* Posts by Smudge@mcr

49 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Jun 2010

Twitter breach leaks emails, passwords of 250,000 users


Re: the java angle....

Yes you are correct. The post should say "The Javascript angle"

I should know better.

The point is that a compromised account could be used to trick other users into executing malicious code. Particularly non technical users.


the java angle....

The java vulnerability is key here.

It works by running a malitious script when a link is pressed in a compromised site.

Here's how it could work:

you see a tweet from somone you follow and trust "hey look at this"

you click on the link, go to the compromised site "press to enter site dialog box" which you click on.

the javascript runs in the background and your system is compromised.

A great way to build a botnet...

Open-source attack dog enters Ballmer's inner ring


Re: Libre/Open Office?

i used to enjoy debate on the reg forums but now all there is ,is Microsoft funded trolls. How much do you get paid per post for rubbishing FOSS. Hint you are obvious despite yourselves.

Rampaging gnu crashes Microsoft Store, hands out literature


Talking of lockdown

You'll never see a story like this on BBC News.

They are more locked down than Apple + Microsoft.

Microsoft denies Windows 8 app spying via SmartScreen



You sir are a TROLL.

Disney sitcom says open source is insecure


Reg still allowing childish abusive words.

If opensouce users are Freetards does that make proprietory software users Retards?

IEEE admits its MS-DOS history revisionist is in Microsoft's pay


Re: err

"Retained as expert witness is not the same as corporate shill."

err... yes it is.

Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow


What is this?

"Windows RT, the ARM version, goes a step further by prohibiting desktop software installation completely."

So on the ARM platform you cannot install Linux because of "Secure Boot" lockdown and you cannot install software unless it is bought from the Microsft App Store.

Bit restrictive.

Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing


Said it before...

Said this before but this is what happens when one company has a monopoly.

I'm not sayning that mad decisions are not made in the FOSS world (eg Gnome 3) but at least people have the opertunity to code round things they don't like.

With MS market share under pressure (from Apple) you are going to see more of these tactics to lock users in.

If you don't like it you can either boot Linux (before MS lock down the hardware and stops you) or keep paying your tax to MS and spend your time moaning on the Reg.

Its time to choose.

Nokia flogged 4m Lumias, still bled €826m this quarter


So sad

Its hard to see these figures as anything other than bad news today, worse news tomorrow...

How politicians could end droughts forever But they don't want to


You may not know..

..but in the late 1970's this was predicted in a report presented to the government of the day that London would run out of water by 2010.

The solution was to build a national grid of water pipes connecting up the then regional water boards.

Water could then be moved around the country easily from the wet northern areas to the dry south.

The idea was scrapped by Thatcher as too expensive.

Motorola's bid to sink Windows, XBoxes sales snubbed


Lets ban this...

Lets ban the word Freetard from The Reg.

Or are you someone who still shouts Retard at the disabled?

Its time to grow up.

Windows XP support ends two years from now


Re: Anonymous Coward

Trolling is so XP.

SourceForge pulls off fake, 'Trojan-wrapped' Anonymous OS tool


Just a publicity stunt

This was just a publicity stunt organised by Microsoft to try and associated Linux with "hackers" and the "bad people" in the general publics mind.

Dont belive me?

Just look at the coverage the Microsoft friendly BBC Technology page gave this none story.

(the BBC's head of technology is ex MS)


Will Windows 8 sticker shock leave Microsoft unstuck?


No dual boot on ARM for Win 8?

I've read that the ARM version of Win 8 will lock the BIOS so Linux users will no longer be able to dual boot.

This will be one of the differences between the Intel and ARM versions (Intel will still dual boot).

Can anyone confirm this?

Shuttleworth remixes Ubuntu... for biz users


Nothing to see here (again)

I wish Mark Shuttleworth was as good at building Operating Systems as he is at self promotion.

Open-sourcers suggest Linux secure boot block workarounds


History teaches us...

You can't trust Microsoft.


BBC iPlayer to require TV licence


How this will work..

1. Impose a tax on people who only have Iplayer.

2. Claim there is not enough resource to police the tax.

3. Put up the BBC Licence fee to cover the "shortfall"

Or to put it another way: more stealth tax from the criminals in the big yellow building with a giant clock tower on the front.

FSF takes Win 8 Secure Boot fight to OEMs


The enamy within

Microsoft's core mission is to KILL Free Software.

Always was and always will be.

They are the enamy of computer users, free software and a free society.

They can NEVER be trusted. This is a wake up call to cumputer users everyware.

Don't sleep walk into slavery. Don't use Micosoft.

Oh and please continue using the MS FUD term Freetard. I would rather be a Freetard than a slave.

Win 8 haters are just scared of change, say MS bosses


The future: No choice at all.

