* Posts by SolidSquid

676 posts • joined 13 May 2013


BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP


Re: Esp. One-Liners

Was thinking the same thing. Only case I can think of is if he doesn't read emails unless his secretary prints them off for him first

FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws


Re: GOG did this far earlier for games

GOG's model is pretty good actually, you can build up a library of games that you can store locally, but essentially have backed up online if you delete them by accident. Also any updates to the software get provided through the same download system as the game itself. Not quite as straight-forward as Steam since you need to download patch installers, but the good pricing and the lack of restrictions which go with Steam make it a really nice platform to buy from

Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid


I'm curious whether the starbuck next door has the right to interfere with the Marriott's wifi network in the same way because the network signal is able to be picked up there.

I get that the idea of someone faking being the Marriott's network can put other guests at risk (by setting up a man in the middle attack with it), but unless they clearly state that they're going to be blocking any wifi networks other than their own before people book hotel rooms and conferences, this doesn't seem like a reasonable approach

Ladies and trolls: Should we make cyberbullying a crime? – Ireland


Wouldn't a lot of this be covered by harassment laws? Otherwise I'd agree with the AC above, it'll need a *very* tight definition of what's meant by "Cyber Bullying" before it could potentially be written into law

Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code


Er, not sure when you last used *NIX systems, but there's the options of group permissions so that users in the correct group have full access to features and those who aren't are restricted, as well as the usual kind of password prompt for things which require admin access. It might potentially take a bit more work setting up some things, but for most things you'd be doing with it the system works pretty well

Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?


Re: So, Crony Capitalism doesn't work!

Techically there's never *been* a fully fledged free market capitalist society. All markets have some degree of influence or manipulation by governments, even if it's just regulating what can be traded legally (since this pushes up the risk and the reward of trading such goods beyond what pure supply and demand would) and government granted monopolies (copyright, patents and trademarks)

Sucker for punishment? Join Sony's security team


Re: "five year's red-teaming experience,"

Looks like red-teaming is when you target your own company as if you were an outside aggressor, I'm guessing with the blue team being the guys who do the company's defence team


More like looking for a painter/decorator after your house was drowned for the building of a dam

Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack


Re: Missing statement from article

Have you tried Supremeing it off and on again?

Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'


Re: 'bait-and-switch'

As a feature it was introduced fairly early on in the Kickstarter process and on several occasions the developers asserted to people who were asking if offline was available (because they didn't want an online only game) that they were going to do it. For anyone buying after the point this was added it classes as a bait and switch.

To take your analogy, it's more like buying a ticket to a rock music festival because they announced that a band you're a big fan of has been added to the lineup doing a one-time support act at the festival. You might go and watch the other acts, but you bought the ticket because they announced that this band in particular was playing. Then in the middle of the festival (to parallel the whole playable alpha phase) they announce that the band isn't going to be playing after all because it was decided they didn't fit the theme of the festival after all. Since this band was the reason you bought the ticket you go to get a refund, and they state that because you watched the other acts while waiting for the band you went to see you're not entitled to a refund anymore

FURY erupts on streets of Brussels over greedy USA's data-slurping appetite


Re: @The Axe: The point?

The point of the police cameras is supposed to be to hold the police accountable, they're expected to video any encounters with the public so there's evidence of what happened during it.

Also, even if people do things illegally, they can be punished when caught. The whole point of this is that they're trying to make something legal despite it being in conflict with the rights EU citizens are supposed to have, resulting in far reduced legal protections for us. For example, a while back Facebook was required to start doing data dumps of the data they stored on EU users when those users requested it because EU privacy law required it, even though they didn't want to be giving that kind of data to their users. While yes data can be lost or illegally shared, when caught users can hold companies to account as long as the law is on their side. This is an attempt to move the law more over to the side of the companies side, in spite of the rights of the users


Re: Hate Machine

It mentions the USA because this part of the trade agreement was most likely *introduced* by US companies who want to be able to host EU citizen data (currently the US isn't considered to have sufficient privacy protections for this). As such, including the USA in the headline makes sense since the clause being discussed largely *is* limited to 1 signatory to the trade agreement, very few others have any reason to add it and I don't think any others have enough clout to get this kind of thing added


Re: Leave the EU?

Considering GCHQ is more than happy to pipe every bit of data they can over to US officials, the EU privacy laws are a large part of what *protects* us from this kind of agreement. Also Westminster has always supported this kind of bill, and supported the previous incarnations too


Re: Digital consulates

Consulates aren't actually considered foreign soil, that's just a rule of thumb used to explain a much more complicated legal standard to the lay person. If it were foreign soil, the host country telling ambassadors to get lost and then taking it over would be a declaration of war and invasion of foreign soil, which it isn't.

