* Posts by Jamie Jones

1887 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

North Korea's Red Star Linux inserts sneaky serial content tracker

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I thought you were Australian...

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Nork server blunder leaks Kim Jong Un's entire DNS – all, er, 28 .kp domains

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Re: I wonder what .-co/.com subdomains...

It's limked in TFA!

https://github.com/mandatoryprogrammer/NorthKoreaDNSLeak

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CloudFlare offers web encryption up the wazoo

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False sense of security?

Did I read this correctly?

Apart from the opportunistic encryption stuff, they will also https stuff to clients that they receive from the source via unencrypted http, thus making the browser/user assume the connection is fully encrypted?

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errr, spdy is dead;

... superceded by http/2 (which uses a lot of the spdy stuff)

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Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

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Re: Poor old Elon

I agree with Bazza, and I think Cuddles missed his point.

So, they've located, and fixed the issue? Great! What happens when someone discovers another bug?

Bloody hell, this isn't just someone using your PC to send spam emails, this could be life or death. As Bazza says, the fact this is possible in the first place shows a fundamental HARDWARE issue, that can not just be fixed in software.

And again, as Bazza says, better luck next time with the next hardware design. The current design is toast.

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Microsoft sues Wisconsin man (again) for copyright infringement (again)

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Pirate

Third timje lucky?

Wouldn't they have more success trying him of theft rather than piracy? And I don't mean that ;piracy is theft' bullshit, but it sounds like the certificates are valid - albeit some aquired from questionable sources.

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Microsoft snubs alert over Exchange hole

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Re: it only takes only four lines of code and a local config file

Damnit guys. All these analogies, and not one mention of cars.

What gives?

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Re: You are missing the point

But at least now the politicians with enough neurons to rub together to form a synapse can counter that claim.

Do you realise what you're saying there?

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Bash batch: Patch, natch

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Bash...

The scurge of cross-platforfm shwll programers everywhere!

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Linux 4.8 probably needs rc8

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Fixeed numbers of RC's are silly anyway

Surely, if a number of important bugs are found in an RC, when they are fixed, a new RC is released etc.

Whether this ends up as 2 RCs, or 10 is irrelevent (though I'd say that RCs are being released too readily if you end up with a lot of them)

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Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs

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Re: So, any suggestions for alternatives?

and gives you all the things you want.

Well, the most important thing would be the same access to your current contacts. It doesn't need to be compatible with Skype, as long as when you install it, it also installs itself on the computers of your contacts.......(!)

And that;s the issue... Critical Mass.

As I don't have any friends, I don't currently use any instant-messengering services, but when I did, you simply had to use what everyone else used. And they won't change because they too need to use something all their contacts use, and so on.

Ultimately, most users don't give a crap about p2p, encryption, or open source. As long as that is where all their friends are, and they have access to loads of emoticons, that's where they'' stay.

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

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Re: Some charity

Huh?

..l so they just donated the whole thing to a local charity..
then:
...They ended up writing enough off that they ended up not paying a single cent in taxes despite the mass'ive income form the sale...

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Alleged hacker Lauri Love loses extradition case. Judge: Suicide safeguards in place

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Cooper who?

You refer to 'Cooper' twice before actually mentioning his full name and his relationship to the case!

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Did you know iOS 10, macOS Sierra has a problem with crappy VPNs? You do now

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Re: Really?

Your post is confusing two issues together; the security vulnerabilities in the protocol (which to my mind justify the decision to sunset it) and the length of time that is reasonable for people to get their backsides into gear and use a proper protocol.

Nah. The only potentially confusing things about my post were the apalling typos!

You, though, seem to be confusing the issue by comparing the migration off of a protocol reaching EOL with one that reached EOL years ago - what companies still decide to support is immaterial - if you are using a flawed product, migrate off it. Don't continue to use it just because Microsoft or Apple etc. still ship with it.

To my knowledge, there has been no amazing breakthrough that has come to light in the past month or so that means that today is the day it's got to go. These vulnerabilities have been publicly known to exist since before Mountain Lion, but they didn't announce their sunset plans any time in the past 3 years to anyone who doesn't visit some obscure forum.

As I said in my post, the timescale is ridiculously short, but:

As a better model, look at how other companies are handling the transition away from sha1 certificates. Whilst the attacks against them are still believed to be impractical, we are coming close enough to realising them that we know they shouldn't be used.

Exactly. Fixing the issue before it becomes a problem.

The PPTP thing has been known for years. Therefore companies should have migrated of it years ago.

They don't need Apple to tell them when to do so.

