* Posts by T J

269 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Nov 2007


Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork


Opinion Piece

Not sure it constitutes news or should even be on El Reg in the first place.

Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly


Re: Firefox needs to fix basic issues

Pale Moon does indeed rock.


Mozilla are not sane.

I stick with Firefox for a few reasons, but I don't like any of them. They are reactive reasons.

* The add-on population. But you really gotta take note of how many of them I and others have installed to FIX FUNCTIONALITY THAT MOZILLA BROKE.

* Chrome sucks, ergonomically, and I don't like some of the decisions it 'makes for you'. Up until recently Firefox was reasonably free of that rubbish ... yeah, recently.

* I hate Google. I really f******* hate them.

* There are no other browsers. No, just shut up, there aren't. Opera died, good efforts like Flock and Pale Moon rock but you know they're just going to end up in a cave like everything good, Safari remains a joke. Ironically, Edge actually isn't bad - but it's MS and therefore a security hazard and not something you want to code for.

But Firefox, now?

As of 45 it wouldn't accept unsigned add-ons (NO, this is NOT a f****** ADVANTAGE! It is a HUGE, TROUBLESOME, INCONVENIENCE!), not unless you use the 'Developer' edition. Oh oh, here we go into MS arbitrary forks. "No, no, it's perfectly reasonable that there be a development line with those things deactivated. And some other things. And oh yeah we keep changing the name. And yeah you have to keep track of what version you are on. And ..."

As of 52 the Linux version won't work with GTK2. "JUST UPGRADE YOUR OS!"


Mozilla's attitude to backwards compatibility is just shocking. Which also brings me to ...

Mozilla are a bunch of amateurs, pretending to be professionals. No, they really are, they ignore basic use-cases and even basic computer-science, and it's becoming a real problem.

That's the W3C also described, in general, really. But Mozilla? Your stuff used to be smart and fault-tolerant, and NOT DO STUPID SH**. Now it is none of those things.

I think 52/53 may be their Waterloo. Their Apple OS X Server. Their Netscape 6. Their Windows 8. I think this may be the one that forces them to make peace with their gods and decide where they want to go.

I'm finding myself using Pale Moon more and more, despite the hideous interface font-rendering (who cares).

And Chrome is starting to look more attractive ...

Microsoft's .NET-mare for developers: ASP.NET Core 2.0 won't work on Windows-only .NET


This overcomplicated, slow, security-absent crap still exists?

I'm amazed.

People care?

MS's web experiment is dead and gone, like Apple's server experiment.

Apache and Nginx won.

Move on.

Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems


(Cough) Elephant in the (cough) room ...

It's still amazing me.

People think that Intelligence agencies TELL the public what they're doing.

NO. They DON'T. Not even if there is a REASON to.

Their business is secrecy. That never changes. It is their currency, their leverage, their life-blood, and their protection.

They don't tell you anything they don't want you to know. That 'you' is us.

For somebody to stand up and do this rubbish ... the agenda will become clearer down the track. But it's a stunt. It is a reasoned and calculated (or emergency) measure. It is not what it seems.

And on a related topic - I *was* gratified to see some posters on El Reg were of the same opinion as myself: The Wikileaks CIA 'leaks' are just a load of old, disused crap and they've long since moved on to more sophisticated hacks. This was just a golden opportunity to use the White Haired One's ego to publish a giant wad of FUD. Now anybody who isn't in on the joke is running to patch stuff ... that no longer matters. Not to Intelligence agencies like the CIA, NSA, SVR, GRU and the other handful that actually have some clout in the world.

WikiLeaks promises to supply CIA's hacking tool code to vendors


Hello little newborn vector

So, basically Wikileaks has now become a publically known, willing channel for CIA FUD and misinformation. Perfect.

Australia's Department of Social Services pushing ahead with data-matching plans


Re: What will the Coalition do


What will the Coalition do

if they ever run out of poor people to demonise?

It's frankly an embarrassment that we have enough easily-fooled idiots in this country to have voted these bastards back in.


Yup, you've summed it up. We are a nation of extreme tardation.

Julian Assange to be interviewed by Swedish rape prosecutors


Well, gee, that was an impartial and unbiased article.

Temperature of Hell drops a few degrees – Microsoft emits SSH-for-Windows source code




IT'S WAR: Hacktivists throw in their lot with spies and the military


Yeah, um, how far......?

How far, really, is it going to get?

Ok Windows doesn't stand a chance, it blows away like chaff in the wind against any serious security hack. But major servers don't run on Windows.

