* Posts by davidp231

603 posts • joined 16 Jun 2012


Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is


Looks like something BofH or PFY would build.

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


Kill it!

First time I played it, was with two of my brothers watching. Armed with IDKFA, I get to E1M8 for the first time. Ride the lift up to the Bruiser Brothers areana and the doors open.

"Quick pull out something that will kill it!"


I brought up the chainsaw.

Happy times.. made even happier since discovering Zandronum and the Brutal Doom mod.

UK taxman has domain typo-squatter stripped of HMRC web addresses


Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown


"That, is catering officer Olaf Petersson."

"I've been eating half the crew!"

Volkswagen faces fresh Dieselgate lawsuit in Germany – report


Cooler: three veeks.

Loose .zips sink chips: How poisoned archives can hack your computer


Re: Another deja vu?

"The zip file, however, can be constructed so that it also decompresses to c:\windows\system32\explorer.exe."

So long as the file isn't in use, of course...which it will be, unless you're using something else as SHELL. Unless it somehow manages to terminate the process when it reaches that point in the archive, overwrite it and when the shell reloads - that's when your'e in for a world of pain.


Re: Another deja vu?

Or tar bombs in *nix-land from before that.

Linux 4.16 arrives, keeps melting Meltdown, preps to axe eight CPUs


Re: "the absence of an MMU was a PITA..."

"I was just thinking this. It was pre-emptive as well. MMU is by no means a prerequisite to multi-tasking."

It's a pre-req for virtual memory isn't it?

Mac System 6+Multifinder to System 7.5.5 run on the m68k and that definitely lacks a MMU.

Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you


Re: Ahhh technology...

"C'mon, read my bloody finger print, c'mon...grrr hold on, try it at another angle, oh crap, now it's crashed, one minute."

Shit.. it's crashed the terminal. sorry guys!


"Barclays have their own Android payment app. Bloody minded bastards."

And if it detects something like 'su' then it will deem your phone is rooted (even if it isn't - for example the Android layer on Jolla devices). Renaming it persuades it to run fine.

Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week


Re: I hadn't realised what Pocket was

"I wish there was an easier way to do a new-install configuration. Install these extensions, disable this that and the other, and change the UI in the following ways."

Install, configure then take a backup of the relevant identities directory and profiles.ini file. You'll find adding that to a subsequent new install (even on a different machine, or OS), everything will be as you set it without having to chance any config options. Bookmarks, history, passwords, installed extensions - it's all there. So adding that to a fresh install before launching FF will save a lot of config time.


Re: Which reminds me...

"browser.pocket.enable" doesn't seem to exist in Firefox 52.x (ESR), on CentOS 7.x."

Indeed. my about:config was based on FF43.0.4* (win32) so later ones will most likely be in a subtly different option.

*I won't go beyond that as there is so much bloat in later versions to disable I can't be arsed trawling through about:config or finding out that I can no longer disable said bloat because the option has been removed in the newer version.


Re: Which reminds me...

"how to get rid of pocket."


browser.pocket.enable false

that should get rid of it.


Re: Still one version back

Why bother? Opera is just a dressed up version of Chrome.

Sir Clive Sinclair dragged into ZX Spectrum reboot battle


Re: Answer me this


Shipped products may contain ill-tempered, mutated seabass due to shark shortages

Doom and Super Mario could be a lot tougher now AI is building levels


"Typically in strategy games the AI cheats massively as a crutch"

Prime example is a skirmish on the original C&C Red Alert - you've barely built your barracks and trained some fodder before you have an army of tanks and troops on your MCV's doorstep. No matter how quick you try and build.

NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede


"To Ganymede and Titan, yes sir I've been around."

UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues


Re: needs to become an official el-reg measure

Where would SNAFUBAR fit?

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design


"Whilst the Win3.1 UI today seems a little dated, it does seem that MS achieved a much more usable UI/UX with a 16 colour palette and 640x480 display..."

Or 640x350 if you were using EGA.

What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs


"my xbox is a glorified media box"

That runs a modified version of Windows 10...

Unless it's a 360 of course.


Re: That's Yorkshire fucked then

And what of the people who live in Twatt?

Cyborg fined for riding train without valid ticket


"In the UK a ticket bought with a discount, using an annual Gold Card for example, is only valid with the associated photo ID; even if you've paid the fare if you forget the Gold Card & ID, the ticket's not valid."

And you have to pony up the difference in price if you want to continue your journey.

Android P will hear no evil, see no evil, support evil notches


Pants.. because the only devices that will actually see it will have to have been manufactured in July 2017 or newer.

Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'


Re: Mess

"But I'm with you on Debian."

This is what happens when others bork decent distros... Ubuntu is based on Debian, and Mint in turn, is based on Ubuntu. However Mint does have the added bonus of the LMDE version. Pure Debian with Mint-y freshness.


