* Posts by Justin Stringfellow

177 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Dec 2008


Bevy of tech behemoths aim to plug the next Heartbleed with DOLLARS

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that's that gate firmly slammed

now... where's the horse again?

Japanese boffin EYES up big bucks with strap-on digi-glasses

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already been done

by Homer J Simpson:


Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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Re: These rumour starters....

Peter Mayhew isn't just tall, though, he's a whopping 7'3" which makes him incredibly rare.

Maybe a few tens of thousands of 7 footers on the planet. The ones that can make accurate limb movements get sent to the NBA. The wobbly ones have only got one career - Chewbacca.

Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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today is a good day to bury XP

If I was the sort of scumbag who actively discovers & exploits vulns, builds botnets etc, I'd have saved a good one for around about now. What's the betting that something nasty turns up very soon indeed?

+1 for popcorn

Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive

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What, too difficult to think of something that wasn't identical to the headline?

Need the el reg headstone icon back please.

Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it

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Similar topic, Diffie and Hellman talk about NSA interference in their work in this recent documentary, which is worth a listen:


LaCie bigs up 2big, 5big, 8big... WHOMP: Lands big data on your desk

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Re: amateur option but...

Good point.

Rebuild duration is a "piece of string" question - might be quick if your array is idle, but if not... your guess is as good as any.

Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' shingles

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Re: Have they changed those plastic external cases yet?

If your hard drive case cracks when you drop it, the problem is that you've dropped it, not that the plastic is too flimsy. FFS, treat them with a bit more respect!

Tesla in 'Ethernet port carries data' SCANDAL

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... any crashes will still be blamed on flaky drivers?

Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

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Re: UK version?

.. and what's the betting that $99 turns into £99?

Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

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Re: Yowser

It's able to render an area the size of Wales, and costs about as much as 3 football pitches.

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Re: BitCoin or passwords?

See https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Mining_hardware_comparison

It's a bit out of date now, but anyway, nobody's really mining btc with graphics cards any more. ASIC hardware is several orders of magnitude faster per $ spent. So yes, the more economically viable approach would be to use the hardware to brute force someone's password and steal their btc :)

The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Re: The Linux People Really Are Desperate

"how sad are they"

troll, have a downvote.

Monkey steals iPod touch, loses interest in minutes

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The child will get it back eventually

But how long will he have to wait?

Well, how long does it take a spider monkey to type out the full works of shakespeare?

Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

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Re: New homes for the south

> Is there any other country that is so capital-city centric in terms of wealth creation?


Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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You didn't even read my post properly.

Yes I did, and you're wrong.

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Re: So, you believe that summer begins on midsummer's day then..?

I did read the internet, all of it. Firstly the link I posted earlier from the (admittedly, more scientific than your biblical sources) Met Office about when spring starts. Then this one, about midsummer:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer :

"Date: June 21, 24, 25 or a date close to the Summer Solstice on June 20–23"

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Re: Actually spring starts on the 1st March, according to the met office.

So, you believe that summer begins on midsummer's day then..?

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It's spring already.

> It's nearly spring

Actually spring starts on the 1st March, according to the met office.


Tim Cook and Israeli PM commune with the GHOST of Steve Jobs

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quote of the... uh...

> "If you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long," the quote reads. "Just figure out what's next."

Wow, that's brainless. Real 'Miss World' stuff. Does it go on to say that he loves kids and animals and would like to help people all over the world?

Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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theft in plain sight.

If you read the forum linked in the article, there's a comment with a link to the blockchain address of the wallet containing the stolen BTC. Perhaps someone with greater bitcoin knowledge than me can explain why it's possible to steal coins while they remain in plain sight?

Brit Bitcoin dev: I lost 'over £200k' when MtGox popped its socks

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"Richard Broadley is ... 12th most active contributor to the Bitcoin protocol ... He is one of a number of people who contacted The Reg to ask what to do if they had lost their Bitcoins"

..and there's the problem with bitcoin. If one of the guys writing the code doesn't understand it, what chance does anyone else have?

Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

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Re: Send reg reporters on an engineering refresher

No headstock, no tailstock, not a lathe.

WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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Re: Fuck a duck...

I blame apple. I bet it's got rounded corners

Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

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Try fitting THAT in the margins, math wonks

Actually, assuming a A4 sheet with a 1" margin, and a areal density of 500Gbpsi, you can fit 730GB into the margin.

Zoom out for a view of malware, say boffins

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I see what they did there.

New password system lets planet Earth do the hard work

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because the average luser will just draw round their house.

I look forward to seeing the 80x24 terminal implementation.

Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

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Tried reading the telegraph article but it's the usual Apple fanboy treacle.

Any article about computing history where "IBM PC" is misspelt as "ICM PC" is highly suspect anyway.

Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

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Re: Piano / Computer

That's a mitchell and webb sketch, from one of their radio series.


EMC: We've stomped out VNX2 reboot issue

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80 days... is that all?

You've got to wonder what sort of testing has been done on an enterprise product that reliably crashes after 80 days uptime.

Bloke hews plywood Raspberry Pi tablet

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rounded corners

... a member of the legal profession will be along presently...

Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

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What's the difference between a photon that's been emitted by the wall as opposed to reflected by it, then?

Hacker backdoors Linksys, Netgear, Cisco and other routers

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Re: My router hack is cheaper and foolproof

This is known as a 'rubber hose' attack..


Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

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Re: still crap, try harder

and perhaps you missed the "S" in Serial. How many lines does that require again?

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still crap, try harder

I'd have thought the obvious design would be a round connector which would have no orientation requirements at all - e.g. a headphone jack type of thing. Or did I miss something?

Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

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don't skimp

I've had a synology ds413j for a while and while fundamentally it's a great piece of kit, I would strongly advise anybody buying one of their NAS boxes to avoid the 128MB models, and those with slower CPUs. The web interface is too slow to be usable. For those of you using squeezeboxes, the server software is great, but won't fit properly into such a small amount of RAM either.

Eat our dust, spinning rust: In 5 years, it'll be all flash all the time

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Re: Doubt it

...but tapes and disks aren't the same thing.

ssd's will replace rotating disks because they *are* the same thing.

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all down to $/GB

Rotating hard disks will last as long as their advantage in price and density does.

It will be interesting to see what the traditional storage manufacturers do in response to cheaper, denser SSDs. Have they been holding anything back?

Server, server in the rack, when's my disk drive going to crack?

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the problem is...

.. that this is a report on consumer grade drives being run in a datacenter operation - i.e. 24x7 at constant (presumably good) temperature and with low to zero accesses occurring. Which doesn't match what happens in a consumer device. e.g. Typically a PC gets turned on, and the cold drive is immediately thrashed senseless by an OS and apps starting, used for some amount of time and then shut down again later. Presumably a /typical/ consumer drive spends most of its time powered off.

Hey, Presto! Facebook spills petabyte-munching SQL brain sauce online

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spot the yum jockey

"it is still a somewhat manual process to unpack and install, but I was able to do so within 12 minutes on a few boxes.."


SEX CRAZED FISH keeping hapless Southamptonites awake

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Re: Sir

> put a fucking microphone in the water

That would be a hydrophone then.

Profitless scrapbooking site Pinterest adds over $1bn to its book value

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visible-from-space bubble

that is all.

D-Link hole-prober finds 'backdoor' in Chinese wireless routers

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you missed the opportunity

for a headline along the lines of "tenda backdoor probed"

Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

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modern life is rubbish

I was using the BBC radio player app alarm feature until recently on my android tablet, which sits in a dock near the bed. Most recently, it woke at 7.00 one morning as usual, started playing radio 4, at which point the availability of the network connection clearly prompted the thing to opportunistically check for updates, which it found - specifically one for the BBC radio player, which was then promptly partially uninstalled before failing to update... all in all leaving me with about 5s of alarm. Which wasn't enough. I woke an hour late with a vague recollection of the events.

Spies launch hack attacks on Mongolia... to see who its friends are – report

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> Booby-trapped documents associated with the attack include an announcement for a joint US-Mongolia military exercise called Khaan Quest 2014.




DEATH WATCH counts down seconds to wearer's demise

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Re: Seems mildly relevant.

prior art, I'd say!

Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

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96kHz? Is that it?

Gigabytes of space going begging on a BD disk and we get a doubling of sample rate from the 30 year old CD standard.

Needs to have ultra high resolution, 2.0 and multichannel versions of the music, plus lyrics, high resolution album art, promotional videos, photos, making of... and anything else they can think of putting on there. Try harder. Or don't have my money.

A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

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Re: Permanent 4 wheel drive

> Next time it snows take your foot off the beans around a roundabout. I was going slowly but I incorrectly went for a gear change and suddenly a had car that started to oversteer.

Well, snow has a way of magnifying your mistakes. Lift-off oversteer is a known effect on many different configurations of car. Changing gear on a corner is a mistake in any event. As a biker, it's a complete no-no. I don't see where quattro, torsen or anything else could help you if you attempt a gear change on a roundabout in the snow. You probably just need a bucket of tinsel and some patchwork trousers :)