bricks n mortar outlets still struggling to compete with online cat à logs
2188 posts • joined 8 Nov 2007
This is why we can't have nice things
The meerkats have them all.
"For last time"
I not silly accent. This Soviet Russia --- silly accent you!
Please "go compare"
There were far worse fates that could befall a meerkat
But accidentally super-gluing ones hands to a log was among the most embarrassing.
And now on meerkat news
We have winner meerkat caption contest.
It's not easy being a meerkat
No, wait. It's absolutely brilliant being a meerkat!
Igor's eyes were saying
"how witty and urbane of you, Mr. Bond" but his hands were saying "now if I can just push this log down this hill and knock you into the shark-infested pond, I will be rid of you forever!"
Anton tried hard not to look surprised
which was hard for him as "looking surprised" was basically his entire repertoire.
eh, sorry, no cheddar, sir
I'm afraid we don't get much call for it around these parts.
Pretend to look busy
Meerkat Jesus is coming!
Premier Mirkova poses for the cameras
with girlfriend Anastasia at Tatra National Park in Liberated Poland.
Damn it Jim!
I'm a meerkat, not a beaver!
keyboard cat had to start somewhere
In fact, he started with a one-key xylophone.
re last weeks prize
With nearly a dozen entries, I was sure I'd win the prize. Or that at least one would get an honourable mention.
In fact, no pun in ten did :(
This new iLog thing is brilliant for resting my hands on. Now, where shall we have lunch?
Been there... bought the tee shirt
Couldn't they try taking a leaf ot of Phil Zimmermans book and just print the code on T-shirts? There's only a ban on softwear.
Re: Disable CEIP?
Why does hard-coding a DNS name prevent the TCP stack from using the hosts file entries as part of its name resolution process?
You need to stay in more often.
If all you have is an IP address, hosts is bypassed. If you have a fully-qualified (or partially qualified) domain name like microsoft.com or localhost, then hosts.txt or the DNS server is involved in the translation into an actual IP address.
Apparently what the quote in the OP above means is that the FQDN "settings-win.data.microsoft.com" bypasses both hosts and DNS-based name resolution.
That being the case, the only way to squelch the traffic is to add custom routing rules (probably at the router rather than the PC, just to be sure) for any/all IP addressed associated with that address. With the way things are going, we'll probably also find that there's a custom MS DNS server involved as well whose sole purpose is to resolve that address, so that will probably need to be blackholed too
How did things get to this stage so soon?
Re: "members are growing"
To quote TMBG, "you're older than you've ever been / and now your even older (x a bunch of times)"
So it's perfectly correct to claim that their members are growing (unless they're dead, but then ipso facto they're not members any more)
Deadly Spiders 2
looking over your shoulder
--- It's not just for paranoid freaks!
"so you want me to pose for a stock photo?"
"and you want me to bare my shoulder?"
"and have a spider crawling on me?"
"and have me look really scared?"
"What kind of sicko would pay money for a photo like that!?"
"It's just ..." Janet began, then trailed off.
She knew what she had to do and yet Howard was just so sensitive. It was obvious that she would have to be delicate with him---there was no way of knowing how he would respond to the brush-off.
(the last two to be read as a diptych, natch)
Obvious Outcome with Ornery Octopod
Antsy Arthropod Attacks Advertising Actress
"so just to clarify"
I can get this amazing 6Tb WD Black drive for free and all I have to do is put this spider on my shoulder? What's the catch?
No one would have believed ...
in the first years of the 21st century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligence-
AGGHGHHH A SPIDER!
<em>That's</em> a spider
Actor Paul Hogan arrested at web conference. Guest speaker turns terrorist as audience member recounts memorable 80's catchphrase "one too many times"
Omnishambles "could have been prevented", admit organisers.
Australian Tourist Board to launch Dropbear Awareness campaign
Warns visitors to remain alert to true menace even while being marauded by other deadly species.
After a series of frustrating encounters on dating websites (how could he forget his disappointment with the lady and her "chocolate lab"?), Roger decides to filter out all leggy brunettes as a preventive measure.
Pauline McLynn to open new dating hints website for women
Press treated to sneak preview of her patented "over-the-shoulder comether" technique.
with mounting horror
it began to dawn on fashion student Celeste that her chosen accessory was not quite the right shade of grey.
Re: That says it all
three essential human requirements are shelter, sex and food
I always thought it was "flax, fodder, fire and frigg" (4 requirements) but web searches turn up a load of Wicca sites (and others) talking about "flags" for some reason.
I wish my landline had a "fuck off I'm cooking/eating" setting.
Re: I have an "Honor" 6
Do they spell honour correctly when attempting to sell these things outside the US of A?
