* Posts by Havin_it

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

Havin_it

Re: On air compression

Wanted to mention you can also add ReplayGain tags (both track and album) to FLAC files, the command-line app "metaflac" can do it. My player supports it, but YMMV.

The loudness issue used to drive me mad on my phone, but after much study I managed to patch the old Android (ICS) Music app to support ReplayGain on MP3s.

Only problem was when Jelly Bean came along and I recompiled the app, it now has "gapless playback" (i.e. a slight crossfade/segue) which when fading from a song with lots of gain applied to one with none or negative gain, there tends to be a split-second burst of EXTREME LOUDNESS until the equalizer adjusts it to where it should be for the next track. I must try to fix this at some point but I fear by then the AOSP app will be abandonware :(

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Holmes

Re: Boobytrap a VM.

Mm, I wondered the same. Not sure the CMD shell can even do that on the host VM all that easily, let alone reaching back through the tubes and doing it to the VNC client's host machine.

Not to mention that if Hide Extensions is enabled (as has been default for quite some time), the mark might wonder why the file *has* a .TXT extension showing?

Now you could name it "Passwords.bat" but the icon would still be wrong. Worth a try would be creating the batchfile elsewhere and placing on the Desktop a shortcut to it, which IIRC you can change the icon of the shortcut.

But I'd still like that recipe for how this batchfile is pwning the intruder's machine. Still with us, OP?

Icon: closest available to "chinny reckon".

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Havin_it

Re: ISP reports...

(in a couple case I even got a "recipient does not exist" response)

Now that *should* be enough to see action taken by their (the ISP's) TLD registry, as it violates RFCs, but I imagine for most of them this is equally fruitless.

What you can do however is report the offending IP (and in some cases the ISP's whole IP range if there is enough evidence of endemic misuse) to various spam blacklists (there are many). Then at least you're hopefully reducing the pain for others.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

Havin_it

What the I don't even

I'm reading through the Cisco analysis as I speak, but I'm not yet seeing what's the excuse for being vulnerable to this.

Seems that it

(1) Spreads through unsecured SMB ports

Well what the fuck retard has their MSNet ports out there waving in the breeze of the general Internet in this day and age, FFS? I mean even MS don't sell you an OS any more that does such stupid things OOTB.

(2) Drops a binary, msseseccexxxesexypoo.exe (or something)...

Well how does it drop it and execute it without a by-your-leave? What browser/email client is allowing that to happen, because it doesn't magically happen without a parent vuln or colossally bad design decision to enable it.

I've only skimmed this info so far but please, someone, let me know if I can get this without having my SMB ports open to the WAN and/or ignoring some permutation of Windows/browser/emailer that won't shout at me "UR ABOUT TO RUN A PROGGY OFF TEH INTERNET IT MITE BE BAD ACTULY ITS PROLLY BAD Y/N" prior to executing a downloaded binary (which, Christ, Windows itself actually does a pretty good job of doing lately).

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Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

Havin_it

Re: Age verification

NGL, if they show me Ren & Stimpy I'll probably forget all about the porn objective.

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Havin_it

Re: William Wallace

They'll have to prise it from my cold, damp hand.

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Havin_it

Re: 'non-conventional'

>even having a wank could land you in hot water

Ugh, best avoid that. The lysis of the sperm cells in. pure water will render them extremely sticky and hard to remove. Soapy water is your friend. Er, so I'm told.

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Flatpak and Snaps aren't destined for graveyard of failed Linux tech yet

Havin_it

Re: Faff

Most of the time Firefox binary release is fine, at times I've used that in preference to whichever distro's package, and that meant getting updates straight away too. I wish Libreoffice had a standalone installer as it's a nightmare trying to satisfy dependencies for Gentoo's binary package of it. I might give the Snap/Flatpak option a look.

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

Havin_it

@AC

Firefox accounts do use end-to-end encryption, so your 2nd and 3rd "rules" are moot. And if the data "being on someone else's computer" still bothers you that much in spite of this, the server software is all open-source so you can host it on your own computer if you want.*

* I did this myself and have to admit it is quite a battle to set it all up correctly, so in the end I asked myself why I was bothering and got a Firefox account instead. #NoRegrets

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Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash

Havin_it
Terminator

Re: My exact thought

"HEYYY! It looks like you're losing a gun-battle. Would you like some help?"

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

Havin_it
Boffin

Re: Need more variety, not less

Some impressively over-engineered solutions above, but this can be accomplished using Firefox alone. I use this feature myself to insulate extra-sensitive workloads from day-to-day omnivorous browsing. Just start Firefox's profile manager:

firefox -P

Create a new profile called e.g. 'banking'. When done, launch not this new profile but your original one (called 'default' by, er default).

