* Posts by Unlimited

131 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Oct 2007


No Mo'zilla for about 100 techies today: Firefox maker lays off staff as boss talks of 'difficult choices' and funding


Brave Browser

Installed it when a FF update broke NoScript.

Never went back.

DevOpsery-dispenser Atlassian's customers settle into the cloudy subscription world


Such as?

Comment is useless without providing examples of your opinion of best-in-class

French publishers join Swedish 'Block Party' to pester ad refuseniks


"It's turtles all the way down"

No it's javascript disabled and a comprehensive hosts file all the way down.

Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest


Re: No browsing on phone...

Firefox + Disable Javascript

At least 10 major loyalty card schemes compromised in industry-wide scam


Re: Ouch

>companies should have to look to how much they invest

They do, regularly.

The decision is usually: IT costs too much, let's run it into the ground and eventually outsource it to the CEO's friends company so we can focus on our core goal of making sure management gets richer.

Most developers have never seen a successful project


Re: Needs just a tweak.

"get agreement from all parties on what will be built before they even start anything"

Spoken like someone who has never worked on any construction ever.

- The client changes their mind all the time.

- Depending on who is off sick at the time, the authorities change/reverse/reverse again what they will sign off.

- The architect floats around with vaguely scribbled ideas.

- Components arrive built wrong and you either adapt to them, adapt them, or accept delay of getting them re-done

For its next trick, Microsoft diminishes the iPad with just a driver


Re: in-house devs

Management might have to cough up for overpaid contractors to create touch/pen-centric interfaces rather than the lazy 100 fields on a screen approach that they have insisted upon for decades.


JavaScript CPU cache snooper tells crooks EVERYTHING you do online


Re: Countermeasures: type your pw super fast

Or super slow?

Type 1/3 of password

Write that email you've been meaning to send

Type 1/3 of password

Reply to some forum posts

Type 1/3 of password


GoDaddy buys 200,000 domains for $28.1m – that's $140 a piece


The brewery owns all the pubs*

Didn't there used to be a rule that registrars were not allowed to own large numbers of domains themselves?

Did that get changed or has it just been so widely flouted that now the flouting is put into press releases?

*or insert your own preferred failed analogy. something something cars. something something real estate.

Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk


The CVE is a lie!

Unable to find vuln CVE-2014-9222

Sorry, no results found for 'CVE-2014-9222'. Try entering fewer or broader query terms.

The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous


Is Journalism Exempt?

50% of all articles published on this website should be authored by women.

You can start by rejecting all Mark Pesce submissions in favour of something written by a woman.

Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?


What a load of crap

"neat timeline depicting the evolution of robots in film."


"crap list of some movie robots, in chronological order, with significant gaps"

I vote crap.

UPGRADE your CHILDREN with KANO: All you need in one box


Re: Have you tried typing on a tablet?

If only small portable keyboards were widely available for tablets, perhaps wirelessly connected and somehow integrated with some kind of folding "case" for ease of transportation.


Bring your spade: The BIG DATA Gold Rush has begun


Partnerships do occur

"say you'll pay them via a 10 per cent share of any extra profit their systems generate"

More like: Hi massive retailer, we'll setup the appliances and BI software at half price and support it and in return you give us a cut of the revenue you get selling access to the data back to your suppliers.

It happens.

DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL


XML Notepad and Open XML Productivity Tool

That is all.

Ubuntu N-ONE: 'Storage war' with Dropbox et al annihilates cloud service


Re: Shoddy

"they have"

"they would do so"

Your tenses don't match, making it hard to understand what you are saying.

If you are saying they have already emailed, then I didn't get that email.

If you are saying that they have indicated they will be emailing in future, then that is too late, as I've already found out the news via the Reg, rather than directly from the company themselves.



The service wasn't that great, but it did integrate nicely across Ubuntu/Windows/Android.

Learning about it's closure via a Reg article linking to a blog post is just appalling though.

Would it have been so hard for them to email their paying customers?

That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY


Re: actual name

Why not get your own domain? You can have your actual name - or any other name(s) - as your address, plus the ability to migrate away.

Here they come: Dot-word warehouse Donuts to launch new top-level domains this week


"Upstart domain registrar Donuts"

I think you misspelled "registry".

Actually, I think you misspelled "racketeer".

Blighty's laziness over IPv6 will cost us on the INTERNETS - study


if ipv4 addresses are so rare

Why can I rent one for a few dollars a month?

Publishing ANYTHING on .uk? From now, Big Library gets copies


The public in 2113 will be able to see that 2013 culture was based around buying huge volumes of tat?

"Miss, how much tat did they buy? Well Timmy, so much that even storing a record of all the tat for sale was very difficult with their primitive spinning rust storage technology"

300 UK domains pilfered, MASSIVE security lapse blamed


They still have customers?

Why do people continue to do business 123-reg? Their service was always appalling.

The business mullet: Cool or tool?


trousers are more comfy anyway

Funny thing is, a proper pair of trousers, quality wool and either made to measure or altered to fit is way more comfortable than some denim jeans.

Microsoft to end Windows 8 discounts on January 31


Re: Modern island life or a tale of simple countryfolk

"oh no, can't repair this. Has to be couriered to Dell. I'll build you a new one. I'll even dispose of the old one for you in an environmentally friendly way."

*puts everything into new case

*replaces motherboard

*scrapes hdd for possibly interesting media

*installs ubuntu

"Here you go sir, I've built you a brand new computer!"

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And "customers who bought new PCs or laptops with Windows 7 preloaded got the best deal of all"

Yes, because with their deal they got Win 7 and not 8.

Adobe's Flex grabs top project slot at Apache


'how Flex can hold onto even its "old faithfuls"'

Many large corporations have invested untold millions into developing both desktop (AIR) and browser (Flash) based applications for both internal and external use in Flex.

