* Posts by Quirkafleeg

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Asus Eee PC 1000 10in Linux netbook

Quirkafleeg
Pirate

Show us the source, ASUS

By not providing source for software which is distributed under licences such as the GPL, they're breaking the licence conditions and, as a result, they do not have permission to distribute the binaries.

Oops.

Spam swine break next-gen CAPTCHAs

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Try this one…

http://www.userfriendly.org/cartoons/archives/08oct/uf012005.gif

BT's third Phorm trial starts tomorrow

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Black Helicopters

Munching on your cookies

http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2008/04/22/stealing-phorm-cookies/

Firefox update fixes international character password glitch

Quirkafleeg
Boffin

Re: Firefox 3.0.3 still full of serious bugs.. it crashes on sites with Flash contents

That sounds like it's the Flash plugin which is full of bugs…

Today be talk like a pirate day

Quirkafleeg
Pirate

Arr!

← That icon be much better now!

Mozilla pushes out second Firefox 3.1 alpha

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Boffin

@ @Alastair Smith @ Anonymous Coward

Actually, it's *one* instance with two windows.

Mythbusters RFID episode axed after 'pressure' from credit card firms

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Re: This is big

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=rfid+faraday

Vodafone says termination rate clampdown would hit the poor

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Re: Pay to receive

“… I think it would be an excellent idea if people were charged to receive emails. Say 5 pence each.”

Your proposed charge would cost me 50p or so already today, and that's just for the spam which escaped my ISP's filters. I'm on several mailing lists, and some of them are moderately active; your charge would cost me several £ per day.

So, unless you're willing to pay for all email which I receive, you can stick your excellent idea where the sun doesn't shine.

Acer Aspire One A110

Quirkafleeg
Happy

Media player?

Something using xine-lib.

Greens: Abandon economic growth to beat CO2 offshoring

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Coat

The madmen…

… are, indeed, well infoamed.

Doctors: Third babies are the same as patio heaters

Quirkafleeg

"35m less Brits"

Ahem. 35m *fewer* Brits.

Otherwise, yes, reduce the population. By ⅔ will do nicely, and if we can get a 50% (or more) reduction in resource usage at the same time, so much the better.

Quirky blank Qwerty keyboard goes on sale

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Coat

Re: Sorry to be boring

“Kudos for sporting what appears to be a 100% standard layout, unlike most keyboards currently available claiming to.”

Not 100% standard. The left Shift key's too wide, the # key's in the ‘wrong’ place, and the \ key is missing…

Trojan trawls recruitment sites in ID harvesting scam

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Pirate

“While we cannot guarantee that third parties will gain unauthorized access”

Monster, tie a 'not in it.

Nvidia throws itself under the bus with chip defect, delays and lost sales

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Coat

Re: @Paul

No idea about ATIs driver's since I use open-source driver's. The card's seem fine to me, though Ive been careful to pick one's which are supported (thing's are definitely improving in that respect). Intel graphic's hw tend's to be a bit slow but fine otherwise (curiously, faster for Xv textured video than the oldish-but-fast-enough ATI hw that I use), and nVidia… no, I refuse to be limited to whatever kernel version's they support, so Im completely unaffected by this problem :-)

Mines the one on the apostrophe-shaped hook.

BBC begins fresh Freeview HD TV trial

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Boffin

Re: Hmmmm (etc.)

DVB-T via PCI card or USB stick:

✓ HD ‒ at least if it's handed off to the CPU or graphics hardware for decoding, and the hardware is fast enough.

✗ DVB-T2 – unless the packaging specifically mentions it, it's safest to assume that the device can't handle it.

✓ 64QAM ‒ in use, and we have some muxes using 16QAM: instant 30% capacity increase (two more shopping channels!) on those muxes when they're switched over…

⚠ 8k mode ‒ my DVB-T PCI cards don't seem to support this (they're not exactly current models, though), but it seems that my DVB-T USB stick does.

BOFH: The all-clicking, all-whirring Roboboss

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Pirate

Ah, but…

… do we have yet another fried boss? Enquiring minds would like to know :-)

Google faces probe over Yahoo! advertising deal

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Gates Horns

I'm not sure…

… whether they're pottles or kets.

Phorm failed to mention 'illegal' trials at Home Office meeting in 2007

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Black Helicopters

Re: Gotta love our goverment

Ah, but which people do they mean?

AMD's new Firestream chip tops 1 teraflop

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Coat

Er, 9250?

That'd make it a Radeon, right?

(Hmm. Stupid server won't accept "9250?" as a title.)

Dissolving the plastic bag problem

Quirkafleeg

Never mind the plastic bags

Years ago, supermarkets used to recycle their recently-emptied cardboard boxes by making them available for customers to fill with their shopping, and some would be re-used again at home.

Perhaps we should go back to that…

And as for packaging: agreed. Far too much of it, though it's not just the quantity and the size relative to the (useful) content – much of it isn't really reusable.

Bonce-antenna education downloads foreseen in 30 years

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Alien

Re: This is ROTM

“The only other possible scenario is that everyone is somehow linked together and the whole thing becomes self aware,”

Resistance is futile.

Safari practices self-love, claims code monkey

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Happy

Re: How sad is it…

Ah, but would he? grep and Google are the tools of choice for that kind of thing.

Quirkafleeg
Coat

Er…

… exactly how did Safari claim the code monkey in question?

Google defends open source from 'poisonous people'

Quirkafleeg

Re: Bus factor

“A simple means of maintaining a small bus factor, they say, is banning names from source code.”

That looks suspiciously like a second instance of that mistake.

