* Posts by sabroni

2307 posts • joined 11 May 2007

Twitter rolls out troll controls

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Re: Whaddabout...

Numbers are hard. Claiming victimhood is much easier...

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Re: Well he did receive a lot of bullying and harassment.

Yeah, the media reporting on what he said and did. The bastards!

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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Re: What does Windows 10 have to do with this?

They both suck all your personal data.

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Google Pixel pwned in 60 seconds

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Re: You ban "agile".

Agile can work very well for business level stuff, certainly compared to old fashioned development practices. If I can write javascript that compromises the device it runs on that's a problem with the javascript implementation on that device, not my code. Of course I may do stupid things like send passwords in plain text, but that's not the sort of hack we're talking about here.

IT is too big a subject to expect every business dev to understand all the low level stuff. Likewise you probably don't want coders who are shit hot at device drivers designing and implementing client apps. Horses for courses.

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Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple

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Re: The thing I hate about bundled apps

No, it wouldn't, because a lot of users would just use what was on the phone when they got it.

Android should have to have a choice screen for each bundled app listing some popular alternatives (and a few left field ones no-ones ever heard of). Sauce for the goose and all that....

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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Re: GROSSLY NEGLIGENCE is the legal term.

No, "gross negligence" or "grossly negligent" would both be valid terms. Your knowledge of English appears similar to your knowledge of politics.

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Re: By far the most damage was done by democrat supporters

No, more damage was done by the FBI guy's letter, giving Trump an excuse to claim that Clinton was back under investigation after early voting had started. Must be some of that election rigging that Trump keeps going on about....

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Google to patch Chrome mobile hole after bank trojan hits 318k users

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The root of the problem here..

..isn't the insecure browser, it's the stupid AdSense network that's pushing links to malware. It doesn't matter how many browser bugs Google fixes if it's going to keep distributing dodgy Ads.

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Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

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The law is there for a reason, it’s to stop companies inundating people with unwanted messages

And as long as people can close down old companies and spin up new ones easily the law is pretty pointless. Maybe it should target the people running the companies instead?

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Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt

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Weren't the exploits in the wild going through Flash player? If so getting Adobe to plug the vector makes sense.

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Re: is the windows bug

I believe that many versions are affected. MS are trumpeting the fix in the latest Windows because that's what they think you should be running.

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Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

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If I had a Facebook account and I wanted to share my posts with Admiral what would that have to do with Facebook? It's almost like they're not my posts...

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Ghost of DEC Alpha is why Windows is rubbish at file compression

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Re: it's just a sales company

As opposed to all the companies that don't sell anything like.....?

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WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

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Re: it's gotta be Bombastic Bob!

His formatting may be shit and his communication style Trumpesque but IMO he's right about this being a hideous idea.

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Run a JSON file through multiple parsers and you'll get different results every time

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Where were all the browsers in that list of tested software? Can we assume from their omission that they all parse JSON consistently?

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Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs

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re: -100 points for trying to pull the stunt in the first place.

It's no surprise most manufacturers don't give a toss about other OS users.

When they fix something the response is "It should never have been broken in the first place".

Be interesting to see whether Lenovo get more sales after this, or whether they've just pissed money away on a group of people that are never going to buy their products.

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Hell desk thought PC fire report was a first-day-on-the-job prank

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Re: only in our modern overly politically correct world

Expecting to be able to go to work in a shirt and trousers, with a briefcase!!! It's political correctness gone mad!!!!

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@ DropBear Respect in the tech sector isn't assumed - it's earned.

This had nothing to do with technical ability, it was about someone dressing too smartly for the cool kids and being a briefcase wanker.

If I can write solid code and communicate effectively with the people I need to why the fuck should I have to dress like you?

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Meh

so..

...you bullied someone because you didn't like the way they dressed and behaved, eventually managing to make them buy a receptacle that you thought acceptable.

That's one to boast about.

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Windows Atom Tables popped by security researchers

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Super cool name!

But looking into it it seems they're saying they can store executable code (though limited to 255 bytes in length according to the MS docs) as a string in an atom table. They probably should be able to do this, shouldn't they? How could the atom table code tell if the bytes make up a string or an executable?

