* Posts by Robert Moore

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

Robert Moore

I am sure this will be simple to plug into me 1981 Fiat Spider.

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Hubble spots ice moon orbiting dwarf planet Makemake

Robert Moore

That's not a moon...

It's a space station!

See also: I have a bad feeling about this.

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Shares down?! But, but, but ... Apple just made $50bn – that's the way the Cookie grumbles

Robert Moore

>> "In which Apple finds itself in the water, wearing both a leather jacket and water skis, listening to a boat revving up."

Is there a shark nearby?

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If you're appy and you know it, say five Hail Marys – cyber-Pope

Robert Moore

Still waiting to hear what the Space Pope has to say about smartphones. :)

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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse spared chickpea ordeal

Robert Moore

Re: Sorry to hear the project is on hold

I think you should just go ahead and do it anyway.

I have followed your progress for the past couple of years, and learned a lot.

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Mac hinge may change

Robert Moore

Re: Whale oil beef hooked

I will give you $50 Canadian for your worthless last-gen MBP. But you have to cover the shipping. :)

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

Robert Moore
Angel

Re: Another reason...

> IT, Finance and the receptionist/facilities people.

You forgot the security guard.Low pay, and horribly boring job. I word or two of greeting may just make their day, and when you need their help, you usually NEED their help.

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Nest's bricking of Revolv serves as wake-up call to industry

Robert Moore

Nest

I was thinking about buying a Nest thermostat when I upgrade my furnace this summer.

That's not going to happen now..

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

Robert Moore

Re: America

Having known several Transgender people. I can say without any doubt that they were all women. Regardless of their external genitalia.

Let's not overlook you feeble attempt to bury a "Won't someone think of the children", argument at the end of your bigoted rant. I will just point out that the VAST majority of pedophiles identify as heterosexual males.

Lastly, "Big" John sickens me.

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What's all this? Welcome to The Register's News Bytes

Robert Moore

Why do all redesign make things worse?

It seems like every time a website gets redesigned it gets worse.

Here are my rules for website redesign:

1. Don't redesign because your site has gotten "Stale" (Whatever that means)

2. Listen to your users. If enough users request a change, then consider it.

3. Profit.

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When should you bin that old mainframe? Infrastructure 101

Robert Moore

Standard admin password??????

"be sure that nobody else can get hold of something they could use to deduce (say) your standard admin password"

It is 2016. WTF are you doing having a standard admin password?

If you have to have one, for dogs sake why are you storing it anywhere unencrypted?

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US bank fended off 513 trojans last year alone

Robert Moore
Joke

Found the bank!

It took some doing, but it turns out the bank in question is:

The Bank of Mom.

You all might want to have a word with her.

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Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

Robert Moore

Re: Hah Ha ha

> Is there another flavor of multi-national corporation shite which you prefer?

Omni Consumer Products (OCP)

I still want an ED-209

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Okay IT pros, change happens. But here's your Reg guide to staying in control

Robert Moore

Re: Scope creep

I used to work with a PM who had a brilliant way of dealing with scope creep.

Client calls up and says, "We think it would be great if the software would do SOMETHINGSTUPID."

PM says, "Fantastic idea. Since it isn't in the original spec it will only cost $X to implement. Would you like me to send a revised quote?"

$X = several tens of thousands of dollars minimum.

Worked nearly every time. When it didn't work we got more billable hours. :)

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US Supremes to hear Samsung's gripes about the patent system after Apple billed it $550m

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Trump... Informed?

"raising the prospect of Donald Trump making a more informed decision on the matter."

Funniest thing I have ever read!

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Microsoft sets date for SQL Server on Linux

Robert Moore

Microsoft SOP == FUD

This just goes to show Microsoft has not changed.

1. Announce exciting new product to compete with whoever. Sowing Fear Uncertaintity and Doubt.

2. Announce release date far off in the future. Making customers hold off spending on competitors product.

3. Quietly drop product.

4. Profit?????

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One in five PCs will be a tablet with detachable keyboard by 2020

Robert Moore

Yeah, Right.

