* Posts by Cameron Colley

2196 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

Zhao 'C' - Chinese police computer says no

Cameron Colley

RE: M(a)cl(L)eaod

There's a similar problem with people who don't hyphenate double-barrelled names, and the fact that apostrophes screw up email systems and [often badly written] databases. <insert joke about calling your child a database function here>

When you go over to the continent it gets worse too -- then you have the "van de"s and "Van de"s and "Van De"s and those who put it as part of a surname and those who put it as part of the first name; and the letters with umlauts that appear in some places as the accented letter and others with a trailing "e".

Personally, I'm with the Chinese government on this -- the ID you use should conform to the rules of the systems it's used on -- after all it's only your "official name" that goes on it anyhow.

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Forced retirement due to age can be justified, rules ECJ

Cameron Colley

@Nick

And what, prey tell, do you expect people to live on when they retire? The reason people are worried about savings is often because they need the money for a pension or a rainy day -- that's why they've worked hard to save the money.

I'm not sure which country you live in but you make me doubt it's the UK.

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Firefox went ton up in bugs in 2008

Cameron Colley

What are these bugs though?

All I've read about recently are "bugs" that could make gullible people think they've arrived at their internet banking site when they haven't -- but you've still to get them there.

Other than the latest memory-leak crashing for both Opera and Firefox I don't recall a bug that caution, or NoScript, couldn't prevent.

Is the interweb really so trustworthy nowadays that people just put their details in anywhere when asked -- or am I missing something?

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Epson EH-DM2 projector with built-in DVD player

Cameron Colley

Out of date when you buy it?

Following on from Mr Wiernicki's comment -- "DVD Player" I know there are Blu-Sceptics out there but surely even they wouldn't fork out more than £50 for a DVD player?

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US cops called to McDonalds menu cock-up

Cameron Colley

Tough call...

ON one hand it does seem like abuse of the emergency service number, on the other how else are you supposed to report theft?

@Florence et al: How do you suggest she should have got her money back? Or do you think that McDonalds should be allowed to steal from people?

The police are paid, by the tax payer, to uphold the law -- that includes enforcing laws against confidence tricks.

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Government wastes £4.6m on mobile telly nonsense

Cameron Colley

So, who got the back-hander?

Which government minister or civil servant earned a kick-back for awarding this contract?

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NZ unleashes sonic Manilow weapon

Cameron Colley

RE: Why Manilow?

Apparently he's talentless crap that even kids avoid.

Personally, I'd play them a little Aphex -- that should leave them suitably disturbed...

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Barclays heralds new wave of wallet-waving

Cameron Colley
Joke

@ Tawakalna

Then you, my friend, are a terrorist pedofile*!

*If you're going to mess with an already incorrect word you might as well go the entire pig.

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Snacker discovers Nokia phone in crisp packet

Cameron Colley

@ Destroy All Monsters

It would appear that there was a breach in the clean environment at that point -- so all product from that time should be treated as contaminated. Though unless they publish their standards, with the relevant photographs, I would treat them like any other third-world kitchen.

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Etailer flogs signed Jade Goody biog for £1,000

Cameron Colley

So, who are The Sun giving their profits to?

I'm assuming all their profits will be going to cancer research or the Macmillan trust every time Ms Goody appears in their second-rate loo-roll?

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Child porn suspect ordered to decrypt own hard drive

Cameron Colley

@Jason Togneri

I don't know about other places, but in the UK he would probably be classed as a terrorist for using encryption, and would have to decrypt the drive or be imprisoned without appeal.

Modern governments, it seems, own us.

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Last call for UK liberties

Cameron Colley

@ Mark_T

I fear you may be right.

Heil the virtual panopticon!

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'Vista Capable' plaintiffs seek class action revival

Cameron Colley

While I have no love for Microsoft...

... I hope the paytards loose.

If you're too stupid to understand that Microsoft are a bunch of racketeers then you probably shouldn't be buying a computer.

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Is Twitter actually making money?