The issue seems to be that applications can read those strings and then be tricked into executing them. That's applications that trust their input too much. The idea that the atom tables are at fault because they're the source of that input seems a bit weird.

When you go to retrieve a string that someone else wrote you should validate it. You certainly shouldn't execute it. Wherever it comes from.

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Not call, Intel – not call: Chipzilla modems in iPhone 7s fall short

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Re: sure, but I care about a 90% drop or maybe a 50% drop in performance

From the article: And at -108dBm, it went to "a whopping 75 per cent."

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Re: And a bunch of people start to see conspiracies in this?

This is just an article about Apple using less than premium bits in their expensive handsets.

If you've got problems with a comment it's best to reply to that comment, otherwise it looks like your responding to the article and claiming it contains conspiracy theories.

As an aside, it seems like more and more people are posting on this site without a basic understanding of it's culture. It has a healthy disdain for all technology companies. If you can't take criticism of Apple, or Google, or MS or Ubuntu or Oracle or whoever, you're in the wrong place.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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“humbled” that 400 million people had chosen Windows 10

Put a smile on my face! Not sure chosen is the word I've had used....

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Who killed Cyanogen?

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Re: Full list, please

That's a list of companies that El Reg disses. The commentards have a much smaller list of targets, Google is rarely on the receiving end BTL. Those of us who dare to criticise Google get a lot of downvotes.

It's so traumatic!!!

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Re: CyanogenMod was a hobbit project

Small with big hairy feet?

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And for our next trick, says Google while literally wheeling out a humongous tablet ...

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Re: where we are all going to get ****ed.

What are we going to get? Fucked? Pissed? Twatted? Fired?

And how are we going to fit that thing in the front of the car while we get there?

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Re: Let me "Google" that diagram

Hmm, notorious data slurping company posts disclaimer saying they won't spy on us and we're just supposed to believe them?

You can if you like, I'm not minded to give them the benefit of the doubt....

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App proves Rowhammer can be exploited to root Android phones – and there's little Google can do to fully kill it

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Re: Why is android singled out (again)?

Searching for rowhammer using el Reg's search gives 4 articles apart from this one, one about VMs, one about MS Edge, one about ram and one about Linux.

A Google planty perhaps?

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It's nearly 2017 and JPEGs, PDFs, font files can hijack your Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad

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Everyone here is smart enough to do that

Could you contemplate getting over yourself for a second?

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Is Google using YouTube to put one over on Samsung?

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Re: Samsung USA started this off

Fourth paragraph in the article:

It isn't even possible to establish whether there ever was a DMCA notice, let alone – if there was – who sent it. Perhaps someone at YouTube had an itchy finger.

What evidence do you have that it was Samsung?

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'Doubly unacceptable' Swiss vegan forces his way into the army

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Re: Soy?

It's nowhere near as efficient in terms of kilo of protein per hectare though. The deliciousness of that protein is a different matter....

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Re: Anybody who says otherwise has never been to a farm around cows.

Sorry bud, have to take issue with that. A friend of mine had a house right next door to a dairy cattle barn and complained to me on a number of occasions about the amount of noise the distressed cows made when their calves were taken. They were upset for days. The idea that farmers don't take milk that they could sell to keep the cow happy is a lovely one, but I'd need to see some proper evidence to take that as being the norm, not just an "I know better than you" comment.

At the end of the day it's often not cost efficient to be kind. A lot of farmers are good people who take their responsibility seriously, but that doesn't mean it's safe to assume all farmers would put an animals happiness above how much money they can make.

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Why's that then?

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Re: I'm confused.

It's not tricky. Veganism is about stopping industrial scale animal cruelty, or at least not contributing to it. It's a very different thing if another nation threatens your homeland. There's no reason why a vegan shouldn't defend themselves, it's not pacifism.

In fact some vegan texts argue that milk production is more cruel than meat production. One involves impregnating an animal and then taking it's child away after a few days, the other just kills the animal. The first results in years of cruelty, the second could represent a year of wandering around a field then a quick visit from a man with a shotgun. Which would you prefer?

