* Posts by Chronos

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Unlucky WD Ultrastar drives are knackered, need replacing ASAP

Chronos

This. Only a fool thinks failures don't happen. The mark of the company is how it deals with them.

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Don't worry, America: Elon Musk says he'll have a word with Trump

Chronos
Mushroom

Please

Be sure to use short words, Elon, and be sure to say 'murica at least twice in every sentence if you want to hold his attention. For example, diplomacy is too big a word. Tact would seem to be short enough but I don't think he grasps that one, either.

At least the name fits: A trump is when you hear from an arsehole.

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Sony takes $1bn writedown: Streaming has killed the DVD star

Chronos
Windows

Sony CEO with a bottle o' gutrot ->

IIRC, Sony were one of the organisations insistent that content is licensed, not sold. In that case, streaming subs such as Amazon Prime are nearer the mark for a temporary licence. You can't have your cake and eat it, So[n]ny.

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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

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Flame

I, for one,

...hope all of these nutters trying to destroy Qualcomm are left with Mediatek as their sole supplier. Good luck with that.

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My hole is a private thing – see for yourself

Chronos
Mushroom

This is called...

Bike shed. The theory is in the development of a state-of-the-art nuclear fusion plant, nobody will care whether it's a Tokamak or a bottled star but every nugget and his dog will have an opinion on the colour the bike shed should be painted, which will continue to rage on even when containment is lost and the place has been sucked into an area the size of four pi the width of Planck's pubes squared due to the accidental formation of a micro-singularity.

Which is a very fancy way of saying the basics were, are and always will be the same, regardless of the time of year or the buzzword du jour.

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

Chronos

Re: Mature market shake out

a_yank_lurker wrote: So the current gear soldiers on because it still works.

'zackly. There is simply no compelling reason to waste money, time and materials on "upgrading" to something with similar performance and worse compatibility with your preferred operating system.

This expectation of linear growth in perpetuity is utter tosh.

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3... 2...1... and 123-Reg hit by DDoSers. Again

Chronos

Re: I'm with 123reg

Mythic Beasts gets my vote for domain registration. Highly clueful folks.

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Don't pay up to decrypt – cure found for CryptXXX ransomware, again

Chronos
Stop

Port 445

Are people still not doing egress filtering on netbios and SMB? Christ on a unicycle...

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

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Re: Rip off Britain

Yes, the Irish government get the revenue. The Irish people get shat upon, just as we do, with higher prices, probably simply for driving on the correct side of the road.

^-- bait. (I know it costs more to produce RHD vehicles for predominantly LHD manufacturers)

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Flame

Rip off Britain

It's exactly the same scenario we've put up with for years. These firms think we can't work out the sodding prices others are paying using the exchange rates. Utter bastards, the lot of 'em. The only people worse off are the Irish, who get the same shafting while these multinationals bum off their lower corporation tax as a gateway into Europe.

Brexit be damned, it's just a poor bloody excuse to make an already obscene price differential worse.

/rant off

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Sh... IoT just got real: Mirai botnet attacks targeting multiple ISPs

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Re: Sh... IoT

I was itching to say exactly that while R'ing TFA. It's plain old networking kit, not Internet of Acronyms. I know this industry is buzzword-led but this is El Reg; I expect a bit of respite while reading here.

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We wanna give IoT folk kilobit data rates, beam NB-IoT telcos

Chronos
FAIL

Bandwidth isn't the problem

My connected solar controller does quite nicely on a 9600baud software serial link, admittedly to a local subnet. You can transfer oodles of data to a monitoring daemon on a narrow band stream. The problems are undoubtedly going to be:

a) Carrier grade NAT these monkeys use;

b) Lack of IPv6 support in IoT kit so that's not a solution to a) either;

c) Security.

Not necessarily in that order.

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Brit ISP TalkTalk scraps line rental charges

Chronos

Ex-bleedin'-actly. A turd by any other name still stinks...

I wouldn't mind so much if Openretch didn't keep stuffing several lines up every time they open a conduit, which then leads to a month of the modern version of the Adastral Park runaround trying to get your provider to even acknowledge there's a fault, much less run the gamut of OR's fault ticketing system.

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Blighty's telly, radio watchdog Ofcom does a swear

Chronos

Re: Smeg...

Which is, if you know the etymology of the Dwarfer's favourite, quite disgusting. It always makes me laugh when I see a Smeg 'fridge. I'm always tempted to append an "MA" to it, just as I itch to put an A and E either side of some pillock's Ford Focus RS.

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

Chronos

A date of birth

and a postcode. Nobody said it has to be yours. As usual, somebody doesn't understand the Internet.