Cameron Colley

RE: *used to be useful*

So, how did you pay for it?

It just sounds like Twitter's free lunch is over to me.

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DARPA orders 'Katana' monoblade nano-copter

Cameron Colley
Coat

Strange name...

... for something so small -- wouldn't Tanto be more appropriate?

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Judge issues radioactive 'pr0n downloader' alert

Cameron Colley

OMG! Nooooooooooo!

A _radioactive_ roboplegic wrongcock!

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Spooks told to get used to encrypted VoIP

Cameron Colley
Black Helicopters

Make Jack's Clippers Skip?

Surely, with the bandwidth available today, VOIP stegonography [sp?] could now be used? A VOIP channel with 128kb/s at it's disposal could probably contain 3(poor sounding) streams, after all...

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Teen sacked for 'boring' job Facebook comment

Cameron Colley

Was her employer on her profile?

... because I suppose that could be defamation?

Still, this is one of the many reasons to stay anonymous on "Web 2PointOh" (still trying to recall where I know the name Frank Thomas from).

@Greg Fleming: Administrator, not root...

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Microsoft aims 'non-security' update at gaping security hole

Cameron Colley

Am I the only one...

...who has been caught out by autoplay on a media device?

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Sony shows off wacky fuel cell designs

Cameron Colley

I don't want to like these...

...but I want!

seriously though, the speakers are a no-go since the power consumption seems to be way too high for the size of tank envisaged -- but the scales-like dual charger is awesome -- like some kind of geek candle.

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The internet is for violent jerks, study finds

Cameron Colley

Where are the Japanese?

To tell us this study is about as valid as tarot cards?

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Virgin Media boosts bottom tier broadband

Cameron Colley

VM are the only consistent ISP I've heard of...

Their customer service may be crap, and their pricing is set up so you have to follow their prices to make sure you're on the right plan -- and, yes, that means they can't really be recommended.

But, and this is the rub, they're the only ISP I know of who can actually provide me with 10Mb/s and do so consistently -- the only people know who get better are on VM themselves on higher packages or have exchanges literally underneath them.

I don't know how much truth there is in this, but I read on the review for a wireless router that older routers can't cope with the faster internet connections -- I'd call shenanigans but after buying a new router (not the one I read the review of) my speed magically went from about 4Mb/s to 10Mb/s, tested at random intervals throughout the day and night.

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'Like pedos in a playground' - the media and Web 2.0

Cameron Colley

No, I'm still none the wiser.

What is this Web 2.0 thing? Is it this right here, posting comments?

Ah, Wikipedia (web 2.0 itself?) provides some clarification:

"Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has questioned whether one can use the term in any meaningful way, since many of the technological components of Web 2.0 have existed since the early days of the Web"

So, I'm guessing that anyone who calls it 2.0 does so to make a false distinction so that they have a side to be on in a debate.

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Blu-ray Disc sales to hit 100m by Xmas

Cameron Colley
Linux

How's their scratch resistance?

I stopped using a DVD through the post service because half the DVDs skipped -- I did wonder if it was my equipment (DVD ROM drives, rather than stand-alone) but friends tell me they've had the same problems with stand-alone machines.

I'm still awaiting Linux support too -- once I can slap a Blu-Ray drive in my media PC and use it under Linux I'll start to give it serious consideration.

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Woman sues over Vista to XP 'downgrade' charge

Cameron Colley
Linux

Then use Linux you stupid cow!

Why the hell are you buying something from a company that you know is shafting you? Either use Linux, buy a Mac, or get in line with the others and drink the fucking M$ Kool-aid. to tthose complaining that you paid -- you're part of the problem you retards, you're paying M$ to fuck you.

If you're using M$ and you're happy, fair enough, if it works use it -- but don't complain that it is what it is.

@dervheid: Then what is a Mac, a type of toaster? A fishing lure? It's a Personal Computer -- a "PC" if you like.

Oh, and I've managed to buy a desktop and a netbook recently without paying the M$ tax -- and I've seen enough places selling OS free laptops not to worry about what to buy if I want one.

