* Posts by SolidSquid

676 posts • joined 13 May 2013


Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder


Re: Loss of service

Depends how long it's down for and what degree of guaranteed up-time it has

I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm


Mostly I find it funny that his wife said he'd toned it down and used the example of him having a mohawk at one point, considering the Curiosity landing had "Mohawk Guy"

Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris


There's an embargo on that until tuesday

Shoot to THRILL: Assassin's Creed: Unity and Halo: Master Chief Collection


Re: Dear Mr Reviewer.

Firstly AC is a much more dynamic game in terms of movement and animation, so low frame rates will be more noticeable. From the Rock Paper Shotgun review though, ti seems it's less about it running at 30fps and more that the framerate is incredibly inconsistent, making it far more noticeable when it's running at lower rates (sometimes even under the 20fps of DOOM)

Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title


Dunno if it actually suggests anything, but I find it interesting that most of the books originate in Europe/USA, with the Bible and Qur'an being the exceptions but having had a significant impact here. What about the Hindu Vedas, which lead on to a huge range of religious faiths in the East including Buddhism? Or Diophantus' "Arithmetica" and Euclid's "The Elements", which most of our mathematics are based on?

Edit: Aand that'll teach me to read the article more carefully, not really surprising most people wouldn't think of them off the top of their heads

Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM


We'll need to see what the licencing is like, but this could be a very interesting development in the long run. Wonder how long it would take for someone to modify it to incorporate OpenGL and OpenAL using the same api as DirectX to make cross platform game development easier

Yorkshire man NICKS 1,000 Orange customer records. Court issues TINY FINE


Honestly I think the blame for this is largely on EE, although I'm surprised they didn't try and get him under the Computer Misuse Act since he didn't really have authorization to access those databases (person on the phone wouldn't be likely to have authority to give him access and he likely lied to get access anyway)

Shuddit, Obama! Here in Blighty, we ISPs have net neutrality nailed


As I understand it they don't throttle certain types of traffic, they just throttle *everything* if you go over the fair use limit (which is purely bandwidth based rather than based on particular protocols)

Vodafone: For Pete's sake! Apple’s 'soft' SIM's JUST AN EE SIM


Except that you're still locked into your contract with the old CellCo. Really this doesn't add much convenience to the customer, it just means Apple can make sealed units that customers can't open and third parties can't repair which can still switch networks


Re: Sounds like Vodafone is unhappy

One possible advantage of the sim card over Apples software solution is with new/uncommon carriers. If Apple doesn't support all carriers, or a new one comes along, that company will have to petition apple to add them to the start up screen. With sim cards it's a standardised format, so all a customer needs to do to use their iDevice is plug the card in

Microsoft to bring back beloved 1990s super-hit BATTLETOADS!?*


Re: If Microsoft didn't buy them we wouldn't have got Viva Pinata.

Got to be honest, I *did* like Viva Pinata but got bored after realising that money across multiple gardens was pooled and learning how to grow larger crops. A half hour growing giant pumpkins and I didn't really have any money worries at all

Don't assume public trusts you, MI5. 'Make a case' for surveillance – Former security chief


Re: I "trust" ISIS the most

Technically they say they only kill "infidels", which could be interpreted as people who are part of the wrong branch of Islam. You're right that they're using it for political leverage, but the political structure they seem to be aiming for is a *very* extreme form of an Islamic theocracy


Re: Trust

It's not really an either or case like she laid out though. None of what Snowden said (afaik) has been shown to be false, so obviously what he's said is trustworthy. That doesn't mean you don't trust MI5, and it doesn't mean you do trust them either, some people will view (and have happily stated as such) that what Snowden revealed was an acceptable price for security. Hell, you might not trust *anyone* who's been involved in this

Throwing in the Islamic State is just kind of ridiculous, since you're not actually trusting them with anything, and seems just seems to be there to suggest opposing intelligence services claims might put you in that camp. Really though everyone knows that the only thing you can trust groups like IS to do is abuse what rights we have, and the question is whether you think it's reasonable to give up some of those rights to somewhat limit their activities (although whether this would work is questionable, since the FBI admitted that Al Quaeda was posting images publicly with messages hidden through steganography and they had no way to automatically scan for that)

The Pirate Bay co-founder exits jail, now, er, free to eat vegan food


Iirc the Pirate Party has a range of views on copyright from completely abolish it, through reducing the penalties and to reduce the term something can be copyright for. Couldn't say which of these he stands for, but any of them would be in violation of various trade agreements so would probably damage Sweden directly


Re: This is what it takes to get into the high security wing of your local clink.

