* Posts by Petey

38 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Jul 2009

New claim dogs Oracle: After $11m of sales, I was unfairly axed before next big deal – because I am a 64yo woman

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Azure, Office 365 go super-secure: Multi-factor auth borked in Europe, Asia, USA


Breakglass admin account

And that's why it's best practice to maintain a break-glass account which is a global administrator. This account does not have 2FA enabled and password maintained in two parts by two custodians.

Google Translate spews doomsday messages, Facebook snatches boffins, and more in AI


Facebook and Robotics

This sounds a bit like Facebook attempting to get ahead of the curve and mimicking Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror episode "Be Right Back". It wouldn't be a surprise if they decided to offer personalities in robots for times when Mum or Dad is away, for example, temporarily or otherwise.

Air gapping PCs won't stop data sharing thanks to sneaky speakers


The keyboard sounds one has already been done 8 years ago - https://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/publications/thesis/online/IM100855.pdf

Citizen Lab says Sandvine network gear aids government spyware


There is a MASSIVE difference with the use described in the article versus the UK ISPs telling you that a site is blocked. The difference is that the UK is being transparent and you are not being duped into viewing something that you had not requested. In fact, it is out in the open that they were going to hijack your request as it was mandated by court orders which are in the public domain. You EXPECT this redirect to happen.

Having malware injected into a legitimate request isn't remotely comparable to your example. It's a nefarious, underhand and downright unethical practise.

The uni aren't "jumping up and down" about the UK because those activities are not unethical.

WD slashes warranty periods on Blue and Green drives


Quantity, not quality!

So now the worker in Thailand have to churn them out so fast that the drives can't be guaranteed to have the same resilience?

No doubt they'll appear in Aldi soon.

97% of Three's network traffic is data


Yeah BUT

This article is about NETWORK traffic. Not just DIGITAL traffic.

Numpty commentard.

Wikileaks creaks under demand for Afghan war logs

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"...interest is almost bringing the website to a halt."

Yeah right, DDOS attacks from US government more like...

On a serious note, I'm all for wikileaks but not if it means more people are going to be killed as a result of this leak.

Sky snaps up Virgin TV channels


No, you're not

The deal is for nine years and is at no extra cost to Virgin Media viewers. The shareholders will only benefit if customer churn stays the same or decreases and the decision was made that VM customers will NOT be charged more for HD.


Read the press release!

This does not affect UKTV channels, which are the ones owned in equal parts by BBC and Virgin Media. This is for VMTV channels only, which were wholly owned by Virgin Media. Sky won't be working closely with VM once the deal is complete.

Sony demos very bendy flexible OLED screen


*Homer Drool *

That's awesome. Utterly awesome. So many different applications possible!!!

Seagate preps three terabyte whopper


Erm, really?

"users effectively won't be able to use drives with more than 1.1TB capacity,"

Well I best go and destroy the other ~400GB of movies I have stored on there then.


Symantec buys PGP and GuardianEdge too


Oh goddamn...

... I completely agree.

I use PGP all the time and it has a nice light footprint. Tick tock now until the bloatware arrives via Symantec.

Ten free apps to install on every new PC

Jobs Horns


I cannot BELIEVE you've put that on the top ten list of free stuff. Nothing associated with iTunes is remotely free. Sometimes spending €30 on a lifetime licence of a high-class music manager like Mediamonkey is FAR more beneficial than paying homage to Jobs. Free my arse.

Offline Google Docs disappear on May 3

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What's happening to Gears then?

Should I uninstall now? And delete all of my builds that I've worked so hard to keep running through all my browser upgrades??


AOL to sell or shutter Bebo


Echo.... echo....

"Thank GOD".

What a waste of internet space. Better best forgotten!

Official: Sony Ericsson X10 has no multi-touch hardware



Time to cancel my order then. Argh!

Virgin Media downed by thick Leeds 'copper' crooks


The words fail me...

You would never stop taking the bus just because an idiot smashes the bus shelter. You HAVE to get your windscreen replaced.

Telco, Broadband, TV et al are items that DO give you choice. If it doesn't work, you can move on.

If this was a scam then I would guess that you would be the only one senseless enough to undertake it.

I hope you run your own business and use your own tactics because your cynical assumptions would run it into the ground pretty darn quickly.

Try and use some logic before spouting this garbage.


BBC iPlayer rejects open source plugins, takes Flash-only path

Paris Hilton

I use Boxee too BUT (big but)...

... I know a lot of people who are ditching their TV and TV service entirely in favour of netTV. In the UK this means you don't need a TV license.

BBC iPlayer is specifically for UK TV licence subscribers as the content held therein is not even available in the Republic of Ireland, yet BBC has always been broadcast there.

DRM etc is a load of shit but I can see why they would want to do this. I don't agree with it.

p.s. Boxee ROCKS. And yes, this will apply to Boxee as well.

Paris, because she lets the whole world see her Flash for free.

Oracle sues support firm over 'massive theft'

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Hmm - not sure on that one

Maybe Rimini are the REASON metalink was so bloody slow! It has improved somewhat since classic metalink has retired. Again, just my opinion!

I back Oracle on this one (not an employee) but I can see how Rimini have managed to garner a share of the market as Oracle Support is sometimes appallingly unreactive. Personally, I have got a ton of support and development guides on an external HDD just because I can't be arsed to keep logging in and searching for them!

