* Posts by Cameron Colley

2115 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

Danish SWAT team surrounds PlayStation shoot-'em-up

Cameron Colley

They're lucky they don't live in the UK

Over here they'd be arrested, charged, and their DNA taken before they could say "innocent until proven guilty" -- then they'd have bogus charges outstanding for a few months.

Glad to see some countries aren't as fucked as ours.

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Take a hammer to your hard drive, shrieks Which?

Cameron Colley
Alien

@ Those still obsessed with hammers.

Are you really trying to protect your data from the NSA and GCHQ? Do you really think that they want the information on your disks?

If not, then read some of the comments about wiping and DoD standards above. You could also try watching the BBC report about the Which report in which a spokesman for a data recovery company states that a drive overwritten with zeros can't be recovered.

Could anyone who is advocating hammers please point me to one source that states that data has been recovered from a drive overwritten with zeros?

I'm not some bleeding-heart "charidy" type person or a "Carbons" head but not giving hard drives to charity or selling them because a guy once said it /might/ be possible to recover data from hard drives that have been overwritten with zeros is paranoia bordering on clinical.

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Cameron Colley

Gutmann has a lot to answer for...

While his paper on the recovery of overwritten data may have been useful to the "security services" and those who oppose them recovering data that has been overwritten using dd or similar is beyond the reach of any "identity thief".

If you're smashing drives to remove data then you're just throwing away assets -- though admittedly hard drives aren't worth all that much on the second-hand market.

Please, just stop hammering drives and enable full-drive encryption or dd zeros all over the drive or, if you're ultra-paranoid, get a wiper that'll wipre the drive to DOD standards.

You would think in today's "Carbons" mad society people would be against such waste.

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Deception of 'up to' broadband speeds exposed

Cameron Colley

RE: Corrected for distance & Not too bad...

I couldn't give a shit what problems the ISP faces in providing internet access -- it's not my problem it's theirs and it's what they are paid for. If they can't deliver a speed they shouldn't advertise it and they shouldn't give a customer the expectation of that speed.

On a related note -- it's about time BT got their fingers out of their arses and replaced the 50 year old bell-wire connected by crocodile clips that they laughably call telephone lines in some areas.

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Microsoft plague threatens 30GB Zune extinction

Cameron Colley

RE: maybe the music is more important than the technlology?

Maybe good music deserves to be played as intended and not mashed up by some CODEC or other. The only music I listen to in mp3 suffers as a result -- but, sadly, Amazon don't offer it in any other format. I would dearly love to hear the nuances of the singer's voice but have to put up with it being made empty by a CODEC.

Granted, sometimes you can't tell the difference, and it doesn't always matter -- but deliberately listening to a reduced-information copy of something is just a waste.

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Columbia disaster 'not survivable', NASA concludes

Cameron Colley

"offnominal situation... "

Will have to remember that as a nice euphemism for "fuckup".

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Music labels in talks with Hulu

Cameron Colley

Eh? Aren't music videos adverts anyhow?

Last I saw music videos, especially modern ones, were just adverts to try and get you to buy the album or concert tickets or, in some cases, a certain make of watch (Rihanna, if anyone cares).

As has been commented already -- modern music videos have no real content to them -- I refer to them as "adverts for wet dreams".

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Facebook in goldmine potential deficit

Cameron Colley

Is the personal data worth anything?

Perhaps someone can sell the personal data people input into these sites and return a profit -- stalkers may pay.

Facebookers -- I hope yopu never gave them any information you wouldn't like to see sold to the highest bidder.

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Tabloid girl's jubs freeze at -130°C

Cameron Colley
Linux

Cool :-D finally we get superconductors...

... that work at ambient temperature.

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Cowon iAudio S9 PMP

Cameron Colley
Linux

RE: Working with iTunes, part of the infrastucure and so on.

Cowon have always made devices for people who just want to use them as they wish how they wish, without any additional requirements for running operating system x or downloading software y. You'll likely never get an offering from Cowon that will integrate properly with iPlayer or iTunes or, for that matter, DRMd MS stuff -- but what you will get is decent equipment that you can use how you see fit.

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Last major VHS supplier ejects from tape biz

Cameron Colley

RE: bluray hating

I think we _know_ that the image quality is better in BluRay. So what though? The killer features of DVD as sold were never the real killer features -- the same could be said, to a degree, for CD. The killer feature of both formats is that it gave the consumer digital information that they could copy, compress, edit, share, expand, stream... without any loss of quality.

