* Posts by Steven Raith

1966 posts • joined 26 Jun 2007

'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

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Re: To be fair ...

"I'm getting rosewood, I'm getting heavy industry fallout, I'm getting the smell of the ones and zeroes escaping in a pall of blue smoke....I'm getting a strange, burning feeling in my legOH SH-"

I think I'll give high power USB a miss till it's matured, somewhat. Thankfully, I'm utterly skint so that's not really a problem at the moment.

Steven "gizza job, mate?" R

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Re: I visited Dounreay in 1979 and nearly got a job there

It would have been significantly quieter, you'd have had lots of free time from the lack of things to do (unless you have a real yearning to look at heather) and you'd be annoyed at the fact that it was a two hour drive to what most people would describe as actual civilization, with multiplex cinemas and, gasp, dual carriageway roads.

As I've noted elsewhere though, I still have a soft spot for it, despite having worked in Central London and York. London and York have history, but the far north of scotland felt like it was living history in some respects.

I'm sort of tempted to go back up there for a weekend sometime, find out who has got married to who and see if the same auld numpties are still living in the same villiages....

We'll see.

Steven "Thrumster" R

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Re: Strange covenant

Actually, it's just something that was a common theme in villages in Caithness (and still is, I expect - I've only been away 15y years) - there's not much of this 'home as a castle' thing and people are generally pretty chilled, as you tend to have to be in a (truly) remote and rural environment. I distinctly remember being at a mates house in Lybster, his dad mowing his lawn, and just tapping on the neighbours window and asking if they wanted their lawn doing too. And just mowed right over the 'boundary'.

I don't miss the place for a variety of (quite dull) reasons, but I do miss some of the delightful Royston Vaseyness of it, and I mean that as a compliment.

Steven "local" R

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Re: "Why is cleanup so hideously expensive?"

"No: the real problem, which governments have tried to hide over the years, was the giant lizards, insects, etc. that rampaged through small villages and towns."

Ah, Sean, no.

That's just the locals.

Steven "Was brought up a local, still has the scales to prove it" R

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Re: By train: Regular service from Inverness to Thurso

As I recall, the bus is faster - I think it's three hours.

It's an hour and a half by car, or an hour if you drive progressively.

Go via the A99 through Wick and up the A882 if you want a slightly more varied route.

Steven "not been up there for a while" R

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Ad-clicking bots predicted to rip US$7.2 billion from Mad Men

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Re: Aaaw...

I thankyouverymuch for appreciating the rare moment when I actually make any sense, arf.

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Aaaw...

...are the little advertising execs being shown how their worthless product is massively, hilariously overvalued, leading to the worst kind of vacuous garbage being enabled by the empty, borderline fraudulent revenue it generates, and is in fact nothing but an eyesore to everyone else, and a well known security risk to those of us in the know?

Well, cry me a fucking river.

As AC above points out, Bill Hicks had it right, and bring on the correction.

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Re: Power

Ah, you see I just used common sense and assumed power off was the safer option!

I'm hoping my next career move means not dealing with consumer/SMB grade UPSs, but handy to know.

Cheers!

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Re: Power

"Every few years it will tell you to replace the battery, which you do "live" without taking the PC down."

Must admit, it's genuinely never crossed my mind to do this, and I've always just made scheduled maintenance windows for clients.

I'm going to assume that this requires a UPS that supports hotswapping of the lead acid cell, with well insulated terminals etc, as the concept of the power dropping out while you've got your fingers around the loose terminals in all the UPSs I've seen is an....interesting one...KZZRT.

Not remotely suggesting that it's a bad idea, as I say, it's just literally never crossed my mind to do it while the power is still on - I feel I've been missing a trick, especially on sites where bouncing the server takes 30 minutes...

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RAM, bam, thank you Ma'am! Samsung fires up fastest-ever memory

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Re: Nice.

