* Posts by demaniak

69 posts • joined 2 Mar 2012

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Coders crack Oculus DRM in 24 hours, open door to mass piracy

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Don't make promises you can't (or don't intend to ) keep.

Simple as that.

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Copyright zealots FAST to pursue 'far greater' fines for historic piracy

demaniak
Linux

Blech

Fuck 'em.

Linux (and OpenSource) for the win.

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cat Infinit.tgz | docker import - Infinit:acquired

demaniak

Yes yes yes yes!

We have various constraints in our situation (legislation, bandwidth/latency problems): being able to get native, distributed "it just works" portable persistence in a docker swarm will make my life sooooooo much easier!

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ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

demaniak
Trollface

Well now, NOW you're talking!

Any chance of a Lion Leather strap?

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Thirty five Flash Player holes plugged (and there's one quick fix)

demaniak
Devil

Or...

Or just uninstall the whole mess, learn to live without it (not that hard actually), and never worry about these news FLASHes (sorry!) again.

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Chechen women swindle ISIS via social media: 'We need roubles to join you xx'

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BwaAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

Good for them I say!

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German spooks want to charge journalists with TREASON for publishing spy plans

demaniak
Mushroom

Welcome to the club

In South Africa, we have been having it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protection_of_State_Information_Bill

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Oh look – Office Mobile apps to go with your shiny Windows 10

demaniak
Meh

Lock in....?

All this cloudy stuff is starting to smell like the New World Order Vendor Lock-in (to me at least).

Tell me I'm wrong?

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World-beating TWO-QUADRILLION-WATT LASER fired by boffins

demaniak
Trollface

NOW your talking!

So put THAT on the heads of some sharks, and we are in business baby!

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Wi-Fi Alliance ushers in new era of intrusive apps

demaniak
Devil

HHmmmmm...

All I remember reading was "peer-to-peer"...the thing that I have been hoping for 5+ years now...the things I can do with that....*giggles*

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Mozilla loses patience with Flash over Hacking Team, BLOCKS it

demaniak

Re: The best bit is....

Aw crapper now you made me look and I see it all...

Common El Reg - get your act together guys!

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demaniak
Facepalm

Urgh....

I have uninstalled all adobe products, and generally I'm pretty happy.

THE ONLY real problem I have (living in South Africa) is that our tax agency (SARS) is up to their necks (or ankles, depending on your view point) in Adobe tech, so I literally can NOT DO MY taxes online without having Adobe Reader AND THE FLIPPEN latest FLASH plugin installed.

I tried, I really did, but it just does NOT work without the real McCoy.

Le-sigh.

Next year I guess I'll spin up a VM just to do my taxes....

Point to government agency idiocy.

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Amazon listens to MORE of your private stuff

demaniak
IT Angle

Um....who uses these things?

Ok, almost everyday I read/hear about these sorta "nifty" gadgets (mostly right here on El Reg).

Read "nifty" as "bullcrap I won't touch with somebody else's 10 meter stick"

However, I'm starting to wonder: do these things really actually EXIST? Are they ACTUALLY being sold? Are people ACTUALLY buying them?

If so, WHO is buying them? Has any one SEEN these things in action? In a home? A REAL home, where real people live?

Granted, living in RSA which is till viewed as 3rd world I guess, I accept that I won't be seeing any gizmo's like this in my friends and relatives houses, but still, at the volumes this crap is being pumped out it feels like even here I should be encountering the things somewhere - even if only on a store shelf.

But...nada.

So....vapour gizmos? Or not?

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

demaniak
Facepalm

Duh!

Pretty much all I can say.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

demaniak

I don't actually blame sony...

I blame the consumers/gamers who are all to willing to buy consoles (and games) that require internet connections to function (at all).

This is just the natural, normal outflow from that willingness to allow a corporation to dictate terms to you.

So suck it up boys and girls, this is the world you helped create. Now shut up and live in it.

Or help change it, but telling companies like Sony where they can stick it.

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SanDisk, Netlist heading to court in patent brouhaha that won't end

demaniak

???

Who wants to do business in an environment like this??

