* Posts by Ian 55

761 posts • joined 19 Feb 2010

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Male escort says he gave up IT to do something more meaningful

Ian 55

He may describe himself as a 'straight male escort'

.. but if he's not doing men he is very, very unusual.

The leading sexual health clinic in London for male sex workers sees many, many hundreds of them. The last time I saw the figures, exactly three only had female clients. Not very many more (I think it was low teens) had ANY female clients.

The best book by one spends about nineteen chapters talking about female clients and then, in the last one, says 'oh, yeah, most of my clients were men' - but that's not what the media wants to hear about.

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I'll take the sandtrooper in white: Meet the rebel scum making Star Wars armour sets for a living

Ian 55

Re: probs swimming against the tide but...

I'm waiting for my Death Star.

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Linux 4.12 kernel lands: 'Go forth and use it' quoth Linus Torvalds

Ian 55

Re: Thanks!

SATA might well work. Things like the network chipset driver, the graphics driver, and much else will not. You can be stuck with the need to update a PC that has no network connection (the network driver) and will only boot into 800x600 (the graphics defaulting to VESA SVGA). Good luck.

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Ian 55

Re: Thanks!

Quite.

A PC here became terminally ill recently. It was possible to take the hard drive out and stick it in another PC - different CPU (different maker of CPU!), obviously different motherboard, different graphics card, different expansion cards - and have it boot up Linux without a problem, ready for work in 30 seconds.

Try that with a Windows hard drive.

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Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

Ian 55

You mean the humble..

.. 'couldn't even multiply two 16 bit numbers and get the right 32 bit result when first released 80386?'

I had one of the '16 bit only'-stamped ones in an old PC. Windows 3.x was coded to watch out for them.

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Re: Microcode is hard

Or 'We think there's a problem around this, let's discourage people from doing it'.

One of the issues is apparently that Intel test their processors less than they used to. Taking time to make sure they were behaving correctly was costing money and making them look slow...

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Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles

Ian 55

Yeah, yeah, yeah. This is bad parenting tactics: 'I would have taken you to the theme park, but I was too busy answering "are we there yet", so we're going to the bank instead'.

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Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

Ian 55

Oh is that all the problem is?!

I thought from some of the other reporting that it was something really serious.

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

Ian 55

Re: Notional funds and software reconciliation

Their website, probably.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

Ian 55

Re: Canadians vs Americans

Assuming they get taken prisoner rather than just killed.

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A Bridge Too Far: 'During the filming of scenes which see Anthony Hopkins running across the battleground, the real Lt.Col. John Frost complained of the way he was being portrayed, saying, "You wouldn't run the crossfire. You'd show the enemy contempt for danger by crossing the road slowly." '

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

Ian 55

Re: What about Oxygen?

Set the controls for the heart of the Sun.

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In the week Uber blew up, Netflix restates 'No brilliant jerks' policy

Ian 55

I'd consider paying for Netflix but

I have a bigger collection of DVDs than it has films available to watch (not particularly hard, because the choice on Netflix is shockingly bad..)

Take away the genuine 'Netflix originals' and the 'we stick our credit over another company's 'Netflix (not very) originals' and there's barely anything there.

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Ian 55

Re: What do Netflix staff do that requires all these not-brilliant stars?

Netflix degrades the quality of the stream to fit the connection if that has problems. iPlayer doesn't, hence it can pause.

No, it doesn't.

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

Ian 55

Re: TV

It's always been why a large chunk of women are in prison: non payment of fines for not having a TV licence.

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Skype-on-Linux graduates from Alpha to Beta status

Ian 55

Re: Skype has been on the decline ever since Microsoft bought it.

Hmm, I don't think I've ever had a problem with PulseAudio, despite its author.

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Has your spouse stayed on after Mobile World Congress? This sex doll brothel might be why

Ian 55

On leaving.. you will make the payment in cash or card

Argh, first rule of sex work - even if you are silicone - get the money first.