Re: Win 10 Stupid Edition

Problem is, Win98SE was actually pretty good - probably the best of the 9x series. Especially when you compare it to its successor.

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10


"Was that needed when BBCBasic had a built-in assembler? Or was that another space saving method?"

Nope. No shortcuts needed. The only space saving really would be abbreviating BASIC commands, but they just get expanded when you LIST.

10 <print whatever>

20 <set variable to zero>

30 {

40-90 <assembly code>

100 }

110- <rest of program>



This old baby's crashed more times than a ZX81.

Facebook regrets asking whether it's OK to let adult men ask underage girls for smut pix


Re: Fixed it for you.

ZCK.... They discovered out secret!

I'll bee back: Boffin's bionic bug Band-Aid after real ones all die


Re: Opens up a whole new approach to wasp control.

Wouldn't something uranium, or plutonium based be more thorough? Stop them coming back too.


Would these be mechanical fly swatters?

US Navy gives Lockheed Martin $150m big frickin' laser cannon contract


Will they be attached to as school of ill-tempered, mutated seabass?

Knock, knock. Whois there? Get ready for anonymized email addresses after domain privacy shake-up


Re: So UK addresses require UK residency?

"Maybe you owned the .co.uk or .org.uk version and then gained the .uk on those grounds and nobody thought to check?"

Indeed - if you have a .co.uk then you get the .uk version reserved for you automatically when the TLD was released. Can't speak for .org.uk though.


I thought the display of WHOIS information was opt-in to begin with? I remember when I first registered my domain there was a glaringly obvious tickbox that said something along the lines of "I consent to having my information shown in WHOIS lookups." If you didn't want it shown, the box was ticked or unticked. Simples.

RedDrop nasty infects Androids via adult links, records sound, and fires off premium-rate texts


Re: Meh

And <insert name of game> guides.

Nokia tribute band HMD revives another hit


Re: Original

"I had a thing for the *110 Nokia phones I had almost everyone at some point. 3110, 5110, 7110, 8110"

I had the 6110, which is basically the business cousin of the 5110 (ie with dedicated send/cancel buttons), and an infra-red port.


One reason: Three network SIMs only work in 3G phones, so that's 90% of Nokia's back catalogue out straight away.


Re: I still have a 7110...

And for more nostalgia... the 7110 was Jack Bauer's first phone at the very beginning of 24.

uTorrent file-swappers urged to upgrade after PC hijack flaws fixed


Re: Got rid of utorrent years ago

"but do you have trouble with your tribbles? there's an episode for that"

Two, if you count its sequel. Three if you included the animated one.

Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?


Native ones, yes. The fact it could run a full (or seamless, akin to how XP mode works in 7) Windows 3.1 session AND add programs from your existing Windows install alleviated things somewhat.

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back


Re: Problem / Solution

"Less than 15 minutes later, I've got an ISO for Win7 Home "Pro" (which confuses me),"

They most likely meant Home Premium. There's Home Starter, which has less features (eg Aero) and designed for really poor laptops - and Home Premium, which is basically the general home user version.


Re: To be honest

"OS should *never* hard crash when a USB device is unplugged safely or otherwise."

Maybe they were running the original Win98 USB stack...


"Won't the laptop have a recovery partition and resetting to factory defaults put Windows 7 back on?"

Windows 10 completely twats any existing OEM recovery partition, rendering it useless - even if you access it by the OEM-defined method. To get it back you have to wipe the whole disk and restore it from its recovery media.


Re: i want a slice of that $600M

"And with UEFI, completly destroy the system."

Yup. Done that, albeit from an EFI prompt. Completely borked the motherboard to the point it just constantly power cycles when you try to switch it on. So yea, bork enough settings in any way, you have a duff mobo on your hands.


Re: Microsoft already allows download of Windows 7

"its different to the (vlk im assuming) key actually used to install windows by the manufacturer."

I think they use a generic (and publicly available) install key, which will let you install, but that's it.


Re: Microsoft already allows download of Windows 7

"The OEM keys work just fine"

They do after you change the key to what's on the OEM sticker after installation.


Re: how long ago was this?

"Haven't they all been buried in the desert along with those game cartridges?"

No, that's what happened to all the WinME discs..


Re: Re:Figure out your next step...

"Windows is not needed."

Ah but it is... one of those said consoles run Windows. Not quite the same in PC land, but it's still Windows under the hood.


Re: What I did

"I thought 4 was 95, but 4.1 is 98?"

It is. Much like NT5.0 is Win2k, XP is 5.1, Server 2003/XP64 is 5.2.

Vista is 6, 7 is 6.1, 8 is 6.2, 8.1 is 6.3, and 10 is well... 10.

Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches


Re: First prize

With said victim shouting for help in a thick Texan/Southern accent.


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