Well, they've already used HBM1 memory on the Fury GPUs (Which is why they're restricted to 4Gb per package) so I'd expect to see this on the next gen GPUs and possibly a lighter implementation being used as a 'slow' cache on Zen based APUs.

I'm not sure if that much cache would make a huge difference on a straight CPU? At least, not as dramatic a difference as a on a GPU/CPU combo where the GPU can utilise it as VRAM, allowing significantly chunkier games (And GPU accelerated apps) to be played without a discrete GPU - so good for gaming laptops perhaps? Anyone got any educated opinions?

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: The more they push

"It's worked properly in Hyper-V since Server 2012 / Windows 8. Yes Remote FX does count as it does a similar thing. However Hyper-V also supports SR-IOV, which is IOMMU on steroids...."

With off the shelf software like Windows 7/8/10 Home edition and a basic HyperV server install, yeah?

No, didn't think so. Software Assurance and Enterprise Edition required, yeah?

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Re: The more they push

Unless you use KVM and IOMMU to get full GPU support in the VM.

Something that really doesn't work properly in HyperV.

Works in KVM though. Hell, LinusTechTips ran seven gaming VMs off one (admittedly chunky) workstation recently.

Come back to us when HyperV can do that. And no, RemoteFX doesn't count.

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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Re: Linux & Games

There's been a steady trickle of AAA games getting native ports - anything by Croteam, we've recently had good ports of Bioshock Infinite, and here's a general list that I found on Reddit:

Metro 2033 Redux

Metro: Last Light (altough you can't buy this anymore)

Metro: Last Light Redux

Serious Sam 3

The Talos Principle

Civilization Beyond Earth

Cities: Skylines

Half-Life (all of them)

Counter Strike (all of them)

Natural Selection 2

Brütal Legend

Spec Ops: The line

Borderlands: The pre-Sequel

Portal 1 and 2

Tropico 5

Empire: Total war

Shadow Warrior

Outlast

Team Fortress 2

XCOM: Enemy Unkown and Enemy WIthin

Dead Island

Dying light

That's an oldish list, so add to that Arkham Knight (should arrive in Spring), Project Cars 2 (they promised Linux for PCars1 but that never happened, the cheeky little shits - linux (and Wii) users funded them on a promise, suppose that's what pre-order/crowdfunding culture gets you - but PCars2 will apparently be more platform agnostic to avoid this in future), and almost all the major, wide spectrum (IE not just inhouse, like Frostbite mainly is) engines are either capable of producing linux-native output (Cryengine (Yes, the latest one), Unreal Engine 4, Unity, Source 2 is a given and will likely be one of the first engines to be linux optimised, not just compatible) or are getting lots of attention from the likes of Feral studios, who are porting the games over on behalf of the primary publisher. As more engines get an option to compile directly to linux, it should be less of the 'port' and more of the 'version', if you catch my drift.

As ever, chicken and egg, though. If they don't make the games, we can't buy 'em, but if we don't buy 'em, they won't make 'em....

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Re: Another highly satisfied Mint user here...

Dunno about an iPhone, but Rythmbox works fine for iPods, and has done for years, as do plenty of other music applications on Linux.

Do keep up, chum.

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Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

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Re: I've read all these messages and...

I'd guess a global/root certificate in the base image on the machine used to decrypt or something similar? Honestly, I've never looked into this sort of thing that hard, but this is what riled people over the Lenovo (and was it Dell?) spyware shenanigans.

Anyone else got a better solution? I suppose it's not impossible that this was long enough ago where Yahoo IM wasn't HTTPS'd, which might not have been that long ago.

Forgive me if I'm reading that wrong, I've been up for over 24 hours, arf.

Steven R

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Seagate floats out 10TB HDD filled with lifting gas

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Re: Typo in cache size...

Indeed, I thought I must have missed a few steps in HDD tech recently before checking meself!