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Congratulations IBM for 'inventing' out-of-office email. You win Stupid Patent of the Month

Ian 55

FSVO 'early email systems'

Email: c1962.

Perl: 1987.

So only twenty five years of email systems before Perl was created.

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WordPress fixed god-mode zero day without disclosing the problem

Ian 55

well designed with the best components

.. and yet it uses PHP?

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81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic

Ian 55

I remember it

I remember it being crap.

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Pai, Pai, Mr American spy: FCC supremo rips up privacy protections for broadband punters

Ian 55

It's looking more and more like They Live was a documentary

Where do I get my glasses?

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Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

Ian 55

Re: It's the keyboard.

Agenda is still my favourite diary app. I wish someone would do an Android clone of it.

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Ah, the Raspberry Pi 3. So much love. So much power ... So turn it into a Windows thin client

Ian 55
Childcatcher

Re: And the rest of the bill...

You're being bribed to have the kiddies only experience Microsoft stuff. You're being bought cheaply.

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Blundering Boeing bod blabbed spreadsheet of 36,000 coworkers' personal details in email

Ian 55

Applause

"sounding rather surprised that a reporter would call her directly on the line included in the breach notification"

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Boffins exfiltrate data by blinking hard drives' LEDs

Ian 55
Black Helicopters

Now I know

Why the Tivo keeps spinning up its hard drive even when its not 'on' and it's also not recording anything.

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

Ian 55

Re: Sinclair ZX Vega+

(Looks up the details on Companies House)

Yes, but only since April when the two who really have questions to answer were resigned.

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Ian 55

Does it really cost $100 to add a phone to this?

How much are the patent costs and how much for the hardware?

Given the availability of phones for less than this, it's looking a bit like Apple charging you £100 for extra flash memory that cost them £5.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

Ian 55

"Netflix is much better"

I have more films on DVD than Netflix has available to view in the UK. Netflix had, when I last looked, six Italian films. I have more than that from several individual Italian directors.

It's embarrassing, in more ways than one.

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Vivaldi and me: Just browsing? Nah, I'm sold

Ian 55

Speaking of dodgy default settings

"It’s hard to believe that so many legal battles were fought over IE and Windows default settings, for so many years, only for Microsoft to revert to this behaviour so soon after its antitrust consent decrees expired."

Gmail on Android has started opening links in its own version of Chrome, rather than your default browser / asking which it should use.

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Welcome to my world of The Unexplained – yes, you're welcome to it

Ian 55

Blue

I thought that was only available on CD, for obvious reasons...

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Ubuntu Linux daddy Mark Shuttleworth: Carrots for Unity 8?

Ian 55

"I personally don't quite get why SystemD is so hated"

Having just, for the first time, had a problem with booting the main PC after changing some discs, I do.

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Ian 55

"don't even ship an enabled GUI firewall like GUFW"

One of the features of the first versions of Ubuntu was that, unlike say Windows, it didn't have any open ports listening and exploitable 'out of the box'.

Has this changed?

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Ian 55

Re: a definition of insanity

Quite. You can tell how successful Unity has been by how many people run other versions of Ubuntu (MATE, Lubuntu, etc) or Linux Mint...

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'It will go wrong. There's no question of time... on safety or security side'

Ian 55

Re: @various

If you're not running on Forth hardware (and that tends to be simple) then the interpreter has some assembly language of whatever you are running it on.

The compiler can be as simple as:

Do I know this word?

If yes, either execute it (if it's 'immediate') or make a link to it for execution by the interpreter. Done.

Is it a number?

If yes, compile code to push it onto the stack. Done.

Stop and complain. Done.

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Ian 55

Re: Sofware is "impossible to inspect and test"?

.. and because it's your baby, your testing probably won't include the stuff you're not fairly certain it can cope with.

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Did Oculus swipe blueprints from rival? Zuck takes the stand

Ian 55

Those companies might fold overnight..

.. but who cares about such parasites?

