* Posts by Pomgolian

88 posts • joined 26 May 2012

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

Pomgolian
Paris Hilton

Re: Women Linux Lord ?

It's rightly said that you should love a woman for her personality. They have at least 10, so you can choose.

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

Pomgolian
Pint

"So, shortly before beer o'clock Friday afternoon for us lucky few."

< ? php echo date('r', 1500000000);

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:40:00 +1200

Only downside to early Friday beers is that it's flippin' freezing in NZ right now.

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

Pomgolian
Pint

Re: Surely Oracle could have found him somewhere to live

Sweet as, bro.

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Pomgolian
Facepalm

Re: Surely Oracle could have found him somewhere to live

You're right. This boat sleeps 8 people. We know there's only you sleeping on it, but you could have slept in any of the 8 berths, so we're charging you for all eight.

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Pomgolian
Joke

Surely Oracle could have found him somewhere to live

I understand houseboats are quite popular in Amsterdam. Apparently Oracle have at least one slow, old boat that they're not doing anything with right now...

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

Pomgolian
Pint

Fantastic news

Let me be the first to buy those guys a beer.

https://letsencrypt.org/donate/

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

Pomgolian
Flame

FFS.

What sort of crippled mind thinks it's OK to carry on and run if the user you're supposed to be running as is invalid? Granted, an admin would have to screw up in the first place, but the brattitude being shown by poettering here is staggering.

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Ad 'urgently' seeks company to build national e-ID system

Pomgolian
Coat

Enough of the jokes

It's clearly time to Finnish...

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Apple ups the stakes in patent royalties battle with Qualcomm

Pomgolian
Holmes

Well knock me down with a feather

I never ever thought I'd be on Apple's side, but if Qualcomm really are trying to have their cake and eat it, i.e. "here, buy our chips, oh, and about that licence fee", then hell has truly frozen over and I have to hope Apple wins that round. Just that one though.

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

Pomgolian
Joke

Re: correlation is not causation.

..and the correlation between pay and no underwear most probably correlates even more closely.

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Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits

Pomgolian
FAIL

La La La..

>It's designed to force the US intelligence agencies to pass on vulnerabilities to developers and hardware >makers if there is evidence other people are exploiting them.

Anybody exploiting these flaw?

NSA: <fingers_in_ears>La la la</fingers_in_ears> Not that we can see...

OK. keep them to yourself then...

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Verizon utters solemn Oath: Yahoo! will remain Yahoo!

Pomgolian
Joke

What...

...bumbling incompetent oath came up with that? I'll swear nothing good will come of it.

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Ubuntu splats TITSUP bug spread in update

Pomgolian
FAIL

Re: Chekov here: my nyetwork

Mine' snot.

Intermittent issues with PHP-FPM throwing a paddy for the last couple of days. Fixed now so all good.

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

Pomgolian

Re: Meh

Just because *you're* not paranoid, it does not mean *they* are not out to get you.

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Pomgolian
FAIL

Meh

Shooting themselves in the foot. How do they expect to search your gizmos at the border if they dissuade you from taking them on a plane in the first place.....oh.....wait....maybe they're hoping to upgrade baggage handlers to spooks who clone your devices while rummaging through your underwear.

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

Pomgolian
Big Brother

Now we know..

..why Google has a free public DNS. So much for blocking cookies, DNT headers and NoScript. The bar stewards are still watching you.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

Pomgolian
Joke

Disaster Waiting to Happen

I can't wait for the first law suit citing the reason for the divorce as the chatbot's adult themed ads based on the hubster's porn filled web surfing history :)

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Firefox 52 kills plugins – except Flash – and runs up a red flag for HTTP

Pomgolian
Stop

Those warnings are getting bloody annoying

I am a big boy now, and I can manage without the training wheels.

about:config

Search 'insecure'

Set

security.insecure_field_warning.contextual.enabled=false

security.insecure_password.ui.enabled=false

That's better.

As you were.

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WordPress photo plugin opens 'a million sites' to SQLi database feasting

Pomgolian
Alert

>The entire WordPress system is a dog's breakfast.

Feeding Wordpress to your dog would be considered animal cruelty and warrant a visit from the SPCA.

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Pomgolian
FAIL

Re: Paying Users?

