1141 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007
Re: To my American friends.....
There have been more stories here on the NSA because most of the leaks have been to do with the NSA directly. I (and I hope the other Brits here) have been critical of their actions as have you guys - but not under an anti-American agenda.
In a strange way, I'm almost pleased this story has come out. - You guys get to call out our spooks and successive governments for a change, and I'm sure most of us Brits would agree.
So, righty-ho good chap! Do carry on, and I'll get the beers in!
Re: Anonymous Cluetard Cue Matt Bryant's forceful explanation on how this is all necessary...
"When he was traced to his hideout in Tikriit he was online using his webcam...."
Just as well he wasn't taking a shower at the time.
I like to take showers, and don't expect GCHQ to use some islamist terrorist as justification to spy on me
Re: Cue Matt Bryant's forceful explanation on how this is all necessary...
John, you are very charitable calling Mattie Boy a troll. I think he actually believes his narcistic crap.
To my American friends.....
.... especially those who think us El Reg Limeys have an anti-America agenda.
Congratulations! We have now taken from you the title of most scummy despicable government spy agency.
This is far worse than storing phone metadata any day.
Re: Surprise!...People need to give themselves a shake and stop using MS products!
Haha, fallen for this particular anon's standard ms troll!
Re: Is El Reg running out of e-ink?
I've always admired El Reg for their web site design (and been vocal about it) but some of the tweaks lately have just been annoying 'eye candy'.
And don't get me started on the story that uses an animated photo of a woman shaking her head as its 'icon'...
Irony \I"ron*y\, n. [L. ironia, Gr. ? dissimulation, fr. ?
This is classed as a 'hate crime'?
You poor oppressed glass-hole.
EDIT: Hud got his/her post in just before mine!
"What I remember from my short-term web development experience is that caching is heavily based on the name of the images and it has caused big pains for many figuring out a guaranteed update of dynamic images. "
That did happen, but shouldn't have. It was due to badly configured (either intentionally or accidentally) or buggered servers/proxies/clients.
Cachable data objects sent as part of the headers, the date the object was last modified. Caches are meant to record this information, and re-request the object basically saying 'if this has changed since date xxx" then send me the new version.
The server replies either with the new version or a message saying "you have the current version".
This could still incur a penalty (imagine forums etc. with loads of piddly little images) - this problem could be fixed by the server sending the 'Expires:" header, which tells the proxy/client that the object will never change until at least the mentioned date.
Of course, too many incorrect headers were sent, or ISP's got greedy, and started ignoring/overriding the information sent, forcing the situation you mention.
"Caching was supposed to be a short term fix in the era of dial up modems.
Network efficiency has sod all to do with endpoint speed. There is absolutely no need to reload the same images for a website again and again, just because you can. Ultimately, doing so reduces overall efficiency, however fast and fat the pipes are.
This is a different issue that that raised in the article though.
"This app is not available in your country"
I thought I'd give it a go, to defame all me mates, but not available in the UK (android version). Can't be arsed to proxy around it.
Ex-girlfriend of yours, Dabbsy?
Re: Not steganography
"I disagree :-) It was in there right from the start, tucked in at the end of a paragraph. I've now moved it into its own line just so that no one misses it."
Oh! Apologies then, I must have missed it.
It's not my fault, though, I'm Welsh and stupid!
Re: Not steganography
Paah, the articles qualification was an edit made after I posted, just to make me look daft!
As for "V2" I agree - I think the mangling will screw things up though - thry'd have to stick to hosting the image file on some hacked server etc.
If this is piggybacking data onto the end of the file, rather than hiding it within the image, then it ain't steganography!
So... bugger all to do wth software piracy after all?
... should be done for misrepresentation
"You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014"
You know those crappy adverts some sites have for articles - and when you ckick, you get a page of links to articles, so have to click again?
Damn, I hate those sites - They also have really misleading sensationalist taglines to attract you to open them. This headline reads so much like one, that I thought El Reg had started using one of these sleezy ad agencies!
"Dear sweet Azathoth on a bike I wish the (largerly British) US bashers would get a grip on the whole Federal/State law thing. It's not like it's a secret or anything. The country went to war over the issue for duck's sake, and it is a rallying cry in every bloody election.
I know this gets mentioned on the BBC because I see the same news that shows domestically. Does no-one actually watch the news anymore in good old England? Have things gone totally to the dogs since I left the place?"