Maybe I am a pathetic light weight, but I would say "fuck it all" and pack it in.

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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

demaniak
Unhappy

Pfftt

"Don't be evil" huh.

Right.

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Porn on Blogger – Google takes stiff action

demaniak

Eh

Screw 'em.

My (ancient and basically dormant) blogger account was once cleansed before (after the bastards linked the damn thing to my Unitron Google Connect All account, without warning me).

So now I went in and removed everything. They can have their "clean" bloggy thingy, I wish them well with it.

Goodbye and good riddance.

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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

demaniak
Trollface

How about a reference link to that "dumb fucks" comment?

I would like to pass that on to my wife....and yes, yes I am too lazy to go google it myself.

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Online armour: Duncan Campbell's tech chief on anonymity 101

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Supreme God Emperor of Dune

Which is why you need to get all your buddies to also emit encrypted traffic.

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demaniak

Why the comment about using an old laptop?

Just curious - are there concerns about newer machines being compromised at the hardware level?

Maybe rolling out the factory pre-compromised, ready for NSA access?

Or just simply a hint that older hardware will serve nicely in this role, thereby saving it from the rubbish heap?

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demaniak

Re: Nice article

Also you need it to be (mostly) easy to use - otherwise you won't.

Really good tools are the ones you forget are there - they just silently, reliably and continuously do what they are supposed to do.

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iTunes Connect does developer shuffle

demaniak
Facepalm

Smell like....

....race condition on non-thread-safe shared resource!

Somebody been letting the interns code on core things again....

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So, these guys turn up with AK47s and offer me protection ...

demaniak
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Yup, can confirm

As born and bred white Afrikaner SA native - this is pretty much on the money.

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Gates Foundation to insist on Open Access science

demaniak
Boffin

Dammit

I hate it when the villains turn into good guys.

It unsettles me.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

demaniak

Re: Does it follow

Yes...enquiring minds needs to know.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

demaniak

Yeah...didn't like the books...

...so maybe the TV series will be OK? Sorta how -1 * -1 = 1?

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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

demaniak
Boffin

"In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now. In a much bigger sense, it’s belonged to all of you for a long time, and that will never change."

Um, yes. Yes it will change.

It belongs to MS now.

Lock stock and barrel.

It is theirs to fuck up any way they please now.

So be it.

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Time to ditch HTTP – govt malware injection kit thrust into spotlight

demaniak
Facepalm

So...uh...

...why can't I access this url over SSL?

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/08/16/time_to_ditch_http_state_network_injection_attacks_documented_in_the_wild/

??

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Facepalm

Re: Wait... what?

I don't know even know...I mean...WOT??

I feel stupider now just knowing there are people sharing this planet with me that reason that the police can/should do something about *Facebook* downtime...wtf???

AARRFGGHHG!!!

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

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Unhappy

Re: Race to the bottom

And here I thought it was just us: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protection_of_State_Information_Bill

*sigh*

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

demaniak
Trollface

Well now...

...if you would just join my Circle Jerk on Google Plus, I would definitely give this article a +1!

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#YO_NO! Messaging app 'Yo' gets hit by hackers

demaniak
Facepalm

WUT

This...abomination...has actual "users"?

wat.

Serriasly, I hope I never, ever meet a "yo" user.

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

demaniak

Re: WTF?

Well....I will give you one upvote sir.

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demaniak
Facepalm

Da fuq??????

Right now, I'm on my knees, praying to the old (and the new) gods, that this firms goes tits up.

Post haste.

da fuq????

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The cute things they say

demaniak

Re: Boot, other foot

Hey, to be fair, torch app on a phone chow battery, and you might have needed that phone working...for...reasons.

Sorta makes sense to bootstrap the torch app with the torch app :p

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demaniak
Facepalm

What could this eldricht runes possibly mean?

I have now had two incidents, with two different applications, with different users.

The applications throws up an error message: "There is not enough space on the device."

In one case, the message even helpfully provided some instructions to clean up files etc.

In both cases, the messages were actually provided by the underlying OS (so technically not even our app, but never mind that..technical point).

