* Posts by John Miles

188 posts • joined 31 Jan 2007

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Yahoo! retires! bleeding! ImageMagick! to! kill! 0-day! vulnerability!

John Miles

Re: Why anyone would still be using Yahoo for email is what confuses me

Because some sites want an email address and Yahoo seems rather deserving of all that spam.

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Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

John Miles

Re: Quick question

Alistair Dabbs - not sure if someone writing for TheRegister is normal though ;)

I know several people who wear Fitness bands or Smart Watches, none of them seem to worry about whether it is "cool" which probably makes them fairly normal. I wear a smart watch, just as way of easily tracking exercise and while it isn't a watch I would pick for its looks I doubt anyone really notices it

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

John Miles

Re: so far it's taken an hour and it's still searching

If it hasn't been updated for a while, then there is a bug the update that means you can take days plus to update if certain patches aren't present - I thought they broken something it when I put in measures to stop Windows 10 arriving, but when it happened on a clean build I eventually found the issue - but that is why I am typing from Linux boot now and rarely start Windows at home

Fix is to use something like Autopatcher and disable Windows Update service (if you don't disable it then it interferers when trying to run patches manually or via another tool and you are back to days wait)

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BMW chief: Big auto will stay in the driving seat with autonomous cars

John Miles

Re: Kodak

I am not sure Kodak can be said to have missed the starting gun as they probably fired it having designed digital sensors back in 1980s and had digital cameras in 1990s - Wiki - Kodak DCS, they however failed to understand and react to the changing world that made the computer and digital camera an option for everyone.

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WikiLeaks exposes CIA anti-forensics tool that makes Uncle Sam seem fluent in enemy tongues

John Miles

Re: eab8c02f7197787897560569942100fe1198

For some reason Space Core Directives come to mind

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Canada's privacy watchdog probes US border phone seizures

John Miles

Re: Reset your phone

the risk is that will draw attention to yourself and if there is anything you don't want is to give them more reasons to bully investigate further

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

John Miles

Re: I believe...

I think you are over thinking it - people come up with something they think makes things more secure, but because they don't understand security you end up with some stupid and arbitrary rules

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

John Miles

Re: has a headphone jack but not one for an external mike

Is it a headphone jack or a combined Headphone and Mic jack, which is what is provided on this HP - if so something like This may work

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Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

John Miles

re: Some software Microsoft wrote to promote linux and Macs.

For the first time since the Apple III, I have been seriously looking at Apple's offerings, but then they released the updated MacBook Pros now I am not sure - I want it to run Lightroom otherwise I'd just switch to Linux (though DarkTables looks promising so maybe just Linux anyway)

Hopefully by 2020 one of the players will have sorted themselves out or a third party will give a better option

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IBM Australia didn't stress-test #censusfail router and blocked password resets

John Miles

Re: I've seen this actually work so many times

The main reason it works is because it resets everything into a known state and any issues related memory/resource leaks, conflicts, stale configurations or in memory data corruption are cleared away (leaks will generally require periodic reboots - I have resorted to scheduling reboots/restarts when clearing memory leak isn't easily solved).

Often it would be possible to avoid the reboot (assuming you have sufficient permissions) - but it is much easier and quicker to tell most users to just restart the computer and doing so it will have cured most user immediate problems without getting "technical"

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Plusnet outage leaves customers unable to stream Netflix. Horrors!

John Miles

Our engineers have been working really hard

I suspect they really mean - our engineer (well at least we call him that) has been working hard, management having laid off anyone who could possibly be called an engineer as they cost too much

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Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

John Miles

Is this new network related?

My router disconnected at around 10:00 am - but other than that no real issues (but I am VPN'd into work)

https://community.plus.net/t5/Fibre-Broadband/High-packet-loss-and-other-DNS-issues/td-p/1354749

I know Plusnet is migrating from a BT shared network for small ISPs to a new dedicated network, and there has been a lot of issues on new network - fortunately I believe I am still on old n/w as I picked a static IP some time ago

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Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch

John Miles

Re: Does this mean Windows Update won't 'think about it' for 15 minutes?

