1361 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007
Re: CA Minors *can* sign contracts
" You can not delete a Facebook account, "deleting" a Facebook account merely hides your profile page."
Wrong. Facebook has both a 'deactivation' option, and a deletion option. Tin-foil-hat conspiracy theories relating to the latter option are irrelevant.
Re: Confirms my view about Microsoft as a cult
"Anon", I'm as anti-MS as the next guy, but if you weren't trolling, seek professional help especially as you seemed to miss the irony talking about cults when you clearly follow the cult-of-GNU (and no I'm not saying all GNU users/developers/proponents behave cultishly, but unfortunately, many do)
Re: Head to head @1Rafayal
" Interesting that you see it that way. I see many posters ( or is it just one or two ACs) proclaiming that Windows is far superior whilst still seeming to need to rabidly attack Linux with the same old tired untruths."
As a unix user and developer for over 20 years, and a FreeBSD user/developer for 15, I actually have to agree with the 1Rafayal.
Yes, you have the windows trolls but the Linux fanbois are far more prevailent.
Even as part of the open source / free software / unix-not-windows culture, I've regularly been severely voted down for making valid points perceived as being negative against Linux.
And surely you can't have failed to see the enormous upvotes posts get for praising Linux - even those offering no actual substance?
Unfortunately the Slashdot-style 'cult-of-gnu' is alive and kicking on the Reg.
Re: "Safety does not sell"
" It worked, really, really well. An automobile design that was so out of touch with US design preferences that it couldn't be sold here was repositioned as 'it's ugly because it's safe' and people ate that shit up"
They had the same campaign here in the UK, and it worked here too - everyone 'knew' that the ugly Volvo box car was safer.
Re: "Harvard Cancer Expert: Steve Jobs Probably Doomed Himself With Alternative Medicine"
" Sadly, the desperate act the most desperate, and grasp out at anything."
My cousin started going to see one, and he and his parents said it was really working. He died a month later, aged 22, after being milked by these bastards for lots of cash.
I may have missed something here, but what the hell has this got to do with New York citizens and US courts?
Maybe we should prosecute Fox News here in the UK because of the lies they broadcast
It's a funny old world
One government department exploits weaknesses, the other punishes them!
Re: A new Apple T&C clause needed?
Maybe they could ask for your first-born too?
Despite what so many think, terms and conditions / EULAs are not allowed to override laws or reasonable expectations.
Even though not a very thorough response I'm surprised apple even replied to the reg at last!
Re: Jamie Jones Subconscious homophobia showing here
"Major fail for insisting that the injustice of banning gay marriage is somehow equivalent to the misery of slavery, the Holocaust, rape or many of the other issues you listed."
Major fail for erroneously insisting that what I wrote bore anything remotely resembling that.
By your logic, I also equate banning gay marriage similar to banning blue smarties.
I assume you are just trolling again, because nobody can be that stupid.
It was pretty clear (by way of *extreme analogies*) that I was saying that ultimately, you won't be happy with someone who does any of the extreme bad things, yet you presumably don't care about their smartie fixation.
So any indifferent views on whether *this* is acceptable basically reveal how little you care about the subject in hand.
Please go and develop a reading comprehension (and whilst you're at it, look up this thing called 'paragraphs')
Subconscious homophobia showing here.
I don't know enough about the situation, or Eich himself, so my comment is going to be directed at the general circumstance as discussed, and not necessarily the person himself.
Many comments are along the lines that his personal opinions are his own, and as long as he's not discriminating against Mozilla staff, it isn't an issue - we should respect others opinions.
OK, extreme analogy time, in which of the following circumstances is the above paragraph an appropriate comment?, if someone donates $1000 to a group that campaigns for: (in no particular order)
-- investigations into government corruption
-- an end to racial/gender discrimination.
-- stopping cruelty to animals
-- banning blue smarties
-- restricted access to firearms
-- sending Piers Morgan to Mars
-- paedophiles rights
-- extermination of Jews
-- rape to be legal
-- all brown eyed women to be killed
-- piercings to be banned
-- banning gay marriage
-- an end to the BBC license fee
I'm sure you would all find some of the above unacceptable.
If you think banning gay marriage is an acceptable view for someone to financially support, then either you agree with the sentiment yourselves, or you'd be happy with someone supporting all the above examples.
Re: Not sure a small Wordpress blog
" And $10 a month for a server ain't bad either."
$10 for a 500mb server?
One of my backup servers is a FreeBSD jail - 5GB for less than $5 a month (from joinvps.com - i've nothing to do with them, just a customer etc. I think they also do the Linux equivalent at the same price)
Another is only $10 a month for a KVM VPS with native ip6 and 5 ip4's ...