BluRay will likely gain some following -- but as bandwidth increases physical media sales will stagnate.

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Cellular repeaters: Can you hear me now?

Cameron Colley

"Installing or using..."?

Installing, owning, deploying, whatever... I can understand -- but are you implying that these are illegal to use even if your operator gains approval from any necessary regulatory bodies and has it installed?

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It's Sadville: The Movie!

Cameron Colley

RE:Sadville etc.

What would you rather people who are unable to interract socially do? I'm interested, because most of the people I meet socially in "meatspace" are socially ept, good-looking, or both.

So, rather than sitting in front of a computer, or being shunned or patronised for being "ugly" or "weird" what would you have people do?

That said I've met a fair few people in SL who have "real lives" too but want to extend that social and creative aspect.

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Cameron Colley

No idea how this will work.

SL's only compelling when you "get into" it and you're interacting with others -- it's damn dull to watch.

SL must be a lot smaller than they let on -- because I swear I've met both the characters in the linked US story.

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Mozilla hastily shoves Firefox updates out door

Cameron Colley

Cross-Posting about XSS...

As I understand it, XSS is using Javascript(or similar) to make objects from one domain appear to be from another. It also appears that every browser out there that supports scripting has found to be unsafe in it's handling of XSS.

So, my question is, is this a flaw in the implementation or is this how things were originally intended to work? The recent article about Google's scripts being referenced by Obama's website suggests that scripts from other domain are supposed to appear to be from the original domain and that the real problem here is that people let anyone who feels like it embed anything they like on their pages.

Secondly, using NoScript even before it's "XSS Prevention" used to prevent a lot of problems provided you whitelisted your sites correctly -- what's the difference between this and the new "XSS attack prevention"

Can anyone who knows their stuff explain?

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Economists: European ancestors are what make you rich

Cameron Colley

Funded by the Arian Nation?

Seriously -- unless there are some major facts missing from your report all these figures suggest is that Europe and Japan generally have climates capable of supporting feudal systems and farming and that Europeans were lucky in their initial exploitation of America.

Rather than obvious -- I'd say their conclusions are in much the same vein as those who think the color of someone's skin is related to their intelligence.

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Opera releases update for 'extremely severe' vulns

Cameron Colley

Is the XSS handling a flaw?

As I understand it, XSS is using Javascript(or similar) to make objects from one domain appear to be from another. It also appears that every browser out there that supports scripting has found to be unsafe in it's handling of XSS.

So, my question is, is this a flaw in the implementation or is this how things were originally intended to work? The recent article about Google's scripts being referenced by Obama's website suggests that scripts from other domain are supposed to appear to be from the original domain and that the real problem here is that people let anyone who feels like it embed anything they like on their pages.

Secondly, using NoScript even before it's "XSS Prevention" used to prevent a lot of problems provided you whitelisted your sites correctly -- what's the difference between this and the new "XSS attack prevention"

Can anyone who knows their stuff explain?

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2008's top three PMPs

Cameron Colley

Other drive sizes for the A3?

I have an 80GB one myself, and I seem to recall a 60Gb one also.

Neil: I've only just nicely bought my A3, but in the month or so I've had it it's not crashed once.

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Royal Navy completes Windows for Submarines™ rollout

Cameron Colley
Pirate

So, spooks was half right?

All those laughing at the notion of a piece of off-the-shelf malware disabling a submarine may wish to reconsider their positions.

Let's just hope that a group of security experts were allowed to code-review the version of Windows being used. One assumes that the MoD also get a different license agreement than the rest of us, or choose to ignore the part about mission-critical systems.

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Judge buries bogus malware-protection gang

Cameron Colley

RE: Lost of people fall for this stuff....

There is one slight problem with what you are saying -- if those who "use computers for work" are getting these infections then their IT guy is obviously not setting their machines up correctly.

While I have no problem with these scammers and business partners being sued and/or arrested any company spending even a moderate amount on security should be almost immune to this kind of attack -- and anyone using the internet in this day and age ought to know it's not all safe and use a healthy amount of scepticism and mistrust.

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Native-Linux music player Amarok gets major overhaul

Cameron Colley
Linux

RE: "What's it for" et al...

As someone who likes to listen to full albums some of the time, and a "random" mix others I find it to be ideal. Most players that would allow me to play a "random" mix of my files would then not allow me to add to the playlist as I feel. So, for me, Amarok works -- and I'm sure there are others out there it works for too.

If I "just want to play a music file" then I'll use something else less bloated.

Sometimes it's nice to have a choice.