For shame, El Reg, for shame! *slaps wrist campily*

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Got a pricey gaming desktop from PC World for Xmas? Check the graphics specs

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Re: I know it's NYE and you all want to go home, but really..

Re that PSU, that sounds like it'd be just over wholesale price, and at that price, I'll put that £12 on it not having GPU aux rails dedicated on the PSU.

It'll be fine for an office machine without dedicated graphics - something running an APU or a anything up to a midrange I5 by itself.

But not, I'd not put it in my machine (2xHDD, 1xSSD, R9 280, A8-3870, 16gb RAM). I'd probably trust it in my secondary box used for VMs (Phenom II 920, 8gb RAM, 1xHDD, no dedicated graphics, just onboard Nvidia 7600 or similar).

In all honesty though, if I had the spare wonga, a decent Seasonic or similar decent brand PSU (current is a 550w BeQuiet one in the A8-3870 box - this one) would be preferred, primarily because I like modular wiring and dedicated rails, even if I'm not using them - makes swapping out dead PSUs much less stressful. You know, providing you can find the modular cables five years down the line...

Steven R

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Re: A place where fools and their money

This; a thousand times this; there is a place for stores like PCWC, even if they aren't the finest for bleeding edge tech.

I had a Logitech Quickcam 9000 Pro for years, and it's not great on Linux (limited framerate, square aspect ratio unless you use the Windows software, which, er, no); I popped in, had a deek at what they had in stock cam wise, asked nicely if I could use the display iMac to do a bit of research (no problem), and picked up a C920 that had a decent discount on it making it comparable to online prices.

Picked it up, it's got warranty, if it shits itself I can take it back, etc. Might have paid a fiver more for it than I paid on Amazon, but I don't mind that to have it in my hands, and have some reasonable consumer protection in a local store, rather than email etc.

And for reference, yes, I did check my local computer shop (where I used to work, actually) and they didn't have anything in stock at the time.

Interestingly, I've also worked in PC World before, too. But we don't talk about that.

Steven "Put your management* hat on" R.

*was never management...

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Rails

500w/600w is pretty useless as a guideline; what you need to know is whether the rails assigned to power the GPU (12v GPU/AUX, IIRC) can deliver the current the card requires.

If so, it's not a problem. If not, you can call it a 1000w PSU; if it's supplying 1000w on the 5v rails, it still won't power that GPU.

(yes, not a perfect explanation, but I'm sure all the seasoned system builders will know what I'm getting at)

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Remembering those who logged off in 2015

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Re: What about Ian Murdock

[Editor's note: This article was written and edited before the death of Debian founder Ian Murdock this week.]

I'll assume that was added after the article was published, rather than that you (and at the last count, eight others) lack reading skillz :-)

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YouTube’s 10 years of hits: Global recognition at last for Rick Astley

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Also a useful and entertaining way to test an internet connection, Flash, and to show someone new to the internet what they could expect.

Good times.

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BBC News website takes New Year's Eve break

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Re: It's not just their website

Fun fact - Radio 4 being knocked off the airwaves for more than a set period (I believe 72hrs) without explanation is one of the triggers to unleash Trident.

No, seriously.

http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/01/02/radio-4s-nuclear-safety-secrets-you-wont-believe-whats-in-the-airwaves/

A very British way to conduct war,

Steven R

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Aroused Lycra-clad cyclist prompts Manchester cop dragnet

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Re: Doubtful

To be fair, if you've arranged a hot date, and arrive in lycra cycle gear - unless you're built like an Adonis, then that's doomed to failure.

Steven "Doesn't wear lycra because no-one wants to see a badly made balloon hippopotamus" R

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Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dead at 42

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Gah.

I was only a recent convert to 'straight' debian (After years of Ubuntu - the popularity of which is a testament to Debians solid foundations) and I feel rather affected by this.

Far too young, and doubtless had more to give. Oh well, that's the way the cookie crumbles.