OSX fares a little better with its BSD heritage, but it too isn't tooo hard to smash into. But major servers don't run on OSX.

They run on Linux.

They run on open-source software that has an entire world's worth of security experts and security theorists probing into its every chess-move.

There will always be holes.

It's just... there might not be all that many of them, in the end.

Welcome to 'uber-veillance' says Australian Privacy Foundation


A challenge, but it's being taken up

Technology is two-edged, always. But here, I'm talking about the edge faced by the intelligence agencies, and corporate-owned "governments". It can fight back.

There are now strains of Android (let's just quietly ignore the hipster with the head shaped like a fruit trying to get our attention in the corner, and let's laugh at the random collection of ones and zeroes holding the four-colours flag as it gets kicked mewing and drooling out the door, shall we) that have Google's caring-sharing life-sucking tentacles removed, and have been hardened in other ways.

Ubuntu is becoming a popular handheld device OS.

There are homegrown efforts coming up that use other software, and indeed other hardware than the (cough cough) "major" brands do.

And online, the problems with TOR are being analysed out of the way (the entire paradigm sucks, because...), i2p2 grows and grows (...really, both endpoints need to be encapsulated within a network in order to be safe) and "illegal" - let's use the correct term: alegal - radio networks just keep popping up and refusing to be mole-whacked.

It's very annoying (for the surveillance sycoph... community), but some things are, albeit slowly, getting harder to find out, not easier. Bit like the MAFIAA discovering the public don't like being ripped off and neither do musicians.

Of course your standard thickhead won't care (and will continue using their real name on Facesucker, etc), until somebody dies or something big happens. But after that, suddenly they'll be on their car roofs beating their chests. FORTUNATELY, there will actually be tech there waiting for them with open arms.

Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date


Re: Is he still there??

<quote>"It seems like all this is based on the assumption that he's still there and hasn't been sneaked out in a diplomatic package (which the plod wouldn't be able to open - and they can be any size http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplomatic_bag)"

If they tried that could cause a bit of a ruckus. For example, from that Wikipedia article:

"It may only contain articles intended for official use"

If there's a suspiciously human-sized diplomatic bag come out of the embassy, the UK government would have reasonable suspicion that Ecuador were violating the Vienna Convention by using diplomatic cover to break UK law, not a good thing to do. The government just says "no problem, we'll just seal this bag shut, nice and airtight, and wait a few days, then you can have it back. Unless you'd like to tell us that there's someone inside?"</quote>

Ego shipped separately.



These people are

f@@@ing idiots.

Surely that picture was for a special occasion, e.g., a press conference?

Mozilla makeover to boost Tor torque, capacity


Yeah whatever...

What's the chick's name in the photo? Come on....

It's hacker jihad: Islamist skiddies square up to Anonymous


Sorry are you talking about specifying the noun, in Arabic?

For example: 'Anza Ackbar!' - 'Goat is great!' - NOT correct.

It needs to be 'Al Anza Ackbar!' - 'Goat is great!'


Re: United Islamic Cyber Force

50 Shades Of Towel

Last year was utter rubbish. Thanks for being part of it!


Come on the great South, we're rooting for you

When the hell is South Korea just going to annex this bunch of clowns. China has already washed its hands of them, Russia couldn't care less, and the populace of the North will welcome it ecstatically.

Counting down.... counting dowwwwwn.....

HE'S DONE IT! Malcolm Turnbull unites left and right with piracy policy


Re: Malcolm's not THAT stupid is he?

I've often wondered. For a member of the Liberal party he seems to be quite remarkably with-brain, a very rare thing in that group indeed. But mainly, I have just been waiting for him to emerge from the wings and stab the other clowns in The Rich Peoples' Party in the back and take its throne. Stay chooned...

Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official


Disgusting behaviour

Disgusting behaviour by the airport security apparatchik. An enquiry should happen, whether it reports or not - this should be high news.

But yes - don't let some little turd in a uniform compromise your data. Encrypt it on a hidden volume behind a guest account. OR, store your data client-side encrypted online somewhere, and grab it after you've got where you're going - this is what govfuckwiterments have reduced us to.

Fortunately while they are busy slamming each others' dicks in the door and snorting cocaine, they physically can't legislate the laws of mathematics.

Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it


Re: Funnily enough...

Yes! I liked that bit too - where the ORIGINAL Roy Batty turns up, and he's a complete special-ops nutcase. And he HATES the replicant version of himself that spared Deckard, regarding it as a cheap copy. The scene in the book where he breaks Holden out of hospital really does deserve to be filmed, though it would probably be the only good bit of the film.

