* Posts by iamzippy

47 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Nov 2007

BBC places news chief and her deputy beyond use in Savile row


Hey, I see what you did there...

PHP devs lob second patch at super-critical CGI bug


Re: Re: WTF? Thanks El Reg...Not

AC@20:20, you might want to take a moment to ponder over that?

'...the only website that's published the exploit...'

I despair.


WTF? Thanks El Reg...Not

Since this 'revelation' was posted, I'm now getting a ton of hits at some WP sites with the query-string '?-s' . And other article-related shit besides.

Never had one of those before today.

I have it covered, but I wonder if you guys ever expect consequences?

Chrome beta promises super-fast URL loads


FF Still Does, Kind-Of

If you do any amount of web dev, you'll know that FF will by default pre-load any "link rel='next'".

In about:config, make sure 'network.prefetch-next' is set to false.

Cambridge puts Isaac Newton's notes online


Dude! This Is So Lorem Ipsum!

What's with all the Latinspeke??? In teh book???

Climategate 2.0: Fresh trove of embarrassing emails

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RB: Foot In Mouth

Richard Black: “ People should listen to scientists, not politicians or journalists."

FFS, it's OK to guffaw at anything RB posts at the Beeb.

Do us a favour and give us a link to that flamefest plz? I could use a laugh.

Here lies /^v.+b$/i




RIM to turn in BlackBerry-using looters after London riots


What Goes Around

All of this is orchestrated. It wiil come around, and heads will roll.

Gordon Ramsay sues father-in-law over alleged spyware plot

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Yay! Gordon Is A Moron: FACT

I especially liked the phrase 'The complicated private life of Hutcheson...'

You crack me up, CM.

Got a website? Pay attention, Cookie Law will come


Yay, Pish

This is just the EU getting back at the interwebs for giving so much air time to the likes of Nigel Farage.

Way 2 go, Nigel. Gotta root for the 'underdog'.


It Surely Sucks

For an option this 'important' you'd expect them to not camouflage it, like it's just another one of your lame toolbar add-ons.

Act in haste - repent at leisure. QED.


Not As Daft As It Seems

If you've ever worked with cookies, you'll know that the acceptance cookie actually makes sense.

It is kinda subtle, though.


@Tim - Trouble At T'WordPress

I can tell you that you can't log in to WP without cookies. Multi-user WP look out. WordPress without cookies can be as sad as a very sad thing.

Doesn't help that they use that 'nonce' string in the cookie, either.

Gonna be a whole lotta head-scratchin' going on...

Kaspersky blocks BBC News over false phishing fears


Re: Mobile, et al

Point taken. But I'm concerned less with small mobile devices and more with the fazzands of peeps who are less mobile than the rest of us.

Hope they don't feel they're getting the bum's rush from auntie beeb.


Whatver Happened To 'Accessibility'?

The only visible accessibility feature on the new BBC News site is a 'help' link stuck to the footer like a fleck of dog turd. Not-so-accessible, methinks.

And, the only place where keyboard accessibility seems to work is... on the accessibility page itself ('My Web My Way, So F*ck You').

IIRC Beeb used to implement the same keyboard mapping as uk.gov. Well it's gone pear-shaped now.

Abigail's Windows 7 Party


'kelker shows?'

Early Smirk!

Love it Verity. Cracked me up.

ISP redesign unites the web in nausea

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WTF is a 'root' element in XHTML 1.0 Strict?

This is so bad, you couldn't make it up. Except someone did...

Ballmer's bid to swerve 'Vista Capable' row comes unstuck

Paris Hilton

Suck On My Chocolate Salty Ballmer, Judge

'I wasn't involved. I can't be responsible. I'm just the CEO.'

WTF? It's a Corporation getting sued here. Hope the DJ stays with this case to the end. She ain't suckin' nobody's balls, and Steve will learn to hate when his balls stick.

Paris, cuz she prolly prefers it out of the box.

Net pedants dismantle Quantum of Solace

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It's Just 'Bourne' In A Tribute Stylee

Hey, it's make-believe 'in the style of'. Like so many UK TV series. 'Spooks', for example - nice, entertaining, but the influence is irrefutable. Incidental music and location: make it throb hand-held in a public railway station with everybody wired and tooled up and barely in focus, and you're sorted.

