248 posts • joined 6 Mar 2013
The one dude/organisation/state that *first* figured this exploit out must now be sitting on a similar percentage of total bitcoin as the two aliens from the planet "Winklevosia" that live among us.
IMHO the real story here is that El Reg think paywalls are an issue for it's readers.
Chrome, pretend you're a "googlebot". Sorted.
Company in charging money for service shocker.
Sue for what exactly?
In both senses of the phrase.
If they win what will they get? Nothing, because no one involved with this had any kind of cash to start with, and whatever they did have is now gone.
An what for in the sense of what offense? I'm sure MtGox offered no assurances that they were a financial institution or that anything given to them was safe/secure/kept to any sort of standard.
The people lost their money the instant they turned it into bitcoin, all that was stolen from/by MtGox were strings of numbers that both parties thought were actually worth something in a real, tangible sense.
They've lost the numbers that allow them to convert a bitcoin back into real money...no real money was stolen.
That was my thought on reading the article too.
Do I need YOUR smartphone or simply your app set and maybe, in extreme cases, a version of your OS I can stick on $SMARTPHONE.
Shirley the money here is licencing the tech/apps/OS, not making the hardware.
+1 for Ghostery. I use it in chrome and the list of clart it blocks is sometimes the length of the screen/page on my laptop.
How about we all decorate the wall opposite any webcams we have in the style of the now traditional terrorist-making-demands video.
Couple of crossed (fake) AKs on the wall, chuck a few flags up with a bit of Arabic on them etc. Perform all webcam chats in a balaclava waving an AK47 and/or a machete.
Re: Battery and storage
I have just relatively recently upgeaded to a note 3 after being impressed with a collegaues note 2 last year.
If I already had a note 2 I think i'd have waited to see what the next round of releases brings, it was a huge upgeade from my HTC one X, but honestly the note 2 is still a great device and if I'd had one of those I don't think I would have bothered.
Very happy with my note 3 though, horses for courses regarding the size of it, some just don't like larger phones. I was concerned I wouldn't, but I do. It's brilliant and had been problem free.
The battery is incredible, it's changed the way I use my phone. I now own ONE charger. no charger near the bed or at my desk it gets plugged in for an hour or two in the evening every other day.
Re: Smart, but useless
@ Sorry, What?
If you're basing your opinion of samsung phones on there 2 or 3 generations old budget model then maybe it's worth a look at an S4 or note 3.
The galaxy ace was garbage, but it was a cheap phone. Their cheapest at the time IIRC, many phones have been discussed in this article and comments but few of them budget offerings.
The Galaxy ace wasn't good, not all samsung phones are so, both then and now.
I'm with random AC. I've got a note 3. It's superb and one handed use is fine with the majority of apps/uses.
I wanted one because of the battery spec, overall phone spec and replaceable battery. The battery life is so good however I've never even bothered to buy a spare. I get a steady 2days ish out of it with no charging over night, Takes only a couple of hours or so to fully charge too. Great device, even though it's mahoosive and took a while to adapt to.
Why do you think he got caught? It probably effected the performance of the BOFHs mining activities during such downtime.
Lots of comments on the price. Just FYI I believe google have said they want to get the price point down to 300 (don't recal if it was a US or UK article) for the release of the retail version.
but yes, the development/v1/"explorer" model is $1500
Amazed that some of you, must never leave the house. I don't get the distinction between a few people where you are wearing Glass and almost everyone where you are having a smartphone in their hands 90% of the time. Baffling.
Hate that kind of bull-plop PR speak.
"no data was compromised" = "we're sure no one (else) bothered to try this. We really are"
How the hell can they know no (other) data was compromised? They don't. To state that is utter fiction. A guess. At least one guy COULD have had off with as many CC details as he wanted. If no one else did so it's luck, not judgement.
Mental note to continue to avoid such systems.
It's being held in a special vault in Cupertino.
