* Posts by Eddie Johnson

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IE and Safari lets attackers steal user names and addresses

Eddie Johnson
Grenade

Sites Like El Reg

Sites such as El Reg make this worse by using an authenticated email as the login. If I could login using my made up lusername the leaked data would be of much lower value. Yes, I'm lazy for using autocomplete but you are also lazy for using the email addy for login purposes.

I pretty much always use fake info when possible, a zip code that only matches the first 3 digits if I'm after weather for example, phone numbers with the correct area code but nothing else.

HEY ARSEHOLE: STOP SENDING ME ANGRY EMAILS

Eddie Johnson
Flame

Threat Level 3

My 5 year old copy of Eudora 7 does this for free. And it rates the emails with chili peppers. I think the worst I ever got was 3 chilis for a REMOVE I sent. It seemed to do a fairly good analysis because there was minimal cursing, mainly threats of reporting to Spamcop and the FTC.

Yellow alert over Windows shortcut flaw

Eddie Johnson
Joke

An Interesting Mitigation

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823732 is a fix for disabling USB. The funny part is their advice:

"Note if you are not on the computer that has the problem, save the Fix it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that has the problem."

I suppose they recommend the same for the undo?

Eddie Johnson
Unhappy

This Is Common Practice

I've found this is common practice in niche markets. I use embedded wireless modems and the manufacturer advises against changing any of the default port numbers or passwords, depending only on the obscurity of the hardware for protection. It's just laziness on their part because it makes remote support and diagnosis easier for them.

Adobe to fortify widely exploited Reader with security sandbox

Eddie Johnson
Flame

All I Needed to Read

"Borrowing a page from engineers at Microsoft and Google"

Well then, they are screwed.

Steve Jobs denies Judas Phone antenna problems

Eddie Johnson
Coat

iCondoms

Yes, but since people buy these things more as a fashion statement than as a functional phone "a bit of clingfilm" would utterly destroy the aesthetics of the phone and thus destroy about 80% of its value. It's like wearing haute couture with a yellow raincoat over it.

MS confirms Windows shortcut zero-day flaw

Eddie Johnson
WTF?

Are You Serious?

"For systems that have AutoPlay disabled, customers would need to manually browse to the root folder of the removable disk in order for the vulnerability to be exploited."

Seriously? Seriously? When someone has just inserted a DVD or USB into a computer it is pretty much guaranteed they are going to browse to the root directory of the drive they just inserted. Pretty much the only way they won't is if they are a full-on console mode geek and there aren't many of us left.

I really do find it coincidental that this was revealed days after Win2K was end-of-lifed. I know a lot of people intend to keep running Win2K in non Internet facing systems and this reeks of MS spreading FUD to force upgrades. I suggest people replace Explorer with something properly designed instead.

Windows Shortcut Flaw underpins power plant Trojan

Eddie Johnson
FAIL

The More Things Change...

It sounds like the flaw here is in Explorer then, not actually with shortcut files. Someone found a way to get Explorer to execute code via a shortcut much like the shell scrap thingy about 10 years ago. Truly, these idiots at MS will never learn. The more they try to have Explorer pop things up, display little info panes, or display stuff in the status bar the more opportunities they create for this kind of stuff. Any mitigation options? Does running in Classic mode help without all the stupid panes?

In a semi-related matter, my Explorer leaks file handles like mad, undoubtedly due to the half assed way MS implemented shell extensions, compounded by the idiotic way that every piece of software you install sees a need to install some useless shell extension just to prove that their zit faced developer learned a new trick. Then, not only is his company's software unstable, but my whole system becomes unstable, making it harder to identify the source of the crappy software.

Apple antenna guru 'warned Steve Jobs' over Judas Phone

Eddie Johnson
Thumb Up

Kudos

Love the Jesus Phone => Judas Phone morph. Its also the iCantPhone.

Form over Function, it's what Apple has always done so well.

End of Microsoft NHS deal means mass deletions

Eddie Johnson
Grenade

You Pay One Way or Another

After spending all day yesterday WAITING for OO it doesn't seem like such a great alternative. Granted, I was linking an external database into a spreadsheet but EVERY SINGLE THING took forever, just saving a small file takes 30 seconds, some things take 5 minutes (one refresh took over an hour!) and all open OO windows become unresponsive simultaneously. I've long been an open source advocate but I'm about ready to give MS another chance. I wonder if I can buy a version of Office from around 2000-2004?

NSA setting up secret 'Perfect Citizen' spy system

Eddie Johnson
Megaphone

Reminder

The NSA has been and continues to be engaged in an ongoing criminal conspiracy to violate US citizens constitutional rights. Pretty much every one of their employees could be convicted of conspiracy if our government wasn't so utterly corrupt that they not only permit, but condone this illegal behavior.