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Laptop facial recognition defeated by Photoshop

Cameron Colley

RE: How many times???

Exactly. There is a reason that good practice dictates a change of password after a given interval.

Facial recognition to select the user, on the other hand, might stil be useful -- it would mean logon names would not have to be remembered along with passwords.

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Scotland Today in news nipslip outrage

Cameron Colley

@"What","Why all the fuss?",...

Good for you, you have wives/girlfriends/partners -- now piss off while those of us without the money/social skills/large equipment/... enjoy this.

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Grifters punt 'get rich quick' scams at Facebook users

Cameron Colley
Go

Scams like this should be encouraged.

They target the stupid and the greedy -- two groups of people who should be exploited whenever possible.

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College IT departments told to deploy anti-terror dragnet

Cameron Colley

@Sajjad Syed

Tony sold Magna Carta and other rights to the EU for an honoury title.

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Cameron Colley

Your Cuntry Needs You...

...to inform on your friends and family! Win prizes!!!! Escape prosecution!!!!

Vote Fascist for a third glorious decade of total law enforcement!!!!!

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Pro-Heathrow demo challenges Carbon Cult killjoys

Cameron Colley

@Pete

Good point. The UK should probably be looking to make a large, efficient, easy to reach, international airplort rather than gridlocking the environs of Heat Row -- but that would be forward thinking and logical...

Methinks we need a Ship Hole.

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Hacker pokes new hole in secure sockets layer

Cameron Colley

Surely tthe main moral of the story is "don't use bank sites through hotspots"?

I realise that man in the middle attacks don't _have_ to happen in public hotspots -- but I have always been under the impression that you should never use even and encrypted website through an untrusted|unencrypted medium?

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Robert Llewellyn drops Red Dwarf clanger

Cameron Colley

Hope she's not Kochanski...

Don' get me wrong, from what I've seen she's a good actress, and I like Big Suze, but there's only one Kochanski and that's Ms Grogan.

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Rail workers get shirty with see-through blouses

Cameron Colley

Reminds me of an aire stewardess...

... whose bra slipped on a flight I was on -- it "perked me up" no end. Got to love CheapoJet uniforms.

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Gigabyte passively cooled Radeon 4850 card

Cameron Colley

@Simon Brown

I've an old NVidia 7600 fanless that will do that for you, and more, on two monitors -- installing that in a DAW is a pointless waste of power for the uses you state...

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Boffins ponder Geordies' lack of winter clothing

Cameron Colley

It's because you're staying in.

I may be a soft southerner (Yorkshire) but I'd not wear a coat vif I were planning to spend my evening in hot bars and clubs.

That said, a conversation with a Dutch taxi driver revealed that the girls over there wear much more subtle, prim clothing -- so it is probably a combination of factors.

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Man U fan pwned in Facebook honeypot

Cameron Colley

He should have asked her for Custard Proof before meeting her.

@Kit Barker: His wife is the only person in this who deserves any sympathy -- and she owes the scousers some thanks for getting her away from a lying, cheating moron. Just because someone comes on to you on facebook that dopes not mean you have to cheat on your wife. It's a shame that it was only some scouse muppets and not some kidnappers...

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Twitter attack exposes awesome power of clickjacking

Cameron Colley

RE: I must be missing something

I think I'm missing something too.

Most of these "clickjacking" type "exploits" just sound like social engineering to me rather than anything technical that needs fixing.

I'm willing to be proved wrong though -- if someone comes up with a way of making a link on <insert random social networking site> that logs me in to an online store and sends things to someone else's address with my money, or siphons my bank account by logging me into online banking.

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Heartland data breach hit 160 banks (and rising)

Cameron Colley

Make an example of them.

Asset strip the company and use any pay what was due to the dirrectors to help clean up the mess.

Before anyone claims it's not fair to penalise the directors, remember why they get paid so much...

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Wakefield does a Brum with possessive apostrophes

Cameron Colley

They do have a point about electronic communication...

