* Posts by Joseph Haig

191 posts • joined 25 Apr 2007

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Ubuntu's Shuttleworth embraces tablet terror: Our PC biz will survive, too

Joseph Haig

Re: Good Luck To Them

One OS to cover every device is one thing but I hope they don't go down the same route as Windows 8, and produce an environment that only really works on a tablet and is frustrating to use on a desktop.

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

Joseph Haig
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Is it gas powered?

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Wikipedia's Gibraltar 'moratorium' - how's it going?

Joseph Haig

People actually read the Wikipedia front page?

I had no idea that there was a "Did you know?" section, let alone that it was often filled with facts about Gibraltar.

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Inside Microsoft's 'Cloud OS'

Joseph Haig
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Is 'Cloud OS' the new term for 'vapourware'?

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Harry Potter's Filch conjures Doctor Who's dead first time-lord

Joseph Haig

Twelve Doctors?

When I first saw this news I thought that there were going to be plans for a "Twelve Doctors" episode. However, this would probably require replacements for most of the other doctors as well, including several who are still alive. Either that, or a serious amount of make-up.

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Joseph Haig

Re: RIP DB?

Given that the first Doctor was an old man and the series started 50 years ago I hardly think that you can read anything sinistre into the fact that both actors have died, Hartnell at the age of 67 and Hurdall at 73.

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Fedora project may expel MySQL

Joseph Haig

Re: Which ones?

I wouldn't call that "many other Linux distros". The only major one I can see is openSUSE, and they have both MySQL and MariaDB available. This is hardly the mass exodus seen from OpenOffice.org to LibreOffice.

It looks like, rather than being behind, Fedora is in the forefront here. If Fedora makes the jump then that will filter through to RHEL, which would be much more significant.

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Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

Joseph Haig

Meh

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Facebook testing $100 fee to mail Mark Zuckerberg

Joseph Haig

Old news

Isn't this the same story as this? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/21/facebook_paid_message_delivery/

Someone has just noticed that Mr Z is on the list of members in the trial. $100 does seem a bit steep, though. Does it vary for who you want to mail?

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

Joseph Haig
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You never recieved the email containing UrgentFinances.xls.exe?

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Facebook to debut auto-play video ads in 2013

Joseph Haig

Eh?

I sometimes wonder what Facebook is up to. Are they actively trying to turn away their users or is there an internal competition to see who can come up with the most ridiculous idea that the users will swallow?

"Next, lets require that users enter three valid bank card numbers before they can post anything. Then we can replace their passwords with a concatination of the security codes."

Erm, if that becomes reality remember that you saw it here first.

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Microsoft’s so.cl network now open to all

Joseph Haig

Just what we need - another social network!

I just went to so.cl and I have absolutely no idea what I am looking at. It looks like a schizophrenic kleptomaniac's scrapbook.

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Facebook shoves your face in Microsoft's Bing thing

Joseph Haig

Re: Why don't these f*ckers tell us when they are sharing OUR SHIT ...

I think you misunderstand your relationship with Facebook. You are not the customer - you are the product.

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

Joseph Haig

Re: Well

"None of this compares to the Great Computer Programmer Incapacitation of '93, when thousands of IT professionals were hospitalized by the sheer dumbness of Jurassic Park's "It's a UNIX system. I know this!" "

You say that, but the flight-simulator style file browser was genuine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fsn

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Headbanger plays Star Trek theme on floppy drives

Joseph Haig

Dr Who

This is not a million miles away from what the people creating the original Dr Who theme tune were doing.

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Brit student locked up for Facebook source code hack

Joseph Haig

Facebook would do well to employ this guy instead of prosecuting him. He clearly knows better than any of their current security team what needs to be tightened up.

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Trust me, I'm a computer: Watson takes on health care challenge

Joseph Haig

Only slightly bad idea.

"Watson still got many answers wrong."

True, but so do humans. The correct way of using it would be to use it as a source of advice rather than a way to get a definitive answer. Having said that, the way a lot of people blindly follow satellite navigation is probably an indication that your concern is at least partially valid.

I'm more concerned about the bedside manner: "What is ... you have 2 months, 3 weeks, 5 days and 7 hours to live?"

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iPhone 5 to include Japanese earthquake warning system

Joseph Haig
Coat

Does the app have a good rating?

Erm, http://xkcd.org/937/

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Daleks given a well-earned break

Joseph Haig
Alien

You know, just once ...

... I'd like to meet an alien menace who wasn't immune to bullets!

I, for one, am glad that the Daleks are being given a rest. Much as I am grateful to RTD for bringing the series back I found his stories to be amazingly lacking in imagination and the recurrence of the Daleks and Cybermen (and sometimes both) ad nauseam was just a symptom of this.

The weeping angles, on the other hand, were scary. Who invented them? Oh yes, it was Moffat.

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Who needs 600 friends when you're a bride of Christ?

Joseph Haig

Symptom or cause? Or, perhaps, not even connected.

"Sr Maria's expulsion does appear to be a result of internal strife, rather than any Church position on Facebook."

