* Posts by efeffess

26 posts • joined 24 Jun 2010

AdBlock Plus man disputes Mozilla add-on tests


Opera <-> FireFox

I was using Opera for the longest time on my XP box, and FF under Linux. Two things that miffed me about Opera was the lack of No-Script style functionality, and the lack of nested tabs. However, because of its rather decent speed on my old 256MB 1.5GHz XP box, I was pretty okay with that. Not happy, just content enough.

Enter: VPNtunnel, a service I had chosen due to some research projects which necessitated a certain level of privacy. Opera had problems downloading from some sites through VPNtunnel, but FireFox had no problems.

I'm now running FireFox under XP, and it's actually pretty zippy once it's loaded. The long startup time and the lack of runtime speed versus Opera, though both annoying, are factors I'm willing to endure for the No-Script, AdBlock+ and nested tabbing features that Opera lacks. I also prefer to have a couple dozen or more tabs open, there being numerous sites I frequent at any one time.

Opera is a fine, stable and fast system, however until it reaches the feature-full stage of FireFox it'll still, sadly, be a cult browser. No down votes here, though, Cowpatty. ;)

Updates galore in Microsoft's biggest ever Patch Tuesday

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The Microsoft Zone

Microsoft has always been a marketing company - not a software company. Sure, it takes programmers on board, but its directors are more interested in making money than making quality software. The only reason we see as many patches as we do is because of marketing - the more exposure Microsoft gets, the more its market share grows.

Those who run MS products should expect this kind of quality, top-notch service by now, and thumbs down to anyone who thinks that script-kiddie, freetard systems like Linux, with their la-dee-da longer uptimes and superior stability, will actually become effective replacements for bloated, overrated operating environments.

(In honesty, I'm glad I upgraded from 98SE to XP when I did. Just not quite looking forward to the Win7 leap.)

Fight global warming with Asimov-style Psychohistory - profs


Layman verus Scientist

It's quite possible that, with higher educational standards and promoting the drive to learn stuff rather than autopilot one's way through life, the line dividing layman and scientist can be dimmed considerably.

People are expected to have an opinion about everything for some reason. If someone doesn't know a blessed thing about any particular topic, on average I find they have an opinion anyway.

The houses of cards are made of gelatin.


It's pretty clear...

...this article is an April Fool's gag. If no one caught one last bit, or have been too overwhelmed with Church of Scientology bullshit, it's easy to miss this joke. (I specifically went looking for El Reg gags for today, and this was the first one I opened. I'm damned good.)

In truth, though, Scientists have been reporting through recent studies the necessity of 'educating' the public to understand global warming/climate change/the next ice age. The problem is that science relies upon money to continue, and as such the public would experience even more brainwashing than what already occurs through mainstream media.

Climate sciences largely involve brainwashing people these days, since climatology is advanced enough to warrant tricky, complicated technologies like chaos and statistical mathematics. Such skills are sadly lacking in the average layman, making them easy targets for FUD.

Vote compass unmasks Canadian political opinion


What default setting?

And what kind of drugs are you on? I'm thinking the ones I'm on won't hold a candle to yours.

I took the test three times: one to gauge my own responses (I'm a leftwards libertarian), another to check all as 'disagree strongly' (center horizontal, halfways to libertarian), and another to check all as 'agree strongly' (center horizontal, halfways to authoritarian).

As far as corporations go, relying solely on their data instead of independently researching the validity of the information is signing yourself up to be an unthinking sheep, which is what mainstream media wants. Just a couple of Canadian pennies there.

BMI taken out by Anonymous


Music Artists

The intelligence and education of the average loud-mouthed member of Anonymous is well defined by their lack of grammar, spelling and geopolitical insight. Most members of Anonymous, as enthusiastic as they are, are unlikely to understand the reasons behind the actions they are being encouraged to carry out.

It's too bad, because they could become far more effective if they understood the long-term effects of their actions. Most appear primarily interested in being able to download stuff for free off of their parents' Internet connection without having to work to pay for it, and mixed with the attributes of your garden-variety attention whore they are likely to do more damage than good.

Sure, they use AnonOps for their base of operations, but how much structure is there to their operations, and how much of that structure is your typical Anonymous slacktivist (I love that term and am going to spread it around like their mommas spread their legs if their end of the gene pool is any proof) going to be aware of?

Whitehall to puff punters: 'Hide your fags'


Smoking's Real Health Effects

Circa 1937, the American Lung Association found that incidents of cancer were on the rise, and members therein were looking for any social phenomenon that could explain such a rise. At the time, smoking was the only real link, and as such a massive marketing campaign was initiated, lasting to this day, to 'reeducate' the public as to the 'health detriments' of smoking in terms of The Cancer.

Fast forward to a couple of years back, when a study appeared explaining that, at the same time as the above, incidents of tuberculosis were dropping. The reason found for this was that incidents of cancer were being misdiagnosed at the time as tuberculosis, but as diagnostic technologies were advancing cancer was increasingly being properly diagnosed. This led to the perceived rise of cancer in the general public.