All the best to his family at what is doubtless a troubling and upsetting time.

Steven R

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Gaming souk Steam spews credit card, personal info in Xmas Day security meltdown

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Re: Somebody went shopping at Argos and it wasn't me

Here's the official statement - unless you made a purchase and enterted your details on Steam during the timeframe of the incident, no details, period, would have been leaked. And even then, the details would have been minimal at worst.

"On December 25th, a configuration error resulted in some users seeing Steam Store pages generated for other users. Between 11:50 PST and 13:20 PST store page requests for about 34k users, which contained sensitive personal information, may have been returned and seen by other users.

The content of these requests varied by page, but some pages included a Steam user’s billing address, the last four digits of their Steam Guard phone number, their purchase history, the last two digits of their credit card number, and/or their email address. These cached requests did not include full credit card numbers, user passwords, or enough data to allow logging in as or completing a transaction as another user.

If you did not browse a Steam Store page with your personal information (such as your account page or a checkout page) in this time frame, that information could not have been shown to another user."

My emphasis. Because that's how caching works.

Does that excuse the snafu? Nope. Does it mean it's likely Steam is the cause of your card fraud? No, to a laughable degree, no. Get the cops to actually check your local petrol station for skimming devices, rather than just asking them if they've had reports of them, because that's - worryingly - more likely to be the case.

It's also likely that they saw the Steam shenigans and thought "Hey, if we use those deets now, they'll blame in on Steam!". Or it could just be coincidence.

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Re: Somebody went shopping at Argos and it wasn't me

Didn't you know Jediben, all the cool kids tell their massively distributed web platforms to cache everything for six months at a time, because obviously the real performance impact is from people who use the system once a quarter.

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Here – here is that 'hoverboard' you've wanted so much. Look at it. Look. at. it.

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Oh dear

Clever boy here watched the video first, and assumed it was a spoof of some kind - with the overemotional reactions, grand claims, etc. I half expected to see Charlie Brooker in there, taking the piss out of over the top Indigogo/kickstarter videos.

Then discover that no, it's not a spoof. These people are for real.

Tragic. Subtle hint guys, it's a toy, and not a very good or practical one at that. Making it out like it's the future of personal transportation is laughable.

Steven "humbug" R

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Oklahoma bloke cuffed for Chrimbo caprine coupling

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I'd be out with a shotgun if I saw someone humping my wife, too.

Sorry.

Steven "Not married, and with jokes like that, not likely to be any time soon" R

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'Fairly bad core bug' crushed in Linux 4.4-rc5

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" That said him saying someone should cut the brake lines or put something in the coffee of the ARM guys publicly was a bridge too far."

"Ok. I still really despise the absolute incredible sh*t that is non-discoverable buses, and I hope that ARM SoC hardware designers all die in some incredibly painful accident. DT only does so much.

So if you see any, send them my love, and possibly puncture the brake-lines on their car and put a little surprise in their coffee, ok?"

Yeah, totally sounds like he's calling for someone to actually try to kill someone.

No, sorry, sounds like hyperbole. My mistake!

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Torvalds, traditionally, tends only to get a bit grumpy when people let poor code through high level merges (when their job is to spot basic stuff and prevent it getting that far) or refuse to take responsibility for their mistakes.

I'd guess whomever introduced this bug facepalmed, then worked on getting it fixed, as you do - hence no ranting from Torvalds.

If he was as difficult a personality as people suggest he is, he'd not still be at the head of the project - he'd just be credited as creating the kernel and left alone/sidelined - as he'd be more trouble than he's worth.

But yet that is not what we see. Odd that.

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Tablet computer zoom error saw plane fly 13 hours with 46cm hole

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Re: Goooooooo Bill

"That depends if the design of the vehicle / controls contributed to the accident doesn't it? If you couldn't see the dog because the driver's position had poor visibility, or because the brakes took too long to respond then yes Ford would have some blame to share for the accident"

No. A thousands times, no.