MS are forcing hardware makers to use a new BIOS called UEFI which has signed keys, thus only allowing Windows to boot on the next generation of PC.

So it dosen't matter what anyone on this forum thinks about Win8. In the future there will be only Windows.

Booting Linux will be 'insecure' and the hardware will not ALLOW it.

Thus creating a total Microsoft monopoly on the PC.

So moan all you want about Win 8, MS dosen't care, soon you will have no other option.

Memo to open source moralists: Put a sock in it


Close the Gates...

Stallman promotes free software (as in freedom). Open source is is not free software.

If Matt Asay had done even the smallest amount of research he would know the difference and know why Stallman takes the stance he does.

MS sponsored FUD.

Dear Ubuntu: The netbook is toast


Unity dosen't unify

Unity is unfinished. It has crashed on every machine I have installed it on.

If Canonical is so full of "talented people" why didn’t one of them say "hey lets learn from the KDE 4 disaster where KDE developers alienated many users by releasing unfinished unstable code" .

Microsoft's patents shakedown betrays spirit of Gates


Re Blarkon

"Can't create on your own, just copy copy copy "

You mean like MS copied all their ideas from Xerox Parc and didn't give them a damn penny for them.

Explosion in iPad factory kills two, injures more


"generally support free market"

Since when has China been a free market?

They compete on unequal terms with the West by using child/slave labour.

Natty Narwahl: Ubuntu marine mammal not fully evolved


Have you learned nothing from KDE 4

I know its been said before but after the disater that was KDE 4 would it not have been easier to miss a release and finish off Unity.

When will developers realise that the one thing users hate more than anything is being used as a proving ground for incomplete or bug ridden software.

By releasing software that is unfinished you damage the reputation of Ubuntu and of Linux in general. If its a development release PUT A LABEL ON IT don't try and pass it off as a finished product.

Not only that Unity and Gnome 3 have both broken Compiz one of the best pieces of eye cnady on any computer and the one thing that makes new users go wow even if it is not that useful.

Total Fail.

2011 Ford Focus


Totally Agree

Ford has reinvented itself and started making good cars again, however here in the UK they are totally let down by their truly awful dealer network.

Over priced, rude and incompetent.

Ellison's Oracle washes hands of OpenOffice


The war is over

Oracle waged war on the FOSS community and lost.

Most Linux distro's have already moved to Libre Office and will stay as that is where the active development is happening.

Oracle are just trying to save face after their appalling behaviour towards the community .

Try saying sorry Larry.

Dixons' best chance? Quit the UK and move to Sweden


Re: Free Market

Just to clarify a few points from the replies.

I am not anti Microsoft. I am pro choice.

Why would PC's "sit on shelves"? I am NOT advocating PCW should sell computers with Linux pre installed. I am advocating that for a number of consumers with the correct tec skills (like REG readers) you should be able to buy a computer blank and then install the OS of your choice.

If a PC comes from the factory with Windows pre installed (and all the junk that comes with it)there should be an option for the shop to format the drive and knock the price of Windows off the computer. Would take about 5 minutes.

Not saying this is for eveyone just it would be a nice option for those with the skills to do it.

Would you like to install Windows yourself without all that trial rubbish which comes from a pre built PC?


Free Market

When they give you the OPTION of buying a PC / laptop without an OS pre installed then I will start shopping there again.

Why am I forced to buy something I do not want or use (i.e. MS Windows)

Moving to Windows 7: Is it worth it?


A 14 year old car...

If you had a 14 year old car and the manufacturer stopped making parts for it, banned anyone else from making parts for it and kept certain information private so you could not repair it yourself you would be up in arms.

However we seem to tolerate this behaviour “because its software"

If Microsoft is refusing to support a "legacy product" they should either licence the software to third party developers to support it or open source the code.

Why should they do this? Well quite simply because they have a virtual monopoly and they are abusing their dominant position in the market by forcing people to upgrade by not fixing their broken product.

BBC accused of coming out for porn opt-in?


As in Monty Pythons The life of Brian...

I enjoy watching porn and so does my wife.

Jacqui Smith 'shocked' to discover we're drowning in sea of porn


People in glass houses...

Why can't she 'investigate' why, when your house, credit card, car or identity are stolen the Police in the UK could not GIVE A DAMM and why when she was Home Secratary she did sod all about it.

Too busy persecuting consenting adults for cheap votes perhaps?

It's official: Nokia bets on Microsoft for smartphones


Phones are now fashion items

Sadly what Nokia failed to appreciate is that since the iPhone came to market, Smart phones are fashion items and brand is as important as functionality for many buyers. (sad but true).

MS is not a fashionable brand.