Unfortunately, no. While the wordpress core may be free, a number of plugins are not, and more often than not the user forgets to renew their licence or support or the "developer" who built the site has wandered off somewhere, leaving a dangerously insecure plugin in place with no easy update path. Sometimes these plugins are "recommended" by the latest and greatest theme and thus it's a downward spiral. Revslider was an example from a couple of years back, Gravity Forms being another more recent one. The lack of a core file upload facility and thus the implementation of this function in every godamn plugin out there is the major reason for the crap happening.

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Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable

Pomgolian
Mushroom

@MiserD (FTFY)

>Why should it be folded into taxes?

Why should MY taxes pay for YOUR kids education and YOUR healthcare? I've never been sick a day in my life and I have no kids.

Pretty pathetic argument you make.

99.9% of people watch TV, listen to the radio or use iPlayer.

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Google devs try to create new global namespace

Pomgolian
Pirate

Spam Me Senseless

Anyone with half a brain tries not to publish their email address on line, so that the spambots do not find it. This proposal would therefore appear to be an invitation to spam the user into oblivion, assuming that the associated mailbox might actually need to have a human attached to it.

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US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

Pomgolian
WTF?

The Wall

It seems to me that rather than build a physical wall, ostensibly to keep people out, they are doing everything they bloody well can to build a virtual one. I've always regarded America as a fscked up place full of nutjobs, but it's clear now that the loonies really are running the asylum. This bill may fall, but you can bet your ass/arse that just like the No.4, there will be another one along in a minute.

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You want WHO?! Reg readers vote Tom Baker for Doctor 13. Of course

Pomgolian
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Even for monkey shaggers

See icon ---->

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WordPress fixed god-mode zero day without disclosing the problem

Pomgolian
Pint

Re: Comments

+1 for "an exercise in turd polishing".

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Pomgolian

Re: So...

>Sorry, but that now makes it a CMS

...using a monkey wrench as a hammer repeatedly does not make it a hammer. It's still the wrong tool for the job.

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Pomgolian
Holmes

Re: So...

Wordpress is not a CMS. It is a blogging tool.

If you want a proper CMS, one that has been well designed with the best components, take a look at www.concrete5.org

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Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

Pomgolian
Linux

The trouble with Emacs

...is that it's an overly complicated operating system

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UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans

Pomgolian
Big Brother

Re: Are you 18

+1 for "unmutual"

I am not a number, I am a free man!

@TheReg - what about a Prisoner icon? A nice Penny Farthing or something?

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Yahoo! says! hackers! stole! ONE! BEELLION! user! accounts!

Pomgolian

Re: I suppose

You're not by any chance referring to NZ's Spark, the former NZ Government owned telco?

If a set of outsourced incompetent jokes like Spark, has seen fit to pull the plug on them, then that speaks volumes about how irrelevant Yahoo! really have become.

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NHS patients must be taught to share their data, says EU lobby group

Pomgolian
Holmes

Reassuring Tautology

>>Cabezón Ruiz, a Spanish Socialist Worker's Party MEP, and professional cardiologist

Pardon me, but I'd rather not have an amateur cardiologist - it'd be enough to bring on an infarction.

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SHA3-256 is quantum-proof, should last BEELLIONS of years, say boffins

Pomgolian
Pint

A watched pot never boils

So, it's unlikely to finish cracking before closing time. Best get to the pub now, then ;)

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Samsung to Galaxy Note 7 users: Turn it off. Now

Pomgolian
Holmes

Re: Shitting crikey!

If you have to explain it, they won't understand.

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Pomgolian
Joke

Surely....

Flamsung......?

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Analyst: iPhone 7 points to price jump

Pomgolian
Joke

How does one milk sheep?

Release the next iPhone model

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Safe browsing checks fail as 16,000 WordPress sites hacked this year

Pomgolian

Plugin Hell

As other commentards have pointed out, the Achilles heal of Wordpress is the poor quality of some of its plugins, and they should be avoided like the plague. Non-free plugins in particular are a no-no because often there is no patch available.

A lot of people mistake Wordpress for a content management system. It isn't - it's a blogging platform. If all you want to do is blog, then it's mostly OK, provided you update regularly.

If on the other hand you want a full featured CMS, take a look at https://www.concrete5.org. Last time I checked on cve.mitre.org there were barely a handful of issues listed, compared with hundreds if not thousands for Wordpress, Drupal and Joomla.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

Pomgolian
WTF?