Now, without closing Firefox, execute this:

firefox -no-remote -p banking

Voilà: a completely separate instance of Firefox running side-by-side with, but fully insulated from, your normal browsing. And because it's completely separate, you can customise the browser UI, add-ons and other preferences completely independently, to optimise them for the one or few sites you'll use it for.

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Havin_it

Re: Designers..

This. I don't think they appreciate quite how big a kick in the market-share nuts the upcoming bonfire of the legacy add-ons is going to be. The current add-on ecosystem is the only thing besides sentimentality and inertia that's keeping me on board (though I certainly don't much fancy the alternatives either).

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Opportunity rover gets bored of spot it's explored since 2014

Havin_it

Re: Football field

Or the suitably-descriptive-while-retaining-brevity: handegg.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

Havin_it

Re: This goes to show one thing

>We could vote for 59 fluorescent macaques and it would have no effect.

I dunno, might liven up PMQs a bit. Let's try it.

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Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse

Havin_it

Good point. There's a large (and disaster-prone) chunk of the planet that wouldn't be too happy wearing a picture of a cowburger on their chest, and another that'd be equally unwelcoming of anything featuring bacon.

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Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

Havin_it

Re: There are some uses for that

Esoteric setup!

Windows might not have its own sshd, but it's been possible since forever to set up Cygwin's sshd as a Windows service. I dunno if it could handle the Kerberos tokens as well but I don't see why not.

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Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern

Havin_it
Unhappy

Re: Multiprocess

I don't think any of the multiprocess code was rolled out as far back as 45.* (could be wrong).

If it is, you should be able to check in the about:support page. If it's present but not active, then as someone else said, it will be because you have an add-on installed that's not compatible with it.

To see which addons are and aren't compatible with multiprocess, you can install a Mozilla add-on called Add-on Compatibility Reporter; once installed, this will add (in-)compatibility labels to each installed add-on's listing in the add-ons screen.

Sadly, if you've been collecting add-ons for a while, you'll probably find quite a few marked incompatible. I'm using quite a few that are pretty indispensable, both at home and work, and which all evidence suggests are unlikely to be ported to WebExtensions* as the developers have long-since moved on. It will be a real wrench and I'm honestly not sure my fondness for the Fox can endure it; I fear the add-on catalogue will be a shadow of its former self soon, and with that goes a lot of what made it awesome. Sad times.

[* Because it's not just a question of replumbing extensions to work with multiprocess, oh no. The whole extension architecture is being thrown out and replaced with something [semi-]compatible with the WebExtension format as used by Chrome and Edge. So far, I've seen nothing to suggest that the possible gain of ease of porting addons from those browsers will outweigh the loss of the existing massive and diverse AMO collection.]

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

Havin_it
Trollface

Re: Yes, good idea

Doesn't flak usually come from underneath though?

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

Havin_it
Trollface

Ah, but the sentence is still grammatical and doesn't even change meaning if you delete "People", so there's no problem :)

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Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)

Havin_it

>Nicotine produces the highest dependency score among common drugs, so one could argue that it is the most damaging, in an indirect way.

I'll hazard a guess that however this dependency score was arrived at, it involved study of smoking tobacco. There's recent research that suggests that nicotine by itself is far less addictive than other compounds found in burnt tobacco. (Sorry no citation, but you didn't give one either so yar boo sucks.)

Anecdotally, I've found I don't "crave" a vape in the way I very definitely used to go spare when denied the chance of a gasper.

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Havin_it
Stop

Re: Aussie smokers are in for a rough ride.

Vaping's not an option, e-cigs are banned in Australia. It's in TFA, like.

Man, Australia sucks balls.

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Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

Havin_it

Re: Problem with Anti-Virus

Having a prescribed dropzone for downloaded files would be a royal ballache for me a lot of the time, though I'm not against it as a default for new users. What would be more beneficial to my mind, would be if downloaded files weren't executable by default and had to be explicitly OK'd as such by the user.

I've tried in the past to make Windows systems live up to that philosophy, typically by revoking execution permissions on all but one of a user's folders (and crucially not the default download folder) but this just tends to hit problems. 1: some apps have installation/update routines that fail if your TEMP folder doesn't have execute permissions; 2: the stupid-ass Windows permissions granularity where the key permission is "Read AND Execute" whereby if you revoke this permission from a given folder, you can download shit into it and be sure it won't execute, but unfortunately nor can the shell navigate that folder!

In short, a setup whereby the user is required to manually bless the execution of a downloaded file is not a goer without training or seriously crafty system configuration.

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Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

Havin_it

Re: Yet another Windows 10 annoyance

>same reasons that UNIX / Linux systems still have a statically-linked (and therefore less dependent) subset of binaries in /sbin.

Mostly only true in the initrd nowadays, from what I've seen. And under systemd, you pretty much need an initrd if your system has any kind of mount that doesn't come up instantly :(

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

Havin_it

initramfs shell?

