* Posts by Jamie Jones

2711 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Re: Stanger in a strange land..

"Good skills for red teaming"

I did do penetration testing for a while... paid to hack, but I'd love to do 'red teaming' in a more general sense. It would be almost like being a spy!

Cheers for that - I'd never heard the term "red teaming" before - I had to look it up

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Re: Stanger in a strange land..

"Ummm, being British does not rule you out from also being Jewish you know, Mr. Stanger."

I know, which is why I qualified "I'm British" with "not Jewish". It was a list: "British, not Jewish,..." not a clairification ("British - not Jewish")

Still have an upvote for pointing out my subject title... I did write it on android! (I know, still no excuse!)

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Stanger in a strange land..

My first experience of doom was in an empty computer lab in Bar-Ilan University, Tel-Aviv.

2 of the system admins there took me to this room, unplugged and terminated the ethernet from the rest of the department lan, and proceeded to blast the hell out of me so much, I never stood a chance.

The only "weird" thing of this story is I'm British, not Jewish, and was never a student in Israel.. I was actually staying with a girl I met on irc, and we snuck into the uni to get online(!) - not sure how she talked us through security.. it was all Hebrew to me! But I hung around the computer centre for a few hours whilst she went shopping.

When I was back home, I used to do the same thing at Swansea university.. I was never a student there, but acted like I was, and it got to the point the security guards would chat to me on patrols, and open the barrier for me (I was driving) without stopping me because they got to know me. But I digress...

It's amazing what you can get away with if you simply act like you belong somewhere (and are a cocky gobshite like me!)

Latest Google+ flaw leads Chocolate Factory to shut down site early

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Re: Google does it's usual...

"Me, me. Microsoft Windows 10"

Stoppppit! You're banned from playing!

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WTF?

A load of bollox

If they are so stupid(!) that they can't fix the API, they could remove it - it has absolutely nothing to do with the google+ service users see.

One of the plus (pun intended) points of google+ was that it wasn't full of third party app crap. Removing scraping bots will not affect user experience one jot.

Check your repos... Crypto-coin-stealing code sneaks into fairly popular NPM lib (2m downloads per week)

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Re: Testing

LD Ix, 45 !

Talk about a GAN-do attitude... AI software bots can see through your text CAPTCHAs

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blimey!

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: Double down?

"Coming from a non-English speaking country"

Which country would that be, if you don't mind me asking?

One tends to work out - or guess - where some of the posting regulars are from..

Whilst I initially had you down as Australian (yes, too obvious) I long since had you pegged for British.

I'd love El Reg to show the country code of posters.

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Re: Double down?

@Cardinal - I admit, I inherited "double-down" from the American political channels.

However, along with what Frumious Bandersnatch says, if making an error is "down", then doubling 'up' on it is doubling down.

I largely agree with the rest of your post, (and I didn't downvote you)

Maybe I should stop using Americanisms... My bad. Have a nice day :-)

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Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

"I meant queue, I typed queue, if I had intended to type cue I would have typed cue, if I had intended to type que, I also would have typed que. Which part of this do you not understand?"

Presumably he doesn't understand how someone can get something so badly wrong, and then double-down on their error.

I'm surprised you haven't blamed your mistake on the deep state, or the Nelson Mandela effect.

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Re: move on down the road a piece

Damn it, that reminds me of my parents when i was a kid.... Always moving house in the middle of the night and forgetting to tell me! :-)

Upvoting / downvoting bug

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Upvoting / downvoting bug

Has anything changed in the last 2 days?

If I up/downvote a comment it appears to work as normal. If I then reload the page, the vote seems to have been accepted server-side, but the icon no longer has that blue glow indicating it's been clicked.

You can then click it again, and the vote tally is incremented/decremented (but of course, server side detects the duplicate vote and ignores it)

So the actual vote recording is working, but it's no longer indicating to us (on reload) that we made the vote.

I've tried on chrome on FreeBSD, and some white-labelled browser on android. Both used to work, both no longer work. I don't have css/js/ad blocking etc.

ps. I have other reported bugs that haven't been fixed or replied to. Is it worth even posting here anymore?

You're legit and you know you are... Thanks to chanting racist footie fans, linking to dodgy stuff isn't necessarily illegal (well, in Europe)

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Re: Please select your response to this article:

Sorry, I agree.

It was badly phrased. When I wrote that post, I was thinking of some of the brexit comments that have generally appeared on this site, and at that point I was thinking of the reaction to GDPR not this particular article.

My bad

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"But are they, or are they there to protect someone else's good ?"

Oh... I agree with your post generally.. Many laws are for someone else's vested interest. There is a huge legal minefield of unfair laws put there by corrupt people.

I was talking about the other laws :-)

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"I do find it insulting that the self appointed great and the good decide for me which lies I can be presented with and which ones to be believe, I'm a rational thinking human being and it's my choice what sensory input I decide is trash and what's gold."