I'm currently typing this on a tablet that cost me £33 brand new (that included postage)
In fact, since my desktop went meh, *all* my El Reg posts over the last 6 months have been on either this, or my old mobile phone (a Nokia E63 back-of-the-sock-draw phone given to me by my brother) - I find the laptop a hassle to use on the sofa/bed etc, and now it's mainly used as a server.
The phone and the tablet run terminal emulators, SSH, VNC, and browsers.
With this same tablet, I've written / debugged, / patched, and enhanced various programs - earning a bounty from one, and fixing a problem in a core FreeBSD utility. I'm currently working on another.
"And weevil, If you mean what you say, then it sounds like you don't have the energy, skill, or interest, to make one of these little things sing."
It's funny - those who are snobby and try to prove their 'leetness' by saying kit isn't powerful enough for them are actually proving their lack of ingenuity.
Re: Good software, stupid name
True, I am going back to the early 90's - when open source and free software weren't generally known, and there was still a big 'Nobody gets fired for buying Microsoft' ethos..
(Yes, I know the phrase originally mentioned IBM, but it was used for Microsoft in the 90's)
Re: Good software, stupid name
Yep, I eventually got FreeBSD used in a previous place of employment - ultimately, it's ability spoke for itself - however, in the initial stages, 'suits' weren't impressed with the word 'free' in the title.
And I''m sure we've all heard of religious American nutjobs who are against it because it 'glorifies satan' etc.
Re: We want action @Mad Mike
" What do you base that on? It certainly doesn't follow on from what I said. Buffoon."
Obviously, he wasn't replying to you.
Re: The comments posted here should be on SNL in the US. You Brits ROCK!
" This was the highlight of my day. Thank you England!!!!!"
You Texans keep forgetting Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland!
Re: Logical move...
The problem is, though, that the word 'Microsoft' holds the same negative connotations - actually, I think it's worse, as there is no ambiguity to the word as there can be with 'windows'.
" This is the company who thought that because 'people' liked running a single application full screen on their tablets, that they'd obviously like to be able to do that on their fucking great big (very expensive) desktop monitor..."
Of course, you could do that already. Microsoft brilliance was in making a new version of windows where you had no choice(*) - thus removing the stress associated with making the decision.
And let's face it, who doesn't want a computer costing hundreds with the same functionality as a 30 quid tablet?
(*) Yes, I know the traditional desktop is there, but MS were pushing metro/not-metro (or whatever) as the next big thing.
Re: It's Secure*
Sorry, I was being a pedantic little twit (Hey, it's the internet, I'm allowed!)
Re: It's Secure*
"the MX record offers STARTTLS,"
@Alan: yep, anything@domain is too generic. That's why I use a subdomain for wildcard stuff.
@AndrueC: As above. Also, sendmail blocks 'no such user' at RCPT
I have <anything>@jamie.mydomain.com go to my main mailbox. If anything needs to be blacklisted it can be set to 'no such user' in the sendmail virtaliases file.
A long time ago, I used to use date-expiring email addresses for usenet, of the form YYDDD - even now, I'm still seeing sendmail rejecting spam sent to email addresses last valid in 1997!
Re: this sounds like a deal
" I'm sure. Definitely sarcastic. You posted in vain."
Yup. We definitely need(*) an "An American in the room" icon for such occasions!
/me runs away and hides
(*) Sorry, just a crappy joke about the stereotypes regarding America/British sarcasm! Don't be angry old chaps. There's plenty of cake left in the queens parlour. Toodle pip, cheerio old fella!
The article is dated 15/3/2013 and the images 22/3/2013
Re: @Titus Technophobe
"Another one would be at every intersection recording all cars that went by (maybe stopping them to do so without missing any)."
We have that in the UK already - they are called 'average speed cameras'
If the snooping is any part of the reason.....
.... then uk.gov only has itself to blame.
Like with the NSA, the US and UK governments should be held account for their actions against the people, and of course,the 'bottom line' is the only place they can be touched.
Of course the government loving 'sheeple' like Matt 'the world is full of paedophiles and terrorists' Briant won't agree...
Re: Deal With It!
Re: "it has 15 faces (12 bevels, obverse, reverse, outer edge)"
Who cares how many faces it has? More importantly, how many of these coins does it take to fill Wales/an olympic swimming pool/a pint glass.
"As for the IT guy tracking internet usage, etc. consider that the manager maydelegatedthe task to the IT guy as a security matter."
That's a fair point. I concede it also depends what the job is in the first place.
'anon' neglected to mention he/she works on the counter at McDonalds!
@anon: eeeek! For what it's worth, have a sympathetic upvote.
Re: Blocked URLs
I agree with Tom Walsh. Do IT services monitor how long you aren't at your desk? Does your company monitor all your phone usage too?
Your productivity and internet usage should be the concern of your manager only.
As for the link, when using the mobile, I wish that the actual link was provided, so I could 'click' and the video would then open in a video player, so i can avoid the slow flash crap.