My car has wide a-pillars, and the brakes aren't hugely assisted.

I get around this by leaning around the cabin a bit to see entries to junctions (to mitigate my blind spot where the A-pillars are from a normal seated position) and by pressing the brake pedal harder then you would in, say, a new Corsa.

As the driver, it's *my* responsibility to know how to use my car safely and to *not* drive it if I feel that's not possible. Nobody elses.

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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Ah, found a few of those in my recently deceased dads flat (he did maintenance work on industrial ventilation systems like what you find in paint factories etc).

I now know what they are - nice!

Steven R

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Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

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Car spotting!

It's not a Rover 600, it's a Cadillac Seville which has a vaguely similar profile to a Rover 600.

They were available in the Uk for a short time, but being late 90s US built cars, they were even worse put together than a Rover 600, which is saying something.

That, and a front wheel drive V8 isn't really what UK buyers were looking for, because our roads have corners in 'em - a transverse mounted V8 driving the front wheels ain't a recipe for a pointy front end. Suffice to say the Uk car press ridiculed them endlessly.

I can understand the confusion though, at a glance they aren't dissimilar, but if you look at the roofline/door shuts towards the rear and front of the car there are clear differences - and the headlights on the Rover 600 don't wrap around as far.

Cadillac Seville of the correct era: Clicky for piccy

Rover 600 from similar angle: Clicky for piccy

The scene featuring the car in the episode occurs at 52min 30secs on iPlayer, should you want to compare and contrast. I can easily believe it being simpler to shoot the scene in the US than it would be to try to find a Seville in a presentable state in the UK, too.

I've always found the fact that they tried to sell the Seville over here to be an oddity, which is why I recognise them when I see them. That, and I'm a major car geek.

Steven R

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

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"The hybrid is me"

Yeah, who else do we know who goes by the name of 'me'?

Someone who is also a hybrid, from a few episodes back.

Steven "colour me not remotely surprised, but thoroughly entertained" R

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Spending Review: GDS gets £450m, Cabinet Office budget slashed

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Re: I smell a pork barrel. ..

To be fair, the idea of herding the cats that are the major Govt depts that you pay things to is a terrifying one; I say this having worked in local and national govt IT depts across a couple of different fields.

GDS is starting to level out and have a proper crack at stuff; the very worst case scenario is that it all goes just as poorly as other major Govt IT projects.

Best case, they do a DirectGov and actually manage to bludgeon there way through the departments involved and get them to do something other than lining their own pockets with their own backwards, non-interoperable systems.

I mean, jesus, even if they get a common backend, and everyone still 'runs' their own little fiefdom, it'd be a start.

Steven "likes to be optimistic as there are now, at least, some fairly bright, savvy people in Govt IT again, unlike a decade ago" R

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Second Dell backdoor root cert found

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Re: The problem is not Dell (or Lenovo) hardware

"If this were to happen and you ring Tech Support to say "my system is not working" the techies will say "OK, let's install the factory supplied software. Right, now does that work?" "Yes then I'm sorry sir/madam, but this is a software problem." If a Dell engineer (sub-contracted to Unisys in my experience) were to come down to fix your hardware at your premises then they would do exactly the same thing."

This. Exactly this.

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Next time I have a hardware procurement choice....

.....that's Lenovo *and* Dell off the list then.

Suddenly building your own servers is starting to look like a good idea again, if you appreciate actual security and must use Windows.

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Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger

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Re: No Kidding!

I came to say exactly the same thing; Die Hard 4 isn't even a good example of a functional story/movie, never mind research on OpSec.

BitDefender, consider yourself removed from any future consideration of any security software, period. If you can't even keep a leash on your PR people from ridiculing yourself, I dread to think how you keep on top of the herd of cats that would be your dev/research teams.

