* Posts by sqlrob

34 posts • joined 14 Dec 2009

Why are fervid Googlers making ad-blocker-breaking changes to Chrome? Because they created a monster – and are fighting to secure it


Re: The title is no longer required.

The 75% that includes The Register. Any reason you're still commenting here?


Re: Or, simply...

That's nowhere near a complete solution. There's plenty of ads or other annoyances that come from the same domain as the site.

On the eve of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft confirms Windows 10 can automatically remove borked updates


Re: flight mode

Is that true on a modern SSD? I didn't think the write limits were anywhere near what they were before.

And how does this differ from the swapfile?

Freelance devs: Oh, you wanted the app to be secure? The job spec didn't mention that



A call to bcrypt is just as easy to write as a call to SHA-256. Why even bother with a shortcut like that?

Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...


Re: Specs look unrealistic

<blockquote>Now, how can you use an AMD APU in that price range </blockquote>

PS4 - $299

XBox One- $199

Both AMD. Now, they're bigger companies, so expecting $250 from Atari is probably a pipe dream. I'm suspicious about it, but it doesn't seem entirely out of the realm of possibility.

John McAfee plans 2020 presidential tilt


Yeah, it is.

He's incompetent and evil. Try competent and evil instead.

Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki


Quit with the jokes already. Puns make me cross.

The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues


How many of those cancelled Google services were where you bought something?


If it took until now to realize this, you're kind of slow.

Remember PlaysForSure and Gaming for Windows Live?

Microsoft won't patch SMB flaw that only an idiot would expose


"won't be patched, because Redmond says it only needs a suitable block on connections coming from the Internet."

Because we all know, boxes on the internal network are never compromised and there's never insider threats.

Disney mulls Mickey Mouse magic material to thwart pirates' 3D scans


Re: Workaround

No making it more difficult will not reduce piracy.

It just takes one when a digital file is produced. There's no way this will make it so hard that it's financially unreasonable to do. The workarounds already shown here are more than sufficient.

Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking


Re: TV Advert - Windows 10 - Tablets - You Need 'Em

Really? You don't get that with a Mac?

Have you missed the articles about patches breaking ethernet and iPhones/iPads getting knocked off WiFi?


Re: supporting my elderly father with his windows 10 machine

Really? You don't know anyone outside of works that uses https regularly? Wow.

Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update


Re: Go ahead

So you're admitting to having remote execution and privilege escalation flaws in your file server? Even if they're not accessible from the internet, insiders are the greatest threat.

Good move.

Exchange down for Android and iOS users


" Third parties had to license the XML-based EAS while REST is free."

Isn't the licensor Microsoft? Couldn't they just say "hey, it's free now"? Feels like there's something else going on.

Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10


Re: Quirky McQuirkface..... Hopefully not.

And I remember what happened when they tried to tweak the network stack in NT 4 SP4. It was really fun trying to get SP4a to machines.

Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does


Re: APIs vs Copyright

Yeah, APIs are nice and trademarked and anyone using them should get hit with major trademark suits.

Man, IBM will make a fortune off Oracle for SQL.

Mobile advertising DDoS JavaScript drip serves site with 4.5bn hits


HOSTS? Really? You think that's going to work against someone that controls a DNS Server? Any provider that controls a DNS server can have effectively limitless domains. You can't fix that with a hosts file.

Curiosity Rover's OS has backdoor bug


Re: Edge conditions.

Edge conditions need to be in unit tests. So yeah, the initial phase of that testing is on the same person. Incompleteness of those tests should be caught in code review.

If it makes it past those two steps, then it's on the testers. But depending solely on QA is itself a bad practice.

Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates


Re: Windows 10

Several times a day? I revoked that right the instant the first one and icon showed up in my taskbar.

Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth


Re: Wuh!!?




Re: I did think that

That's really going to depend on the network. My bandwidth is asymmetric, at a ratio of about 30:1. It's much better for me to download again rather than upload.

ETA: That's for my internet. Doing that locally? Great idea. Sending over the internet? Bad.

Install OS X El Capitan update – or your apps may do an Ellen Pao


They like toasting bitness subsystems don't they? I remember when they broke the 64-bit one. At least this time it was in a beta rather than release software.

Don't they have a regression test before kicking something out the door?

Foreign firms must obey EU laws no matter where they're based, says EU. Hear that, Google?


Re: Tit for Tat, EU. We can do that too!

"I'm not too sure what the US government has done to make the world better since 1776, and judging by their standards on education etc it looks like they haven't helped their own citizen's either."

Says the person posting on the internet.

Brute force box lets researchers, Cops, pop iDevice locks


Re: PIN over USB?

But that would be a lot slower.

Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation


Question is how secure is the protocol. It may still be possible to hack and be pretty flexible.

Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Ad servers

With all the malware being delivered by compromised ad networks and malicious advertisers, why should I trust *any* ad server?

Polish chap builds computer into a mouse


Given the size of most HDMI cables, it seems like it would suck trying to move a mouse with one attached. A touchpad would be more useful, and give more room for higher specs.

DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm


We already know

There was a DRM break, but not activation a few years ago. Three days. Out of Cycle.

AndroidScript returns to Google Play Store: Ad giant YIELDS TO THE MIGHT OF EL REG


"Actively Defend" does not mean "Kill with no notice"

Sending a letter saying they needed to change the name, it'll be removed from the store in X time if you don't is an active defense. They deserve every bit of bad publicity they get.

Malicious apps infiltrate Google's Android Market


When EA first released it's free copy of Tetris back in August it sure as heck did.

Big Brother

How do you tell from non-malicious?

Official EA games, like Tetris, require permissions to make a call and do SMS.

How did they tell from permissions alone?

Banking industry worker faces cosh over anonymous rant


Moot point

It wasn't tested against something stolen? BFD.

Regular old PIN cards in the US don't work after being reported stolen either. No fancy additional smartcard tech needed at all.

Hackers declare war on international forensics tool

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Piece of cake

Everything is written using an ephemeral key that dies when the plug is pulled.

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