* Posts by I Dream In Pixels

27 posts • joined 27 Sep 2011

Reg HPC man relives 0-day rootkit GROUNDHOG DAY

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Re: Sorry if this is a stupid question....

Actually a dedicated drive for HDD images is not a bad idea, especially as you point out, when they are so cheap. Bang for buck and saved time I guess they would pay for themselves.

Here are some thoughts about weird nature of the infection

1 - Do you have a web cam attached to the network in anyway? Maybe they just wanted fun to mess with your head...

2 - Possibly using you as a lab rat, before deployment to their actual target?

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Sorry if this is a stupid question....

....but why would the rootkit / virus play sounds and give away it's presence?

All said, this post has got me thinking "Is my recovery process good enough". I do weekly images of my system but only keep enough to go back 2 or 3 weeks. Like the author I do everything humanly possible to secure my environment, but have to face the fact that it could simply be not enough.

Thanks for squashing any ego and sharing your experience!

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Anglo-Australian cricket brawl spills over into coding clash

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Unity Developer Here

Unity3D is definitely up to the job, and it's a shame the programmers were forced to blame the shambles of a game on the tool they were using. If key developers really did walk out during production, surely it would be better to tell the truth, as I for one have plenty of sympathy for anyone left in that position.

That said it gets my vote in terms of the almost slapstick nature of the AI. I really did lol!

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

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Off then On again?

I can't help noticing that you failed to turn it off and then on again. I heard about this feature in a fly on the wall documentary called "The IT Crowd".

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Doom guy teleports into VR startup Oculus Rift

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I got my OculusVR last week....

...and I love it! It's far from perfect but the spirit of what will be is definitely there.

For me the current development version that is shipping is not really of a high enough resolution to truly enjoy and extended gaming session. On paper it doesn't look to bad, but the up close reality of the screens means you can really see those pixels. But I don't care as the head tracking is super smooth, the weight of the unity is fine.

As for motion sickness I had a little bit at first, especially when going up or down some stairs for example. It wasn't bad and felt more like the motion you can get in a lift.

I'm using standard FPS controls no problem, but I am also looking at leap motion to take care of other input to avoid the user groping around for the mouse or the correct hand on keyboard placement.

I really feel the dreams I had as a child of VR are now becoming a realistic reality.

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

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Power issues

Also Japan has a large shortfall of power (http://blogs.yis.ac.jp/duffieldj/2013/06/03/10c-japans-power-problem/). I can imagine the lights dimming as they power up ;)

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Al Gore: Stop using the atmosphere as 'AN OPEN SEWER'

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Devil

Potentially the worlds first Carbon Billionaire

It's hard to trust anyone who stands to make so much money from scaremongering:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/6491195/Al-Gore-could-become-worlds-first-carbon-billionaire.html

Don't get me wrong, it's good practice to avoid pollution when you can, and try and save resources. But that is of course not Al Gore's real agenda....

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Murdoch Facebook gloat: You're like my $580m, 'CRAPPY' MySpace

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Tom is retired and doing Photography. Some nice images on Google+

https://plus.google.com/+myspacetom/posts

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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First Direct Bank have it right.....

Phone up, straight through to a person in the UK after only a few rings! Well so far, only had to call them twice.

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Android is a mess and needs sprucing up, admits chief

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Re: Torn between them all

Actually you may have nailed it for me. Out of the box could be very well what I am looking for .....

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Torn between them all

I have a Galaxy Note II and have to say that the whole Android experience feels disjointed and convoluted. Multiple menus that all look and feel similar, enforced 3rd party modifications, some updates needing me to be able to accept downloads from untrusted locations (more enable/disable when it's finished), apps that hugely vary in UI design / quality and so on. I feel like I am in a maze sometimes.

Why do I still have Android? Well iOS started boring the crap out of me, I felt like Apple just were not moving forward especially with the small screen sizes. Windows Phone had too few apps for me, so I bought the Galaxy note. So I guess the open, messy nature of Android actually meant that I could find a product with the general requirements that I have. But for some reason I still want to escape Android lol. Anyone got a cure for this confusion / indecision? ;)

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

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Re: So glad these are still live!