Having just paid for this year's telly tax, I'm left wondering whether it's going on Flop Gear or this white elephant. Either would be an utter waste of money but it would be good to know exactly which failure I'm paying for.

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

Chronos

Re: Wear-a-Hypno-bubble

That's a bit too recursive for me, although it may explain why I keep getting a nagging urge for a circular scabby rat in a bun, AKA Burgerdonalds. One that I resist, of course. I'm wide enough.

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Wear-a-bubble

Dabbsy, you cynical bastard. That could have been me saying all that, although not nearly so eloquently.

I must confess to having purchased a sleep mask with very thin speakers in it to listen to binaural recordings while sleeping. This is the very first set of "cans" that don't make my lugholes either sweat or ache after ten minutes. These are connected to a bluetooth dongly thing which is fed audio from a 'droid tablet getting its files and playlists from my DLNA server. All very modern, new-age and plug'n'pray, except it's not as getting it to this stage was an experiment in self-inflicted alopecia and you can't use them as normal cans because you can't see. They also make you look a bit of a prat but, at night time when the general public don't have to put up with you, that's fine.

That's it for wearables for me. If I ever feel the need to record a 5 mile whatever it was euphemism you invented I'll be past the point of self-respect anyway...

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Running a DNSSec responder? Make sure it doesn't help the black hats

Chronos

Re: Rate limiting

@gerdesj: Thanks for that. I retract that statement. I'm obviously not as RFC-clueful as I should be.

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Chronos

Rate limiting

It was a bit of a mistake to default DNS to UDP which can be spoofed trivially by anyone with raw socket access on an OS but we're stuck with it. Turning off ANY is RFC ignorant, therefore rate limiting would seem to be the answer - per host, preferably, allowing a couple of queries through then logarithmically adding treacle. Should stop any amplification shenanigans well enough, although it does potentially open another DoS vector via spoofed UDP.

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Cyberpunks might not be crooks but they're really very rude

Chronos

Re: As a fan of the author William Gibson

Of course, the distinction between the punks and the "legitimate" authorities was blurred in most of those dystopian cyberpunk tomes as the authorities themselves were as bad if not worse than the cyber criminals depicted, so much so that you found yourself on the side of the lesser of two evils.

For another good example of the genre, try Chris Moriarty's Spin books. Even the protagonist loses her moral compass at the end.

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

Chronos
Coat

Re: So....

Do your football fans do that as well? Whoda thunk...

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Apple pollutes data about you to protect your privacy. But it might not be enough

Chronos

Re: The third way...

Or just using a custom build without Gapps? I use OwnCloud to sync up my calendar and contacts (calendar is synchronised via OwnCloud with Rainlendar2 on my desktops) and F-Droid for apps, sideloading those that I need outside of the open source scope.

Another advantage of a custom build, especially if you're able to build from source, is you get the bugfixes at the same time as AOSP/Nexus devices.

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Imagination: Come back to MIPS, Wi-Fi router makers, we have an FCC ban workaround

Chronos

Who visors the hypervisor?

One of the reasons many of us run things like OpenWRT is security and the ability to roll updates when vulnerabilities are found. Given the industry's track record in this area, I remain unconvinced that this addresses the issue in any meaningful way. If your custom firmware is running under something which has ultimate control, privacy and security go out of the window if that layer is riddled with bugs. Looking around at some of the commercial offerings thus far, it's a safe bet it will be.

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Euro Patent Office prez's brake line cut – aka how to tell you're not popular

Chronos
Holmes

That's no reason to have two layers of nepotism, and old boys' clubs.

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The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors

Chronos
Holmes

The PC...

...you have is perfectly adequate. You are not a Phombie (phone zombie, wandering around looking at a smartphone and not watching where you're sodding well going, wishing you had some brains) and you don't want Windows 10 despite Macrosoft more or less ramming it down your throat, so SALES are dead.

The PC's demise is greatly exaggerated.

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UK.gov pays four fellows £35k to do nothing for three months

Chronos
Devil

Trial?

I hope this gets rolled out across government in general. You show me some lazy sod who's sitting there scratching his nads and I'll show you someone who's not causing any bloody trouble. (©George Carlin, sort of)

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30 years on, Chernobyl wildlife still feeling effects of nuke plant catastrophe

Chronos

Re: Is Chernobyl paradise for nature?

Indeed - have you read "The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman? Quite a sobering book

That's a very clever title to appeal to those of us who grew up with Mr Attenborough's BBC programme. I'll try to grab a copy. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Re: Is Chernobyl paradise for nature?

