* Posts by Khaptain

3206 posts • joined 4 May 2008

How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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Re: Licence agreements

@Condiment

You are adding to the machine.

You are adding a set of instructions, from teh Linux Kernel, that only come into existance under certain circumstances.. These instructions do not exist without the USB key - as I mentioned before it is the equivalant of modding your machine.

Without the USB key no problem.

With the USB key problem.

Please note the need for the "additional" USB key before the problems are generated.

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Re: Licence agreements

@Santa

Well if the tyres you fitted modfied that behavoir of the brakes then this would be justifiable, that's why certain items are certified and others are not.

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Licence agreements

Isn't this a shining example of why those damned Eulas/Licence agreements exist.

--->>>> Install your own software at your own risk..... <<<<--------

I am not critisizing Linux or Samsung, I am merely pointing out that installing your own ROMS, OSes etc is normally something which is done at your own risk.

it's the equivalant of me chipping the engine of my car, BMW refuse to garauntee the engine if I make mods...

By the way the article does not mention if the problem also exists when reinstalling windows or any other OSes....It wold be more interesting to know if this was a generic problem or a UbuntuLinux problem.

If it is a generic problem then the Ubuntu installers have just cause, if not well ........that's life.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

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Re: The Apple what?

I don't believe it is the products that they don't like, it is the company......

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Facebook reports revenues up 40% but Wall Street says 'meh'

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Re: 618 billion daily users?

That's probably what Zuck told the investors....

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Beware, beware the Ides of March

If Zuck publishes a 40% increase and the Stock Market decides to drop the share value then it appears that somebody knows something that we don't

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BlackBerry bets fans are willing to upgrade skills

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Re: May I suggest 'TCFKARIM'

No, it doesn't really roll of the tongue does it.... TIFKAM is fine because it sounds like a word.

Anything that begins with TCFK is not likely to go very far unless you are capable of pronouncing new dipthongs.

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Snooping on movement can reveal smartphone PINs

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No swiping for unlocking please

On the tram in the morning I can easilly follow the swipe codes of someone a few metres away. The image that it creates is easy to visualise and remember. For some strange reason many people tend not to hide their screen from prying eyes at that moment.

The viewing angle on sopme phones is also quite large which doesn't help in hiding whats being typed/swiped on those LARGE dots/numbers.

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Forget cupcakes: What you find on Facebook and Twitter is TARTS

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The Future of FB

I can easilly imagine that in the very near future FB will contain almost entirely this kind of content. FB has become the Daily Mail of the web...

( It will also include pages for Losing Weight, Clothes which help you look slim, Viagra and sex toys)

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US retail kingpins swoon: Nobody bonks like Google does

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Confused - Security

If someone steals a credit card they must also obtain the PIN number... 2 Factor security.

If someone steals a phone with NFC they have everything they need... 1 Factor security. Or is there another level which I haven't yet read about........

I have only ever seen people swipe/bonk these telephones on Youtube and I never see anyone using a password or alternative security factor .... Or are the PIN numbers on the SIM cards part of the package.

I am being lazy and should read up on the matter but since the El Regtards love to flex their keyboards....

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So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

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Re: surprised at the use of iPhones.

@JDX

If your intial post was sarcastic or ironic, your right I didn't get it. Strange I usually pick up on that side of things...

Oh well , back to the grind.

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Re: surprised at the use of iPhones.

Dear JDX,

Are you actually inferring that the usage of IPhones is somehow related to being highly profitable.

How exactly would that relate to the Chavs then ? They certainly don't appear to be very profitable,although I agree that they are Non-Sensible.

Having a hard day in the office Dear.

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Apple, Google tumble off top 20 trusted companies list

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Re: Somewhat disturbing

Then think yourself fortunate that you were not a client of one of the banks that recently went bust. When a bank goes bust you are left with nothing but the possibility to give your Minister a call or prayer........

Trusting banks with your money is like asking a dealer to keep your stash. As long as your dealer has some stock no problem but when his runs out ....

The unfortunate side of things is that there are no viable alternatives, at least not that I am aware of...

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Re: Somewhat disturbing

Because these legal criminal institutions have developed their entire existance around creating a unbreakable requirements for the products and services.

The banking institutions must be the most corrupt entities that have ever existed and no governament would ever dare change this..

They are the anti-thesis of honesty.

