* Posts by Robin Layfield

22 posts • joined 16 Nov 2007

New malware ferrets out and steals Bitcoins

Robin Layfield

theoretically generate $97,000 per month

I was under the impression that the production rate of bitcoins is limited and that contributing hardware to the process doesn't guarantee bitcoins, only the *chance* of mining them. Plus they are only worth what people are paying for them, flood the market and devalue your product...

Sony teases tablet fans with bizarre 'mousetrap' vid

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I thought *this* was Sony's ad campaign

Genius spoof promo from the Onion


the actual ads they show about two-thirds of the way through the clip are more compelling than this one

er NSFW. kinda. if you don't like swearing where you work

Apple patent eyes Mac OS X tablet

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Great concept but....

In introducing multiple multi-touch gestures and with this one in particular requiring an entire hand, is Apple limiting the accessibility of future interfaces to only fully able-bodied dextrous people?

Just how perfect are we going to have to be to use this gear?

Coalition tears up net snoop plan's £2bn price tag

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Big Brother

How very animal farm...

end the storage of internet and email records... without good reason

I utterly supported the first part of this statement and voted against labour specifically on the grounds of privacy and digital rights. Now that the coalition are in they've appended a neat little caveat to their manifesto aims.

Ten free apps to install on every new Mac

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Free iTunes music player replacement with plugins for cover art, video-clips, phone syncing, gigs and even song lyrics.

Bonus feature: it can play FLAC audio files.

Another suicide at Apple's Chinese supplier

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Jobs Horns

I wonder....

I wonder if it has anything to do with this...

Another iPhone 4G found


Voting chaos in not-fit-for-purpose electoral system

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much better, thank you

See, the Register can write a balanced and thought-provoking political article (with a tech angle|) when it wants to...

Verified by Visa bitchslapped by Cambridge researchers

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FAIL - in every possible way

It's so obvious really: you've got code that depends on a hidden javascript form activation to complete, often running in an iframe. It's a bitch for developers to set up and undermines security in many ways, especially for end users running a good prophylactic plugin like NoScript to prevent their machines being exploited by malicious client-side code.

It's plain wrong and if the big card processors are genuinely more concerned with the security of their users' cash than with deferring the liability of fraud then they should get together and develop something that can be permanently integrated into the browser framework and enforces the security of the transaction, like a bank-centric version of HTTPS that can't be easily spoofed.

Wake up and smell the coffee.

Microsoft predicts Linux will fail mobile 'quality' test

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Android is a *Linux* based phone OS

Isn't Android Linux based? I think that's probably more of a threat to WinMob given that companies like HTC offer virtually the same handsets with Windows or Android as the OSes of choice...

The Register Downloads channel is live and kicking!

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Bit alarmed that the Mac only software selection offers a Keylogger. That's something I never want to come into contact with - even in a professional capacity...

Developers more 'satisfied' with PHP than other codes

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PHP is fit-for-purpose (probably more so than other "codes")

PHP _is_ a great language to work with. It's easily deployable, easy to understand and to get to grips with, has a lovely learning curve offering a richer development experience as the developer's understanding grows and above all, IT GETS THE JOB DONE.

There are better languages out there (Python, Ruby, C#) but nothing that fits so neatly with the way that web sites and web applications actually work. PHP was designed and developed solely for this purpose and makes no claims to be anything else. That's why it's so damn popular.

Oh yeah and lets not forget, it's open source, free to use, learn and develop in and doesn't require the purchase of proprietary IDE's or the study of a complex and archaic system architecture / methodology before you can get started.

Spotify: We kick the tyres

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don't forget the "mute" button

I'm really enjoying Spotify. It's damn handy when you're out on the road and you don't have access to your music library. The adverts are a bit annoying but I've found after about 30 "we are the Energy Saving Trust" adverts, the simple application of the mute button for 30 seconds gets around this...

all in all, thumbs up. A neatly thought-out music client that I would be prepared to subscribe to once they've got more material in the catalog.

Kaspersky hacker: Database exposed for days

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Thumb Up

Jedi Mind tricks... indeed.

That's the best damn description of SQL Injection attacks I've ever read!!

CookieMonster nabs user creds from secure sites

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Co-operative Bank - FAIL

boohoo... no secure cookies. gonna report it now

No snapping: Photographers get collars felt

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FIT watch - watching them watching you

I think the police are referring to an organisation called FIT watch, who turn up at demonstrations and document the activities and identities of the Forward Intelligence Team.


This seems perfectly reasonable to me; having been photographed at demonstrations several times myself, I know how uncomfortable and intimidating it feels. It's good to know that there are still people out there trying to contest the use brash and undemocratic tactics by the Police.

Bring on the flash photography flash mobs!

EA preps video game PCs

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EA = Lazy Bastards!

Maybe EA should concentrate on making their games work properly on currently available hardware... The overbloat codebase for games like Battlefield 2142 is just designed to suck on anything that's not next gen.

Tech giants team for online ID cards

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isn't this what OpenID does? Multiple levels of securely accessible personal data, automated registration and login?

Fedora 9 - an OS that even the Linux challenged can love

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Guess this could be handy for crossing the US border

Yep, why take a laptop to get it searched...

better still buy a stick when you enter the country and download the contents of your host environment from t'net.


and for all those "I wouldn't let anyone put their data on my machine" naysayers... get your own stick! Leave the machine as it was when you bought it and use it as host. That's the way it's supposed to be and it can't happen soon enough as far as I'm concerned.

Home Secretary goes crazy on drugs... policy

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Dead Vulture

Excellent article

This is the kind of measured journalism that is making me turn to El Reg for a balanced view of society rather than the beeb or one of the newspapers. Keep up the good work.

Vulture 'cos it neatly represents where our civil rights seem to be going...

Jodrell Bank offloaded on eBay

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Jodrell Bank...

the only bank the UK govt won't bail out....

Mass web infection leaves researcher scratching her head

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Nothing to do with the Fasthosts break-in last year then?

How many companies will have a) checked their content once they'd got access to it again, or b) fundamentally updated it / replaced it since November?



Nintendo completes DS Lite 'refresh' - analyst

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backwards compatibility

who needs a cartridge socket when GBA games can be downloaded directly onto the onboard storage? This isn't the end for GBA games...


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