* Posts by Jeremy

287 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Apr 2007


Judge orders Echostar to disable set-top DVR


Existing subscribers not immediately impacted?

I note the use of the word "immediately" there. I wonder if now would be a good time to explore other television avenues?

Opera 10 debuts with 'Turbo' boost

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Re: Trygve

"A push of the F12 key and a couple of mouseclicks isn't as easy as it might be, but it still works well enough for those who like to wear a web-condom and only remove it for trusted partners."

Your comment invoked the monitor/tea interface.

Jailed Phil Spector wigs out on Twitter


iPod and Laptop with WiFi access?

There was me thinking he was meant to be being punished for killing someone.

Gordon 'to sacky' Wacky Jacqui



A real opportunity for Gordon Brown to regain a bit of credibility here by appointing someone sensible to the position who doesn't want to take every single freedom we have away. Of course, he won't.....

Website liable for Google-generated page summary



Certainly their appeal should centre on the fact that they've taken the 'offending' page down and yet Google still shows the 'offending' description. Google's cache of the page has an abrupt "Article not available" message and yet the snippet shown still has the previous text.

Interestingly, the live page is quite different to what you see if you try and run it through Google Translate. It seems that Google's IP addresses are no longer welcome. I wonder why...

Bonkers attitudes from all sides, methinks.

iPhone 3.0 to nix app redownloading?


It's well know, isn't it...

That with one hand, Apple giveth, with the other, Apple taketh away?

Surely tying app downloads to a single unit would be an imperfect but better way to prevent the problem of multiple downloads?

The cynic in me just thinks that Apple are after a quick buck from those who, 300 miles from their home computer need an application back that they deleted last month.

Firefox users flip out over sneak MS add-on


User agent string

I noticed this unwanted bit of kid install itself ages ago when they first started sending it out. The clue was that it changes the Firefox's user agent to broadcast the currently installed .NET framework version to all and sundry.

Removing the add on does not revert the change made to the user agent string or at least, removing it by force like I did does not. To put change that, open about:config, search for dotnet and clear the value of the general.useragent.extra.microsoftdotnet preference (or set it to something witty, of course).

Tom Tom flags down 'live traffic' XL satnav

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"7.99 a month without any subscription at all so you can opt in and opt out as and when you see fit"

Since when did the words 'subscription' and 'contract' become analogous? Or are TomTom trying to show my right to cancel a direct debit if and when I choose as some kind of generosity on their part?

Chrome feels the need - the need for speed

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Removing thumbnails

In true Google Web2.something style, the thumbnails are not so much removed as 'removed'.

There's a 'restore all removed thumbnails' option which nicely brings back all the 'embarrassing' thumbnails you thought were gone, even those removed in previously closed browser sessions. <head/desk> <head/desk>

YouTube flooded with porn

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Did you really have to give those spotty, 13-year-old, attention seeking to**ers the publicity they're after?

Six months on, Macs still plagued by critical Java vuln


Request for comment

"An Apple spokeswoman didn't respond to an email requesting comment."

You're surprised? Do you think Apple's press office even read emails from El Reg? I suspect not...

Deleted Tweets found living in the hereafter


Porn star name...

Is that old chestnut still doing the rounds then? I'm amazed how many people don't see what's wrong with that ruse....

Taking a first bite out of Wolfram Alpha

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It works better than I thought it would when I read the blurb a while back.

That said, there are clearly some 'gaps' in data that it should know about. For example, it knows all about Tropical Storm 'Fay' in 2002 but knows nothing of the larger storm of the same name in 2008.

I'm still quite impressed though.

Hacker claims whaling expedition harpooned Steve Jobs



It's fake.

You'll notice that the bottom right of the screenshot is blocked out (looks like a 4yo did it in MS Paint). Presumably under that is a Firebug icon and this kid just signed into his own Amazon account and edited various elements to make it look the business.

I'm amazed anyone was taken by it, even to the point of reporting it 'dubiously'....

