* Posts by TheSkunkyMonk

48 posts • joined 19 Dec 2015

The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box

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Init is 1026 lines of code in one file and it works great.

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Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Yup why bother paying people to test your product when you can get people todo it for free, same with the games industry as well just its called Early Access. Absolute joke and the practice needs to stop sadly the only way this will happen is if the kids stop parting with their cash for incomplete garbage and the chance to be the first...

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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If they loved open source they would go open source instead of refusing to even allow games to be played between systems.

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Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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Bet they come with some great marketing wank/spyware built right into the CPU

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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The only good thing about this is the name! Why not dump all the paperwork and pay every British citizen a universal income instead of the current benefits system, a basic living allowance to cover the costs of life allowing us to work towards better things and brighter futures, it would ease the labor market and make companies give better benefits to get those workers, it would lead to people living a more varied and rewarding life instead of the stress and divides we currently have! Lets keep the name and make a change for the better of society instead of for the greed of others.

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Intel confirms it’ll release GPUs in 2020

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Stop

Year 2030

AMD announces its new a$$sucker with built in ram

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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

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He probably did the deed in my eyes but when people are extradited the country they are sent to should at the very least have to cover the legal costs for them if they are removed from a country where a solicitor/barrister would usually be provided for you free of charge, this should be part of the UK's conditions on letting our citizens go through this process! always knew it was to good to be true, and it was probably a story to cover him accidentally registering the domain in his name in the first place, but that is for the court to decide.

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

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Re: What will happen during a war?

If IBM can sell machines to the English and Germans during war time I am sure there will be no problems here! War is just an excuse to keep the economy running and to rebuild stuff we already have.

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Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector

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Did the men work more hours by anychance? what was the math behind the statistics? Because I'm sure if a man and woman do the same job in the UK and work the same hours they get the same pay...

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Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?

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cost-effective but results in a blind spot low to the ground all around the car .

They don't like dogs do they :(

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Microsoft loves Linux so much it wants someone else to build distros for its Windows Store

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I hope they stick to there guns and stay away from the store until Microsoft decides to dump its forced upgrade policy(YES WE ALL KNOW SEA OF THIEVES COULD BE RAN ON WINDOWS 7 OR EVEN XP! yes Im a kid at heart forget office)to its crappy Marketeers wet dream that is Windows10 and they themself's finally open up their source code. I know when 7 finally goes(its only for games its used atm anyway) Ubuntu with GnomeFlashback and a few other alterations will be my goto OS.

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UK smut overlord declares age checks should protect users' privates

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A Little Out Their

I know this may seem a little odd in the modern world but have we erm tried parenting? Like old fashioned style where the parents pay attention to their kids and what they get up to... I know giving them a smart phone and unfettered access to the net is easy and give you mummies plenty extra time for candy crush but maybe we need to get a little old school and start looking after our families again! We could start doing the same for our old as well instead of dumping them off in old peoples homes, imagine a world where people cared...

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Bitcoin's blockchain: Potentially a hazardous waste dump of child abuse, malware, etc

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politically sensitive content

Oh please say the register will be posting, or atleast hinting towards what? Is it May at the Torrie conference bending over members with her strapon out? oh if only she were so powerful I fear it is going to be much worse.

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Sysadmin held a rack of servers off the ground for 15 mins, crashed ISP when he put them down

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its good to see that my lack of trust in tech call centers in well founded, thank you :P

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Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model

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They are just taxi's that don't need to have the extra vehicle safety checks, or special insurance, or local knowledge tests, or any form of check really, face it they are nothing more than a taxi you order with an app instead of a telephone call. unless they are sending out registered taxi drivers they should be fined and stopped from trading in the UK or the regulations on insurance and vehicle safety tests should be dropped for taxi drivers.

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Sysadmin left finger on power button for an hour to avert SAP outage

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If it was me and I had requested a short break from my colleague and was told no I would of slipped. Sorry, whats the point of being a team if their is no teamwork to speak off... and punishing people for a mistake is just mean... Never read Mobby Dick.

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When clever code kills, who pays and who does the time? A Brit expert explains to El Reg

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Its not complicated, if software kills it should be down to the manufacturer of said product the ones who released and brought it to market, unless malicious tampering is evident(pissed off developer or so on).

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Wish you could log into someone's Netgear box without a password? Summon a &genie=1

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shhh these aren't bugs they are features.