Next year they will invite people to make the pilgrimage to touch it. Some of its fabled qualities include the ability to cure fertility problems, improve the crops in your home town/village and, naturally, flay those not carrying apple devices.
Jake already invented this.
In the 70's but his mates "Steve and Wozzy" made him keep it under wraps.
I see Jake is still either on netscape navigator or he (naturally) uses a browser he helped develop in the 20's back when only him and the other illuminati were allowed on line.
I love the register. not many places do you see people admitting they are totally ignorant about a product (having not touched iot for 14 years) and then offering an opinion.
I know it's trendy here on the Reg to hate MS. Out here in the real world though I support many SMEs who couldn't tell you want a browser was never mind name one. In that real world these SMEs are happily using whatever version of IE MS has slung out onto their system with zero issues at all. None.
Yes I install alternatives when I sell them kit but there's no forcinig them to use it.
Re: So these guys are getting done for laundering $2 million...
I believe the threshold for "disgusting criminal" and "Excellent business type chappie" is US$100m.
Re: I don't care what it looks like
What you need is a thing called a "hard drive". They come in varying shapes and sizes.
I get the whole "i've made a backup of my music collection" I really do, but why on earth would you want to carry every single bit and byte of it around with you everywhere?
At what point are you in a situation where 5,10,20 or even 30 gigs of music in your pocket has been insufficient?
It's like buying a motorbike the bitching that there's no room for the wife, kids and golf clubs.
If this is your only form of backing this data up then that's foolish. Phones can be pretty fragile beasts, but lets assume you're not a simpleton and you have them on another hard drive then it's back to my original question;
Why on earth would you see "being able to carry over XXGb of music" ever be the primary concern when buying a smartphone?
I'm similarly puzzled @ledswinger.
Unless china mobile take a cut from each transaction then surely they're just doing themselves out of the extra cash generated when users go over their limit.
unless i'm not seeing the angle then these people would otherwise have simply spent extra on their bill.
Part of any service providers profit margin is always in the lower usage customers partially subsidising the higher users. T'was ever thus.
Great, so now an unfortunately timed sneeze will see some random clothing/shoes turn up at my house in my size. Marvelous.
"Darling why is someone delivering size 12 stilletoes?"
Others have mentioned this but the main issue I see with bitcoin is that quite a large percentage of it is in the hands of people who never intend on spending it. Ever. They're simply waiting for the right moment to dump it all back in and walk away with real money. More real money than they invested.
Those like the Winklevoss twins who have made claims saying they own a large percentage of all bitcoins then subsequently use their profile to get endless "the only way is up" articles published and aired about bitcoins.
If/When this happens those trying to use bitcoin as an actual currency, and those who got on board with the investment hype will really suffer. I'd be willing to bet there are other individuals or groups who own a significant percentage of the entire currently available bitcoin 'stock' who have kept schtum and are similarly buying their time.
They will be dumped and sold in a scary amount at some point, and that'll be that.
30 million OVER budget. A lot seems to be reading the 30m figure AS the budget.
10years and 30million OVER budget isn't exactly a roaring sucess.
A decade FFS.
All this scientific genius around us and I still don't have my GODDAMN HOVERBOARD.
I think if that was teaked slightly and allowed to settle it would have been an improvement.
The sad individuals that troll any social network do so partly for the reaction. Getting blocked is a "badge of honour" for these pathetic people.
The new system, If I understand it correctly, would have stopped the blockee from seeing the blocked persons tweets to them. This means the troll is unaware they've been blocked and is free to send their virtiol into a black hole never to be seen.
The current system means the troll knows he/she has been blocked hence the purposeful trolling that happens where getting blocked is seen as "winning" a debate or an admission of defeat.
The only downside would have been, to some people, that the blocked person can still read their tweets, but as has been pointed outthats no different to signing up a new, random account and using that to view output from any user who has blocked you. Anyone willing to expend that much effort on it will always find a way to view the tweets they want to see, so they new system would have left them with the impression they were simply being ignored, which doesn't sit well with them. They want attention,
As someone who uses both outlook.com (for an old domain) and gmail (for everything else) I can say theres no contest.