Whether the data would be protected would very much depend on the host country's legal protections for ambassadors and their communications, and also whether they would actually follow those legal protections. Also, since the servers wouldn't actually be on foreign soil any company hosting there could still be forced to divulge the data


Re: Hate Machine

Canada at least is deemed to have sufficient protection for personal details that it's listed as approved for storing EU citizen data on servers there, so they literally would have no reason to support this

Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'


"Hood said that he was "calling a time out, so that cooler heads may prevail," and will be seeking a conference with Google's legal team to resolve the situation."

"Don't be silly, of course that isn't evidence of wrong doing on our part. Now lets just sit down and talk about this without any ridiculous legal action... like the kind we took out against you"

Big Eyes falls short on the big question of popular art


In fairness the art establishment took pretty much the same perspective to Jack Vettriano's work. There's a degree of "if it's popular it's not really art" snobbishness within the art world which still exists today

MP caught playing Candy Crush at committee meeting: I'll ‘try’ not to do it again


Re: "The lawmaker was apologetic..."

And so impotent when it comes to dealing with real issues, although it's quite easy getting a rise out of them if you mention UKIP or expenses


Re: Actions speak loader than words

"hile he's wasting his days playing inconsequential little games, he's not doing what most politicians do: devising bad laws that neither achieve their intended purpose nor are tight enough to stop their loopholes being exploited."

That would imply them spending a period more than one day coming up with the laws, I suspect that's not very likely


No sympathy at all, in any other job he'd be looking at at the very least being written up for this, if not something more severe. The meeting might be boring, but paying attention to it is his job, and not just the "bits that interest him"


I've previously had advanced warning of issues which were going to happen in a day by checking El Reg in the mornings. Bit different browsing an article to playing a computer game that requires a lot if interaction and focus though

EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really


Re: Illegal for whom, exactly?

Insurance companies have been pushing for this kind of box to be attached to cars for at least a few years now. It doesn't sound like it records everything they'd want, since they want to have evidence of you speeding before the accident and such, but could certainly be expanded to incorporate that "so we can investigate what causes crashes"

97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom


I'm curious where they get their information for this study from. Of the last 4 places I've stayed (in as many years, and 2 in a city centre), only 1 has had cable access. With the other 3 I've been told by the cable company that it was available until I went through the order process and gave them the full address rather than just postcode, at which point it stopped being available. If they're just going by the same postcode data the providers use then they could be over-estimating the number who can get more than 5mbps by quite a bit

Norks: We might be aggressive but we didn't hack Sony!


Re: Well that was unexpected.. not.

As I understand it, the NK approach to internal security is less "if we catch you breaking the rules then you're fired" and more "if we suspect you of breaking the rules then your families will be shot". Even if someone *was* willing to risk their family's lives, the risk of someone calling them out would be much higher than it would in a similar organisation outside NK

What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again


Re: Meanwhile....

For once you can literally thank Thatcher for that one, water was un-metered in England and Wales before it was privatized by her parliament. Since it was a separate system in Scotland though we got to keep un-metered water and just pay a flat fee as part of the council tax

UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals


Re: I'm confused...

That's going to be fiddly to work with though, they're going to have to be *really* careful about how the define "diverted profits" since we're really talking about companies purchasing something from other companies which happen to be subsidiaries of the same parent. Hopefully they'll find a way to deal with it, but with their track record I can't see it going well


Re: I'm confused...

If you're an idiot then you're not alone, that's pretty much how I thought it worked too. It's weird that he'd give actual numbers if that's the case though, generally they're more vague than that so they can't be called out on it later

Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin



I'd say Pinta is probably a better option if someone is looking for a general usage image editor. Gimp is if you're doing some heavy duty stuff which requires layers or other advanced features

Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE


Got to admit, they guy's got a point. Always disappointing when I order a steak pie and there's no short crust

Kim Dotcom Dotcan remain on bail, despite Fed protests


Re: Jail time or the highlands would have been better

Not sure where the 3 year sentence went, but I suspect there's going to be some pretty massive fines into the bargain regardless. Also a criminal record might impact his residency in New Zealand

systemd row ends with Debian getting forked


Re: This is gold

If it's so early in the lifetime of systemd, why are they making it the default for Debian? Surely they'd wait until after they have a better idea of what issues there are before doing that

Edit: Looks like I'm not the only one wondering about that

Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror


From looking at the pictures, aren't those loos on the pavement? I hope the guy comes out ok, but I'm curious whether he was actually supposed to be driving over that area in the first place, and that might explain a lack of checks for moving vehicles

Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?


Re: Mine detectors

I think you're talking about the dousing rods which ended up in Iraq, those were sold to the Iraqi army for finding explosives. These are bomb detection kits the MOD supplied to the British army and which had a 90% failure rate (in that around 90% were faulty and wouldn't pick anything up) and were geared specifically to finding IEDs rather than explosives in general (the dousing rods were used for border checks)

Stop selling spyware to despotic regimes, beg MEPs


Re: How is this related to Regin?

