* Posts by Alister

3423 posts • joined 19 May 2010

Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box

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Re: Why don't they use the same procedure...

Yeah, we could brand them as well, so we know not to go near them...

Twitter, Cloudflare kill SSL 3.0 ... and here's how YOU CAN TOO

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Re: IIS needs you to reboot the whole server?

IIS needs you to reboot the whole server?


Unfortunately, as this is a registry hack, the only way to reload the registry is to restart the operating system.

Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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Re: Licorice

I sincerely hope not. Forums will be choked with reams of pointless wittering on whether it's licor-ISH or licor-ISS.

Bah, you can't even spell it correctly, it's Liquorice.

LOHAN crash lands on CNN

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Re: Re Lester Haines

"Although I'm not sure if Lester agrees with the other attributes given to him: burly and bald. Are you, Lester?"

I believe that what they meant to say was, in fact, "solidly-built" and "cool-headed"...

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Nice photo Lester, almost believable that you have boffin credentials :)

Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

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They spent all that extra time thinking up a name and a pretty logo for this vulnerability, before releasing it to the public, and the best they could come up with was POODLE!!

NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

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Oh, good, I was just sitting here thinking, I wish there was some more patching I could be doing...


Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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"A fish rots from the head down," Poettering said

Umm, no it doesn't, it rots from the gut...

Just sayin'

Will we ever can the spam monster?

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Re: There is only one way.

As the majority of computer users become those who grew up with the web, it will become common sense and scammers will have to get smarter.

I'm afraid I disagree. In my experience, it is those who grew up with the internet who no longer have any clue what a URL is, or whether it looks legit or not.

Sadly, for most younger computer users, the address bar of a browser is never used, or looked at, and might as well not be there, and sadly browser makers are reinforcing this by dumbing down the information displayed there.

Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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Please will someone send a memo to all the judicial members in all the EU countries. It's clear that they think Google hosts the whole internet, and as such should be the first point of contact when wanting content removed. WRONG!

If there is a site or sites hosting defamatory content, then for fuck's sake go after the sites concerned to remove it, don't just try and hide it from users of Google.

Will they be going after Bing, as well?, And if not, why not?

I'll show you the D next week – billionaire space baron Elon Musk

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I reckon it's perfume...

"Musk D" for Men

Now you too can smell like a wet Dog...

Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

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Re: This will be a ...

Very tempted to downvote for the groan factor, but, no, on balance it's worth one of these.

DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: A little common sense is called for...

So why, for the love of Mike, would you leave it until the last possible day?

Ok so I haven't taxed my car this month, I did it last month. But, I did it on the first of the month, because I don't get paid until the last day of the month, and I can't afford to tax the car until I get paid. I suspect an awful lot of other people are in the same situation.

Does that answer your question?

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Jesus-H-Christ-on-a-bike ('cos he can't tax his car) what did they think was going to happen?

Everything they touch is under-specc'd, underfunded, and under-planned. It was just so, so, obvious that this was going to happen...

Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: The downvote button is on the right.

Besides, replacing progman with the taskbar/start menu/explorer was applauded.

Ooh, no, no it wasn't, there were howls of anguish from most established users.

I can remember the discussions that took place when we got our first '95 machine, everyone huddled round it trying to work out what all this right-click rubbish was about. It took a long time for us as a company to accept the change.

Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Well in contrast to most of the commentards above, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the trilogy when it was first published, and have re-read it a number of times since.

However, I'm honestly not sure that the stories will translate well into watchable TV, and I really doubt that any TV adaptation which was written to be entertaining would have much of the original books left in.

I think it more likely that the basic premise will be kept, and new "exciting" plotlines will be written from scratch.

It will probably end up like BBC's Outcasts...

Ellison: Oracle's now a Cloud biz. Ignore everything I said before

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I still think Hurd 'N' Katz were an inspired choice, purely for the opportunities it presents for a pune or play on words...

NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'

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the hole towards which Tiger Woods and his fellow golfers usually aim their balls.

Allegedly, Mr Woods has aimed his balls at a number of holes that he shouldn't have...

Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims

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“The average take-down time is now just six hours. And we downgrade websites that regularly violate copyright in our search rankings,” she said.

"...except YouTube, of course, that would be silly," she added.

Cut-off North Sea island: Oh crap, ferry's been and gone. Need milk. SUMMON THE DRONE

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Shirley, if the weather is bad enough to preclude full size flights, or sea voyages, then the drone stands no chance? I bet the average wind speeds up there aren't far off the drone's max cruising speed.

Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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Re: De Halve Maan brewery

Brought home as much as I could carry

Both externally and internally...


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Simple solution, Sack all internal IT staff, they're obviously far too great a risk

Google goes Dutch with new €600 MEELLION DC

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Sho, do you want a Pipe and a crepe? No?

Oracle top execs' stock options slashed for next year

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I feel so sorry for him, he's hardly going to have 2 billions to rub together...

Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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I wonder if there's a political element to Russia's decision?

Has Putin realised that for a lot of Americans (those who are not moon-landing deniers) the Moon is somehow considered to belong to them in some way, (even though that isn't actually the case) , and for Russia to say they are going to set up a permanent base there will really annoy the Americans?

Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

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Cheeky Man: See, if you hadn't been going on, you'd have heard that, Big-nose.

Big-nose: Hey, if you say that once more, I'll smash your fucking face in.

Cheeky Man: Better keep listening...might be a bit about "Blessed are the big noses."

EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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I still don't fully understand what it is that the EC expect Google to do...

Post search results for their competitors services higher up than their own?

Not give a high ranking to results that are the most relevant / popular?

LOHAN wraps Kickstarter tin-rattling at £30,725

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Still pending word from the FAA...

Ah, next year then...

When you've filled in the forms,

"signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters."

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Great news!

Have you set a date yet?

Freshly uploaded EU digi-Czar is CLUELESS ON TECH but it's no big deal, says Steelie Neelie

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It seems I may be misunderstanding, but "not using social media" does not necessarily equate to "doesn't know anything about technology", in fact, I would suggest the reverse is true.

One only has to look at the frequenters of this forum, most of whom are involved in IT in some way, and see how many frequently claim not to have a Facebook/Twitter>Google+ account, and not to have any desire to, either.

Maybe this means that all those commentards are technophobes, or maybe it means they know better...

Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

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Incident prediction

Back in the early 90s I worked for an NHS Ambulance Service which was approached by researchers at one of the local Universities.

They had this great idea for a piece of software they wanted to trial, which would predict the likelehood of an emergency call in any particular area the service covered, based on historical data from the last ten years or so.

The idea was that the service could position it's vehicles close to the predicted scene of an incident, and therefore cut down on response times.

Unsurprisingly, it didn't work, as real life doesn't work like that, but the statisticians were convinced their methodology was sound... In more cases than a little, the vehicles were at the wrong end of the county when the next emergency came in.

Those of us working at the sharp end could have told them it wouldn't work, but the Trust spent thousands on the system before they eventually gave it up as a bad job.

Plucky Playmonaut parties as LOHAN hits Kickstarter goal

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Re: Bonus Points

Do 'ee naarrt know, it be Talk Loike a Pirate Day, today, me hearties.


Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

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Flashpoint adds a caveat to its conclusions by noting that a definitive answer to the question of whether terrorist organizations have truly adapted their behaviour in the wake of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks would only be possible with access to "classified information or other credible sources that reveal the inner workings of terrorist organisations". The study is also limited because of a lack of access to private discussions of those responsible for producing jihadi encryption products such as Asrar al-Mujahideen.

Perhaps El Reg, well known for it's persistent bothering of Cupertino, could turn their talents to getting an answer from a Jihadi group?

Joking apart, I think the conclusion drawn by Flashpoint is a bit of a stretch, given the above paragraph.

