* Posts by wolfetone

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Offers? Opera's board likes Qihoo, says shareholders should too

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Firefox, meet Opera

I wish that Mozilla would look at what happened to Opera and realise that the fun side projects and useless minority features they seem hell bent on implementing in to Firefox ultimately dooms the browser. No one cares about having a Firefox OS. All people really care about is having a fast, efficient browser that is open source and isn't from Google.

There is plenty of money in Mozilla - too much I feel - so there should be no excuses. Do your job Mozilla and make Firefox great.

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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

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Re: " Soviet SS-1 "Scud" powerplants"

"Either a bad joke or you don't know your history."

Wasn't the coat icon a clue?

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Re: " Soviet SS-1 "Scud" powerplants"

"Itself based on a version of the V2 engine."

Which itself was based on a version of the V1 engine.

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Ex-TalkTalker TalkTalks: Records portal had shared password. It was 4 years old

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Not Surprised

Why would a company bother spending lots of money in their IT systems, when if it's perceived that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"? Money spent securing internal systems that customers can't see doesn't return any profit on that investment. At the end of the day, the business exists to make money for it's shareholders, not to keep customer data secure nor deliver an amazing customer experience. They want to get away with the bare minimum, and when something goes wrong the PR department spin it as "well it was a sophisticated attack and we take every effort to protect our customer data" and "our customers privacy is very important to us".

Liars. Their customers dollar is important to them, not the fact their details aren't secure and can be sold to all and sundry.

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Picking apart the circuits in the ARM1 – the ancestor of your smartphone's brain

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Maybe she doesn't want to talk about it, or divulge these things.

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

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Re: No Oil In North Korea

@Neoc:

"Nope, the main reason the USA (and the UN) is dragging their feet is NK's old pal China."

I'm afraid that just isn't true. China are just as pissed off with NK as the rest of the world is at the moment. The simple matter is it isn't financially viable for the USA to go in to NK and blow the place up.

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No Oil In North Korea

So therefore the USA can't be bothered to invade them.

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Fleet of 4.77MHz LCD laptops with 8088 CPUs still alive after 30 years

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Say hello to the new Tosh, the same as the old Tosh.

What's more impressive in this article is the keyboard. That thing must be worth a load of money now.

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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You know you're in trouble when some clown thinks Microsoft Access is a viable database.

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Barracuda kills CudaDrive and Copy cloud storage services

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Re: Yet another example

In spinning rust we trust

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Shame

I use Copy, well I did, and I found it really good. The mover.io integration was brilliant dragging in data from Google Drive and Dropbox which saved me time.

Oh well, time to shift to OwnCloud then. At least if I decided to close that service for myself I can take myself outside and have a quiet word with myself.

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WordPress under attack by whack-a-mole ad-scam malware

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Re: Masses Against The Classes

Send your company to me, I'd do it properly.

But yeah, I would wonder what would happen if your website was compromised due to the permissions on your site being changed or updates being applied in an insecure manner. Personally I took insurance out in case something I do causes losses for a client, I don't think this is common for web agencies at all. If your company has a solicitor I'd ask them their thoughts on that.

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Masses Against The Classes

The problem with WordPress is that everyone can use it, everyone can install it, everyone can butcher it to death. Yes it's popular, but unless the web agency that built the site in WordPress has a conscience then it's more than likely the updates are handled by the website owner. That is on the assumption they know there is an issue, and that they can apply the update, and that they can fix what inevitable bugs that will appear in one or many of their 1,000 plugins that they've installed.

I've said previously the best way around this, for those who can, is to roll your own CMS on top of a framework. I have done that in the past with Symfony, and I'm starting to do it again with newer projects, because the hassle of dealing with WordPress' bullshit just isn't worth it anymore.

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Wanted! A browser to replace Xombrero

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Lynx?

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I can suggest PaleMoon. It's based on Firefox, but with all of the crap cut out of it.

Vivaldi has also been mentioned, while it's good it tends to hog resources. It did so in my case anyway.

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

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Faulty BT Router?

They should replace them with a Billion router, like I did.

Be smart BT, like me.

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YouTube "Error Occured" in videos to promote more advertising?

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YouTube "Error Occured" in videos to promote more advertising?

I'm not sure if this is just me, or if it's something Google is up to with YouTube, but it's definitely annoying.

I run a Linux machine, and Flash is no where to be seen on my computer. I often go on YouTube, so I'm using the HTML5 video version of YouTube.

What I've noticed however is that, more often than not, a playing video will suddenly stop with the message "An Error Occured" etc. As annoying as this is, refreshing the page fixes the problem. However, it often means sitting through a different advert that you had to sit through previously. Meaning for the one video, you could actually watch two 30 second adverts.

As I said, I'm not sure if this is just related to me or if other people have noticed it. So I thought it'd be good to put this here and see if anyone else has noticed the issue - or con.

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Google calls out Comodo's Chromodo Chrome-knockoff as insecure crapware

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Re: FYI

But it would need to be listening to you all the time for it to be able to detect "OK Google" being said. This is a privacy issue and there should be a way to disable this or be prompted for it to be installed. That's the problem.