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Here's why online social networks are bad for humanity, the nerds who helped build them tut-tut

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provide resources to parents to help cut down on their kids' device use

Resources? surely most can afford a book or two or even the great outdoors?

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Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

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so first it collects the marketing data, next it feeds you the adds and then it charges you an appropriate amount for the pleasure. Yay just what we always needed to help further mankind.

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How much will Britain's next F-35s cost? Not telling, says MoD

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Microtransactions

They are not telling because they have no idea how many updates and new items will be available for the flight computers yet all with convenient buy it now buttons and in flight currency. Bet the poor pilots end up forking out for most of them as well.

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GCSE compsci kids' work may not count after solutions leaked online

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GCSE is a joke if its still anything like it was when I did it, we had to make a Zeotrope, write a letter in word and produce a presentation to explain how we would design a website no actual html or php just an explanation as to how we would lay it out, in English words not code, no image editing no nothing it was the biggest sham I had ever seen. Their only defense was we were the first year to take it.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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Faster? its using more memory/cpu than ever! Plus the new look is absolutely hideous, and I only see a hindrance to the new layout no extra benefits to it all. All in all they dragged me away from Microsoft over ten year ago and now they have just pushed me right back with this godawful update! well until a fork comes along then I might have another look. Hope NoScript gets ported to IE it was Firefoxes biggest selling point for me(yes I know firefox will have it back soon as well).

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IBM: We're now a, what's not losing money? Ah, a cognitive cloud champ!

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Shiny

I don't care if it is equipped with two sx33's what is that box on the article picture?

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Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

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Re: The next stage

Nah, they just can't control coins already in circulation until they find the current owner and he who has the biggest miner owns all new bitcoins.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

It was the only thing that Thatcher actually got right, when she decided that breweries should only be allowed to own a certain amount of pubs. This idea should be taken a step further and be implemented with property and cash. We don't need people owning hundred of flats and houses and it does nothing but increase prices for everyone else(I do see how that can be a benefit if you already have property, and yes I do and id rather see the loss). The same for money, it is not an unlimited resource we only have so much in circulation, so why on earth should people be allowed to hoard large percentages of it? I'm not even going to get started on the way it is created and paid for.

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

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Re: So you're blaming a commercial company for not patching a 13 year old OS?

Thanks for my morning giggle, just the thought of manufacturers making stuff that lasts really got me going! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdh7_PA8GZU

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Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers

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misspellings and "unusual formatting"

Legalese, should be looking at that even more. Still amazes me that modern society allows the legal elite to use completely different definitions to words than there stand oxford equivalent. It kind of sound like a bit of a con maybe?

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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then god help those with pic programmers

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UK ISPs may be handed cock-blocking powers

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Erm, don't you need to be 18 to sign up to an ISP? Yes I know it is a lot to ask that parents pay attention to their kids activities.

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UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

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Re: "hard-coded no-fly zones in drones"

is that not what parliamentary privilege is for?

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Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

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Re: Why the double standard here?

Limited Liability, same reason no one goes to jail when the oil companies try to save a few pennies on piping, or when the banks steel millions. can't send a bit of paper to jail, or can you?

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MtGox collapse victims now picked off by phishing vultures

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i wrote abit of code on sorceforge years ago called mshell in vb, removed recently for some unkown reason highlighting the biggest problem with windows and trojans, with a simple dll call you can hide your process from taskmon to top this off this stunt can also be pulled off in the dev version spy++

its a stupid feature that should of never been added as it only allows abuse and personally I believe that is why it was added.

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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i used to work as a tech in a shop in my youth, we had a cock up on a receipt and the counter guy had put Mhz down after the amd 1800, its didn't run at 1800mhz, and at the time that was the fastest chip, i had to handle the call and well i told him where togo after he didnt accept the explanation(why i was never allowed in the shop front) and he later managed to come in the store and get my boss, i was shocked he just gave the guy a full refund on his system and let him keep it he even got software covered on his warranty he was in nearly every week with some idiotic issue and would always ask for me, sure he just liked getting under my skin. needless to say after reading this i now know why he just gave him his money back and kissed his arse.

