* Posts by Jamie Jones

1753 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

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Well, we're screwed then

The people voted against Scottish independence, yet voted in overwhelmingly the party who has that as it's goal.

The people claim the voting system is pants, but vote against PR (apparently, in a group, if 10 people want to go to the pub, but each choose a different pub, but 2 in the group choose the same coffee shop, all 12 of them will happily spend Saturday night drinking coffee)

The people are jingoistic racist idiots who know more about celebrities than Government policies, and are more likely to vote on Big Brother than parliament, and think our empire is being overrun by scummy foreigners and the country controlled by 'them abroad' who take all our money and spend it on straightening bananas, or something. After all, that's what the tabloids say.

*awaits downvotes*

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It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

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Re: Just Use Linux

" You cannot stop the tide. Linux is the most common operating system in the world. It is only on Desktops that Windows still dominates. I am saying that Microsoft should use Linux as the basis for Windows and if you really do not care what operating system you use then what is your problem?"

Why? If they were really going to go down that route, they'd opt for a BSD system, not the legal GNU minefield.

There is precident. Google "Apple OS X"

HTH

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Re: Here is a thought experiment. Was Just Use Linux

" And then you trip up by the comment about BSD being like Linux. You've got the resemblances in the wrong order. BSD is a Unix variant. Linux is a Unix-like OS -and one that's rapidly becoming less Unix-like in the estimation of many of us."

Agree totally!

Definitely a newbie linux 'fashion' follower than a Unix hacker!

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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

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On a similar note Facebook appear to be giving app developers notice to update to their new API. Developers must make changes to request the old API - and apparently it will only be available for a transition period of 2 months.

Again? I did Facebook devslopment in a previous life... The old API was replaced with FQL, then the transition to iframes and the removal of FBJS.. Then FQL was replaced with graph... Somtime around then, authentication was switched to oauth2 etc...

Never again!

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Israeli firm gets legal on Indian techie over ISP ad injection spat

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The weapons pact threatening IT security research

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The universal problem with governments and managers...

" "This was drafted by someone who doesn't understand security research and the effect of its implementation, not just on researchers but the general public as well: It's ludicrous," Cardozo said.

No surprise there, then.

Like with large companies, and successive UK governments, some arrogant know-it-all makes decisions over something they know nothing about.

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Mad John McAfee: 'Can you live in a society that is more paranoid than I'm supposed to be?'

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Re: Well Duh...

Cute cat!

Post more!

Cheers!

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

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Re: "If he was using it as a watch he would have glanced at it to get the time"

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"Handsfree is just as distracting and dangerous,as studies have shown."

More distracting than talking with a passenger?"

Yes. There is a situation-disconnect when the other person isn't in the vehicle also. They give no feedback to your speed, the other traffic, the lane you just crossed into...

To look at it another way, do you think that it's more distracting to use a mobile phone than it is to talk to a passenger whilst holding your ear?

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Re: Driving? PAY ATTENTION TO DRIVING!!!

" 5 people who don't understand the law? Colour me surprised."

As the original poster you replied to, I actually upvoted you for your clarification.

I guess I don't know how to use the internet properly, as apparently I should have downvoted you, and questioned your mothers morals, for daring to make a reply that wasn't in 100% agreement!

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Re: Driving? PAY ATTENTION TO DRIVING!!!

" I favor enforcement of a general "distracted driving" statute."

We have one in the UK: Driving without due care and attention

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Facebook flings PGP-encrypted email at world+dog. Don't lose your private key

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Re: At last! A way to delete a Facebook account (in effect)

Or simply use the "delete facebook account" function, which despite the rants of the tin-foilies, has existed alongside the "disable facebook" function for years?

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Infusion pump is hackable … but rumours of death are exaggerated

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Huh?

" If you're getting sick of being stuck in the infusion chair on (say) Level 5 of the Sydney Infusion Centre, or bored witless with the view from Level 9, you'll walk down the long corridor, get into the lift, go down to the ground floor, and sit on a little garden bench, happily out of reach of the pump's home WiFi access point.

Nobody's going to make always-on connectivity a dependency of pump operation."

Whilst I agree with the general sentiments of the article, and the comments, I don't understand the safety implied by the above paragraphs.

How does no 'always on' requirement. keep it safe from access when it is 'on'?

And isn't any potential abuse going to be by some psycho being a 'l33t h4x0r' with nmap, and not targeted at a specific individual?

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WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

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Re: This is so exciting

Finally software writers will have an exuse for bit rot...

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German watchdog rips off Facebook's thumbs after online fracas

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Re: Good, but not quite right

You mean just like one of the websites does, as mentioned in the article?

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

Say what you like about Stallman, but with GNU he's probably to be credited with the most successful acceptance of communism by the American public.

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

"BSD-type licenses do *not* require the publication of source code when distributing binaries. Also, BSD-type license do *not* restrict the license type to Free Only - meaning publication of source code when distributing binaries - when creating a "derived work"."

I hope you are pedantically arguing over the definition assigned to 'FOSS' and not trying to imply that a more restrictive license is more free.

