* Posts by Stuart Halliday

814 posts • joined 2 Jul 2007

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Pirates hack was a hoax, says Disney boss

Stuart Halliday

Can someone tell us his ISP? His download speed must be incredible!

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LastPass connectivity snafu locks out Brits from password manager

Stuart Halliday

Re: What I don't understand

Can't do that with my phone or tablet...

I'd rather not have a USB stick welded to my person either.

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

Stuart Halliday

So, this airbag has an airbag.

Go on, you know you want a third...

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Just 99.5 million nuisance calls... and KeurBOOM! A £400K megafine

Stuart Halliday

We need a secure caller display system

If they couldn't fake or withhold their numbers, we'd be in a better position to complain.

How about a complaint button that logs the call with your telephone provider who then has to publish the list.

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Jeez, we'll do something about Facebook murder vids, moans Zuckerberg

Stuart Halliday

Re: The very issue it the culture "WE CAN'T BE WRONG!"

What education and nationality are these censors? Hopefully each country is covered by locals.

I'm worried about the people wanting to see this sort of thing. We'll always have lunatics posting extreme videos.

About the only way to reduce this is to have a system where the poster of videos has to get approval from other FB friends.

But it's impossible to be effective whatever Facebook or governments decide. Just realise this.

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Forgetful ZX Spectrum reboot firm loses control of its web domains

Stuart Halliday

There's dumb and there's stupid

Truly a very stupid company.

Obviously got no IT Staff on the payroll.

Nominet are very good at reminding folks and even allow an extended time after the names expire.

Even more stupid to report it to the Police. Nominet owns the names and so no property has been stolen.

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Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

Stuart Halliday

Blastphamous?

Like having images of a guy nailed to wood, bleeding is OK?

Nailing the skin of people to church front doors was OK?

Burning people alive was OK?

Saying the Earth isn't flat?

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Pong, anyone? How about Pong on a vintage oscilloscope?

Stuart Halliday
Thumb Up

Respect!

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Nielsen, eat your heart out: TiVo woos admen with prediction engine

Stuart Halliday

I just press the 'thumbs down' button to all the programmes I watch. Just to confuse them.

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Samsung plans Galaxy Note 7 fire sale

Stuart Halliday

Re: why oh why?

Well, you could say that about their S6, S7 & soon their S8 range.

0.1% returns is darn low. But I bet a few of them must have smoked.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: why oh why?

Some of us don't fly more than once in a decade...

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Stuart Halliday
Megaphone

Give me one. I'd make sure the World knows it's great.

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Stuart Halliday

Re: Environmentally friendly disposal

Och, they said the same about the Wizard of Oz. But no one else actually goes and has a dig.

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Dear Microsoft – a sysadmin's wishlist

Stuart Halliday

Oops I've slipped into the Twilight Zone.

Loved the piece on Containers. Why not simply put a ! in front of a directory name and be done with it! (Subtle old Acorn humour there).

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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

Stuart Halliday

Moved across the Atlantic?

Why are you speaking in American?

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

Stuart Halliday

Re: Two things

But Snakes are cool...

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Los Angeles to extradite bloke from Nigeria after scores of city workers fall for phish scam

Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

So, it's official. Americans are more stupid than the rest of the Western World.

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

Stuart Halliday

Re: idleness

Going to take a huge and long term change of thinking for the average person.

Some will just use it as an excuse for a while to do nothing. They'll eventually get bored, depressed, commit crimes, attack people and property.

We need to provide training classes for those willing to do them. It can be exciting to learn new skills and to do volunteering jobs.

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US-CERT's top tip: Hack your crap Netgear router before miscreants arrive

Stuart Halliday

Reminds me of the original PET 2001 power supply Poke bug. Proudly printed in the PCW magazine in the Eighties so that eager young programmers could try out to mangle the £700 machine in shops throughout the UK.

Nothing really changes...

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Qualcomm, Microsoft plot ARM Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs, tablets, phones

Stuart Halliday

I'll wait until RISC OS is available.... ;)

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

Stuart Halliday

Re: Other Intel Chip

This is what happens when you are a big company and you throw out your older engineers.

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Re: VM to gig BB in the UK

Just how does one recognise a SuperHub 2 or 3?

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Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy

Stuart Halliday

Because chemical reactions are a heck of slower at low temperatures?

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Could explain why Samsung Note 4 batteries start shutting down at 30% after a year of use?