Site schools world+dog in browsing history pilfering


Not that interesting to be honest

I mean, it's not really a hack or even pilfering, is it? It's just using the DOM for one of the things it was meant for - inspecting the styles of page elements.

Start Panic is reliant on the script knowing the specific URIs it wants to check and second, it can't determine *what* you did on each site it detects. For example, it can detect that you've been to http://www.google.com/ but it can't detect that you've been to http://www.google.com/search?q=something+naughty unless it specifically checks for that precise term. Given how many variations there can be on Google search URIs that give the same results, and that you'd then have to check the history for all those possible URI variations and then do the same for each TLD Google operates under, it'd take forever.

To be even relatively sure that you'd scanned the user's history accurately for even one search term, you'd probably have to probe the history hundreds if not thousands of times. It's hardly worth the effort, is it?

Come back when someone comes up with JS code to automatically extract all visits to http://www.google.com/* from the history. That will be news but of course, it will never happen (well, maybe in IE...)

Permabit archives your bulk data

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Good god.

How much did that article cost, then?

Anonymity proves grey area for IDScan

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"several of the cards featured by IDScan would appear to be fake rather than novelty."

Like which ones, exactly? They're all fakes - there's not a copy of a legitimate card amongst them.

After mass security lapse, RBS Worldpay gets IRS contract


Re: The IRS are getting stiffed

Read it again, the IRS aren't getting stiffed, the taxpayers are picking up the tab (of course). The IRS aren't that stupid.

Google splits with Mozilla on 3D interwebs

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Graphics cards

So I tried it in a bog-standard off-the-shelf PC with an integrated Intel graphics processor. Won't work, says it's not supported. That's a huge swathe of the PC market, maybe half or more that come with cheap but reasonably powerful Intel graphics chipsets that are excluded automatically.

I know Google love to rush to market and then fix things but surely getting to a point where most people can run it before releasing and asking to be taken seriously would have been wise.,,

HP ScanJet 3C takes lead on Bohemian Rhapsody


Bloody fantastic

That is all :)

Goldman Sachs threatens blogger over demonic domain name



I thought that US Government departments weren't allowed to trademark or copyright anything?

Google throws secret auto-updater to open sorcerers


Very simple to disable.

It ain't pretty but after failing to disable it by removing the scheduled task, service and registry startup entries, I eventually banished the pesky thing in the same way I disabled RealPlayer's irritating, self-resurrecting, omnipresent update process many years ago - just rename or delete the file.

It doesn't matter how many sneaky ways they have to re-enable it through the task scheduler, services, etc, if it can't find the executable then it can't run, simple as that. No application can put the file back in the Program Files directory without throwing a UAC prompt alerting the user that it's trying to do so, so it should be gone for good.

Goggle Earth and Chrome seem to run just fine with the GoogleUpdate.exe removed.

Twitter overrun by weekend of powerful worm attacks


Action stations! Man the pumps!

Come on, really? 10K messages? That's hardly massively successful on a site the size of Twitter.

Yes they should respond quickly to security holes, yadda, yadda, yadda but ten thousand messages in 36 hours is a tiny drop in the ocean. No user action required because the vast, vast majority won't have noticed anything wrong.

Wi-Fi Beeb viewing may break law


If they're right...

...then the TV licensing laws are as stupid as we all know they are and desperately need updating for the 21st century. That's a very big 'If' though. I wouldn't trust the TVLA to be 'right' about anything, the useless, stupid, intimidating buch of muppets that they are...

BT Wholesale cuts off Prodigy Internet


@ kain preacher

Yeah, and you'll likely be several days without service in the process (having experienced the US system) unless you can get the two service providers to cooperate and coordinate their dates.

A MAC is an authorisation code to transfer service from one ISP to another. Normally, it's seemless, happening in the middle of the night with only the slightest interruption. It's pretty much the same concept as the authorisation codes used to migrate cellphone numbers between different providers.

Normally customers never have to deal with their own MAC codes, the ISPs do it between themselves but if one of the ISPs involved is against the wall and won't answer the phones, obviously they'll have to do it themselves.

