* Posts by Andy Prough

1024 posts • joined 15 Jul 2011

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

Andy Prough

Re: Great!

What airlines allow multiple suitcases in the overhead? Can't get past the ticket scanner loaded up like that in the US. Some kind of a Brit thing?

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Andy Prough

Re: bomb in body

Suicide bombing by dildo. Ouch.

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Andy Prough

Re: secure storage

I agree. Who uses a laptop on a plane these days anyway? Too clunky. Tablets and phablets everywhere from what I've been seeing. If they would promise secure passage, I'd be fine with handing it over.

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Andy Prough

Re: Trump: Making America shit & taking the World with it.

I wonder how soon the spooks visit your house for talking like that? And whoever was dumb enough to upvote you.

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Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

Andy Prough

Re: Why...

Certainly not by design.

Certainly not.

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Nokia, Apple lawyers make peace over nasty IP wrangle

Andy Prough

The price of every iDevice is about to increase by 0.4%

*0.2 for Nokia, and 0.2 into Cupertino's C-level exec pockets for their tireless labor and fearless leadership in arranging this settlement

**Wall Street strongly approves

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Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

Andy Prough

Re: Look out Delaware!

I can't think of a single large tech company incorporated in Delaware.

A lot of those friendly Delaware rules are useful for small to mid size businesses in my limited experience. For large corporations, I believe it's usually advantageous to be incorporated closer to home.

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Andy Prough

Re: Simpler answer

But isn't the third largest city in the US in Eastern Texas? Along with about one half of the country's energy sector? I don't think companies who are selling tech products to businesses could possibly afford to disregard the Houston market.

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Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs

Andy Prough

Re: Oh, the irony!

@JimC - "Which is exactly why perverting the patch process with the pushed Windows 10 upgrades was a mind bogglingly stupid and irresponsible thing for Microsoft to do."

So? Switch the network interfaces to "metered connection", thereby shutting off auto-update. No one can help people who only want to complain and refuse to learn how to run their system. Just stamping their feet and yelling, "but it doesn't run like Windows 7 did!!!" is kind of pointless at this late date.

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Andy Prough

Re: Oh, the irony!

Internet facing system with no security updates? It's the definition of "wrong".

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Andy Prough

Re: This sure beats reading newspapers

Fifth rule - never listen to the Reg commenters who believe Win7 is the end-all of computing, and who actively oppose allowing MS updates on their precious gaming rigs.

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7 NSA hack tool wielding follow-up worm oozes onto scene: Hello, no need for any phish!

Andy Prough

Re: Kind of like the Darwin awards

@wolfetone - I guess if un-patched systems with open SMB ports are running our nuclear reactors, then I'd better be stocking up on survival gear and freeze-dried food.

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Andy Prough
Holmes

Kind of like the Darwin awards

Will the world really miss those un-patched systems with open SMB ports?

I'd be shocked if they weren't all pwned before this time, and already part of a botnet or two or three.

Maybe we are just seeing evolution on an internet scale.

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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

Andy Prough
Holmes

Re: Solution

"Solution

Shut down the parasite."

The problem with that idea is that Facebook believes humans are the parasite, and Facebook is the host.

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

Andy Prough

Re: And still shovelling Android

@Alexander - "iOS is why I buy Apple, not the hardware"

Then you should send a check to those nice people at the FreeBSD Foundation and thank them for writing the free code that runs your devices. Certainly Apple won't.

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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

Andy Prough

Re: Deathly silence

@LaeMing - "Also, I haven't heard any Mac user claim "Macs don't get viruses" since the '90s."

You must be only speaking to the reasonable and knowledgeable Mac users...

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Andy Prough

Re: An Apple a Day

They felt "free" when they "considered" releasing the source code themselves.

It's almost like the hipsters want to redefine words like "free" and "freedom".

Imagine how many billions of dollars Stallman and Torvalds would be rolling in today if they had merely "considered" releasing the source code for the GNU tools and Linux, and said "wow, I feel free!" And then said, "screw it - I'm grabbing all the cash".

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

Andy Prough
Holmes

I would have wanted this

But then Luke Klinker built the Pulse app. Kudos to Luke, that dude is a stinking genius.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

Andy Prough

Malwarebytes has a free desktop anti-ransomware available

It's in beta, easy to find and use. Runs in the background, seems to be intended to stop malware-driven encryption from happening. Just passing it along in case its useful to anyone.

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Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

Andy Prough

Re: I'm in Texas

@Ken - "Perhaps they felt that providing a map, with state boundaries and fuzziness in affected areas..."

