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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

Kiwi
FAIL

You're kidding, right?

The weird thing is that I have occasionally accepted short-term loans of BMWs from wealthier colleagues over the years and I can personally attest to the high quality of the vehicles.

Seriously, are you high or something Alister?

A friend of mine purchased one of these to make up for a lack in 2 areas of his anatomy (one, obviously, is the brain). I've had the mis-fortune of helping maintain it since.

The materials quality is shit, to put it extremely nicely. How many other models of car have a metal bracket in the drivers door handle break as a result of normal use? Every few years?

Broken Money Waster, Barely Manages to Work, Broke My Wallet (my friend's own one), and all the other nasties about the lack of quality in construction and materials in BMW's are well-earned, and tend to be exceedingly polite. Having worked on one, I would never own one. Any other "friend" who wants one knows not to bother talking to me again if they ever make the purchase.

That said, I did see a very nice looking 2010 BMW the other day. It was a crumpled pile in the local wrecker's yard. About to get the ultimate face-lift for any car, a car crusher!

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

Kiwi

Re: Had a boss like this at G.U.S. (Kay&Co) back in 1992

BTW, he had a degree in Electrical Engineering, but managed to wire his desk lamp with the earth and neutral swapped.

I know a few people in that same boat. "Degree" != "Knows how to do it".

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Kiwi
Happy

Re: Okay... @ Richard 12

simply engineer to ensure it cannot occur.

Yes, that always works out so well :)

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Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

Kiwi

Re: Sni limitations.

Yes, but SNI is supported on IE7+ for all versions of windows later than XP (and in case you missed the news, Microsoft has discontinued support for XP).

MS has discontinued support. Yet XP use still outweighs Fista and H8 (and H8.1) combined. Somewhere about 20% (or one in 5) of all desktop installs IIRC.

Dropping out 20% of your audience is something few companies could afford to do.

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Kiwi

Re: Be nice if you could get multipart certificates

> Do you trust that these guys aren't feeding the keys to the feds?

You mean your cert's private key? That should never be known to them in the first place. A CA only needs your CSR to sign the certificate.

The problem here is, this software does it all for you with one command, from generating the private key on (at least as far as it appears in their text). And if it has enough access to your system to configure your web browser for you, it sure as hell has enough access to siphon off your privates.

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@ crackerjacks12345

Nobody needs to touch your server for this.

From the article and the linked pitch (https://www.letsencrypt.org/howitworks/), "enabling HTTPS for your site will be as easy as installing a small piece of certificate management software on the server:"

Their software manages all sorts of stuff - the certificates (providing them, replacing them when they're due to expire, configuring your system to handle them...)

From their site :

The Let’s Encrypt management software will:

Automatically prove to the Let’s Encrypt CA that you control the website

Obtain a browser-trusted certificate and set it up on your web server

Keep track of when your certificate is going to expire, and automatically renew it

Help you revoke the certificate if that ever becomes necessary.

On your computer/server you generate a Private RSA key. Then you generate a certificate signing request for the Private key. You send the CSR to the certificate authority you are using. Then they verify the information in the CSR like your domain name and that your authorized to issue it. Then they digitally sign your Public certificate with their Private certificate and send you the signed Public certificate.

And your earlier line of For most keys they just send a verification email to the registered owner of the domain name to verify you.

From them : No validation emails, no complicated configuration editing,

This is a program that will supposedly manage the lot for you. You install the program and run the command "lets-encrypt example.com" (again, from their site) and it's done. It does the key management and generation, it does the server config, manages getting the key signed.. It does it all.

For someone who wants to get a "proper" cert but lacks the funds, very tempting. But I sadly see "USA" and a couple of other parties I tend to flag as "untrusted" involved, so doubt I'd be willing to risk them.

Oh, can someone tell me how to get some preceeding whitespace/tabs in front of lines in Reg comments? I've tried various tricks without luck.

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

Kiwi
IT Angle

Re: Hmm.

And, to be blunt, IT is a really bloody boring hobby.

I've been an IT hobbyist since childhood, and subsequently an "IT professional", and I actually find it very interesting!

I used to be a hobbiest. Then I became a pro. Now I wish I'd never heard of computers.

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Re: Err? @ Asylum Sam

Yea but tracert is pants, , ,give this a try in ffox (click the ''test the location service by clicking here'' link) and see if you're still located near virgins HQ

http://samy.pl/mapxss/

Well... Interestingly close... Only a few streets away.

