* Posts by Jamie Jones

2127 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

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Re: To be fair ...

But the users are not google etc. they are the residential customers.

If a customer buys a service that allows XX bandwidth, then it makes no difference to the ISP where the customer uses that allocation.

If the ISP offers unmetered access, then the same principle applies, and if the ISP has a problem with that it's their fault for over-selling.

Trying to charge netflix more because a paying customer *requests* data from netflix is double-dipping

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

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they should have rebranded...

"fones4twats"

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Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

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Re: underground groups of drone users

No ambiguities, it's really rather simple. In Welsh, "i" is pronounced as the English "e", or before someone says that that is stupid, it's pronounced as the "i" in words such as safari, salami, shanti, chilli, scampi, muesli etc.

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Bear with me...

The issue seems to be whether a monkey can own the copyright..

I don't think it should be that way - it should be more related to the circumstances. It was the guys equipment and setup, he should own the copyright.

Similarly, if instead of a monkey, it was a 2 year old kid, the guy with the equipment should win.

However, I don't think this should generally mean monkeys can't own a copyright - that would be unfair for those occasions when monkeys do indeed purchase the equipment and set up the shot.

HTH - IANAL

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Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

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I'm that saddo!

Our thanks for the tipoff go to Reg reader Jamie (among others), who "thought some other saddos reading may be interested!" There's nothing sad about studying Unix timestamps, Jamie.

W00T My name is El Reg lights!

Maybe you're correct, but I'm definitely a saddo for this comment!

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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

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Re: But hang on...

Is that a subtle reference to celibacy - or his widely quoted comments to reporters on the plane back from his Philippines trip?

Neither. There was no hidden meaning. I was under the impression that condoms had been sanctioned....

Off to google... Ok, found this: Vatican Confirms Shift on Condom use

Reading the article, there are some caveats I didn't realise, but other than that, why the frig did my original post deserve 2 downvotes? Those 2 morons would be better served on youtube-comments.

(yeah, i know - mentioning downvotes on el reg just ensures you get more of them. Bring it on!)

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Re: But hang on...

I thought the pope had OK'd contraception a few years ago.... Ho hum.

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Re: 2 Wrongs make a right here I think

I've never had a home visit from any religious folk #LIVEINTHEUK

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When 'Saving The Internet' means 'Saving Crony Capitalism'

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That article you link to by David Lowery

That article you link to is clumsily written, and shows a total bias against the concept of net neutrality. It's also obviously written by a hard right wing conservative, even though there was no need to bring left-right politics into it.

It starts off by saying that his point is valid, because this argument isn't actually about net neutrality, and starts to explain how. This argument soon unravels until eventually giving up and attacking the merits of net neutrality directly. The "evil google/facebook" etc. argument could have worked, but was shown to be a smoke screen.

And who can pass by this golden nougat:

Fight for the Future looks like a groovy progressive internet civil rights group. They even have a transgender spokesperson!

Classy.

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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Re: If he had been in the UK

(b) The guy was in Holland, not Blighty, so the law wouldn't apply in any event.

Did you even read his post? The key point is even in the title of your reply!

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

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Re: Mixed feelings

""Illegal copying" or "Illegal sharing" is a much better name, but then again, it doesn't make the perpetrators look like horrible criminals, does it?"

Indeed. And the US courts have confirmed that.

From: https://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-banned-from-using-piracy-and-theft-terms-in-hotfile-trial-131129/:

Leading up to the trial, Hotfile has scored several significant wins against the MPAA. The Florida federal court ruled on several motions this week, and many went in favor of the file-hosting service. Most prominently, Judge Kathleen Williams decided that the movie studios and its witnesses are not allowed to use “pejorative” terms including “piracy,” “theft” and “stealing” during the upcoming proceedings.

And add to that that in the US at least, violating a copyright isn't illegal, so it's not even really "illegal copying." It's a civil matter, not criminal, until the violator knowingly and intentionally tries to use the copied material "on a commercial scale."

