* Posts by AlbertH

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

AlbertH
Linux

Re: A fool without money will soon be ignored

Except Apple and Windows operating systems aren't bad software. So it's a win/win for them.

They are both abysmally bad. The fruity fools have gone the same way as M$ in their search for "ease of use", and have sacrificed any last vestige of security. M$ still use a broken I/P stack "borrowed" from BSD nearly 30 years ago - it's slow, error-prone and unreliable (and the reason for the complexity of Windoze networking Drivers). Both OSs are hopeless.

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Man sues Uber for a BEEELLION dollars over alleged theft of concept

AlbertH

Just another patent troll

This Halpern character is just one of the many trolls that turns up when a good idea goes global. As the holder of a few patents myself, I've seen this sort of nonsense many times - never for this kind of insane amount, but often for a million or two. Since the most I've ever made from a patent is a few tens of thousands, my legal eagle tells me just to laugh at them and file them as spam!

These are just the modern equivalent of the "begging letters" that every football pool and lottery winner receives.

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

AlbertH

Re: Noise!

" gwangy" - you're not the sharpest tool in the box, are you? The vast majority of the developments in wireless communication that you take for granted came from the "Radio Hams" you deride.

You wouldn't have wi-fi, mobile phones, portable and mobile radio communications, and high quality TV (we'd have been stuck with the Baird mechanical system if it hadn't been for a group of keen "amateurs" at EMI)..... Try to imagine the emergency services without radio communications.

Powerline adaptors - of all sorts - cause massive interference - pretty much from DC to daylight. They even interfere with each other!

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

AlbertH

No - it's backed up by cheap, clean nuclear and hydro-electric power from France!

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Carders crack Hard Rock casino

AlbertH

This is going to happen - again and again - as long as the POS equipment is based on long-exploited "Operating Systems". There is NO WAY to make anything based on MS products in any way secure. The backdoors are usually deliberate!

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David Cameron 'guarantees' action on mobe not-spots. Honest

AlbertH

Re: Maps

Look at maps - informed choice.

Sadly, no. The MNOs have their own bizarre interpretation of what "coverage" actually is. The stupidity of the educators doesn't help, either:

"You can't put a mobile aerial on the roof of our school / community centre / block of flats because of the damage to health / headaches / sterility / other malaise that it will cause". These clueless morons have never heard of the inverse-square law and don't realise that holding their mobes to their lobes is going to irradiate them many thousand times more strongly than the antenna some tens of metres away through a few walls.....

Our local coverage was crippled by one stupid woman in a nearby block of flats complaining of headaches "caused" by the mobe repeater on her rooftop (eight floors above, incidentally). The MNO left the base in place, and she was unable to tell that it had been switched back on for over a week - until she found that her phone actually worked again: she then mysteriously developed the "headaches" again....

Similarly, a local school refused to have wi-fi installed because of the "damage" it would do to the poor little darlings in their care!

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

AlbertH

Re: Not bad value really

If you watch ANY television programmes as they're being broadcast even without an aerial, if you don't pay the BBC telly tax, you're breaking the law.

If I watch either by satellite or by interweb, it is NOT "live" - there is a huge delay, so I'm (effectively) watching a recording. It's exactly the same reason that digital CCTV cannot be used for traffic enforcement actions - the "infringement" cannot be "recorded contemporaneously".

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AlbertH

Re: Fairhead also defended criminal penalties for non-payers - and over 70 sent to jail.

My 89-year-old Father had two thugs from "TV Licensing" force their way into his home. They went from room to room looking for the non-existent TV, then accused him of "hiding it". They made the mistake of presenting their name badge "credentials" which my Father had the presence of mind to photograph on his mobile phone. He only got them out of his place by dialling 999 and asking for the Police....

When they left, he found that his wallet (left on his bedside table) was lighter by £40.