How many people have been arrested for the ATT warrantless wiretapping? Yes, zero. Probably one of the greatest civil liberties infringements of our time and not a single person charged or prosecuted. But we go after Clinton for playing hide-the-cigar. Nice priorities there.

And now we're going to give the criminals more power and more toys. This is not going to end well.

Motorola Flipout

Eddie Johnson
FAIL

I'd Like to See Motorola Succeed But...

It sounds like they're still making the same mistakes as the RAZR. It was all looks and no processor power so it got annoying really quickly. And if it feels underpowered at pre-launch think about how bad it will be in 6-12 months.

Windows 8 and life after KIN - Ballmer's hot summer

Eddie Johnson

I Feel a Need to Do Some 'splaining 'bout My 'plaining 'bout their "Planing"

Yes, they have every right to do all the planing they wish. And if their planes are based mainly on copying Apple's ideas, good for them. Stealing other people's ideas and selling them for less is what MS has always done. Unfortunately for them they've gotten pretty bad at it lately. They tend to be a year late and a dozen security patches short. The Kin is probably an example of this. By the time the MS machine got the idea out the door they realized they'd already missed the boat.

FLYING CAR, full hover, fairly quiet, offered to US Marines

Eddie Johnson
Grenade

More Stupidity from US Military

To fly this thing can't be heavily armored. That means I don't need a roadside bomb to take it out, probably just a .50 caliber round fired from the shoulder.

Classic jack of all trades compromise, won't be GOOD for anything. But billions will be spent anyway.

No matter what happens in Iraq and Whereever-stan the US loses because the enemy continues to attack $1M vehicles with $25 bombs, then the US retaliates with a $1M guided missile to take out a worthless mud hut containing 3 guys fighting for free armed with $100 AK-47s.

Cost actually DOES matter. Its what wins wars.

Hacker swipes details of 4m Pirate Bay users

Eddie Johnson
Big Brother

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Why would you create an unnecessary account at a place of questionable legality? Just so you could leave a bolder and brighter trail for the RIAA/MPAA to track down? This is like kids wearing a pot leaf shirt to school and then wondering why they got busted. Darwinism rules.

Microsoft patches Freetard-by-design bug

Eddie Johnson
FAIL

Seriously?

WMP is an absolute failure as a video player. Pretty much everything I open it can't find a codec for. Click the More Information and you'd expect some sort of hint as to what it can't find, (maybe even a 4cc code to search for) but no, you get a generic error page telling you absofuckinglutely nothing. I finally realized its because they have zero interest in supporting anything besides their borked wma/wmv formats.

Apple ads to target your iTunes history

Eddie Johnson
Jobs Horns

Thanks for the Clarity

"Apple knows what you've downloaded, how much time you spend interacting with applications and knows even what you've downloaded, don't like and deleted,” iCrossing head mobile marketeer Rachel Pasqua is reported to have said on Apple's iAd data leveraging here.

In one sentence you've summed up for me the reason why I've never installed this virus on one of my computers and have lectured people whenever they asked me to install it on theirs.

When I do get around to getting an mp3 player you can bet it won't be an iPod, even if the hardware I get is inferior. I've been toying with the idea of buying about 5 of those $20 no namers, they are just a step away from disposable and you just load em like a USB thumb drive - no spyware required.

Policing personal calls on business mobiles

Eddie Johnson
Flame

Needs to Be Done

It has nothing to do with the air time. You need to watch this just to catch the completely worthless employees who spend 2 hours or more a day on the phone making personal calls of a non-emergency nature. Like everything else, the mobile at work started out as a convenience for dealing with the odd issue that came up, then before you know it there are daily calls discussing the dinner menu, who said what to whom and countless other nonsense. I work with several people like this, all female for some odd reason.

Adobe auto-launch peril not fully purged, researcher says

Eddie Johnson
Happy

I Don't Even Need to Say It Do I?

Why would you still have Adobe software on your computer?

You learned your lesson the last 500 times, right?

Microsoft dubs Windows Phone 7 'ad serving machine'

Eddie Johnson
FAIL

This Whole Ad Driven Economy

is the next bubble waiting to pop. Just watch. It will soon be realized that the ads do not generate the promised click thrus, sales and ultimately profits. Click fraud and the related ad overcharging are rampant in the industry, don't the estimates range from 30-70%? Anyone paying these ridiculous rates is eventually going to wake up and realize they aren't generating enough revenue to pay for their marketing budget.