Some may be surprised, but It's the same here in the UK:

http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/h_to_k/intellectual_property_crime/

http://www.inbrief.co.uk/intellectual-property/criminal-liability-copyright/

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: Worse..

as has MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center in the US, although that facility has now shut down for lack of funds.

......

However, if the Chinese can crack it, they'll be in possession of the must-have technology of this century. ®"

But.... tax cuts for the rich!

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Re: Who still uses farenheight for things like this ?

Bob Is American.

From: https://hbr.org/2009/10/a-metric-of-americas-competiti:

Inevitably, students ask me why Americans continue to use the old system. Most are surprised to learn that even the English have largely given up on it. That’s when I walk us over to the classroom map and ask the group how many nations other than the U.S. still officially use ounces and inches. Guesses are usually in the neighborhood of 10 or 15. When I reveal that the answer is two, they immediately assume that Canada and Australia are the holdouts. The correct answers, though, are Liberia and Myanmar, which we then proceed to find on the map. Perplexed, students cock their heads and ask again, this time with concern, why in the world Americans continue to use the old system.

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FREE wildcard HTTPS certs from Let's Encrypt for every Reg reader*

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Re: There is a dark evil danger to the big uptake of HTTPS

You need to read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promiscuous_mode

LOL, no, it seems you do.

Hint: These are not ad-hoc networks.

Hint2: Each client has a unique encryption key to the AP.

Hint3: The only way a client can see data is if the AP specifically sends it to the client.

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Re: An admirable effort.

IIS / .Net scales better and is usually faster on the same hardware and has a far better security record over the last decade than a LAMP stack

LOL, How did you manage to write those 2 statements without a grin on your face?

Is C£ some lame nickname for C Sharp ? If so it's really not funny or witty.

He didn't write C£.

Maybe you don't know that the hash sign is also known as the "pound" sign.

You should know that it looks virtually the same as the "sharp" sign.

So, I reply condescendingly to your inappropriate condescending reply to Bob!

Again - there are lots of advantages versus say Java.

Strawman. Neither apache (these are not tomcat results) or nginx are written in Java.

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Re: An admirable effort.

All my servers run native IPv6, and my home router maintains a ipv6 tunnel with he.net, whilst my home lans runs ipv6 natively.

It's no harder than ip4.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Re: No contest

stargate sg-1 and atlantis

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Google Chrome's HTTPS ban-hammer drops on WoSign, StartCom in two months

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Re: Alas, StartCom

My sentiments exactly. I used to love startcom, but I've been removing wosign and starcom certificates manually since this story originally broke out.

One thing - I'm sure I'm not the only one to ignore "this site is untrusted" messages on sites I don't deem important. They need another message for cases like this.

It's the difference between "untrusted" and "distrusted" - the former meaning no trust exists, the latter means trust explicitly revoked.

That's too subtle for a warning message, but something like "This is an evil fraudulent site and if you continue to view it, you'll probably crash the internet" ... or something!

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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Re: Maybe they are not fixing it because...

If anything, Systemd seems to boot slower than any of the alternatives.

Ahh.. But had you installed the "go-faster stripes" ?

Whilst at it, add the anti-static strips to reduce headaches.

HTH

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Re: POSIX

FWIW, Poettering doesn't count lack of POSIX compliance as of any consequence.

See: Cockwomble

https://lwn.net/Articles/430598/

His comments there reminded me of the browser wars fiasco.

Already, other systems are having to modify perfectly working standard code to be "linux compatible".

I'm sure it won't be long before we start seeing "This site best viewed in sysux"

Or error messages such as: "We see you are running xxx on a 96 core hypercluster. This server only supports systemd on an i486 or higher. Please upgrade to continue to use this site.

Baaah, I'm sure I'm not the only one who has at times been using top of the range hardware and software only for some site to obnoxiously tell me to "upgrade" to Internet Explorer 7. etc.