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Re: pork by-products get everywhere, including the propellant in rifle cartridges

A quick google reveals a Daily Mail article that says gelatine is used during manufacture of bullets, to transport the propellant into the casing. Can't find any other references to this. I wouldn't take it as gospel if the only source is the Mail....

But additionally, there are plenty of plant based gelatine substitutes, I'm sure they can get him some vegan bullets if they need to.

Vegans aren't necessarily pacifists, not harming animals in your day to day life isn't the same thing as not defending yourself when attacked by other humans.

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Dirty COW explained: Get a moooo-ve on and patch Linux root hole

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Re: Amazing, the lengths some people will go to in order to diss Open-Source!

It's fair to expect the Register to keep quiet about something like this, after all it's only an reliably exploitable privilege escalation bug in Linux and Android.

Though I am appalled that there wasn't a mention of some sql server inter service bug you vaguely remember from years ago! You know, for balance.

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Re: A man who seems to have serious communication issues...

...to point where I'm willing to question his mental stability.

It's a good job you're not in a position of authority then. There are many of us who question Linus' communication skills, but surely few would make the enormous leap to "questioning his mental stability". He is in control of something that grew way beyond it's original scope to become a product with global significance and with that in mind I think he copes relatively well. To finger this bug as evidence of a health issue is mental.

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Re: gaping holes in Windows XP and other Microsoft OSes

Yeah, look over there! MS suck!!!

Nothing to see here.....

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Report: UK counter-terrorism plan Prevent is 'unjust', 'counterproductive'

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Of course the difference between his photo and mine is........um........

You're not brown?

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Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

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It should go to court.

Then we can get a good look at exactly what metrics being used are. If there is indeed significant wiggle room in assessing performance, and clear indications that better candidates were passed over, then there should be penalties. If the problem is just a perceived one, the perception being that men can't be unbiased in their assessments, then the case should fail.

Trying to decide the outcome before the evidence has been gathered and assessed just reveals your own, liberal or authoritarian, prejudice.

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Democralypse Now? US election first battle in new age of cyberwarfare

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Re: Democracy...?

If both candidates had been compromised in the same way it wouldn't be a problem. The fact that republicans get to keep their secrets does make it imbalanced. Still, the revelations so far have hardly been earth shattering, even breitbart can't seen to find anything damming, no matter how hard they spin it...

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Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!

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More difficult to scratch my balls with someone sitting next to me.

Your testicles are so big that people sitting next to you get in the way of you scratching them? I think you may need to see a doctor...

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As someone wisely quoted on here recently, we need to stop thinking about coding as being a way to tell computers what to do and start thinking about it as a way to explain to other humans what we want computers to do.

In some performance critical situations it may make sense to write dense, obscure code, but most of the code being written today is business related and an emphasis on it being understandable is much more valuable than shaving a couple of percent off run time.

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US government wants Microsoft 'Irish email' case reopened

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Re: I've chosen to not use those services

So for the purposes of this argument not a user. We're specifically talking about users of MS email services. Surely even the Merkins wouldn't expect to legally get MS to raid your personal email server...

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

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Dunno about the migrants, the refugees are running from bombs and torture so a bit of data slurping is probably not enough to deter them. I wouldn't let it put me off from trying to keep my family alive....

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Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

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Re: and I am not biting.

You posted a comment didn't you?

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Re: Hmm the reality distortion field is strong with this one

And how many p800s did Sony Ericsson sell?

This article confuses "the first successful smartphone" with "the first smartphone", but it's difficult to argue that the unsuccessful ones changed the world.

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Re: Smartphone 1998

Or is it because all the smart phones before the iPhone died on their arses and Apple made them desirable?

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

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*Your* intent may have been pure, but that's not how BRexit played out.

It's very difficult to judge how many people answering the question "Should Britain leave the EU?" were actually responding to "Are there too many immigrants?" The way this government is twisting one to mean the other is pure bullshit.

Claiming that "pond scum swung the vote" is just as closed minded. The racists and little Englanders were always going to vote to leave. The vote was arguably swung by those who's decision was based on the economic possibilities.

The name calling from both sides is equally divisive and needs to stop.

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