Artist slices gadgets using CT scanner

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This is not a title.

Thousands of airport x-ray operators slap their head in unison, realising that all they needed to do to become 'artists' was hit Print Screen ever few minutes.

Seriously, the images produced by security x-ray scanners are clearer than those...

LG fu**ed off with swearing


Isn't it a little close...

...to April 1st to take a story like this one seriously?

AT&T to warn online music rustlers

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You won't hear me saying this very often (as one of their customers, no less) but good one, AT&T... About time someone told the RIAA and their UK counterparts to piss off.

Fable creator: How DLC ruined my summer vacation

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Clearly he also uses Chrome (two icons up from the bottom of the right-hand column)

However, his default browser is obviously IE. Hence the URL short cut at the bottom of the right-hand column of desktop short cuts has an MSIE web page icon.

He also has iTunes installed and plays Bejewelled and Command and Conquer.

Shock! Horror! Peter Molyneux does things with his computer that the rest of us do as well!

Windows 7 RC download page reveals May ship date



Yeah, right. Of course. Absolutely unintentional.

German police boot down doors of Wikileaks offices

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@ AC "Hrm"

"I'm all for free speech, but I'm much more for the right of children to have a childhood without the fear that a grownup will use them for theirs and others sexual pleasure."

The Children. Oh! Won't somebody please think of them!?!?!

Obviously, if "the list" solely contained child porn URIs then most people would agree with you but as has been so obviously proven time and time again in different countries, it's not just that sort of content that ends up on the block lists.

There has to be oversight otherwise the powerful will abuse their power. It seems that for the time being at least, the best oversight for internet content blocking that we have is Wikileaks.

Blocking child porn: Good.

Blocking other material that the government doesn't like under the guise of blocking child porn and then blocking material that exposes your misuse of power: Bad.

Aussie classification site hacked in censorship protest


April Fools

I keep thinking that on April 1st, this wanker Conroy is going to appear on TV and go "Hahahahah! April Fool! Got you all BIG TIME, didn't I!?!? Hahahah! Joke's over now!"

But I suspect he really is a big a wanker as I think he is... Wake up Australia and put this dickhead against the wall where he belongs.

I wonder how long it will be before El Reg gets blocked for being consistently against his plan and therefore dangerous to delicate Australian minds?

El Reg nails rooftop 60-ft todger outrage mansion

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Come on El Reg, you're faster than this

The Beeb had this yesterday with the village name under the photo. Took all of about 15 seconds to find it. Come on El Reg, less beer, more Google phallus finding.

Another angle for those who think it's a fake:


Google, Mozilla back 3D interwebs



Now instead of wrangling to get multi-browser compatibility in two dimensions, we're gonna have to do it in three because we all know Microsoft will support this new 'standard' in it's own special way... I can't imagine how much fun that will be.

Anyway, isn't this exactly what Flash / Silverlight / Monolight / etc are for?

El Reg Street View snappers caught on camera



I love the way the Googlemobile's Google logo has been blurred out

Asus takes Lamborghini laptop out for a spin

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No offence but...

...how is this any different from just copy/pasting a press release and calling it news?

Kaminsky: MS security assessment tool is a 'game changer'

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404 Fail

Erm... The link on the MS page to get the tool raises a 404... It's not even a graceful 404 - just an unfriendly default .net error message.

Did nobody check the download link before they released it then?

Gmail offers 'undo' email option

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fucking fuck horses


Flaw makes Twitter vulnerable to serious viral attack


TinyURL have pulled the link

Surprising really. They didn't nuke the phpinfo() thing for yonks (have they even done it yet?) but they yanked that URL in a matter of hours. Funny, eh?

TinyURL, your configs are showing



You're right about the root thing of course but the contents of the phpinfo() output still reveal some potential weaknesses in their system and 'potential' weaknesses are the starting points of all website attacks.

As I pointed out, register_globals is on for starters. Of course, lots of people are now screaming at me that it's not a security risk per se and you're right to an extent but it sure is a real big pointer that secure coding best practices are not being properly followed. Slapping Suhosin on the server and relying on that to protect the contents of your super globals just don't cut it these days.

