* Posts by poohbear

177 posts • joined 13 Dec 2010

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

poohbear

Re: Price per page view ...

"(i.e. around 1/10th cent)" ... was on a site the other day that wanted 40c (South African)(== USD 0.31)

On 1000 pages that's R400 which is vastly above typical (I would image, certainly above my < R30) page RPM via Google Adsense...

So I didn't offer to join the micropayments scheme they were running ...

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Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone

poohbear

Re: Bulge looks like a camera to me...

Ah. Finally a phone with built-in sonar. Should be big in the young couples or teenage girls market.

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

poohbear

Don't forget linux...

I ran a few Linux/Unix things as well on my OS/2 box... starting with Apache, bind, etc. I think Gimp as well, under the Enlightenment window manager.

I really missed PM/Mail when I moved to Linux.

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Call the fuzz, says Google, get the reward

poohbear

Go on

We really really want y'all to use Go...

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'Crazy bad' bug in Microsoft's Windows malware scanner can be used to install malware

poohbear

Words fail me. How does a program designed to READ data decide to execute it?

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UK.gov job ads entice IT bods with promise they will be OUTSIDE IR35

poohbear

Don't be fooled.

"get in touch ASAP for consideration. This contract has also been deemed as OUTSIDE of IR35,"

Since ASAP is an acronym, thus too is OUTSIDE.

The sentence thus reads "This contract has also been deemed as obviously understood to sit inside departmental exegesis of IR35."

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Cabinet Office losing grip on UK government departments – report

poohbear

Re: Why senior Civil Servants are preoccupied with presentation

"Spin has been at the centre of ALL UK Governments' communications strategy since Blair's tenure (and Campbell's media management) in 1997"

"We will fight them on the beaches..."

where "we" == you, not me.

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Beware of geeks bearing gifts: Evil game guides infect 2 million Androids

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Pick a name, any name

I guess it is simply unthinkable that some non-Russian wanting to cover their tracks, would pick a Russian name...

But yeah, when I see the permissions of the apps that my kid wants to install, I get really worried... why does a camera app need to access your identity? The whole permissions think is seriously broken, users need much more guidance and Google needs to start chucking apps off the store. We complain about Fake News, but what about Fake Apps?...

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Logo

Am I the only one who thinks that that logo is way cool?

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

poohbear

Designers..

"The web is never going to look the same everywhere," ... I don't think the artists/designers got that memo.

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How hard will it be to measure Planet Nine?

poohbear

It's in the stars

The big question is, how will the venerable art of astrology deal with this disruptor?

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Profitless Twitter starts rumour of paid-for Tweetdeck option

poohbear

Re: Enough already!

You mean like the music industry where they expect me to pay to listen to them sing?

That's just gonna spawn an illegal tweet sharing service....

But more to the point, when I read the article the first thought that popped into my mind was Trump (Godwin II be damned) and how Twitter is thinking of the 'Billionaire' package.... guaranteed delivery and all that.

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US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories

poohbear

The Wall

We don't need no interception

We don't need no porn patrol

No deep suspicion in the bedroom

Hey! Leecher! Leave my bits alone.

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Adobe buddies up with Microsoft for new ways to mine your data

poohbear

Deprecated

I'm on Gentoo. Last piece of Adobe software I have ....

!!! The following installed packages are masked:

- app-text/acroread-9.5.5-r3::gentoo (masked by: package.mask)

/usr/portage/profiles/package.mask:

# Andreas K. Hüttel <dilfridge@gentoo.org> (19 Feb 2017)

# Dead upstream for >3 years. Closed source. Bundles outdated

# libraries that certainly have known security issues (e.g.,

# icu-36 (!) or curl). Use at your own risk.

Luckily Okular handles my password-protected bank statements just fine.

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

poohbear

Dumb question

Okay, having run a DNS server in the distant past, I fail to see why it is necessary to log all the requests. Seems like a massive waste of disk space.

Or am I missing something? (My question is aimed at normal DNS providers, not people interested in deep analysis of your browsing habits to serve you better ads).

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Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

poohbear

So that gets the bible banned then.... not like the author is going to issue a retraction.