So, um, what if you don't use an initramfs? I don't. Just wondering ...

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2016 in a nutshell: Boffins break monkeys' backs to turn them into tragic shuffling cyborgs

Havin_it
Mushroom

Re: Delaying Hope

Well, you know, we could use what we learned to fix knackered (not by us) monkeys too. I doubt we will (outwith the class of vet practice Michael Jackson had for Bubbles back in the day), I'm just saying.

Don't be too hard on John. His language is a bit blunt, but he has a point and I find I largely agree with it (uh-oh). I don't desire the extinction of any species of life, nor inflicting suffering (a very difficult thing to quantify in less-sentient organisms, mind you) without purpose. However, it's unthinkable that humans could thrive as we do without exploiting other species in various ways, including lethal and "life-changing" ways. Polio is a lifeform, but I'd eradicate that in a heartbeat. It's all relative.

By and large, I'd sooner we cracked the technique of not doing unspeakable cruelty to our own species before we get to micromanaging the extent to which we're comfortable doing it to cows or monkeys. Because one way or another, we'll always be doing so. I challenge anyone to establish a "red line" on that which can't be argued against.

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

Havin_it
Black Helicopters

Re: What's the thinking?

I hope you kept your Tor on when you admitted doing this while signed in to this (non-SSL) comment forum then. Oh, and that you've done so every time you've ever signed in to El Reg, otherwise Insp. Knacker of the Yard can pop down to Vulture Central and ID you right quick (if he can be arsed).

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

Havin_it

Re: what eurocrats dont understand is..

Enter key broken?

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Havin_it
Joke

Re: Canadian immigration

I don't advise requesting a blanket from a USAfriend, it may contain smallpox.

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IPv4 is OVER. Really. So quit relying on it in new protocols, sheesh

Havin_it

Granny factor

I won't be the first to opine this, but the worst thing about v6 is the lingo.

I (eventually) got the heads of my dependents, both at work and closer to home, around the concept of an IPv4 address. Four integers with dots in between. Sort of like a phone number, in that the format was consistent.

IPv6? 8 numbers in hex notation (with which we're all super comfortable, yeah), colon-delimited, which if they happen to be zero can be omitted, and if a number of them adjacent to each other are zero the colons can also be omitted just to make it extra opaque.

Do people really not get this? It's too much. Joe sixpack does not want to speak hexadecimal, nor to make sense of which address components are elided or why. If the address is reliably eight integers, with colons or periods or fucking Euro symbols delimiting them, that he can grok (possibly with help). IPv6 address notation is design by engineers, for engineers; granny need not apply.

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Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

Havin_it
Coat

Re: Incontinent Flyer

>an intercontinental flight from the UK to Europe

Christ, I'm not looking forward to Brexit either but I hadn't heard we'd be classified as a different continent!

I vote we name it "Justenoughrope" :(

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Havin_it

Re: I know that feeling

So you're the spoilsport, eh?

Damn your eyes, I was really looking forward to my wonderful knob.

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Havin_it
Windows

Re: Ah...

Don't think Dabbsy was El Reg's cross to bear back in 2003. Legend has it the snub was sparked by a Reg hack mocking Jobs's pronunciation of "Jaguar".

God, but I have been here too long.

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Uber drivers entitled to UK minimum wage, London tribunal rules

Havin_it
Joke

I think it's reasonable to assume that Scrooge's parsimony was a year-round occupation, and that the Christmas season merely provided the appropriate background conditions for the filthy lefty free-riders to perform their cynical bit of social engineering upon him.

(Signed, someone for whom the emotional blackmail to spend spend SPEND has already entered high gear.)

Besides, a downvote is as expensive as an upvote, so I don't think it was him at all. QED

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Havin_it
Trollface

Re: Will this do anything...

Well this just comes across as bitterness, but if you have no body then I suppose it's understandable. It must have taken ages to type that with your nose.

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Is this the worst Blockchain idea you've ever heard?

Havin_it

Re: An immutable record, you say...

Brill!

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Honeywell's UK staff mull strike action

Havin_it
Black Helicopters

A Honeywell appliance materialised on the wall of our Throne Room at the same time the gas boiler was replaced. I'm guessing it's a CO detector. It does give me a little frisson to see it, albeit that there's very little connection with the tech titan that was.

Part of me wants to pry the casing open in case there's an advanced supercomputer in there (hell, relative to Honeywell machines in their pomp that's probably a valid comparison) but another part of me thinks that if either my landlord, the boiler maker or the plumber felt the need to surreptitiously install such a thing in our bog, I probably don't want to know why.

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

Havin_it

Re: @qwertyuiop

I struggle to believe Nicola Sturgeon said anything so contrary to the narrative on which she's basing her current manoeuvring. Got a source?