So whilst the timescale is short, they should have migrated years ago already, which is why I have as much sympathy as I would for someone still relying on SHA1 (gnutella, freenet etc. - not just SSL stuff) 10 years after it's been cracked - if Apple then made a similarly short-notice announcement.

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Re: Really?

Sure, a few weeks is a redicuously small amount of time.

However, PPTP has been known to be flawed for years, and so any so-called VPN company that still uses it doesn't warrant sympathy, and is lucky not to get sued.

It's not "Virtua; PUBLIC network" after all

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Seagate sued by its own staff for leaking personal info to identity thieves

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Stop

No

The only people to blame are the banks and other financial institutions. How they got us to accept liability when *they* give away our money, is beyond me.

Mitchell and Webb said it perfectly (audio only vid): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS9ptA3Ya9E

See als the comments on Schneier's blog: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2008/07/funny_radio_ski.html

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Publishing military officers' names 'creates Islamic State hitlist'

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Jamie Jones is a risk to my safety?

So, if some guy called 'Jamie Jones' is in the military, then the fact that "my" name is listed also makes me a target?

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US tech college ITT is not pining for the fjords. It is no more. It has gone and met its maker

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Re: Half the schools in the USA

Oh bugger. I asked for that!

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Re: Half the schools in the USA

I assume your degrees weren't in English!

'Punctuatuion is free, you know? :-)

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Uber lost $7m a DAY in the first half of this year

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Re: Think about it

You are Alex Jones, AICMFP

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WTF?

Eeeeek

I'm no business expert, but even I could run a company that loses less than that!

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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More importantly than that....

What a weird and ugly earring he's wearing...

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: You don't need to be a genius!

And there was me thinking that all the 'cool kids' bought iStuff!

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EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

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YES!

I'm no 'three' shill, but the three PAYG prices are so much lower than the others, that I'm surprised anyone bothers with anyone else.

Don't forget you can add montlh;y bundles to that, with no contract or requirement to renew.

When I last moved, I bought a £15 "unlimited data for a month" bundle, as I was without a landline for a couple of weeks.

What's more, I phoned them once regarding my address change, and 'sales' tried to get me on contract. I worked out that even their best 'specials' were worse than the PAYG option, and I told her that.

Of course, she was surprised(!) at their PAYG rates, and I ended the call suggesting that if they want more sales, they should ask their PAYG department to stop undercutting them!

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Re: Ripp-off Britain

Um.. I'm not one of those "Britain is the best" jingoistic Brexit voters, but the prices both of you quote are huge.

You can get unlimited mobile data and texts for £15 a month, and broadband for less than £20

I believe what you both say, but you are certainly comparing expensive deals!

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

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Vauxhall Vectra...

I've had my car for 18 years, and it has a setting that adjusts volume based on speed. No GPS, no cellular intcoming internet. No need!

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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Re: Microsoft or Americans?

Um..

That *is* what .com means. (Or *did* mean, but anyway, there is no viable pedantically correct alternative)

As the internet started only in America, there were no top level country codes.

.com is the USA equivalent of .co.uk

Of course, policies were relaxed to earn more cash (For example, you had to be a proper ISP to get a .net) and things took on a life of their own.

Meanwhile, .us was added, basically used by local councils and schools.

Bottom line, .com is where a US only company *should* reside, but none of this is relevent any more... (but was more relevent when you ssy the internet was new and shiny - I assume you mean 1982 when IP started being used?)

How many Uk-only companies use .com ?

Or UK TV stations preporting to be in Tuvalu (.tv)

The whole domain-name structure is totally abused,so people can make a quick buck. You know that, so I'm really surprised that you thought it wise, or correct, or even productive to call them out.

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Snowden files confirm Shadow Brokers spilled NSA's Equation Group spy tools over the web

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Re: "now that the exploits have been released, [..] ordinary criminals will use them [..]."

All very good, apart from the fact the guy you are quoting has sod-all to do withe the NSA or their program.

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Tech support scammers mess with hacker's mother, so he retaliated with ransomware

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"He finished his introduction and I remained silent, dikes and wire nuts in one hand,"

Blimey! Someone sure knows how to have kinky parties!

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Google AdSense abused to distribute Android spyware

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Indeed! /etc/hosts even still exists on android devices

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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Stating the obvious

"Some 288,000 4K Ultra Blu-ray discs were shifted in the first half of this year. The 4K Blu-ray format was only launched last year, and only benefits from a 4K or UltraHD telly."

Stating the obvious? To us, sure, but I still recall my dad telling me that when colour tv broadcasts came to Swansea, his step-dad waited all day for the colour to appear (on the same old B&W TV they'd had for years..

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Baffled Scots cops call in priest to deal with unruly spirits

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Re: Spooky co-incidences!