Leave the embedded stuff if you want, but have a href fallback please?
Needs an El Reg comparison unit
We already have the El Reg special size units ™ (6 times the size of Wales etc.)
It's about time we had similar for computer speeds.
What I want to know is 'How many ZX Spectrums is this beast the equivalent of?'
Re: Still is easy to acheive
The dangers of burn-in.... :
Re: Oh come on
Hey, I think it's stupid too, but it doesn't alter the fact that for many, the sky was falling in, and a lot of them read tech sites.
I wouldn't expect it to make BBC News, but the fact many will be in uproar is reason enough to be covered by a daily tech news site
Re: Oh come on
" A 1/2 hour outage for some users isn't a major incident. Mr Hamill is scraping the bottom of the barrel if that's the best he can do."
It is to them , though. That's the point - as typified by the quoted twitter post.
" The default configuration of the tools used to make apps (for both Apple and Android) appear to default to settings that allow access to things on your phone that nobody in their right mind would give permission to."
No they don't - not on Android, at least.
It is true that if an app is built using an old SDK level where a newer permission didn't exist, for compatibility reasons that app will be granted said permission automatically on devices where the permission does exist.
Also, it can be argued that some of the permissions aren't granular enough (For instance, Candy Crush saga requests 'read details of installed apps' so that it can bug you in game to install some of their other games if you haven't already - it would be nice if such a permission could be restricted to apps from the same author, for example)
"Why does any app need permission to dial numbers, scrape or delete contacts, change various parameters etc etc especially stuff like Flappy Birds?"
Generally, excess permissions are a requirement of in-app advert SDK's - I'm sure you can draw your own conclusions on that!
It's also a pain that there is no mechanism for apps to request permissions that are optional, and can be rejected, allowing an app to be run with reduced functionality.
But yeah, many apps do request excessive pernissions - either out of authors ignorance, or more evil reasons!
Re: I remember my email address
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
, though you beat me by a couple of years!
What was the uucp gateway to Janet? I seem to remember using something like ...genvax!tardis.cs.ed.ac.uk!eimaj
Oh, and the domain wasn't the wrong way around.. NOW it's the wrong way around! !
Re: Protocol breakdown by traffic
But he wasn't shouting.....
Re: www = internet
My mum phoned me recently to say her google wasn't working (meaning the internet, and not specifically google). I can't complain though. It was only a few months ago that I finally got her to use a computer.
I remember back in the days of dial-up, (when I was back living with the folks for a while) my dad would assume all his non-networked programs would run really slowly if I was downloading something on my computer at the same time!
Yeah, we can laugh, but computers and the internet have long been a consumer product - but it still doesn't excuse the newspapers from making the mistake. That's just sloppy journalism.
And as we sleep......
.........government ministers are busy discussing what 'green' tax levy to apply to it!
Does that mean that our governments documents are to be stored on American servers?
Re: I find this hard to believe
You choose to use firefox by choice?
There's an endorsement! :-)
Re: What about a GIF squasher too?
Exactly. I've found that many animated gifs can be reduced in size by 'intergif':
Re: Almost certainly a stupid question...
"Indeed. When will we have nuclear powered aircraft and buses, like in that documentary series I used to watch. What was it called again? Ah yes, Tomorrow's World^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Thunderbirds."
Well, "Back to the future II" was set in 2015, so I wanna know......
Where's my bloody hoverboard?
Re: Tired of self professed "security experts"
Firstly, hashes are mainly used to secure the integrity of a file, whether encrypted or not (and this is the point of the article - protecting against maliciously altered files)
Secondly, even if you were talking about only protecting against, say, disk corruption, the extra entropy in sha256 can only help..
Re: YouTube is not about free speech and only video sharing site.
No, it's US law that applies to Google.
I haven't seen the video, but it's not relevant! Everything is offensive to someone!
Pakistan (or anyone else) can make Google comply with their laws within Pakistan - if Google have an operating presence there. If Pakistan wants to try and block Google content there, they can do.
What if some country decided all technology news sites were the spawn of Satan and such hedonistic websites should be banned..... Should El Reg, and many many other sites close down because of it?
As for the Reg abuse button, it's to alert the staff to a really abusive or libel etc. comment. They can remove posts at their discretion (their site; their rules) - If a tea totalling vegetarian had reported the recent article on beer and bacon, do you think their report would have been acted upon?
p.s. I didn't downvote you.
Re: Implementation of IPv6 is a farce..
The main problem with sixxs is one of the guys in charge is on some sort of ego power trip .
Stick with he.net or hexago if you want a free local broker that isn't in danger of being switched off for no reason by someone who behaves more like a basement geek IRC operator than a professional.
One typical example I just googled: http://www.habets.pp.se/sixxs.net-sucks.php
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