* Posts by Jamie Jones

1763 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

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Companies don't use FAT for its suitability, but the fact you can plug your device/card into any windows machine and it 'just works' without needing drivers.

Android using FAT for its sdcards causes all sorts of security problems, there's no reason to use it apart from compatibility

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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This is supposed to be evolution?

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Mozilla testing very private browsing mode

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Re: I'm in

Yes! When I buy something big from Amazon, or a google-analitics using site, invariably both companies then spend a few weeks targetting me with ads for equivalents of the very same product!

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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@Trevor: Re: Me too

Nice reply. A bit wasted here. I think it would make a good article.

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Re: regarding MS ignoring El Reg

Or, maybe MS are busy, or forgot, or whatever?

Thsy advertise all over the 'Reg, so I don't think they are in much of a huff with them!

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Re: Updated 10 machines so far.

MS hopes you're wrong - 1 in a 100 will cause a HUGE number of support calls!

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Re: I am guessing you use BT as your ISP

" A tracert even had me getting out of virgins network hanging for 3 attempts then moving to BT onto manchester (where website is hosted) then hanging at the last hop."

That is simply a router that doesn't respond to ICMP (*) but tracert waits anyway until timing out.

Annoying, but not weird, or related to any network issue you have if your trace moves beyond it.

As for your problem, are the MTU values the same? And have you filtered ICMP at the router, so stopping the OS receiving any ICMP 'need defrag' messages from being received?

MTU issues wouldn't affect the traceroute, but the website could be blocking ICMP - Did the tracert succeed on the machine which could connect to the website?

(*) MS tracert defaults to using ICMP probes, unix tracetoute defaults to using UDP

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Re: Me too

" Trevor , I thought you made your living by providing maintenance for windows users, does this mean that you are moving full time to Linux systems and completely giving up on windows ?

......because, of course, these are the only 2 operating systems in the entire world...

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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Anorher Chinese firm...

I've been evaluating the budget Q8H_HD Android tablet, and it's actually a lovely piece of kit for under 30 quid.

However, it comes preinstalled with a hobbled browser that hard codes their search engine referral-url (to ask.com .... no surprises there) and home page, and also a utility that regularly phones home with a bunch of details, hardware id, google account details, and receives instructions for new apps to update/install, and those to delete (trend micro anti-virus) is on the list.

Worse, it's been flashed into the firmware to reinstall itself if deleted, requiring a complete reflash to remove (fortunately there are ways to disable it without reflashing)

Relatively benign at the moment, but basically a root-kit, especially as the Linode-hosted C&C servers are accesed over unencrypted http using non-DNSSEC dns entries...

I'm still not sure whether it's the shop, the distributer, or the manufacturer who is responsible for this, but like Sony, and now Lenovo (for the second time) it's yet another company doing stuff that would get an individual doing the same a custodial sentence

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Hacking Trump: Can we not label web vandalism as 'terrorism', please?

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Not just the internet..

Whilst UK politicians rally fast and loose with the term 'terrorist' (to intentionally scare the populace), in America, it seems to be used by many who simply don't know what it means.

Someone commits murder in the community, and isn't caught? Residents terrified. Ergo, terrorist.

Ditto, women scared to go out at night when there's a rapist on the loose? they're terrified. Ergo, terrorist.

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Happy birthday Alf Garnett, you daft, reactionary old git

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Re: Alf Garnett - Respect!

" PhilipN Then your a complete and utter fuck wit"

His 'complete and utter fuckwit' what?

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SCORCHIO! This JUNE was the SIXTY-SIXTH HOTTEST on record

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Sigh....

Are you after a job on Fox 'news'?

Even the bloody Republicans now admit that global warming exists (of course, they deny Human contributions)

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YOU! DEGRASSE! It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again, says NASA boffin

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Re: This isn't science

" such an inane and fruitless debate"

Of course, that should technically be vegetableless debate.

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It’s DEJA VU: Customer forgets to tell us about essential feature AGAIN

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erecting walls....

erecting walls and routing corridors like in Dark City

Or 'Thir13en Ghosts' - particularly the 'split lawyer' scene! [ Warning: Graphic / gore ]

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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But, no, that does not mean you can buy an old, damaged CD from a car boot and then download a copy off the Internet because you've "bought it already".

Why not? They keep banging on about the fact you are paying for a personal license for the media. However damaged that old CD is, originally the same full price was paid for it.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

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Re: >The leaked data could become fodder for extortion or blackmail,

" Since my last name is pretty unusual

Yep. The only other people I've heard of with your surname are those guys who used to be the band behind Cliff Richard...

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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" The radio wants to know how fast the car is going to adjust the radio volume and the radio also wants to connect out the world to stream music and/or get cd info"

But why does the radio need to be able to control the speed?

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

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Re: Shibboleet

Well there you go then....

I'm now officially a right-tit!

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Re: Lawyer magic word...

"Automatic termination of contract because someone said lawyer? I don't think so."

He wrote contact - presumably meaning the phone call!

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Re: Shibboleet

... as posted by Christoph 2 hours before you, though it would have been easy to miss, what with all of 2 other comments to search through!