That said -- my first thoughts on seeing KDE4 and Amarok 2 are "Nooooo!" and "Nooooo!", Hopefully I will grow to know and love them as I have my present KDE/Amarok setup.

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Sony Ericsson to make Android phone

Cameron Colley

RE: Does a turkey vote for Christmas?

But you are making the mistake of thinking that people buy phones mainly for the operating system and/or features -- many buy phones because they "look cool" or fit into their pockets better or, in my case, have a decent screen and qwerty keyboard.

Or, to put it another way, since all Windows Mobile devices are the same platform -- why would I prefer my old HTC Universal to my new Athena?

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ITU plots third dimension

Cameron Colley
Paris Hilton

Why not aask the porn moguls?

I recall being extremely underwhelmed by 3D as a child, even on a massive Imax screen, so I certainly won't be rushing out to buy a "3D" display that works on the stereoscopic principal.

Come to think of it, I can't actually think of much that I would want to watch on an actual 3D display -- since you can't get inside them they would be pretty crap for 3rd person shooter games and the like too.

So -- the only application I can think of for 3D would be to make porn look more realistic -- and we all know who is really responsible for the choosing of new video formats.

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Reg readers in the dark over extreme porn

Cameron Colley

Great!

Yet another NuLabour law that makes things illegal "when we say they are" so it can be [ab]used by the police to persecute people who they have no other evidence against or to gain a warrant to find more "evidence".

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Entire class fails IT exam by submitting in Word format

Cameron Colley

Can't they just convert them?

What format should they have submitted it in? Surely they can just convert the Word documents into PDFs or HTML?

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Israeli Linux fan squeezes Windows refund out of Dell

Cameron Colley
Linux

Pleasantly surprised.

I'm glad to hear this, as I made a decision after my last laptop purchase (bought with XP installed because I needed Windows and didn't want Vista) that I would not buy windows again.

Luckily, I know a great place for buying desktop machines with Linux pre-installed (Efficient PC), so I have that angle covered already -- now I know that my next laptop purchase doesn't have to be from a tiny subset of the hardware on offer.

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Berlusconi plans to use G8 presidency to 'regulate the internet'

Cameron Colley
Coat

Shame...

... I love the internet -- but it seems that lieing, murdering criminals will own it too.

*Mine's the one with the ticket to North Korea in the pocket -- hope I can handle the freedom.

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Apple unleashes not-crap iPhone iPod earbuds

Cameron Colley

5Hz to 21KHz -- really?

If they've managed to produce that faithfully then you'll likely be seeing Apple earphones worn by all major artists whilst on stage -- the widest range I can find for in-ear monitors is about 10Hz to 21Hz and that's for triple-driver units that retail for around the $500 mark.

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London hospitals back online after PC virus infection

Cameron Colley
Flame

Forget Linux (well, for hte time being) what happened to basic security?

While I am of the opinion that they would be better off using Linux -- I still find it hard to believe that their IT department can't, or aren't allowed to, lock down their IT systems in any way. Group policy should simply not allow executing of Outlook attachments, never mind the fact that any executables should be blocked before they even hit the exchange servers. The other option, of course, is to have an up-to-date anti-malware system in place and keep it patched.

Who the hell is in charge of a system with that many holes? I take it the It security teams and the like are all in the NHS because they were fired from private sector companies for incompetence.

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UK.gov says extreme porn isn't illegal if you delete it...

Cameron Colley

How about when governments clusterfuck?

They seem to have done a great job of fucking our economy aand stabbing it to death -- does that mean news is now banned?

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Lapdancing 'not sexually stimulating', MPs hear

Cameron Colley

Consenting adults are having fun!?!?!?!

Ban this immediately! Ban it hard!

The government are just jealous because there's "sexual" behaviour going on outside their prison-style gang-rape of this country.

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Parallels 4 users want their money back

Cameron Colley

RE: Virtual Sunshine Box

Indeed -- the functionality most people are talking about makes it sound like VirtualBox is pretty comparable.

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BNP leaked list claims first victims

Cameron Colley

RE: They are not racist

Oh, really? So, when I get home and look at the list (I'm to cautious to do it here) I'll see plenty of Singhs, Goldsteins, Saars, Nowaks, Fernandezs...

Give me a fucking break -- they're racist wankers.

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Reg readers in Firefox 3 lovefest

Cameron Colley

Opera and me

I'd dearly love to use Operra, but they seem unable to make cookie-handling simple -- so I don't. There are a few interface things that always annoy me too -- but I could probably get used to them.