Apparently this is to much for most people, because they insist on contacting support with this "error" message.

*sigh*

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

demaniak
Meh

You are not alone...

Title pretty much sums it up.

I will add that these boxes full of..."potential"...attract a lot more attention at moving time. Also the questions become a lot more pointed at such instances...

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

demaniak
Unhappy

Right.

On.

The.

MONEY.

Fundamentally Fu...er...FLAWED.

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

demaniak
Facepalm

Well duh.

What I find shocking is that Margaret Hodge finds the whole thing shocking....

Maybe I'm just to cynical and/or jaded...but this is 100% in line with what I fully expect to happen with laws like this.

Which is why Evil crappy legislation like this should not exist in the first place.

IMO anyway.

Slippery slope boys and girl...slippery slope.

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

demaniak
Linux

Meh

I had WinXP running on a box I have hooked up to my TV.

When MS announced the imminent death of XP...well, I realized that I had ZERO desire to even try to get Win8 running on that (admittedly slightly under powered) box.

So I grabbed myself some Xubuntu, haven't looked back since.

And when I get "upgraded" to win8 at work (as is inevitable), I shall very soon either be dual booting, or running a VM for my work stuff (with some linux offspring of course). I just PRAY it isn't one of these touch screen enabled laptop abominations....the fatty finger swipes...all over...*shudder*

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Surrender your crypto keys or you're off to chokey, says Australia

demaniak
Alert

Bad times ahead

And down the slippery slope we go.

Yaa-haw!

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

demaniak
Trollface

Wot

What did I just read?

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

demaniak
Facepalm

Ah censorship...

The good thing about censorship is how predictable it is....

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

demaniak
Big Brother

Que the cavalry?

So...where's the Freedom of Speech Brigade in all this?

I mean, if this was a "free" service, I would be more willing to swallow all kinds of restrictions and conditions, but since you pay for the subscription...what the hell?

Wouldn't it be better to improve the match-making systems to take preferences like "Allow adult language" etc into account? In other words, allows players to filter and tailer their online gaming experience? And hook that into the parental controls!

And if somebody then contravenes the restrictions while participating in such a filtered game - THEN bring down the hammer.

Or even better - where's the fancy voice recog-tech? Filter those naughties out on the fly, based on player preferences??

Urhg. As if I needed more reasons to avoid online gaming.

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Is that you, HAL? No, it's NEIL: Google, US Navy pour money into 'associative' AI brain

demaniak
Devil

I get it now...

So Big Data is basically just the rich nourishing substrate from which the Minds shall rise.

Which makes me suspect Big Data was invented by a time traveling agent of our future Overlords.

And so the pieces fall into place, and the Big Picture is formed.

(Thing I hate most about being in early at the office is that there IS NO COFFEE YET).

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Google makes Gmail EVEN NOISIER, or should that be nosier?

demaniak

So....abou that IMAP access....

Wonder how long until they kill IMAP/POP3/SMTP....or make it a "premium" feature?

When that happens (and please do note the "when"), I think it will be time for me to warm up my email hosting skills, because at that point me and gmail will be parting ways.

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Google Chrome: Extensions now ONLY from the Company Store

demaniak

Yeah right

How long until useful extensions like adBlock (which DIRECTLY hinders the cash machine) gets blocked from the store?

I'm guessing "a couple of weeks".

As for this notion that this move is "for our protection" - BULL!

It's not the cop's responsibility to make sure I lock my doors and close my windows at night. Just so this is not their responsibility. If a warning window is popped up asking me if know what the hell I'm doing, and reminding me that this might end in tears, and I STILL go ahead...on my head it must be then.

ffs.

I think the thing that makes me the angriest is the bullcrap they are wrapping this in.

At least have the balls to fess up and state this is purely a revenue squeezing move, pure and simple!

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'Thousands of iPhone, iPad apps' vulnerable to simple redirect joyriders

demaniak

So now what?

Sitting in South Africa.

Some of the carriers here have been known to issue 301's in response to certain URLs. So we have to honour them.

So now what?

*sigh*

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