* Posts by Halfmad

579 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013


Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April


Get in line, It's clearly good stuff.

iOS motion control iRing here at last ... but it's NOT made by Apple


Gets right into the bit of your hand where the germs love too, excellent!

Looks pish.

'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET




If it's got a camera.

HALF of all Bitcoin-investing Winklevoss twins predict $400bn market for the currency


Re: Mining Costs and Speed

You don't mine Bitcoins anymore even with a single ASIC miner. You mine altcoins using ATI graphics cards, ideally several and trade those for BTC. It's much more effective.

ASIC miners can't currently mine altcoins like litecoin, digitalcoin, worldcoin etc as they use scrypt which ASIC doesn't support although there are rumours of them coming out in the future. However they won't mine faster than people using decent ATI cards, only run with lower power requirements.

It's still viable to run a PC with ATI GPUs 24/7, it more than covers the electricity and with a single 9750 you'll get around £80/month profit at current prices, but it's really those playing the long game - hoping prices rise that are doing it. Personally I'm not entirely convinced the profit calculators online are reliable anyway especially with the rising cost of electricity, potential HW failures if you don't keep everything cool and fluctuations in the BTC/LTC market which has been all over the place in the past month.

Women crap at parking: Official


Re: Multitasking men

Whilst listening for the partner/parent or sibling opening the door to their room..

Schmidt: 'Android mobes are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!'


I feel like I'm missing out on the hate party by having no brand loyalty. I don't care how shiny it is, I buy what's best at the time or is more likely to suit my future needs, not based on badge or corporate branding.

Snowden: Hey fellow NSA worker, mind if I copy your PASSWORD?


Only got themselves to blame..

I'm struggling to feel any sympathy to his co-workers, but is anyone really surprised that even in the NSA people don't quite get the importance of credentials being private?

Wikipedia Foundation exec: Yes, we've been wasting your money


That's a lot of staff, a hell of a lot.

Third of Brits now regularly fondling their slabs, say beancounters


Re: We'll see the usual pattern ...

I've got a Nexus 7 and iPad v 4, the iPad is firmly in second place amongst my family as it doesn't allow mutliple accounts. Where as the N7 has one for each of us.

Annoyingly I've spent far more on the iPad in terms of apps, especially for my daughter who won't even look at it if the N7 is available.

Sysadmins fail to fix NHS IT snafu, HUNDREDS of appointments cancelled


GG&C is a muddled mess of old health boards shoved together, they have a lot of management, team leaders etc.

I'm just curious if this is down to lack of change management with a staff member doing something silly, however as it's IT this would almost certainly be covered up with "transient network issues".

One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?


It's a bit of a silly argument to have on The Reg, it's not going to happen anyway. Truth is most Scots have kin in England, Wales and Ireland and frankly like being part of the UK. I personally think that'll show in next years vote.

Scots council cops £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE


This will continue to happen until we start seeing staff being personally held responsible for this and seeing it published - was this staff member sacked from gross negligence ? Was their department sticking to any agreed mandatory training for staff? If not why not?

People need to start losing their jobs for this sort of thing, but it rarely happens and usually involves some deal for them to leave with a golden handshake.

HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash


Re: English Taxpayers

Only for knuckle draggers - those with any common sense are waiting on the actual non-biased facts to come from the governments on both sides of the border and from the EU etc. Personally I detect Cameron, but I'm very skeptical of anything that comes out of Emperor Salmonds mouth too.


Why is this suddenly becoming abash scotland discussion?

I do love how this is twisted into an English V Scotland thing, would it have had that much impact if the Newcastle part of the story had been the main focus? Probably not, but then again bigots do thrive on bad journalism.

Dragging the referendum into the comments is purely retarded, it has absolutely nothing to do with the story. Let's all have a crack at Scotland whenever possible, but let's ignore the fact that a large number of English folk living in Scotland get to vote in the referendum, that Scotland is a net contributor in taxes and the fact that it's likely to remain part of the UK anyway, especially if the Scottish 16-18 year olds get a say :)

Students outraged: Computer refuses to do any work for entire week


Re: heads need to roll

I wonder how many private firms are involved in running it..

Nicked unencrypted PC with 6,000 bank details lands council fat fine


Re: I did not cost the council one penny

I agree with regards to sacking those responsible - the problem is that councils and the public sector never do.