Largerly? most likely! ;-)
Still, ironic how you refer to the whole federal/state thing, and then switch from Britain to England without skipping a beat! and an ex-pat too!
Incidentally, I think you'll find a higher percentage of Americans don't realise Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland have their own law-making powers, than Brits who don't know similar about States.
In fact, a large proportion of them think that Scoterland and Whales are in England.
So they can have guns all over the place, but can't race toy ducks?
"Land of the free" etc.
Try soap and warm water
Re: "This topic is closed for new posts"
Cheers, Diode Sign! ( :-) )
And yes, I was wondering how someone managed to comment on a closed topic... I thought maybe he was one of the illuminati or something :-)
"This topic is closed for new posts"
The article is less than a few hours old!
Re: Petition - Tim Cook's picture
Nahhh, he looks more like my mate Dave!
Failing that, a much closer match to Sean Pertwee: http://img.thesun.co.uk/aidemitlum/archive/00396/sean_pertwee_396894a.jpg
"Martha Lane Fox, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, co-founder of Lastminute.com, said: “The new generic domain names are a big change to the web. .london offers businesses and organisations in the capital a chance to be at the cutting edge of that change and show the world how innovative they can be.”"
Sigh. It's a bloody domain name. How innovative can that be?
Anyway, what with nominet now selling their soul too, london.uk will be with us soon. And we already have london.com, london.org, london.net, london.org.uk, london.co.uk..... How on earth did London survive up until now without this 'innovative' new domain?
Re: If they were serious about punishment
"Call me pathetic all you like but the fact that the first comment on this article was a pathetic dig at Microsoft says a lot more about the commenters on this website than anything else."
Totally agree. I know this is a site full of geeks, but still I was shocked by the lack of real-world-understanding show by these commentards, their upvotes, and your downotes. Not that it's important, but I'm one of the few who upvoted you, and downvoted them.
The replies on this topic are more like those on sickipedia.
I'm sure the parents.......
.... of the 69 teenagers he slaughrered would love their children to be able to play a playstation2.
Die slowly and painfully you sicko freak
Re: A couple of points
"Second, while I am sure that Ms. Mulqueeny knows exactly what she's talking about, I am equally sure that I don't. Could somebody post a translation for American readers?"
... and for us brits too!
Re: "Coding" a website in an hour?
"bugger-flows" was meant to read 'buffer overflows', obviously(!)
Re: Missing title.
"Huh. El. Reg ate my title whilst my comment was sitting waiting for moderator approval. (What triggers that, anyway? Comment length? My other comment on another story appeared right away and I wrote it after this one)."
Certain artcles (like this one) are flagged so that all comments require moderation.
I think in other cases, certain keywords may trigger moderation, also (maybe?) weighted against posters general posting history and reputation, but I'm not sure on this.
Re: Preparation for September
You're asking us? But we're all misogynists and snobs!
Actually, I had a look at the link, and it was lacking in any detail, from what I could see.
"Coding" a website in an hour?
I'm certainly not an elitist snob, and welcome anything that can improve coding skills, but that's justnit : Improving skills.
Ok, so in a short time, someone may be able to knock up a program or website that 'sort of' works, but they'll gave no understanding of how things actually work - it will be more tag-soup html, a return to 'geocities'-type sites, and as for coding: inefficient use of cpu or memory, or stability or security, bugger-flows and hack-vectors abound!
Listen again to that Newsnight clip, and whenever the kiddies or adults say 'coding', substitute in the words 'plumbing', 'building', or 'wiring'.
It basically sounds like encouraging cowboys
Re: 7 days ago "timestamp"
"(even Facebook, when they made similar changes [ 'xxx days ago' ] kept the timestamp for posts less than 48(?) hours old.)"
Ok, i now notice that for recent posts, a more granular timescale is used.
I must have missed that, so apologies...
Still, you aren't getting your ball back and get orrrf my land!
"As I recall, the comment text has just got bigger - but the handle text smaller? Or maybe it's just the handle not going up with comment text size - and it now looking smaller?"
I agree. Well, to me, the comment text seems the same, but as I'm forvever pinch-zooming in/out on all sites on this tablet, I may well have compensated for any change without remembering.
However, the handle-text is definitely smaller - at least as related to the comment text, and as you mentioned in your previous post, this also makes the 'link to post' less obvious, and more fiddly to use.
