* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Natty Narwahl: Ubuntu marine mammal not fully evolved

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Gie' back the old stuff...

Yup, the upgrade went painlessly.

Everything's working, barring the screensaver locking the PC up. Disabled it.

This reminds me of Netbook Remix. Will be playing around with it and see if it works as it should, but I can tell ye that Firefox doesn't like it rough.

Japanese boffins build internet kissing machine

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lolwhut?

lolwhut indeed.

New double-barrelled Taser unveiled

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Just wait...

...till one of Taser's hobnobs get mistaken as a ne'er-do-well and get a juicy roasting with their own weapon(s)....

Google gives Eric Schmidt 124,999,900% salary increase

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A pay raise...

...which I can do well with :)

Wot? No raise for me?

Bleh... :(

Man arrested in crackdown on pro-WikiLeaks DDoS spree

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Any...

Darwin Awards candidates? Or not?

Best not to do illegal stuff like DDoS'ing websites and the such. Leave that for the experts rather.

So if a botnet DDoS some site, will the poor ignorant blighter whose PC got infected with a botnet trojan/worm be held responsible?

The wibbly wobbly web just got more dangerous...

Google pours millions into wind power

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Clean wind power? It's a myth

You need either nuclear or coal to generate 'leccy in order to build and assemble the generators for the windmills.

Microsoft imposes security disclosure policy on all workers

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Microsoft...

...and Security doesn't go well together.

The only thing that's secure is a locked-out admin password on a Win2k3 domain controller - with no other admin accounts available.

Shifty scripts on Santander site prompt security fears

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The day after tomorrow...

...or some other random time will see the brown stuff hitting the propelling device.

Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

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facepalm

facepalm icon

Fast-fingered oldster relieves shop worker of iPhone cash

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Facepalm....

Facepalm, oh facepalm, wherefore art thou?

Dear Facebook: your privacy sucks

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FAIL

lolwhut?

nuff zed.

Iran lays blame for Stuxnet worm on Siemens

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hurrr durrrr

...the dust won't settle soon on this issue.

Whitehats pierce giant hole in Microsoft security shield

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Unhappy

bleugh

need a chill pill and some time away from all things IT-related.

1000s of websites vanish as TalkTalk lets domain slip

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Alert

TapeTape?

Might be that they had a meltdown on a critical server - and no backups as per this : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/15/storage_tapes_role_experts_speak/page4.html

hurrrrrrr durrrrrrrrrrr

penny wise, pound foolish

FTP celebrates ruby anniversary

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FTP...

Also FTP here as a fallback when SCP doesn't - which is very rare.

EU and US agree to run joint cyberwar exercise in 2011

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FAIL

Bleh

*sigh*

Expect lots of idiotic laws to be called out in order to protect the hoi polloi from themselves...

Lads from Lagos pop up in Libya

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I'm in my dear...

...where do we meet, my dear? At the local cop shop?

Ere' wot a butchery of language, grammar, spelling and everything else in between.

Robo-warship sub hunter: Free DARPA crowdsauce game

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Terminator

RotM

Our machine overlords are coming soon... We can't escape them by going to sea - they'll hunt us down mercilessly.

The Microsoft mobile reboot needs rebooting

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Better name...

...for these phones would be Frog2011.

"Reboot" "Reboot" "Reboot"

Happy with my Nokia 5230 still.

It's the oldest working Seagate drive in the UK

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Reliability... sucks.

Seems mileage on Seagates vary. Also on any type of HDD you get nowadays.

Got three Intel servers here, all with Intel RAID. Two have 1Tb HDD's, the third one 250Gb HDD's.

The third Intel server's HDD's have been flaky from the start. The other two is still soldiering on.

We also got a couple of old HP LH3 NetServers - with their original HDD's still performing well after all these years.

My first PC had a 40Mb Seagate - you could kick it, drop it, slap it, it just continue working.