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Today's WWW is built on pillars of sand: Buggy, exploitable JavaScript libs are everywhere

poohbear

Re: The problem is browser offer an execution environment, but not "system" libraries.

"IMHO it's time for a "standard js library" " .... I actually suggested more or less that to Mozilla a while back... along the lines of "there are umpteen websites using JQuery/Angular/etc" and everytime a user goes to one they need to download the library again... so why not bundle the popular libraries into the browser, and bypass the fetch. Since browsers are nowadays updated frequently, the user gets the latest version of library, and no wasted bandwidth.

I accept that in some cases backwards compatibility will be an issue, as well as "custom builds" of libraries, and name-space issues... but if it was a default then these things can be managed/worked around.

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Google Cloud to offer support as a service: Is accidental IT provider the new Microsoft?

poohbear

If only

"for on-call engineering support you get a Google engineer within 15 minutes 24x7 at a price of $1,500 per user a month."

Now if only my clients would pay that ....

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Favored Swift hits the charts: Now in top 10 programming languages

poohbear

Re: A bit of perspective.

FWIW, I know of one major life insurer that has its systems written in IBM 360 assembler ....

Yes I worked on that.

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Devs bashing out crappy code is making banks insecure – report

poohbear

Re: Writing robust code doesn't take much more time

I had to justify my rates to a client by comparing them to what car dealers charge per hour for their mechanics....

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Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

poohbear

Re: Java is great for outsourcing

"not saying this is bad, but in my experience, the best programmers tend to be lazy in not wanting to do a lot of typing"

which is what I hated about COBOL both times I was forced to learn it....

I'm surprised that business never adopted Ada, given the alleged low bug count. Perhaps because all the Uni's and coding colleges teach/taught Java, and that's what businesses could get to do systems in?

Personally I've never been a fan of C-style languages. Static voids confuse me.

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

poohbear

Re: I'm a US citizen

To Kill a Mockingbird was okay. Had it as a setwork in high school.

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Disk-nuking malware takes out Saudi Arabian gear. Yeah, wipe that smirk off your face, Iran

poohbear

"The motive for the attacks isn't known, but the malware is thought to be the creation of Iranian state-sponsored hackers. There is speculation that this latest Saudi infection might be retaliation for hacking against Iranian petrochemical facilities."

"Thought" and "speculated" by who? Sources would be nice.

I hope ElReg is not now part of some propaganda war.

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How Lexmark's patent fight to crush an ink reseller will affect us all

poohbear

Re: We're still printing?

That whole "clay tablet" thing didn't work so well.

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Brilliant phishing attack probes sent mail, sends fake attachments

poohbear

Re: Sigh. Not again.

I got the impression that the original poster is blind (or has other vision problems), so all those downvotes are a bit harsh...

FWIW there was a time way back when when Adobe, bless them, was going all out to make PDF the default format for the web, as opposed to HTML.

Thankfully they lost that battle.

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Microsoft's Edge to flush Adobe Flash in Windows 10 Creator’s Update

poohbear

Closely followed up a pop-up modal dialogue begging you to subscribe to their 'newsletter'.

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

poohbear

So I read through all the comments ... I think what is being overlooked here is that browsers by default seem to take "Enter" as equivalent to submit. By design. I normally get around that by making the submit button just a button (not a type='submit') and have it trigger JavaScript to do the actual submit.

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Accountant falls for sexy Nigerian email scammer, gives her £150k he cheated out of pal

poohbear

Banking oversight

Just wondering where the banking oversight and money laundering watchdogs were while all of this was happening ...

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Pixellation popped: AI can ID you, even after PhotoShop phuzzing

poohbear

Re: Easy solution

Tattoo: a way to mark slaves.

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Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

poohbear

Re: Yeah, yeah...

Well, doesn't that depend on ...

"What Microsoft Broke Next," by Sarah Chauncey Woolsey ....

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Google to block web views from using its OAuth

poohbear

Re: More for Google

Spooks? What spooks?

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

poohbear

Re: Recycling this comment from the earlier article

I've said it before (decades ago) and I'll say it again: Microsoft does not grok the Net. Never has, and likely never will.