Oh, and I used the company IP, with the company address plastered all over the web server (the web server is located within the company's building).

Close enough that I might know someone in the area (I don't), but far enough away I probably wouldn't even hear of an armed offenders callout in the area.

No where near close enough to worry about.

Found this site I think through an El Reg comment some weeks back. Have looked closely at cameras in my area, identified and notified those I can, some have taken notice some haven't. Many I don't have a clue where they are, even where I can see some of the surrounding countryside.

It is a risk, but it is not as great a risk for some as some would have you believe.

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Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

Kiwi

Re: MS, please help me understand

Besides, no 3/6/9/15 or whatever reboots required, except for a select few packages - certainly NOT for userland stuff, and never for browser, productivity suites, calculator, clock.exe

Actually, it's never more than one reboot IME (several distros over the years), and no 40+minute shutdown followed by a 40+minute start to do them.

WTF is up with 7 atm? We've had a number of customers complaining about massively long shut down and restart times while updates are done, day after day after day (have seen one 7 machine that has done over 100 updates (many "important") in the 24hrs it's been here - and the customer has automatic updates fully on!). While I'm in mini-rant mode.. Why the hell do updates stop to wait for further confirmation that you want to continue, like stopping part way with a "Do you really want to update this program" when I already selected the update?

Bout time MS learned something about usability of computers. Still, their updates are helping win people over the the Blessed Light Side :)

Love the Linux world. Updates all done in the background. At most one reboot, only if critical core stuff udpated. No slow shutdown or startup.

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Linux

Re: MS, please help me understand

why not have a good look around the codebase in GNU or even just the Kernel and report back here all the bugs that you find

And while you're at it, do the same for the Windows code base..

Oh.. Wait...

(I agree, there's likely many more of these bugs to be found as humans invent ingenious ways of doing things no one else though would be tried, but at least with OSS you can look around!)

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

Kiwi
Linux

Re: Legal Guns

Er. How exactly would the silencer slow the bullet down?

I perhaps should've clarified... Having a silencer on a gun with a supersonic bullet kinda defeats the purpose of having the silencer.

It is my understanding (again, largely through reading some Lee Childs stuff during a time of weirdness I won't go into :) ) that sniper rifles are designed so that the bullets travel at sub-sonic speeds simply to prevent any sonic boom.

I could entirely be wrong, but it does seem to pass the basic logic test :) )

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Kiwi

Re: Legal Guns

The thing is... If a silencer allowed the bullet to travel at super-sonic speeds, thus giving a sonic-boom, I think it would kinda defeat the purpose wouldn't it?

For transparency - I am not a gun owner, but someone with a fairly small amount of interest in them. And I've read (here goes my credibility!) some Lee Child's stuff so basing much of what I write here on that (IIRC). Yes it is fiction, but I believe what he writes about firearms is based on fact even if the characters doing the shooting are based on fantasy.

(Anyway, most members of the public have been bleaten by the general media into equating "high powered rifle" with a mere .22!)

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Kiwi

Re: Oh, we have a full on, media driven, breakdown in the rule of law @lotus49

There are no and should be no "gun rights". What sort of a society is it that puts owning deadly weapons on a par with the right to liberty, free speech or a fair trial?

I don't own a gun.

I own a car, several motorbikes, dozens of knives. I have in my possession baseball bats (I don't play), golf clubs (again I don't play). I have readily available to me anywhere at any time a number of deadly weapons ranging from vehicles to stabbing weapons to blunt objects. Statistically, I believe you will find that any one of these on their own kill more people than all guns.

I have some skills with computers and with the English language. I also speak miniscule amounts of a few other languages. I could use these skills to drive someone to suicide if press reports are to be believed. Same with my phones, my most used one of which is an ancient Motorolla V3 Razr (even just mentioning it has probably caused more deaths than all the worlds guns combined!)

All of these things can be used as deadly weapons. And all can be used in the fight to maintain our freedoms - a fight which it seems is getting closer to requiring blood (see some US "founding father" speech re "Tree of Liberty" or somesuch) with each passing day.

Do we need guns? I hope not. But I'd feel a lot happier about the NZ government if we had a much more armed population. Governments should fear their citizens, not the other way round.

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Kiwi

Re: Biting the hand that feeds what?

*sigh* why do I even bother engaging with this sort of thing...

See my rantpost to Hogg.

But.. Thanks for your article.

