* Posts by Phil Rigby

125 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Apr 2007

Lawyers pursue banned Xbox Live gamers

Phil Rigby

@AC @17:57

Want to know how to get more games onto the Hard Disc? Like this:-

Buy a 2.5" SATA Laptop hard disc from your retail store of choice, capacity of your choice

Open up HD Caddy on 360

Take out drive that's in there

Put in drive you bought

Clip caddy back together

Reattach to console

Power on.

Still-cheaper-than-modding-it and you won't get kicked of Xbox live. A win-win, no?

Phil Rigby


If you mod your 360, you break your agreement with MS. If you've broken your agreement, MS knock that machine off Live. It's that simple. Those are the rules you agreed to when you powered on that console. Sony will probably start doing the same thing, and then Nintendo. If you hack Windows, you don't get tech support or updates if they detect you've hacked it. Same principle.

As for people saying they modded the console so they can back up games - well guys, you can RIP THE GAME TO THE HARD DISC AND USE THAT IF THE ORIGINAL IS IN THE DRIVE. And it's a lot cheaper than modding it!!!!!!!! The ones complaining about being kicked off are the ones who just can't be bothered to buy the stuff in the first place.

Hackers in keyless Windows 7 entry

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@Sean Timarco Baggaley

Weren't you the guy who co-wrote Lotus Esprit Challenge and Magic Kid on the Amiga in the early 90's?

Adobe Flash attack vector exploits insecure web design

Phil Rigby

So what???

"However, the downside of making Flash more secure in this way is that it would break legitimate (though arguably badly coded) functionality on many sites."

So break them. Force the coders to re-implement the code the -right- way. Then maybe this crap might stop happening. I'll take security over functionality any day.

Large Hadron Collider scuttled by birdy baguette-bomber

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British Rail excuse

Sounds like the wrong kind of leaves on the line to me...

Free download turns BlackBerry into remote bugging device

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After reading the comments (including my earlier one), two things are apparent:-

The exploit is a POC, and has little real-world value.

Second, the article should be clearer about how the app itself is actually utilized as the details are ambiguous.

Phil Rigby


Wrong perspective. Person A and Person B are having a real, physical converstaion. You push the software to Person A's bb and dial it up. It then turns on the call monitor and you can hear what A + B are saying to each other.

Great theory, I think kinda lame in reality, but it does highlight bad stuff can be done on the relatively immune Blackberries.

Apple Store down - new cultware coming?

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Works here

As of 1:05pm EST, no problems accessing the iTunes store or downloading the free music that Starbucks gives away :-)

Google fixes SMS crashing bug in mobile OS

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Paris Hilton

Not just a big fix update

But a nicer Camera interface - easier to switch to video, amongst other things - and a nice little applet in Settings, About to see what aspects of the phone have been using the most power.

Just curious - is this the same (type) of exploit that affected iPhones a while back?

Paris - we all remember her Sidekick incident, I'm sure...

Mozilla plans to tie Firefox 3.7 pigtails in pretty Ribbon

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Office 2003?

I have Office 2003 on my machine and I don't see a ribbon bar - I thought it debuted with 2K7... am I wrong, or is it you? (If it's me, my bad. If it's you, do some research :-) )

Has IBM grown a new Lotus?

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@Mark Dowling

Good point, I tend to forget about Notes Basic as I've never implemented it, but you're correct. Thanks for the heads-up :-)

Also surprised these comments haven't turned into the Notes-hater flames I was expecting. Beer for everyone who at least one time liked Notes :-)

Phil Rigby

As an avid Lotus Notes fan-boy

I've been a Notes admin for almost 12 years, both in the UK and the US. I started in 1998 on Notes 4.5. I have seen Notes improve dramatically over the years, probably 6.5x series is/was the best. Now I'm currently planning a global migration of 6.5x to 8.5x, and I'm not looking forward to it in the least, simply because Notes 8 has so many issues, mainly centering around Ecllipse. The performance is terrible - at least during the client start-up phase - and there's still bugs in there from 1998. There have been many, many improvements but there's still so much fundamentally wrong.