You may be. Others aren't.

I find it insulting that we have speed limits, when I know how to drive properly. I find it even more insulting we have speed bumps near schools, which damage my car, despite the fact I'd already drive at virtual walking pace in such circumstances.

I find it insulting there are security people, and CCTV camera in shops, when I've never stolen, or wanted to, in my life.

I find it insulting when there are laws to make us wear seatbelts... As if I'd ever drive without wearing one anyway!

The thing is, it's not all about me, and it's not all about you. We live in a society, and for better or worse, there are laws in place for "the greater good".

As I said, if everyone was intelligent, and critical-thinking like you, laws on public lying wouldn't be necessary.

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Please select your response to this article:

Please select one of the below choices:

( . ) - Fortunately we won't have to put up with this bullshit when we leave the EU.

( . ) - A decent ruling. No doubt when we leave the EU our authoritarian government will cave into US pressure and revoke this ruling.

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"If someone wants to say something horrific, let them. But it's in the public domain, and it allows those who are offended to state why that person is wrong."

In an ideal world, yes.

Unfortunately, many people are not critical free-thinkers.

Witness the power that Fox News, Trump, Alex Jones etc. have in the US, and our very own tabloids and brexit campaign.

If everyone picked up on their bullshit and called them out for it, then fine, but that's not the case, and they can have immense power and followers simply by feeding the people lies.

The old saying "you can't shout 'fire' in a theatre when there isn't one" is related -- in that case, people will not have time to critically analyse the evidence, and will believe the warning, and panic.

In these other cases, it's not urgency or panic, it's stupidity and mental lazyness that makes the lies believed.

It's a difficult one - I'm all for the principal of free speech, even if I disagree with it, and even if it's hateful, but when lies are used to manipulate people, checks and balances are needed.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Only tangently related, but it reminded me of a policy at my last place of work that I managed to change.

If it was required to run a one off job on a machine overnight (yeah... no "at" batch command) then it was recommended that you put the job in cron, scheduled to run the next day, on that day-of-month, on that month.... so that your job wouldn't be run the next day too if you didn't remove the cron entry in time.

Yes, you've got it - there were a number of times where some system would "randomly" cock up, and be traced to some date specific cron job that no-one remembers anything about, and which is presumably at least a year old.

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Re: I'm out of here!

John! You haven't posted a photo of your dinner!

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request

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Re: Jaywalking

I don't know why you were downvoted for that!

Oh, so their argument (presumably) is it was Huawei-USA that exported the equipment? I just assumed they'd have done it China -> Iran

EDIT: Ah yes, I just read the linked Reuters article which mentions "US origin products".

Cheers for the nudge!

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Even if this happened, she didn't break Chinese law. I don't see how they can do anything other than maybe put sanctions on Huawei's US operation.

We don't have jaywalking laws in the UK. But does this mean if I cross the road in Wales, I could be extradited to the USA for breaking it's jaywalking laws? (ok, ok, I know it's not that severe a crime, but you get the jist of my argument)

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Re: Don't feel so bad Ericsson, you probably did us all a favour!

I was on the tube one evening, about 8pm. It wasn't packed, but most seats were taken.

Everyone was doing the usual - reading the adverts, looking at their phones, trying to avoid eye-contact.

Then at one stop, 3 or 4 people got on.. Shall we say "in the party spirit"... They were singing, and talking to the rest of us, and cracking jokes with us, and goading us all into generally joining in.

The whole carriage joined in, and started cracking jokes too. Even when these people got off, everyone else on the carriage continued chatting, and everyone said "bye" when they got off at their stop.

Just needs an ice-breaker...

Brits' DNA data sent to military base after 'foreign' hack attacks – report

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Re: "100,000 Genomes Project is secure, insists chair"...

Are you me?

Yet another mega-leak: 100 million Quora accounts compromised by system invaders

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"I have yet to read a post anywhere where someone who is called an insulting name responds with "thank you for showing me the error of my ways - as a result of your reply I have looked deep within my soul and now realise I am a moron. Henceforth all my posts will be sparkling with enlightenment and reason".

Yeah, fair point.

I wasn't clear in my original post - whilst my 2 posts were deleted, the original (which were far more hateful) were allowed to remain. If they'd been deleted as well as mine, then fine. But as it is, someone can write something hateful, and you are unable to call them out on it. So, posts like that go unchallenged, which is far more destructive in my opinion.

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I deleted my Quora account after 2 of my posts had been deleted by them.

I did have some quite detailed responses to technical queries and other stuff posted there, but I also strayed into non-techincal stuff.

I read on a religious thread a man who said he was a devout Christian who was shocked when his son came out as gay, but after trying to understand, and get to know his sons partner, he realised he'd been a close-minded bigot, and now he gets on great with both of them, and his sons parter is like a son to him.