The two clowns were arrested later the same day, and each blamed the other for the theft. They both admitted "forced entry" to the premises without Warrant. Both are serving "18 months" (they'll be out in 6, of course), but the Police made sure that others in the prison were made aware of their former "jobs"!

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

AlbertH

Re: Reception a wider Sammy problem?

My Galaxy S3 and S5 phones both have fine reception - significantly better than any of the iPhones. These work well in areas where the Apple things can't detect a signal at all. The sample S6s I've seen work just the same as the S5, so perhaps you've got a damaged one!

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

AlbertH
Linux

Re: Let me be the first to say...

By starting again and eschewing WebKit, going their own way AGAIN, all they are doing is adding ANOTHER variant to deal with.

Of course - and you can be certain that M$ won't get it right! They'll just introduce a whole new set of incompatibilities for web developers to have to cope with.

My websites all now warn visitors (if Internet Exploder is detected) that they are using an insecure and unreliable browser on an insecure "operating system" and that the site is unlikely to render correctly on their defective web browser. Our visitors use of Internot Exploiter has reduced to under 3%. People are beginning to realise that M$ isn't the answer (except to some really stupid questions)!

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

AlbertH

Re: Stupid question

Exactly right.

Linux admins usually command higher pay because they have REAL skills! There is also the point that one Linux admin can replace dozens of Windows W*n&e@s. A global company - that I've consulted for - recently replaced 44 Windows data centres around the planet with just 4 Linux servers - and reduced their IT staff from nearly 400 to just 8 (a sysadmin and 7 PFYs).

That's the real saving - the 8 linux admins can be very highly paid (and certainly are!) and the 400 MCSEs will have to go and re-train if they want to earn in the sector in future....

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Top EU court: Ryanair data barrel must be left unscraped

AlbertH

Re: How does this apply to unique content?

They take my content sell it and the EU makes a bloody directive allowing them to get away with it!

Surely this can't be right?

You made your data publically available by putting it on the 'net, so yes they can. Anything you publish is fair game.

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BT bemoans 'misconceived' SUPERFAST broadband regs

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AlbertH

Re: This sort of crap

There is a HUGE misunderstanding of Telco pricing....

It's trivially simple: The infrastructure costs are insignificant. If you get the customer to pay for their installation (and they all do, in one way or another) all subsequent revenue is pure profit. That's very close to 100% profit.....

Telecoms plant is pretty reliable these days, and as long as Murphy doesn't put a pickaxe through your ducts too often, there's no real maintenance involved. The only thing that costs the Telco anything at all is the hardware (incredibly cheap these days) and their "Customer Services" helldesk which they'll outhouse to the cheapest third world bidder (or even Scotland!).

All "line rental charges" are pure bunce!

Then the bastards try to monetise their error messages and run DNS servers that send you where THEY want you to go.....

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Microsoft has made excellent software, you pack of fibbers

AlbertH

Dave used to tell the story of NT - how it was never documented, how the kernel would only build on one toolset and failed on all others, how Gates insisted that the undocumented "demonstration" system was to be shipped "immediately", how there were so many patches and kludges that the code was spaghetti.....

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AlbertH

Re: Microsoft's good software

That was the period whenwe saw the first really concerted virus attacks from Eastern Europe. Some of the malware around then still works today!

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Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

AlbertH

Re: For those with iPhones ...

I think it's a little bittersweet for us iPhone users...

... That's what you get when you buy 10-year-old technology. Apple are the B&O of the computing world - pretty boxes hiding old-fashioned electronics.

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Dotcom 'saved' Xmas for Xbox – but no one can save Sony's titsup PlayStation Network

AlbertH

Re: Prison awaits

No - Microsoft and Sony need to take basic security seriously. They still don't - they're just interested in their gigantic profits.

It must be remembered - Microsoft have NEVER released ANY properly working software.....