Though, I suppose you'll now tell me that the original post was stuck in pre-moderation, making me out to be a right tit!

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Re: The default was to use the surname field!

C'mon - Who here *didn't* successfully hack the school Econet system?

More holes than [ insert here something witty referencing something with lots of holes ]

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Google made Gmail unreliable

I've NEVER had real spam to my Google email address, but regularly have to check it to pull out false positives, so make that a 100% false-positive rate for me.

I was annoyed when I discovered what was happening, so went to disable it. But can you? Like hell!

"I know, let's add a feature that silently deletes peoples email..... and make it so that it can't be switched off!"

[ Yes, you can get around it by creating filters to automatically undo the spam categorising, but what's wrong with a simple "Off"? ]

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: THE SKY IS FALLING!

" Those on rooted devices can get around this by manually backing up the apk file, but it's still a pain in the arse and it'd be good to have a better way of handling it - say a "test update" option that backs up the existing version & config to a separate location, installs the new one and lets you test it, but keeps the existing version until you fully accept the update."

Nice idea, though I suspect they don't want to have people running all sorts of old versions, otherwise they would make them available.

Though, after being bitten by that too may times, I'm now running a home-grown auto-apk backup on all my android devices.. Every version of every apk I install is safely archived on servers both on and off site.

Take that crappy BBC-News-App-which-used-to-be-fast-and-usable-offline-but-is-now-basically-a-reskinned-web-browser!

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Unredacted: ICANN's hidden role in fierce battle over .Africa rights

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Whenever you see that an article is written by Kieren, you know you are going to get some quality investigative journalism.

[ yeah, yeah, cue the 'brown-nose' comments! ]

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Re: Does anyone trust Ofcom to handling any IP addressing?

This article is ancient!

How come posts are still allowed?!

p.s. native Ipv6 on all my servers, and home devices ^including my android tablets/tv sticks)

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

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16!

It took me the first sixteen words of this article to realise it was written by Lewis Page.

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

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" Looks a lot like the old BBS ! field settings.."

Ah yeah, UUCP. Same sort of thing, where the network routing information path is contained as part of the mail address, but of course, with UUCP , many paths were a requirement due to host-to-host network!

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Re: Both's faults?

"Likewise, when the higher-ups decided that an activity needed to be computerised (usually because someone had belatedly worked out what we'd known for years - that it was a task well suited to using a computer ) the execs at the top never took any notice if we already had a method that worked well. Not even to tell us that they thought it wasn't good enough. Instead they'd purchase at some enormous cost some monolithic off-the-shelf package that required vast amounts of irrelevant or actually non-existent information in compulsory fields ( because it wasn't designed for small teams like ours or doing what we did), took ten times as long to enter data and twenty times as long to retrieve it. Usually in a form that made it useless for day to day work, so that we had to keep using the old system ( often just a simple WORD table) alongside the new one. One for show and one for use."

You worked for (the now defunct) ICL too? Sounds just like the SIAM replacement, and eventually the replacements replacement.

Not to mention the replacement of working unix proxy servers with NT servers costing 20x more, and never working (the old PC I set up with a FreeBSD based proxy for the site was still live when I left...)

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"Probably even longer ago using IBM's Remote Spooling Communications Subsystem you could send a message from your own virtual card punch to your own virtual card reader using what you might term "loose source routing" and get a report from the intermediate systems en route as they relayed the virtual card deck. I think Hawaii was the furthest place I managed to hop through."

Reminds me of the "good old days", where every janet/cbs and internet/smtp servers were what today would be called 'open relays'.

To the youngster here, this was by design - back then, many different networks weren't "virtually" connected, so you'd have to deliberately route mail via a mail relay that was connected to both networks you wanted to traverse.

We would have 'reverse races' - picking 20 or so servers at random, and seeing who could get an email to take the longest time to come back to us. E.G.:

jamie%eng1.bute.cardiff.ac.uk%coombs.anu.oz.au%nfsnet-relay.ac.%mit.edu.............%uk.ac.ed%uu.net@uk.ac.nsfnet-relay

To really delay things you'd use a bunch of servers that only connected once a day via UUCP...

Happy days

[Old fart icon]

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Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

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It's a sad indictment of our industry....

... that a company can readily admit:

"Please note that since the above real-time protection products have limited effectiveness on PCs that do not have the latest security updates, your PC will still be at risk for infection," Redmond says.

and no-one raises an eyebrow

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Google yanks fake Android battery monitor

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My tablet came with an additional hook into security.

You install an app as usual, but when using that app, each time it tries to use a permission you are prompted via pop up "allow once/allow always/deny once/deny always/close app"

The 2 'always' options could additionally be set to show a notification toast when triggered.

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Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it

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Re: It's a damn pity...

"t's a damn pity...

...that no one sells/supports a proper desktop Linux distro that is designed for PC users instead of geeks. While many of the distros will install, having to be a secret agent to find and install the most basic printer and other hardware drivers, is simply unacceptable and ignorant. If a company as screwed up as Microsucks can have a library of half-assed hardware drivers and a scan of the hardware install many of the basic drivers, then Linux purveyors have zero excuse for not providing the drivers as an automatic distro install."