Ultimately, to make money you have to build physical things and sell them for actual money to generate GNP. This ad economy is the ultimate extension of the whole "service based economy" and will be the first portion to fail. The whole banking and mortgage industry was only a means to an end - purchasing real estate. Once they started to think it was an industry unto itself it was doomed to fail. Advertising is the same. It can't be more than 10-20% of the total economy.

Sell your GOOG now, Sergey knows!

'Biggest thing in farming for 10,000 years on horizon'

Eddie Johnson
Badgers

You Can't Beat Basic Math, Biology and Physics

Don't grains produce their little baby grains precisely because they know they are going to die? And don't they put every bit of their effort into producing those seeds, thus exhausting the energy they have left? I think there is a fundamental problem here that's going to take more than a little Frankensteining in the lab. The sums of the energy still has to add up.

TotalEnergy - EnergyToLiveThroughTheWinter = EnergyHarvested

For all the supposed savings in fertilizer and such there will be a dropoff in yield. The only real benefit I see here is what you'd get from reusing the root system and its ability to reach more water. Its still going to deplete the same amount of water and nutrients it just has a larger buffer (to put it in IT terms) so it can smooth out the peaks and valleys in rainfall better.

Ex-Brocade CEO Reyes gets 18 months for stock back-dating

Eddie Johnson
FAIL

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

When convicted felons defer their prison time with endless appeals they should be forced to pay interest. About a 20% rate seems fair. Defer a 1 year sentence with 2 years of appeals, earn an additional 146 days to be served. They all know the older they get the more sympathetic they appear. I was shocked Madoff was given effectively a life sentence but I'll bet he's released within 5 years under the guise of "health problems."

Governments mull net censorship grab

Eddie Johnson
Happy

This I Like for All the Wrong Reasons

I'm no fan of censorship but I'm in favor of this just because it will prevent a proliferation of new TLDs. Domain names are a hierarchical organization. The more random TLDs are added, the less organized the whole system becomes. And when companies are essentially forced to buy up their name and all their product names to prevent squatters its just a cash cow for the registrars.

Google to relieve AdSense webpage drag

Eddie Johnson
Flame

You Forgot One Thing AC..

That 40K has a lot of work to accomplish. Your forgetting the portion of the code that goes:

[flowchart]

How much information can I discover?

Record history and upload

Record preferences and upload

Attempt to delete opt-out cookies

Attempt to change home page

Attempt to change search provider

Attempt to create desktop shortcut

[/flowchart]

All that has to happen every time a gAd is loaded.

Google seeks interwebs speed boost with TCP tweak

Eddie Johnson
WTF?

Reality Check

Who here thinks an average web page size of 320K is ridiculous? This page is currently 12.55 KB (12,856 bytes) as I post but growing with every comment. Is he talking about all the embedded animated GIFs and such that my browser is never going to request or may already have cached (such as the icons below)? That's my suspicion, they want to push some embedded image model to make it easier to shove ads down our throat, or to at least eliminate the performance benefit of blocking them.

Mozilla's next Thunderbird gives Gmailers hope

Eddie Johnson
FAIL

What Chris Stevens Said

Hell, I've got CAD machines in my office that max out at 2G. And I'm always trying to encourage users to multitask more and quit running with *every*single*damn*window* maximized.

It doesn't matter what is available, your software should be designed to function with as little memory as possible. If you wanna grab some more for a particular task (like indexing for a search) that's fine but don't hold onto it 24*7 the way a lot of people keep their email client open.

I have the same poor opinion of every single program wanting to install a "quickstarter" or an update checker that's running all the damn time, even if it is only 16M.

Microsoft unveils – wait for it – another mobile OS

Eddie Johnson
Coat

Marketing 101 Checklist

Enterprise - Check

integrated - Check

potential - Check

empowering - Check

transform - Check

and lastly....

profitability - Check

Congratulations Johnny, you get an A in MarketSpeak.

Eddie Johnson
FAIL

This Is Why I Will Never Port To Win CE

I've had handheld apps that I've vaguely wanted to port to WinCE for 5-10 years now but I refuse to because it will take a while and the whole CE arena is too much a moving target. About the time I get it up on one platform, MS will be abandoning it for the Next New Big Thing. Gotta love their trend driven game plan. Wind from the east, focus on phones, wind from the north, time to build a tablet. I definitely would say Apple has it right. I've always seen a decently built Netbook that would allow me to target a full Windows (XP or lessor of course) as the best solution. We have some Panasonic Toughbook tablets running the tablet version of Windows and they aren't bad but a little big for the application in mind. The devices we have running CE are mostly built on FAIL.