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Linux software nasty slithers out of online watering holes

AlbertH

The anti-virus snake-oil salesmen are panicking - Windows is no longer viable in corporate environments (Windoze 8 is a telephone "operating system").... They're going to try to persuade Unix / Linux / BSD users that they "need" their (useless) products!

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AlbertH

Re: What does this really mean?

This is the problem with journos that only deal with Windoze - they have no real understanding of *nix, and assume that proper operating systems are as trivially attacked as their system of choice. There's one variant of this "Snake" worm that piggy-backs on Windows documents and can (try to) attack VM-Ware. It doesn't work!

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Sony Pictures hires Mandiant, asks FBI for help after MASSIVE cyber attack

AlbertH
Linux

Re: A good network security team at Sony then...

Surely they should've been able to detect such a large-scale intrusion?!

Nope - they "run" Windows.....

Game Over!

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

AlbertH
Mushroom

Re: Err? @ Asylum Sam

No where near close enough to worry about.

Within a few streets? Close enough for a small tactical nuke, then!

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

AlbertH
Linux

NetMarketShare hasn't got a clue - Android phones (vastly outselling Windoze and iPhone together), set-top boxes, routers, every webserver on the planet (apart from a few in Redmond and Cupertino), every web-enabled device...... The list is endless. If you added up all the installations of Linux globally, it'll be more than all the rest together!

Linux desktop uptake is admittedly small at present, but as long as MS continue with trying to push their silly telephone interface as a desktop (Windoze 8) and as long as Apple continue to charge insane prices for poor quality commodity hardware (albeit with a shiny label on it), Linux uptake will continue to grow.

Quality offerings like openSuse and Mint will do a lot to persuade the great unwashed that life after XP really is open-sourced and free!

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AlbertH
Linux

Re: Security

Or.....

PICNIC = Problem In Chair, Not In Computer

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Beware Brit cops bearing battering rams. Four nabbed over Trojan claims

AlbertH

Re: Good work officers, keep it up.

Good work officers, keep it up.

It is good to see police going after cyber crime and it is good to see them succeeding.

They haven't scratched the surface......

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AlbertH
Linux

Re: Well at least they're trying

Perhaps we as an industry should devise better OS that ordinary users dont need a degree level education to configure properly

We have it already - have you tried a recent Linux distribution? Please don't trundle out the "difficult to use", "free, so it can't be any good" and all the other usual excuses....

You have nobody to blame but yourself if you persist in using Microsoft brokenware. In fact you deserve the consequences of your negligence!

The Police haven't got a clue about "cybercrime". The claims of £6.8bn stolen is actually trivially small when compared to the spectacular manipulation of exchange rates (carried out by abusing insecure Windoze servers) and the other corporate abuse of computer systems. The reality of the amounts stolen or diverted is several times the Police claim (and Plod thought they were over-egging their press release!).

Now, back to the negotiations with this Nigerian Prince I met on line.......

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

AlbertH
Coffee/keyboard

I needed a laugh!

Bwaahahahahahahaha!!!!

Windoze for phones is about as credible as Windows for Warships (remember that debacle?).

When will MS learn that they're done? Office 365 is just a poor, expensive version of other, much better, free cloudy office solutions. Windoze 8 is a dog and totally unusable on the desktop. The security problems that have existed from before NT4 are STILL present.......

MS is finished - it just hasn't stopped twitching yet!

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Ad-borne Cryptowall ransomware is set to claim FRESH VICTIMS

AlbertH
Devil

Re: I've installed Cryptoprevent

Bwah ha hahahahaha!!!!!!!!

See "complacency" above.......

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AlbertH

Re: AdBlocker / NoScript

AdBlocker / NoScript

Question - Would either of the above addons, individually or in tandem, effectively prevent such driveby infection?

Nope. It's trivially easy to bypass these. Some legitimate adverts already do!

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AlbertH

Re: Complacency

AC - There are several immediately obvious (and some more subtle) flaws in your overly extensive back-up strategy, and you'll be just as likely to be a victim of this ransomware scam if you're still using Windows to face the internet.