I'm in one of the two fuzziness areas, as are the vast majority of Texans. The scare headline "Office 365 went down - TITSUP: Total Inability To Stand Up Products" is a bit overdone if you ask me. I'm sure it was good for the clicks though.

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Andy Prough

Re: I'm in Texas

@Crazy - "Except in any ways that matter.. (Trivia like population, diversity, GDP etc etc..)"

Good to see that the British inferiority complex is alive and well.

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Andy Prough

I'm in Texas

No outage today.

But then again, El Reg refuses to recognize that Texas is a wee bit larger than England.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

Andy Prough

Re: Ransomware

"Surely a threat detection system can notice that a lot of files are being encrypted and pop up a warning to block that process and let you know. So why is there no universal endpoint protection system that does this, in fact this should be baked in to the OS by now.?"

Malwarebytes claims that their Endpoint Security product for businesses will do this. They also have a free anti-ransomware product for desktops (beta for past year).

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Microsoft's Windows 10 ARM-twist comes closer with first demonstration

Andy Prough

Re: I don't get the moaning...

Moaning about M$ is good for upvotes. Especially moaning combined with heavy breathing. Also, some on here believe their TRS-80 or Commodore 64 were the ne plus ultra of computing, and every attempt at advancing since then has been some grand violation of basic universal laws.

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

Andy Prough
Holmes

Re: BWA Hahahahahahahhahhhahhahahahha

"What do you expect from a company that went from Windows 8 to 10?"

Totally fake news. It was 8.1 to 10.

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Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election

Andy Prough

Re: the hackers MAY be Russian, but...

Also - no one talks about the Chinese, but they are hacking as much if not more than the Russians, and are far more powerful and capable of action.

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Andy Prough

counting the number of molotov cocktails being thrown at police

I would say they definitely do take it seriously. A bit too seriously it would seem.

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Andy Prough

Re: "I doubt French voters will blame her any more than American voters blamed Trump"

"electing a leader that is beholden to foreign interests"

Russia is a broke, weak country, and Putin a 4th-rate leader. The idea that he influences US policy is just a late-night TV comedian's meme. No serious student of geopolitics believes it.

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Andy Prough

Seems presumptuous to blame Le Pen personally

"However, it may be that many French voters will be unwilling to vote for Le Pen after such a crass attempt to influence a democratic election by hacking."

Russia and China hack whether you cooperate with them or not. I doubt French voters will blame her any more than American voters blamed Trump for the fact that Hillary got hacked.

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Oracle: You've got such strong arms, Mr Pai. Oh, hello, Donald! We didn't see you there

Andy Prough

Re: Oracle just signed a mega-deal with AT&T ...

humping two legs at once - very athletic!!

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Andy Prough

"The answer, of course, is Donald Trump and the bizarre dynamics of the new presidential administration – where heaping praise on anything that Donald approves of, and lambasting anything he doesn't like, is an effective way of gaining political advantage."

This is no different from Obama's administration. In an April, 2017 paper entitled "All the President's Friends: Political Access and Firm Value", Jeffrey R. Brown and Jiekun Huang from the National Bureau of Economic Research reviewed 2,286 White House meetings between Obama officials and executives from S&P 1,500 firms. You can probably guess what their findings were: "corporate executives’ meetings with key policymakers are associated with positive abnormal stock returns. We also find evidence suggesting that following meetings with federal government officials, firms receive more government contracts and are more likely to receive regulatory relief".

You could do the same study of the FDR administration or the Thomas Jefferson administration and probably find the same basic outcome. Getting on the good side of the man in power is just smart business strategy.

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First cardboard goggles, now this: Google's cardboard 'DIY AI' box powered by an RPi 3

Andy Prough

Starting to lose count of all the failed Google projects

I used to respect the company. They should just sling ads and make money and stop with all the half-baked nonsense.

They don't realize it, but one of these days some new startup is going to do search a lot better, and they are going to lose half their market share overnight. Too bad they don't put any effort into sprucing up their nearly 20-year-old search interface.

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Qualcomm to demand US iPhone import ban

Andy Prough

Re: The Gods are at war again...

so not allowing consumers to spend $1200 plus $150/month usage fees for the latest Cupertino shiny walled garden is punishment?

I've been punished all these years and didn't even know it

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Andy Prough
Holmes

Wow. Abusing patents.

Almost like someone decided to use the Apple playbook against them. Or something.

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Fancy a toothpicked-rollmop from our storage smorgasbord?