Mega ISP Verizon punts sky-high storage

Eddie Johnson
FAIL

My Eggs In Your Basket?

I eagerly await this service - the moment it comes with a $100,000 cash payout guarantee in the event they lose even a cookie.

If you ever read the T&C on any of these hosts you'd have to be insane to trust them with long term storage. And by long term I mean anything over a week. If there is even a sentence in there that "provider shall not be responsible for [whatever]" they are guaranteed to lose your data and discover that the backups for the last 6 months are bad too. And there is no way their lawyers would let them offer the service for less than the liability cost so... its either outrageously expensive or totally going to fail due to the incompetence of a single disgruntled employee.

*I haven't actually read the T&C myself but I feel 169% safe making this assumption.

US Senator wants Internet seizure rights

Eddie Johnson
Alert

Problem With This Is

>> Eg have a (centrally maintained?) blocklist of US-b0rked servers and disregard routings which include them.

Maintaining that central list would almost certainly lead to the maintainer being labeled a criminal and most likely a terrorist. The black helicopters would be sent as a last resort. As an example see UBS/Swiss Banking.

Eddie Johnson
Flame

The Time Has Come

To start creating a second internet. One that is completely separate from the one the US Govtards are so intent on regulating and taxing and policing. All it needs to be is a shadow net of interconnected Wifis that avoid using the real internet as a backbone.

What would be a cute name for this network? Bebo? Bing? Fido? Alt? Well, let's think about it because the name is probably the most important part.

Ubuntu fights iPad fever with netbook shot

Eddie Johnson
WTF?

Wrong Focus Yet Again

Why do people focus on boot speeds? Who cares about boot speed? I mean, no one wants it to take minutes but seriously, it is a once a day occurrence at most, for me its once a month or less. If you are booting more than once per day you have more serious issues to be concerned about than speed.

iRex Technologies heading titsup

Eddie Johnson
Badgers

But Matt....

How can we monetize the experience of reading without delivering flashing, muticolored, animated graphic ads? As you read about a beer in the story wouldn't it be awesome if the reader could detect that your pupils were directed at the word "beer" and bring up pictures of foamy pints of beer along the side? With the ability to print a coupon for the nearest pub?

Sonic waves $323m in DivX marriage proposal

Eddie Johnson
Grenade

Remind Me

What was the name of that once good CD burning product that turned into Roxio and became a steaming turd? Will that be the future of Divx?

Novell revenues drop as board seeks sale

Eddie Johnson
Flame

Always a shame when the wrong horse wins

At least once a month, when fighting the braindead NTFS security model (want to revoke a group's access to a directory tree? Congratulations, you just completely dirtied a 50G directory tree. Hope backups don't melt down tonight!) I laugh that Netware's late 80s file security model is still better than Microsoft's. Microsoft's attempt at adding inheritance is a complete joke. And "Bypass Traverse Checking?" Nice apocryphal euphemism for "Don't enforce folder permissions."

Can you give to charity and cost Microsoft money?

Eddie Johnson
FAIL

Aren't They Generous

Given the disparity in our (mine and Microsoft's) incomes, MS should match me about 500:1.

Then, I would think they were actually doing something good. As it stands, not so much.

Google turns on SSL encryption for search

Eddie Johnson
WTF?

Uhhm...

Why worry about your search being seen in transit when you know damn well the party at the other end will sell it to the highest bidder?

Biometric passport 2.0 scrapped alongside ID cards, NIR

Eddie Johnson
Grenade

You Are Thinking Like a Bureaucrat

You are thinking like a bureaucrat if you think the department needs to find a new mission. If it currently finds itself mission-less it should be abolished and its property rented out. A true win-win - cost savings plus income.

Attempting to find tasks to keep unneeded government employees busy is a big part of the problem. Next thing you know they want a budget for their busywork and a few years down the road its been forgotten that they are doing busy work in what is functionally a welfare program. Personally, I think this is what about 50% of government is - totally unneeded but politically unacceptable to cut.

Spammers ordered to pay tiny ISP whopping $2.6m

Eddie Johnson
Coat

Followups

How 'bout a followup article on some of those other cases you linked to, telling us the collections status and whether Spamford is in the poorhouse or still owns million dollar properties?

Judgments are but a step along the road and if the spammers are able to stonewall the collections efforts it will prove that ultimately CAN-SPAM is worthless as I suspect.