Those evil poltergeists made you double-post!

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Cheer up!

"More recently, he has suggested that God will “soon admonish humanity in a very powerful manner.” ®"

These people.... They are always so doom-and-gloom!

Cheer up! Fairy stories don't come true!

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HMRC: We've got £1.3bn for digital tax schemes. Tell us how to spend it

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Joke

Hmmmm

Why don't we just come out of the HMRC scheme, then give that £1.3 billion to the NHS?

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Re: Start with the lo-tech first, they can call it OSI Layer 8 to make it sound technical

I've had worse - I was waiting for ages in a queue to a certain mobile phone company.

I decided to not give up and hang up - It was a freephone call, and I had the phone on the desk, in loudspeaker mode, whilst I did other stuff, so it wasn't interrupting me.

Over an hour later, stilll no answer - just the crappy musak periodically interrupted by "please hold the line. All of our operators are busy. Your call will be answered shortly" etc. (There was never any queue position information)

After a while, I realised we were now some time after the office had closed. I called up on another phone to get "Our offices are closed. Please try again tomorrow.".

The original phone was still getting the "Please hold" loop until I hung up an hour later.

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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Re: I did that quicker..

I like your style!

I'm also an ex vax/vms blokey... showing my age now :-(

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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So the more confident you are of your immunity - the more easily manipulated you are.

Utter bollocks. I'm not susceptable to any of these ads.

In fact, that lady on the TV (a new plasma for only $2.50 a week for 50 years from tritehouse) who said she could tell my future told me that, and it *only* cost 99p a minute. A real bargain.

But before you reply, you need to know.... This crazy (crazy as a frog) price will not last indefintely, so call while it's still cheap. Further more, buy one and get one free. (*)

* Terms and conditions apply. The model featured is not necessarily the same as the one we provide. Shares can go up and down in value. Always read the label.

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Scam adverts served by The Register

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Re: Scam adverts served by The Register

Cheers!

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Scam adverts served by The Register

I understand why you need to advertise, and I intentionally don't use any kind of adblock (whilst realising that my contribution alone is irrelevent)

However, yesterday, I was presented on more than one occasion with an advert for a known scam site, which falsely advertises a 'military flashlight' for $50 ish. I'm sure that the site would be illegal under UK law. https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en-GB&oe=utf-8&safe=images&q=g700+scam

Their claims have been universely debunked, and you can even get the more powerful version of this torch on amazon for only 4 quid! https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=g700+led+flashlight

I realise the ad was provided by one of the third-party advertisers you use, but it is still your responsibility.

I'm interested to hear your opinion.

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Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs

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Re: Are you seriously telling me...

"Sadly most of them today don't even seem to care about POSIX and are perfectly fine with Linux morphing into the next windows as long as they can game on their laptop for free."

Totally!

Remember all those years ago when the typical fanboi gripe was that software should be portable, and not tied to one platform?

Basicall, when they cried "software should run on any OS", they actually meant "software should run on Linix"!

I think the rot started to set in when Linux became more popular, starting with ALSA (guess what the "L" stands for, boys and girls!) and ever since then, linuxisms have become more and more prevailent.

I remember one of the 'advantages' of ALSA over OSS was the claim to be able to play multiple audio sources simultaneously, without needing to rely on pulse audio, or ESD etc.

Guess what? Other systems with OSS have been doing that for years. Why didn't they just fix their bloody OSS implementation instead?

I understand a similar thing occured with the devfs / udev change, and I won't even start on systemd!

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Re: I'm wondering

Quote:

"I suppose there's also the question of who is responsible for the content. Content checking, management, hosting, click logging, etc. all takes time and money.

And If you end up unwittingly serving up a nasty trojan-bearing ad the reputational damage is all yours! Using an ad broker at least spreads the blame around a bit."

Only yesterday I was shown a fraudulent advert by this very website:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2016/08/10/Jamie_Jones_Scam_adverts_served_by_The_Register/

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Somethings Wrong at El Reg

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Basically, the GNU/Linux fanboi mindset is that if a site isn't praising GNU/Linux 24/7, and dares to be impartial, then they must be biased.

Funny, I've heard MS fanbois say the same about anti-MS bias.

It reminds me of something some BBC big-wig said in reponse to a question about political bias at the BBC. Paraphrasing:

"In the same week, the right wing have accused us of having a left wing bias, and the left wing have accused us of having a right wing bias. That's when I know our objectivity is fine"

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DNS or Registrar Problems

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It's OK here - now, at least!

15:51 [2] (2) "~" jamie@lapcat% nslookup

> server a.root-servers.net.