The outlook.com android app is woefully slow compared to the gmail one. It really starts to show if you store a lot of mail in there. with gmail everything is intuitive and fluid.
That alone would see me never switch.
Re: Car Seat?
@ Ben 32
That's why they've used a very roomy car in the photos.
So Roomy it almost appears to be a room.
Seriously though, I don't get why the manufacturer should get much stick.
They're fully aware the world is full of sh*t parents and they have money to spend just like good parents do. Fair play to them. They're making a product that fills a gap in the market. People will buy this and that's asmuch justification as any business needs.
Yes IMHO anyone actually buying it needs to take a long hard look at alternative methods of keeping Jnr occupied but the story is "some people are dicks" not "bad company makes parents bad".
we have a spotify premium sub.
Anyone used this yet? Are we talking one advert per track, per album, or per 5/10/15 mins?
would have been nice to know, as "how annoying it gets" will be the main factor behind people putting up with it or not.
Pfffft. They don't even know how to use the seashells. Heathens.
Really? No one? Ok...
I for one welcome our robot overlords...
Re: It's a huge waste of time to attempt BTC mining on a normal PC
Let's assume 10k-100k downloads as a "successful" toolbar.
That's not really mining from a "normal PC" now is it?
One of our customers was getting around 8 or 9 a day of these this week.They have Kaspersky there and it detected it as a threat and removed it. No drama for those with decent software but worth letting those who don't know about it.
It's weird what they let through and what they don't.
There was a Focus (RS I think) near us for years that was "KN03 OFF" Which I think is clearer than many of these banned ones.
Re: No Such Thing as Profanity!
You massively understand free speech. Over and above this "right" go the laws of the land.
Would you expect, in this day and age, to be able to hurl a torrent of racist abuse at someone and it be ok, "because, you know, free speech". No. it'd be illegal, and rightly so.
Down with this sort of thing.
Oh, unless it's directly useful or wanted by me. I'd love to control certain parts of my brewing over the internet for example. In that sort of case then: Yes! finally, more things on the internet.
We've all been there. Budgets are fine until a group of one or more directors decides "Ipads it is".
Ok, finance all wanted bigger monitors, then Susan got 2 screens because she works in some hideous and massive database she made herself. Then they all "needed" 2 screens. Remember? They don't have the budget for 14 iPads left in their IT spend.
Normally 1-2 weeks later...
Hi, we need a hand, can you come and make email work on these ipads please, oh and James can't make his connect to the shared access database they all use, that's fairly simple right? Just do it on his and he can show us. Susan got hers working on email but now she doesn't see emails she sends from the ipad on her work phone, that needs fixing and, and, and ,and.
cool! Any particular flavour and brand favourites? I'm generally a fan of the fruity ones.
Totally wicked "orange candy" (tic tac) is immense
The Vape lounge..
Inspired by the recent article on ecigs on the reg I thought I'd stick this up.
I'm a vaper and loving it. Anyone have any suggestions for juice I MUST try? I'm always on the lookout for new flavours.
Anyone gone down the mixing your own route yet? One of our local shops (they've popped up everywhere!) sells all the required components but i've yet to take the plunge. Any advice?
1: 6 years ago the PS3 was actually amongst the best value Blu-ray players around (that also played games)
2: we had money then. The intervening years happen to have seen one of the worst economic periods since the world wars.
Re: halo cigarettes
I think that's the main reason vaping worked for me. There wasn't one habitual side of smoking it didn't replace.
The actual addiction to nicotine is only one of the addictive behaviours associated with smoking, this is the only one (patches, gum etc) that ticks any box other than "contains nicotine"
Re: Not the same as the real thing
@ Oh Homer and others
did you try the cartridge jobs that look like a normal cig?
