* Posts by Richard Thomas

6 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

CERN completes 'world’s largest jigsaw puzzle'

Richard Thomas


I've read Angels and Demons and I know that this will oinly lead to the Vatican being blown up. Foolish, foolish, scientists!

US ban on internet access tax gets seven year extension

Richard Thomas


It's also worth noting that in the UK you have to pay VAT on subscriptions to games such as World of Worcraft, PlanetSide, Star Wars Galaxies, and their ilk. Even though the servers you choose to play on may be based in the US, the fact that your IP is in the UK automatically means having to pay tax on the subscription fee.

Is AV product testing corrupt?

Richard Thomas

Aweful Journalism

This is just a plain made-up article.

Having worked in the industry for near a decade this just isn't how AV products are tested.

There in fact IS a standard test set by which all products are tested

How can El Reg allow someone to publish an article on something they obviously no nothing about?

The decline of antivirus and the rise of whitelisting

Richard Thomas

Whitelisting is nonsense

There is very little doubt, as already said, that whitelisting (on it's own) cannot hope to control malware. The technology is very useful but only when working alongside a malware engine. Which, by the way, is already in practice.

So what happens if AV as we know it has been made extinct and a network becomes infected? Would the whitelist software have a way of disinfecting any programs?

If so, then surely you are actualy using an AV engine of some sort.

If not, are we expected to believe that whitelisting will have a 100% catch rate?

Sony ponders PS3 price cut

Richard Thomas

HD Gaming

I bought a 40" Samsung TV only to find that my 360 doesn't actually offer true HD gaming. So now I'm waiting for a few more games so I can try my hand at the PS3. The price drop may be the thing that pushes me over the edge, so to speak, and to buy one...

Then again with the sparsity of games it's still hard to convince myself to buy one.

C of E blasts 'sacrilegious' Sony shoot-'em-up

Richard Thomas

Photo Permission

All religous sites are owned by one body or another. As an example my girlfriend and I are due to be married and wanted to have photos taken after the service in a nearby Abbey ruins.

We have had to apply for permission from Kidwelly Castle who own the Abbey. This will be the same for the Cathedral.

Where Sony say they applied for permission is probably right, all it is, is one single A4 form you have to fill in. It doesn't mention anything about making money or what said photos will be used for.

My guess would be that CoE found out that money could have been made and invented a form i.e. "Yes, you filled out form 1B22566gf, you SHOULD have filled out form 1B22566gh"

As said before, if this is the case the CoE haven't a chance in court but I suspect that $ony may settle anyway to avoid the bad publicity of "robbing*" from the Church.

*not my words just how the press would put it.

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