I might be wrong, but it seems that the newer HDD's are more prone to errors and failing - part of the design of using a voice coil instead of a stepper motor. With a voice coil you do need a special platter to keep track information so the drive will know where the head is at any given moment - and once that platter gets corrupted then your drive is also gone.

The higher the aureal densities, the higher the chances of it going south with a bigger load of data at any time.

Anybody remember the infamous Kalok hard drives back then?

AMD gases up Bulldozers for Intel push back

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We are Intel of Borg

Resistance is Futile. Prepare to be Hyperthreaded.

Seagate triples up heads/platter ratio

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Joke

fee fie foe fum

I smell the smell of an April's Fool...

But we already have multiple-head hard drives in the form of a RAID5/6/50/etc array... so why bother with designing HDD's with multiple heads anyway?

May the next joke be even better :)

Middle England chokes on Nice Baps

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BAPSfontein

Here in South Africa (Gauteng) we have a small town called Bapsfontein (Baps fountain).

Reading through this gave me an alternative meaning for this little town.

Muhuhahahaha.

Leaving to tell the people what a Bap is.

US Navy to field full-on robot war-jets as soon as 2018

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Where...

...can I buy my own Terminator?

Getting out while I still can.

RotM tag is missing though.

Fukushima: Situation improving all the time

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Safe nuclear power?

Just to add my own 0.05c's to the mix ... I say that there is NO thing as asfe nuclear power.

My challenge to the pro-nuclear lobbyists is as follows : First design (and implement) a working device which can neutralize hazardous radiation (such as can be found at Chernobyl).

Then design a working device which can stop any nuclear process (such as in a standard nuclear power plant) 100% cold within a short time. Currently all nuclear plants have to go through a shutdown process which can take days to complete.

Then, and only then can you say that nuclear power is 100% safe.

I'm leaving this planet for a safer one.

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Some excellent news...

...to round it all up. Now they can start their cleanup efforts in high gear without having to worry about nuclear meltdown (and other fun stuff).

Glad (and good) to hear that it wasn't a total disaster as Chernobyl.

Sony wins subpoena for PS3 hacker's PayPal records

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Next up...

Pyrrhic victory?

Microsoft malware removal tool takes out Public Enemy No. 4

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Terminator

They should've kept quiet about it...

It'll be back in a nastier package...

Phishers dodge fraud protections in Firefox, Chrome

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Function PhisherPumper();

Isn't there any way to have some application pump said phising site full of random gibberish?

I reckon if we pump some phishing DB's full of absolute useless rubbish, then it'll be harder for them to get proper, working credentials...

DDoS malware comes with self-destruct payload

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nasty

This is nasty.

Imagine a big corp getting such a trojan on their windows server with RAID... trojan strikes, server won't boot.

Is it possible to recover data in this instance?

Stock Exchange says soz for downtime

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Jobs Horns

Murphy's Law

So that's where Mr Murphy buggered off to...

London Stock Exchange floored, again

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Jobs Horns

OpenSuSE vs Red Hat

Why haven't they tried the tried-and-trusted recipe with Red Hat?

But noooo... they tried to be different - and went for OpenSuSE instead...

Now Linux getting a black mark all because of that decision...

Or is it something wrong they're doing?

Ballmer - because by now he's probably smiling and chortling with glee...

South African dam sluices 609 elephants per second

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Stop

Ellyphants pee in water... or not?

Never mind all those ellyphants going through, is the water safe to drink, or is it full of ellyphant pee?

Oracle uncloaks 5TB tape

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Tapes... tapes... tapes... GAH

Have decided that backing up to tape is so last year... Is busy putting together a Linux server to house our archives, and do a backup to tape once a month to save on tape drive wear and tear.

It is a schlepp though - but if hard drives start to get cheaper than tapes, then surely why not archive it to hard drive instead of tape? Quicker response time... but the drawback of hard drives is growing defects.