Apostrophes do cause some problems when used on web pages, in databases and in SMTP addresses.

However, the general attitude that they just don't matter is a bad one.

As for this comment:

"Text messaging, email and internet chat rooms are showing us the way forward for English. Let's allow people greater freedom to spell logically. It's time to remove the fetish that says that correct spelling is a principal (principle?) mark of being educated."

While I have to admit to having problems with "accommodation" and other words with doubled-up letters, and don't have a problem with Americanisms such as center and color, I do have a problem when "know" is spelled "no" and "of", "off" and "have" are used interchangeably -- because it's fucking hard to read!

Language should, surely, be used according to the situation? If you're on a sinking ship, then "SOS" is probably sufficient, if you're setting a time to meet a friend then "C U @ 8" will probably do -- but if you're writing and advert on eBay or posting on a web forum, or (at the extremes) writing a scientific paper or a novel you should use a fucking spell checker and, if you need it, a dictionary.

Im gettin increasingly pist of with tryng too reed fing written by pepl who cant speel there worms or use the rong worms entirely.

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Taliban man loves his iPhone

Cameron Colley
Flame

Hopefully this may send a message.

With any luck such a blatant show of hypocrisy will either turn more people against these fuckwits or lead to the guy being blown up -- either would be a good thing.

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Rogue fishing skipper faked own death

Cameron Colley
Coat

The Sex Offenders' Register covers fish?

Is it just me or do a high proportion of criminals who are reported on happen to be on the Sex Offenders' Register? I'm almost tempted to think that the police somehow "find evidence" in a suspicious number of cases...

/mine's the one with the Kevlar lining.

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Cisco Linksys Media Hub 500GB home NAS

Cameron Colley

Not for server users?

What exactly does "Setting up the Media Hub is fairly straightforward for PC owners..." mean to the author? "As long as you're not using a Cray or a blade server you're OK..."? "Works with Sun Sparc, Apples Macs, Desktop Itanium boxes running FreeBSD..." ?

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MS puts up $250K bounty for Conficker author

Cameron Colley

Nice they admit to failure.

Rather than spend any money to write a secure operating system they just pay to have VX'ers arrested.

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Colonel: US Army has working electropulse grenades

Cameron Colley
Black Helicopters

OK, did I take an April fool seriously?

I seem to recall articles in New Scientist around ten years or more ago describing sticks of dynamite in charged copper coils being used to generate EMPs. I also thought that an article here on el Reg mentioned the anti-radar pulse bombs used by armed forces.

Are my memory and recall really _that_ bad?

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Cuba crafts extra-communist Linux distro

Cameron Colley

@M

I don't think, when he said:

"Private software can have black holes and malicious codes that one doesn't know about,"

He was implying:

"American/Capitalist software can have government mandated black holes and malicious codes that one doesn't know about,"

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Virgin Media trials longer bandwidth throttling

Cameron Colley

RE: No alternatives unfortunately.

You have my sympathy.

@Darren Coleman: They should provide what they tell the customer they are paying for. Not my problem that their marketing dedpartment are fucktards or their directors like bonuses too much.

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Cameron Colley
Unhappy

I blame BT for this.

Because they're too cheap to replace 50 year old phone lines I, and others I know, are stuck with Virgin.

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Armed cops contain Wild West Leicestershire toy gun menace

Cameron Colley

It's the wall!!!!!!!

Sounds like an unusually happy ending -- was nobody shot or arrested? Surely this was a terrorist act?

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ICO tears school CCTV a new peephole

Cameron Colley

Was the system supplied by a Mr Gadd?

These sick perverts who film kids should be locked up and the key thrown away!

Strange though that this "stolen shoe" situation is about the only one I can think of that CCTV would help bring a quicker resolution to -- and there was no need to resolve it as they did.

While I have sympathy for the girl whose shoes were taken this experience should teach her a valuable lesson about the world: keep your things safe because there are people out there who will take them. As it is she's been taught that CCTV will protect her and her belongings which, I think most adults realise, is not quite true...

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