And instead of spunking billions on 'cyber security' (for fucks sake, cyber-anything sounds like a joke - try using your grown up words, ministers) how about instead just making outrageous security snafus like Superfish and eDell criminal offences backed up with nine-figure fines per month the devices are on sale. After all, it's not like Dell have huge contracts in the civil service and military where having your secure connections utterly pwned might be considered problematic or owt, you know.

That way you can *make* billions when the ODM/OEMs fuck their security up so badly that it enables that kind of attack, which is where the problem really lies.

Steven R

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Superfish 2.0 worsens: Dell's dodgy security certificate is an unkillable zombie

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Re: seems way overblown

"While I didn't notice that the private key was included my opinion still stands the situation is overblown."

Duo Labs have already found a SCADA system using the eDell certificate on that thar interwebs.

So yup. a total non-issue, as it's not like Dell is a global multinational that supplies a fuckton of compute hardware to industrial and government installations in everything from local government to the military, and who have already seen one of their competitors get utterly reamed fro doing the same thi....oh, wait.

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Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner

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Re: Optimistic

Same marketing they put out for Windows 8. And Windows 8.1, if I recall.

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Short weekend break: Skegness or exoplanet HD 189733b?

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Re: "annual orgy of capitalism"

I've never heard either phrase, which is strange given my mind is not so much in the gutter as it is mining the Marinas Trench - but I think I'll steal allthecoolshortnamesweretaken's version, it has a bit more ham to it, which when you're defending a mid conversation comment that involves sexual arousal and three hungry Rottweilers that is only barely related to the subject at hand, well, you need some theatrics to get out of that one.

Upvotes for all!

Steven "I've not actually made a comment about sexual arousal and three hungry Rottweilers...for a few months" R

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"annual orgy of capitalism"

I'd like to blame this on the 'typesetting', but I'm pretty sure me reading that without one of the 'n's and a 'u' in it is all down to my own mucky mind.

Merry christmas, don't forget your personal lubricant.

Steven "Oh god, I need help" R

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Looking for a council house in Sheffield City? Meet your fellow tenants

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Re: Is proofreading just too much to ask?

Just like Sheffield City Council, eh?

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Cat discovers GNOME desktop bug

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Helped with lots of web technologies, yeah?

Sorry, sorry, I'll go back to what I was doing....

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Re: Ahhh Windows 3.11 for Workgroups...

Six disks sounds about right to me.

Dos 6.22 and Win 3.11FW - it's all been downhill since then*

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*not really, but it sounds good, dunnit?

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End in sight for wireless power standards war as field shrinks to two

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Power Matters Alliance

S'funny how they're called power matters, but they're pushing tech that fritters away 30% of the power at the DC adapter, and then another 40% at the wireless charging bridge.

Or is it just me?

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Cisco takes Security Everywhere™ to throw blanket over shadow IT

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Does that include...

Does that include SocialMiner, one of it's own tools?

Just askin' y'know.

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Volkswagen: 800,000 of our cars may have cheated in CO2 tests

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Re: Good for them !

Well, yes and no - tighter emissions regs are a pain as we can't have flamespitting monsters on the roads. Boo.

However, from a more real world standpoint, the tighter emissions regs have forced manufacturers to come up with serious engineering to meet or surpass them (you know, except VW) - look at the resurgance in small turbo'd petrol engines; they're gonna be a tuners delight on the second hand market.

Hell, the Fiesta ST is somewhere around 1100kg and you can get 200bhp out of that with chip, intake and exhaust package - and that makes for a seriously quick car point to point as a result, that will undoubtedly cost peanuts ten years down the line (See Puma values for a pointer).

So it's not all bad.

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Nah, MOTs typically don't measure for specific, type approved figures on CO2/NO2 etc - just 'safe margins' IIRC.

Someone feel free to correct me, but MOT tests aren't as stringent as the type approval tests, as they aren't the same conditions that type approvals are done under.

I reckon that prices will drop though....

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