Which just goes to show you that removing humans from the equation, regardless of whatever else may be there. is always a net positive for nature. Now they want to use the 30km exclusion zone as a nuclear waste dump and buffer zone but, personally, I think it has far more value as a massive experiment in nature without human interference, if for no other reason than to teach the klaxon mob just how resilient life really is. Note the way they describe Pripyat as a "ghost town" with life all around them, even when they go out of their way to always film in Autumn so it looks as dreary as possible.

Oh, and try telling people in areas with large concentrations of granite what the "normal" background radiation level is. I'm sure some of us could do with a good laugh.

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Stop using USB sticks to move kids' data, auditor tells Education Dept

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Flame

Stop leaving spare USB ports active on machines that handle sensitive data.

FTFY. This was SOP not so long ago. And rivet the case shut, too. Repeat offenders to be issued with machines that have a solid blob of epoxy where the USB connectors were.

You don't need spare USB ports on a corporate/government machine. Peripherals should be shared per office, installs done from approved images over PXE and input devices should be permanently attached and only removable by a technician. Sort your physical security first, always. Then layer on the software and wetware policies.

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

Chronos
Big Brother

Re: Google gives everything away for free, so how in heaven can EU extort google ?

For the avoidance of doubt, "free" is simply a have now, pay later with your privacy deal. It's worth remembering, when June rolls along, that we didn't even have a right to the expectation of privacy before the HRA 1998. Ms May&co wants to repeal that[1] but even that would be a pointless gesture until the shadow of the ECtHR is removed. Be careful with that vote, folks. You may have someone's eye in.

OTOH, I can't help wondering if Call-me-Dave's special exception on closer political integration renders that a moot point.

[1] George Carlin once said a right isn't a right if someone can take it away. It's just a temporary privilege.

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UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate

Chronos
Coat

An extended team of experts

Over-stretched has-been drips under pressure. Yup, sounds about right ;-)

Sorry, just couldn't resist.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

Chronos

Re: Pastafarianism is under attack!

But He would then have to be the Flying Fusilli Monster. Doesn't really work, does it? Never mind, there's always Discordia to fall back on. Hail Eris on this Prickle-Prickle, the 31st day of Discord in the YOLD 3182.

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Google HQ evacuated

Chronos
Devil

Obligatory...

Law enforcement searched for potential threats - and got 1,030,284 results. Many were adverts, the rest were completely irrelevant SEO chancers gaming the system.

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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

Chronos
Windows

The demise of the PC is greatly exaggerated

Even us lUNatIX appreciate a full-sized desktop. However, the headshot to MS' dominance may come in the form of Android N[ougat|utbrittle]'s windowing multi-tasking. Imagine you can take your 'phone, with it's eight ARM64 cores, oodles of RAM and 3D graphics, and plug it into (or sit it on top of, with an inductive charger and some optical trickery as a data link) a hub with mouse, keyboard, NIC and an HDMI link to a proper monitor.

It's pretty much do-able now but Android's multi-tasking is clunky. RemixOS does a fairly good job of previewing what a proper Android window manager could look like. Ultimate hot-desk. You can bet Apple won't be far behind, either.

That's assuming that anyone by that point can get to the office without getting run over because they're too busy staring at the bloody phone to watch where they're going...

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A 'hundred million' Truecaller users vulnerable to privacy bug, security bod says

Chronos
Holmes

Quelle surprise

I had an uneasy feeling about Truecaller when CyanogenOS first mentioned they were including it. I still wonder about the legality of sending details of all entries in a user's contacts database upstream without those contacts' permission. Regardless of how much data is slurped, surely this is the underlying disease and the IMEI thing is merely a symptom?

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'Millions' of Android mobes vulnerable to new Stagefright exploit

Chronos

Re: Cyanogenmod time

Not buying into the constant upgrade cycle and becoming a cash cow for vendors is one of the many reasons some of us run CM. If you don't like that, old son, tough titty. You may believe they have a deity bestowed right to profit but I think they can sod off, frankly.

The Moto X is a perfectly capable device. The ability to extend internal storage with MM/6.0.1/CM13 using an SD makes it even more viable for long term use.

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Chronos

Re: Cyanogenmod time

Short answer: Yes, you will get the AOSP fixes in the Nexus monthlies fairly quickly.

Long answer: You will need to be running nightlies for this to happen quickly. There are all sorts of warnings about nightlies not being production ready but, IME, nightlies are about as stable as the old ZTE Blade releases were back in the day. Or build from source, but that's a whole other learning curve, not least of which is where to get the proprietary bits from before you're actually running CM.

Good choice of handset in the Moto X. The Motos in general seem to become stable fairly quickly, even in comparison to some handsets (Wileyfox, I'm looking at you) that have official CyanogenOS support.