Fuck me!

...or perhaps not!

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Let's Encrypt ups rate limits

Pomgolian
Holmes

Maybe...

...they could reduce the traffic by 75% if they allowed annual renewal rather than three months which comes around all too soon....or maybe even allow wildcard certificates which would would render the "20 certificates per domain" limit moot.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

Pomgolian
Facepalm

Oh for Fuck's sake

99.99% of people watch T.V., listen to radio or stream live video. Therefore, the blindingly obvious thing to do is to scrap the licence fee, the "detector vans" and all the useless twuntards in the licensing and enforcement departments and simply take it out of general taxation (yes, it'll go up a bit, but it's a lot harder to dodge). Some formula linked to census statistics ring fenced so the gubbermint can't dick with it when they need a new nuclear weapon should give the beeb all the cash they need without needing to bung the courts up.

Thank fuck I live in NZ now and don't have to put up with this shit.

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How to scam $750,000 out of Microsoft Office: Two-factor auth calls to premium-rate numbers

Pomgolian
FAIL

FFS

Is it really so hard to validate the format of a phone number? Most countries are fairly well organised and have a common prefix or number range for certain types of phone number. It should be no more than a hight school project to set up suitable regular expressions to filter out obvious crap like this.

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Microsoft wins landmark Irish data slurp warrant case against the US

Pomgolian
Holmes

Re: Common sense prevailed?

Grammar.

It's the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit.

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

Pomgolian
Headmaster

Re: I'll have whatever you're smoking.

>when the muppet in charge of the stationary cupboard

Well, let's hope the aforementioned muppet does indeed keep the cupboard stationary - last thing you want are cupboards flying around all over the shop. Think of the children!

Perhaps there are other muppets out there who whose portfolio includes stationery. They're the ones to steer clear of.

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Cash-strapped English and Welsh cops prepare to centralise all 43 forces' websites

Pomgolian
WTF?

Re: In theory a nice idea...

> what exactly do you not like about the most popular website platform on the planet?

You're confusing "Popular" with "Good". Donald Trump is apparently quite popular, but that doesn't make him a "good" choice for president or in fact "good" in any other way I can think of, except perhaps entertainment value.....on the other hand when HM Constabulary are pwned it might be quite amusing so what the hell. Don't forget to install all the plugins you possibly can, you know, the ones than in a decent CMS would be built in and secure.

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Boring SpaceX lobs another sat into orbit without anything blowing up ... zzzzz

Pomgolian
Stop

Re: Ob: Pournelle

>Except the Thunderbirds are a figment of imagination

Noooooooooooooooooo!!!!

You have just destroyed my childhood. Next you'll be telling me that hiding behind the sofa so the Cybermen wouldn't find me was unnecessary. I was damn certain they were real when they were in black & white and I was five.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

Pomgolian
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Programming skills .NE. programming languages

+1 for ExpertSexChange. ROFL.

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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

Pomgolian
WTF?

Shurely Shome Mishtake?

So... ASF produces harmony/dalvik, based on Java, and Google pinches it and runs it on Android. Oracle couldn't make anything stick against ASF, so how on earth can they expect to make it stick against Google? Google surely were permitted to do what they did under the terms of whatever Apache licence the ASF attached to harmony/dalvik. Surely a case of nothing to see here or am I missing the point? Oh Yeah. Larry is a ****.

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Pop goes the weasel! Large Hadron Collider blown up by critter chomping 66kV cable

Pomgolian
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Such sabotage is intolerable!

New keyboard required - I'll invoice you now. Ger bill is in the post.

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Pomgolian
Joke

Was it a Weasel or in fact a Stoat?

It can be difficult to tell. Here's a handy tip:

A stoat is weasily recognised, but a weasel is stoatally different.

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Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

Pomgolian
Joke

iPhone SE

So.. what's SE an acronym for? Small Edition?

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Pomgolian
FAIL

FFS

99.99% of people watch TV or use iPlayer. Since consumption is near universal, just like the NHS, schools, roads etc, i.e. everything else your taxes pay for, why the bloody hell don't the government simply scrap the licence fee, and increase VAT or income tax by an appropriate amount per capita and simply pass that on to the Beeb? They'd actually save money, because they'd scrap all the administration and enforcement bollox that goes along with it.

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