I fortunately don't have any sight problems, but then am more likely to have things generally smaller than othes might, so as to fit more on the screen at once, and keep the main text to a comfortable reading size, so ultimately, I think the issue is to do with proportions rather than specific size per se. (After all, people can zoom in/out pages, and have all sorts of different size monitors, and indeed, sit all sorts of distances away from the screen! )
Re: 7 days ago "timestamp"
Arrrrrgh. Totally agree.
This is a news site. Stories change by the minute. It was bad enough when the time was removed from articles (there can be a big difference between a breaking-news story posted at 9.30am or at 4.30pm) but now we can't tell when comments are posted either?
And as the Evil Auditor points out, without proper threading, this timestamp was even more necessary.
Sorry to sound negative, but I really can't see any advantage in the change, and many disadvantages (even Facebook, when they made similar changes [ 'xxx days ago' ] kept the timestamp for posts less than 48(?) hours old.)
"My other suggestion would be to have an identifier to the parent comment within a reply comment, perhaps something like "In reply to <username> <subject title> posted <date-time>" in the comment header."
I suggested that on this very same page!
I give up.
Re: CyberStreet = Sesame Street
Sesame Street is well known this side of the pond too!
I think 'aqua' was the first foreign word I learnt! Dunno why that particular word featured so prominently!
People use mobiles and tablets these days too!
Crawls along so slowly on my tablet, it's unusable.
Re: I dislike Apple
"tl;dr Don't slag off someone until you know they deserve it. Then rip them to shreds and stick to facts. Keeps any flame wars short :)"
Pro-tip: Read posts carefully before replying, and also read replies to them before replying yourself!
"I'm guessing you've never even tried one, probably can't affair to e judging by the childish dig at Apple in your post."
Haham typical rabid fanboi. One *hint* of an attack and you lose your heads. Read his post again. He wasn't criticising the iphone, he was critiscising the iphone criticisers, so mouthing off at him is a bit oof an own goal don't cha' think?
LOL Is it called 'copy' ??!
On android, the apk file is stored untouched, and unzipped on run, not just on install. It's basically a .jar file with bits
"You're still using ALSA? How very 2005.
It's PulseAudio these days if you want to go to that low a level and not just drag in OpenAL Soft, SDL::Mixer or some other cross-platform sound library."
Nooooo. Using OSS on not-Linux. channel mixing has been around like, forever. And per-channel mixing has been a few years too.
Pulse audio etc. are sound servers anyway - they still talk to alsa/oss at the lower level!
"I could say Linux kernel only, or XBox only etc, and nobody at all can force me to change my mind.
One of the above has been done several times."
Indeed you are correct. The number of programs that unnecesarily use linux-hooks is staggering.
When a Linux user moans about programs not being portable, generally he/she really means that said program doesn't run on Linux - if a program only runs on Linux, then everyone else 'should be using llinux' anyway.
It's not just with totally differrent operating systems - In Linux, if an implementation doesn't work properly, instead of fixing it, Linux people rewrite a new standard.
OSS -> ALSA anyone? And yku only have to go by the names to see how much Linux folk really care about portability. The 'O' in OSS stands for 'open'; the 'L' in ALSA stands for 'Linux'...
And now the Unix world is facing similar crap with the move to udev/upower etc. when better solutions already exist elsewhere, and of course, the 'software should be portable' vocalists then change their code only to work with these Linuxisms.....
Sigh, the hypocracy of some people in the Linux camp when moaning about Microsoft is probably going to be highlighted by the amount of downvotes with no reasoned comeback this post and others receive if they dare criticise anything-Linux.
Bring it on, fanbois!
Re: You want Europe to lead Kleiner?
"Convince the telcos to offer decent plan prices over data"
You've not been to America then?
I'vs just completed this new 4 week diet....
....All I lost was 28 days
Re: I thought my marching days were over
"Try mentioning Sony, Apple and/or the US justice system in a positive light and see how many downvotes you garer!
While the freetards are legion here, they are IMHO vastly outnumbered by the anti-anycompanythatisuccessfulandintendstomakemoney crowd"
Fair point, and I actually agree with you!
Surprising that a world renowned crypto expert could fall for a phishing attack....
"Upvote this post if you want to end government snooping on our private data"
See? I can do my bit for the cause too!
The cheek of it, posting on here, Roy.
Your name is like MUD around these parts! (*rimshot*) :-)
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