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Truly these are the GOLDEN YEARS of Storage

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The 1st and Primary question

Do we "really" need so much data ?

Some mildly interesting facts on this page about storage requriements in relation to how much space is required for all of the books in "the Library of Congress"

http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2012/03/how-many-libraries-of-congress-does-it-take/

The first figure is the most astounding:

•“Every Six Hours, the NSA Gathers as Much Data as Is Stored in the Entire Library of Congress.”

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The Death of Voice: Mobile phone calls now 50 per cent shorter

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I have observed the same thing with one of my colleagues., a 30 year old.

I will be working with her and suddenly she will answer her cellphone and reply with something like "Ask the carpenter for a new quotation" and then immediately end the call.

This can happen multiple times within a period of 10 minutes or so.

There is no greetings or farewell just the answer to a question that was asked by whoever was on the other end.

To me it appears extremely rude, but for her it is obviously just part of normal communication. It unnerves me....

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Always wanted a robot: why not DIY?

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3D Printers

This is actually the first project that I have seen that makes me want to have a 3d printer "now".....

Obviously the Electronics and the "Power Source " are the main setback here but this looks like a lot of fun.

Robots printing Robots - Scary stuff....

I hope that all of the electronics have Asimov's 3 laws hard coded into a non replaceable and indespensabel ROM.....

<<< This is what IT is all about .....

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UPnP scan shows 50 million network devices open to packet attack

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There are other solutions

Teamviewer, Logmein, VNC et al can do exactly what you need and outside of the corporate enviornment they are free, so no excuses there.

UPnp creates a risk for your home network, the risk is up to you, can you afford to lose what you have or to become the next zombie host for [insert illegal activity here] .....

It has its good points but they are outweighed by its negative points.

Open up an FTP or Telnet server on one of your home machines, you will be very surprised to see how long it takes before that script kiddies come a knocking. Upnp is no differnet, its another surface to get attacked.

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Zuck on it, Google: 'Public' Facebook events are dead to you

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Remove all links to Facebook from all engines please

I would be fine and happy if Google, Bing, et al, removed all and any links to Facebook from their engines.

I despise clicking on a link only to be asked "Please sign up for a Facebook account to see this page).....

If FB doesn't want to share what's on it members pages then I am fine with that, but in that case please do not allow the pages to be listed on search engines.

( Dear Pedantards - am I allowed to use the word "but" after the comma ? )

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Hackers squeeze through DVR hole, break into CCTV cameras

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Crime video streams for sale

So now the hackers can sell real time video streams to criminals who can they survey if they are being surveyed.

OR

the Hacker could sell live streams of Policemen not doing their duties......

You have to love the ingenuity of it all...

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Researchers break records with MILLION-CORE calculation

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The future of home computing

Modern smartphones today have more computing power today than the Cray-1 had 30 years ago.

Can we therefore conlcude that in about 15 years time this will be the kind of power we will have in home computers.

Shit, will we even have "home" computers in 15 years or will we all be directly connected to the Cloud/Web via Matrix like cervical cords.

<<<---- There is no IT Angle becaue this moves into the realm of the unimaginable.

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Microsoft teases possible Jan. 29 launch for Office 2013

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Marketing without foundation

I read a study once that even reasonably knowledgeable users, use only about 7% of Excels capabilites. I presume that with word it is not much different.

Now unless MS are going to pull out a version of "Tifkam" just for office then I truly have a hard time imagining what miracle they are going to produce. ( I sincerely hope that it is not Tifkam.).

Marketing speak and even the most clever publicity company will never manage to resolve the major problem with Office suites today : that of the "End User".

Regardless of Word, Excel, or the Libre Office equivalants the thing that takes me most time with any documents is the "thinking" part. Will an endless strew of magical icons, widgets, drop down boxes or wizards ever be able to replace or improve my main problem, I doubt it.......

I don't pay for office, my company does that, and as long as I work there I will always have access to the latest versions BUT what advantage does that truly offer me over and above that which I had 10 years ago : almost nothing. I still struggle to create original content, to please my clients and to find the happy medium between too much and not enough and I doubt that any office suite in the world will ever be able to aleviate these problems, which is probably a good thing.....

I wish MS would bring out a "light" version rather than more complete or cloudy versions. I would like something quick and rapid that I can put on a USB key rather than 1.5Gb of DLLS that I will never use. I don't need endless directories or clipart of database connectivity on a daily basis.