15 minutes - more like 8+ hours on one of my machines

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

John Miles

Re: 4g phone plugged directly into tv hdmi

If signal anything like it is around here - by the screams of frustration

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

John Miles

Re: Will it be safe to switch 'Windows Updates' back on tomorrow?

No - that will be the day they ask you to enter a credit card so you can download Windows 10 - I suspect that will be faster than Windows Update is, it took something like 16 hours from pressing search for updates to managing to download them.

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Revealed: How Dell can afford $67bn for EMC – by selling $650k laptops

John Miles
Joke

Re: Two questions:

Bridge is free, - you just need to collect from current location

Not sure why you'd want to keep it in a Vacuum cleaner, but it shouldn't impact performance, though getting dust in unit may cause issues

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John Miles

Re: missed out.

No problem I can source some for you, but I am afraid might be a bit dearer than the Dell offer ;)

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Firefox to banish hidden Flash files – and kill off sneaky ad snoopers

John Miles

BBC

iPlayer seems OK with no flash installed on Firefox - but any news video comes up install flash (or at least was last time I checked)

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

John Miles

Re: "Whatever happens after Brexit..."

I'll be interested to see how many of those banks actually follow up on it when they remember France's desire to tax the finance world - link

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

John Miles

One thing I hate

Go into the shop, find a pair of shoes I like, then find a pair of the right size - only to see they have put the security tag through the shoe - sorry, even if it is hidden in a pattern cut out I am not buying it if it is damaged

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Censorship FTW! China bans Paris Hilton, minor Kardashians et al

John Miles

Re: yah know...

Andrew Robinson, the actor who played the Elim Garak, wrote a biography of his character - A Stitch in Time

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Adobe will track you across all your devices with new co-op project

John Miles

Re: Slurping and Subscription? ...Time to boot Adobe, M$_Win10, Autodesk etc...

not used it, but if on Linux/Mac then there is Darktable to replace Lightroom - https://www.darktable.org/

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Flock of sheep ends NZ high-speed car chase

John Miles

Could have been worse

they could have run into the sheep from the New Zealand film "Black Sheep" - see IMDB link

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

John Miles

Re: Daily Telegraph now blocks Adblock

I have only seen them block pages that would require paying the fee (and only a couple of times on one machine so far) - I find it ironic they say they are committed to quality on the blocking overlay (or something like that) as it has been steadily going down hill for years so I am not inclined to pay even the nominal subscription fee and I often wonder why I paid for the Saturday dead tree edition

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Old jet bits, Vader's motorbike gear, sonic oddness: Hats off to Star Wars' creative heroes

John Miles

Re: What's with all that Star Wars articles?

maybe - there is a new Sith lord - link

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Criminal are mostly hacking-by-numbers with exploit kits

John Miles

re: That's "unsecured" ... pet peeve

according to OED - definition 2 of Insecure: Unsafe; exposed to danger; liable to give way, fall, or be overcome (dated to 1654).

or see Second definition - http://www.thefreedictionary.com/insecure

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Volvo to 'accept full liability' for crashes with its driverless cars

John Miles

Re: the fact that the brake lights have come on on the car in front

And will even cope when brake lights have been rigged

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Junk patent ditched in EAST TEXAS

John Miles

Re: Now if patents were subject to public scrutiny before issue

Worth looking at - Victory Lap for Ask Patents ( http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2013/07/22.html )

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NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

John Miles
Joke

My Guess

Captain Black was believe killed

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BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

John Miles

Re: One of the boxes was for "organophosphate-based nerve agents".

Well did you have any? Or perhaps they just think you may be storing a can of fly spray

weird questions are sometimes to check people read boring questions properly

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Ofcom issues stern warning over fake caller number ID scam

John Miles

Perhaps an automated reporting

Get a spam phone call, then dial 1471 (or similar) and be asked was this call suspicious and require phone company to deal with it - once they identify it is genuine issue number they can even set up an automatic call forwarding to a group of spam baiters who will no doubt keep the spammers on line for much longer and phone company can charge originating network accordingly

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Astroboffins EYEBALL 13 BEELLION-year-old galaxy far, far, farthest away from Earth

John Miles

Re: Isn't that the whole point, that it is "wow" early?

