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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

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So how long....

...before some very large POPs and routing outfits appear just over the border offering dark fibre at (comparably) reasonable prices to the ISPs?

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

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Re: Wow so many cynics here

Construct the building out of batteries, rebuild it every three years with new batteries?

Problem solved made ten times more complicated.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Re: Huh?

Dan, like anyone needs more reasons not to use Safari.

*fires up Chrome, realises irony, sets fire to self*

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Will.i.am - cuff?

I dunno about that, but he can gladly 'koff as far as I'm concerned.

Steven R

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

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Re: Channelling Troy Queef?

Good lad. I look forward to seeing your next used car ad.

Jaguar Snatch. 3.333 pints. Automatic seven speed sunroof. Angry passenger. Want £10x2^4

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Channelling Troy Queef?

"I’ve neither the balls nor the ability for the odd dab of oppo, so took the one hint of lightness as a warning not to try again."

Apparently not. He'd never back down from a bit of oppo.

"Coming in committed to an especially knotty kinkback I slide loafer from loud pedal and feel the trailing end get tricksy. I simply catch it with a dab of oppo and I’m away.

The Nissan Qashqai Acenta 1.2 DIG-T 115 is a bitch. And I spanked it."

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

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Re: Stupid idea

On the flipside, I'll find myself not touching it for a few hours at a time, too.

If you spark up a fag, you *have* to finish it. If you take a few puffs on an e-cig, you don't have to do any more. I needn't explain why that's very handy in the car! No more fiddling with lighters at the lights...

I have considered getting one of those logging batteries to see what my usage is actually like, but TBH, I don't care enough. I tend to go by how many batteries I go through in a day.

Steven R

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

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Re: Doing your business in the long grass

I don't see why you need three disks in RAID 0 to get >800mbps; I can happily get >800mbps off the Syno box in RAID1.

It'll also do snapshot backups too if you want, although I'm not sure if it'll do them to a network location. Pretty sure it'll rsync to another box, although with RAID1 that's less of a concern (I'm well aware RAID isn't backup...). With three disks in RAID0, you'll *need* that backup.

The savings you got, I'd have had to put into learning OI and NappIt, and ZFS pool allocation.

Swings and roudabouts, though - if you were already fluent in that stuff and it was a doddle/fun to set up, all power to you.

These days I'm spending 12 hours a day out of the house for work, so my free time is better spent doing other things, like sleeping ;-)

Steven R

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Re: Is that all?

Except with a NAS, you don't have to teach yourself how each of these services works to prevent them from being a massive security problem on your network (because you'd also need to know how iptables works).

Consumer NAS's have all this stuff set up to be (at least moderately) secure out of the box, with zero learning time required.

I'm not all that up on iptables, but my Syno NAS is locked down pretty well. At least until Synolocker came about, whereupon I made it only available through a VPN on my router....

As I say, simplicity and convenience.

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Simplicity and convenience, maybe. Unless you can spin up a FreeNAS instance with iSCSI, NFS, SMB, and options for apache, MySQL, LDAP, BitTorrent client working fully, with a decent interface within, ooh, twenty minutes? ;-)

I'm not being facetious, by the way - I was looking at doing similar, but was busy at work so dropped a few hundred on a DS214+ and a pair of WD Reds. It hammers along at 100MB/sec, everything just works, and upgrades to fix security holes etc are a piece of piss and fully tested before release.

So it genuinely is simplicity and convenience - I could probably have built something comparable for about the same price, but had I put my hourly rate on it (not much, I might add) then the cost goes up.

Also, I'm seriously fucking lazy.

It used to be that building your own server was the only way to get decent performance and features at a reasonable cost - these days that isn't true any more.

Would you rather have a kit car or a BAC Mono? Would you rather buy a scrapper 7-series and fix it up or get one with tax and test on it? It's always about money vs convenience, and I'm getting too old for that shit now.

Well, almost....*taps fingers impatiently waiting for courier with an alternator*...

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Re: Olivetti and Time Travel @_RCH_

"I don't use Linux now for a number of reasons"

Too much danger of meeting yourself and dividing by zero?

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Re: Well spotted

I'm using the commenTARDIS to post this.