Cigarette smoking affects the body in ways that your typical media organisations, churches to which most people have freely given their thought processes, would not prefer to have you know about. It toxifies the bloodstream, causing the immune system to work to flush the foreign invaders out of the system. At the same time, cancer is far, far less likely to be able to survive in such a toxic environment. And since we all know that the immune system is also what fights cancer, smoking is, in many cases, an effective way to help the immune system keep cancer at bay.

It also helps prevent against Parkinson's disease if you start between the ages of 25 and 45. But you already knew that.

There are only a few instances where smoking can be detrimental. The obvious is related to cases where an individual has preexisting conditions leading to pneumonia or other lung issues. In addition, if your blood vessel cell walls are naturally weak (which is likely due to low cholesterol intake), high blood pressure (which smoking and other activities can cause) may break the seal, so to speak, leading to strokes and what-not.

In effect, judging from the responses in this thread, smoking's only real health effect is allowing the individual to become lax in the act of conducting their own research to gauge the truth for theirself.

On a final note, labelling a smoker as an addict is unfair to the rest of the human race, members of whom are all addicted in one way or another to substance intake. A whole article could be written about how the body attempts to maintain a certain status quo of protein and nutrient balances, and as such implements an effect of 'addiction' to maintain those levels of substances. The side effect is the ability to become addicted to a wide range of other substances that have not-so-beneficial impacts on the body.

For the record, I have had no formal health training nor do I work in the field of health. All of this information is available to those who are willing to spend a few hours of time researching with an open mind.

(Nice religion you've got there. But mine's better. Want some?)

Global warming will not cause 'permanent El Niño'

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Deniers and Assenters of AGW/ACC == same result

My particular beef is with humankind's continuing lack of understanding of humankind's lack of understanding of our planet's climate.

Things started cooling down in 1998, and should start warming up in a year or two with the already-noted 14-year cycle. In 2026, cooling should start up again. If things don't go as planned, we'll hopefully have some new data to explain the discrepancy.

It's been determined that mankind has had an effect on climate change (see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110124074009.htm and http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110202072216.htm). What's not known is how much of an effect has been had, simply because we are unable to reliably predict what will continue to happen even in the near future. There are still too many variables, particularly regarding (but by no means limited to) our sun's recent dead period and how that will affect the cyclic progression of our climate.

Considering how vast the field of climatology is, though, it's safe to say most people posting comments to climatology reports on El Reg are laymens at best, this poster included. Have a go for an hour or so through http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/earth_climate/climate/ and then, as an 'expert', explain how climatology works.

(As a side note, people using the term 'denier' out of its proper, historical context should be rounded up and shot with balls of their own shit. Such a term is an insult to the honest sceptic.)

eHarmony plays down data breach on dating advice site


Sophisticated code means...

...horribly developed and managed systems, typically due to some off-the-shelf fresh-outta-college programmers.

Spin it as you may, eHarmony, but if you've got bugs in one system, you've got bugs in others. I typically close my accounts permanently on compromised services and find alternatives. Trust is to be earned, not spent.

Amazon threatens Texas exit over tax bill

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Hostage situation.

Amazon is having a temper tantrum, and is holding its staff (or, rather, the jobs of its employees) hostage in order to get its way. Whether or not Texas officials decide to give in to the company's demands remains to be seen.

The low-life, greedy creeps at Amazon and other similarly dispositioned corporations should be run out of the country, perhaps to set up shop in a more appropriate locale, such as Haiti, where corruption and self-serving methodologies would be warmly welcomed.

UK.gov braces for Anonymous hacklash


Man versus Gub'ment

How long will these attacks continue before governments try some strong-arm, ownership tactics to control the Internet in an effort to prevent said attacks?

Anonymouse is getting stale, now. (The kids, not the Coward.)

Mid-Atlantic Ocean temperatures peaked in 1998


What we amateurs should take from this is...

1) climatology is a complicated study;

2) assumptions have no place in science except to try to make climate model results fit together in the pursuit of actual facts;

3) people in the line for a quick buck are constantly budging in front of one another.

Attacks on IE drive-by bug go wild

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Come on, corptards...

...this whole 'patching and repatching' nonsense is getting old. Put some of that money into proper testing and get it done right the first time. You're looking like a bunch of irresponsible, uneducated jackasses more interested in selling a shoddy product for a bigger piece of the advertising.

You know what they say about showing off to compensate for 'down below'. And I ain't talking about Oz.

Lawyers fear Assange faces death penalty in US


Whistle while you work...

That is truly a frightening article. I'm curious as to how this will affect us outside of the U.S., particularly Canada (which has some close ties itself).

Whistleblowing for the greater good of the people == good.

Whistleblowing against the greater good of the people == bad.

Anonymous activists to hit the streets


Anonymous == Crowd Computing

(Reptilian graphic chosen in honour of crackpot David Icke. Conspiracy theorism follows.)

The number of comments on the Information Supersidewalk suggesting Assange's role as a CIA lackey (though not necessarily an operative) I have happened across recently while 'window shopping' have been interesting notions supported with various logical observations. I am in agreement with the idea that the '9-11 truth movement' is the ultimate litmus test in determining who is for or against publication of truth; Assange is happy with the explanation by the U.S. government of 9-11, from all accounts noted.