Not gonna happen.

Businesses don't want these fragile things, and home users are beginning to realize that they don't use their "Home Computer" anymore.

Lastly, Win 10 sucks.

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

Robert Moore

Enough is enough!

I own a small company. One man at the moment, but I have bigger plans for the future.

I am rewriting the computer use policy today to exclude the use of all Microsoft software. I expect this will grant me a major competitive edge.

Mint with the Cinnamon desktop seems to have a nice shallow learning curve. LibreOffice does everything I need.

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Yahoo! recruits! two! more! pallbearers!

Robert Moore

AOL and Yahoo! together at last

A juggernaut, and force to be reckoned with.

Oh, wait it isn't 1990 anymore...

Nevermind.

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Microsoft joins Eclipse Foundation. Odd thing for a competitor to do

Robert Moore

Eclipse is nearly bloated enough to be a Microsoft product. At least an honorary MS product. :)

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Accenture leans back, receives £86m Met Police contract

Robert Moore

Silly coppers,

tech outsourcing doesn't save money. (Never has, never will.)

And outsourcing to Accenture is just insane.

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Alien studs on dwarf's erection baffle boffins

Robert Moore

Re: A space mine

> I wonder what they were mining for?

Unobtainium, obviously.

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Raspberry Pi 3: Four days old and already flying

Robert Moore

Re: What are the civilian applications

> I'm now wondering how much that $5K has come down by in the last decade.

Large RC glider kit, $150

4 micro Servos $100

PI 3 $35 (Less if you can find a PI Zero)

USB GPS $10

Gas motor $100 (Large, and over powered)

This drone board. $75 (Assuming it can be adapted to fixed wing flight)

Assorted misc pieces $150

Total $620

I am sure you could do cheaper if you shopped around.

What you use this drone for is none of my business.

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ICO fined cold-call firm £350k – so directors put it into liquidation

Robert Moore

Re: Seize their assets

Technically would not the profits paid out by this company be the proceeds of crime.

Here in Canada they are pretty vigorous about going after such profits.

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Intravenous hangover clinics don't work, could land you in hospital

Robert Moore

Re: Everyone knows the answer is bacon

Nope. Brawndo was created for plants.

Thus the advertising slogan:

Brawndo's got what plants crave.

It's go electrolytes.

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Medical superbugs: Two German hospitals hit with ransomware

Robert Moore

> Police will have their work cut out in bringing crooks to justice. Aside from the

> problem of tracing the BitCoin transactions, many ransomware scams are run

> by crooks in either Russia or the Ukraine.

As I recall, the last time some Germans went to Russia it did not end well for the Germans. Or anyone really.

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NASA's Orion: 100,000 parts riding 8 million pounds of thrust

Robert Moore

> Hope it comes with instructions...

Yes it does, but they were designed by the same person who does the Ikea assembly instructions.

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Comodo's 'security' kit installed a lame VNC server on PCs on the sly

Robert Moore

Re: How junior do you need to be....?

Well, at least you get a "TRUST FREE logo" with your horribly expensive SSL cert.

FTFY!

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Depressed? Desperate for a ciggie? Blame the Neanderthals

Robert Moore

Re: Keep firing in the dark

But after shagging a neanderthal, you REALLY need a smoke.

Don't ask me how I know...

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Putin's internet guru says 'nyet' to Windows, 'da' to desktop Linux

Robert Moore

Re: Anymore proof needed that

>> The Xbox One is a prime example..... the camera always on and transmitting - in your own home... always on!!

George Orwell was right!

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Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

Robert Moore

Re: I think they are used to help with softness

You seem suspiciously knowledgeable...

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Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

Robert Moore

Re: Total Desperation...

I did exactly this to my 67 Year old nontechnical mother.

Using Mint with KDE and LibreOffice. with Chrome. Configured to automatically pull updates once a week. Support calls dropped to nothing.

Your mileage may vary. :)

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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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