Default server: a.root-servers.net.

Address: 2001:503:ba3e::2:30#53

Default server: a.root-servers.net.

Address: 198.41.0.4#53

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> set q=ns

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> theregister.co.uk.

Server: a.root-servers.net.

Address: 2001:503:ba3e::2:30#53

Non-authoritative answer:

*** Can't find theregister.co.uk.: No answer

Authoritative answers can be found from:

uk nameserver = nsa.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = nsb.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = nsc.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = nsd.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = dns1.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = dns2.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = dns3.nic.uk.

uk nameserver = dns4.nic.uk.

nsa.nic.uk internet address = 156.154.100.3

nsb.nic.uk internet address = 156.154.101.3

nsc.nic.uk internet address = 156.154.102.3

nsd.nic.uk internet address = 156.154.103.3

dns1.nic.uk internet address = 213.248.216.1

dns2.nic.uk internet address = 103.49.80.1

dns3.nic.uk internet address = 213.248.220.1

dns4.nic.uk internet address = 43.230.48.1

nsa.nic.uk has AAAA address 2001:502:ad09::3

dns1.nic.uk has AAAA address 2a01:618:400::1

dns2.nic.uk has AAAA address 2401:fd80:400::1

dns3.nic.uk has AAAA address 2a01:618:404::1

dns4.nic.uk has AAAA address 2401:fd80:404::1

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> server nsa.nic.uk.

Default server: nsa.nic.uk.

Address: 2001:502:ad09::3#53

Default server: nsa.nic.uk.

Address: 156.154.100.3#53

> theregister.co.uk.

Server: nsa.nic.uk.

Address: 2001:502:ad09::3#53

Non-authoritative answer:

*** Can't find theregister.co.uk.: No answer

Authoritative answers can be found from:

theregister.co.uk nameserver = gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

theregister.co.uk nameserver = dahlia.ns.cloudflare.com.

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> server gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

Default server: gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 2400:cb00:2049:1::adf5:3ba8#53

Default server: gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 173.245.59.168#53

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> theregister.co.uk.

Server: gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 2400:cb00:2049:1::adf5:3ba8#53

theregister.co.uk nameserver = gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

theregister.co.uk nameserver = dahlia.ns.cloudflare.com.

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> set q=a

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> www.theregister.co.uk.

Server: gerald.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 2400:cb00:2049:1::adf5:3ba8#53

Name: www.theregister.co.uk

Address: 104.20.24.212

Name: www.theregister.co.uk

Address: 104.20.25.212

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> server dahlia.ns.cloudflare.com.

Default server: dahlia.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 2400:cb00:2049:1::adf5:3a59#53

Default server: dahlia.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 173.245.58.89#53

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> www.theregister.co.uk.

Server: dahlia.ns.cloudflare.com.

Address: 2400:cb00:2049:1::adf5:3a59#53

Name: www.theregister.co.uk

Address: 104.20.25.212

Name: www.theregister.co.uk

Address: 104.20.24.212

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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A very long time ago, when I was a student (1989) I was in one of the computer rooms, and someone asked me for help - her screen kept switching off.

It was a super-duper VAX/VMS workstation, with a huge screen, and she was reading some large document in a way that meant she was rarely touching the keys/mouse.

Basically, the screen saver was kicking in.

I walked over and said "ahhhh, the prblem with these machines is that they enjoy messing with you. You have to be stern - shout at them - show them who's boss."

She looked at me as if I was mental, so I turned to the monitor, pointing my finger up close in an agressive way, and shouted "I'm fed up with you playing around like this. If you don't switch back on now, I'm throwing you out of the window. LOOK AT ME. I'm serious." (I'm paraphrasing, I don't remember my exact words!)

At this point, I thumped the desk 'in anger' close by the mouse, causing the mouse to move slightly, which in turn woke up the screen. I turned to her and said 'It won't misbehave again' and calmly walked away!

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Classic Shell hackers: We infected FossHub so ransomware couldn't (and yeah, also for fun)

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Bollox

"We screwed up your PC for your own good"

"I only hit you because I love you"

"It's not you, it's me" ....

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

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Re: Portrayal of computer tech guys in films/tv.

"Enhance" :-)

https://youtu.be/gF_qQYrCcns

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Re: Mr Robot

*shrug* The machine rooms at work were the only places where the temperature was sane, unlike the supposedly air-conditioned offices that were inhabited by 'soft southern Jessies' like you. :-)

Incidently, I always wear shorts - I last wore long trousers about 6 years ago.. I guess it must be the South Wales climate...

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Amazon launches its own plane line. Sort of

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Re: Own airline? Not really news

what was odd about him/her?

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