* Posts by Robert Moore

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

Robert Moore

3 wheel van

Am I alone in wanting that van?

Living in Canada, I have never seen one in person. (Yes, I know they were/are the butt of many jokes.)

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Disney World-area University admits massive data breach

Robert Moore
Black Helicopters

Re: For the last fscking time

It is not printed anywhere! Who got to you!?!?!?!?!?

Obviously the number is tattooed in invisible ink on your.... LOST CARRIER ....

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Mystery hacker hijacks Dridex Trojan botnet... to serve antivirus installer

Robert Moore
Pint

Finally

I have though about doing this so many times.

If whoever did this is reading this message. Have a pint on me. :)

Nice work.

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

Robert Moore

Discovery

I always thought the principles behind the Discovery, from the movie 2001, had potential.

Also not too far outside the realm of possibility. Although the HAL 9000 was probably a bad idea. Maybe use a Raspberry PI instead. :)

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Who's running dozens of top-secret unpatched databases? The Dept of Homeland Security

Robert Moore

Re: Surprised? Nah

My favourite Twain quote:

"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself." - Mark Twain

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

Robert Moore

Oscar worthy

Best screenplay obviously. :)

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Microsoft hammers first nails into Enterprise Agreements' coffins

Robert Moore

Ready, Aim, Fire

I love watching Microsoft shoot themselves in the foot, time after time.

At a time when more and more home users are realizing a tablet will do everything they want to do at home. (Reg readers excluded, obviously.) Microsoft brings out a new OS the almost everyone hates, (You know who you are.) and businesses do not want.

Just when I think they can't be any more entertaining, they start messing with their bread and butter, the Enterprise licencing.

Honestly, if it were not for the lock-in of Outlook, and Exchange I think they would be circling round the drain already.

Fun to watch though. :)

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Someone please rid me of this turbulent Windows 10 Store

Robert Moore

A common thread in these reports is Microsoft, and their continuing inability to do search (Or anything else) right.

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MariaDB hires new CEO with code daddy Monty in as CTO

Robert Moore

I moved to MariaDB when I realized it was not in Oracle's financial interest to maintain a stable MySQL.

Here is my thought process:

Since they won't make money off a working MySQL, it would make sense for them to introduce a "bug" or two that would not come into play until you have a certain trigger amount of data. Then break in some incredibly difficult to fix way. Then sit back and wait for you to buy a support contract. If you are big enough they can then push you to an Oracle DB. No one gets out the door with out buying.

To be fair and honest, I have no proof that Oracle has done this. But having dealt with them in the past, it would surprise me if they had not. The Mafia has nothing on Oracle.

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Dell drops next network OS on the waiting world

Robert Moore

In corporate America.

When your company is failing, do exactly the same thing every other big company has already failed at.

Sun

Oracle

Corel

ETC.

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

Robert Moore

Go super secure, try this:

P@55w0rd1

Only really needed for banking sites. :)

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Twitter goes titsup

Robert Moore

Re: That would explain why ...

> I was more interested in allowing my sighthounds to pee & poop before bed.

I am not the only one on here with a sighthound.(Ex-racing greyhound from Ireland.) I feel more and more at home. :)

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Nest thermostat owners out in the cold after software update cockup

Robert Moore

Re: I can handle this one

> Yes, it does seem like an ideal Raspberry Pi / Python project.

As it did to me a little over a year ago when I built my Raspberry PI controlled thermostat.

Temperature sensor, Solid State Relay to turn on and off the furnace, and a cron job to adjust the temperature for time of day. Saved me a bundle last winter when I was traveling for work.

Set the temp to 10C while I was away, then VPN into my home network, ssh into the r-pi, and reset to normal temps just before I started for home. By the time I drove 4 hours home the house was nice and toasty warm.

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

Robert Moore
Paris Hilton

Re: 2GB?

> That's a bit big, isn't it?

That's what she said.

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Comcast repeatedly crams modem upgrade demands into browsers

Robert Moore

I had this with Rogers cable once many years ago.

They would call and try to book an appointment between 9 and 5 on Tuesday to replace my cable modem. I would tell them I would be working, and I felt no need to replace it. Then they would call the next week and start all over.

Finally they booked a rare weekend appointment, but after I sitting at home all day, they never showed up. They wouldn't even make an effort to book me another appointment the following weekend. They ended all support for the old cable modems while I was waiting for my next appointment. I was quite happy when Shaw cable took over the Vancouver market.

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At last – Feds crack down on crummy encryption … starting with your dentist

Robert Moore

Re: Clearly, FTC did not ask FBI about this

> WE COULD ALL BE KILLED BY TERRORIST DENTISTS!!!!!