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Kiwi
Stop

Re: Biting the hand that feeds what? @Hogg

Not a gun owner, not likely to be. Did some hunting back in my youth - more than 25 years ago. Have shot since 3 but no real firearms for a long time.

As the name suggest, I live in New Zealand, not the UK or the Useless Shithole.

This story has zero to do with IT and I can't imagine that anyone outside of the gun lobby care

What makes you think you can presume to speak for me? I care. I am quite thankful to El Reg (and Gaz :) ) for the article.

I see an alarming trend away from "rule or law" and general civil rights all around the world, not just in the UK but here as well. Those things my granfathers fought for? Those things they suffered horrendous conditions for, watched mates and loved ones die to protect? My grandfathers fought against this sort of stuff that's going on. Not just the various gun laws (how many actual crimes would this prevent? (I don't mean the "crime" of leaving a partly disassembled gun in bits on a table while you answered an urgent call of nature, with ammo and firing pin or other important bits locked up) but actual real crimes. Most likely 0. "Human rights abuses"? Lots. Cops screwing up from being dumbfucks? Lots. Innocent law abiding citizens abused and hurt? Lots. Real crimes prevented or solved? Not one)

We're seeing labour laws destroyed (in NZ lunch breaks etc are about to be removed by the government, so if an employer wants to they can make someone work a 14hr shift without breaks - it is of course "by agreement" but in such a depressed labour market as this, try telling your boss you don't want to perform required dutiesdon't want to skip lunch and keeping your job afterwards), basic civil rights removed (in many "western" countries you can now be locked up indefinitely without charge or access to legal counsel on a whim by the local copsunder suspicion of terrorism), all sorts of extra "spying" powers and equipment.

It's something you should be thanking Gaz and El Reg for bringing to your attention, and taking some sort of a stand to stem the flow. The world is quickly heading towards those very things that our ancestors fought to prevent, and only a few seem interested in stopping it this time round. "This is how democracy dies - with thunderous applause" or words to that effect.

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

Kiwi

Re: An optimist?

Late to the party again... I know...

So I suspect it'd take something quite a bit more serious than the 1918 pandemic to actually "collapse" civilization.

One thing that strikes me that has happened over the last decade or few.. In 1918 most people would've produced at least some of their own food - most homes would have a garden of some sort out the back. Some had a decent supply of various fruit trees. Sure you'd be hard-pressed to feed a family for a long time from any normal back yard garden, but at least there was something there. Today? Who has time for a garden today? I'm feeling tired just thinking about digging a big enough hole to plant a single seed, let alone rows and rows and rows.. Besides, the supermarket down the road has everything in one convenient location!

These days, so few people can grow their own food (or fix their own vehicles or...) that any significant % of the food producing population (especially among transport workers!) being taken out then we could have some major "shortages" very quickly. Knock out people who can fix stuff, and you have even more problems. "Self-sufficiency" is a largely dead art.

Take care...

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Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

Kiwi

Re: IE

And save the rest of us time, effort, and money!

Not really.

I make my living from cleaning up these messes. If MS got their act together, I'd be out of a job!

Glad they're doing this just before Christmas. Hate the slump in work we get this time of year.. Hey MS, do us a favour and have an even bigger round next month, please? I could use another pile of broken Windows boxes to get me a Chrissy Bonus!

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

Kiwi

Re: Lunacy @JDX

Seems to me one problem is simply the mic won't hear you unless you're in the right room.

I had an IRiver for a great many years (actually, it's charging system finally died last week, brought it back in '06 or '07 and damn near daily use, only one battery replaced), and it had the ability to record sounds. Microphone was behind a few pinholes in the case and can't've been much larger than a pinhead.

It could quite clearly record voices from a couple of rooms away even with doors closed. Too quiet for the human ear but this thing was able to pick them up enough for you to follow the conversation.

Something with some real money into the development, and I'm sure it'll get creepy sensitivity. And if your phones etc are hooked into it via bluetooth, then (although BT's range is rather small) that gives it more potential mics.

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US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'

Kiwi

Re: Oh yes...

...hopefully a judge orders that they cannot start a similar business in the future.

That always works so well with burglars, drug dealers etc etc etc.... :)

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

Kiwi

Re: Expensive advice

nothing should ever start full screen on a desktop

It should be optional. If I want a program (say browser or picture viewer or whatever) to open full screen then that's how it should open. If I want it to open 1 pixel wide, that should also be my option. Just remembering how it was last time would be a start.

