* Posts by Frumious Bandersnatch

2015 posts • joined 8 Nov 2007

AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

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It's hard to see how this can succeed

1. I'm sure that technical documentation was available, both from AMD and review sites

2. Marketing bumf (not direct from Intel) often counts hyperthreaded "cores" as full cores

3. I'm sure that he had the opportunity to return the part as not matching what was offered, but declined to do so

4. As the article points out, what constitutes a core isn't well defined (and perhaps main ALU and supporting stuff does count)

5. Probably hard to prove AMD intended to mislead (though perhaps plaintiff doesn't have to go that far)

6. Balancing actual loss versus what he's claiming, did the loss of half an FPU core per "real" core really affect him that much (who saturates their FPU units in desktop/laptop PCs anyway?)

It's not nice when you buy something that doesn't live up to expectations, but seriously, I think this guy doth protest too much.

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OmniRAT malware scurrying into Android, PC, Mac, Linux systems

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"presumably only until the police move in"

As I've read elsewhere, there's nothing illegal about remote access tools in most places. I think it needs to be pointed out that the version of the software being sold is distinct from the viral form, which uses the toolkit.

It's trivial to find the site selling "omnirat" and browsing the site (with lynx/w3m/in a VM) lists the features as basically only providing a remote administration tool. No mention of exploits or nefarious installation routes. For comparison, I can still download back orifice from sourceforge (for free).

Implying that the plods should/will take down the vendor's site just demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the above, IMO.

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In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

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"world leading oversight arrangements"

For if this negligee is fit for the UK queen, then other leaders would scarce deign but to try it on.

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Kevin Spacey becomes pitch-hound for Swiss security bods

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For relaxing times

Make it Suntory time.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller special: The WHO bacon sarnie of death

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Walking in the forest when ferns are releasing spores

I think you're talking about bracken? A lot of sources confirm that the spores are indeed carcinogenic, but I also came across this page that “Regarding bracken mentioned in your newsletter, if you are worried about breathing spores, we understand now that bracken doesn't spore in this country [the UK] and its expansion is only by vegetative growth."

Unfortunately, I couldn't find any other corroborating evidence to support that, but check out the article on UK's Cancer Research site, which does suggest wearing masks on dry, hot days, but that it's "unlikely [to be] a major cause of cancer".

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Re: So What?

To combat extremism you must first know the mentality of an extremist and in order to know that you must talk to extremists

Exactly this. It reminds me of this rather excellent article about what ISIS is, what it wants and how it intends to get there.

The thing is, much of what's in that article is stuff that I'd never seen discussed on TV. Like how central the idea of a caliphate (and ISIS's self-identification as primarily a religious movement) is, or how ISIS justifies beheadings and other acts of terror (bizarrely, they're seen as a way to avoid bloodshed by hastening everyone's conversion to their brand of Islam), and why direct assault on their territory would actually play into their hands (they feel that it would legitimise their claim of being a valid caliphate).

There are several controversial people interviewed in that article and together they provide a compelling picture of who ISIS are and why they are doing what they're doing. Imagine a situation (like the one reported on here) where even talking with these people could cause journalists themselves to be subjected to police attention and have their livelihoods threatened (what else was on that laptop? would any other person be willing to talk to them again, even on unrelated issues?). In fact, this is the classic example of the "chilling effect" you sometimes read about. How can a free press and proper democratic processes survive when talking to the wrong person results in state-sponsored searches, confiscation of your property and the threat of imprisonment (via not handing over encryption keys, assuming they exist)?

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Bacon can kill: Official

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Re: To which I say....

You foisted margarine

Margarine wasn't created for health benefits. It was created "for the armed forces and lower classes" as a substitute for butter [Wikipedia]. I don't think that anyone ever claimed it was healthy.

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TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief

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weasel words

As Steve Wright said, "Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines"

I can only assume that Harding would fail to see the satire in the above.

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El Reg revisits Battle of Agincourt on 600th anniversary

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Re: @Elmer Phud ....now we see ex-squaddies with PTSD trying to get shelter in doorways....."

I knew that Mr. Kipling made exceedingly good cakes, but I never knew he was such a good spinner of yarns.

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Re: Calm Your Mind

I know... hence "last week".