If you go with CM13, you may come up against an issue installing OpenGapps with the CM13 recovery. The workaround is to use a CM12.1 recovery booted through fastboot to apply Gapps or search for a bundledawk version of the Gapps zip.

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Get ready to patch Git servers, clients – nasty-looking bugs surface

Chronos
Trollface

Re: Time to get downvoted to hell...

@AC: Irony. It's a bit like silvery but much cheaper.

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

Chronos
Headmaster

Re: Takes one to know one

Martin-73 wrote: the principle of 'innocent until proven otherwise' applies.

s/until/unless/ It's a subtle distinction but a very important one.

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Google robo-car backs into bendy-bus in California

Chronos
Terminator

I now have this awful picture in my head of a load of Koala cars in a bar swapping driving anecdotes. It's like that picture of the dogs playing poker, only more Googley.

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

Chronos

Re: Jobsworths.

What you're looking for is this:

Jobsworth.

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Dangerous Android banking bot leak signals new malware wave

Chronos
WTF?

Huh?

Downvotes, see icon. Relying on GoOgle for your security is probably a bad idea without some careful oversight of what you install. F-Droid is A Thing™ and is more than capable of fulfilling most users' needs with open source goodness, built and verifiable from the source rather than just randomly accepting apks developed by world+dog over which you have zero control.

Okay, it's a 386 situation...

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Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror

Chronos

Re: Argh!

@Mark 85: Nic's not really harmful on its own. One of the reasons we wean ourselves down is cost, which becomes especially apparent if you mix your own. Interestingly, the LD50 (lethal dose @ 50% fatality) of pure nicotine and pure caffeine is very similar. Admittedly, nicotine is more readily absorbed on the skin.

As an aside, nicotine is not particularly addictive on its own either. It's when it interacts with the MAOIs[1] and other components of tobacco that it grabs you. The rhetoric has made "nicotine" synonymous with "smoking" which is rather unfair as it's the tar and toxins that kills.

Keep your atomiser moist and the temperature down below 410 degrees (Fahrenheit) and you'll be mostly toxin-free. There will still be a few TSNAs[2] in the base nicotine, as the extraction methods make this unavoidable, but they're such small amounts compared to smoking as to make them a negligible risk compared with continuing to smoke. Synthesising pure nicotine is hellishly expensive right now.

[1] Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors, a form of anti-depressant which, along with other compounds present, amplify the addictive properties of smoking tobacco.

[2[ Tobacco Specific Nitrosamines, carcingogens present naturally in tobacco leaf from which pharma grade nicotine is derived. These are also present in the same low concentrations in pharmaceutical nicotine preparations such as gum and inhalators.

[3] Chronos, an obsessive gobshite always going on about the advantages of vaping. Sorry about that. I'll shut up now.

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Chronos

Re: Argh!

EastFinchleyite wrote: It came down to her saying "all men your age should be taking Statins"

This does not surprise me. Next time you visit a GP's surgery, count the items of schwag. Pens, stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers, mugs (not including us sitting there, although they'd brand us if there was a way to get away with it), shine-in-your-eye torches, tongue depressors, earhole probes...

We know full well why they prescribe everything they possibly can and hate anything that can be obtained without their help. We just won't admit it.

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Chronos
Holmes

Argh!

Must resist rant about "public health" attacks on vaping and harm reduction....

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Ballmer schools SatNad on Microsoft's mobile strategy: You need one

Chronos
Megaphone

Dear Uncle Fester

Nobody is going to buy a handset with Windows on it. The Lumias had amazing cameras but there was one little thing that let them down: You. Stick with USS Enterprise laptops where the saucer section comes off and leave telephones to the grown ups. Who wants to use the vast majority of a mobile data allowance on Windows' spyware "features" alone?

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

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Re: Perfect storm

Usenet's still there. Come on back. We could do with a few more sensible people.

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New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich

Chronos
Facepalm

Oh dear gods, no!

They keep the tracking stuff in one central location? Jesus unicycling Christ, that's even worse than what we have now. For a start, you just *know* that stuff is going to be slurped to death by everyone with five eyes and that's before it becomes a one-stop shop for every creepy bastard on the web.

No thanks. I'll keep maintaining my own defences, I think.

Oh, and lions aren't brave. They're just hungry and driven by instinct when something made of meat wanders by.

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EE, O2, Giffgaff, BT Mobile customers cut off as mobile networks fail

Chronos
Devil

BT

Bungling...

I will leave you, dear reader, to decipher the other word in the acronym.

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Got a Nexus? Google has five critical Android security fixes for you

Chronos

Brother Maynard

...lobbest thou thy MMS of Antioch toward Android 'phones which, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.

We need a Holy Hand Grenade icon.

/me sods off to check the CM repo for fixes

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