So she (a) used Facebook and (b) got kicked out of the convent, but there is no clear indication about what the relation between (a) and (b) is? And I thought El Reg was read by people with a scientific mind-set. (Perhaps global warming is caused by a lack of pirates after all)

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Facebook facing fall-down issues

Joseph Haig

Facebook security?

If Facebook were at all interested in security, they would enable SSL for the whole site, not just the login page.

<http://www.pcworld.com/article/209333/how_to_hijack_facebook_using_firesheep.html>

The lesson from this is that you should never use Facebook (and a number of other sites) while connected to an open WiFi.

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Vatican confirms Simpsons as Catholics

Joseph Haig
Thumb Down

Ho hum.

You are reporting a 10-month-old opinion piece from Osservatore Romano as church teaching? Slow news day?

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 2: Preparing to dual-boot

Joseph Haig

32-bit vs 64-bit ...

It is possible to get the 32 bit kernel to see more than 4G of memory but it requires a patch to be compiled in. For Ubuntu, this is not in the desktop kernel but it is in the server kernel so

$ sudo apt-get install linux-image-server

will allow you to use all your memory.

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'Clickjacking' worm hits hundreds of thousands on Facebook

Joseph Haig
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Re. Flash, haha

... saviour of the universe?

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RHEL 6 - your sensible but lovable friend

Joseph Haig

RHEL 4 -> RHEL 5 -> RHEL 6

"my organisation has just gone through a lot of pain going from RHEL4 to RHEL5, the majority of the difficulties came from changing gcc and the QT libraries."

And that is why you have overlapping releases. You can still run RHEL 4 for another couple of years and, with RHEL 5 released two years ago, that is 4 years to resolve all the migration problems.

"Is it possible to upgrade a RHEL5 machine to RHEL6 without a clean install?"

Possible but not recommended and certainly not supported. It is assumed that you will keep at the same major release number until you plan to replace the hardware, at which time you can roll out replacements with the new major version. This is supported by having long support cycles and overlapping releases - when RHEL 6 is released there will be 3 versions all supported in parallel.

I know people object to this and want to be able always to upgrade to the latest and greatest, but Redhat and Ubuntu have different policies. Not better or worse, just different.

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Microsoft stealth launches 'historic' programming language

Joseph Haig
Gates Horns

F#?

F# is a fourth higher than C#, so perhaps this is Microsoft's version of Forth.

Alternatively, F# is an augmented fourth higher than C, an interval sometimes called the devil in music, so perhaps this is an subtle hint regarding Microsoft's plans for a new version of C.

The image seems appropriate.

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Nine year-old blamed for US school system hack

Joseph Haig
FAIL

Very intelligent 9 year old?

How exactly did the 9 year old get the password? It is not entirely clear whether it was just written down on the teachers desk or whether key-logging or similar was required. In the latter case, I may concede that the kid was clever, but in the former, more likely, case I would say that it was stupidity or naïvité on the part of the teacher. I would also point the finger at whoever set up the system giving teachers administrator access. Why on earth would they need that? With his teacher's account he should have been able to mess around with assessments, but not the passwords of other teachers and enrolment lists.

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Microsoft roasted for Office 2010 standards FAIL

Joseph Haig

Best standards requirement ever.

"Presumably it does this on its hands and knees, picking up individual characters with its teeth."

Is that one of the requirements?

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Joseph Haig

Nothing new under the sun

"Microsoft explained the delay to implementing the strict version of 29500 by saying it needed time for customers and partners to transition."

Wasn't OOXML put on the fast track for being made a standard on the basis that it was already a de facto standard?

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Mozilla swats Firefox zero-day bug a week early

Joseph Haig

The truth?

I don't have the full details of this, but it appears that Evgeny Legerov reported this exploit to Mozilla a month ago and they started working on a fix while the details were kept secret. This is standard practice with 'white hat' security researchers - they will release the details of what they have found but only after the developers have had an opportunity to fix it. However, it appears that "Legerov controversially offered to sell exploit code he developed." I don't doubt that the rushed release was a response to the German government telling people to stop using Firefox, but this in turn seems to have come in response to Legerov reneging on his agreement.

As I said, I do not know the full details, and this is only my interpretation of events. Perhaps someone has more information about what actually happened.

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Germany warns surfers against Firefox

Joseph Haig

Sorry to disappoint you

The last major problem in IE, if I remember correctly, was the one that was used in the Chinese attack against Google. Although it was targetted at IE 6, the vulnerability was also present in 7 and 8. Microsoft released a fix shortly after the event but they knew about the problem when it was reported to them last August and they did nothing about it. By comparison, Mozilla have already released a fix for this vulnerability, albeit beta, a little over a month after it was reported.

No browser is completely secure, but there is a difference between IE, which was only fixed when there was some seriously damaging PR, and Firefox, which was fixed when the problem was reported.

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Home Sec says 17m ID cards in circulation by 2017

Joseph Haig

Passport without ID card?