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Scrum.org hacked, may have lost crypto keys and some user data

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I have a friend who teaches IT/Programming in far off lands after many years of doing the same in the UK, the man didn't even know what a RFC was until a few month ago :( I fear for the future of our IT Professionals

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Linux 4.7rc-1 shipped

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can i use my high dpi mouse yet without having to download a ton of source, modify the kernel and recompile? please say its so i miss my ubuntu and i already had enough trouble getting my 750ti working and I'm a lazy man. plus i bet they become more standard kinda good to be ready...

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Lost your shirt in the MtGox Bitcoin mess? Release the Kraken!

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Re: Is this....

it may be free from political control but whoever has the biggest rig can control the market.

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Dropbox gets all up in your kernel with Project Infinite. Cue uproar

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dialog promises them faster dropbox

ahhh that reminds me of the Bs spouted on every release of the windows installer after 3.1 also shocked bill didn't put a patent on that one

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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prompting some developers to work for free on it.

Poor sods, wonder if they will have any means of comeback? Its a joke mind and will lead to the end of the Rift. still its mainly old tech anyway, I remember the VR Game in the toy shop when I was a kid in the early nineties, it was always broken. only difference is higher def screen no doubt and fancier graphics and a few more sensors. Why it cant be open software so Devs can actually concentrate on making VR games instead of pandering the whims of hardware manufacturers I do not know, oh yeah I do in the hopes of making more money! It really shouldn't be this complicated, its just sensor feedback, screens a screen...

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SHOCK: GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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can we know how long the studies were ran for? most nearly always seem to be no more than a few month and the longer ones especially the ones the Russians did over a couple year were all pretty damning

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Cyber-moolah boss gets 20 years' porridge for money laundering

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Re: expressly?

Its amazing how much some of the items cost, think you may be onto something...

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Cyber-underworld price list revealed: $500 for company email inbox, $1,200 passports, etc

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Wonder how much they'd charge to get Piggy Diddler Cameron's emails?

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Blighty's nuclear deterrent will get a software upgrade amid cyber-war fears

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Kinda funny how we actually have rules on how bad we can nuke someone

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When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

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wasn't it just explore.exe back in the day? you know before netscape/mozilla or who ever it may of been complained and got them to take it out of the file browser, only time I used IE was so easy...

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Universal Credit slammed by MPs: Late programme branded 'unacceptable'

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Re: Sanctions

imagine the over payments though! I really don't understand what is so hard about devoloping the system though at its heart it is just a big database a few forms and a link to the bacs system, spend a bit on hardware fair enough but on the software dev side man what the hell is wrong with these peeps.

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Three-years-late fit-to-work IT tool will cost taxpayers £76m

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Re: Good joke!

The bit that gets me is it is a qualified "doctor" that signs them off sick, and then they are asked to go and be assessed again, at even greater expense by someone not nearly qualified to be over turning the doctors diagnoses. Either our politicians think our doctors are all incompetent in which case they may want to consider retraining them to a higher standard, or this is purposely set out to cause suffering and make a tidy sum in the process. Btw the doctor has the option to select lightduties or not fit on the sick note. if they want to catch fraudsters start hiring detectives.

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WTF? Been seeing a lot of recommendations for Mint Linux to newcomers, why?

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After many years of tinkering on the edge I pretty much moved over entirely to linux It wasn't easy nvidia optimus cards weren't really supported but I managed to make it all work in the end and started to love the experience, updates came things kept getting better and better, I discovered Gimp, blender and geany and was a happy dev with more toys than I knew what todo with.

Then it happened the greatest mistake I had ever made was about to happen, I'd happily been using my Microsoft Mouse for over ten years but as all things its was starting to give up the right click was temperamental and the mouse wheel shortly followed, I don't often say this about microsoft products but their hardware used to be top notch! So I decided to treat my self to a shiny new mouse it was a Zalman 401 quite comfortable and not to far from the feel of the familiar Microsoft counterpart, Ubuntu however was not amused one little bit, it picked up my graphics tablet fine, my midi keyboard works a treat and it didn't even think twice when I connected my external soundcard.

But a high DPI mouse, no. No sir you are not allowed one of those, well not unless you are willing to edit and recompile the kernel which to me seems way overboard and not a real solution to make a bloody mouse work!

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Linux Foundation assembles gang to build a better Blockchain

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The problem is, it is easily centerizized and abused, who ever has the most computing power has charge this was proved when one mining group was raking in all the coin, luckily they had a heart.

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