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

Ian 55

Re: I've been in that situation.

'The process for getting rid of nice techies in his old firm:'

If this is in the UK, given the complete lack of following any legal process, I'd expect the cheque to be extremely generous. Especially if you didn't like them.

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Ooops! One in three tech IPOs now trading below their starting price

Ian 55

'and Facebook won't be'

We live in hope.

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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

Ian 55

Re: A pox on systemd and all things poettering

I hadn't noticed that feature (partly because, as you say, it's off by default).

It might be the one useful thing about it.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

Ian 55
Linux

Vegans and the Provisional Vegan Front

It's quite possible to wear leather on your way from the job killing bunnies as part of testing animal product-based cosmetics at the animal experimentation lab to your local fox hunt while being a vegan and a member of the Vegan society.

You might not be the most popular member, to put it mildly, but all you need to do is not eat animal products. (And pay the subscription...)

There are other vegans who extend that to trying to avoid all animal-based products. It's this bunch who are getting upset about the new fivers.

How they cope with the fact that a large proportion of plastics are derived from crude oil, otherwise known as the remains of lots and lots of plankton and amoebas etc, I don't know.

Perhaps some animals matter more than others to them, but it can be hard to see reality from the very top of the moral high ground.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

Ian 55
Linux

Re: If one compared companies to countries

Everything is more usable than brasero. If you don't want to install most of KDE, xfburn is good at just doing what you need.

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AI gives porn peddlers a helping hand

Ian 55

Re: Lack of Research

It's a list of things the authors like doing or watching.

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Here's how the missile-free Royal Navy can sink enemy ships after 2018

Ian 55

Re: lack of stealth ?!

I'd love to fly a Mosquito...

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Virgin Media users report ongoing problems delivering legit emails. Again

Ian 55

"In the end, .. a dedicated server with a datacentre host"

That should have been what you did from the start...

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Google Pixel pwned in 60 seconds

Ian 55

Re: Should there really be a prize for hacking Flash?

Adobe would attach it to the wrong end...

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IFTTT isss notttt afraiddd offf Microsofttt Flowww

Ian 55

Re: Excel 97 -- How Dare You!

Pity its stats functions were complete crap, eh? (And stayed that way until Excel 2010, when they became merely somewhat dubious in the corners.)

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Web security still outstandingly mediocre, experts report

Ian 55

Re: How do they know?

"Normally it means they have actually cracked them."

Very naughty.

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Ian 55

Re: How do they know?

It turns out that the xmlrpc.php unit has the 'feature' of allowing attackers to test many hundreds of username / password combos in a single call. Obviously, there is no legit use for this, but it's been kept because it's part of the spec. I suspect that's how they got into one of mine.

The only real uses for the unit are the Android/ithing clients and the bloatware that's Automattic's Jetpack plugin. If you need the latter, there's a plugin that only allows access to it only from their IP addresses, otherwise block access to it.

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Ian 55

How do they know?

"More than 72 per cent of WordPress installs assessed by High-Tech Bridge had default admin panel location and at least one brute-force crackable login/password pair"

Duh, the number that have it at anywhere other than /wp-admin is very low. If you have one WP site, you probably don't know you can change it, while if you have loads, the tool you use to manage them probably assumes /wp-admin.

But it'd be very interesting to know how they know about the crackable login-password pair. Are they just saying 'there's at least one login and all passwords are ultimately brute-forceable given enough millennia' or have they actually cracked them?

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KCL out(r)age continues: Two weeks TITSUP, two weeks to go

Ian 55

Re: On the bright side...

"hilariously disastrous Global Desktop (SunRay thin clients streaming Windows sessions from the North of England - yum!)"

What is it with people who think that this sort of thing is a good idea? I hope your lot were able to turn the animations off in Microsoft Office - mine weren't, so every pixel change involved in opening every menu went over the not very fast network.

The best bit was that there was an ISDN link as fallback for when the broadband failed. You could barely start up a PC in the eight hours.

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