You are clearly just a rabid anti-dentite!

Oh, it starts with a few jokes and some slurs. "Hey, denty!" Next thing you know you're saying they should have their own schools.

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We're all really excited about new smartphones, laptops, tablets – said no one ever

Robert Moore

Accenture...

It is a study by Accenture, so you know the conclusions are wrong.

The only "tech company" I have ever hung up on when they called to offer me a job.

I didn't think my career could ever recover from the shame.

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LogMeIn adds emergency break-in feature to LastPass

Robert Moore

Re: Emergency access to the whole damn vault?

> No-one will EVER get that from me until I am dead or incapacitated.

Your porn collection is not that interesting. :)

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Facepalm time: MS Office update wipes custom Word autotext

Robert Moore

EDLIN

> Thankfully my copy of edlin doesn't have such problems

That you know of. :)

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Lettuce-nibbling veggies menace Mother Earth

Robert Moore

Re: Some Vegetables are more equal than others...

Save the world. Eat a vegetarian. :)

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Is Kazakhstan about to man-in-the-middle diddle all of its internet traffic with dodgy root certs?

Robert Moore

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan greatest country in the world all other countrys are run by little girls.

Kazakhstan number one exporter of potassium!

Other countries have inferior potassium.

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.

How can such a great country do this?

Now where will I get my potassium?

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Telecity fix nixed: Borked UK internet hub 'had no UPS protection'

Robert Moore

>> And we are being told to put everything in the cloud. Why?????

So that a decade from now, we can spend again to bring those services back in house. Of course.

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Red dwarf superflares batter formerly 'habitable' exoplanet

Robert Moore

Re: Not new news

>>Red Dwarves likely to only have primitive life or none

I suggest we call these primitive lifeforms Lister.

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Pope instructs followers to put the iPhone away during dinner

Robert Moore

Expert

Obviously a man without a spouse, or children is and expert on what a family should or should not do.

Can someone just shoot him out of a cannon?

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Exam board in 'send all' fail: Hands up who knows what the BCC button is for?

Robert Moore

Re: Standard excuse, and all is well...

>> You seem to hear this phrase almost daily in either the same words or minor variations. It means fuck-all.

Or at most it means someones secretary is about to get laid off.

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ARM floats power-sipping Mali-470 GPU for Internet of Things things

Robert Moore

Quake?

Cool, but how many FPS playing Quake?

(I know, I am old. Deal with it!)

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Sysadmins can forget PC management skills, says Microsoft

Robert Moore

MCSE

MCSE = Microsoft Certified Solitaire Expert

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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse crawls towards finish line

Robert Moore

Reading with great interest

As I got my layoff notice a couple of days ago, I am making notes.

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Smartwatch sales off to a very slow start

Robert Moore

They don't do much.

They don't do anything that the phone in my pocket doesn't already do.

They use bluetooth, to communicate with my phone. I leave the bluetooth shutoff on my phone (S4), as it drastically reduces the battery life, when I turn it on.

For the record, I own and wear over a dozen watches. (Worn one at a time.) :)

I won't be buying a smart watch any time soon.

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Icahn, but Iwont: Carl the investor pest ends war with eBay

Robert Moore

The only correct response

to Carl Icahn is to publicly state, "Bugger off you freaking worthless parasite."

Then do the exact opposite of what he wants.

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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

Robert Moore

What they never take into account

They want these people to ride the regular buses, figuring that this will bring more money into the regular transit service, but it just won't happen.

Let's assume someone making $150K a year. They will probably take the Google provided luxury bus to work. Why not, it is easy, quick, and you can even get some work done. (Or watch some cat videos.)

Now let's take that same person, and eliminate the Google bus. Will they take the crowded bus with no internet access, no direct route so it takes an extra 30 minutes each way, some smelly homeless guy stinking up the place?

Of course not, he/she will drive to work instead.

I know because I drove to work instead of taking the bus for these exact reasons. I doubt I am unique.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

Robert Moore

Two suggestions.

Dban CD.

The software equivalent of taking off and nuking the site from orbit.

In fact you only need to run it for a few seconds to make sure that you are starting with a fresh partition table. This technique has solved problems for me more times then I can count. Virtually impossible for a virus/malware to survive dban. Old machines frequently have partition table strangeness, Hidden partitions, restore partitions etc. I have gotten to the end of a Win7 install with no errors, and found the machine would not boot. Dban, and reinstall and everything is good.

A large quantity of your favourite pain killer.