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FYI

Google Chrome would install a binary on Linux systems automatically that took control of your microphone. The end user wasn't made aware of it, and it even made it's way in to Chromium. It was removed from Chromium, but not from Chrome (as far as I'm aware).

Just saying, for balance.

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Safe Harbor ripped and replaced with Privacy Shield in last-minute US-Europe deal

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Let me be the first to say.... horseshit.

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

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Thanks BT

Nearing the end of my working day, and I thought "it'd be nice to go home, relax, and chill out to some Netflix". Now I hear my broadband is broken? Do you not know what damage can be done to a relationship if there is no Netflix for our chill?

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Uni of Manchester IT director resigns after sacking 68 people

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Re: co-op IT are dysfunctional

"probably because they're so basic! Colleague of mine is with Co-op its online banking is like something from 2002! Its so basic you can hardly do anything with it, compare it with Santander."

And? I have the same system and there's nothing I've wanted to do with it that couldn't be done with the interface. It does what it says on the tin, and I'd like to think because of it's simplicity it's more robust.

And yes, I "gone done" was meant to be "gone down". The coffee hadn't kicked in at that point.

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Re: co-op IT are dysfunctional

While it may be dysfunctional, I can tell you (as a customer since 2009) that their IT systems haven't gone done.

Something that HSBC and Natwest can never say.

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Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC

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I always found I've had to disable UEFI to install Linux properly. I spent an evening with my new laptop installing Fedora, trying to work out why it wouldn't boot properly. Eventually I worked out how to disable UEFI, and it eventually sprang in to life.

I still view UEFI as poison and it adds no real value to Linux users. It's just something Microshite asked the vendors to put on the machines to "secure the computer" - translated, means "secure our profits".

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Did water rocket threaten Brum airport Airbus?

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Re: Strongbow?

"If you grew up in Birmingham you'd know that Basall Common is a proper posh neck of the woods. I mean its so far on the outskirts that people don't even speak with a brummie accent."

I could never afford a daysaver to find out :(

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Strongbow?

I'd love to know where the Birmingham yoof can afford bottles of Strongbow. Growing up in BIrmingham all my friends and I could afford was a bottle of Frosty Jacks.

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El Reg nips down to the Hewlett You Inn?

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All I can think of after seeing the last photo is "Kick Bishop Brennan Up The Arse".

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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Would love a Defender

But, having sat in one that a friend of mine owns, I can't drive it. I'm too tall, too broad in the shoulders. The only other car I've had this issue with is a Toyota Yaris.

However, I think you'll find that sooner or later the Defender will be built again - in India - thanks to TATA. Someone fairly high up at Land Rover when I went with a school trip told me that they'll start building there once they stop building them in Solihull.

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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"Oh sorry I thought there had been a power cut, but then I saw a bus drive past with it's lights on".

God Bless Peter Kay.

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Pay up, Lincolnshire, or your data gets it. Systems still down after ransomware hits

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Trollface

Do they have popcorn in Lincolnshire? If so, grab a bag and watch this mess unfold.

It should provide better entertainment than Avatar.

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Former tech PR Jeremy Hunt MP ordered by judge to delete tweet

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Jeremy Hunt

You spelt his name wrong.

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Feds slap Rentboy.com boss with further charges

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Holmes

Maybe a disgruntled customer just so happens to work for the Feds...

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Europe: Go on. Ask us to probe the £130m 'sweetheart' deal HMRC made with Google

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Trollface

*to the tune of "The Bad Touch" by The Bloodhound Gang*

Swine baby,

Swine baby,

Pigs have sexy snouts

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This would only be used to further prove that the EU mess with UK only affairs. And for the people who swear by The S*n, The Daily Fail, The Daily Shitpress, will buy in to this. "We got them to pay lots of money in tax that they owed! F**k off EU!".

But, for the minority of the UK who don't need to read such trash, we know we got a raw deal with the payment. France are screwing Google for more money, why couldn't we?

So I welcome the EU intervention here. I may not 100% agree with being part of the EU, but if it served to show the shambles of a chancellor we have then I'm all for it.

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Pubs good for the soul: Official

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ALL HAIL THE ALE

*** See Above ***

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Lincolnshire council shuts down all IT after alleged 0-day breach

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Dissapointed

They didn't have the balls to say that a "sophisticated attack" was used on their systems, and that they "take user information and data security very seriously".

For shame Lincolnshire, have you not seen the memo about what to do in these situations from TalkTalk?

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If you're one of millions using Magento – stop whatever you're doing and patch now

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Re: You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

I have to reiterate the AC's comment.

I've applied the patch to two out of the three stores. So far so good. But the third one is just sprawling with issues at the moment, mostly down to the lack of updates going before it.

