* Posts by SolidSquid

676 posts • joined 13 May 2013


Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub


Re: To some MSDOS was an major leap forward.

There's also the option of ARM programming on the Pi, since you boot it off an SD card and that can have ARM based code for it to execute on boot

Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'


Re: Obvious question...

By which you mean there's thousands of worse ones QA flagged up, but half of them were shipped anyway because it wasn't considered a priority to fix

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help


Re: @Steve Davies 3 Don't let the namby-pambys run the Kernel, Linus!

See, that seems like a much more reasonable approach, and if he was doing that when he moved to a more public forum as well I don't think anyone would have an issue with it. I think I'd agree he isn't actually a bully, but he does seem to have a temper which gives him a bad name and discourages people from contributing to the kernel in case they set him off


Re: Good for him.

Well, technically it would probably fall under free speech, and doesn't inherently infringe on your rights, but it certainly is being a dick. Good to see he's willing to learn and improve himself


Re: "a gentle word will probably achieve more than the f-bomb"

Yeah, or maybe you could have just held him to the deadlines you'd both agreed to without the yelling or letting things escalate? I mean, it sounds like he was pretty bad as a developer, but also seems you weren't any better as a manager

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design


Overall looks pretty good, although there seem to be some weird bits in the layout where only 3 news items appear in a row that's supposed to have 4. Glad you still went with a traditional layout rather than one of thos daft shiny designs that push half the content off the page and mean more scrolling to see anything (actually it looks like this layout allows more tiles per screen than the old one)

Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita


Re: Oh Christ! We're all dead.

We're all going to die!

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: All a bit unnecessary?

As I understand it, the issue is specifically Military usage of Galileo. Specifically that they won't have the ability to make encrypted queries to the satellites (so could be tracked) and they won't have access to the more accurate data which is only opened up to the military (for things like drone strikes)

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case


Re: Elephant in the room ?

Can't remember the exact details, but either facebook needs to have them sign a contract agreeing they won't do that, which this would violate, or facebook is in breach of gdpr for not properly protecting the data they collected


Re: Am I understanding this right...

Sort of, except they don't delete the information afterwards. They just store *all* of it, including the user ID, against those categories, meaning searching by username is an incredibly slow and laborious process (which is entirely their fault, so can't really see it as a good excuse)

Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!


Re: When Booking-Travel now the first thing I usually do is:

Could also be considered trying to obtain classified information through coercion, which would make it a *hell* of a lot worse for the TSA agent

Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'


Because the law firms have persuaded them that the study is wrong so that they can continue to charge them for the service of sending notices. Just look how much Prenda Law was making with this kind of setup


Re: They might as well assume that all Internet users are infringing copyright.

Depends on whether you need intent to violate copyright. Technically if you're visiting sites where they've used images without the permission of the copyright holder, your system is going to download them without the owner's permission to store it in cache and so potentially could be considered copyright infringement

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires


Re: What do you expect?

I agree it's pretty bullshit, but it sounds like they agreed to unlimited data but limited speeds, including throttling when it went over a certain limit. Why the hell Verizon didn't have something in place to flag up this kind of thing when it's an emergency service (since they're probably a bit preoccupied with the whole massive wildfire thing to think about data throttling) I have no idea though

.NET Core 2.1 – huh, yeah – what is it good for? Bing, apparently


Would make sense given their purchase of Xamarin a couple of years ago

SentinelOne makes YouTube delete Bsides vid 'cuz it didn't like the way bugs were reported


IIRC that's not even an issue with YouTube, the take down requests are done via their API and aren't actually DMCA requests legally.

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early


Re: "Can you turn it back on. Please?"

What, you expected me to keep unauthorized software on the company servers? Are you mental?!


Re: Oh so familiar

But if you automate the payments then you can't delay paying until the next pay cycle ("sorry, there was an issue with the card, we'll get it paid soon. Promise!") so you can show bigger profits when they're calculating your bonus

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs


Re: User needs

I could see this as plausable if they hadn't previously integrated the system search with Amazon, providing affiliate links which would make them money, as a default feature. Now I'm wondering if this really is just being helpful or if it's another way we'll find out they planned to profit

Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution


This is my thinking. Daesh doesn't need to bypass it so much as make it unusable by getting so much material flagged as extremist it becomes useless. And that's not factoring in trolls who would do that just for the hell of it

Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks


Re: If I was an Apple lawyer

With the amount they could potentially charge apple for a near-infinite number of forks, I'd say they'd be happy to hire someone to code a script for them

We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare


Re: SPECTRE..will not take kindly to be linked to a buggy CPU line.

Not being at Microsoft I couldn't say for sure, but my guess would be the scale of the problem. They might just not have enough servers to migrate people en-mass that way and have found it's quicker and less risky to have a small amount of down time to just patch everything immediately

You Wreck Me, Spotify: Tom Petty, Neil Young publisher launches $1.6bn copyright sueball


Re: Great

While there are problems with Spotify, the claim they knew Harry Fox didn't have the infrastructure to manage mechanical licences when they explicitly advertise themselves as being a specialist in that area is a bit questionable. It might well be that they knew this was the case, and they were trying to pull a fast one, but at the surface level it does at least seem plausable that they expected Harry Fox to be able to manage the licencing for them to ensure it was done properly, and it's Harry Fox who screwed up

Unfit to plead before a US court? You may face 'indefinite detention'



Can't comment on GCSE, but it's covered in Computing as part of the Scottish equivalent, so I'd be surprised if it wasn't part of it

Accused hacker Lauri Love's extradition appeal begins


Re: Weid Legal System

Scotland and Ireland at least have always had their own laws, it's just that what was devolved has been expanded in recent years. Scots law in particular has been a thing since the union of parliaments and of the crown


There's an extradition treaty our country agreed to previously where both countries agreed to extradite to the other if a crime was committed there. It's only recently that it's come out the treaty is somewhat lopsided (due to the constitution, they require evidence of the crime before extradition) and without the internet getting charged for a crime in one country while present in another wasn't really possible.