I think the whole problem is simply IBM trying to make the client look like Outlook. What (most) people don't grasp is that Notes was designed to remove paperwork. The idea was, that if you had an item which required paper flow from one point to another (Purchase Order, for example) then Notes could take that paper and make the process electronic. So therefore, by definition, it can do email. However Notes is -not- an email platform in it's own right, like Exchange. Also it doesn't have the advanced database functionality such as SQL (hence since v6, the tie-in to DB2). So IBM are trying to big-it-up as a viable alternative to Microsoft, which it is, IF the shop buying it has never been hard-core MS before. For companies that are fairly small or medium sized and overhauling their infrastructure, it's a great product.

I've done several Notes --> Exchange migrations and usually every couple of weeks am offered another by a job agency. I think in the past 5 years I've seen one MS --> Notes conversion.

But I will say, I do know of companies that have switched from Exchange to Notes for email because of all the security issues in Exchange (yes MS fan-boys, admit it, there are some) which become non-issues on Notes. For example, a virus physically cannot function in a Notes environment - it just has no mechanisms to run. All that can happen is a user forwards it on to another person manually. None of this copying your entire address book and spamming everyone with the code. It's also an extremely hardened kernel and uptime can be extensive, once the box is configured and run-in.

The author of the article is correct however, IBM really need to shake up the whole perception of the product - everything from name, to web site, to target audience, to roadmap and everything else that goes with it. I love the product, but I am very seriously considering a platform-switch when my current contract is up.

Whistleblower releases Skype snooping code

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I can guarantee without doubt they can't turn on my cam or mic - I don't have any connected ;-)

Linux guru: interface innovation is the challenge

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That's true for some programs or something slightly off-the-wall. But for the majority of things - such as Open Office, Amarok (media player), K3B (CD / DVD Burner), Firefox, Xine (movie player) and lots of others, it's usually just a few lines at most - even less if you're running a Package Manager. Apt, Yum, or Emerge can handle downloading and installing apps just fine, and I'm sure there's others.

There's 2 things I can't effectively do on Linux that I can on Windows -

1) Talk to my iPod Touch (specifically the Touch), and

2) Burn a DVD with menus, chapters etc.

Now #2) can be done, but it's a pain in the arse. Using Nero under Windows is a lot easier. Also to my knowledge, there's nothing yet that can handle a iPod Touch because it doesn't have disk mode like previous generation iPods.

So if you have Linux friends who panic at the thought of installing software like what you have under Windows, I suggest you tell them to either get a manual or get a better distro.

Choosing the grenade icon because I just know someone's going to tell me I'm wrong or start yelling "why don't you use Wine?" I know I can use Wine but I prefer to dual-boot for some things.

Researchers forge secure kernel from maths proofs

Phil Rigby

Why only war?

Assuming that we can get a fool-proof system, why is the first practical use have to be for a war/military solution?

"The technology is designed for complex embedded systems where reliability is of critical importance, so applications in missiles and other defence-related systems are an obvious application of the software."

How about a system to cure HIV or cancer? How about a way to mass-produce food for drought-ridden countries? Does it have to be for blowing people up?

Grenade icon for the irony.

Is Apple plotting a search of its own?

Phil Rigby

Maybe, maybe not

They might do it, but as pointed out first they need to webcrawl the internet before they can start offering anything to the public, and i think if they did, it would soon go the way of Apple TV - sounds good, looks good, but has no staying power.

Swedish devil girls fingered on Street View

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IT Angle


Funniest thing I've seen in a long, long time. Thanks El Reg.

Gmail turns into label junkie

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@Fraser, @Chris

Fraser - labels are similar to folders or newsgroup threads, it's a way of keeping related mails together.

