* Posts by nick hilliard

9 publicly visible posts • joined 14 May 2007

MS and Sophos incompatible over Win 7 XP Mode

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Oho, the curse of fossils. Microsoft are crippling themselves by bending over backwards to ensure backward compatibility. This will cause pain, pain and more pain. Admins, prepare for tears and anguish!

Hijacking iPhones and other smart devices using SMS

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lock 'em up!

Terrorists, the lot of 'em. Send them to gitmo, i say. That'll teach them a lesson or two for proving that telco security is trash.

Apple says jailbroken iPhones endanger cell towers

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crashing cell towers

so, black-hat X manages to crash a cell tower, and we are to believe that this is a problem associated with people getting access to the iPhone rather than a coding tolerance / stability problem with the software running on the tower radio system?

let me sit down for a moment and attempt to understand this doublethink.

Microsoft airbrushes anti-Apple ad

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Jobs Horns

I prefer ...

I prefer this ad:


You PC users, you all suck.


Brute force SSH attack confounds defenders

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not a sophisticated attack

The only thing sophisticated about this attack is that there is a tighter link between the compromised hosts (which do the attack) and the command/control centre, which does the co-ordination. Other than that, right now the only thing that this attack appears to be doing is running a dictionary attack on each selected SSH host to check out for valid usernames. Maybe at some stage in the future, they will try brute forcing passwords. But right now, "sophisticated" is definitely the wrong term; "clumsy" or "likely to gain lots of peoples' attention", more like it.

Did the width move for you, darling?

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Screaming rubbish

There is no IT angle to this story. What is it doing here? I am removing The Register from my bookmarks. Please cancel my subscription. I am also dissatisfied with today's weather. Please make the weather the way I like it. Goodbye.

Oops, wrong article. Sorry.


Phoenix beams back Martian postcards

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Paris Hilton

7.7 feet?

7.7 feet? Come off it, you metrically impared individual. All NASA work is done in meters, and a 7.7ft robotic arm is actually a 2.502 meter appendage. Let's call it 2.5 meters. So there. Please update your article to use proper measurements. Oh, and avoid your luddite imperial system in future. kthxbai.

Paris, because only a dumb blonde would make such a silly mistake.


Cisco punts massive Nexus 7000 switch

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control pane

"Control pane"? I think you meant "control pain", because if Cisco are going to produce a new operating system which is as buggy as IOS, pain is what it's going to be.

Or did you mean "control plane"?

One in 10 webpages scrutinized by Google were laced with malware

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One in ten pages? I don't think so

Mercy me, you've really outdone yourselves this time.