Good catch! I never knew about that one. It's those kind of touches that makes certain TV shows really stand out from the rest. Whenever I hear a 'fictional' website in a TV show, I can never resit seeing if it exists. NOt found any though. Anyone else?

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So glad these are still live!

http://www.reynholm.co.uk/

http://www.friendface.co.uk/

http://www.howlonghaveyougot.com/

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Creative Suite cloud lurch crushes beret-wearers' cost-slash bid

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In a way I find myself OK about it

I use all the packages in Adobe cloud. I video edit, create graphics, design websites, edit audio, produce content for video games and so on. Before they had a monthly plan I used to crap myself at the thought of the amount of money I had to outlay (It is just myself and not a company paying) for the assorted packages.

Considering how much I earn from using Adobe Cloud vs How much I spend on sandwiches each month (£2.10 x 24 = £50.40) I know that I would gladly trade a sandwich for access to all the software I need all day.

I started making my own sandwiches and stuck the remaining money into my subscription. I guess that because I use virtually all the apps in cloud everyday it just doesn't seem that bad. However if you only use 2 or 3 then I could see how the value can diminish all too quickly. Maybe there should be some kind of sliding scale so you pay for what you use?

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Another blow for Flash as Unity gaming engine kills support

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First the EULA change now the Flash Turnaround

I can only imagine the bun fight going on in the Unity Forums right now. After the sudden changes they made to the EULA just after Unity 4 was released (VERY badly handled), and now the sudden turn around on Flash support.

That said, I agree with the move and it is a tricky situation for everyone to be in. The real casualties will be those developers caught in the middle of a development cycle, or with a long term Flash based strategy. Poor bastards.

<<Image because a few developers will probably look like this over weekend

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MIDI: 30 years old... almost

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Midi Maze!

I first used midi for multi-player gaming on the Atari 520STFM. It was called midi-maze and actually worked rather well! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIDI_Maze

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Study shows half of all websites use jQuery

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The Register could do with some jQuery / Ajax love

Upvote / Downvote and get sent to a new page, then you have to hit the back button to get back to the forum.

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YouTube app wrenched from next Apple iPhones, iPads

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Re: Why use the app?

I prefer apps purely because of the hassle of logging in. I quite often flush the browser cache on my droid and ipad (I design and develop websites). Most of my passwords are over 20 chars long of random characters. Also I can leave the app running in the background and not worry about the missus closing the YouTube tab in Safari etc. There are other reasons but they are the main ones. That said it's not a show stopper. I'll change and adapt if needed.

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1&1 outage knocks down websites in Spain, UK

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FAIL

1and1 are generally fine everything is working, but if you find you need to phone their 'technical' support lines, just be prepared top get bounced from extension to extension and sometimes just plain dumped, resulting in starting the process again. When you do get the right person, they generally are unable to give a solid answer.

Is it just me or do their technical support staff sound suicidal most of the time? 1and1 management need to invest some money in those poor support people and their infrastructure.

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BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

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Just checked for the running service on Samsung Galaxy S2 on 02 in the UK, and no sign of it. Still can't help wondering if there is an equivalent lurking on it o.0

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Open 'Facebook killer' survives on cash donations

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IT Crowd

They should use the name of the IT Crowds version of Facebook ..... "Friend Face"

Except that they have already registered the domain in the UK, now that I have just done a quick search:

http://friendface.co.uk/

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Brit boffins' bendy bamboo bike breakthrough

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Angel

Another 'uses natural' materials but costs as much as space age technology materials...

...why? I could not help think "Cool, a bamboo bike! Oh, I'll never be able to afford that"

I always feel so frustrated that so many of these 'green', 'environment friendly', 'revolutionary', etc solutions very rarely seem to be accessible to people regardless of financial position. They quite often seem to be packaged and aimed at the 'exclusive', 'desirable' end of the market.

How about some genuine mass market, green products that are truly affordable? *insert suggestions of products that I may have missed here. Thanks!*

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Display defect may crimp iPhone 5 shipments

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Well either way I hope they will be releasing an iPhone 5 instead of a T2 / faction variant of the iPhone 4.

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