As a general rule, K W Jetter sucks pus in hell. He's regarded as a contemporary/disciple of Philip K Dick but I can never work out why - Dick's stuff is genius, Jetter's is utter shit.


Deckard's not subject to those rules - at least according to K W Jetter.


After I got out from under the spell of Prometheus, and realised it was a total piece of excrement, I wanted to leave some of my own excrement in a suitable vessel - so that the director would get to appreciate it, up close and personal, you understand. They NEED to think of these audience facilities!


Storm of brown

No, no it will be shit.

Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for statue of our dear leader


This is.....

This is a piss take, right? This IS a piss take...... right?

Mozilla re-negotiates Google multi-million dollar sugar-daddy deal


And both of them stay crap

Regardless of their relationships, both their browsers continue to s*** me.

Chrome is so utterly bereft of features that it reminds me of Apple's garbage ("Let us think for you... even though we're hipster idiots.") But gee its flash bindings work nice!

And Firefox, with all its configurability and plugin ecology is a PIECE OF BLOATED PIGWARE that uses up nearly a gig of RAM when it's doing *nothing*. And its flash crashes if you breathe.

Would that the two clouds of nerds (or... herd of clowns?) could get together and produce the One True Browser, instead of urinating over their respective audiences.

'Trust ASIO': Australia passes spook's charter Part A


Re: Australian media drops ball

Word. Oh sorry, icon. No, wait a minute, link to video (bought from a syndicated site).

The aussie media is particularly hilariously bad. And Media Watch - which gets it right 99% of the time - just aint big enough to embarass the whole shebang.

Back-to-school Patch Tuesday: Critical updates for Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader


Sorry... what's that you say?

Adobe Reader I understand - I occasionally have to fall back to it when I'm not using Okular.

But, what's that other thing? I've never heard of it.

OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics


Good but Beware

Glad to see this inspired the inevitable usual dickh... intelligent commentary.

Whilst this approach is a GoodThing[tm] - the bastards should pay their fair tax share - anything that starts to look like World Government stirrings makes my blood chill. A Gordon Brown or Tony Abbot at the head of a world parliament.... kinda makes the nuclear exchange threat of the 60s pale into insignificance.

Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?


You can pay for anything you want

Apple never really came up with anything. You can get any gear you want - if you are prepared to pay for it. You always could.

The iPod was a perfect example of Jobbie's marketing insan... genius. Take an mp3 player, moronise the interface (and call it 'funky'), then add an 80G surface-mount spinner. Isn't this wonderful? And it only costs you $800! Just don't drop it.

The MacBook Air - we'll make it so thin that nobody can make a DVD-ROM drive for it... cos, you know, those things are like so dead, man. And they did die, true. About 5 years later. But then there's a little thing called heat-dissipation, but thats ok nobody cares about that. In the meantime, we are so sorry about your scorched testicles, Sir, but they were scorched by Steve so you really should be grateful. Give us $4500 for the new one with less Ball-Scorch....

Decades ago, in the luggable era, Hewlett Packard (I *think*, it may have been somebody else) made a luggable that you could throw over a wall onto concrete. They built it for the military, and it was one of the first devices with 'drop-sensing' that would park the spinner, and all the internals were gel-packed. It cost $30k.

Anything you want. Gimme yo dolla.

SHINY NEW GADGETS! No, we're not joking, here's a load of them


More reasons to shoot cyclists

Since the clown-clothed, space and privacy invading, jumped-up t*rds will no doubt use it, hopefully the gear will remain a bright, vivid orange. Makes the little bastards a lot easier to sight up...

Yawn, Wikileaks, we already knew about FinFisher. But these software binaries...



How the hell do you install the Linux one? If you've got root anyway then it's game over.

Want to buy a Woz-made Apple I? If you need to ask the price, you can't afford it


F**** Apple and f***** old computing shyte

I am not unique in this - I am an old, very experienced, still perfectly functioning software developer. My dreams are written in Python (it's more efficient than the old way).

And, I hate old computer hardware, ok? I can't stand it. It bores the living piss out of me. People who get enthusiastic about it generate a boredom field that ages concrete by millenia - they are dangerous, don't let them near bridges.

If it's seriously old - like valves-and-mercury era - then that's a different story. That stuff was space-lab frankenstein-lab evilgenius-lab glorious blinkenlicht power to the oversploog! But mainly because it looked really cool, quite apart from any boundaries it pushed.