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Re: POSIX

I once worked somewhere where all the unix users logins were pure numeric. That was a damn headache. It threw up some interesting assumptions in many pieces of software!

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Re: Where are they?

We're waiting for one of you drooling systemd haters to hold Linus's spaghetti code to the same standards. I think we'll be waiting a long time

Ahhh, the Poetterers are now comparing systemd to the kernel itself!

How long before we get a complete fork? sysdux? Poetterux?

Although the way the code is going, Poerrerdows would be more appropriate!

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Is Trump hiring?

Lennart Poettering, one of the lead maintainers of systemd, insisted the software is working as intended and declined to implement changes.

"I don't think there's anything to fix in systemd here," he wrote. "I understand this is annoying, but still: The username is clearly not valid."

Before reading it, I knew this would be his response.

He reminds me of those White House spokespeople justifying Trump (I think we are on the third right now.. Presumably the first two are dribbling in the corner of a room somewhere). All we need now is for systemd to start sending ridiculous tweets, and then he'll really start to shine.

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

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Every first world country on the planet other than the US manages to have one. And they all have better healthcare and pay less for it.

Yep: Cost of healthcare vs life expectency - by country

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Java 9 release back on track, community votes 'yes'

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Re: I much prefer Python...

But I thought...

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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Re: If THIS isn't a reason to hate systemd...

The problem is nothing to do with the language, but the programmer.

If the whole internet was using systems written using some hand-holding language, it would have ground to a halt years ago.

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Re: Trust a hackers data?

I've always found it odd that systems would enable dns reverse lookups for all sorts of things where it provides no value. I don't trust DNS to give me a valid name if all I have is an IP address.

That's why you also look up the name to see it matches the same IP address, otherwise there's no point, in fact it's worse than no lookup at all if the name is logged instead of the IP.

DNS Double Reverse Lookup

The whole thing of probing someone's network and have them look up your IP address where you then send TCP packets back to crash their name server or other application has been around since the early 1990s.

That's a daft thing to say. If someones name server can be crashed this way, then it is at fault, and needs to be fixed. Nothing to do with DNS lookups, apart from maybe reducing "security by obscurity", which of course is a non-reason.

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The 'DUP' joins El Reg’s illustrious online standards converter

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Piers Morgan is hopeful!

Reg Standards Bureau In light of yesterday’s mega-bucks deal between the Tories and the Democratic Unionist Party, El Reg has added another unit of measurement to our Standards Bureau.

Much to the disdain of the other devolved nations, the bribe agreement will see one BEEELLION pounds sent to Northern Ireland to be used for things like broadband, infrastructure and healthcare.

http://newsthump.com/2017/06/27/piers-morgan-wondering-how-much-hell-get-from-new-tory-policy-of-giving-money-to-hateful-shits/

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Re: Disdain of the other devolved nations

Because of course, the DUP would never thing of complaining if that happened.

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

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Here in NZ most street drains go straight to the nearest stream. It's illegal to wash your car in your drive in many areas, because the chemicals in the washing and the stuff you wash off go into waterways (washing on your lawn is OK though). It's also illegal to have stormwater runoff pipes (eg from your roof guttering) going into sewers.

Funnily enough, my main knowledge on the subject was from a New Zealand(*) fly-on-the-wall programme, where they followed environment agency staff. They called in on one company which was washing equipment outside their property, and the drain outlet was straight onto a beach just down the road.

It makes sense to have this sort of setup - I just assumed that as in most of the UK, there is no handy river or stream nearby, the sewage system was used... Thinking about it further, though, it would probably smell a bit!

(*) I *think* it was NZ, but it could have been AU.. Sorry!

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Chris, you're saying that all street drains never go into the sewage system? I knew some didn't, but I assumed the majority did.. Learn something new every day !

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Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles

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Re: What a complete cockup this Vega thing is!

OK, how about these:

Retro classic atari joystick with USB interface

You can even re-live having tangled wires to trip over!