<sorry>

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Re: Pointless Reviews

It's the Weekend Edition - basically a few bootnotes-esque articles that may or may not be related to IT, but are related to our general shared interests. If you missed the announcement, it's here:

See here for detais

I don't mind it at all, it gives me something interesting to read on a Sunday morning with a hangover and some more opportunities for expanded commentard interaction (as we aren't posting when we're meant to be working - I know I certainly find I can't dedicate as much time to spouting crap when I'm supposed to be doing something else I'm getting paid for) so it's all good as far as I'm concerned.

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Re: It's Dr Who

There is artistic license, and there's a disregard of basic, secondary school level physics.

One can help with the suspension of disbelief, the other utterly breaks it. The egg being laid completely ruined what had been a pretty decent little story for me.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Re: The Master

Missy - Michelle Gomez.

I'm not sure where the whole Missy thing is going and I won't waste my time speculating, but there's clearly going to be a confrontation of some sorts.

If you know the name Michelle Gomez or have watched Green Wing, you know that Capaldi vs Gomez is going to be just fucking amazing. She can make John Simm look reserved and subtle. She doesn't chew the scenery, she devours entire studios.

Or to put it another way, she took a scene where she had to birth a lion cub (from herself, I might add) and made it work. That's a rare talent.

Michelle Gomez is vastly underrated as a comedic/dramatic actress - hopefully this will give her the full blown, mainstream multimillion viewer recognition she richly deserves.

TL:DR - go watch Green Wing on 4OD and tell me you don't to see Missy and The Doctor duke it out verbally. I suspect it'll go down very well....

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Without wishing to sound arsey, a readers vote in the Radio Times is going to be confirmation bias city - it's bought by people who think the BBC is just wonderful.

I'm not saying it's wrong, but a BBC magazine read by people who like the BBC is unlikely to be the most objective source for data. It's like asking Official Playstation Magazine (are official console magazines still a thing? Last one I read was Nintendo Magazine System back in the N64 days) readers whether they think the PS4 is awsume or not. Your survey sample is not going to be objective.

I really rather like Capaldi - as noted in the article, the line about being his carer, so he doesn't have to care, was excellent, and I'm hoping to see more of this harsher, snappier Doctor as the series progresses.

Or to put it another way, my TV is used for Chromecast streams, and to watch Dr Who - something I haven't done for a while. I've been enjoying it so far. It's a nice bit of fun.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: tiles on the start menu?

I keep saying this, but having actually used server 2012 in anger since it was released, Modern UI on Server 2012 really isn't a problem. It's quite handy in some cases.

Winkey>ADUC (I think just typing ACT will do it)>return = Active Directory Users and Computers - which previously was three levels deep in nested menus, or found (along with half a dozen other MMCs) as shortcuts on the desktop.

It doesn't get in the way one jot, simple as that.

But then, I have actually used Server 2012, so, you know, I might actually have a fucking clue what I'm talking about.

Steven "Linux sysadmin" R.

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Re: Here we go again..

Give Canonical credit where it's due, they've been working on a version of Ubuntu that scales on the fly from a mobile form factor to a full blown desktop, using the same kernel and packages (just a different UI) for a few years now. Including plugging the phone into an MHL link and running a full desktop from the phone - Hence Mir, they needed the extra flexibility of a custom display manager, X was too restrictive by far, and Wayland wasn't going in the direction they believed they needed to be going in.

Microsoft deserve no credit for this at all, because it's not new, and their idea of 'cross platform' involves either crippled functionality (check out the size of the Windows RT API stack vs Windows 8) or having three code sources in one EXE, launching a different one depending on what hardware it detects - which I don't believe they've done yet, but which is about the only way you'll get an Office-class application (IE not a cut down 'metro version') running on a phone, tablet and desktop in any meaningful way on an NT6.x kernel.

Microsoft need to tear the NT6 kernel to shreds, and start from scratch, using virtualistaion for backwards compatability - it's the only way it'll work.

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Re: "... we’re not building an incremental product"

Sublime!

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I thought it was Windows 8 that was taking the P?

Apologies.

