* Posts by poohbear

192 posts • joined 13 Dec 2010

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Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

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'Twas Ophelia wot did it.

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We went to Nadella's launch of Hit Refresh so you didn't have to

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Mmm since no one else has done it....

Cynical®us

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Atlassian kills God, rebrands as a mountain, a structurally unsound 'A' or a high five

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Skis

That's clearly the fronts of a pair of skis, on someone who doesn't know how to ski....

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Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

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IANAL but I have a question:... if they demand your password, and you give it to them, and it still doesn't work (perhaps, just perhaps, they are using the wrong program to decrypt it....), are you obliged to tell them?

And how do they prove you gave them the wrong password then?

Or do they require you to do the decrypting?

Isn't that where the whole "self incriminating" thing kicks in?

All your secrets are belong to us.

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Bitcoin Foundation wants US Department of Justice investigated

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Re: Dear DOJ:

First, they're fiat currencies, backed only by government word.

Um, aren't they actually only backed by the private central bank that issued them?

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Chrome wants to remember which Websites to silence

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BBC?

"I have media.autoplay.enabled=false in FF and that does the job just fine."

So do I but BBC videos insist on playing. That falls under the "excessively annoying" category.

I may be more forgiving if I had followed a link that showed it was a video, but I pick stories via their RSS feed and there's no indication that the story is a video and nothing else. Someone above had a pointed comment about that...

I sometimes wonder if this is a sneaky way to claim that you are watching BBC and are thus liable to pay the annual licence fee.

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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When elephants fight, it is the ants that suffer.

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Did ROPEMAKER just unravel email security? Nah, it's likely a feature

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Linux

Old school

FWIW, I'm old school ... mail is read and written in plain text, monospaced.

But most of what I get is not. Which is annoying, since corp types really put unnecessary junk in their mails ... long disclaimers, and worst of all, company logos. In every bloody message. Which then sits on my hard drive, wasting space for nothing.

Yes I feel better now after that rant, thanks for asking.

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Read IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's letter to staff: Why I walked from Trump's strategy forum

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"Hi, I'd like to be your customer."

"Let's first discuss your political views...."

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We all deserve a break. Pack your bags. Four Earth-like worlds found around nearby Tau Ceti

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"Men are from Tau Ceti F and women Are from Tau Ceti E"

Please don't tell Google.

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Can GCHQ order techies to work as govt snoops? Experts fear: 'Yes'

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"if I received such a warrant, I would simply tell the government to get lost"

May we remind you that your passport is due for renewal next year.

Hate for there to be a problem with that...

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

poohbear

From: GCHQ

To: NSA

Hi

You have one of our assets.

Please return him immediately.

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Mediocre Britain: UK broadband ranked 31st in world for speed

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FWIW, here in South Africa, while the 'state' telco is busy with rolling out fibre to the home, so too are numerous other companies. Yes they dig up the streets and pavements and gardens and make a mess, but I think in the end it will be worth it. I should finally get what I've been waiting for since 1995 or thereabouts... a high speed (up to 200Mbps) permanent connection to the net....

Been a long journey from my 2400 baud modem...

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Apple, Google pull options trading apps after Australian regulator shows scams

poohbear

Binary options is just a fancy name for an online casino with a high house percentage.

The game should be banned in its entirety.

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Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

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So let me see if I've got this straight...

1. The pretty boys are earning way more than the PM, for mugging for the camera.

2. The pretty girls are earning way less and are upset.

3. Solution is to save a few quid by outsourcing the not-so-pretty people's jobs offshore, to pay the pretty girls the same as the pretty boys.

As opposed to, for example, cutting the pretty boys' salaries down to the same as the pretty girls?

Won't someone please thing of the not-so-pretty people who actually work longer hours than those pretty people? They also need to eat....

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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"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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Re: Easy solution

Tattoo: a way to mark slaves.

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

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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

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Re: More for Google

Spooks? What spooks?

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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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

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Quickly...

Guess which finger I'm holding up.

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

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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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