If so they're awful. Almost everyone I know who has tried one of them (myself included)got headaches, sore throat etc.
You want a battery/tank setup and a good quality juice with (importantly) the correct level of nicotine in. I vape at 18%/18mg right now. I tried a 24+mg and it blew my head off nicotine content wise.
Re: fountain pen
Yes people have experimented with getting the goodness out of cannabis and into an eliquid.
The few forum posts i've read on the subject said it works to a point but doesn't vapourise cleanly so you don't get the full benefit and you ruin your atomiser/cartomiser very quickly indeed.
It'll come though.
Re: One point that is often conveniently forgotten ...
You'll never convince Jake. Ever.
He'll also conveniently ignore the fact that in all juices the easiest to absorb ingredient is (by design) the nicotine. This means the overwhelming majority of nicotine is absorbed when inhaled.
IT's PG/VG vapour being exhaled, not nicotine. He's never been one to let inconvenient truths and facts get in the way of his opinion though.
Pubs are starting to ban it. Our local doens't alow it inside. I asked why and was told it "gives the wrong impression". It's a chain pub not a private landlord.
Re: Never understood smoking
Very useful input MJI, many thanks.
Any more interesting anecdotes about how you're better than us?
you want to look into what o the forums and onlines vape shops are shows as either "customer or mod"
Monster battery teamed with a tank that you can vary the voltage and ohmage.You can vary the voltage and ohms until you get the experience you're after. You do have to actually want to quit though as with all methods.
Can we post links? I'm in no way affiliated with any seller, this tank is amazing and the company is simply the top of google. start here and shop around.
Re: halo cigarettes
@anonymuos coward 101
Actually my experience ties with the previous posters.
Yes you get the instant nicotine hit from vaping, just like smoking BUT the bit about vaping I found helped me quit cigarettes so easily was the fact it also ticks EVERY other box that smoking does and other qids to quitting done.
Hand to mouth movement
Vapour can be made to be warm/hot like smoke so mouth feel and feel when inhaling are all ticked boxes too.
It offers all of these things and others that are just as much a part of the addiction in mental terms when you're a smoker.
Similarly to others whatever date I bought my ecig kit was the last day I smoked a cigarette and I had also tried everything else.
I was wondering when the Reg would review these.
I'm a vaper myself. Unlike previous attempts at quitting I honestly could not tell you when I quit.
I bought an e-cig (one of the ego kits in this article) around a year ago and I haven't had a cigarette since that day. It replaced smoking so well and completey that there was never that "5,10,30 etc days without a fag" period.
Anyone considering it please take the plunge. don't get the ones that look like cigs, they're crap. Like most I started on an ego style kit and have now moved on to the customer/mods which deliver a much better experience.
I don't miss smoking at all, the range of flavour available is incredible and some of them are amazing.
I do vape in the office but we're a small outfit here so I simply asked all my colleges if they minded or not.
PS - anyone who does vape - "Totally wicked Orange candy" is amazing (it's orange tic-tac perfectly done) as is "Ewizards Mucho Mango". Pricey (for juice, waaay cheaper than smoking still) but both are 10/10 (IMHO)
Almost. Nearly but not quite brilliant.
It's a shame that all phonebloks will come to is this half baked, corporate vision of their idea.
I can't imagine many estate agents have ever been asked:
"But what does it look like when viewed from a helicopter or plane? Will my friends who can fly mock me?"
You live on an average street, in a fairly industrial area in the Wirral, was there ever a point in time when people were queuing to buy on this street? No. I think not.
In fact a quick check shows a year on year rise of house sale prices on one of those streets since '06, the one with the nicer houses on it.
What happens to all the lovely data harvested by bing then?
Ok, they aren't as good as providing search results so there isn't enough data, but how exactly do they plan to monetize bing if not somehow using "our" data?
We know how google work thanks, those of us who choose to use their (bloody brilliant) services do so, in the most part, aware of this.