* Posts by sabba

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'Million-strong' zombie army devours Raspberry Pi's crunchy base

sabba
Pirate

Or the indefensible doing the irresponsible depending on your perspective.

Vint Cerf: 'The internet of things needs to be locked down'

sabba
Mushroom

Re: WTF?

@ADG - isn't that what the wide's for? Ok, the running costs are greater, and she's not overly reliable, comes with no warranty...but what the heck, at least she can't be hacked.......put that knife down dear and step away!!

<<hope the missus doesn't read TheReg>>

Look out! Peak wind is coming, warns top Harvard physicist

sabba
Pint

Re: One question I have always asked myself

Don't forget the lizards...pull the legs off the lizards and keep David Ike happy!!

Amazon ditches 'neo-Nazi' security firm over alleged harassment of workers

sabba
Joke

Re: UK warehouses

I'd never want to wear an outfit that was 'sliming'!! It might make me feel sluggish.

Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

sabba
Pirate

Re: Or just....

If looking into people's bedrooms is illegal I'd hate to be a window cleaner - there could be some heavy penalties being handed out :-)

sabba

Re: "....make the act of attaching a camera to a flying machine illegal."

I wonder how they'd categorise the satellites that are currently photographing the Earth in great detail? Are these defined as flying machines when in geo-stationary orbit? When a satellite re-enter is it a flying or a falling machine?

Top Firefox OS bloke flames Opera for WebKit surrender

sabba
Big Brother

Re: bah

Lately FF on the Mac is a pile of poo. It chews up huge amounts of memory; takes ages to start-up and shutdown; frequently falls over / locks up; and won't play nicely with a whole raft of web pages. Ok, some of this is not just down to FF but all the same I expect it to play nicely. No browser is perfect I know. So perhaps it's simply that I have come to expect more from FF than from the others.

Singaporean men in naked web cam extortion scam

sabba
Headmaster

Re: Do we believe this?

You don't know his circumstances. Maybe he is from a very affluent family or perhaps he perpetrated a crime to obtain the funds. Personally I can't ever see a circumstance whereby I'd submit to blackmail - once you have subjugated yourself to their whims you only ever increase their leverage. Tell 'em to fuck themselves and then spend the 95k hunting 'em down and making sure they suffer, slowly!!

Apple CEO Cook: 'Bizarre' shareholder lawsuit a 'silly sideshow'

sabba
Holmes

Re: Hmm... @ sabba 11:57 GMT

But do you, really or do you just think you do? ;-)

sabba
FAIL

Re: Hmm... @ sabba 11:57 GMT

You think?

sabba
Mushroom

Re: Hmm...

You can downvote me all you like. It doesn't change the reality of the situation. The CEOs want to appease the shareholders so they can garner bigger and bigger bonuses. To do this they pay out silly dividends, along with various other malpractices that i have neither the time nor the energy to go in to here, and in doing so over inflate the share price. Speculators jump in; buy; the shares; take the dividends and sell on quickly. Creating an artificial view of the company's worth and so further inflating the price (and the CEO's bonus) even further. And so on and so forth...

No doubt there'll be plenty of down-votes from other greed oriented idiots. Bring it on, baby ;-)

sabba
Facepalm

Re: Hmm...

Yes, I do understand that the Shareholders *own* the company but as the custodian Cook has a duty of obligation to act in the company's interest and that is not necessarily the same as the owner's. He has a duty to ensure that the company is run in a financially prudent way and that it complies with all of its legal and regulatory obligations. This includes but is not limited to making sure that there is sufficient money retained to ensure that not only can the company grow but that it can also survive a down-turn in the economy. The shareholders might expect that all the money that comes in the door be paid straight back out to them in the way of dividends (after paying the bills of course) but this would not be sound business practice. Again, inflated shareholder expectations are the reason we have so many maladministered companies. It is not a sustainable model as has so ably been demonstrated.

Without access to Apple's accounts I cannot comment on what is happening or planned with regards to its cash pile. I do know that having such a large amount of money available changes the market dynamics and in its favour. It is able to react quickly should it need to; it is able to survive a downturn in the market; it gives it better leverage when negotiating credit or other contracts. Getting a 3% return (and I am betting they are probably getting a higher percentage rate than that) on several billion dollars is still not a bad income.

sabba
Mushroom

Re: Hmm...

Hang-on: why is it not theirs but their shareholders? By that token no company should ever retain funds, they should immediately pay it all out in dividends. It's this kind of stupid, greedy engagement model that's caused the screwed economic situation that we're in now. It does not make sound economic sense for shareholder remuneration to keep on climbing at all costs. It sets false expectations and causes CEOs to make unsound judgements just to appease the shareholder and improve their own bonus situation. It gives a skewed picture of a companies financial position and actively encourages speculative investment. Altogether short sighted. If companies spent a little more time planning for the future and a little less pandering to every shareholder whim we'd be in a lot better place all round.

Capita bosses defend £30m migrant-poking IT deal with Border Agency

sabba
Facepalm

Yes, cos of course....