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Sysadmin denies boss's request to whitelist smut talk site of which he was a very happy member

Stuart Halliday

Well, one thing they never taught me at University was the little secrets I'd come across whilst doing my IT job. Several employees were having sexy email talks with others on a regular basis, Senior management were having affairs, etc.

I had informed all staff that I was training a new Spam filter so I'd have to read peoples email for the next 3 months if anyone's email was incorrectly marked as spam.

Made interesting reading...

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Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

Stuart Halliday
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Can I suggest a red flag 20M in front?

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Hm, is that a minefield? Let me just throw my magic bomb-sniffing spinach over there

Stuart Halliday

Look, get someone to figure out how dogs noses work. Simulation it on wafer. Then put the sensor in my next phone. Job done.

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

Stuart Halliday

Re: green energy

Heck the Scottish were using Oil back in the 19th Century!

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Stuart Halliday

You're clean honest and true until someone finds out.

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Cheap, lousy tablets are killing the whole market says IDC

Stuart Halliday

Re: Cheap or very Cheap and rubbish

If you believe the specifications the cheapo tablet tells you, then you're perhaps a gullible fool?

Most are overclocked or simply return a false CPU model type or speed.

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

Stuart Halliday
Megaphone

Phone up the BBC....

Frank Stephenson, phone up the BBC about Doctor Who... PLEASE!

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New Mars rover is GO for 2020 says NASA

Stuart Halliday
Alien

Sound what sound?

Air pressure is so low on Mars, they'll be lucky to hear anything.

Certainly won't need a windsock!

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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

Look, Geeks watch. Nerds create.

Get the basics right.

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SHA3-256 is quantum-proof, should last BEELLIONS of years, say boffins

Stuart Halliday

So if my servers use the password twice to encrypt their data and the two passwords are pseudo-randomly arranged by a seeded number algorithm known only by a protected 2nd server. Then if the data is stolen, it'll be impossible to decrypt without the algorithm?

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

Stuart Halliday

He did put quality Lithium batteries in it right?

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Stuart Halliday

Re: Call me old fashioned

You're comparing technology that's decades old versus one that is less than 2 years old?

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Stuart Halliday

Which is why you use Lithium AA/AAA/PP3 and not alkaline batteries in important devices in Britain....?

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VESK coughs up £18k in ransomware attack

Stuart Halliday

As a humble domestic user who has a substantial amount of data backed up onto USB drives and which is freely available to my backup software on demand. I'd like to know how I can make my backup software give a username/password to gain access to the device and not any other process.

Suggesting?

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Scale-out sister? Unreliable disks are better for your storage

Stuart Halliday

While they do that, can we get better reporting of WiFi errors? At present I'd have to buy a specialist device to read errors in WiFi streams. Android, IOS and Windows need to be able to report errors in frames to the user before the stream collapses.

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

Stuart Halliday

Re: My printer not HP's

If they could find a way to get you to use HP computers, they would.

If Ford could force you to buy one brand of petrol, they would.

Why the surprise?

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Stuart Halliday

HP are surely protecting their livelhood. They have jobs, mortgages, bills too?

If they could force consumers to use their brand of paper too, they would.

What's the big surprise?

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Italian scientists use fluorescent box to arouse sexually indifferent men

Stuart Halliday

Re: Wonder where they got the bulbs from

Eh? What planet you from? We use Lumens now!

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Stuart Halliday
Trollface

There will be a couple of products on sale by Wednesday and 50 fakes on Amazon and eBay an hour later!

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

Stuart Halliday
WTF?

Re: mountain out of a molehill

Let me guess, a stupid IT Admin was reading their email on the Server!

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Stuart Halliday
Facepalm

"users will be requested to provide a new "strong" password which is more than eight characters long, and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, special characters and a number."

Gee what was it before?

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BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

Stuart Halliday

Heck we did that back in the 70s with BB systems!

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Stuart Halliday

Heck, we all did that. Even before DOS was invented.

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Stuart Halliday

Cute, you're still using the Half-life name.

Yes, we all miss it. But let's bury it under a tree and move on?

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Samsung's million-IOPS, 6.4TB, 51Gb/s SSD is ... well, quite something

Stuart Halliday

Re: Will it fit in a Dell Optiplex G1?

Yes. But then anything would.

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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

Stuart Halliday

So I could plug this into any old USB charger socket.

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