If your code doesn't stick to the golden rules, sooner or later someone will get into it. On a service so widely used and (perhaps unwisely) trusted as TinyURL, that could cause all manner of problems...

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They're still showing too.

Normally when something goes public, the website concerned suddenly leap into action but I still see TinyURLs underpants. It's not like this would be a tricky one to solve.

You'd think that if they insist on giving themselves access to phpinfo() like that they'd stick it in a deep and password protected directory, huh?

A quick scan down the page for obvious stupidity reveals they've got register_globals enabled. Silly.

iPhone 3.0 beta reveals mixed blessing



"Some of the new features will please iPhoneys, while others spell death for popular applications now available on the iTunes App Store."

What? They've added a fart button? Jiggly boobs app?

Secret Aussie blacklist leaked


Wikileaks back up...

For me at least, in the semi-free (for now) USA.

The blocklist is up too:


Mormons demand ICANN plugs net smut hole

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Won't somebody please think of them?

Wasn't it the religious lobby that got .xxx kicked into the very long grass time and time again? Now they want to introduce something similar? Idiots.

I wonder what port they want? 80085 would be a good choice, I think...

Real ID law to receive makeover under Obama

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"myriad of uses"

It's already happening. A machine readable driver's license is already a requirement to venture beyond the lobby of my step-kid's schools. Don't have one? "You'll have to fill in this lengthy form then, sir." They're moving towards the card being mandatory in the future. All down to "will somebody PLEASE think of the CHILDREN!", of course.

On the one hand, REAL ID requires one to have an approved drivers license in an ever increasing variety of circumstances but on the other, it makes it harder to get one. There are several categories of [legal] immigrants, K-1 fiancé's in particular, who can find it damn near impossible to get a driver's license until about 9-12 months of entry due to another REAL ID 'improvement' which requires non-citizens to have a federal issued ID (e.g. a greencard or work permit) to get a drivers license in most states.

Craigslist boasts 95% drop in 'erotic services' listings

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Can't see it, so it isn't happening!

Do the Chicago Sheriff's Dept (or Craigslist themselves!) honestly think that just because they can't see as many postings on Craigslist, that the volume of prostitution in their city has gone down?

<~~ Even she's not that dumb...

Royal Mail disses runaway post van man


Damn right they should tell him to get lost!

I remember back in the olden days, a better time when the first words to come out of a have-a-go hero's were not "Now where's my money?" and I'm a mere 25 years on this earth.

What happened to the days of a cheesy photo call with the area manager gushing about how thankful they were in front of the local free rag and that being enough?

Stupid thing is, if he took it to court, he'd probably win. Britain's personal injury legal system is becoming more and more like the USA's every single week. Coming soon to a street near you: Royal Mail vans with "Warning chasing this vehicle down a hill towards a busy road may result in injury" emblazoned on the side.

</grumpy git>

Did TomTom test Microsoft's Linux patent lock-down?

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Third option.

I fail to understand how TomTom are in a two way either/or situation here - there are clearly three choices: switch to 100% MS, run into GPL problems or the third way, switch to 0% MS-licensed technology. If Microsoft are trying to blackmail them as the article suggests, TomTom should quite clearly explain to Microsoft exactly where they can shove their big FAT disks and tell them to Foxtrox Oscar.

There's no reason why TomTom can't run their sat-nav's internal storage on a Linux file system and the same goes for SD storage cards - format them with a non-MS file system and provide Windows users with a driver to interface with it rather than relying on mass storage device. It'll be a bit of a pain for a small amount of users who like to tweak their kit but most wouldn't ever notice that their TomTom was using a different driver.

Diebold e-voting software includes delete audit logs button


If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times.

Paper. Pen. Cross. Sealed Box. Human Count. Done.

It takes a really special brand of idiot to think these kinds of systems are a good idea.

Google Earth faces terrorist target airbrush bill

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That is all. That and being compared with <~~ her over there.