The problem you will have is that giving a fixed price to do an upgrade like this would be opening yourself up to a whole host of issues. Compatibility of modules, compatibility with custom code hidden in the bowels of the installation, and just the unknown of how the store was maintained - if at all - in the first place. Case in point being my third store, it hasn't been updated like the others, and I've no documentation for any work done on the three shops. Period.

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Re: I'm sure the script kiddies are in bed asleep.

"China is GMT+8. Think again."

Ah yes, the Chinese. A great bunch of lads.

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You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

The fact Magento hasn't baked an update system in to the CMS. I'm in a new role at a company that runs three Magento shops, two of them are a version behind the most recent 1.x installation. I have to put all of them in maintenance mode, then run a shell script on each of them to do the update.

Why, in 2016, can there not be a better way of doing this? There will be retailers across the world who have no idea what's going on, and they won't know about this update. They'll dismiss the popup and think "Well the site still works so it must be OK". The computer guys who set the site up won't inform them, and if they do they'll demand a large sum of money to do the work - which again will probably result in a "No it's OK it's fine" from the retailer.

Still, it's early AM here in the UK, I'm sure the script kiddies are in bed asleep.

I hope.

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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To Be Honest

Who the hell cares?

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Facebook brings European cats' snaps closer to home with £151m Irish data centre

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Re: Eggs. Meet Basket!

Ireland have been doing this for years. Baxter, APC, Dell to name a few - all three have now scaled back their presence in the republic over the last 20 years.

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Employer Recognised Web Development Training

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In all the web development jobs I've had, I've only ever been asked for examples of previous work and whether or not I have a University Degree. I don't have a degree, I never went to uni, and that has shut the door on a few jobs. But they were for the likes of KPMG, and the older I've become the more I think that I'm happier not working for Big Corp. Inc, so when I see a job asking for degrees I skip past them.

The jobs where they've liked my previous work have tended to give me a test to do first. Some say it's to see how I work, some say it's just to gauge my skills. But the jobs where they say the latter it's often been bullshit and it's just to see if I get the questions right or not.

The way I learnt web development languages was by teaching myself and building various projects. You will never stop learning when you're in a job such as web development because the technology moves on. Depending on the place you work will affect this too, as some companies like to be on the bleeding edge of technology whereas some like to be right behind the curve. In either case it's up to you to train yourself to keep your skills up to scratch.

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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"She found you and learnt how to downvote!"

I bet she bloody has too! I'm going to have to find out who stuck 50p in the idiot aren't I :(

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Best I can come up with is about 12 months ago when I worked for a charity in the UK as their IT Manager. I should name and shame, but the BCFH (Bastard CEO From Hell) with her arse licking "Comms" Manager aren't afraid to use charity money to throw lawyer balls around.

Anyway, I had to deal with 1500 volunteers who used various systems but to them this seemed to extend to all sorts of IT support. The one call rang me up and spoke to me like an arsehole because obviously it's my fault that her computer doesn't work. 5 minutes in to this conversation she's trying to print something off and her printer doesn't work. I told her that if her printer isn't working it isn't my place to fix it as it's her own personal printer - not one given to her by the charity.

Transpired anyway that she was trying to print off her laptop and that she hadn't plugged the USB cable in. But you know that was still my fault. And it was my fault that she had to print something off to fill out and return it to the charity even though I had built an online portal for the charity for this information to be filled out on. But she doesn't like computers, she doesn't know how to use them, and that I should be training her how to use it.

I don't know how I spent 3 years working in that place with cockwombles like her.

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Re: is the solar system therefore much bigger (than previously thought)?

Well NASA said that Voyager had experienced an event whereby they thought Voyager had exited the "safety" of the solar system and was now on the fringe of interstellar space. I think they then backtracked on that, but that's the last I heard.

The problem is, if this Nibiru/Ziggy Stardust/Bowie/Gruber/Lemmy/Big Bloody Dwarf planet is in it's own orbit going along a Y-axis instead of an X-axis, it could very well be the case that Voyager has still left interstellar space. If this planet is on the X-axis of the solar system, then it still has a long way to go.

If only they knew then what we know now, and they could have sent the other Voyager spacecraft after it. Oh well!

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Fry?

Is Stephen Fry dead now as well?

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IRA’s former political wing takes aim at Apple over back tax

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I've Nothing To Say....

...other than I hope Gerry shows Apple the same degree of statesmanship as he did on Twitter the other day when he declared that a full Irish Breakfast contains no baked beans.

Not AC for obvious reasons.

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Re: Just for reference on time/prices...

"32MB RAM - £821.00!"

Consider though that the same stick of RAM would still be working now, that's quite a bargain!

I wish the same could be said for my USB flash stick that I paid £5 for 12 months ago which blew up today.

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Re: IBM XT's and DisplayWrite III

My fiancée is a solicitor/lawyer and what I've found from being with her for 8 years and speaking to the people she works with at the law firm, the need for fancy new technology isn't there. They don't understand technology or security (amazingly), all they want is something that works and works well.

As it goes, "if it ain't broke don't fix it", and I bet the software available at the moment wouldn't be any better than what the lawyer's office uses.

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