're lying and they couldn't give a shit.

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Reg hack prepares to live off wondergloop Soylent

Cameron Colley

Re: keen.

"Quite frankly, I am amazed that there are people so lazy or lacking of taste so severely as to voluntarily forgo the joy of eating proper food in favour of drinking that baby-milk formula for adults"

It amazes me that some people assume the whole of humanity is as able as themselves in every respect. It amazes me that some people think their second-rate cooking is worth the time and effort just to get some fuel. It amazes me that some people are so rich in time and money they assume everyone can afford to taste the best food in the world without making some sacrifices.

Not all of us are rich, successful gourmet chefs -- some of us can't eat what we love every day and, instead, choose to fuel our bodies whilst we save the time and money to enjoy things.

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

Cameron Colley

I forgot one -- Warwick Davis would be brilliant.

He's been in Who too now so could be...

Edit: Darn I see I was beaten to it.

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Smart TVs riddled with DUMB security holes

Cameron Colley

Re: And more importantly...

Mouse and keyboard to control video from my PC? Why would I do that when I've a perfectly good iPad that makes a good trumped-up remote control (and not much else)?

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Cameron Colley

@AC

Yup, just like you do with cable TV, satellite TV and terrestrial TV signal cables. If your house isn't already wired for CAT6 then you might as well use it as an excuse to the wife. If you're in rented accommodation it could be more difficult but any landlord who doesn't allow CAT6 or cable ducting or another solution isn't doing themselves any favours.

Yes, I do realise there are exceptions and the above is not a judgement if you haven't run CAT6.

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

Cameron Colley

Re: we don't need a start menu/screen that takes up a whole screen

"You can't use any apps while the menu is open so why not use the screen to display more things at once?"

Bullshit. Or am I imagining reading email or monitoring a script's progress whilst opening the start menu? Am I imagining watching video or using Skype while the start menu is open?

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

Cameron Colley

Re: Laurence Fox!

If it's male talent you want how about Jack Davenport?

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Cameron Colley

Jemima Rooper gets my vote.

She's used to sci-fi time-travel roles and could play a convincing wife to River.

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Kinky? You're mentally healthier than 'vanilla' bonkers

Cameron Colley

Re: Confusion

Good thing you weren't learning to ride a motorbike -- I'd hate to think how you'd turn up to your CBT...

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Ruby on Fails: Zombie SERVER army built thanks to Rails bug

Cameron Colley

Re: Bah!

"Perhaps the root cause of this "poor design hitting one in the face again" issue is people's idiotic tendency to anthropomorphize machinery."

In case you're not aware smarter people than you or I have been anthropomorphising computers for many years. If you want to go ahead and call people like Bill Gosper and Richard Greenblatt idiotic though go right ahead...

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Boffins' brilliant plan: CONCRETE COMPUTERS

Cameron Colley

Apple will license it -- we'll never see it again.

If it looks even remotely useful, as Liquidmetal did, then Apple will license it then fail to use it -- just so that nobody else uses it.

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Security boffins say music could trigger mobile malware

Cameron Colley

Re: I call BS...

Exactly. This is about the control channel not the infection channel.

The annoying thing is it is, in my opinion, still rather a cool idea (if not completely obviousness) that could have some fun, non-malicious, applications.

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

Cameron Colley

Surely it's pronounced "yiff"?

Like gift?

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