If someone is not restricted in making a binary closed source, the license is more free (as you say, as in freedom, not cost)

Freedom is defined as what control the receiver of a product has. I've often seen GNU fans perversely try to argue that more control the *provider* of a product has makes more free, when it is exactly the opposite.

Cue the required car analogy:

I produce a car that I call more free (as in freedom) because one rule to ownership is that you must pick up any hitchhikers you see, thus promoting a free and fair ability to travel the land.

It's obvious to the buyer that this is a restriction, making their car less free (to them) than any normal one

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Boffins silently track train commuters without tripping Android checks

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As I understand it, it's not about trying to work out your speed or direction of travel directly.

I think they gather typical acceleration /deceleration characteristics associated with transport routes where this data is typcally relatively constant (A Japanese train route, or even the above mentioned rollercoaster)

Of course, at a start of a journey, the tracked results will not provide an accurate result until a certain length of the route has been covered.

So, the rollercoaster could easily be tracked too; the UK unreliable rail network no so much!

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Re: it's clear what the boffins intentions were

Either that, or they are hoping for funding by following Western tradition, and hinting about damn terrorists.

I'm surprised the pæcophile angle hasn't been mentioned too.

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

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Re: Personal Computer

Errrr, it was actually Apple who created the "PC == Windows" falicy.

Remember the "I'm a Mac. I'm a PC" campaign?

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Apple patches FREAK-ed out Watch

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Virus free!

Apparently, there are watches out there that cost around a tenner, that are guaranteed to never get viruses. They can also accurately tell the time, and last over a year without needing charging.

As if! Sounds like vapourware to me.

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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Re: re: reply to the highest appearing post with a complete non-sequitur..

"BRICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The post the AC was quoting mentioned three of those five. It's not a non sequitur."

The "post" AC was quoting was the article itself and was not mentioned at all in the post being replied to.

H4rm0ny was correct.

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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Re: Be afraid, world. Be very afraid

At least Jeb isn't one of the Republican presidential candidates who thinks Obama is planning on invading Texas (at least, I don't think so)...

https://youtu.be/UtKNiL-oM40

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Re: Crown jewel

My gran recently left an NHS hospital after a fall. She was in a few days mainly for observation just to be sure she was OK.

She celebrated her 99th birthday last month... I thank religion.. Must be something to do with her utter rejection of religion that no gods want her :-)

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Heartbleed, eat your heart out: VENOM vuln poisons countless VMs

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Re: KVM has a less than 1% market share

"KVM has a less than 1% market share for virtualisation. (Vmware has 46.4% and Hyper-V has 30.6%)"

Fair enough, but then they are used 46.4 X everywhere, and 30.6 X everywhere !

But more seriously, it's offered "All over the place" and not mainly tied to workstations as the OP states!

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Um, KVM is used just about everywhere!

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Re: Total waste of time

"With downloading and streaming of media, CDs, DVDs and Blue-rays are all dead.

Why bother?Got a 100mb fibre connection. Haven't used a CD/DVD/Blue-ray in at least a year."

I have a car. Public transport is dead.

I have perfect vision. What's the point in glasses?

I left school ages ago, so why the hell do we need schools?

Swimming lessons? Why? I can bloody swim!

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Hypervisor indecisive? Today's contenders from yesterday's Hipsters

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coming full circle...

"With the rise of the container as a method of virtualisation I’m reminded of Big Blue’s LPAR system and how logical partitions kick-started the technologies we have come to rely on, and can’t help but think we are coming full circle. ®"

Just as with thin versus fat clients; cloud versus local storage, software purchase versus rental, and gui versus command shell.

I can't help but think that changes are pushed by suits and salesmen. When people get fed upwith the failings, things slowly migrate to how they were before, until all is forgotten and someone pushes the new shiny-shiny all over again.

The mainframe people saw it with the moves to unix; Us unix people saw it with the (attempted) move to windows.

As the saying goes, those who forget history..

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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OMG DUDE!!!!1

"despite sending him more than 100 text messages suggesting that he should do so."

Srsly dude cum ot, we wnt dnuts n tcos LOL

TV?? k c ya! Pmsl

M8, cmon, soz but big rbot gtz u!1111

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Microsoft springs for new undersea cables to link US, UK, Asia

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" Speaking of the Bill / Halo icon, how are you doing that? Its not in the list of usable icons..."

The validation form simply checks that a 'chosen' image exists, so if you manually manipulate the form, it will be <accepted even if the image name is one of the old ones rather than the listed current ones!

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Amstrad founder Lord Sugar quits 'anti-enterprise' Labour party

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Re: Ha....

Ahhhh, but what's the ratio?

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What to do when the users are watching Nazi dwarf smut at work?

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When the internet "was new"....

... as far as the company I worked for was concerned anyway, I ended up unofficially-officially running the sites web proxy.

Chatting with the boss from another unit, he was interested in the setup, logging, infrastructure etc.

Rather than explain, I invited him into my office to show him.

Whilst showing him the format of the access log, I told him that whilst I didn't actively monitor them, invariably if I was tweaking/debugging, something dodgy would soon pop up.