So tape, as long storage medium, still have its advantages.

Can still remember the dinky 40Mb tape drives you used to connect to the floppy drive controller back in the days.

What we need is a HDD that will never fail or lose its data - that can keep the data safe for 20 years. By that time you won't be needing that data anyway. But wait... hard drive interfaces do change, by that time you won't be able to read from the hard drive(s) at all - look at the older type of HDD's once found in IBM XT's...

Same can be said of tape - by the time you want to read from tape, no suitable tape streamer can be found (or one that's still in working condition...)

And in the meantime the amount of data you'll need to backup doubles in size. Subset to Moore's law anybody?

Makes one want to ESC the rat (backup) race...

OOo's put the willies up Microsoft

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Office versus Office

Been using OpenOffice since it was known as StarOffice 3.x - and prefer it above bloaty Office2007.

That danged ribbon waste my time every time I have to find a function.

Besides, OpenOffice can open the same set of doccies on both Linux and Windows, no need to run Wine on Linux just to read a M$-formatted document.

Paul Allen launches patent broadside on world+dog

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Terminator

Terminators required ASAP

Send in the Terminators to rid the world of the patent scourge.

Microsoft hits stubborn volume licensing site with more updates

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Gates Horns

Product Keys = Epic Fail

We're also a M$ shop, and I hate going to their volume licensing website in order to get keys for our installations...

In contrast, Linux is really user-friendly, there is no product keys or licensing nonsense to be entered at all... just install and work without having to worry about product activation or windows genuine advantage messing things up.

evil billg because that's what his billywindows does to people...

A new wave in data center cooling?

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Way to go

Instead of heat pollution, we'll get coolant pollution.

But it do sound like a good idea - packing more blades into a smaller area in order to guzzle more electricity.

Next step will be Skynet.

Times websites want £1 a day from June

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FAIL

Bwahahaha

Not going to work. People will get their news elsewhere.

Bill Gates goes (mini) nuclear

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WTF?

Nein danke

Microsoft = bluescreening products

What if such a nuclear jobbie bluescreens and meltdown?

Forgot your ThinkPad password? Get new hardware

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Lenovo Ideapad S10e

Got a Lenovo Ideapad S10e - and is fully aware of the risk with the supervisor password.

I use one which is easy to memorize and use - and I let my wife know what it is. So if any ne'er-do-well decide to blag my netbook, he/she/it'll have a merry time trying to recover this password.

My final bit of revenge - even though the ne'er-do-well might crack it at the end...

Must commend Lenovo for standing on principle.

Attack code for Firefox zero-day goes wild, says researcher

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Linux

Linux, linux and more linux

Should be safe on Linux.

And I don't follow dodgy links.

Dear Adobe: It's time for security rehab

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give them a taste of their own medicine

Has anybody considered in launcing an attack against Adobe itself? What's good for the goose, must also be good for the gander.

Maybe then they'll change their tune.

Besides that, they need to take a serious look at reducing bloat with their applications. If open-source tools is leaner and better, then surely the same can apply to Adobe?

Gotta uninstall the bloated v8 reader soon...

terminator... because they're gonna get terminated

Hacker brings multitouch to Google's Nexus One

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Moronic software patents are teh_sux

...and only benefit a select few nasty pocketses...

El Reg sparks international incident with Olympics committee

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El Reg is the best

Love the way El Reg gets under the skin of everybody :)

Keep it up, that's a good one :)

Year 2010 bug wreaks havoc on German payment cards

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More joy and cheer to the world...

Ok

So far we got :

Banks (still waiting for feedback)

Symantec SEP (still waiting for feedback)

Kaspersy (still wibbling and wobbling about this one)

SpamAssassin (quick and easy to fix)

What will be next? Hopefully not airliners or some thermonuclear devices... or RotM stuff happening... is the Montana bunker standing by?

Time to bugger off somewhere else quick quick.

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