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Re: What a complete cockup this Vega thing is!

You can get those already.

android joysticks

I don't own one myself, but I'm currently sitting on the sofa, typing this on a wireless keyboard to my android box connected to my 90" TV :-)

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Nice find! I just commented on the video... Why so few views in so long a time? I thought a video up that long would have had more views from typos!

By the way, it will improve your analytics if you link it! :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8-4uSlg3J8

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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Re: Link mayhem

Don't understand why the article link sends me to some proprietary nuisance page that needs more Javascript permissions than a nuclear bunker.

This link on YouTube does just as well, with a full explanation (in French) for the first 2:30 minutes of the video.

Just want to see it bumble around ? Jump to 2:30 and enjoy.

Thank-you!

I was going to post "In this day and age, we still have crappy websites that write incompatible code".

I loaded the site - this browser normally plays html5 video with no problem. I have no special javascript-blocking/alerts, but as with quite a few sites, the video simply refused to load.

It's 2017, and we still have the cowboy web designer showcasing the website to the customer on a top of the range computer running the designers preferred browser and the designers preferred OS, without knowing or caring about or explaining the nuances of the web.

That, along with sites still browser-agent sniffing to force feed me a 'mobile version' of a site when I browse on my large tv..

I won't be surprised to soon see a "This site viewed best in Microsoft Edge at 1280x1024 resolution - please upgrade"

</grumpy-old-git>

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Not Apr 1: Google stops scanning your Gmail to sling targeted ads at you

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Re: Translation...

I've NEVER had an ad in gmail, and I don't use adblock or anything similar...

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Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

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Re: Ex-queen

*woosh* ?

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When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!

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"false facts"? arrrggh.. You can't say that!

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Android apps punched out by Judy malware

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Re: I must be using the wrong apps

If you have more than 10 apps installed, I BET at least one is grabbing information you don't know about!

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Re: Trying to make it sound unusual?

Why all the downvotes? I just pulled apart a game that created a 24/7 background process that logged ever time you started ANY app (including unix shell commands [it logged my use of ssh], and a fair number of the IP addresses you connect to. This module was part of an ad company sdk. It also included a mechanism to ;ull in a bunch of blacklisted ip addresses, no clue what that was used for.

It's far from the first.

Going to this companies web site, you see their boasts how they provide app developers who use their system with all the apps installed, when they are used, and all web pages the user visits

They say 'with the users consent', but who would agree to that? It's probably buried deep in the terms and conditions.

They are just one of many to do this. I thought it was against googles policy for apps to run in the background without a persistent notification..

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WebAssembly fandom kills Google's Portable Native Client

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Re: Has Anyone...

FreeBSD Capsicum

FreeBSD jails

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Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

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Re: GVFS sounds super dumb

I don't know what's wrong with:

cp file file.old

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mv file.old file.older; cp file file.old

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mv file.older file.older-still; mv file.old file.older; cp file file.old

etc

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We're calling it now: FCC votes 2-1 to rip up net neutrality on Thurs

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you anonymous twat.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: So where is the problem here ?

The problem here is that we have to spend money going through hoops to stop the government that is meant to *serve us* spying on our daily lives, using our tax money to pay for the ability to do so.

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WTF?

By the way, you forgot to mention bombing Robin Hood airport.... Kids... No commitment these days...

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Re: She is working for it

Make June the end of May.

Nice one!

I'm not confident though - it seems that most of our population are turkeys who enjoy Christmas, and are easily spun by media and political hysteria, and don't find the opposition a viable alternative... Where have we seen that recently? :-(

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Welsh Linux Mint terror nerd jailed for 8 years

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Re: subject to close supervision by the British authorities.

Ah, but these days, we are all "known to the security services"...

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Re: Suicide tractor?

At least wasn't an ice-cream van.... https://vimeo.com/117672124 NSFWish

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Don't click that Google Docs link! Gmail hijack mail spreads like wildfire

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Bastard!

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