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Identifying the false widow
They can be recognised by their shiny bulbous abdomens. The photo accompanying this article looks more like a common house spider to me. Most of the reports of serious reactions to spider bites can probably be attributed to allergic reactions (people can potentially die of wasp/bee sting allergies, but for some reason the press don't seem to get hysterical about those) or bacterial infection which could result from any small puncture wound. I hope this Daily Wail hysteria doesn't lead to lots of innocent deaths.
Re: Most folk are not El Reg readers
The worm propagates by HTTP POSTing to -/cgi-bin/php* - anyone who allows that probably shouldn't be allowed to configure a web server.
I wouldn't call it incompetance, I might call it incompetence.
Re: Sounds like spreading to me
Is that why "no attacks against these devices have been found in the wild"? I expect you didn't actually bother to read the article - too busy working up a froth.
Re: "...a potentially lethal set of nunchucks..."
But how you gonna cut it free now they've taken your nail clippers?
Re: up the ante in his favor
"The jury ... awarded $1.2m ... the maximum they could award under US law."
Re: I love the smell of rosin cored solder in the morning.
But solder isn't what it used to be - they've taken the lead out.
Re: a guy who's run Linux on a hard drive motherboard:
He didn't run Linux on the HDD, he used a Linux PC to hack the HDD firmware, creating a persistent back-door by manipulating cache content.
Re: Fixit were able to take it apart
You'll note that their final picture is of a pile of bits, not a reassembled and working tablet.
Re: Dear God -- clean your shoes man.
If you look closely you will see that he's wearing tradesman's trousers (padded/reinforced for kneeling) the shoes likewise have a protective toe cap. I've never known anyone who bothered to polish safety shoes - they'll often wear through to the steel.
Re: everyone will have a microbolometer
Until they become more affordable I think I'll make do with an old digital camera and the IR mod.
Re: something wrong with the glue
That seems a likely cause of the problem, there have been other smelly products where glue was found to be the culprit.
Re: PS, thanks for the Edit option Reg!
But can you change "of cause" to "of course"?
Re: trying to force that horrible GUI on me
If they were trying to force it on you I don't think they would have made it quite so easy to use Classic Gnome instead.
Re: Antivirus, CD burning, Zip and disk encryption
Is that the AV that MSFT says is intended to be the worst available? The CD burning software likewise, although MSFT haven't admitted to that one - there is free software that works better, also free unzip software, free whole-disk encryption software. That's before you even consider how quick and easy Linux is these days.
Re: seizure means ALL your assets
No, in this case just his computer, it seems. One would hope that a computer professional would have adequate backups and a disaster recovery plan, that makes this a minor inconvenience. I imagine he might have any evidence gathered as a result of this seizure disallowed on appeal.
Re: Betamax went that route back in the 90s too.
The flaw with Betamax was lack of content, that's not a problem for Apple.
Re: touch-centric operations on a desktop/laptop is sub-optimal
MSFT doesn't give a damn about desktop ergonomics - they just want their traditional users to get used to Notro, which then encourages them to buy MSFT mobile products.
Re: Take the best tablet and make it better
By fitting a motion sensor that can't quite get directions right?
That's been in Alpha forever (OK maybe not as long as Hurd).
Re: Haswell motherboards no longer support XP
But Linux runs fine, and VirtualBox ...
(or Windows 7 with its XP mode)
Re: Surprised Vista usage not increasing
Many machines sold as "Vista ready" (or whatever it was called) weren't really up to running it well - I doubt they're better now.
Re: some form of addict
Plenty of IT pros have a lot invested in MSFT sales/support. But even governments are supposedly waking up to the poor value offered by the usual solutions providers, and the problems of proprietary data lock-in, so some of them are understandably anxious about their gravy train.
Re: move to Linux instead
I suspect it's easier to make Linux look and behave like XP than it is to train non-technical XP users to use W8, and cheaper too. If most of their software runs under Wine or RDP to a server it almost seems silly not to take that route.
Re: it takes a second to switch between multiple keyboard layouts
On Linux - I either click the icon on the task bar, or just hit both Shift keys to toggle.
Re: Um, sources or I call BS.
It's possible, when you consider how much more software there is in the average Linux distro than is included with Windows - I doubt that notepad and minesweeper present too much of security risk.
Re: a few gaming-spec pcs
They're just testing a range of specs so they can find an optimal cost/performance ratio - I expect they'll design something interesting once they've decided what to put in the box.
The Cambridge team has withdrawn from the competition
They're not happy with stability problems that have emerged in testing since since the crash.
Re: Why the hell shouldn't a tablet ...
Because a mobile device is pretty useless if you need to keep plugging it in?
Re: It looks like ....
... a repository for a dozen evil souls?
Re: "no !! ffs no !"
You can still use Ubuntu without using Unity, you know? I'm not even talking about Kubuntu/Xubuntu, just the regular distribution with gnome-session-fallback. Or you can stick a nice old-fashioned menu back on top of the Unity desktop with ClassicMenu Indicator.
Re: Is his face in any of the pictures?
Not the ones I saw, but they were poor quality so someone could have easily stuck his face on.
Re: There is an unmanned barricade which is up.
The barricade was down when I looked just now.
Re: One day I'll just gouge/glue that bastard right out of the interface
We had rabbits, rabbits have chisel-like teeth and like to test them on just about anything. Strangely they seem to have a particular fondness for little rubber buttons ...
Re "it is clearly the most widely used version of Android"
But surely the survey is supposed to be looking for the nicest, not the commonest?
Re: it's still hidden under a myriad of terminal commands
The hardware detection in most modern distributions of Linux works so well you don't usually have to worry about using command line tools or editing files to get everything working properly, drivers for most hardware are included and work fine. Wireless networking has sometimes been tricky in the past but lately it seems to just work. Software installation and update is slickly handled by package management systems with graphical front ends.
Re: Pull the other one
You're talking about PC peripherals, the device support he's talking about is all the routers, set-top-boxes and other embedded devices that run some version of Linux as an OS, workstations like SPARC, Alpha, PPC, supercomputers. A few of those were supported by NT4, and MSFT still does some embedded stuff (don't mention Surface RT) but it doesn't really compare.
Re: why haven't Apple been fined the same amount
Maybe because they haven't been found guilty of using their market position to exert unfair influence when competing against other suppliers.
Re: But because it's MS it has to be destroyed and burned
No, because it's a poorly conceived product, with laughable marketing and ridiculous high-end aspirations, it has to be trashed.
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