In fact with this tie up Nokia has re-branded itself as the fashion equivalent of a tweed jacket with leather patches on the elbows.

oh dear...

Police DNA test plan to put off prostitutes' punters


Easy Targets

Why dont the Police try solving some real crime for a change.

Have you ever been visited by the boys in blue if you are unlucy enough to have your house burgled. They could not give a stuff.

Had your credit card stolen. Not interested.

But two consentining people having sex, my god call the riot squad.

I think as usual this is an ambitious copper trying to get some publicity in order to get promoted.

The real criminals are all in a big sandy coloured builing on the Thames next to a giant clock tower, go check that out.

Windows 7 'I'm a PC' man quits Microsoft


Marketing fail

The Beatles "Money can't buy me love"

Microsoft " Money can't buy me cool"

Apple rolls out two new MacBook Air models


Lagacy already...

Just had a look on the Apple site and supprised they have included USB 2.0 sockets on the new Air.

Thought they might have put USB 3 on their 'new' 'magical' product.

Florida cops tase naked jogger


Naked jogger

A jogger used to run naked past my Gran's house at 3am every night.

One day she told a passing Police Officer who said he could not do anything about it until he received a complaint.

My Gran replied " I am making a compliant, can't he jog any earlier I haven't been to sleep in weeks!"

( The old ones are the best)

TalkTalk reveals faster broadband plans


no service

ISP's need to start 'investing' in some decent customer service instead of headline grabbing vapour-ware. I really HATE being connected to the third world when my connection goes down(BT) or no one answering at all (Talk Talk).

Nutter repairmen scale 1,768ft TV mast


Nice vid...

Reminds me of when I used to fit lightening protection to Mobile Phone Masts for Orange.

In the days when I was young and fit. :-)

Pope makes central London no-go zone for BT engineers


I agree

I was being sarcastic. (sorry)



The British Taxpayer will fund £12,000,000 out of the total cost.

Its our way of saying thank-you

Gates Horns


The Popes Visit £12,000,000

Aid to Pakistan £80,000,000

U.K. VAT to increase to 20% after Chrismas



Going underground

This is not news. 48 hours before ANY major event the Anti terror police seal all manholes, Post Boxes, PCP cabinets, bins etc and no one is allowed to open them. Same thing happens at all the party conferences, TUC, CBI etc

This has been the case since Brighton years ago.

Steve Jobs chops student hack down to size


The first rule

In journalism the first rule is "There is no such thing as bad publicity"

She'll get a job offer out of this, and then we can all forget her.

The system works (for some)

Virgin Media set-top box modder gets 5 years


A mad world

5 and a half years for stealing cable TV!!!

Should have tried mugging old ladies with violence. He would have only got 20 hours community service from our "World Class" justice system.

You can see where the priorities of the British Legal System lie with this case.

If you rob peoples home , assault innocent people or make peoples lives a misery you get a slap on the wrist.


If you dare to steal from a big corporation like Virgin Media the whole weight of the law is brought to bare.

Ubuntu 'Maverick Meerkat' erects own App Store


I wish was bare

Why is it impossible to buy a bare metal PC in any shop or online?

I would love to go out and buy a computer clean and install the OS of my choice instead of having Windows "preinstalled" for my "convenience"

I know this is not the option for everyone, however it would be nice to have a choice not to have to pay the MS tax on new hardware. After all I thought we lived in a free society.

This is the real problem for Linux. When new users buy hardware they are unaware they have an OS choice and are faced with biased, corrupt sales people to lazy to support anything else but MS products.

Conroy, Family First isolated on Oz internet filter


Whos job is it anyway?

Not being funny but part of being a parent is to protect your kids from harm.

If you cant be bothered to learn about internet security and your kids see naughty pictures then thats YOUR FAULT.

Its time parents took responsability for their kids.

If you cant police your own computer in your own home then turn it off but don't expect the government to do your job for you.

BT workers get strike ballots


Big Picture

Make no mistake this dispute is NOT about the money. BT have chosen this issue to provoke a dispute in order to break the CWU. BT could easily afford the £65 million a 5% rise would cost. They want to provoke a dispute so they can portray the CWU as greedy and irresponsible. However what BT are not saying is that last year the employees did not receive a pay rise and did not go on strike over this issue because they wanted to help the company through a difficult period. This was done on the understanding when things improved employees would be compensated fairly. The company has reneged on this gentleman's agreement and this has provoked the current situation. In addition Chairman Mike Rake wanted all employees (except the board) to take a 10% PAY CUT last year and it was only successful negotiation by Andy Kerr which prevented this.

Jobs woos devs with iPhone OS iOS 4


iOS Fail

Just loaded the new Apple iOS onto my Cisco Router and it says something about ROMON...