However your point about the private sector is a little odd, we'd never have known about this loss if it was in the private sector, the chances of them self reporting to the ICO are incredibly small and of course you couldn't use an FOI to investigate it.


Re: What does the ICO do with the money?

Agreed although those frameworks have to be kept up to date, which many aren't otherwise you end up having to take an out of date product at an inflated price. Frameworks aren't the answer and certainly aren't an excuse especially when they could have used free products to encrypt these laptops.


Yet nobody will be fired..

The problem with these fines is that organisations pay up and there's no long term change in attitude, sure they'll do something in the short term as people try to cover their own backs but there's no fundamental shift in attitudes to IT and information security as the same managers, who usually have it as a very low priority remain in post.

The head of their IT department should be sacked for poor IT strategy and management, the manager of the offices where the laptops were stolen due to the poor physical security (regardless of encryption) should also find their job on the line. The role, of their IT security staff should also be checked to see if it's advisory (as many are) and whether those staff need extra backing from the senior management team - which is lacking in most organisations.

Until people know that their jobs are genuinely at risk for this sort of breach they'll never put the necessary importance on IT/info security.

Seven all-in-ones that aren't the Apple iMac - and one that is


Re: Sleek Looks vs Servicability

I don't want any company leaving site with either my personal data or that of my organisation, if it can't be done on site then the product and/or service isn't fit for purpose.

I use to repair Macs, back when the first iMacs came in and the clamshell ibooks, nice easy machines to work on even if they had a few sharp edges! But these days? I'm glad I dont' have to go near them.

Beautiful machines to look at and use, but no way I'd want to work on it's guts.


Re: All fugly except the mac

I really like the Lenovo, quite surprised as most of their stuff is hideous.

Hardware hacker unifies 15 retro consoles in format frenzy

Thumb Up

Work of genius, but it's a shame that he only put a 1M cable on the controller..

Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?


None, I can't explain why but I prefer having a bog standard mobile and using a tablet with 3G to lugging around a smartphone. I don't want my e-mail 24/7 and frankly don't like facebook etc enough to give a damn if I miss someones latest pointless post.

Nexus 7 with 3G on Samba Mobile (free 3G) and I'm happy to use it when I need it, without constantly being pestered by daft push messages. People know if they need me they have to call, not e-mail.

DropBox adds single sign-on


I don't trust dropbox with anything personal which is even vaguely important due to their track record, why on earth would I suggest or approve using it in a corporate environment? It's laughable.

They have to allow us to set the encryption keys and take any access away from their own employees before I'd even consider it. Let's not mention SLAs or where the data is hosted though..

ANCIENT CURSED RING known to TOLKIEN goes on display


I didn't think the Black Speech of Mordor was Elvish or has The Reg got a sources somewhere that says it is? It was made by Sauron and he certainly wasn't and Elf.

Scottish uni slams on the Accelerator to boost UK boffinry


If they fail can I have it as a Minecraft server?

UK doesn't have the SKILLS to save itself from cyber threats


Re: We do have the skills

IT security is an afterthought for most companies and although they have policies in place to allegedly keep employees in line it's rarely acted upon if they don't and most of it is lip service. The simple truth is that we need companies to start hiring IT security staff and backing it up with decisive action from HR departments when something is uncovered.

It's ironic that you can be fired for stealing from your employer if what you've stolen is physical but far fewer people are fired for data theft or losing valuable/damaging data and even fewer are reported to the police or ICO.

We have the skills in the UK, we just need companies and government organisations to start taking it seriously and giving departments with IT security staff in them some real power to make the changes necessary.

Rotund Mega baron Dotcom offers bounty for breaking his crypto


I've no interest in his site, but his approach to PR and dealing with news agencies is rather unique and for that I applaud him!

BT to end traffic throttling - claims capacity is FAT


Unlimited for how long?

BT have a habit of changing T&Cs at short notice or with little consultation, "free" web space was recently removed from all home users, but that's dented my confidence in using any of their free storage they now apparently offer, not that they're interested in telling me as I'm an existing user.

As customers of BT Vision will be aware, what they say and what they do are entirely different. Just check out the "new" second on any of the on demand services, some of the products there have been "new" for a year.

Until March when Superfast broadband is available and they won't see me for dust.

Here we go again: New NHS patient database plan sets off alarm bells


NHS trusts and councils tend to appear on the ICO because they self-report to the ICO far, far more often than private companies especially when something very bad happens.

Doesn't mean they are any better or worse at handling data.


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