MS Office is probably worth more to MS that Windows is and I understand that they need to keep pumping out "new" versions but honestly nothing new has came out for many years. As much as I appreciate the MS Office suite, it is after all an excellent tool, it has become a blind whale lost at sea.

<--- It's OK Microsoft, we are fine with the versions that we have, try bringing something new to the market. Repacking of the old does not make your campers any happier.

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Chinese upstart smears Android's Ice Cream Sandwich over PCs

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Re: Hmmm....

I admit that my dev usually evolves around text based apps or sliding bitmaps, none of which require more than a few frames per second.

I upvoted you for having the courage to write anything else using the emulator. I did compile the 3d samples once and they were actually OK. I lost interest quickly though as I found the graphics threads a little confusing.

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Re: Port

Or Wine if you look at it from the other viewpoint.

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Re: Hmmm....

The emulator actually runs OK but ONLY after you have waited "unpatiently" for it to boot up.

The big error is closing the Emulator between compilations...

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

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Re: The guy went a bit overboard

@Psyx

Sorry by wording on my behalf. I intended to make a "recursive" case whereby.

1 : Shoot all the crazy people.

2 : You have to be crazy to shoot people

3 : Therefore all the shooters have to be shot too.

Thereby reducing the population to a few Amish and some stoners....

( I have made the presumption that the Amish and the stoners don't own guns, are crazy or like to shoot people.

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Re: Uh, JaitcH (was: Americans use such self-explanetory language ... once you learn the vocabulary)

Missing the guy 3 times meant that she was potentially putting 3 other peoples lifes at risk with stray bullets.

The kid next door, the postman and the local telephone engineer......or even Mr Land....

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Re: "drink the contents from a wet-dry vacuum cleaner"

She shot one off so he decided to do the same...

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The guy went a bit overboard

This was like reading the script from "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".... It really couldn't get much more abstract.

Imagine for a moment that the Amercians decided to shoot all of the crazy people in their country. There would be so few people left that it would actually become "civilised" again. "People that own guns can't really be classified as being civil".

<-- IT Angle, anyone - Unless getting fueled up on Acid and cracking one off in the office is somehow IT related?

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Patch often: Cyber-crim toolkits love stinky old gaping holes

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The first thing to do is to switch of the computer, unplug the phone line, disconnect the electricity, board up your doors then head down into the cellar.

Remove the shotgun from the cabinet, insert new catridge(s), put end of barrel into mouth and pull trigger.

There, no more problems ..... That's how to fool them damned ruskies............

Now isn't that a nice thought for a Monday morning...

( Statistically. I would think that you would be safer with the latest Java. even with its holes, than you would be with a 2 year old unpatched IE 6)....

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Apple loses 'Most Valuable Company' honor to ExxonMobil

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Some sense at last

The fact that any tech such as Apple, Google, Microsoft etc are capable of arriving in this position is actually a very disheartening state of affairs.

Our lives are completely based around that which we do not require. I admit to being part of this situation but I have just not found an alternative which I am willing to pursue.

Consumerism, really is a plague..

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Backdoor root login found in Barracuda gear - and Barracuda is OK with this

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Re: Service Entrance

If your data is so sensitive then why is it on a public network......

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Re: SSH scans?

I reckon you are lucky if you are sniffed only once a day. One off my colleagues opened up SSH on his home NAS and is being hit anywhere between 10 and 30 times per day... I didn't beleive him till he should me the logs... We verified some of the IPs, no one constant location and scattered all over the world....( Could have been spoofed IPs but no way to know)

If SSH is available, the Password Authentication should at leat be set to off and authentication by certificate should be the only method publically available. and no ROOT on SSH.

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Re: Service Entrance

And just how else is the provider supposed to offer his support .....

I don't know how BMW perform those detailed diagnostics on my car, it's not written in the manual, should I also consider this as the backdoor approach. As long as it presents no danger to me then I accept the fact that a "service port" exists even though it is undocumented.

By signing a service contract with over-the-wire support, it is quite clear that the client accepts some kind of risk.

My data is supposed to be safe within a data centre but at the same time the service provider has access to my servers be it documented or not, that is the price I have to pay for requiring his services..