Some people will like everything opening in full screen, or somethings, or nothing. Give us the option (there's that horrible "give users options" thing again!)

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Kiwi

Re: Actually mixed search results ARE THE IDEAL WAY to get an all-powerful search feature...

How is having all this stuff in one place going to be helpful? So when I want to search for a specific email, I have to wade through a ton of irrelevant search results (gauranteed to be rubbish if Bing is the default, but sadly the same can be said for google these days!), irrelevant reults from programs and documents and whatever else winds up in there.

If I want to search for an email, I'll use my email program. I'm intelligent enough to figure out where my emails are most likely to be found. And if I want to find a program or document, I'll search on the file system. Web results? Well I use a web search engine for that.

Me smart. Me got brain. Me know what me want look for. Me no need be treated like dumbfuck by MS. Or any other OS provider for that matter.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Holmes

Re: With the aforementioned AdBlock...

With the aforementioned AdBlock......there's no revenue for the site and it'll end up titsup

Adblock allows basic static ads, just for that reason.

I've stated it here a few times now. If it wasn't for constanttly looping and quite distracting animated ads, I never would've discovered Adblock. If they would play once and stop, I would let them through. But they don't, so I don't.

[I'd love to give more support to El Reg's advertising dept but, sorry people, the ads you play were quite annoying last time I looked. Maybe I'll try again in a few months time (or if someone tells me that you've fixed them :) ) - but that damned "dancing Jesus" gif you had on recently was almost enough for me to block all images from El Reg and certainly I am weary of trying again anytime soon!]

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

Kiwi

Re: Doing it wrong

And Windows doesn't get MULTI-DECADE OLD ZERODAY EXPLOITS

You mean like...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/20/oi_rip_van_winkle_patch_already/

Or this one from 1993 which affected everything up to and including Win7 (despite how we're told they're complete re-writes!). That's almost longer than I've been using PC's!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/19/microsoft_escalation_bug/

Damned truth.. Always ruining things..

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Kiwi
Linux

Re: How to get wide Windows 10 adoption

Another little issue around that too.. Win XP-7 the "Files and Settings Transer"/"Easy Transfer Wizard" program gave you the option of "This is my Old PC" and "This is my new PC". H8 only gives "New PC".

Er, what if I want to transfer to a new machine, or am about to do a re-install, or....? There's no way to go from 8-8 using FAST/ETW, unlike on XP-7.

Come on MS. Want to keep customers? Make their lives easier, NOT harder! The more sucky you make your OS, the more people are going to leave..

Er, on second thought.. Come on MS, make Win10 even worse than h8!

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Kiwi

Re: Next up, Jony Ives?

but faulty internal SATA cables are a surprisingly frequent problem with some non-Retina models.

I have seen this in some slighlty older models. Weird because the cables are screwed and taped into place, very unlikely to move.

They can do some weird things when they start to fail.

I have been told (but have yet to test!) that you can wrap the SATA cable in tin foil where it passes under the drive, and that can bring them back to life (whether by sheilding from some form of interference or just moving things enough to make a broken connection work I don't know - or even whether it is reality or something else I don't know!)

HTH someone.

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Joke

Re: Windows 10 is fugly

One of the most requested features by the W10 test community is Aero.

Given how MS reportedly handled user requests for the ability to choose to have a start menu in the Win 8 previews, I'd suggest a slightly different tactic - demand that they don't ever consider putting Aero back in.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

Kiwi
Linux

Re: never forget though @Asylum Sam

That appliance can't be as cheap as it is now if you can't produce it by the millions, and you definitely can't produce it by the millions if you only get the occasional sale of replacing a terminally busted unit.

How often do you replace the oven in your home?

There are new homes, new families - new sales. There are few replacement ovens sold due to replacing a dead one or just for an upgrade. I often go into 20-30 year old homes and see that they have have the same unit that went in when the house was built. I even see places with re-done kitchens and the same old oven that went in a couple of decades back.

Same for water heaters, window glass, the buildings themselves.. There's little repair work and even less outright replacement done (even speaking as someone in NZ), and yet the related trades survive and thrive (depending on your definition of "thrive"). Things intended as "one off" purchases can be done, and your company can do well.

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Kiwi

Re: never forget though

Is it only me who has noticed that compact florescence bulbs last longer than incandescent and that LEDs last longer still; That TV repair men went out of business because TVs don't break down much. That my 12 year old car is not a patchwork of rust and is still on its first exhaust.