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A quick shufti in the Perliscope and a foolproof pattern for winning entries stood revealed: [-a-zA-Z0-9,!.:;()'"?/ ]+

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"See? There is no brace", repeated Doolittle one more time. Teaching the laser cannon phenomenology was a lot harder than he had imagined.

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Re: Calm Your Mind

Sirsasana? That sounds sooo last week.

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Nobody could accuse Charles Atlas of being a Luddite after seeing how graciously he yielded to Google Maps.

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"I don't know what the heck a "hard disk" is, but if that's what baby wants, then I'm the guy to get it for ya!"

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Sadly, all that most VW engines had to look forward to in the aftermath of the emissions scandal was a life of servitude as robot butlers.

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Wow. Proctology sure has advanced in the last 100 years.

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Fritz Lang's Metropolis, where men were men and women had integrated toast racks.

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Disintegrating eye, eh? Wait til you get a load of my smashing arm!

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I gave you one thumbs up. I think maybe it deserves another

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"Dutch" Schulz stood admiring his creation. "Finally," he thought, "I'll never have to stick this thumb in a dyke ever again"

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Pierce Brosnan gets a few last-minute acting tips prior to starring in Treehouse of Horror XII.

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This "Dolly" he'd ordered from russianbrides.ru sure wasn't like all the other broads.

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You think I've got a big bicep, eh? Well whey don't you try playing Counterstrike with a thumb stick this big?

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My mate Anatoli Bugorski assured me this is perfectly safe.

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Let's get one thing straight, Glados: you do the working, and I do the ordering!

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You got it wrong, bud, I'm gonna probe you later.

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"An bhfuil tusa ag labhairt liomsa?"

(http://filmbase.ie/short-film-yu-ming-is-ainm-dom/)

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Young Davros was born into a privileged life with flat floors everywhere. No wonder that he never considered that casters might not be the most practical means of locomotion in a battle droid.

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Slick could hardly believe it. The shimmering face in the picture tube was really speaking to him. From Nigeria! And a prince, no less!

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The "tea cannon alarm clock" prototype. Not a good idea then, and it's still not, despite what IoT vendors tell you.

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Boy, those schmoes at Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are gonna be mincemeat when my lawyers get through with them. Nobody gets to use my joystick patent unless I say they can!

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The proton beam safety shaver worked perfectly. Well, apart from not being able to distinguish between beards and users' braces. Still, good enough for indiegogo.

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"Say, doll, you got some pretty nice flange action goin' on there. How's about interfacing with me sometime?"

--Cyberdating in the 1920s

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So you're a Dalek here to exterminate me, eh? Well I am Devo and I'm gonna have your plunger for a hat, see.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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Ne vous inquiétez pas

Maintenant ils disent que la glace est vraiment bonne pour la santé.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Hello?

My face is down here!

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German surfers blitzed by widespread malvertising campaign

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VMWare used to offer a VM with Firefox installed a number of years back. Seems like a pretty good idea since for most people, the web browser is going to be the main point of entry for nasties. The link to follow seems to be this one, though it points to an external site (http://browser.shell.tor.hu/) that I'd never heard of before.

Still, most readers here probably don't need for someone else to package up things for them. It's easy to install a minimal OS and browser in a free VM systems (eg, VirtualBox) or do the same with Docker. Most malware won't be aware that it's running in a virtualised environment, and even if it is, it probably won't have any exploits to allow it to escape.

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Experts ponder improbable size of Cleopatra's asp

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Re: Slapper?

There is no continent called 'America'.

There's a first. A geography lesson from a septic. I wonder why all the downvotes ...

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El Reg celebrates Back to the Future Day

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"Doc, I'm putting the band back together"

"What, 'Enchantment under the sea?'. Good for you"

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Yes, it's a special blend I put together from Ethiopian coffee beans and willow bark. It's highly salicey, aye.

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Reg Readers: amazingly primitive people who think that a digital watch as a prize is a pretty neat idea.

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<product-placement>If you're not drinking Folgers coffee, you're probably drinking yak piss</product-placement>

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Spengler: Don't cross the streams, Marty.

Marty: You mean like th-- KRRRZTHP!

Doc: Beetlejuice?

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Think, goddam you, Marty, think. You must remember what the winning caption contest entry was. Otherwise how are we gonna get that flux capacitor (watch)?

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