...Capita are known for their efficient processes, which means they always deliver on time and under budget.

Illicit phone rings in Sri Lankan inmate's back crack

sabba
Holmes

I'm guessing he couldn't be arsed to turn it off!!

<see title>

Ethernet at 40: Its daddy reveals its turbulent youth

sabba
Joke

Ah token-ring...

...the One True Ring (My Precious)!!

Don't Menshn the snore: Chick-lit queen's jabber site killed in its sleep

sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: somewhere for people of no note...

Hey - the Register's forums are renowned for their in-depth intellectual analysis of the day's hot topics. Aren't they?

sabba
Facepalm

somewhere for people of no note...

...to post comments of even less note?

Hasn't Twitter already done that far more efficiently?

Sounds more like an ego rubbing attempt by the Menshn wench!!

sabba
Coffee/keyboard

Re: I missed the announcment that...

To be honest, it's probably best that way!!

The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: Chocolate Teapot

Lucky then that we have the good old US of A to defend us!! lol

For those people living on the other side of the Atlantic and who are perhaps not overly familiar with it - this is an example of what we in the UK know as sarcasm!

US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

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Facepalm

Re: Laughs..

Given that a good percentage of the Yanks I have met get confused about the location of various countries I think we're fairly safe from an American invasion seeing as the buggers can get to out of space (I guess it is only straight up after all) but would have problems pinpointing Malawi on the map.

And most of the shit that America relies on so heavily was invented in Europe in the first place.

Yeah, good old US manufacturing. Tell me, had any problems with your aerospace or motor industries lately?

I could go on but I'm getting bored.

sabba
Big Brother

Ok, ok, please no more anti-American corporate postings....

....I have used up my day's allotment of upvotes already and it's only 9.49am!!

Integrator 2e2 axes 319 UK staff, halts pay cheques - insiders

sabba
Facepalm

Re: Bloody Skivers

Actually I know quite a few people who are in work and are skivers.

sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: If I worked there and they were holding my wages

I'd like to see the fuckers walk 300 plus people to the gate.

The laws on corporate responsibility really need to be tightened up in this country - and employees should be placed at the head of the list when it comes to doling out whatever assets remain. Waiting until two days before pay day before telling people they won't be paid is not just unfair it's irresponsible and should not be allowed to go unpunished.

Bet the director's made sure their expense accounts were all settled before they made the announcement.

Why did your outsourced IT fall over? Cos you weren't on Twitter

sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: Gartner

But presumably without the alleged shagging of underaged girls (at least I am assuming that's what he was arrested for).

sabba
FAIL

I think they've missed the point...

...the problem is that too many people spend too much time on social media channels telling people how great a job they are doing rather than focusing on doing the bloody job itself.

Worker: boss, we're two months over-run and three million in the red.

Pointy headed boss: Nonense. The project must be a great success. Our contractors have said so on Twitter.

FFS Who's paying Gartner for this rubbish?

Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: Baffling

Why is it baffling? If you can't find what you want or use it in an appropriate manner then it doesn't matter how great the content they have.

sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: @ dz-015

And from the BBC licensing site:

"You need to be covered by a valid TV Licence if you watch or record TV as it's being broadcast. This includes the use of devices such as a computer, laptop, mobile phone or DVD/video recorder."

With regards to owning a device that can receive a TV signal, you simply need to prove that you are not using it to receive said live transmissions. For example, its being in a cupboard with the plug removed is sufficient. If you have a TV but only use it for watching DVDs you'd still be liable for a fine since you'd not be able to prove that you hadn't watched TV transmissions as well (unless of course you'd had the receiver removed).

sabba
Mushroom

Re: @ dz-015

@dz-015 - I am afraid I am with the other guy: you're an idiot and an incredibly rude one at that.

Activists urge Skype: Tell us who is spying on us

sabba
Paris Hilton

If they are listening to my conversations...

...and reading my chat transcripts I hope the buggers have a high boredom threshold.

I figure they'll give up listening before I give up talking crap!!

Paris - because she's frequently been bored!!

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

sabba
Holmes

Re: Well this is certainly....

'explaining what a backdoor is' - surely, that's easy: it's the door that's round the back; as opposed to the front door, which is normally, but not always, at the front (and occasionally on the side).

No, no need to thank me :-)

Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

sabba
Gimp

Re: Tees and Cees

The definition of business use is I think where they come unstuck. Does this mean that you can't, for example, use your Sky Broadband connection to trade items on e-Bay for commercial profit? Also, does accessing your employer's systems class as business purpose? I am not sure they'd be able to enforce this from a legal perspective. Although it'd probably cover them if you were hosting web-sites, VMs or other servers with access provided over the BB connection.

sabba
Childcatcher

You assume of course that all home workers earn good money...

...perhaps a business package is beyond his salary means. Not all home workers are high paid IT professionals.

sabba
Paris Hilton

"move to the BusinessBB"

...which, from my experience of BT as both a residential and business customer, was equally as shit in terms of quality of service but was more expensive.