I have a 40year old bike that needs a new piston - due to my screw up, and more parts than I have $ for right now because a "secure storage" turned out to be "very very wet and corrosive storage". I can do ALL the mechanical and electrical work on it. (The frame and other parts only need minor work, but things like the front forks and once really gorgeous chrome bits need re-doing). My 28yr old classic bike. OTOH, is a nightmare of electronic parts which are a pain to find replacements for, and which I am learning a fair bit about how to repair :)

I work in computer repair and one thing is obvious - the ONLY thing of real value on a machine is the data. Photos, documents, and so on. A replacement (and newer/better machine) can often be had for around $500NZ - there's not a lot of hours or parts needed to get up to that price.

A new and often bigger/better TV can be purchased starting around $250, 32" semi-smart full HD. Do a couple of hours diagnoses and repair, and a few parts, you're well above the cost of replacement. Don't forget that with surface mount components, much more skill and equipment is needed. I worked in the TV/Video etc repair trade in the early 90's and a couple of screw drivers, basic multimeter, $30 soldering iron was enough tools for most repairs. And TV's cost a fair bit more compared to today (unless you're looking at some $20K one that in 2-3 years will be less capable than a $1k model). It was worth spending a bit on it to keep it going, and even 20yr+ old TV's were quite repairable and worth repairing.

(Yes, we've had a lot of "new" features since then, like.. er.. Well, can't really think of anything that really would justify a new TV)

I'm surprised my current TV has lasted for 7 years.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Kiwi

Re: Cruise control

On a side note, will someone at el-reg please disable that 'Dancing Jesus' animation, it's driving me crackers!

I'm a great fan of the Real Jesus (tm), and was thanking Him profusely for AdBlock (right-click annoying animation, AdBlock -> Block image...) when I was able to consign it permanently to /dev/nul on my system :)

Things like that are the reason AdBlock is around. It's quite jarring when I work on a machine without AB and see a page loaded with ads..

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Thumb Up

Re: DWB

I'm a home mechanic, and have been for the past 20 years. I know my limits well enough, and am prepared to spend any amount of time to get the job done right.

Much the same. Classic bikes are my favourites, and I seem to fall in love for bikes that have very hard-to-find parts.

But I was lucky. A chance meeting in a library more than 20yrs ago led to a 20yr friendship with a guy who could literally add "Rocket Scientist" to his list of skills (which I found out after he sadly passed a couple of years back) but was simply an awesome engineer. So, thanks to him, I learned hugely valuable (and all-but-dead) skills in making tools and parts. I pride myself on being able to fabricate parts and tools as needed (assuming I have the necessary tools and materials stock available).

I've had some truly awful workmanship from apparently trained professionals - the kind of standard that makes graduate code look good!

I had to laugh a bit at a friend's mis-fortunes recently.A few months back he had a part of his steering mechanism replaced by a professional, picking his car up well after the professional firm closed for the night. One hair-raising drive home and he was at my door asking me to re-work it. Steering wheel was only some 70-odd degrees out of alignment.

Last week he had his front brake pads replaced by a "specialist". They now owe him a considerable amount of $$$$ for car repairs because said "specialist" forgot to tighten up the calipers. made quite a mess when he started to brake from motorway speeds, and the calipers came undone. This guy is my best friend and I love him to bits. I would've made absolutely certain that the car was put back together properly. Don't give a damn about the car, I'm a motorcyclist through-and-through and have a passionate dislike of cages - but my friend likes his car, and that's more valuable to me than my desire to see all cars melted down (preferably by firing them (and many of their owners) into the sun!).

You hit it right on the head with :

My incentives to keep it safely are a little higher than my local garage.

Mine are different, but as valuable. If I have a passenger on my bike then they're someone I value far more than the hunk of steel under us (much as I love the bike). If I work on a car, it's because the person is someone I am willing to give that amount of time and sweat to.

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

Kiwi
Joke

RE Crappy sound @ TheOtherHobbes

>What does a cone made iridium plated panda hymens look and sound like?

Justin Bieber?

You're thinking of the wrong hole.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

Kiwi
Joke

Re: Watch his answer for yourself

You BASTARD!

How DARE you bring facts and reality into such a discussion!

I must say I felt there's a lot more to it than the media was saying. Probably the guy was relatively innocent (he still works for MS so probably deserves a slow painful death) and the media was taking things out of context, twisting them, and then putting their own bullshit spin on it.