IIRC there are theories suggesting earliest Galaxies would have formed around 200 million years after big bang

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John Miles

Re: The usual definition of "observable Universe" includes being observable.

@JeffyPoooh

Yes - however if the universe is static or expanding "slower than the speed of light" then we would expect to see things tomorrow that aren't visible today because the light has only just started reaching us - but because the universe is expanding such that the furthest galaxies we could observe (assuming we had a technology capable of doing so) are moving faster than the speed of light away from us so we won't be able to observe them tomorrow (or ever again) as the photons can't ever reach us - link. Because of this if we travelled to a different galaxy by the time we reached it everything that could have been observed from it we couldn't observe will have fallen off the edge of its observable universe when we arrive. All assuming Faster than Light travel is not possible.

It's complex and I am not going to pretend I understand it very well.

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John Miles

re: those galaxies 20 billion light years away won't register on Hubble

The observable universe from Earth is sphere of radius about 46 billion light years

As I understand it, because space is expanding everywhere, if we can't observe it now because of distance we will never be able to observe it (well unless faster than light travel is possible)

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John Miles

Re:I thought 13.2 billion years ago was about 5 minutes after the Big Bang?

Age of universe is about 13.7/8 Billion years - so about 500/600 million years after "big bang"

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

John Miles

re: I would have gotten out

Like this?

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EE Harrier Mini grounded by errant Wi-Fi calling upgrade

John Miles

Re: the same way that bricks don't.

Sounds like a comparison to a Vogon Constructor Fleet to me

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Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

John Miles

Next week's Board meeting

Can we sell our victims customers insurance for ID fraud from when we get hacked next?

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Apple chief Cook cooks up rumours after BMW car talks, factory tour

John Miles

Re: Would you trust ANY Americans in your factory?

BMW obviously do as they have a plant in Greer, South Carolina

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Slashdot, SourceForge looking for new owners after parent dumps them on the web's doorstep

John Miles

Translation

I think what they really mean

We thought most down-loaders would be "too stupid" to get round the ad-ware but we didn't realise just how many of the developers would be peeved and move their stuff elsewhere and now we have a dead body we'd like to sell before it stinks even more

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Silicon-happy ARM engorges its profits by a third – so its shares dip

John Miles

re- the only time it is truly accurate is when describing what has already happened

Judging by a website's the last 24 hours weather where I live they still get that wrong!

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Freeparking hit by DDoS, vexed customers scream into abyss

John Miles

Re: Freeparking....

I have been using them since 2000 - but only really for renewing the domains lately. Fortunately all my domains are currently pointing at other hosting companies dns servers, so the only issue I had was they lost the updated email address on their servers. Seriously thinking of migrating my domains soon.

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Chinese cyber-spies hid botnet controls in MS TechNet comments

John Miles
Joke

Could they be using TheReg's comments

would explain the a AManFromMars comments?

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

John Miles

Re: The same paragraph explained that:

But XP derived from NT not Dos & Windows 95 - it was the first version of the NT family sold without NT label.

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John Miles

re: Windows XP was the first PC operating system to drop the MS-DOS

So what happened to Windows 2000 Professional and Windows NT3.5/4 Workstation - which were all PC OSes (and used on PC not server)

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

John Miles

Re: Marlow Bridge

where are you getting those weights from? Parkers has a V8 Land Cruiser at 2.7 metric tonnes (or about 3 short ton

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JUNK in your TRUNK is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan

John Miles

Re: .ditto for going through a window

IIRC there was some speculation that thieves were smashing window, reprogramming car and leaving it so owner then it fixed, then they steal car. Hopefully a smashed window will alert people something happened - but just getting into boot might not.

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John Miles

Re: not the key to enable them to actually start the car or anything

From the boot you can often get into the car or access the wiring loom thus allowing access car's security and in the last generation of keyless BMWs there was a lot of thefts because plugging a computer into the obd port allowed you to program the car to accept a new remote and at that point you could drive it away. (There is a patch but BMW didn't recall or otherwise inform owners). The thieves have since moved on to include other makes - such as Range Rovers. (BMWs also have some flaws in UK model's alarm systems/door locks which made entering them quiet)

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

John Miles

reminds me of this cartoon

link

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