I woman resonded "I'm like you.... My daughter came out as lesbian. I was truly sickened. It's deplorable, But she's my daughter, so I have to get along with her, even though she sickens me and is an evil sinner to the lord" [ words to that affect ]

My reply contained a line, something like "No. You are not like him. He was put into a situation where he opened his mind, realised his bigotry and grew from it. You are just an evil and horrible person"

That post was flagged and deleted for "insulting a quora member" - never mind the fact she'd just told everyone her daughter discusts her, and she finds her abhorrent.

The second post was from someone who wrote a long fox-news style report about how muslims have taken over London.

I gave a long detailed reply, including links to facts etc. but my post was deleted because somewhere along the line I called him a bigotted moron.

So I deleted my account - be polite and civil etc.. yeah, i get that, but they are so over-pc, they end up protecting the real tossers. You can say something really horrible, but if someone calls you out on it, and they flag it, strike against you.

It's why quora mainly consists of:

1) Standard questions requiring a specific answer -- the sort of thing google can solve.

2) Moronic trolling posts from fake ID's that don't care if they are banned.

3) "Debate" that is so toned down, it's useless. No-one dare say anything that upsets anyone else - to the point where it totally stiffles discussion.

No, you haven't gone deaf – the Large Hadron Collider has been wound down for more upgrades

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The inverse femtobarn is one of Vulture South's favourite units of measurement.
Surely not more so than "size of Wales" ?

Intel eggheads put bits in a spin to try to revive Moore's law

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Re: Amazing stuff

Oh, I don't think the EU farts glittery rainbows. :-)

There's lots wrong with it, but we have chance of influencing any change now!

This does beg the question... Why didn't the leave campaign concentrate on any of the real issues? Why did they just focus on scaremongering and lies?

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Re: Amazing stuff

"It was explained to me by a Brit who lives in both the US and London that people got fed up with some non-UK citizen sitting in Brussels (I think???) telling everyone what they can and cannot do."

I'm not going to downvote you (it was unfair that anyone did!), but I will say:

Yes, that explanation is EXACTLY how the brexitters perceive the situation.

It is, of course, absolute bollocks.

For years the goverment have blamed the EU for their cockups.... And for years, some sheep have believed it.

There is a European parliament. We have British members of that parliament, that are voted for by British people (thought I bet most of the brexitters can't even name their MEP (member of the european parliament))

The UK has a strong veto in the EU. We had a lot of influence. There are 751 MEP's, representing the 28 European countries... Guess how many of them represent Britain?

73.

Almost 10% of the EU 28 is controlled by britain, so if any country should be pissed at "eu control" it's certainly not us.

Again, you can bet your last dollar the brexitters don't know this, either.

The brexitters were scared into being scared about immigrants stealing our benefits and our jobs (sound familar?) even though the EU has fuck all to do with "all those mooslims", and even though the UK is able to expell EU citizens who aren't contributing to the economy after 3 months (the UK chose not to do so)

It is very much like with trump. Scare the people into voting for the very people who will screw them more - tax breaks for the rich etc.

Jacob-rees-mogg, who's father wrote a book on how to profit from a collapsing britain [ Blood in the streets - that book, by the way, is staight out of the neocon handbook - Paul Ryan etc. would agree with it 100% ] .. has an investment company that recently moved to Ireland "to better serve a post brexit economy". His plans for brexit are:

From: Who is behind the push for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US?

The priority areas for removing “anti-competitive” EU regulations articulated in Plan A+ are unpicking data protection rules (GDPR) introduced by the EU to ensure privacy, and allowing the free flow of data across borders, which would let big tech companies use our data – or abuse it. EU regulations that require exporters using chemicals to present safety data to the European commission before obtaining authorisation for imports are a burden on business, including the plastics sector, the thinktanks say, and should go. Likewise pharmaceuticals companies find the requirements on transparency around clinical trials onerous and should be allowed longer patents – that is, more expensive drugs for the rest of us.

Anyway, if you're interested, all this information is out there, and explained far better than I could, but basically, if you think of a brexitter as a gullible scared dimwitted trump voter, you won't be far wrong.

EDIT:Blinky got in there before me, whist I was writing this!

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Re: Okay, we're going to be using spin now - then what ?

Don't be fooled by the article.. It's just Intels spin on things.

Ok, ok, I'm going!

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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I don't. I see where you're coming from, but nooooooooooooo.

Governments aren't our masters, they are there to do our collective bidding.

Why should even "good" governments get to see whatever they want?

What happenned to good old police work in solving crimes? You never had dragnet bugging of the local pub etc...

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Canaries...

We'll end up with the more caring providers avoiding gagging orders like this:

** admin has joined chat**

Hi. Just to let you know we've not added anyone to your conversation. Bye.