"...people would be able to buy an ID card or passport or both"

How does this work? The last I heard you would need to have an ID card to be able to apply for a passport, so shouldn't this read "people would be able to buy an ID card *and* a passport or neither"?

I intend to renew my passport just before it becomes compulsory to buy a voluntary ID card, so that I can keep of the database for as long as possible.

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ID cards: the first year report

Joseph Haig
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NIS?

Doesn't he realise that NIS is horribly insecure, and they should be using LDAP instead?

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Microsoft aims thin clients at the classroom

Joseph Haig

Restricted to x computers

If they are targeting the classroom where there is a maximum class size of 10 pupils then they are living on another planet. They should try "restricted to 50 computers" and it might be suitable for one per classroom with a bit of slack.

What is the restriction on LTSP? Oh yes, it is only restricted by the capability of the hardware.

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Pope pooh-poohs airport perv-scanners

Joseph Haig
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RTFA

Sorry, I must have missed something. Where exactly in that address does it mention scanners, or any particular technology for that matter. I am reading it through the Google translation, so perhaps there are mistranslations, but as far as I can see he is stressing that it is important not to ignore the personal dignity of the individuals while going all out to clamp down on terrorists. He stresses that special care needs to be taken when dealing with the vulnerable, such as refugees, immigrants, the disabled and sick. He finishes by commending their work and all their projects.

But then, why should you bother to try to understand what he is actually saying when you can instead take cheap shots at Catholics?

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Westminster politicos told to grasp Vista nettle

Joseph Haig
FAIL

And these people run the country?

So, the guys who told us a few weeks ago that Internet Explorer is perfectly safe are now going against the opinion of almost everyone (including Bill Gates - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6qIETRCxbw) and installing Vista in favour of Windows 7, which is actually quite good?

I will start listening to the government on matters of technology when they stop losing people's personal data on trains, in the post, on stolen laptops, etc.

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OpenOffice 3.2 - now with less Microsoft envy

Joseph Haig
WTF?

Office 2007 compatibility

I was puzzled by your comments about OpenOffice now being able to open MS Office 2007 files as I have never had problems with these files in older releases of OpenOffice 3. The people who complain about not being able to read them are generally people using older versions of MS Office.

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Alreet, Apple!

Joseph Haig
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I apologise in advance ...

Will they be selling y-iPads?

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Manchester ID staff suffer isolation as new dawn fades

Joseph Haig

1,999 maybe

"I'd rather imagine that if 2,000 people expressed an interest, they mostly went to get a card."

I know of one of those 2000 who expressed an interest. He did so because he is involved in No2ID and I am absolutely sure that he did not go to get a card.

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Parcelforce to drop Windows 7 compatibility through letterbox in New Year

Joseph Haig
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What year is it?

Here's an idea. Why don't they design their site so that it doesn't matter what operating system or web browser the customer is using.

After they have sorted that out, perhaps they can have a look at this Millennium Bug thing that everyone has been talking about.

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Bing dies (briefly) after Microsoft hits wrong button

Joseph Haig
Unhappy

Re Did you say something?

Maybe Bing Maps looks good, but I wouldn't know:

"Sorry, but Microsoft Silverlight doesn’t work with this web browser."

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Burger King cooks up Windows 7 Whopper

Joseph Haig
Grenade

Bleah

That looks bloated.

Grenade icon for the 'Mr Creosote' effect.

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Blade Runner tops sci-fi movie poll

Joseph Haig
Alien

@Anonymous Coward @Evil Auditor

Perhaps he is questioning whether it is fiction. Be careful, your anonymity will not protect you if he turns out to be a Jedi.

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Red Hat Enterprise clone poised to 'die'

Joseph Haig

@yossarianuk

"This could never happen to Debian (possibly even less likely with Ubuntu), my reasons for this are:-"

While I respect (but disagree with) your opinions about CentOS and Debian, none of the reasons you give logically follows on from the above statement. Please explain how dependency problems, version numbers and time to release patches has anything to do with a lead developer going AWOL.

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Police told to use Wikipedia for court preparation

Joseph Haig
FAIL

In other news ...

I hear there is new evidence in the JFK assassination case.

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Microsoft bribes Oz to ditch Firefox

Joseph Haig

@Tom 35

More likely, a slew of "Congratulations! You've won $10,000 from Microsoft!" emails.

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Palm Pre breaks Sprint sales records

Joseph Haig

Waiting ...

Great, but when are they going to announce a release date for the UK?

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Scotland welcomes back wild beaver

Joseph Haig
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Velociraptors?

Change the title of the story to "Beavers goto Scotland" and your Velociraptors shouldn't be far behind.

And that would satisfy Steven's request for an IT angle.

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Jimbo Wales kills 'Google killing' Wikia Search

Joseph Haig

Google killer?

The best way I have found to find things on Wikipedia is to use Google. I find the Wikipedia search box pretty much useless.

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Brit nuke subs exposed on Google Earth

Joseph Haig
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nuke

Was I the only person who read the word 'nuke' in the title as a verb rather than an adjective?

Icon seems appropriate.

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