Upgrading machines speced for XP to Win 7, is going to be a painful experience.

Good on you for doing it.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

Robert Moore

As much as I loved Star wars

Enough already. I am so damn tired of sequels, prequels, reimaginings, reboots, ETC.

Here is a radical idea... Why don't they try making something new, and original.

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Romanian 'ransomware victim' hangs self and 4-year-old son – report

Robert Moore

Re: remove their genitalia..problem solved

> Really? How? The malware servers are administered by penis?

> What a stupid thing to say.

Well, if removal were done with a dull rusty chainsaw, and televised live. It might be a pretty good deterrent.

Just a thought.

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SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea

Robert Moore

Re: Life

"Are you eluding the a secret race of mole people who live deep underground?"

They are crab people. As you well know, since you are one of them! (Rips face mask off to reveal crab face.)

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Who loves office space? Dell does: Virtualization to banish workstations from under desks

Robert Moore

Re: Make the server big enough

Everything old is new again.

When we finally get enough power on the desktop, we start moving the processing back into the data centre. I am still trying to figure out how this will not just recreate the problems of the dumb terminal/mainframe architecture of yesteryear.

Any bets on how long until we start moving everything back out of the data centre and back on to the desktop?

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Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

Robert Moore

Maybe he just wanted to shut it down without getting into an argument about how movies based on video games ALWAYS, without fail, suck.

Whatever movie you are about to point out as an exception... It sucks too!

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

Robert Moore

I loved that game - anyone know what it was?

> One of the games I learned to code from involved programming a little kill-bot round an arena.

> You had directions, a radar and gun.

Sounds like Crobots to me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crobots

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El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

Robert Moore

This stuff costs a fortune.

Over here in Canada, I was into the Dragon 32s brother the Radio Shack TRS-80 Colour Computer.

Sadly I let all that old stuff go, and am not paying a fortune to buy back pieces of what I once had.

I now have:

COCO 3, with drive controller, no drives. (Looking for them)

Model 100

Model 200

PC-2 with thermal printer.

The COCO 3, cost me nearly what they sold for when they were new. :(

Nostalgia is expensive.

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KILO-MACH SONIC BOOM probed in fireball embers of 1572AD SUPERNOVA

Robert Moore

Re: In Space, No-one Can Hear You Explode

I want to know what Mach 1000 is in Linguine per fortnight.

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Obamacare website 'either hacked or will be soon', warns infosec expert

Robert Moore

Wow. The stupid is strong with this one.

"We have not monitored any attacks," Holden told CNN

Then i promise you that you are monitoring the wrong things. This is a big fat target. I would be surprised it someone had not already breached it.

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

Robert Moore

Had to be BMW

Better range since an BMW never has to waste electricity on running the indicators. :)

Same car made by any other manufacturer, would have 10% less range. :)

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Drugs e-souk Silk Road back from the dead with new Dread Pirate Roberts

Robert Moore

You would have to be on drugs to use silkroad now!

I would bet my next paycheque this is a scam of some sort. Either an FBI honeypot, or someone looking to run off with your bit coins.

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Shy, bashful HUMPBACK DOLPHINS expose themselves to boffins

Robert Moore

Re: The unrestrained proliferation of dolphin species

We all know you only have to worry when all the dolphins disappear.

"So long, and thanks for all the fish."

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Rorschach test suggested as CAPTCHA replacement

Robert Moore

Why didn't you warn us:

The least you could have done is put a NSFW tag on the story, so we wouldn't bring up an image that disgusting on our work computers.

I don't think dong that is even legal. ;)

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Live Reg TV: Windows Azure on your terms

Robert Moore

Azure on my terms.

I will tell you my terms. "Hell no!"

You can quote me on that.

The thought of Microsoft and the cloud together should is enough to strike fear into the hearts of otherwise stout hearted, fearless IT professionals.

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Outlook.com adds IMAP, OAuth

Robert Moore

> "What they forgot to say is that EAS is a closed protocol that only MS controls."

From the perspective of Microsoft, that is better.

If you disagree you are a pinko, commie, Linus user.

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Crack open those wallets: Microsoft is raising software prices AGAIN

Robert Moore

Re: Microsoft? Hosting?

I have always said the Microsoft software is just not ready for the datacenter.

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LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms

Robert Moore

For whatever it is worth

I really liked:

ARSE - Automated Range Safety Equipment (lawndart)

Smart, funny, and could almost be accidental.

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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

Robert Moore

My vote still goes to Carly Fiorina

After the way she gutted HP, I would love to see what she could do at Microsoft. ;)

Full disclosure: I am not a Microsoft fan.

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