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Unchanging Unicorn: Don't be disappointed with Ubuntu 14.10, be happy

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Re: 14.04

Maventi, I agree that OS X is still slicker, but only for two reasons, realistically:

1: 60fps desktop - Unity still needs some serious acceleration, and on ATI stuff, it seems to double or triple buffer, which can feel a touch laggy. Mir will hopefully make it as smooth on proprietary graphics as it is on the open source ones (I want proprietary for gaming, and I'm not switching drivers each time, period).

2: Apple Trackpad support. There is - quite genuinely - no better trackpad solution than the Apple setup. Materials, touch detection, operational use - all utterly top of the class. If I could hook an Apple trackpad up to my Umbongo box and have it behave as well as it does on OS X, Apple would easily have £50 out of me (or however much it costs these days).

Other than that, I agree with much of the rest of what you say - especially Windows 7. I'm just waiting for Windows 10 Tech Preview to get VirtualBox guest support (it works, but not with guest accessories, so no auto-resize, etc) to see if that helps. So far it seems like an improvement, but not enough of one to make me want to have Windows 10 as a boot drive for when Linux refuses to game properly (Metro Last Light seems a bit flaky on Linux...) - I'll stick with Windows 7 for now.

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Re: 14.04

Must admit, I did an upgrade to 14.10 Beta 1 while I had a hoary mix of ATI proprietary graphics on it (which were a bit spotty anyway) and it broke, badly - as in I couldn't get the display manager to work at all, and had to do a clean install (after backing up my /home from the command line, natch - full userland, just no graphics - TTY1, hallo old friend...)

That said, the clean install has been spot on. But that's betas (and muchos fiddling) for you.

I've recently changed jobs to a linux support position though, so Debian is very tempting - I think I'll keep Ubuntu at home though, the proprietary stuff it takes in as a option, much as though it might piss the RMS/GNU/FLOSS people off, makes it a far better everyday proposition than straight deb (and whine all you want, if you're a techy user and aren't afraid of the CLI, Ubuntu is a good introduction to CLI stuff with a good DE to fall back to if required).

That, and I've really grown to like Unity, even enjoy it - I've tried LXDE, Awesome, XFCE, KDE and none of them really match up to Unity now that I'm familiar with it - despite the slagging it (deservedly) got initially, it's getting pretty damned mature now, and it really is a good little desktop environment. Unless you don't like unified search - in which case, you're pretty much gonna hate it, but then you're gonna hate most modern DEs.

But if you're on the fence and willing to have a play, fire up a VM/USB key with some persistance and give it a shot - it's well worth a look these days and is easily the equal of KDE or Gnome 3, and I prefer it to both.

Feel free to check my post history for defense/praise and slagging of Windows desktop and server, Mac OS and linux in general as reference - I'm not being particularly biased when I say Unity is definitely worth investing some time in, and I've taken enough OSs and DEs seriously enough to say that I like it...

Steven R

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: What about Windows 9? @Steven Raith

Fihart, interesting!

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Re: What about Windows 9?

Or because DB8 is confusing to read.

Which seems more likely....

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Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

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Re: Symphony of complexity

Delphi? Are you intertard stalking me?

Steven R (Beany)

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Re: Symphony of complexity

But how does Nyan Cat sound through it?

Or the title theme from Super Metroid?

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Bash bug flung against NAS boxes

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Re: Synology users Ok

I thought that was the case, but I'm running 5.1 Beta so I'm not sure how that's affected. It's only accessible via a VPN (like the rest of my kit) so I'm not overly concerned at this stage.

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Re: Synology users Ok

Not strictly true - it does use bash, but only internally and for non-public (AKA user accessible) stuff so it's still worth patching (When they release it) in case a seperate vulnerability exposes bash subsequently.

So it's not a priority (there aren't any known exploitation vectors at this time) but you want to keep tabs on the updates.

https://www.synology.com/en-global/support/security/bash_shellshock

Steven R

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Apple is GOLDBRICKING IT: BEHOLD the iPad Glister-Slab

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If he was at the stage where he was getting gold stars for his work, I'm not sure if that would be an appropriate insinuation to make....;-)

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OpenVPN open to pre-auth Bash Shellshock bug – researcher

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Re: My /bin/sh points to dash .....