(For some reason, I'm reminded of one of Terry Gilliam's animations, in which a bus was tripped up…)

BOFH: Testing the obscenity filters

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Dodgy filtering

Apple filtering is bananas. Consider networking and MAC <SLAM>

The New Order: When reading is a crime

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Black Helicopters

Get it right…

It's "war of terror", not "war on terror". Just a bit different…

EU sets ambitious IPv6 target

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@Daniel

“@Quirkafleeg: Quite right, 8 addresses -1 default gateway, -1 broadcast leaves 6.”

That's -1 network address & -1 broadcast (ideally, they'd both be the same address – .0). -1 default gateway leaves you with 5.

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Re: How about breaking up a few class A's…

Yes, break them up :-)

“So do we really have 3,5 billion used ip addresses - or just a hell of a lot of slack space?”

More like 3.5 milliard, but there probably *is* a lot of slack.

“Some companies give you 8 addresses, even if you only need 2 or 3.”

And for good reason: if they hand you a /30 rather than a /29, you get only two useable out of four rather than 6 out of 8.

(It's a little bit unfortunate that, many years ago, one group of people used the first address in a block as the broadcast address and another group used the last address, and we all ended up with two unuseable addresses per block rather than one…)

International copyright talks seek BitTorrent-killer laws

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Stop

Re: maybe it's about time…

“I haven't downloaded any copyrighted materials, yet. I use bittorrent to get .isos of new Linux releases, and so far, that's about all.”

One of those two sentences is false. I leave it to the reader to determine which one it is…

Climate profs 'can't recommend' enormo-space-parasol

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Pirate

@JonB

Yes, we do care – resources are finite.

Phlashing attack thrashes embedded systems

Quirkafleeg

Prevention…

Shouldn't these things have write-protect jumpers and/or a tiny ROM (normally disabled) for re-flashing purposes?

Boffins' breakthrough boosts fuel cell output by 50%

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Stop

Re: @ Small Point…

It's spelled "sulphur".

SANS sounds alarm on Debian OpenSSL flaw

Quirkafleeg
Boffin

Re: "Where's the news," you ask?

Depends. You see, there's this nice 'from=' option which you can apply to individual keys in your authorized_keys; and if you're using that (ooh, static IP, shiny), you're a bit more secure even with a weakly-generated key since it'd require more effort from the attacker.

I'd still replace any weak keys.

'Secure' PayPal page is... you guessed it

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Re: @Herby

“ "Much safer" would include not having email clients that display HTML.”

And having clients which will display HTML having an option to not display HTML or (if necessary) convert the HTML to plain text. And plain text display should be the default. And and and… (gibber) (NURSE!)

World economy group gives IPv6 big push

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Stop

Re: Death of IPv4??

“320 trillion, trillion, trillion IPv6 addresses”

320 000000000000000000 000000000000000000 000000000000000000

2^128 =

340 282366920938463463 374607431768211456

You're out by, roughly, a factor of a milliard milliard.

'Crazy rasberry ants' target Texan tech

Quirkafleeg
Go

Ant Attack

Well, we now know where Antescher is.

Debian fixes serious crypto bug

Quirkafleeg

Consequences: bad keys everywhere else too…

… because people have been mass-generating bad keys ‒ some with the intention of providing blacklists, and some being blackhats ‒ and these are in circulation.

http://blog.drinsama.de/erich/en/linux/2008051401-consequences-of-sslssh-weakness.html

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Obvious contact addresses

http://www.links.org/?p=328

http://advogato.org/person/branden/

Nice of the OpenSSL people to put their *real* "contact the devs" address somewhere easily found – right next to the bypass plans.

EU IT commissariat has lightbulb moment over green IT

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Joke

Smart metres

The new yardstick?

Windows XP SP3 blame game begins

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Boffin

@Walter Brown

JPEG generally is unsuitable for screenshots :-)

Vista security credentials tarnished in malware survey

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@Bob Bobson

“Also, IT pros run server 2k8 as a desktop OS.”

2k8 = 2800…

BBC defends iPlayer against Murdoch Jr's 'anti-competitive' claims

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Jobs Horns

iPlayer iCan iGet iLost

Never mind the catch-up stuff and $ky. They're using this for video clips on their news pages too, effectively replacing the media player of your choice with the media player of their choice.

(Icon because of its caption.)

Web infection attacks more than 100,000 pages

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Coat

Mass infection Tuesday

Followed by Cleanup Wednesday, I suppose…

Scottish Government scuppers Lewis wind farm plan

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IT Angle

Re: @What exactly do Scotland want?

“Rebuilding Hadrian's wall sound like a good idea as it would put [everything] north of [Carlisle] to Newcastle in to the new expanded Scotland.”

I for one would not welcome our new Scottish overlords. Mind you, I don't welcome the one down south either…

Apple gets (slightly) less sneaky with Windows Safari play

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Linux

Quicktime?

ffmpeg :-)

BOFH: Licensing model

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Coat

Rep naming

Why no. 1 and no. 2, I wonder…

Malodorous Europe gasses UK

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Coat

Re: The relief was indescribable

You've now been restored?

Hitachi to go it alone on discs after all

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Linux

WD GreenPower

There's a recent discussion on the Linux kernel list about problems with Western Digital GreenPower drives: too-frequent head loading & unloading. Looks like nobody at WD thought to test with anything but Windows?

http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/4/9/264 is the start of the thread.

SanDisk warns that unsecured flash drives are coming to get you

Quirkafleeg
Joke

“Personally I use TrueCrypt on my pen”

I tried that once. It didn't half mess up my writing…

BT: 'We did not let anyone down over Phorm... it was not illegal'

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Black Helicopters

Re: Question Time

“well i've submitted a question for tonights Question Time. … I'm sure it will be ignored and they will be asked about the health of gordon Browns dog instead, ho hum”

Yes, it got ignored (or at least not used), and the metaphorical question about Brownjob's dog was indeed asked.

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