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AlbertH
Linux

Re: Complacency

Sadly, Windows (l)users still believe that they're invulnerable if they have tha latest MS updates, and they have a "firewall", "anti-virus", "anti-trojan", "anti-malware", "anti-hijack" and all the rest of the completely bogus "security" software slowing their already Windoze-crippled machines to a crawl.

None of them believe it can ever happen to them, and when it does, they fork out their hard-earned because they never backed up anything. Stupidity can be VERY expensive!

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AlbertH

Re: Well lets name them....

just how wrong can one post be?

"Screening Detection" is trivially simple - even an advertising "executive" would be able to work out that a banner Ad is too big - that it's got something extra. They charge by the size of the data transmitted, and everyone (except malware providers) do all they can to minimise the size of their submitted code.

Any credible online advertising ageny won't be using anything like "AVG" - they'll actually have people who can examine the file in detail and will find the embedded code. The miscreants in this instance have identified and used Agencies with the technical know-how of "mark 63"

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Apple tries to kill iWorm: Zombie botnet feasting on Mac brains

AlbertH
Facepalm

Re: admin password needed

Nope. The worst thing about this attack is that it doesn't need administrative intervention to install itself. The infection vector is a deliberate security hole introduced by Apple to facilitate their automatic security updates! A great example of shooting oneself in the foot.

The moral is (as we've said about MS since the 1980s) that "ease of use" shouldn't ever compromise security - MS made a whole series of stupid "ease of use" decisions which bite them to this day. Apple have now done the same and will suffer for it.

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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

AlbertH
Linux

Re: Borked my PC

My time's too valuable to waste fighting faulty software. That's why I stopped using anything from

Microsoft over 20 years ago!

Remember - Microsoft have NEVER released any product that works properly!

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City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'

AlbertH

Re: I, too,

I just wish we had some councils here in the UK who'd tell Virgin where to go.....

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

AlbertH
Linux

Micro-what?

It's trivially easy to get rid of anything Microsoft - I did back in the early 90s. The company I work for got rid of everything Microsoft in the mid-90s..... We now refuse to deal with any company that still tries to send us MS-format files, and we've even stopped dealing with one bank because of their reliance on the MS brokenware - if they care that little for the security of data, they don't care about the security of your money!

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AlbertH

Re: Pirate product keys in comments

The Americans still fondly believe that their "Laws" apply to the rest of the world too!

WAKE UP USA! You're NOT the world's policemen and your silly laws don't apply to the rest of us who live in truly free democracies.

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

AlbertH
Linux

Marketing Droids get "put on hold" - they get as much Radio 3 down the phone as it takes to realise that they've been "forgotten".... The record (that we're aware of) is over half an hour!

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Want a customer's call records Mr Plod? No probs

AlbertH
Coat

As far as Plod's concerned, Ethics is just North-East of London.....

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Misery for Virgin Media mobe customers over mysterious 'EE data centre gaffe'

AlbertH

Re: You mean that isn't "normal" for EE?

It's deliberate. EE have crippled their 2G and 3G facilities in an effort to FORCE their users to move to more expensive 4G plans. This is a dirty, underhanded tactic and is contrary to the terms of their licence. OFCOM claim to be "investigating" but I wouldn't trust them to find knockers on Page 3....

EE deserve to be stripped of their licences and have their infrastructure forcibly divided up between the remaining networks.......

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Bored hackers flick Shellshock button to OFF as payloads shrink

AlbertH

Re: likewise

I can answer that - practically zero.

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

AlbertH
Linux

Re: Headline should read "Note 3 Twice as Strong as iPhone 6"

You can be certain that Apple will wriggle out of repairing / replacing these sub-standard efforts. They will invoke some tiny-print sub-clause in their warranty agreement that absolves them of any blame for poor design or manufacturing flaws.