Actually, if you want to put ethics to one side then piracy is probably a net positive for the Swedish economy, since most of the things being pirated would be American produced and not paying for it would mean more money staying in Sweden to be spent on other things, rather than going to US companies

Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN


With the smaller form factor, microSD option and additional GPIO pins I'm guessing that the A+ is intended for integrating with hardware projects rather than as a cheap desktop machine as the Pi was originally pitched at. Considering how many people seem to be using it for that *anyway* it doesn't seem a bad idea for them to go that way with it

Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'


Re: Stupid question

In terms of the users of the system probably, in terms of admins for your infrastructure I'd be a bit dubious that there were less Linux admins than Windows. Since Linux infrastructure works just fine backing up Windows systems, I honestly can't think why anyone other than the systems admin would have to have any kind of Linux experience

Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry


Bullshit, most of the big contracts BlackBerry got were *because* of the encryption, not in spite of it. Hell, even the US government authorised it for high security individuals. The only way this could damage their reputation is if he's suggesting the NSA was actively trying to damage a US company to prevent that feature succeeding

Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8


I dunno, those tests are checking for memory usage after a limited number of actions rather than memory leaks, and even then they show Firefox and IE (though not Chrome) aren't able to return to the memory usage they started off with. While it would require targeted testing, that does at least suggest there's some kind of memory leak in IE and FF, and if it continued could end up with their baseline memory use increasing with usage (which is what was always complained about)

Space Oddity redux: Hadfield's cover back for two years


Parody is a sub-set of derivative works which gets a specific exception to normal copyright laws, but to fall into that category you generally have to either be making a joke of and/or criticizing something, possibly the original work.

While Hadfield's song was a derivative work of the original, the lack of any humour or criticism in the new work means it doesn't fall into the parody sub-set, so doesn't get the exemption

New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for terror'


The problem is that the NSA backed these companies into a corner (with assistance from the rest of the Five Eyes). What with courts issuing orders in secret, restricted access to the evidence being used, national security letters blocking them from letting users know (who would be able to appeal against it themselves), communications between data centers being tapped and damage to these companies reputations both nationally and internationally, the only real route companies had if they wanted to regain any kind of legal leverage and try and repair their company's reputations was to encrypt.

Yes, it might make the job of intelligence agencies more difficult, but really the only reason this happened was because they forced it. Do you really think Facebook would go to the expense of modifying their systems so that encryption would work if they had an alternative?

Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods


Re: "Squigly line logo"

Wait, seriously? That just looks like it's a design element, like having a separate panel for the toes on a pair of boots, does anyone actually know that's unique to this brand?

Yes, Samaritans, the law does apply to you. Even if you mean well


So basically this bot is the guy someone else invites to the party, then starts muttering things behind your back to your friends because they mis-read your jokes as a call for help?

More Home Office and MoJ jobs could move abroad, union warns


Is it just me, or is 7 years a ridiculously long time to have a contract with company? Especially since it seems this is the *first* contract with that company, so they wouldn't know how well they work

UK.gov set to burn £500m on one-dole-to-rule-em-all IT, claims PAC chair


Re: "According to Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge"

There's also a video of her interviewing ATOS over the disability benefits scheme they were supposed to run. I almost (almost!) felt bad for the ATOS representative, she just wouldn't drop things until she got a straight answer and it was obvious ATOs just isn't used to dealing with that

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


Given the sample size and assuming standard population numbers, it seems like the number of gay participants they had would be too small for this to really mean much for them

Netflix and other OTT giants use 'net neutrality' rules to clobber EU rivals


Got to admit, I agree with Netflix here. If you're going to sell me a connection for £x/month, I'd expect you to actually be able to provide that. If your infrastructure isn't up to handling the service you're selling then you need to spend your own money on upgrading, not expect others to pay for fixing your over-selling

Looking for a job in Europe? Experienced IT staff needed in UK, Italy and Germany


Re: Scary

It means there's 29% of CIOs who don't think their workers are keeping their skills up. Not quite the same as 29% not bothering to, just that the CIOs interviewed aren't aware of it



Re: Not so human after all

Well we're still in early days, aim for the Knight Industries Two before moving on to the Thousands

Screw the guvmint, vows CEO of ubiquitous Korean jabber app KakaoTalk


Well in fairness the US does seem to have become a two party system again now that one of the parties has gone off the rails and decided to prioritize screwing up anything done by the current administration to make themselves look better in comparison for the next election


Re: Government Spying

Because clearly it's not the case that entirely legal but embarrassing details about people's lives has been used for blackmail by government officials or law enforcement

Ubuntu's shiny 10th birthday Unicorn: An upgrade fantasy


Re: The best thing about Ubuntu is...