Chris - I agree, however I don't want to see read mails in the inbox, I want them located elsewhere, hence archiving to a label is a good thing as it keeps my inbox pristine and so I can only see new emails. There's a reason for everything :-)

Tiny-traffic DoS attack spotlights Apache flaw

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@AC Monday 22nd June 2009 11:54

Email is not meant to have instantaneous response. If you can deal with every email that comes in on the second it comes in, good for you. Nik wasn't able to respond to El Reg's email in less than 72 minutes, so what? Doesn't mean he's evil or the product is evil or the company is evil. MS probably would of waited days then sent a generic non-answer.

Bottom line - email gets answered when I want, if I want. I'm sure other people feel the same way.

No I don't work for Apache either - I'm an email admin for a large retail chain store.

Fourth antivirus firm buys into behavioural blocking

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@Nicholas - Marshal

Marshal's main product is MailMarshal, an smtp relay/gateway that scans email for virus, bad words, malware, phishing, S-OX compliance, etc. It's pretty good (in my opinion, sure other people hate it)

Microsoft gives XP an extra two years to live (kinda)

Phil Rigby


You can't wash your hands dry. By definition you wash them wet. You'd have to rub them dry or towel them dry.

Mine's the one with the towel in the pocket.

iPhone unlock team strikes again

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Piles of poo? How old are you, 7? Plus read the article - Windows version expected within 24 hours. Grow up.

Blu-ray Xbox 360 to be sold at a loss?

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Paris Hilton

Blu-ray won't be an addon - here's why

Cost. It's a lot more money to take a drive, produce a case, market it, package it, ship it to stores than it is to take a bare-bones drive and slap it inside the console. If integrating it is going to cost MS about $80-per-unit loss, then how much would making it an external drive cost?

If you don't believe me, look at the price difference between internal and external dvd drives for PCs to see the precedent. If it's external, they'll lose a damn sight more money.

Paris because she just bought a HD DVD add-on :-)

Facebook security hole exposes Paris Hilton's . . . um, pics

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Paris Hilton

You'd think she would learn her lesson...

...after the Sidekick fiasco. I wonder if her password is still the name of that rat terrier dog?

Vista SP1 downloaders bite back

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Paris Hilton

No issues here

Dell Latitude D600, 512mb RAM, 60 GB Hitachi drive, Vista runs ok, slapped on SP1, no issues - downloaded, rebooted a few times(?) and everything seems fine and dandy. Not noticed any difference to be honest - not slower nor faster, all devices recognised.

Ex-MS staffer to demo Vista smart card hack

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@ Mike Dolan

I agree with you, the problem seems to be with the vendor who plugs into Vista. However Vista should probably do a better job of validating the data that it's receiving from the smart card. Buffer overflows, once again.

Idle thought, is it possible to prevent buffer overflows by changing the design of the hardware, say something on the cpu rather than in software?

Paris because she might know more about CPU design than me.

Apple patents reveal Apple TV DVR plan?

Phil Rigby
Paris Hilton

Sounds like a good idea

I was looking at Apple TV recently and did wonder why it had no DVR capability. It would make sense for an updated version that had the functionality, I'd probably get one then, as it stands right now Apple TV offers me nothing I want. I don't care for YouTube so having that as an option is definitely a turn-off!

Paris because I'd like to DVR her sometime ;-)

Microsoft admits big delay on Home Server bug fix

Phil Rigby
Paris Hilton

Some salient points

1) Why is it taking 6 months to fix?

2) Is it related to the Vista slow-file-copying bug?

3) 180Gb of data... he lost "some" pictures... what kind of crap does that blogger have on his system anyway?

@AC (first one) - where do you back up 180gb of data exactly, when your server should be able to handle it?

Paris because I hear she has Windows 95 Home Edition :-)

Yahoo! deflects Microsoft bid with iPhone dominatrix

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@Andy Worth

Also known as Slut Wellies, for the same reason you mentioned.

Paris because - well, do I really need to explain?

Schools warned of chilling 'Strawberry Meth' menace

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@Holy shit

How do you KNOW it can't be done? Are you a chemist, or a meth maker? Maybe a chemist could step up and answer the question - is it possible to create a flavored meth?

Paris because I know less about chemistry than she does, although I hear she has a nice periodic table.

Court must reconsider Microsoft Excel patent damages

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Paris Hilton

Greedy bastard!

He won $8.9 million and now he wants more? He's from Guatamala, what the hell is there to spend that much money on? He should be grateful for what he got, have a coke and a smile then move on with life, geez!

Paris because she never knows when to quit either.

Iowa man sacked for demanding prostitute

Phil Rigby
Paris Hilton


In Iowa? Do they even have hookers there?

Vista SP1 kills and maims security apps, utilities

Phil Rigby
Paris Hilton

Read the MS article

The MS article does state which versions are compatible with SP1. Almost everyone listed has an update.

Mind you, some would say that your computer won't run properly with Vista installed :)

Paris Hilton because... she probably runs OS/2.

Bush orders US Navy to shoot down rogue spy sat

Phil Rigby
Paris Hilton

How would Bush say it?

Our satellite's re-entrification has been misunderestimated so we're firing off our ballisticified missiles to spatially destroy-ify the satellite so it doesn't endangerous the good people of America.

Phil Rigby
Paris Hilton

Hope someone records the shooting!

It would be so cool if they put a camera on the missile so we could watch it on YouTube afterwards - would be like watching the footage on CNN of the Gulf War (but without all the death this time). Of course, if they miss, then I guess we won't see it!

So the article says the satellite orbits the earth every 90 minutes - how fast is the satellite moving? Also I know nothing about military weapons, what will they use to "lock on" to the satellite, radar lock?

Paris Hilton icon because I'm probably as dumb as her when it comes to space things.

Firefox 3 beta is live

Phil Rigby

@Neil - grow up.

I never said anything was bug free. I merely pointed out that after 3+ years in development, Vista has issues that it should not have, and you shouldn't need to double your graphics and memory capability to run it. Everything has bugs. There's no way you can possibly take into account every possible scenario and variable to make software error free. Don't tell me I shouldn't be allowed next to a Playstation - I've been into computing for almost 30 years so I think I have a fair clue about what's going on.

The reason MS makes and OS that can run on most systems is because they compile it for the lowest CPU they want it to run on and they let the driver devs worry about hardware compatibilty. If you're DVD burner didn't work under Vista then you probably have a crap DVD burner. Vista-64 works fine for me on my hardware.

Phil Rigby
Paris Hilton


I don't recall many people complaining when MS did IE 7 beta. Most people thought it was a good idea and tried it. The issues are Microsoft's total abhorrence for standards, their unwillingness to listen to the user base, the fact that it is next to impossible to accurately report and TRACK bugs. That's what separates Mozilla / Opera from MS, not their ability to release betas. Also let's be fair, a lot of people consider Vista in it's current form to be beta and SP 1 to make it the gold release.

I love Open Source, I'm a Linux user at home, I also think OS X is excellent, and that XP is probably the best OS that MS has done. I get to use all 3, they've all got their own dis/advantages. Microsoft led the way in the 90's but their monopolistic time is rapidly coming to an end; they need to innovate on the desktop, not worry about buying Yahoo and pushing ads to peoples' desktops.

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Paris Hilton

IE v Firefox

To all the whiners above:-

Mozilla don't shroud their code in secrecy

Mozilla took less than 5 years to update a major version

Mozilla encourage people to use, break and report on the product (anyone found the bug tracker for IE 7 yet on MS site?)

Mozilla encourage folks to write plugins

If FIrefox crashes, it invariably doesn't make your desktop go down too

Firefox doesn't take 15 minutes to download, validate your OS as genuine and patch itself before it installs

Most of this is true for Opera as well. Oh, and Acid 2 anyone?

US may shoot down spy sat to safeguard tech secrets

Phil Rigby
Paris Hilton

No self destruct button?

You've got a satellite costing a squillion dollars and someone forgets to install a little red button on the command console that instantaneously detonates the device, a la Under Siege 2. Where's Segal when you need him? :-)

System upgrade to blame for BlackBerry outage

Phil Rigby
Paris Hilton


You're dead right pal - it's freaking EMAIL people. For 3 hours. GET OVER IT.

Paris because - I could get over her for 3 hours :-)

Cops hunt charred power cable thief

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Paris Hilton

It's the electricity company's fault

Was there a sign every 50 feet along the length of the cable that said "Danger, using a blowtorch or hacksaw on this cable could result in injury or possibly death"? Was there? No. So the guy is probably trying to figure out how he can sue the power company.

Teen hacker re-unlocks Apple's iPhone

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SDK out soon, isn't it?

Isn't the SDK out this month? Might be interesting to see which l33t ha><or is able to use it to circumvent security, write ivirus or something.

Oh and to all the people who bitch about not being able to load custom apps on to it... pick up another phone from your local supplier, then install an SSH client on it. Or a new address book. Or a new mailer. Can you?

HTC Vista UMPC to hit the UK within weeks

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Paris Hilton

Not a good name, really

Let's hope no-one accidentally drops the "f" from the device name. But then again, it does have Vista loaded on it.

Paris Hilton because - she's upgrading her Sidekick to one, perhaps?

Forth Road Bridge hack redirects to smut bazaar

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There's plenty wrong with that screenshot - IE6, Google Toolbar, and the Yahoo toolbar :-)

Paris HIlton icon because - like a bridge, most people have ridden on her at some point.

Nintendo patent profers wacky Wii add-ons

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Paris Hilton

Combine with Linux users and marital aids

I think the Wii remote could be combined with the Linux users who go to the sex aid web site. You can draw your own conclusions about where the remote could go and be used for.


Paris Hilton because... well, One Night In Paris (with a Wii remote)

US military prepares for plummeting spy satellite

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Satellite watchers?

Get the BOFH on this one - he hates trainspotters so just think of how he'd react to Satellite Spotting.

I'd be very surprised if this satellite was to land in Europe or somewhere that the US would give a damn. Only the chance of it crashing into The Pride Of The World spurrs them into action. As for recovering anything, it might be kinda mangled so I wouldn't think there'd be too much left to recover from the big smoking hole in the ground (33%) or the water (66%) - can there be a smoking hole in the water???

Just shoot the bloody thing down. You're telling me a Stealth Bomber can't get up to 60-odd thousand feet and launch a low yield nuke at it or something?

Superman is Canadian?????? Well I guess that's why he wears his underpants on the outside, eh? What's that aboot then?

What would Billy Ray Thornton and Bruce Willis do now... or Liv Tyler (well I'd do Liv Tyler but that's another story).

Paris Hilton because... well she looks good, it's only when she talks the trouble starts. So I guess there's only one thing left to do with her mouth.

BOFH: What GPS is for

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@tony trolle

The PFY would be about 30 - he made his appearance in '96 as the nephew of the (at that time) boss. BOFH and PFY working together got the boss fired 2 days later, being blamed for the person who swapped the Windows boot splash screens to something less business appropriate.

MP accuses BBC chief of illegally championing Microsoft

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Paris Hilton

Who cares about the OS, it's the timeline

Whether or not XP/Vista computers generate more hits than Linux/Mac isn't really the issue. The issue is it shouldn't take 2 years to make another version. 3 - 6 months is a far more acceptable timeframe. There's people who spend less than 2 years in jail for murder.

And as for the idiots who are saying why not do an Amiga/Workbench version, geez... grow up. That's a pointless statement. I'm sure the ratio of Amiga : Linux/Mac is significantly less than the ratio of Linux/Mac : Windows.

Also Alexander was right, if you want to spank someone talk about Adobe and not providing a 64-bit version of the plugin.

Paris Hilton icon - spankings, tv etc...

'First' iPhone Trojan rolls into town

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Paris Hilton


It was probably Apple that wrote/released it :-)

Ransomware Trojan locks up infected PCs

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@Test Man

Right. So why is Windows so easily beaten? Why can't there be multiple layers of security to prevent these kind of hijacks?