If your name happens to be "Honor Blackman", then yes.
Re: Online Ads Not Malware???
Much evilness is in the URL-rewriting
Google search results also do the same thing. Check it out and see.
As a user of Google search, I've made the decision that letting them store (most of) my queries is an acceptable price to pay for the usefulness of the search results. I draw the line at them knowing which link(s) I've chosen from among the search results. To stop this URL-rewriting I use Greasemonkey and the "Google Link Cleanup" script.
URL-rewriting is evil, Google.
Re: Looking at the problem backwards
Ensure the code for the adverts is sent to the publisher to be published. They can then automate the screening of the code for re-directions (and embedded malware).
I was thinking of something like this myself. Recently I was bemoaning how Flash became such a cesspit because it allowed arbitrary code to be run, and how a more declarative programming language would have solved all the problems. That approach could still be the answer to the problem of "malvertisement". There would be sections for all the graphics "assets" and some basic scripting language that allowed for interactivity. In fact, SVG + this new scripting language would fit the bill nicely.
The language spec and interpreter would have to be designed so that it was impossible to, eg, smash the stack or call itself recursively. As for redirects to an external website, these would have to be declared in a static part of the SVG file, so there would be no chance to modify them or obfuscate them. No other external assets would be loadable from the ad itself.
Providing there's no underlying bug in the SVG or interpreter for the scripting language, then at least the ad itself would be easily vetted (both by the site that will embed the ad and the user who is being asked to view them). What happens after the redirect is, unfortunately, still beyond the control of the person showing the ad (if there is malware hosted there, it can be sensitive to context such as the HTTP referrer field or cookies stored on the viewer's machine) but at least the ad itself would be safe so long as nobody clicked through, and other means (such as black/whitelisting or some sort of trust rating) could be used to give some assurance that the target site won't be hosting malware.
No re-directions, no malware
refused to comment?
That's a bit strong, innit? Did you try "ah gwannn, ah gwann, ... ?"
would this be a good time
to ask again when we get an extra 's' in front of www.theregister.co.uk?
(he said, sneakily avoiding automatic keyword scanners)
"in addition to the magical stones and healing ointments"
I know this is slightly OT, but frankly, I find it embarrassing going into health food shops for much the same reason. Sure, I don't mind if they cater to whatever the latest nutritional fads might be. These "superfoods" might be useful if you balance them out with other required vitamins and amino acids and whatnot, but they're not going to harm anything except your wallet. The same goes for most of the tinctures or tonics that have some active ingredient (though just because it's "natural" or "organic" doesn't mean it can't have side-effects or be damaging if taken to excess). But fuck, a lot of the other shite they sell (and often the advice they give to punters) should have warning labels on them. A case in point: on one of my last visits I was given a handout for some "iridology" workshop at the checkout. Only politeness prevented me from pointing out that it's a steaming pile of crap.
We also have anti-vaxers who are really into getting measles and dying. It's nice.
That's fine (if we're both prepared to be flippant about kids dying) so long as not too many people believe the anti-vaccine FUD. Herd immunity and all that.
"We shan't link to the site ..."
That's a bit of a departure for the Reg, isn't it? I mean usually (as far as I've noticed) you link to an archived copy of the defacement. What's different in this case?
Let users design their own lock screen based on photos and clip art. Present a grid with 3x3 or more pictures and use a series of gestures rather than one continuous swipe. Mostly based on dragging pictures around, but allow a few distinct gestures such as:
* wiggling an icon
* dragging an icon onto another (possibly from different angles)
* circling an icon around another
* "throwing" an icon or moving it out of the grid area
Each step would map to a simple subject-object-verb or subject-verb action, which could be easily memorised, even with fairly long chains.
To guard against the smudge attack, the pictures/icons could be randomised. It should be easier to find pictures among a random grid than it would be to hunt out a particular number.
not quite at that AIpocalypse yet
I dunno. Maybe it indicates that the AI has developed a nascent sense of humour. Today it's telling us how to find a particular restaurant in a foreign town, tomorrow maybe directing us on how to fill our hovercraft with eels?
no mention of "conservapedia"?
I know there's Poe's Law and all that, but it seems that there are plenty of people who fall for this dross. Perhaps the Russians could fork from that instead of forking Wikipedia?
the "potential security problem" angle doesn't sound so weird
when you consider that this would be a perfect way for the various TLAs to track persons of interest arriving at airports. Just pay for ad space just like any other <insert your favourite scumbags here>
Paranoid, maybe. Weird, no.
a simple solution to illegal prostitution
Make it legal.
if your keys fall into a black hole ...
forget about them, man--they're gone.
(or maybe not?)