It is almost impossible for 99.9% of clients to verify whether or not there are backdoors hidden away within code/hardware. It is far safer to simply think that there are and that there always will be backdoors and to arrange your security around that fact. Anything connected to the web is inherently "unsafe"....

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Service Entrance

See title for more appropriate term than backdoor.

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Belkin buys Linksys from Cisco

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Low cost company buys out low cost

This doesn't sound great. Linksys stuff is usually quite good , Belkin on the other hand are usually to be avoided. What a strange deal.

I wonder if it will also mean an end to the availability of Roms for the Linksys routeurs/APs..

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Brit mastermind of Anonymous PayPal attack gets 18 months' porridge

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We "were" legion

Title says it all

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Just what is GOOGLE'S MYSTERIOUS NEW WIRELESS NETWORK?

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Thursday

Never an easy day for the El Reg pigistes..

<<--- One of these must better than spending a day in the office with no imaginative juices flowing.

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Ballmer now flings out work rivals, rather than chairs, claims ex-Microsoftie

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Re: Balmer the Dr Evil villain

@Michael

It's not always "what" Eadon has to say ( some things do make sense), but more often than not, it's "how" he says things. Although I presume that he is very well aware of his approach.

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Re: Balmer the Dr Evil villain

Agreed

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Re: Balmer the Dr Evil villain

E.A.D.O.N. - Now what could that be an acronym for

Eadon's Anecdotes Display Outright Nonsense....

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Dotcom says German authors' society canned Mega launch vid

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Not easy to like this guy

There is something really disagreeable about this guy, although it is not so easy to pinpoint.

He has become too public, is too agressive and appears to want to play the martyr. I agree with what he is fighting for but at the end of the day he is a businessman hoping to make a few more dollars.

This is not quite the same fight as the none-profit making entities.

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Wad of BlackBerry OS 10 pics 'leaks' from RIM's inner circle

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UX - nothing very new here

Flicking through the first 40 or so screens I would consider that the interface is

Android - 85 % ( Most of the layouts are very similar - yes I know that there are not really 1000 of alternatives)

Apple IOS -6%: All those slidy button things ( I hate those slidy buttons, i prefere checkboxes but that just personal).

MS - 3 % : there appeared to be a hint of that nasty flat Windows 8 look smattered around......

The remaining 1% is for originality, of which I didn't see much.

I worked for a short perdiod with QNX many years ago and I seem to remember that it had a very distinct interface, although I dont see any of that in the screenshots... Shame cause the QNX I remember was quite original .

These are probably alpha->beta screenshots but I presume that they won't be too far from the real thing...

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‘That’s not art’ says Apple as it pulls nudes from AppStore

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Choice for the adult user please

Can't Apple simply inform the user that the App may contain nudity and that the final decision be put upon the buyer as to whether or her/she wants to install it.

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RIM's Heins beams: BB10 must walk the walk before we talk the talk

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Battery Life

As long as RIM can keep up the "very impressive" battery life of its phones I will happily continue to purchase them. Its one thing that no one ever seems to complain about.

I don't really care for "extra options" or "apps", this thing has only one purpose for me, corporate, email and it works flawlessly....

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Foxit outfoxes fiendish flaw to fix foxed-up Firefox PDF plugin

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Do you just love alliteration

Fiesty Foxit Finally Fixes a Few Fleeting Foibles. Phew.....

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China turns to no-name handsets: Android - without the Google-iness

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2 Questions

>Does not phone home to google.

But does it phone home directly to the communist party intelligence headquarters ?

>extremely expensive operation for Google

Do you mean that the AppStore doesn't generate larger sums of money for Google? In Sept 2012 they annonced the 25 Billionth download ( I know downloads dont equal revenue but even if only one dollar was earned for 5% of total downloads) .

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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

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It's logical really

Engineers and Doctors share the same principal task - finding solutions to problems . BUT there is a difference....

A patient comes into a Doctor's office with an ailment, the doctor studies the problem, prescribes a suitable treatment , the ailment is cured. The Doctor is happy he found a solution.

A user phones up the IT department complaining about a problem. The Engineer analyses the problem and begins to look up the big book for the answer to the question "How to cure stupidity ?", unfortunately there is no answer. Engineer becomes upset and unhappy at not finding solution.

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Google pulls 'racist' Make Me Asian app

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Pastor Peter China

This guys name was just thrown in for the sake of it shirley..

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