Thanks for giving me a reason to believe less nasty things about this guy! Now I just have to believe them because he's the MS CEO.

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

Kiwi

Re: CTRL-C

...then I would choose CTRL+C for break.

Never gave it a thought before this thread.

I often use a terminal, various things from remote server admin to simply being easier to do some things in a shell (come on MS, it's 2014, why doesn't Windows have a decent shell by default? (and yes, I do use "elevated command prompts" in Windows several times a day for repairs - there's certain things that are unavailable through a GUI)).

Anyways... I hadn't thought about it, but for me using ^C there to abort something is automatic. I don't need to think about it. ^C is the obvious abort command. Has been since DOS days at least (IME). Can't recall ^Z for suspend, but I do recall using it in Dos often.. Or maybe in a compiler or something.

Just like.. When editing text with a word processor, ^C is the shortcut for Copy and ^V for paste (although the use of V has never made sense other than close to C). Thank God Nano's writers haven't made ^C do something nasty :)

And don't always need to use the mouse - ^A grabs everything :) (so often I'll do ^a ^C ALT-TAB ^V ^X (or ALT-F4) and a couple of spaces or enters depending on the program and the desired result.

Just realised something else.. I've wasted my life with these bloody machines when I could've been out riding!

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

Kiwi

Re: @ A J Stiles

My family's safety is worth more than some rapist or serial killer's life to me.

There was some famous guy in court recently. Was trying to protect his missus. Thought someone had broken into his house. Think his name was Oscar somethingorother.

Basic rule of firearms safety - identify your target. In a home defense case, that must also include identifying the motive of the person in your house - is it someone there intent on harming you or your family? Fire away. A neighbour who has managed to get so drunk they don't realise why their key suddenly doesn't work? Sure, fire away. Afterwards, enjoy yourself as you explain to their grieving family why you shot them. (I'm sure you'll be able to find such cases on Google).

There are times when someone with a firearm handy stops or reduces a crime. There's also many times when someone with a firearm escalates something, or shoots at a legitimate target and misses (see NZ cops killing innocent teenagers), or has their gun taken from then and used either against them or on someone else.

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Mushroom

Re: Guns in America

I will say, however, that as an American there is one reason why many of us hate AR-15s.

Do you hate aircraft as well? Rumour has it that a few years back, not long before Christmas, some thugs used commercial aircraft to kill a few more than 20 people. What about cars and trucks? People have used those to kill a number of people in one hit.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

Kiwi

So lets just say...

Just say for a moment that I am some vile criminal who has dubios data on my phone. Could be pics of a favourite drug dealer or favourite kid. Doesn't matter what it is, as the basics remain the same.

First, of all the millions of phones in my country, the cops would have to decide that mine is worth investigating.

Then they would have to seize it before I could destroy evidence (and with security tools that allow a phone to be wiped if it is stolen, it's harder for them to do that (yes I know ways they could but I'm not prone to giving the plod any more knowledge to abuse than they already have).

If I have any intelligence I am not likely to keep the data on the phone (which is a large and relatively attractive-to-steal object, especially given than an elderly friend recently had his 10 year old dumbphone stolen!), and even if full-device encryption isn't available, I am likely to have data (eg pictures) they're interested in encrypted on a mSD card.

That's where the probems lie. Have you noticed how small a micro-SD card is? I expect I could swallow one if I really needed to (harmful chemicals aside), I can certainly hide one in an item of clothing where it'd be unlikely to be detected.. Crack between a couple of floor boards. Flush it. Drop it somewhere during a police chase. They can also be easily broken, almost certainly rendering them useless.

To get my phone, you have to have sufficient interest in me AND be able to effectively catch me in the act. If you're about to catch me in the act, you don't need my phone.

I don't do anything requiring privacy, certainly not requiring encryption (aside from customer stuff), but even I can, with a moments thought, come up with a number of ways that I expect would be quite normal for criminals to use to avoid data being found IF they're detected and of interest to the police in the first place.