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

Havin_it

Re: The computer Tao

I'm with you on the "negative bubbles", in fact I think they are the true phenomenon here. I say that because I don't think I'm anything special or magical, just someone who spent a good amount of spare time methodically learning how computers and things worked and how to use and troubleshoot them (for myself, at any rate). The result is I generally have a nice time on a computer, and when things go wrong I patiently set about putting them right. No hammers required (well, rarely).

My GF, on the other hand, exhibits very much your "negative bubble" concept (which I myself named "technopathy" - linguists present may freely comment on how cromulent this construction is). If something can go wrong with a computer while she is using it, it will, whatever the odds. I will watch her like a hawk and not be able to explain what I'm seeing, nor be able to replicate it. It apparently happens to her at work as well. She is no ninja but knows her way around a computer as well as most who've used one day-to-day for as long as she has; I swear the things just don't like her.

So, yeah. Not sure about the positive, but the negative? Yup.

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Havin_it

Re: Plugs....

I've never seen a PC or lappy that had "upside-down" USB ports - seems so counterintuitive it's hard to believe any mfr. would do it (oh, hello Dell).

I'd always proffer the plug with the side where the holes don't have the contact-plate right behind them, and the join in the metal isn't (where there is a join, which is pretty normal), as the top side. Never been an issue IME.

Apart from the rise of micro-micro-thumbdrives which only have the contact-plate and no housing. Made a litany of fumbles with those bleeders :(

And then there're the PCs that put the USB sockets sideways (oh, hello again, Dell, but plenty others too). I can't imagine there's any orthodoxy within that.

Still, you know, I guess it's better than what we had before. Mostly.

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Havin_it

Re: Depressing...

>gristly discovery

If you'd had one of those, I doubt you'd be sharing about it. Not on here, anyway.

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Havin_it
Coat

Mm, your handle probably doesn't help matters in that regard ...

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Havin_it

Re: "two monitors plugged into each other, a USB mouse plugged in to an ethernet port"

Heh, yeah I was incredulous at USB->Ethernet myself so likewise had to try it, and son of a gun...

Good job El Reg is responsible journalism and doesn't tell us to go jumping off cliffs ...

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Havin_it

Re: Is it on?

Pretty sure you can nobble the User-Agent: header sent by Konqueror, change it to something more mainstream and you'd probably be golden. (Konqueror is sadly now discontinued now though, so I hope your predicament was temporary.)

I've had to do this in my Raspberry Pi with Firefox on occasion: many sites don't compute when you've got a HD screen but appear, processor-wise, to be on a phone. Sigh...

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Havin_it
Joke

Re: Is it on?

Isn't it quite hard to play a piano that's only got one leg? A skill like that should command remuneration enough to put one well above the welfare bracket in any civilised society, surely?

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Havin_it

Re: Is it on?

^This, and not limited to Linux either. My mum and I had netbooks around the same time (got her the same model as mine to hopefully simplify long-distance support) and quite a few apps had dialogs (or in at least one instance, main window) too tall for 600px vertical. Thunderbird account settings stands out ... Turns out "Alt+drag" is a tricky concept to grok over the phone :(

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Havin_it

Re: Year 7

>in the UK

In Scotland (80s-90s at least):

Nursery: ""playschoolers"

Primary school: "P1-7"

Secondary school: "S1-6"

Why must people so complicate matters? Keeps someone in a job, I suppose.

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Havin_it

Re: Bad references

>can't count to 10 without taking his/her shoes off

Anyone with fewer than 10 fingers ain't welcome in my typing pool, I'll tell ya that much :p

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Firefox to doctor Pepper so it can run Chrome's PDF, Flash plugins

Havin_it

Pfft. Pepperidge Farm must be going a bit Nana Moon.

There were rendering inconsistencies between all browsers. CSS positioning rules, box model, link pseudo-selectors (shudder) without even beginning to think about the JS incompatibilities (my nurse says I mustn't do that any more) ... OK, IE gave us a lot more work to do than the others, but don't claim the rest were all singing from the same hymn-sheet.

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

Havin_it

Re: Safety issue

Ick. Thanks (not so much) for reminding me of that traumatic recollection of my last trip to The Smoke.

Looking back, I think that discovery of black snot after an afternoon's moderate tube travel was the pivotal moment at which I said to myself: I will NEVER live or work here.

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Havin_it

@Martin Re: Cabbage

"OMG I went into a public environment and some of the people therein are having the temerity to audibly communicate with each other!!!eleventyone"

It's not for me to comment on why the tube is so stressful in the first place, I'll have to take your word for that, but why does hearing other people conversing make it more so?

I ask as someone who strongly values a bit of contemplative solitude himself, but would never expect to achieve it on public transport.

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