* Posts by some-reg-reader

18 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Dec 2009

Red-faced chip-fryer AMD pulls blog offline after hackers munch 32KB

Paris Hilton

Yawn ... nothing to see here

WordPress site gets hacked because it wasn't updated to latest version of software.

WordPress database hashes passwords one-way and unique salts per site (not just MD5). No passwords exposed or risked.

Paris because ... she goes both ways.

Vintage alien tech crash-lands in field


Nice route!

I particularly liked how you continued to include the rest of his directions in the link.

LE65 2** to SK9 7** eh?

Probably a good idea if you scrap his home post code from the link El Reg.

Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'


Global Warming is not in doubt

What 'El Reg' failed to point out in this article, is that the issue of "global warming" by the likes of Anthony Watts was never in contention.

The magnitude and causes are what skeptics question.

Watts' openly admits that the Earth is warmer now than it was 100-150 years ago. [1].

More notably, “man-made global warming” was not mentioned by BEST - and in their findings they point out explicitly that they didn’t address this issue. [2].

[1]: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/21/best-what-i-agree-with-and-what-i-disagree-with-plus-a-call-for-additional-transparency-to-preven-pal-review/

[2]: (last para) http://berkeleyearth.org/Resources/Berkeley_Earth_Summary_20_Oct.pdf

BlackBerry services splutter back into action, again




From Phone Operators? From RIM?

Have a laugh.

Side note - Vodafone had a full days outage on their network and compensated no one (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/28/vodafone_outage_2/).

Tyneside police website defaced, used to serve phish


Not a police website?

Either northumbriapoliceauthority.org.uk is not an official police website, or someone has been a little "dishonest" in their registrant details:

Registrant type:

UK Individual

Registrant's address:

The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their

address omitted from the WHOIS service.

Greyhound spatters Nashville with semen


Ohhh ... the bus company was called Greyhound ...

... I read that thinking that it was a bus for greyhounds! And then wondered why would greyhounds need bull semen.

South West Trains puts squeeze on commuters


From South West Trains:

From South West Trains:

"It is also clear from our passenger loading statistics that these trains are well used by customers."

Wow - I didn't know I had a choice... ! I shall remain on the platform until a suitable train comes along next time.

Vodafone's network knackered by thieves


Vodafone "hiding" internal information

Vodafone just banned me from their eForum for posting the internal information I posted above. They then had the cheek to email me saying:


We’ve removed five of your posts from our eForum today relating to the network outage.

The reason the posts were removed is because the information you’ve received is speculative and has not been confirmed. We are investigating this now and will provide more information as soon as it’s available.

It would be good if you could let us know who you received this message from although we understand if you choose not to.

Please do not re-post this information.


eForum Team"

Event happened at 00:40, as confirmed in internal email - yet still no ETA, almost 12 hours later.



Can confirm outage affects more than just SE

People seeing problems in Cornwall/Devon also.

I agree with comments regarding security ... ^ massive fail Vodafone. Single point of failure?

Internal mail:


Vodafone Technology Incident Management

Service Operations


Incident Update

Source Remedy Reference


Service Affected 3G, 2G, SMS, Voice, Vodafone One Net - Voice, Paknet, Telephony, Vodafone.co.uk, BlackBerry Connect, Email, Network Mgt, Voicemail, Fixed Link (Voice), Remote Access Service, MMS, Severity P1

Status Open Comms ID:

Start 28/02/11 00:40:00

Incident Statement Link connectivity issues are being experienced to thte Basingstoke Data Centre

Impact Multiple services are impacted. Customers may experience problems making & receiving calls, sending and receiving text messages & establishing data sessions. War room invoked, conf call ongoing to discuss action plan. Crisis Mgmt engaged.

Last Update

Next Update 28/02/11 08:00:00

[Anyone have access to this system and fancy sharing any further updates, please do?]

Google sued for scanning emails of non-Gmail users


Surely the simple answer is...

Just block him from having access to their SMTP servers - rendering him unable to relay messages to Gmail users. Then they can't scan his messages. And everybody's happy.

Adobe sucks up to Oracle over FOSS boss gripes


Re: Sorry Kelly, but that was completely un-called for!


That comment was vulgar in light of the current situation.

Googlegate: Mapping a scandal of global proportions


Hear, hear

As above.

Alleged MI6 traitor also accused of betraying spies


Would have been left on a train anyway

Who can blame a guy for trying! If he hadn't of sold them, they would only have been left on a train anyway! ;)

Ticket site sorry for pisspoor password wrong



I agree

Microsoft cuts out paste


"Everyone is desperate to ape Apple's success, but no one's learning from its mistakes"

"Everyone is desperate to ape Apple's success, but no one's learning from its mistakes"

Excuse me ... bit of a rant maybe? Lots of companies have learnt from Apple's mistakes, including Apple.

Look at the Nokia N900 for example. Copy and Paste to your hearts content. ;-) And true FULL HTML/JS browsing in FireFox. And it runs on Linux. And you have root access - so you can do what you want and install what you want, without breaking the warranty. Perfecto.


US plans crewless automated ghost-frigates


Scary, scary thoughts

Speaking also from experience, the idea of "Ghost Ships" scares the hell out of me. Once upon a time every boat kept a good look out and, as required by maritime law, would respond to any may-day calls. Now days you already have super-freighters, with perhaps no more than 10 or 12 crew, driving on auto-pilot for a large part of their journey.

They already scare me enough when sailing alone (a small sailing vessel would be almost invisible to their radar) - but at least you know there is a chance someone might be looking out, and worse-come-to-worse you can give the bridge a shout over the VHF and let them know you are there.

The idea of large, over-powered, unmanned warship, powering through the Atlantic, really will keep me awake at night when anywhere at sea from now on! I really do hope they pick up all local VHF communications and relay them back to an actual person, 24/7.

Nokia N900 Linux smartphone


re: offical Nokia online shop

Don't follow that link - the official online shop is here - not at the location above: