* Posts by Andrew Underhill

6 posts • joined 29 Feb 2008

Beeb rescues old Who episodes

Andrew Underhill
Big Brother

Reverse the Polarity?

It always worked for the Doctor. That'll get the missing episodes back.

MS takes Windows 3.11 out of embed to put to bed

Andrew Underhill
Linux

@Svein Skogen

Oh CP/M - what about MP/M? Or better yet DMS HiNet! 31 workstations running off a Z80 based server with 64K of RAM running CP/M with networking extensions. The O/S only used 32K of RAM leaving 32K for CACHE! Those were the days. MS only did BASIC, MASM and XENIX.......

Penguin because that what I prefer.

Carphone Warehouse stares down BPI and UK.gov on three strikes

Andrew Underhill
Unhappy

Missing something

Having departed dear old yUK a few years back, I do feel that the way forward for the .gov.uk is to:

1) Enact a bill to ensure that every internet user has a webcam focused on them and their monitor to watch what they do on the internet

2) Tax internet usage. Obviously P2P stuff generates high usage and therefore the more bandwidth you use the more you should be taxed.

3) Tax ipod usage, because you must be dodgy if you have music on a pod - how did it really get there?

4) Tax anything else not mentioned, guns, knives, rolling pins just in case.

5) Extra extra extra tax on gas guzzlers, all those nasty cars that run on LPG must be forced off the roads.

6) Tax anyone how doesn't vote for them.

7) More tax -just in case

8) oh and more camera's

:-)

So what's the easiest box to hack - Vista, Ubuntu or OS X?

Andrew Underhill
Linux

Realist

Well I tried Vista Ultimate, but gave up and went back to WinXP. Not because Vista was a security nightmare (UAC was a pain), but rather that it performed badly compared to WinXP and openSUSE 10.3.

BUT it was very pretty and i do seem to spend a lot of time trying to make Suse look prettier (!)(=slower?).

So with WinXP, and SUSE 10.3. I _suspect_ SUSE is more secure because there is less crap that I know about is running on it, whereas, XP probably has stuff I don't know about running on it.

So *nix = I know about (ish) and can fell happy that its ok, but

Windows = know less about and so have to rely on Microsoft efforts to keep it safe (they do issue a lot of patches dont they).

Which would I trust? *nix because of my background........

:-(

The value of the test? Not which O/S is best, but rather which exploit can be found that can then be fixed.

(Penguin because its not a tart)

'Boil a frog' ID card rollout to continue until 2012

Andrew Underhill
Unhappy

Oh Dear

How is this going to work?

Without an ID card terrorists will be caught.

Hmm

<PC Eager>: Hello Mr Average. Can I see your ID card please?

<Mr. Average>: Sorry, I've left it at home.

<PC Eager>: Ok sir. This is a fix penalty fine, and you must now present you ID within 7 working days at your local cop shop.

<Mr. Average>: Oh dear. I am a law abiding, tax paying, easily traced citizen, I must pay this fine immediately and show my ID at the cop shop.

<PC Eager>: well done sir.

<PC Eager>: Hello Mr Terrorist. Can I see your ID card please?

<Mr Terrorist>: Sorry, I've left it at home.

<PC Eager>: Ok sir. This is a fix penalty fine, and you must now present you ID within 7 working days at your local cop shop.

<Mr. Terrorist>: Oh dear. I am a law abiding, tax paying, easily traced citizen, I must pay this fine immediately and show my ID at the cop shop.

<PC Eager>: well done sir.

Don't really see the difference.

The only point of it is - the financial system. Credit Cards/Banking etc will need your ID card, and if you missed you payment - tough, no matter where you hide they will find you!

How Phorm plans to tap your internet connection

Andrew Underhill
Pirate

T's & C's

Ummmm Guy's - Data Protection Act? It has no bearing!

They will issue new Ts and Cs which people will have to accept or leave, and let's face it how many will leave? It will be take it or leave it.

How many times have companies that we pay our money to do that to suit their own ends? Banks, Credit Card companies, BT etc

:-(

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