I also know, at least with NZ police, that if they really want you, they'll fabricate evidence against you (including falsifying witness statements), assault your family and friends to "encourage" a confession, and in some cases even kill you. If your phone doesn't have the evidence they want, that's OK, they have plenty of stashes they can get it from and plenty of ways to get it onto your kit. The defence will never see an un-tainted bit of hardware and the corrupt forensic investigators will be sure that all "disk images" contain appropriate files in appropriate locations with correct dates etc. Or they'll just claim they suspect the disk has "un-detectable encryption" on it that you have to prove isn't there, and lock you up for not revealing that it is there. And if they want you enough and you get a bad enough judge, even if you could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you have made all the data available, the judge can just say "I think there's more" and you're just as screwed.

In NZ at least the phone really doesn't matter. Any crim with an ounce of knowledge won't have anything of any real use on it , and if the phone (or other device) does not have any incriminating evidence the police are well skilled in making it up as they go along.

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

Kiwi

Re: How much?@AC

Yes but after 2 years my phone holds 63% of its value

So what? I took a shit 20 years ago that still retains 100% of it's value!

It's also exactly as valuable as the one I took this morning. Want to buy it? I promise that in 10 years it'll not have lost any value!

Just because IQ-challenged will pay over-the-odds for old crap doesn't mean old crap is really worth anything.

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

Kiwi
Linux

Re: Eyes on the code? Not.

There is nothing on the machine indicating I need to install any fix. In fact, to be honest, I don't know what to do to fix it - it's the first and only time I've installed Linux. I've gone to package manager, but nothing screaming for me to update anything there.

Bottom right of the screen, where the status bar and clock would be in Windows - there should be a blue "shield" ICON with an exclamation mark on it - some sort of shield icon anyway from memory. Click on that and follow the instructions.

Alternatively, click on your equivalent to a "start" button, type in "update manager", and follow the prompts.

HTH

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

Kiwi
Mushroom

Re: @a/c Can you hear that sound? @ Lost all faith...

Sorry, I know, feeding trolls and all that.

Perfectly allowable so long as you give them copious amounts of extra tasty rat poison.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Kiwi
Flame

Re: BBC Worldwide

They are stating there should be mechanisms to verify that the traffic is legitimate

Own a screwdriver? You must be a burglar then. Knife? Must be a murderer then.

But don't worry. There's mechanisms to prove your innocence.

Takes years, money, and many who are innocent wind up being convicted. But that's ok. there's these mechanisms to make sure that never happens.

Really..

(Got a nice bridge to sell you too if you're interested...)

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

Kiwi
Boffin

Re: Yes.

As to all those who brush off their reliance on cloud with "I have nothing to hide, so nothing to fear" - you fucking well have plenty to fear now!

I don't rely on it, but I do use it as an integral tool for backing up the servers (data that needs to be protected is encrypted at the server level, stuff too sensitive for cloud backup won't be on the web servers anyway), and for some web dev work - syncing files between machines (must set up Owncloud if it's any good).

Used right "cloud" is a good tool that makes life (especially some distributed backups) easier, and can be used to shift some load off the server (ala CDN and a few other services). Used wrong, it's an embarrassment looking for a paper to be published in.

I don't have anything to fear from using it. I am quite selective in what I allow on there, and the only thing I could be embarrassed about is some of the test code that may reach that level.

I am somewhat more seasoned than the average netizen, and I'm quite sure that many of the average ones will put all sorts of wrong stuff on there. But that's not me - I know I have nothing to fear from a breach at my provider because I don't put data on there that could be a problem.

Treat the net as the front page of the local rag. If you won't want it in one, don't put it in the other.

(SaaS is another matter - I like my machines to be able to be offline and still usable without any "phone home" nonsense, and over here the cost of mobile bandwidth has me counting every byte -so I don't want any extra programs dialing out)

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Kiwi

Re: This may be very relevant..

(this, btw, is taken from Google - I took the identifier out because I use this often in presentations. It gets interesting reactions when people realise just what they have agreed to when using Googleb services).

When starting to build the online presence for our company we had a look at such licenses (thankfully I had an inkling we'd see this and worse from FB, LI etc).

Even then I was somewhat shocked at how bad Google is, so our G+ page has had little work. I refuse to put our logo or other graphics on there because of this license. Might pinch their streetview photo for a picture of the shop front (let them steal their own IP) but anything I value? No.

LI is worse than Google - not only does it have much the same license, but you have to wade through a hell of a lot more text to reach it. And IIRC it's not in the area you'd expect to find it (so any company who has a logo on Linked In - guess what, you don't own the rights to your logo any more, you've given them an eternal to use it in any way they want, to make derivatives of it, to sell your logo or any derivatives and so on, you've lost control of it).