** admin has left chat**

One minute later:

** admin has joined chat**

Hi. Just to let you know we've not added anyone to your conversation. Bye.

** admin has left chat**

One minute later.....

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

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Downvoters can't handle the truth, anon!

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In case the brexiters were puzzled as to why Rees Mogg has moved his firm to Ireland in anticipation of us leaving the EU (yeah, right, as if the brainless morons know anything that's not put in the dailymail) [ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-jacob-rees-mogg-scm-ireland-city-move-eu-withdrawal-dublin-a8398041.html ], you'd think the Bank of England announcement, followed by the government themselves admitting we aill be worse off under all scenarios would finally give them a taste of a clue.

But no. How people without a vested interest can *still* support brexit is beyond me.

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Re: Another design approach:

But a rubbish bin will get emptied on the streets, like some do with ashtrays....

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Re: Mommy

Paaah. We use "Mater", or "mother, dearest" when being informal!

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Re: Border wall

You could throw in the "infinite length coastline" argument there too!

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Re: Beneath the vehicle's floor?

Before asking why, I suggest you have a look under your cars floor-mats -- especially if you have kids!

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Re: Re; Moral

"But, even if that weren't the case, where would I go?"

Well, don't look at the UK, we're doing well in the same race to the bottom.

If you find an answer, let me know!

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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Re: Blockchains are a wonderful tool .....

You must mean this: beowulf-cluster.jpg :-)

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Re: Blockchains are a wonderful tool .....

"My technology is a block on the end of some chain. It's amazing for separating people from their cash. I call myself a blockchain consultant.

After the block has hit you a few times, you soon let go of your wallet."

You *imagine* it's like that, but in the real world, you'll build a million dollar cluster....... :-)

[ Obvious link: https://xkcd.com/538/ ]

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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Re: time to fess up...

"UK. We recently had a power cut - seconds afterwards the wired phone on the master socket started ringing. A recorded message told me there was a known unscheduled outage."

Great. So, no sooner are you plunged into darkness, but the phone rings, causing you to stumble when going to answer it :-)

And oy, my glass is still half-empty!

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Re: Ah the Cloud

It's all cloud-cuckoo-land

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Re: ICL - It Can't Last

ICL - It didn't last! Fully absorbed by Fujitsu in 2002, not long after I left!

Gigabit? More like, you can gigabet the US will fall behind on super-fast broadband access

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Re: The report correctly notes:

"Live a little, learn Lynx ... 26 years old, and still going strong!

I use w3m and heirloom-mailx daily, despite having 80Mbs. Two things the kids today don't understand:

- when to use the most efficient task for a job - a quick email / google lookup takes seconds without needing to touch a mouse.

- how to "MacGyver" up a solution - like with your Fort Bragg example.. In that same situation many people would be lost, claiming a soultion was impossible.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Re: Well, who'd have thought it?

If you gave a crap about democracy, you would welcome a referendum based on the final situation, especially as the first was run on illegal campaigning and lies.

But then, you know that current polls show that over half the voters want to remain, which scares you no end. Democracy? When it suits you.

Now, even ignoring the fact that he already lives in the EU, and you're taking that away from him, explain how he can move to Europe? Removal of free travel and immigration rights doesn't just apply to the UK and the "bloody foreigners pinching our jobs, houses, and benefits"

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google

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Re: "primary effect" is infringement

But a lot of copyrighted content uploaded to youtube is configured to atrribute (including financially) to the copyright holder, who is thsn happy for the content to be there, so it's not all illegal pirated stuff.

US told to quit sharing data with human rights-violating surveillance regime. Which one, you ask? That'd be the UK

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Pot, kettle? So what!

To some commenters: if we are breaching rules, let them call us out for it. *If* they aren't much better, it shouldn't affect our moral stance.

Don't turn this into a "whataboutism?"

Incidentally, I'd love Boris, Mogg, Farrage, and all the other chancers to explain this:

"Meanwhile, the UK's surveillance regime has repeatedly been found to fall short of European standards. The letter noted a recent ruling from the European Court of Human Rights that found various failings on the government's oversight of bulk interception of communications."

So, what about all this "taking back control" that the BRexiters bang on about? Surely it's not the case already where the UK does whatever the hell it wants when it cares, and uses the EU as an excuse in other cicrumstances? Surely not!

3ve Offline: Countless Windows PCs using 1.7m IP addresses hacked to 'view' up to 12 billion adverts a day

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Too right!

As for sheep per square mile, it's probably 0.00000000000000000000000000005 sheep per square mile if my bedroom is anything to go by!

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Re: "3ve" (pronounced "Eve".)"

"Not familiar with l33t speak then? (however stupid it is)"

Too familiar..... Hence my post. (which would have come across as a bit twatty if I hadn't!)

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