The simple answer is Just Patch It Anyway -

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install --only-upgrade bash

That way you're patched and it won't affect anything else.

As I mentioned elsewhere PATCH FUCKING EVERYTHING because if you don't know what on your system calls bash explicitly, and you don't know whether the package you have is exploitable, then you don't know if you're safe, period.

Remove it, or patch it, but don't just leave a package with a known remotely exploitable vulnerability sitting on the system - that's asking for trouble.

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

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Re: "since most of them can't be patched"

I heard it from a chum who has the technical nouse, career history, and - frankly - geeky interests that make me look like a casual observer. He might be wrong but I'd be surprised!

Still, even if the BT Hubs aren't affected, I'm sure there are some embedded devices that are, and the point still stands that updating those will be a mighty pain in the arse.

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Re: "since most of them can't be patched"

Can you compile the update of Bash for a BT Home Hub, or do you have to wait for BT to push out a full firmware update?

There's your answer, right there.

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

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Re: Reanult has a problem, called 'marketing'

Pete, I really like the idea of one of those engines, mit tweeks, in my Puma.

Those engines ain't cheap though...

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Re: Fiat 500?

"Not being rude, but how are you going to get a "sportier" engine in there?"

Dump the back seats, obviously - loads of room for a turbo the size of a monkeys head then.

See Renault 5 Turbo (not GT turbo) and Clio V6 for details.

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Re: Fiat 500?

Renault have played with the idea of a hot version in the Block Racers video, and bear in mind the Clio V6 was a 'silly engineering concept' before someone accidentally made it a production vehicle, so while I don't have much hope, I have some.

Chances are it'll have overservo'd brakes, numb electric steering and ESP and ASC and all the other fun-killing TLAs, however, which would sort of negate the whole idea of having a farily powerful rear engine rear drive car with a short wheelbase for those of us who like a challenge, but can't quite afford either a 911, or enough modifications to make a Smart ForTwo spin it's tyres....

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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'Windows Vanden Plas'

Oh fuck yes! The imagery that brings up is just perfect! Have an upvote.

Steven R

PS: You'd need to be aware of car history for that - Vanden Plas was a trim level used by British Leyland brands back in the day to make their cars appear more important/luxurious/fancy than they actually were, using things like chrome grilles, extra features (includes cabin heater!), quad headlights etc to cover the fact that their cars were plain fucking awful.

Do an image search for Austin Allegro, follow it up with a search for Allegro Vanden Plas, but don't drink coffee as the results load, you'll spit it out with no small degree of incredulity at the idea of an Allegro trying to look like a Rolls Royce.

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Re: Skylight

" Microsoft Onelight."

Pfft. MIcrosoft NOtWorthALight.

And on the subject of Mobile First, Cloud first, how about Desktop First because, you know, that's where 80% of licenses will go, you moronic, dribbling cockslaps.

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Re: MAGNA CARTA

It's quite astounding how many people bang on about freedom of speech, without realising what it actually entails.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: My own solution

...but then you have the inconvenience of feeding the sherpa.

I mean, you could just not feed the sherpa, but you'll find that it gets increasingly irritable, then stops your music collection being portable when it dies.

Could be a problem.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Christ on a bike!

I only wanted to paraphrase the "I'm in great shape - round is a shape, right?" line, I wasn't being entirely serious. ;-)

Anyway, it's not the junk food that keeps me in 'great shape', it's the wholesale lack of excercise - once I get settled at the new job, I'm going to get the train in and walk 3/4 mile form/to the terminating station to the office.

Why not do it now? I'm in the 'training' period where I'm learning all the systems, so 9-5 is a must - and if I miss the first, 7am train, I'm guaranteed to be at least 45mins late (due to that 3/4 mile walk). Once I'm settled in, flexi time is an option so I could do 10-6 etc - or WFH in the morning, train in, train home in the afternoon. For now tho, driving is the key to being on time all the time. And draining my wallet - 80 miles a day at 30-ish mpg = expense. So less money for even cheap pizza, I suppose....