I was shocked and very pleasantly surprised to see that FB promise that anything you delete is deleted (with a caveat that it may linger in backups for a few weeks but will be deleted in due course and not human-reachable). Their licensing basically reads (at least when we put our logo and other artworks there, hope they haven't changed) that you have full rights over your work, but you give them a license to modify it for the purpose of displaying it in the manner you allow, and only for so long as you have an account with them.

(Note : Not a farcebook user (that's entirely the business partner's job!), nor a fan or supporter of FB. The less people on it the better.. Though it does take attention away from the more interesting places out there...)

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Kiwi

Probably been said but..

#1, these are generally rather low-importance people anyway (with the exception of US officials, who for many of us rank lower even than the decaying faeces of pond-scum but whom some yanks seem strangely attached to)

#2 They chose to take the pictures with electronic devices, connect those devices to the 'net, and store those pics online

#2b Or they were taken by by paparazzi, in which case a long prison sentence is inappropriate - immediate execution is more appropriate. Not of the hacker who brought such idiocy to light, but of the 'razzis and maybe of the celebs..

#3 In many cases, 10 hours prison time would be far too much for such things (and I say this as someone who has been a "victim" of one nasty stalker, who went to extreme lengths to cause problems).

The old rule still applies, if you don't want it published don't put it in writing.

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Chelyabinsk-sized SURPRISE asteroid to skim Earth, satnav birds

Kiwi
Black Helicopters

Re: Nowhere near satnav @Richard Tobin

They're at about 13,000 miles, so nowhere near this asteroid.

Given the numbers, the sats were closer to the asteroid then they are to us when it passed.

[That or I was really badly taught maths at school!]

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Kiwi
Alien

Re: Practice makes perfect

Someone must have a really big gun, because they keep loading it with asteroids. I don't know who it is but me thinks their aim is improving with each one....

It's the Moon Riders..

Well, the Academy wanting us to think it's them anyway...

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

Kiwi

Jess...

If my missus is named Jess, and in a post-crash stupor I call her name, the machine may be asking "Are you alright?" and make a slight mistake with what it thinks is my answer.

The idea I like. Maybe some things need a little re-working, but over all the idea is good. I've known a couple of cases where someone's outcome would've been a hell of a lot better had there been something that called out as soon as they crashed. And I'd prefer an accidental false call a few times when there's the chance that by the time I know I'm hurt, the ambulance is already coming.

(Actually, I wonder if they thought of the helmet being placed in a locker or something in range of the phone, and falling off a shelf/hook triggering a call... definitely needs some sort of "I am now or just was on a head" sensor (clip being closed may not be enough as some people ride with the straps undone)

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Kiwi

Re: All that safety...

being able to see them without having to twist your head around so much you end up falling off or veering into traffic yourself.

I have to say that, if you can't control your bike enough to maintain direction should you need to turn your head, maybe you need another mode of transport? (Preferably one that DOESN'T use roads/tracks that other people might?)

Also, as Sarkster said, NOT turning your head to check what is behind you when you change lane/position etc is stupid and negligent. It's not just your life you're risking by relying only on your ears where you should be using your eyes.

Similar thing applies on the cycle-paths with earphone wearers (on and off bikes) who are so engrossed in the ride and the music that they don't think anyone else may also be using the paths.

I guess you really don't ride very often, maybe never? If you did, experience would've taught you by now to give you sufficient space around your intended victims other road/path users to avoid a collision.

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Kiwi

Re: As a motorbike rider...

Also long term rider and (semi-former*) advanced safety instructor.

HUD could be good, but I think I'd prefer to have my viewing space un-cluttered. Maybe something I can activate eg with a button near my left thumb.

For shorter trips no music. But for longer trips, music can help maintain focus - for some anyway. For me, it stops me remembering past conversations. As a CPTSD sufferer if something triggers certain memories it could prove fatal. Like all things riding, it's a risk that I've learned to manage.

Also, at least with my helmet and bikes, at highway speeds I cannot hear much (you do use earplugs to protect your hearing I hope?) so with music on I do not lose anything. If I'm riding right, I'm aware of the vehicles and other things around me with a 12sec scan pattern.

( * NZ government do nothing to encourage rider training, or to even mention it exists. As such, few organizations survive and those that do are struggling to attract students. I'd train for fuel costs if the schools I know could get more than two or three students for a weekend session - but even at barely-break-even prices many riders consider it too expensive)

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