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Olympics bans GIFs

poohbear

Quickly...

Guess which finger I'm holding up.

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Windows 10 grabs 22 per cent desktop market share in a year

poohbear

jquery.tablesorter.js

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Plenty of fish in the C, IEEE finds in language popularity contest

poohbear

Here's a better list, also just published. Though not entirely sure why CSS is on there...

http://www.networkworld.com/article/3101430/application-development/javascript-keeps-its-spot-atop-programming-language-rankings.html

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Physicists confirm X(4140)

poohbear

And here I thought it was a new HTTP error code ...

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

poohbear

Do the Brits have enough big boys for this?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3430571/From-ejector-seats-kill-computer-pilots-t-log-Pentagon-F-35-fighter-jet-report-reveals-massive-problems-facing-expensive-weapon-history.html

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Plain cruelty: Boffins flay Linux ransomware for the third time

poohbear

Re: FOSS?

I think the better way is in the design of the OS ... which has always been Microsoft's problem.

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Poison résumé attack gives ransomware a gig on the desktop

poohbear

resume.pdf.scr, and rely on the brain-dead windoze default of 'hide file extensions of well-known file types' ... That 'feature' of windoze is greatly complicit in virus spread.

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HTTP-Yes! Google boosts SSL-encrypted sites in search results

poohbear

Re: Awful for millions

Yup, this is my problem exactly ... ran into it when I was a small ISP, could not have two different domains on the same server both running HTTPS ... was most annoyed.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

poohbear

Re: BOA/VISA Don't even think of it!

No one has mentioned WHY the banks are shifting the responsibility... one reason I can imagine is fraud perpetuated by customers. Let's take a chip-and-pin card. I drive a suitable distance from my normal places, withdraw some money from the ATM, and then shortly thereafter call the bank and report my card stolen. (I think I left it in the restaurant...). I then destroy my card, and wait for the bank to refund me and issue a new card. The banks have no defence against this other than to shift the blame to you. I agree for most people who would never dream of a scam like I've just described, it's unreasonable if their card is actually swiped or cloned.

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Microsoft: IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1 is TOO GOOD. So we'll cripple it like Safari

poohbear

Did I understand this correctly?

I understood this article to say that MS developed a browser which is 'fully standards compliant', which I take to mean HTML5, and then they realised that few web pages actually use HTML5, so they had to put all the other code for other versions of HTML back, just like every other browser on the planet.

So in actual fact, this is a non-story?

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Australia floats website blocks and ISP liability to stop copyright thieves

poohbear

Re: Lawyers

And generally, that copy is inferior to the original, so that while it may appear identical to human eyes or ears, it will be very different at the bit level...

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EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'

poohbear

Facebook

Is Facebook included in this 'forget me' game?

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Pushdo Trojan outbreak: 11 THOUSAND systems infected in just 24 hours

poohbear

Re: Never Mind The Vector..

Backdoor:Win32/Pushdo.A

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/threat/encyclopedia/entry.aspx?Name=Backdoor%3AWin32%2FPushdo.A#tab=2

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Swiftkey: We just want to be free - Apple didn't bump us

poohbear

Not entirely free

The much-vaunted 'free themes' are not entirely free ... you need to register for their Cloudy service, which means giving them some details about you... typically via your Google account (on Android at least).

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Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache

poohbear

Re: Majority has decided what is the eb server of choice....

Apparently MS has been throwing money or other arm-twisting tricks to persuade large hosters of parked pages to switch to IIS. AFAICS the only benefit of this is incomplete articles in the press about how IIS is set to become (/will become) the most popular web server, which is a useless metric. As mentioned, the picture for Active sites is very different, and the Top Million even more so .. which somehow does not get mentioned in the news reports.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

poohbear

Re: Non-reflective laptop screens.

No, you need to go the other way.

http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/displays/53885-philips-298p4qjeb-superwidescreen-monitor/

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Fast-fingered Filho flicks aside WinPhone-furtling fumbler after 4 months

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

poohbear

But today is 19 May not 1 April....

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