Look out, SpaceX! Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin boffins tapped for US rocket launches

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How curious - in the abstract - that we will shortly be in the position where the only two companies making heavy lift rocket engines in the USA are owned / run by Internet entrepreneurs, and are not part of the "traditional" Aerospace hegemony.

Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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Well they seem to have summed up the UK population of the period quite succinctly...

Quite interesting, really, and would be more interesting to see the same thing from this decade, and compare.

SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: ... the greatest nation on earth ....

I was going to ask, by what metric are USA the greatest?

Population: nope

Land Area: nope

GDP: nope

... nope

Narcissism: yep

Was Earth once covered in HELLFIRE? No – more like a wet Sunday night in Iceland

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Would I be correct in thinking that Hadean means Hell-Like (as in Hades)?

Just curious, never heard of it before.

Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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. It’s like when Microsoft decided to buy PowerPoint because it saw this as a pivotal piece of software to help its Office suite and sell Windows.

Oh Gods, PowerPoint crossed with Minecraft, now that would be scary.

The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it

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I'm getting tired of the word Boffins. The Register is the worst offender of using the word and it keeps showing up in Google News.

I'm getting tired of people complaining about the word Boffins. The Register is the worst offender for commentards with no grasp of it's meaning and context.

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...and measured the acoustic waves made by the atoms vibrations, which are said to be too small to see.

No, really??

Who'd 'a thought it...

LOHAN tin-rattles to a whopping £27,000 on Kickstarter

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Re: Just a thought

As a result of pipe smoking in my 'youth', I have a crooked tooth on the upper left side. I hope the young lady only does this for the short time required to take a picture.

Not to worry, she normally smokes cheroots, the pipe is just for show.

It's official: LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm is PANTS

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Re: I've just had a thought

Don't forget the varience introduced by which side of the big pond you live. I have heard that on one side, PANTS refers to outer garments :O

spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Phishers had also applied the tactic to sections of filenames in order to obfuscate the extension and slip malware past scanners. This meant 'PAYLOADexe.doc' would become PAYLOADcod.exe.

I call bullshit on that one, most mail servers I have used block .exe attachments as a matter of course, so a spammer is hardly likely to rename a .doc to a .exe.

Google swallows SMARTSPOON manufacturer Lift Labs

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Re: smart spoons

I hope they develop a beer holder next.

I'm not sure any amount of motors could compensate for Jack Douglas' drinking problem in the Carry On films...

James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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It's strange, I could have sworn he'd done more than two Bond films, but it is apparently not the case. He obviously made a great impact, as I remember all the scenes - the Egyptian temple, and what he did to that Sherpa van, the cable car - sinking his teeth into braided liquorice, crashing a Peugeot through a farmer's roof, the skydive into the circus, and of course the Moonraker space scenes.

A great bloke, will be sadly missed.

Look! Look at me! We do wearables, mobile stuff too! says Intel today

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It's OK to love your PC," Krzanich said. "I hug mine almost every day, I think.


NBN Co says Melton test not valid, likely uses processes developed there anyway

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The furore – Vulture South could even go as far as to call it a kerfuffle

I say, steady on old chap, let's not go too far, at most it's a bit of a flap, what?

Mozilla certification revocation: 107,000 websites sunk by untrusted torpedo

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No Excuse

There really is no excuse for a webmaster not to have updated to a 2048bit certificate, it's not like we haven't been aware of this for the last 3 years.

All the major CAs have had big warnings plastered across their sites for a long long time.

Vote NOW for LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm acronym

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Well I voted for ARMADILLO of course, but actually, I hope PANTS gets it, (and I wish I'd thought of it).

You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an immense heaven

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Re: Giant Sugarlumps! @AC

So now you've just got to visualise that, and you're done.

Thanks for trying to break it down into an understandable form.

Ooh, my head hurts...

It must be a massive sugar rush. :)

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