Will be keeping a beady eye on this if I can. It might set a precedent!

Ubuntu Firefox shuns Google for Yahoo! search

Gates Horns

Hardly affecting the commercial side

The Linux kernel is fairly bloated anyway because of the support for virtually everything on the market, no pun intended.

Given that Ubuntu is essentially Debian for those who aren't comfortable with complete root access, 99% of users won't be aware that there is hypervisor support nor does it act as an active revenue stream for Microsoft.

The branding involved when Yahoo is the default search IS a revenue source.

That's what I do not agree with.

Paris Hilton

Thanks Microsoft

... for persuading me to dump ubuntu and go back to my Debian roots instead.

I don't want Microsoft NEAR my distro.

Paris because she wants everyone to stick a Yahoo! in her box too.

China's doomed attempt to hold the world to ransom

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Nice Comment - but

It's not just about prices, it's about restricting the AMOUNT that will be exported, regardless of price. It's not a case of what China has to do, they're already doing what they want.

What WE need is an alternative source!

Trojan pr0n dialers make comeback on mobile phones


It seems obvious then...

... that you should get the contract in your name instead?

Take control man!

Naked scans: Net cries nude-o-geddon


As they say...

Who will watch the watchers?

I fully expect to see some of these images floating around the net at some point during the next year, with a seedy voyeuristic theme.

Any images I find will be forwarded directly to the PM and posted on as many websites as I can find, just to make it clear that I do not agree with a PFY staring at this kind of "fuzzy smut" of everyone's grandmothers.

Surely computers could be trained up on this instead??

The charge of the alternative gadget chargers


or even better...

Built-in support for Airnergy in whatever gadget you have. That way you reduce the quantity required. The whole point is that the energy is already IN the air. You're missing the point there!

With respect, m'lud...

Dell crowned Bad Santa computer maker by angry customers


Should've left it...

... back in Limerick where the workers did a stonking job of making sure Dell kept SOME sort of reputation.

Serves them right for outsourcing from their new Polish factory.

Idiots. Glad I bought all my xmas purchases elsewhere.

Homemade airship prang closes highway in Oklahoma


Keep it up old man!

Hopefully he doesn't get too deflated by the whole experience and give up...

Google Chrome bug outs users seeking anonymity

Big Brother


I (to some extent) agree with all of you who say "you must have something to hide" when it comes to denouncing TOTAL privacy.

However, TOR is used in China to circumvent the Great (fire)Wall of China so that free-thinking citizens can have free speech and access to sites which apparently are "violating public morality and harming the physical and mental health of youth". (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/24/tibet_china_youtube_ban/)

IMO, all of you who discourage this kind of activity and the development of systems such as TOR are no better than the commie dictating tosspots over in China.

Anyone who thinks that privacy is not inherent as a basic human right should walk around wearing cling-film, have no password on your email and leave your front doors unlocked with an "Open All Hours" sign hanging on it.

New hacker peril for older IE versions


@anonymous coward who talks about Oracle

If you read up on this at ALL you would realise that Oracle addressed Java compatibility issues ages ago.

Get a half-decent DBA who can update the JRE on your Oracle Apps server and you will never be stuck with IE6 or any other crap browser again.

Vampires not good role models for Catholics, declares Vatican

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Missing the point

Who gives a crap if they're vamipres? The allegory is that there are monstrous people in the book who did not choose to be that way and who are side-lined in society because of a choice they did not make.

Fear of the unknown etc.

The pope and all his fellow plebs should be more worried about films like Angels and Demons which suggest that members of the Vatican close to the pope are corrupt and sick.

Get a grip you old fart.

Google expands navel gazing

Jobs Horns

It works on MY phone

Not surprised that the iPhone can't keep it going minimised. That phone is merely a fashion accessory. Perfect for uSheep.

My lowly C905 runs Maps 3.0 minimised and shares location without any problems. And it doesn't use much battery either.

Brazilian Playboy eyes miniskirted uni student

Paris Hilton

Got my hopes up too early...

Video Removed by User. There go my chances of some potential upskirt action.

Paris, well, because I never have a problem finding HER videos.

Docs press for probe into 'designer vaginas'


Come on El Reg, where's the IT angle?

Given that this has none at all, I refuse to pay lip-service to you for publishing this

USB 3.0 webcam streams 1080p video


What's next, Ludicrous Speed?

Anyone recall Spaceballs?

Pfff, just leave it at the 3.0 thanks.

Post-Vista Windows flaw creates Blue Screen risk


@David W.

David - there are still plenty of people out there who would love to take down company systems just for kicks, simply because they feel they have been mistreated. A BSOD is a classic way to just piss off your employers.

Definitely a valid find.

Aussie Sex Party bursts upon political stage


This is one sadistic party...

Who's going to be their Chief Whip?

Gmail turns into label junkie

Paris Hilton

@Christopher P. Martin

I totally agree - the instant search functionality makes it a breeze to find what you want. However, labels are still useful in some cases for me - like Jokes, Internet Accounts (ever had to change all your passwords and not remember what accounts you held?!), e-bills, e-statements to name but a few.

However, @DJ 2? You just don't get gmail my friend, you definitely should use outlook! ;-)

Paris, because it would be so good to drag her labels off whenever I want...