Liman and Greengrass surely made the new model for this genre, big time. Tip o'the hat to them.

Thumbs up because...

Microsoft's Red-Dog cloud turns Azure


So - M$ ASP?

Nice. Original. Could only be one thing. No danger of confusion.

ASP. Why hasn't someone used that acronym before now? OK, I'm off.

Verity's further education


Life On Mars

...is where I got all my 'OU know-how'. Me and my mate Sam Tyler.

Airport baggage screener charged with stealing passengers' stuff


Perp NARU'd, Natch

Jeezus H already.

Imagine how much of this is actually happening. Like, at Thiefrow.

And these f*cktards think they got 'a good idea?' Smart thing to do?

WT flaming F?

Emails show journalist rigged Wikipedia's naked shorts


Re H Burns: This Article Is Rubbish...

@Hugh Burns

Quote: 'This article is rubbish'.

Interesting. Supremely easy comment to make.

Quote: '...conspiracymongering at its worst. No one can seriously dispute that the reckless policies of investment banks, combined with a shocking lack of serious regulation in the U.S...'

So, not an environment for actual, real conspiracies to thrive, then?

Quote: '...you do not say that he was in charge of public relations at Overstock.com during his "blogging" activities, Why did you conceal this from your readers?'

Conceal? What do you take the readership of El Reg to be, dude? We are all thick as pigshit? Is that your point? Is that all?

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Oh Man

There's shit, and then there's heavy-duty shit. This article is awesome, and we've not heard the last.

Scary stuff, bring it on.

Our IT Crowd prize draw - we have a winner


WTF is Matthew Squirrell?

I googled...

register "Matthew Squirrell"

...(sic) ...and it returned this here article plus one other load of bollocks.


Superfluid leak downs LHC for months


Class Article Lewis

Writ like it ought to be. I have this image of a crowd of physicists all jabbering at each other in high-pitched voices, trying to keep a straight face.

Har har!

Police drop BT-Phorm probe


Evil Triumphs...

...when good men do nothing.

Today be talk like a pirate day


Mainbrace O'Clock!

...and don't ye knock it all back at once, Jim lad...

One hand for the ship!

Quantum theme debuts on Radio 1


I Am The Walrus?

Remix? That's what I initially thought I was hearing, with Ringo on drums.

It's pants. Unlike I Am The Walrus, which rocks.

Alicia Keys though, ummmmmm, ooh-er.

Anonymous hacks Sarah Palin's Yahoo! account


Re: Security Question - Why Oh Why Oh Why...

How many in your family know your mother's maiden name?

You should NEVER submit the true answer to any of those questions (pet name, first school, inside-leg, blah).

It's a key-value pair FFS, and you're the only one who knows what you set as the answer. That's the whole point. There is only one right answer, there's no true/false connection, and only you know what it is.

Q: Mother's maiden name? A: SHITC*NT-666

Likely not how most people would naturally find themselves thinking, but that's how it works.


Oz woman sold mobe with preloaded smut

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@ oooo the hilarity

Dcope, that was priceless.

Government kids database under fire, again


@How To Tell If Your Home Secretary Is...

Give that AC a cigar. Good example of how politicians need to phrase the rhetoric carefully, lest it be turned on them thus.

Could do with more Baroness Millers in positions of influence, to save us all from NuDoom.


Scumbags punt Trojan with baby kidnap lure

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@Solomon Grundy

Man, that's priceless.

Qinetiq trumpets midsummer robo solar-plane 'record'


Curmudgeonly Weasely Words

We all know how El Reg is quick to link back to the 'we told you so' articles, but when did you last see an 'El Reg eats humble pie cuz it got it so feckin wrong and here's a link to our feck-up' type of article?

Biting the hand that feeds IT. That's El Reg.

Three found guilty of web extremism plot


A Quotable Quote...

One convict's take on the erosion of liberty. It's creepy I know, but check out the 'Labour Party criticism' paragraph here:


Road Pricing 2.0 is two years away


@Paul Hurst Dammit!

Dude you keep rapping on about those gennies. So much detail, you must be using gennies for some purpose to know all that.

And for extra tax on fuel to piss you off so much, you have to be using commercial quantities.

So what are your gennies doing? I notice you've avoided going there.