Stealth installs and adware come to Facebook

Eddie Johnson
Boffin

This is Great News

for those of us who have just been waiting for the end of the whole MyFaceSpaceTwit web culture. It goes all the way back to the mid 90s when it was pioneered by Aol. Each successor to the throne has had a shorter and shorter time to wear the crown. How many iterations will it take before people wake up to the fact that they are being lied to and bought, sold and traded like cattle by these companies? Face the inevitable, the next big social website is going to be run by the 'non-evil' guys and will probably be named googlenet or gsocial. And once you sell your soul to them for free access to a 21st century chat room you will have NO secrets left.

California's 'Zero Energy House' is actually massive fossil hog

Eddie Johnson
Flame

Air

"How do yanks circulate heat in their homes, if not by water pipes?"

Newer home built since the mid 70s typically use air ducts as its more conducive to air conditioning and heat pumps. Steam and hot water circulation systems are rare outside the most northern areas.

Palin email witness decries 'dog and pony' prosecution

Eddie Johnson
Unhappy

Federal Cases

Yeah, it's a shame they've turned that upside down now and the trend is to make a federal case out of everything. Its just one of the many things bankrupting us slowly but surely. How many millions of dollars do you think have been wasted on this case which is essentially a practical joke gone awry?

Infamous Storm botnet rises from the grave

Eddie Johnson
Unhappy

Frist!!?

Hmm, that's funny. I'd been seeing an increase in spam over the past several weeks that had me feeling like it was 2008 or so again. Sildenafil and that sort of thing. Plus an increase in really bad 419 scams. Coincidence?

Should you own your own data?

Eddie Johnson
Grenade

The Hell With Web Sites

I think this policy should apply to the major credit reporting bureaus and other companies internal databases. Its MY name and address, you have no right to buy, sell or trade it. If companies were required to pay residuals every time they bought, sold or traded personal information the data mining companies would be out of business over night.

Google backpedals on IP 'anonymization' claim

Eddie Johnson

Echelon Is Google

>>"We strike a reasonable balance between the competing pressures we face, such as the privacy of our users, the security of our systems and the need for innovation," reads the company's privacy FAQ.

What they really mean is, "We balance our desire to retain and monetize as much information as possible against the need to pacify the security wingnuts." Since LEA interests are pretty well aligned with Google's it's just a matter of pacifying the public by telling them what they want to hear. When GOOG fails to live up to their promises they can expect a Get Out of Jail Free card from the DOJ, just like the one given to ATT for the felony wiretapping they committed.

HP: last Itanium man standing

Eddie Johnson
Dead Vulture

Sailing Off into History

If you're writing Itanium's eulogy how about bringing the Itanic moniker back for one last hurrah? It takes me back to the days of yore, when the P4 was but a young thing with a highly flawed math coprocessor and AMD could run circles around them in FLOPS.

Watchdog calls for Google break-up

Eddie Johnson
Badgers

I'd Be Sympathetic to Their Campaign

If only it wasn't being driven by a price comparison website. Those sites are absolutely worthless and do everything they can to clog the search results. More power to Google if they can come up with an algorithm that sends those virtually content free sites to the bottom of the rankings. I just did a test and it seems a little better than the last time I searched by manufacturer and model.

Ten free apps to install on every new PC

Eddie Johnson
Dead Vulture

Very Good Article

A very good article and very useful comments too. Actually, for the first time I wanted to print out the comments page so I could run down some of these choices. Unfortunately the comments page has no print version and trying to print from the main page gives you only the first page (as happens with other Reg articles too, but that's why they have a print version). Please Reg, give us a Print link for the comments too so our wise words can be freed from cyberspace into meatspace.

Adobe gives up on the iPhone

Eddie Johnson
Troll

Good Riddance to Flash Rubbish

"Adobe has said it won't be developing any more versions of its packager, which allowed Flash applications to be recompiled for the iPhone. Instead Android will be its focus in the future."

Sucks for Android. And its users. I have an especially big hate-on for Adobe today after having just caught their GetPlus(R) DLM virus trying to sneak install into Firefox and having read up on that POS. They still don't get it and I doubt they ever will.

McAfee false positive bricks enterprise PCs worldwide

Eddie Johnson
Coffee/keyboard

Evolution at Work

Old dinosaur companies that are too slow to respond to years of failure by McAfee are now being removed from the breeding pool. Why do people keep buying this crap? Its not even like its bought and paid for, you have to ante up every year.

Ever since AVG 8 turned my computer into a POS I've been surfing naked. I've never had a virus scanner find an actual virus since the days of the STONED virus that spread on floppy in the early 90's.

A nice lightweight, properly configured firewall to minimize exposure area and a browser without flash and Javascript keeps things humming right along. If you want a virus scanner get the lightest, least intrusive one possible and forget about all that prefetch, link scanning crap. It will always be a day late anyhoo.

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