I'm not a lawyer but I suspect that you're hardly breaking the T&Cs using the broadband for business purposes so long as your usage lies within the fair usage bounds - although I guess you're right, you wouldn't have a claim for lost income. You'd need to clearly define business in this context - by your definition, someone using E-bay to buy and sell products for profit would be in breach. An altogether interesting area of law.

India gets paranoid about foreign tech

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WTF?

Half the country's populace lives in abject poverty...

...but the government can spend billions developing its own chip-making facilities to protect its network infrastructure (and even more billions on 'defence').

Glad to see that their priorities are not skewed. And before anyone comments on the Western economies having similarly distorted priorities - I am not sure we have similar levels of poverty.

NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

sabba
Paris Hilton

That's because NRA members don't have sufficient digits...

...to operate a keyboard!!

Sheffield ISP: You don't need a whole IPv4 address to yourself, right?

sabba
Facepalm

Shared IP addresses...

...imagine having Gary Glitter and Jimmy Saville (ok, I know he's dead) as your neighbours and you're all on Plusnet. "No, officer. I've no idea who downloaded the picture of that scantily clad eight year old".

What did Capita ITS staff get for Xmas? Elf 'n' safety training

sabba
Joke

An induction course...

...perhaps it's your magnetic personality!!

sabba
Holmes

Obviously this is an example of...

'hands on management'. Perhaps that dick head ought to complete the courses as well. Although he does seem to have passed with flying colours the one on how to be a useless wanker.

sabba
Thumb Down

Capita...

...how to polish a turd 101.

US patent office: Nice try Apple, but pinch-to-zoom is NOT a new invention

sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: Apple=Bastards

Patent Lawyers=Very rich

Actually,

All Lawyers=Very rich

Kim Dotcom flashes his rack

sabba
WTF?

Erm...

...I think that's the point of the article!!

Naked Scarlett Johansson pic snatch bloke gets 10 YEARS

sabba
Childcatcher

Re: But...

@AC - I agree and as I noted I don't have a problem with his being punished. If you note, my issue was with people sending personal information (photos etc) via public transport and then wondering when it gets out into the wild. The fact that it hasn't been disseminated for public consumption does not mean it has not already been viewed by any number of 'curious' people.

sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: But...

You are missing the point...when i send stuff by snail mail by putting it in an envelope I am, to some degree, encrypting it. Hardly secure encryption I agree. More security through obscurity. But I have to assume that there's a risk that the contents might be compromised - like the £10 that went missing from a card I received the other day and which had obviously been sliced open (but that's another matter). Now whether I'd send a photo of my girlfriend's private parts via snail mail is one thing (and, to be honest, I'm not sure I would) but I certainly wouldn't send them via email unless they were encrypted. Yes, you might hope you have a right to be privacy but be sensible - humans are, by nature, nosey bastards. And in the same way that you wouldn't walk your 14 year old daughter stark bollock naked down the street and hope that all the neighbours will refrain from looking I wouldn't expect you to send pictures of her via email either. If you, then more fool you. This kind of attitude is the reason why people can sue for twisting their ankle on an uneven pavement. TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS PEOPLE. FFS.

And no, I don't condone the fact that this idiot snooped the mail in the first place. He got what he deserved - actually he probably got a damned sight more than he deserved since 10 years seems a little excessive.

sabba
Facepalm

Re: 10 years

That's not strictly true. Over here you'd be given an OBE, lots of money, your own TV show(s) and a caravan in the grounds of an a school for wayward girls.

sabba
FAIL

But...

...email isn't really private. Just as SMS / MMS isn't really private. Email goes via any number of relays are held on any number of SMTP / POP3 servers ready for delivery to the next node in the relay chain (and for audit purposes). You have no control over who views the content. SMS I understand uses similar principles although I stand to be corrected on this. If you want something to remain private - encrypt it or don't send it via open transports in the first place.

Londoners can bonk their way to work without Oyster cards TODAY

sabba
Facepalm

Re: What about non-repudiation?

There seem to be a number of naive postings on here. Let's run through a scenario...

So I lose my card and it's used 30 times in a day (only a few pounds per transaction but as I said previously it adds up). At the end of the month I get my statement and see there's an issue. I appeal and start to track back. Now, is there a way to track from a specific CC transaction to an individual bus / train? If there is then fine, all I need to do is pay £10 per transaction to see the CCTV (ooh, that's starting to get expensive). I then need to try and identify the individual who used my card and / or prove that I wasn't anyone of the people on that vehicle and that I hadn't knowingly lent my card to any of them. Sounds like an expensive, time-consuming and ultimately fruitless experience.

Australian State launches IBM probe

sabba
Mushroom

Re: Whose fault?

I am guessing that the people who game me the down votes probably work for IBM, Logica (do they still exist), HP, Accenture, Capita, or one of the many off-shore/on-shore out-sourcing companies!!

Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

sabba
Paris Hilton

Re: Talk about stating the obvious...

As an IT contractor forced to use a limited company and being too small to take advantage of economies of scale I don't think I'd like to have to pay tax on my revenue as opposed to my profit. Sounds like IR35 all over again.

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