[ I'd ignore it. Not my problem. If corporate got wind of it, and wanted to cross-reference my proxy logs with the national proxy logs, so be it, but if not, (and they never did - the whole threat of all accesses being monitored was a bluff), it's up to the persons manager to pick up if the employee is unproductive. ]

Right on cue, some softcore links popped up. "See? Told you!" I beamed. "Who is it?" he replied. I recognised the IP range as being his teams, and on looking up the specific IP, had to reply "err, it's you"!

Apparently an employee of his from another site was on site, using the bosses computer to view porn whilst he was away from his desk! I don't think it went any further than a "quiet word"!

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Re: Must be pretty common...

"Remember when memory sticks were that small and expensive? I bought my first 128MB stick when the price broke through the £1/MB barrier, now it's what, maybe 30p/GB?!"

Kids today!

I remember paying about £300 for a 64MB MMC for my Nokia 9110!

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Tough admin forces hacker to STRIP to PANTS, LEAP to his DEATH

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Re: Slow "news" day?

I want the old normal back!

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Slow "news" day?

(body)

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Re: @Jamie Jones - If you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear.

Graham, yes, ok, fair point. That was a dumb bit to add on the end

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Re: If you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear.

"Seems like that was a 'whoosh' for 13 people, at the current count.

Finally!

I was beginning to think that I was the only one to notice the sarcasm (Which was obvious because of the over specific scenario he said "wasn't happening")

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: The last thing I want to see

Agree entirely on both points!

But then, I'm also in my 40s and can read...

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Re: Oh come on

I've personally located bugs, fixed them, and had the fixes merged upstream in 3 seperate open-source projects, (FreeBSD/pkg/Tcsh) all done on my 30 quid android tablet whilst convalescing in bed!

"Power users" don't demand high spec - they make what they've got work for them :-p

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Re: The art of travel....

"I've very recently begun a return to basic photojournalism. The telephoto lens is not optional."

Ah..... Papa.. paparazzi!

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Re: This video is not available in your country

Were you forced to walk 500 miles?

Were you advised to walk 500 more?

If so, our expert lawyers can help. Call the Pro Claimers now!

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NetSuite's leap over to Azure cloud - a shot to the pills for AWS?

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Agreed.

I think that as the site-design complaints dry up, someone in the El Reg. troll department wanted to stir things up again!

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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Forgotten 9/11, or simply fed up?

""It's pretty clear that 9/11 could have been prevented if we had known about some of the communications that were linked to those who committed the terrible atrocity of 9/11," he said. "People seem to have forgotten 9/11." ®"

No, people haven't forgotten 9/11 - they are just sick of you and others dancing on the victims graves by trying to spin it to your advantage.

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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Re: lot of it about

I remember ages ago, one head BBC honcho saying "you can tell when we have the political balance right, when BOTH sides accuse us of bias"

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Crowdfunded ZX Spectrum revival just days from shipment

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"It was at address 1331 in the rom. RANDOMIZE USR 1331 would activate it.

You could run it on every Spectrum in Smiths to make it look like it was loading and come back later to find out how big the queues were getting."

Haha yeah, "Program: Manic Miner" was the one that got the most interest.

I always used USR 1310, but looking at the code now, neither start at a sensible point in the code.

"Yes, for some reason the routine never ended, which is odd. I'll have to disassemble it and have a look sometime..."

Yeah... Not sure without looking why it never maxed out at 65536, but here's the disassembly, complete with notes!

http://www.wearmouth.demon.co.uk/zx82.htm

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IETF updates TLS/SSL best practice guidance

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Re: The biggest issue with best practice guides

"Someone should tell the manufacturer: WEP == Blatant false advertising."

No, that would be BFA...

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[ Nice link, cheers! ]

Don't get me wrong, I agree with you entirely. There is a bit of an 'ivory tower' vibe about this RFC, whilst back in the real world, we have to deal with all the shit that is currently out there!

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The RFC actually says:

No SSLv2

No SSLv3

No TLSv1.0 (Except when nothing higher is available)

No TLSv1.1 (Except when nothing higher is available)

Yes TLSv1.2

To my puny brain, those caveats basically say that TLSv1.0 and TLSv1.1 are still to be available (as an attacker wanting to use them would surely simply not announce support for higher...)

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Re: It isn't supposed to make sense

Ahhhh, who from Wales could forget school lessons about Dinorwig Pumped Storage Power Station

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Low price, big power: Virtual Private Server picks for power nerds

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Re: Watch out for non standard options in VM kernels

"<I. and I was referring exactly to files opened within a VPS, of which there is a finite number of them, and if that number is made smaller allows you to run each VPS with less kernel memory</I>"

Right... So what's stopping you raising it again, or did it come without root access?

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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

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Re: SystemD - A Necessary Evil

We absolutely require the ability to mechanically generate scripts based on a given configuration and know that the system will take that form always, not 'sometimes'.

See FreeBSD/OpenBSD/NetBSD.

The way forward for large system configuration is to use small domain-specific languages to configure and assemble systems.

No it isn't.

Shell scripts will never get us there

They already have.

Seriously, you are talking as if Unix is some new toy not ready for primetime without systemd!

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