I used to walk a mile and a half to work (and back again!) when I worked up north - I could eat anything I wanted (even pizza) and stayed a stable shape (that wasn't so round) - I miss those days...I imagine being a youth helped too. I'm now a 30 something old giffer, I can't lose the weight like I used to. Not that I'm even remotely trying, of course. I have a reputation to maintain!

I'm surprised at the zero votes on the post though, you'd think starting a 30+ post discussion would earn me someone's ire, he says, tempting fate....

Steven "Bat Fastard" R

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Flaw in the argument

Surely I should be paid more to keep me in good shape?

(round is a shape, right? And pizza is expensive!)

Steven 'Cuddly' R

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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

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Re: Old school hacking ...

@RandomWomble:

apt-get install wife

Reading package lists... Done

Building dependency tree

Reading state information... Done

E: Unable to locate package wife

Damn. <foreveralone.png>

Steven "what do mean, this is why I'm single?" R

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

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Re: Can you hear that sound?

"What about your router?"

Pretty sure Drayteks run Busybox (I don't allow remote access to my management page, only VPN so I can't check at the moment for reasons I'm too lazy to explain) but a colleague tells me that BT Home Hubs run Bash.

So, that might be causing some BT people some headaches this morning, if true.

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Re: Can you hear that sound?

Charles Manning

".... and they're already fixed...."

The patch being in the repos doesn't mean the average person with a web site that once had a developer throw some code at it has actually had the patch installed...!

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Re: Can you hear that sound?

I misread that and then thought it was a typo, but I see what it means now.

Anyway, for those who aren't full time linux sysadmins (and I count myself in that group - although I'm learning fast) if you're running a boggo install of Debian Wheezy or any supported Ubuntu variant, give this a shot:

sudo apt-get install --only-upgrade bash

(use sudo as and if required, of course)

Wheezy main and Ubuntu have patches in the repo already - bash_4.2+dfsg-0.1+deb7u1 on debian vulnerability matrix thingy.

As a well regarded security consultant just IM'd to me, and I'll admit I'm paraphrasing here, PATCH FUCKING EVERYTHING.

Steven R

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

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Thanks again....

..for another broderline troll article that is fantastic for gently joshing my Apple-loving chums.

As I don't work for an Apple Authorised service outlet any more* I'm only to happy to spread the venom and wind 'em up a bit.

But in all seriousness, getting the update pulled within two hours is pretty impressive (and a gutsy move given it was meant to fix Healthkit IIRC) - it begs the question, what has actually caused this, and how did it get past QA?

Steven 'I support Linux now' R

*although I was never that good at biting my tongue even then, arf

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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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Re: Am I the only one...

I tend to agree to an extent - there seem to be a far lower amount of dribbling fucktards in some of the community groups.

The Linux user group is particularly good - patient, friendly and fairly open about other OSs.

Is it a Facebook beater? No. Is it useful? Yeah, it can be.

Steven R

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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Re: The downside of using "good" materials

Ah, luxury finishes. Like the BMW Frozen Paint finish, which is a sort of matt finish you may have seen on new 3/4 series.

It's not a matte wrap, it's an actual finishing process on the paint. However, this means that should any damage come to the paint, it is quite explicitly not user repairable; you can't machine polish a scratch out - or even hand polish it out. It has to be taken to a BMW paint specialist, and normally it requires a whole panel match 'n' spray. Machine polishing it will ruin it, end of.

Expect to pick up scrathed E9x 3-series cheap with that paint on it in about five years time when people realise that it's £500 to remove a parking/supermarket trolley ding. This will be valuable when the 335i and other high value models start to trough in value in about six years time, mark my words - scratched ones will be £1000 cheaper than clean ones.

(none of this is hyperbole, by the way - the Drive channels sub-channel, Drive Clean, about detailing and whatnot, covered this in some detail - you cannot DIY the paint finish, period)

Luxury isn't always practical or useful.

Steven R

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Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

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RSI issues?

Serious questions - I tested photocopiers for Xerox in their WGC operation about ten years ago. The process mostly involved checking for skew and artifacts from platen scans (although lots of document feeder testing was done too, natch) - lifting the platen - which isn't that heavy - dozens of times a day for a year has left me with shooting pains down my right arm, ten years later.

How does a touchscreen compare for that sort of shoulder work?

Steven R

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