Basically the treaty is out of date, but nobody wants to re-write it and have to deal with the US

Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself


Re: Good!

Agreed, the follow up suggests he's actually considering the criticisms about his attitude and he provided a much better overview of what his issues were with it. As a result the security guys should be able to work to improve their work for the next release

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen


Re: A shorter term problem

If you quit your job you can't apply for unemployment, at the very least. I'm not saying I agree that it's a major issue, but if you do implement UBI you're going to see worker retention become more difficult. In the long run this could lead to better working conditions, but that'll take time

MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system


Because as everyone knows, the way to successfully implement a major IT overhaul is to rush it through as fast as possible because politicians haven't been able to get their shit together

Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman


Re: Sub heading should read

That'll be the appeal, that he was trying to apply to pay the corporate taxes and it gave him the child tax credits instead

Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy


Surprisingly, given how often it's been mentioned, shouting fire in a theatre for fun has never been litigated before, so is still uncertain under the law whether it's actually a limitation. It was a comment by a judge in one of their rulings, but wasn't actually directly related to the ruling so was never actually investigated

HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name


Re: Nice

Key word being "was", she cut it down to get as much as she could to pay the DUP off

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in


Re: Overstated importance of fans

'Survives' may be a more appropriate term

An AI can replace what a world leader said in his video-taped speech. This will end well. Not


Just need to wait now for someone to hijack a White House speech and get an impersonator to change what a president says to whatever they wanted them to say. "What do you mean, I said that? WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT WAS ON TV?!"

Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit


Re: @ Steve 124 ID 10 T alert

"So if Trump blocks George Stephanopulos for being a weenie, that doesn't stop George Stephanopulos from creating another account to listen to Trump's tweets."

Pretty sure that's a breach of Twitters terms and conditions, so couldn't be used as part of a legal argument that he could still gain access.


Re: ID 10 T alert

The point this lawsuit is making is that it's no longer a private account, but rather one run as part of the official communications of the White House (which makes other White House officials having access significant). It's also not necessarily about them being able to tweet directly at Trump, but also about being blocked from the public discourse regarding what seems to be official government statements in the replies to the tweets that are made.

It might not be a completely clear cut case, but there's enough wiggle room there because of the way the account has been used that they might have a case, or at least will be able to get the law clarified on how government officials can use social media in their official capacity

Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'


Re: Oh what a Gay Day...

As the Flinstones would put it, "We'll have a gay old time!"

Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey


Re: Still don't understand this bullshit

Comey didn't tape anything, he typed up a written record of what he recalled from the meeting, according to him because what happened in that meeting had him concerned about whether the president was going to allow the Russian investigation to continue without interference.

Yes, Comey worked on behalf of the government, but he didn't work on behalf of Trump, and given he worked for *law enforcement*, I don't see why you wouldn't expect him to make notes if he had concerns about the legality of events, if for no other reason than so he could have an accurate record to run by legal to make sure it wasn't


Re: @MiguelC -- Hook, line, and sinker!

Also one for him and, until recently in an entirely separate city, one for his wife


Re: The Truth?!

That's gonna be one hell of a nap if you're not waking up until everything is over

US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor


Re: Hillary

They already decided Hillary wasn't guilty of anything, so why would they continue with this investigation when they've already made their decision?

Disney mulls Mickey Mouse magic material to thwart pirates' 3D scans


Re: @ Not also known as SC Solid DRM

It really is a strange movie, but a surprisingly good one. It was made by the guy behind the Saw films, apparently he self funded it with the money from Saw after pitching it prior to Saw and getting no support from any production companies

Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist


Re: not necessarily

Don't forget that larger pills have a bigger effect above a certain size, but smaller than that size and the effect is stronger than bigger pills are


Re: Seen this with mobile phones on dell laptops

Didn't admit to anything, just stopped blaming people for it. Six and half a dozen really

First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired


Re: So....restore from backup

From what I read in the Reddit thread, they tried to restore from backups and it failed. Seems they hadn't been testing the backups to make sure they could be restored and at some point the backups stopped working

US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations


Re: Absolutely brilliant for local economies!

The current ban is on any electronic device above a certain size. It's largely reported as a "laptop ban", but also covers things like tablets and phablets. The concern seems to be people swapping out the battery for explosives, so it's likely the ban would apply to both


Air Farce One: Trumping the Terrorists


Re: you guys did not do enough Internet search

This was a claim made by a Defcon presenter iirc, but it was discredited as he claimed to have gone through the airplane wifi but that runs on a separate network. Also, while he claimed to be able to access some of the plane's instrumentation, he wasn't able to access the actual controls


Re: Trump: Making America shit & taking the World with it.

Debatable. He might be giving his opinion on what would happen if Trump was shot, but that's not the same as encouraging someone to do it, which I believe is the line he'd have to cross to get a visit

'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests


Nah, if it was the Kerbal School of Safety then exploding parts wouldn't really mean much at all


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