Old, clunky and stupid plastic boxes, full of step-wise evolutions of green, crappy circuit boards, are your anus, frankly. Pants. Duff. Boring and spew.

And if it's APPLE, ooooooowwwwrrr, then it can REALLY get stuffed (down the curbside drain, with a roight goid kickun....)

If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait


Re: thermoplastic turds

" whizz-whir desktop 3D printers that produce a range of useless, multi-coloured, thermo-plastic turds."

spot on. really sums up the whole thing.

apart from some level of initial prototyping , possibly.


You guys are ignorant fuckheads. I know that makes me sound like a yank but... you've driven me to it. Keep reading and researching. You are espousing the 3D-printing view from about 1995. It's not 1995 anymore. No, really, look out the window.


Mmmmmmmm, no.

Mmmmmmmm, no. It's actually getting there VERY fast. You have some more research to do, Sir, but it's ok if you do it after the weekend.

NSW to build federated ID management rig for staff, punters


Re: Been through this

They'll have a committee of 20. And a budget of several million, most of which will go up noses, into the deserving hands of ladies of the night, and to the building of some damn fine patios.

Any idea that Big Brother could be organised enough to be a long-lasting threat is rapidly dissolving in kafka-sillywalks juice these days.

Nevertheless, when this goes belly-up can I sue them and take ownership of their lives? C'monnnn.....

Anonymous wifi the latest casualty of Russia net neurosis


Re: @Alfred2 Lessons will be learnt

"Over the weekend, The Independent carried three articles about online bullying (and 'grooming'), within which a former Government spokesman said that the internet was becoming too dangerous for children and that the Government needed to get tough on 'the industry'.

This feels like an initial massaging of public opinion to enable acceptance of restrictions.

One idea mentioned was to use Australian legislation about online bullying as a reference model. So, look to Australia as inspiration for future UK government attitudes and legislation of the internet."

Oh god, please don't! We are a nation of 90% dickheads down here, we can't help you! In fact, we have been fearing idiocies like The Ring Of Steel making its way down here.

Robot snaps on yellow RUBBER GLOVES, preps to invade Canada


Re: good job they are doing this in Canada

In those there parts, it would shoot back.

Users should PAY for their piracy says Turnbull


Turnbull needs to pay ME...

...for having to watch his offensive head on my screen and listen to his bullshit. And the same goes for his party and the Liberal Party Lite (the ALP).

Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut



What's this "Googleplus" thing? Is it like the Red Cross?

Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS


Simplest solution...

...surely is just to remove their 'products' from all hardware, everywhere, and replace them with linux based ones?

Remaining Snowden docs will be released to avert 'unspecified US war' – ‪Cryptome‬


Re: Potty


TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead


Right, so it's just more guesswork bollox

Right, so it's just more guesswork bollox and in the meantime there is nothing actually wrong with TrueCrypt.

Nobody has addressed the elephant in the room - has AES256 been compromised? (Correct answer: no, it hasn't). TC is just a file-system handler built around AES256's one-way functions.

So, carry on people, nothing to see here (yet).

Oh and read this:


James Bond producers sign on for Edward Snowden movie


Avoiding disasters

So long as they don't accidentally make 'Quantum Of Solace' all should be well.

Immigration Dept: we have NO IDEA how many people saw asylum-seeker data


We are a nation of dickheads.

Newsnight goes sour on Tech City miracle


Hello... hello. IS this thing on....


Mr. Orlowski, I love you.

UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong to pirates


This is really a bit.... sad.... overall. The rozzers have resorted to this. Can't be long before they (rightly) give up entirely and go after corporate tax frauds and other rapists like we pay them to.

Assange not running in new Australian election


Holy crap - behold the might of public memory! I'd nearly completely forgotten about old Whitedyed Man there!

XBOX One SHOT DEAD by Redmond following delivery blunder


Xbox? Really?

Players still buy Xboxes? Since Nintendo now call ALL the shots (and nobody is laughing anymore), Redmond is rapidly going down the gurgler, and Sony are busy shooting their balls off from every possible direction... I'm starting to find Xbox stories rather quaint.

SECRET draft copyright treaty LEAKED: Meet the Trans-Pacific Partnership


Australians play Uncle Sam's pink oboe

Don't believe any of the old bollocks and hype about Australians being stand-up, defy-at-all-odds, revolutionaries - none of it was ever true, it was all propaganda, smoke, hot-air and bullshit, always.

As a nation we LOVE to bend over and take it right up the colon from the lowest, highest, or in fact any bidder.