Until then -- Firefox all the way.

Perhaps most, if not all, of the people using IE5 and such are really using Opera and changing the user string? Would make more sense on a techy site than them being hold-outs.

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Microsoft nobbled ‘Vista-Capable’ for Intel

Cameron Colley
Linux

Glad I opted for AMD...

...for my Linux machine.

Mind you, I dislike those awful Intel "graphics chipsets" as they don't seem capable of displaying anything but 2D applications.

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Texas cop tasers himself

Cameron Colley

FAIL

Surely FAIL is for lusers?

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Microsoft marks Windows' anniversary with Windows 7

Cameron Colley
Linux

RE: For all those calling Windows a Shell...

It doesn't. But nobody who knows anything about software calls KDE, Gnome, Enlightenment or even plain X an operating system.

Am I the only one who thinks that Windows and Linux are, in some ways, converging? With Windows coming out in command-line only server versions and actually having a sudo type command and Linux getting OSs that are usable by most people and can be made funky looking too?

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Jezza Clarkson cops flak for 'truckers murder strumpets' gag

Cameron Colley

Where did all the freedom go?

Is it now "against guidelines" to have a sense of humour different ot that of a prudish moron?

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The iPhone App Store - a classic protection racket

Cameron Colley

@David H Dennis

I hope other developers have gone into this with open eyes too.

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Cameron Colley
Jobs Horns

Why did they become Apple developers?

I'm sorry but you'd have to be pretty naive not to see something like this coming from a company that thrive on vendor lock-in. Admittedly, they have nice platforms -- but when you make a deal with the devil you expect to get shafted in the end.

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Bryan Adams pulls a Prince on fan sites

Cameron Colley
Pirate

RE: Rust Sherriffs badge

Strangely Metallica were the first thing I though of too -- well, after "Bryan Adams has fans?!?!?!".

I know and know of a few fans of Metallica's music who won't buy it on general principal -- I, myself, have been looking for a stolen copy of the black album for years -- I followed James' and Lars' instructions and stole "And Justice For All.." from a friend a decade or so ago.

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Retailer roots out humping-hound USB drive

Cameron Colley

RE: Old News etc.

Did you actually read the article? The USB humping dog may be old news -- but the addition of 8GB storage to it to add some usefulness to the "fun" is new or, at least, news to myself and, I'm sure, others.

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Pr0n-surfing pastor downs church network

Cameron Colley

Well, if you're gullible enough to believe a religion...

... then you're gullible enought to believe "In order to view this content you need to download this 'CODEC' from www.hackyou.uz'".

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AVG tags ZoneAlarm as Trojan

Cameron Colley

RE: Sounds like it's workng

I would say anything that stops the ignorant from making mistakes is a good thing -- why is it that computers have to be useable by all? When did someone invent an OS that requires no training to use?

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Saw torturecoaster rolls into UK theme park

Cameron Colley

$3\/3N?

I'm struggling to think of any area where zubun was a better film than any of the Saw films. The only thing that would have made $3qt a decent film would be for brad Pit's character to take some kind of responsibility ever, Otherwise -- I prefer the honesty of a Hostel.

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Robot vacuum cleaners - now with grenade launchers

Cameron Colley

SI units...

While I have no idea why somebody would prefer to do base 12 or 14 arithmetic in their head -- ny point was that everyone invlved in science ought tlo be familiar with the basic units as it should be part of learning science -- pounds and the like are, however, units some of us would have to learn only to communicate with those who haven't studied science.

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Cameron Colley

Any chance of SI units?

I know that this site is becoming increasingly Americanized -- but please could you at least convert arcane units such as "pounds" into SI units for those of us younger than 40 who gained our education (and experience of how much things weigh) outside the USA.

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UK.gov £12bn comms überdatabase 'wouldn't spot terrorists'

Cameron Colley

pwn3d by morons.

This is just another embarrassing step on the road to being totally pwn3d by the fuckwits in uk.gov.

It seems that neither the weak nor the geek will inherit the earth -- the mass-murdering fucktards have won the game.

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Wireless-data LED lamps to replace lightbulbs - US profs

Cameron Colley

More secure, are you sure?

This may be more secure if you're sitting in a windowless room -- but if the light can be seen from a window then a decent telescope could pick it out from miles away.

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Stick health warnings on gays, says Stock Exchange chaplain

Cameron Colley

Why is he being condemned?

Surely he is just preaching true, strict, christianity -- it's not his fault it's bollocks.

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