They obviously discovered that their prototypes were too expensive to make and too heavy to sell, so decided to compromise the mechanical rigidity of the product in an effort to maximise their profits - after all, Apple fanbois are notoriously uncritical and very defensive of their favourite products!

In this first week, I've seen these bricked by flawed updates, killed by defective batteries (they partially charge once than fail to re-charge), bent, with cracked screens straight out of the box, and just simply not working from new....

Apple need to recall these things, admit they got it very wrong, and ship a new product that addresses all the flaws as soon as possible. This might allow them to retain some of their market share....

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

AlbertH

Re: Meeeh

MS products frequently fail to work with modern hardware, and MS's worthless and expensive "certification" process doesn't make it any more likely that a third-party driver will actually work. MS' marvellous clipbook algorithms are copied wholesale from Gnome circa 2003....

MS are (roughly) five years behind Apple and more than ten years behind Linux and BSD. They will continue to play "catch up" for the rest of their (short) existence. Large corporations, governments and other institutions are now asking why they are blindly paying exhorbitant licence fees to MS for products that NEVER work properly - ever more of them are migrating away from Windows.....

Just remember: Microsoft have NEVER released ANY product that works properly.

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

AlbertH

Re: Great...just what the world needs...

Go to the front desk and complain that their nearest competitor offers free wi-fi - why don't they? I have never failed to get free wi-fi in any hotel I've stayed in by this ruse.

Hotels are slowly beginning to realise that this isn't a viable revenue stream any more. Some that I've stayed in lately have made great play of the "now we have free wi-fi" selling point. It will become ubiquitous in time....

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AlbertH

I got so fed up with morons yelling "I'm On The Train / Bus / Tram etc" that I now carry a small, homemade mobile jammer. It has a range of about 15m, and now I can travel on Public Transport in peace and quiet. it's also useful in meetings, at the cinema or theatre and so on. It's (sort of) antisocial I suppose, but a lot less antisocial than being assailed by the usual racket made by mobe users in public places.

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CryptoLocker victims offered free key to unlock ransomed files

AlbertH
Linux

When will people learn.....

There is no reason to "run" any version of the MS brokenware. Migrate to a proper operating system....

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Hacker publishes tech support phone scammer slammer

AlbertH
Mushroom

Re: I'm getting stabbed...

I'm uploading a particularly nasty version of the old CIH virus to these scammers. It spreads via local ethernet as well, and after thirteen reboots, it re-writes the BIOS rendering the target machine un-bootable. I don't know how many of these clowns have received this yet, but the USB sticks I sent to a few people have been used (and duplicated) very widely. Let's hope a lot of their machines are now paperweights.....

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

AlbertH

Re: They've got you...

As far as the plods are concerned, using any electronic equipment makes you a terrorist suspect

Using anything other than Apple or Windoze turns you into an arch-hacking criminal. I had a couple of Scotland Yard's finest Defectives maliciously impound two of my computers - simply because they ran OpenBSD in one instance and Mint Linux in the other.

After a few days, I got a phonecall from their "computer forensics" department demanding user passwords (they couldn't work out how to circumvent them themselves) - I pointed out that if they couldn't achieve something as trivial as recovering a user password, then their "forensic" skills wouldn't be up to analysing the contents of the machines anyway. I got both machines back a few days later with their hard drives wiped with a tape demagnetiser!

I sued. I won. I got very substantial damages out of the Met and the Defectives don't work there any more. The machines were restored from back-ups, of course!

It's scary how incompetent these clowns are!

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Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

AlbertH
FAIL

For Crying Out Loud.....

MS have no idea whatsoever about security. They never have, and never will.

Their idea of "security" is to obsfuscate their abysmally poor code and cross their fingers......

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Phishing miscreants THWART securo-sleuths with AES-256 crypto

AlbertH
Linux

Here come more Cryptolocker attacks!

Another nail in Microsoft's coffin.

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