Apparently the finger was pointed at GCHQ and the NSA as the most likely candidates for developing it early on, although what evidence there was of this I don't know

Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US has radicalised me!


Sounds like a sitcom in the making!

Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you


Nice to see they included some Scottish <span class="strike">pubs</span> locations, although I'm curious what testing was done in Wales and N. Ireland. More rural areas could be interesting too, I'd be curious how UK mobile networks in less built up areas compared with that in the rest of Europe since coverage is something that's been made a priority here

Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids


"All in all for £150 it’s a cracking bit of kit. If only there was a 4G version"

There is, it's sold either as the Moto G 4G or the Moto G LTE and from what I've seen goes for £160

Calls for probe of UK.gov's DOESN'T VERIFY ID service


Re: Net access as a Utility?

That issue was raised as soon as the Universal Credit proposal was put forward. Don't think it was ever answered though

El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle


They're just heading upstairs to sign the invoice paperwork. It needs to be dropped of at the mail box on the top landing with the dodgy light fitting


Surprised you didn't go with one of the swiss army knives with a phillips screwdriver on it, they're the perfect size for opening up your pc case if you don't have a proper screwdriver on hand

We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best


Re: Upgrades

I believe so, although you should be able to back up your /home, /opt and /usr/local directories to transfer everything over to the new install (software should be installed to /opt and /usr/local, comfiguration and personal files in /home)

'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'


"We never say nice things about Buzzfeed, but just this once, Ben Smith, you’re OK."

Excellent tag line and I suspect sums up how a lot of people are feeling towards Buzzfeed about this

You'll go APE for our new Gorilla Glass 4, Corning reckons


Re: Just a thought

Both of them have been pretty up front that Jamie has never really been comfortable in front of a camera. He's gotten used to it on Mythbusters, but since this isn't being done by the same team he probably just feels awkward again. Adam on the other hand is constantly doing public speaking events and is much more comfortable learning lines like this. And frankly, as ads go, this is pretty in-line with the kind of stuff they do anyway, so at least the ad isn't out of character

Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov


Re: Ok enlighten me.

I'd guess they want someone who's had to deal with the weird and wonderful rules involved in public sector work. Also it's potentially a requirement of the procurement process


Re: Tied up in knots

Usually that kind of weirdness comes from compounded acronyms. so they probably started off with the Transition Service, which was abbreviated to TS, then they had the Enhanced Transition Service, ETC and now they're building the Enhanced Transition Service Enhancements, ETSE. They wouldn't have used the full name when naming it though, it would be the Enhanced TS, then the ETS Enhancements, and the weirdness only appears after you state the full name

Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it


It's a little worrying that the example of something he found was disturbing was that they were running older versions of Office

London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again


How could they possibly know this with all the encryption people are using now? It's inconceivable!

Anyway, this really does stink of them trying to use OMG TERRORISM to get their way, either pushing the banks to tighten their security or stronger anti-terrorism laws with regards to the internet. And as for Iran getting involved, I wasn't aware that there were any ties between the UK and Stuxnet in the first place. Surely it would be the NYSE they would target rather than LSE?

Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats


Re: Do any of you realize...

1) You talked about evidence, got any evidence that the majority of the protestors are actually lnked to the Black Panthers? Tying people in Ferguson to the Watts riots is some pretty serious hyperbole considering it's been a fairly peaceful protest on the part of the protestors so far

2) Yes, an outside group trying to instigate violence between the protestors and police is wrong, although if your first point is correct it's somewhat pointless since most of the people they try and instigate will already be involved in another group rather than just protesting

3) That's a bit bizarre that his blood would be found in the car considering his only injuries were from gunshots and the autopsy showed they were done at range, not point blank as would be if he were trying to enter the vehicle. Also those on Brown's side of this claim the officer was trying to pull him into the car, so his fingerprints being there wouldn't be surprising. Besides, this "evidence" was leaked by an unnamed source, so isn't necessarily reliable

4) Not sure what the relevance of the shoplifting/robbery incident has (it's disputed which it classes as) since as you point out, it didn't happen on the same day. If "state of mind" refers to drugs though the autopsy didn't find anything except traces of thc, so he'd had weed at some point in the month before the shooting. Nothing else found, and that wouldn't increase aggression.

Even if you put all that aside though, is it proportional force for a police officer to shoot someone who is unarmed and, according to the autopsy, not within melee range a half dozen times, killing them?

Holy cow! Fasthosts outage blamed on DDoS hack attack AND Windows 2003 vuln


Re: Lazy admins

From what the Microsoft life cycle data sheet for 2003 says, I don't think there even *are* any OS patches for it any more, and haven't been since 2009.

Also back in 2007 they had a large chunk of their users passwords stolen because someone found a way into the server they stored them in plain text, which according to them was common practice for web hosting companies "for customer service"

Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder


Re: Loss of service

Pretty sure they usually have exemptions for acts of god explicitly written in there


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