What is it? Heat, light and irrigate a skunk farm? Has to be something similar, where you keep your business exes to y'self.

Malicious gossip could cost you your job


Google Bomb

Wouldn't that technique (or similar) throw the sort of shit that sticks?

Google murders second Anonymous AdSense account


Well Whodathunkit?

Immovable force meets immovable object. Yaaaaaas...

This is gunna run awhile, methinks. Stay on it, El Reg.

Privacy watchdog hoists Google by its own petard


So It's Hoist Then

...and always was.

Dude, you may well Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects but just remember that Notlookinglikeatotalasshole is just a click away if you can be arsed to do it.

UK data watchdog gives Google spycar fleet the greenlight

Paris Hilton

@Moz:Fine With Streetview -- Hear! Hear!

My sentiments exactly, mate. Cheers for that!

Paris, cuz even the Papz don't interfere with her passage.

High-priority patch fixes critical vulns in RealPlayer


RealPlayer Blows Sperm Whales

No RP on this box, so sharp intake of breath anytime I ask WMP to play a video from the BBC site, feckin thing either does nothing or crashes browsers left right and centre. End Task, Don't Send, Beam Me Up, etc.. Open in new window? Takes parent out with it, God damn.

Last Friday, WMP wouldn't play Kermode's live stream on R5. Desperate, stuck the URL into VLC and it played just fine. Quirky I'll admit, but it gets better with each release.

Shove RP where the sun don't shine. Where's the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy icon?

Another police website hacked

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Borat da H4x0r Muppet more like! That UBend site is a screaming spoof. Hope it stays up, I bookmarked it.

Biofuel backlash prompts Brussels back-pedal


Rob Newman's History Of Oil...

just google it. It's on You Tube. Better still, buy it from his site.

Let your mission statement be 'Bringing democracy to the Middle East'.

Clarkson's 'steal my ID' stunt backfires

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Hoist By His Own Bank's Petard...

I've no time for the guy, but the whole episode is show-time for The Bank.

Reluctantly tip my hat to JC on this occasion -- ugh -- hope he's learned something from it.

Sony BMG to drop Custer stance on DRM

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DRM Can Never...

...plug the 'analogue hole'. And it only takes one copy...

Drivers on the phone face the slammer


Disqualify the Swines

This is not new legislation, just a shift in the guidelines, folks. CPS has been made aware that it's let too many offenders off kinda lightly. That's my take on it.

I'm an ex ADI with BSM. I learned on the job that the visual and physical co-ordination required to control a moving car is not something all people are blessed with to the same extent. IMHO there is such a thing as 'motor dyslexia' (that's 'motor' as in 'moving your limbs').

Co-ordination in motor function is linked to your 'kinaesthetic sense', which is something that people who can fly helicopters (black or otherwise) have in abundance.

The extent of one's peripheral vision is also part of the mix. Testing the extent of your peripheral vision was part of lesson #1 if I taught you to drive. I got to be very aware of what would put a learner on the fast track or in the slow lane to a driving licence. I would even observe how you walk. If your right arm advanced in sync with your right leg, I made a note, you bet. Ex-squaddies will know where I'm coming from with that.

OK, cut to the chase. There are too many things in an individual's makeup, dictating what sort of driver they are or can be, to legislate for.

I dare say that some people are talented enough to juggle ping-pong balls on their eyebrows while they're driving, but that doesn't mean it's a good thing to do.

The licence is a privilege. If you offend even under the existing legislation, the courts already have the power to take you off the road.

Short of an event involving death or injury, i.e. manifestly dangerous driving, jailing should not be an option. Society picks up that tab.

Make the offenders pay all the price, do all the suffering. Mess their lives up real bad; domestically, socially, job-wise, down the toilet.

Take them off the road. Disqualification. It's a no-brainer.

To demonstrate how far off the pace just about every driver is, here's three questions that I've not yet heard answered correctly even by a driving instructor:

1. What is a ROAD?

2. What is a ROAD USER?

3. What is a HAZARD?


Merry Season...

Darling admits Revenue loss of 25 million personal records


Re A Public Service...

AH, you surely know one end of a telescope from t'other. There will be NO prizes for guessing what the next big phish is gunna look like. Brilliant!