Seems to work fine in Linux Mint too



Well of course China opposes any kind of hacking, pretty much every government wants to lock these criminals up. Oh, national security agencies? That's not hacking, it's proactive cyber defense

Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI's Cupertino crypto kybosh plan


Re: Odd

There's a reason why Congress (and pretty much every political group) does bills with a large number of features lumped together, it makes it much harder for the public to know what the new bill does. Passing something explicitly to roll back a feature the public already has and is aware protects their privacy is far riskier, because they can't hide it behind other policies or spin it in a positive way

Citizenfour: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – not Snowden


Re: RE: AC Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

Considering some of their targets have been in civilian housing blocks, and in once case was entirely non-combatant, it's very likely that those 'innocent bystanders' are exactly that

Police stats inflate the number of guns actually stolen in Blighty


Re: what a surprise

Wait, are they looking to licence them or ban them? The two aren't really the same after all

Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game


Why not go with something a bit more modern and make a cheap quadcopter that can be programmed with scratch/lego mindstorms sort of approach. They'd have something they could actually make fly around the room rather than slowly crawl along the floor. As much fun as the turtle could be for us, commodity hardware like that has gotten a *lot* cheaper and you could put together something much fancier these days.

Unfortunately it's unlikely that *any* physical hardware would be brought in though, it's just another expense the schools can't afford. At least the BBC's software is free for them to access, so could reach a wider audience

'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with two-year sentences for menacing posts


Unrelated to the article, but thanks for clarifying that this is specifically for England and Wales. It can be difficult knowing what's delegated to Scots law, and it's always confusing when news sources do thinks like talk about changes to "the" NHS when they're talking about the NHS for England and Wales.

WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!


Re: So it scrolls from right-to-left ...

Copyright doesn't apply to game mechanics, just to the designs used in it and the game as a whole. In that sense switching it from right to left probably does cover them. Whether fortunately or unfortunately, copyright doesn't cover the ideas themselves, just the implementation

Prehistoric swingbelly KANGAROOS were TOO FAT to jump – scientists


Hopping can also mean moving with bounding skips or leaps. I'd guess it came to also mean bouncing on one leg when "hopping on one leg" was contracted to just "hopping", since the motion of hopping on one leg would match the other definition

Citrix: Wearables allow conference calls 'while rocking a baby to sleep'


Doesn't a bluetooth earpiece, the go-to of pretty much any business person who would be interested in doing things like they've suggested, do a notably better job of this without needing the extra device

Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so


Re: Really?

The ads also included the idea that it would make you more intelligent as well as claiming it made you more athletic (and iirc more attractive to women, that could be an issue for Lynx/Axe at some point)

Judge nukes Ulbricht's complaint about WARRANTLESS FBI Silk Road server raid


All this seems to deal with is a 4th amendment claim, it doesn't deal with chain of custody or whether they followed the law in hacking it. There's still scope for him to enter appeals against the evidence being used, it's just the strongest claim has been rejected

No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev


Maybe people are scared off because it's version 8 of an OS?

Chatting to Al Qaeda? Try not to do that – Ex spy chief defends post-Snowden NSA


Firstly, these noble people were also the ones using the data for the whole LOVEINT thing.

Secondly, how are people sitting in a secure facility in Utah with a job far more stable than anything available in the private sector sacrificing their lives? Sounds like they're still trying to equate NSA employees to soldiers in the hopes the good will people have towards soldiers will rub off

Thirdly, wasn't it something like 3 degrees of separation you had to worry about with regards to talking to an Al Quaeda operative? So if you'd talked to someone who talked to someone who talked to an operative who was most likely undercover and they might never have known then your records are suspect

Twitter sues US government for right to disclose NOTHING


As I understood it, an American citizen is not required to adhere to rules regarding classified documents unless they have agreed to do so in advance. So whether the FBI wants this stuff to be classified is irrelevant unless Twitter has officially signed up to keeping these details confidential (they seem instead to have been fighting it the whole time)

Woman says narco-cops used her PICS to snare drug lords on Facebook


Re: Perspective people.

They didn't just use her image, they created a whole profile around her and included photos of her daughter and niece. Plus like others said, no mention of her being convicted of anything, just that she was arrested, they cloned her phone and later decided to use that data to pull in drug dealers. This wasn't something where they got her to agree to act as an informant, and worst case scenario she could have ended up *meeting* one of these scumbags and they think that she spent the last week flirting with them

'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'


Bit like the traffic stops in the US which are 90 miles from the border (iirc the limit is 100 miles) and stop people *purely to establish immigration status*. That they have a large number of sniffer dogs intended to find drugs is completely unrelated to the stops because they're not allowed to do random stops to search for drugs, just to check immigration status

Facebook: Ha! Like we'd stop researchers messing with your mind


Re: Rats

While I'm not saying they shouldn't be running it by a board of ethics to get any studies cleared (they really, really should), I suspect the terms of service have something in them that requires opting out of any studies like this

UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force


Just a thought, but won't this screw with Youtube's auto-detecting system pretty badly? If you're legally allowed to use clips from copyright material then either they'll need to review any material flagged manually for parody or blacklist a lot of perfectly legal material


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