The rewrite cost alone means they will hold onto Flex for some years.

"As HTML5 matures, acquiring the capabilities that Flash has led on for years".

When the enterprise browser install base has good support for HTML5 ( maybe by Windows 9?, 10? ) and some tools come out ( ones better than GWT ) which enable applications to be written in a compiled, typed language, then you may start to see the shift occurring.

What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks


Re: Starting on the wrong foot?

I'd go further: They are rarely perfect, and almost always only a specimen of a tiny fragment of a real world system.


Re: Recognise this picture?

No. Have you heard of a concept called "code review"?

Graduate commits crappy code. Senior dev rejects the commit and tells grad why. Grad fixes it and learns.


The author is not a good programmer

"The most common reason for the existence of bad software is bad programmers"

There are a lot of them that's true. But they can be guided by one good senior dev given the time to do code reviews. In my experience, the reason for bad software is vague requirements and impossible deadlines caused by salesmen telling pure lies.

"For the record, however, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone go back and clean up a quick-and-dirty fix"

Then you yourself are a bad programmer. Or one of those fly by night contractors. Personally I will very often replace dirty with clean when a new requirement would otherwise require to layer on some more quick and dirty.

Ten four-bay NAS boxes

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performance is not the only metric

file systems supported?

idle power consumption?


Are you an IT pro? It's no longer safe to bet your career on Microsoft


"Google are pushing" "purchasing multiple licenses" "archaic concept"

Google apps for business charges per user.

White House 'wants Feds to draw up cyber-defences' for power plants

Big Brother


Sure, have a go at finding devices on people entering, but also, on all machines inside the station make it extremely difficult to remove the peripheral from the port already in use and disable/remove all other ports/drives with removeable media.

HSBC brands EVERY Apple iPhone 'an insecure PC'


+https fail

The update also seems to include https://www.hsbc.co.uk using javascript to load resources over http. Which causes Firefox and Chromium to show some "page not secure" type warnings.

I tried to use their complaint and contact forms to tell them, but they just gave error messages.

Ten budget inkjet printers


Re: Supported OS?

I have a slightly older deskjet.


Ubuntu 10, Vista, Win 7 all work easy


Ubuntu: Forum searching for magic connection string at first ( dnssd://Deskjet%203050%20J610%20series%20%5B83D65A%5D._pdl-datastream._tcp.local/) but now always works

Vista: I gave up

Win 7: Since installing HP drivers connection to wireless router has become unstable

Samsung Galaxy S III

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4.8in screen


Samsung shows 'designed for humans' handset

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Too big

I know I'm in the minority, but I'll never buy a phone bigger than 3.7in

Google motors into cloud storage with Drive


shook up the email market

"The levels of storage it offered on Gmail shook up the email market"

Is that what motivated people to use Gmail? For me it was the spam filter which blew away the hotmail and spam assassin filters.

Death to Office or to Windows - choose wisely, Microsoft


indispensable tool for business? no! rage inducing poison.

Gah! How did we get here? Every powerpoint is full of fluff, every word doc instantly out of date, every excel spreadsheet indecipherable to anyone but the author, every access db a disaster waiting to happen.

I would rather office died an immediate and final death.

Google spews out 'privacy' email to Sky punters too


spam filter + conversation threading

Are there any self hosted solutions that even come close to gmail in these regards?

After getting sick of roundcube updates breaking I'm back to squirrel mail ( yeah i know, but it works ), and MailProtect.

Starship Voyager dumped into skip


Dismantle. Move. Reassemble. ??? Profit.

wtf did he build it out of that it cannot be moved? Surely it's just mdf, screws and glue right?

How can family sysadmins make a safe internet playground for kids?


Whatever, they'll just go to their friends house

^^^ My wife's response when I explained my plan for safe net access for our kids

Xen hypervisor ported to ARM chips


ARM Holdings, the company behind the ARM architecture

Thanks for that. No one could possibly have figured it out if you just referred to the company as ARM.

Adobe Flex SDK bombshell STUNS developers


Bit soon

How many enterprises have browser installation bases that support the HTML5 working draft?

Thats right. Working draft.

EU: Check out our huge JavaScript appendage


The language does matter when it's a prototype based, classless, dynamically typed abomination.


The two big issues on a project like this are

1) Javascript

2) Javascript

Down but not out: Flash in an HTML5 world


Breaking News!

Macromedia development tools supporting both HTML and Flash! Shock!

Oh wait, they have since forever.

Sites downed by 1&1 web outage


So, business as usual then? 1&1 providing a good service would be more newsworthy.

Amazon and PSN outages won't halt cloud revolution



"You wanna go back to Windows"?

Could it be that cloudy hosting is just replacing paying for dedicated/colocated servers that are mostly under utilised and occasionally swamped?

Various statistics abound indicating Linux ( anecdotally, CentOS ) running on most of those dedicated servers.

Not sure what you're getting at talking about Windows. Are you saying that web services used to be hosted on Windows, but are now on Amazon? Sounds... ...dubious.

Google accused of hard-coding own links in search


"What system design could explain that disappearance?"

if( searchTerm.isExactStockCode() )





What an incredible system design. Who could possibly imagine such an algorithm.

A person might think that Mr Edelman is being a bit disingenuous.

CIA used 'illegal, inaccurate code to target kill drones'


@A J Stiles

Are you sure that the software was commissioned by Netezza?

From the article:

"The partnership between the two firms strengthened, and in August 2008 Netezza acquired exclusive rights to distibute[sic] Geospatial"

Company A has already written a piece of software, and they sell company B the right to _distribute_ it.

Are you saying company B should now have source code rights?