But really, how many windows users could install windows?

The issue is lack of PC's sold with Linux preinstalled - the ease of installation argument is a falicy.

Secondly, every piece of PC hardware created comes with a Windows driver from the manufacturer.

Most of the open-source operating systems have had to write the drivers themselves.

As for finding them, I'm not a Linux user, but my open-source OS-of-choice comes with all available drivers. I suspect it's the same for Linux.

Now, try finding a driver for a new piece of hardware when you are running an older Windows release...

P.S. Using terms such as 'Microsucks' or "Micro$oft" etc. make you sound 10 years old

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Re: Disclaimer: abandoned Windows between 98 and ME

"The thing is, all of this has been around for well over a decade for penguins. I have been told for years that 'Linux is not ready for the desktop', but I gather Windows only recently provided multiple virtual desktops (a twentieth century feature), and does not yet provide a varied selection of user interfaces."

Ironically, you chastise those who only know Windows by behaving like someone who only knows Linux. Those things you mention that penguins have been able to do for 10 years, other OS' have been doing for 30.

I actually upvoted you for your comment, seeing as this is a Linux thread, but someone who knows other systems out there might think you are no different from those you criticise - same philosophy, different religion.

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Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

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Re: If you do get one...

@codejunky:

*woosh*

Obviously a crack at the many recent cases of black people being murdered by US cops.

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Re: Not good

"I expect the lawful gun owners will be avoiding these as they will understand the difference between a gun and a toy."

Yeah, about that: Cleveland Police shoot and kill 12 year old with toy gun

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ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

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Re: One million new lines...

Good comeback.. I guess I should have written 'windows programs' !

As for the four morons that downvoted, I thought it was pretty obvious without knowing my posting history that this was an intentionally stupid tongue-in-cheek post.

So obvious, that I thought the "JOKE ALERT" icon an insult to readers intelligence.

It seems that at least four of you don't know sarcasm when it hits you in the face

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One million new lines...

... but it still can't run windows...

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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Re: Kill that WiFi Sense thing!

The Talk-Talk ADSL modem (rebadged D-Link) does bridge mode - I use it with no issue to feed my asus rt ac68-u

As they give those things out like AOL CDs you should find them cheap-as-chips on ebay etc.

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FBI probe physical intrusions into Californian internet cables

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Re: Not likely to do with surveillance

"1.1} I personally know that Star Councils are invariably Masons and American Billionaires <insert big smiley and an Irony bar thingy>."

Paul Weller, innit?

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Re: Maybe it's just our Big5 "allies" or another ally at the east of the Mediterranean

Ouch!

Ok, Mr Colorado. Stop beating around the bush, do you have issues with Mr. California or not?

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Boffins set networking record with marathon 12,000 km fiber data run

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"They did it by using the frequency comb to synchronize the frequencies of the various channels of optical information traveling across a given fiber. Ordinarily, such signals are subject to crosstalk caused by a physical phenomenon known as the Kerr effect. The longer the fiber and the higher the power level, the greater the crosstalk."

Seeing as the this is about Wide Area Networking, are we talking about the WAN-Kerr effect?

Ok, yes, coat, got it, bye

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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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Re: Why can't we have both?

Why can't they just get their G's correct in the first place?

It's getting like "Now (that's what I call Music)" or Firefox!

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: @ RegGuy1

Audio is something that has worked in FreeBSD for ever.

Did you try that?

Multiple source mixing existed long before it did in Windows, and long before Linux invented a new audio standard because they couldn't fix their OSS implementation (From what I gather, in Linux-world, if you can't get software to work properly, it's law that instead of fixing the implementation, you must instead invent a new API/protocol. *cough* alsa *cough* pulseaudio *cough* dbus *cough* udev etc.etc.etc)

There are far more OS options out there than just Windows, Mac, and Linux (and even FreeBSD)

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Re: Windows Update is a nightmare

Only tangentally related, but it bugs me when software assumes 'wifi' == unlimited, 3/4G == metered.

On many occasions I had it exactly the other way around, and it did bite on occasion.

(Mi-fi with 'three' - 15Gb for 16 quid - coupled with unlimited unteathered data on the tablet Sim)

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Google helps Brit crims polish their image – but what about the innocent

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Re: If you commit a crime....

If you read the article, those examples you make in your first paragraph are HOW GOOGLE ARE MEANT TO BE ACTING already.

Seeing as the whole point of the article is that Google are being accused of the things you have issue with, may I humbly suggest that you redirect your froth-mouthed xehophobic rant to your own back yard?

HAVE A NICE DAY

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Re: carte blanche to erase history

I think you were downvoted because you made a new post, rather than a reply, therefore making it look like your comment was directed to Andrews article, and not the earlier commentard.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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Sheeple?

Now we know Matt Bryants real name...

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Don't forget that we pronounce phone numbers differently too!

British Numbers confuse Americans - Numberphile: http://youtu.be/YBbBbY4qvv4

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Raising a stink in court: Innocent poo banditry warehousers win $2.2m

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Re: In the old days...

If you're going to crap in the bosses draw, why would you even be worried about peeing too?

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