Andy Prough

Re: Rollmops

And I'll happily stay inside my wall. Protected from the taste (and smell) of the rollmops.

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Andy Prough

Re: Rollmops

Just looked it up - they sell that stuff in jars. That does not look appetizing at all. Good lord.

Remind me never to leave Texas again.

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

Andy Prough

Some enterprising outfit like Blackberry should announce endless security updates

Take advantage of Google's dirty little secret.

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

Andy Prough

Re: Bureaucracy

@Graybyrd - "Oregon is NOT the exception. In all areas of bureaucratic practice at all levels in the U.S., it is more the rule. We pride ourselves in rigid, unbending enforcement of "the rules."

Not Texas. In Texas, we call Oregon the "Soviet Socialist Republic of Oregon" for a reason. And west coast companies and population are flocking to Texas for a reason.

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Don't listen to the doomsayers – DRM is headed for the historical dustbin, says Doctorow

Andy Prough

Maybe because that's an outlet where his publisher sells books? And where his readers like to buy books?

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It's a question worth asking: Why is the FCC boss being such a jerk?

Andy Prough

That's a great read Kieren, looks like you've hit the nail on the head in terms of his play for the long-term chairmanship. Could also be that he's partly fallen in love with the Republican brand of crony capitalism, or that someone's been whispering to him about his own future political fortunes. Maybe he sees himself as future Senator Pai.

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Apache OpenOffice: Not dead yet, you'll just have to wait until mid-May for mystery security fixes

Andy Prough

They don't wonder why devs don't want to work with them. They never intended for devs to want to work with them.

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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

Andy Prough

Trump had better hurry up and ban Mint

Ubuntu and Debian too, just to be certain. Outlaw .deb files and PPA's.

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Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it

Andy Prough

Re: M-W: grammar not a strength, then . . .

What's a map? Isn't that a google website? How'd you put it in your back pocket?

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

Andy Prough

Re: Listen to all the Android whingers....

@AC - "It' really a poor mobile world where the only mobile OS choice is Android... just like as on PC is Windows."

That's only true if you're someone who can't figure out how to run a proper GNU/Linux desktop or BSD. Tons of choices.

And if you don't like Android, then either root it and change it or get a flip phone. Do you really need a laptop in your pocket anyway?

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Plan to kill net neutrality is the best thing/worst thing ever! EVER!!1

Andy Prough

None of this political rhetoric in America is about the facts. It's about fundraising. Republicans and Democrats have the exact same level of discourse about every issue. "It's the worst thing ever". "It's the best thing ever". It's all about getting their core supporters so hyped up that they'll click the "donate" buttons on their web pages.

You are just being exposed to it in this case because it's a Congressional issue that has to do with your interest area. If you worked in healthcare or insurance or banking, you'd see this kind of back-and-forth from Congress about your industry on a daily basis.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

Andy Prough

Re: Another day

@nijam - "> Machines that were worthless after about Vista can be given a new life."

"Yes, they were all upgraded to Linux."

Absolutely. Before Windows 10, that was really the only choice. Nice to be able to give someone an old computer that they can run their beloved MS Office on now, however.

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Andy Prough

Re: Another day

@steve320 "Hats off to Hardware vendors and Microsoft for giving life to what is very old equipment."

Agreed. One nice thing about Win 10 is you can run a machine with as little as 1 GB of ram on it fairly well. Machines that were worthless after about Vista can be given a new life.

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Andy Prough

Re: Another day

Thanks, my problem with Edge must be the ad blocker then.

I agree with you on Chrome. I'm coming back around to loving Firefox again the past few months, after Chrome ate too many of my resources. Not sure why Chrome has to be such a hog these days.

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FCC's Pai: I am going to kill net neutrality in US

Andy Prough

Fair enough. I'm just saying that in critiquing elected American officials, you pretty much have to take their words and attitude out of the equation, because they are trying to use strong emotional appeals to communicate to donors and voters. They are not trying to communicate to you or me.

I look at their actions and little else.

Also, under the Trump administration, every project starts with an outrageous claim of some future action that they don't actually have the political capital to pull off. It's part of Trump's "Art of the Deal". But nearly all of their final actions are in line with typical moderate Republican positions (or center-right Democrat positions) from years past.

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Andy Prough

So, Kieren thinks Pai is right but his words are too hostile?

Focus on the actions, not the words Kieren. This is DC you're talking about. The bluster is used to raise campaign dollars. Now that the internet is finally a big political issue, you're never going to avoid the inflammatory rhetoric again.

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