It causes me to consider, on one hand, that Anonymous is a group consciousness unconscious of continued government-based spoonfeeding of 'secret' operations that are only used to direct the global consciousness to general positions within the playing field.

With the amount of information released by Wikileaks that are (allegedly) detrimental to geopolitical efforts, how can Assange walk around freely without fearing that his life is in jeopardy from the same parties capable of silencing anyone they so choose? He can't. Yet he still does.

On another hand (I have more hidden under the poker table), what are the chances that Anonymous itself has associations to geogovernmental efforts at controlling the group geoconsciousness?

The fudgey cake of truth is out there, topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Mmmmmm... sprinkles.

'Methanotroph' bacteria feasted on blown BP rig's methane belch


Mega-Pirates To Blame

"A team of US researchers found that the level of dissolved oxygen in a 36,000-square-mile are surrounding the rig had plummeted..."

US gov funds censorship-busting tech alternatives to Wikileaks


Operation: Takeover

I'm suspecting the U.S. will want to fund causes which will make WikiLeaks redundant. Once WikiLeaks is dead, the U.S. will already have control over those replacements, and will thus retain control over those leaks.

This is mere speculation, mind you. The U.S. doesn't have the attention span to carry out such a prolonged attack when it has *real* wars to fight.

Microsoft confirms code execution bug in Windows


Microsoft: money versus quality

Microsoft could have produced a bug-free operating system at any time since its inception. Easily. However, Microsoft is and always has clearly been more about generating cash flow and increasing market value over any other priority.

History has not only marked Gates as a highly successful businessman, but also as an adept, intelligent programmer. For his purposes, though, the former succeeds the latter.


Bad Software == Good Money

Microsoft for a fact hires quality programming talent. However, companies understand that more bugs and more vulnerabilities equates to more press, more name-dropping and, therefore, more market value, and exploit this accordingly.

Users in general rarely understand computing technologies, and prefer to rely on what's popular; Microsoft is still (though not as much as in the past) considered a trustworthy and reliable source. Rather than a company relying on techs to make the OS purchasing choice, management blames the bugs on techs; the users generally either accept such problems as a natural state of affairs, or blame their own technical inexperience.

Then we're sold the line that programmers can't avoid bugs, which lends itself to an excuse for them to introduce buggy code and sell programs as quickly as possible to make money as quickly as possible. Instead of blaming Microsoft, which is legitimately in business to make money, look instead at the docile user base of computing in general.

(In Grade 9 CS, we were taught to always check values to ensure they were within expected ranges. Coders know how to range check values with a compare statement.)

Apache server thumps Microsoft and Google


"Apache's closet competitor is still Microsoft's IIS"

Perhaps it's time Microsoft experienced its liberation and came out of that closet. It's worked for many people I know, and it's nothing to be ashamed of.

PHP apps plagued by Mark of the Beast bug


To all you PHP haters...

I hadn't noticed any malice toward PHP until reading the comments for this article. Having since conducted a Web search for problems regarding PHP, it seems in all cases dislike for PHP stems from an inability or unwillingness to employ an effective programming methodology, as opposed to anything specifically regarding PHP.

@asdf, Thyratron, Greg: PHP is only as insecure as one's unwillingness to put some effort into the art of code design. In my experience, compiled languages lend themselves to far more buggy results than the likes of PHP. So what exactly is it that irks you lot about PHP? How is it insecure or "mickey mouse"? Get specific, for pity's sake. No one likes a hater!

German arrested for Adolf Hitler ringtone


Human rights..

So long as he's allowed to sign off with a sig heil.

Brazilian banker's crypto baffles FBI

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USB to the rescue!

If I were that conscious about security, I would have a collection of seemingly-important files on a USB drive, one or more of which would be applied to generate a hash for encrypting valued data. Keep a backup somewhere safe and destroy the drive before a suspected apprehension.

Ex-MySQL chief puts open source in its place


Cloudy Computing

Don't know if it's just me, but the possible lack of security and the chills I experience when thinking of relying on external services to host my important data are obstacles to my adopting Cloud Computing. If data is stored locally, with backups, and collaboration occurred via encrypted email and/or local, private Web server, how would Cloud Computing serve better?

Scotland Yard mulls Google Wi-Fi slurp


Learning from others' mistakes...

Google seems to have come up with the 'rogue internal hacker' line too late for its own good. As soon as the matter was discovered internally, Google might best have reported it to authorities to save its own butt.

A notion arises in the cranium of this particular author, however, which suggests this was purely a marketing tactic on the part of Google management. People, working from my prior, personal observation, generally forgive when an entity (be it a company or an individual) makes a 'mistake' and then apologises. However, looking at subsequent downfalls of the aforementioned companies, there is always a line to toe where too many apologies stream forth in a manner akin to a flash flood.

Many companies have sought means to increase their market value. Microsoft, IBM and AT&T are fine examples of corporations employing such strategies in the past. SCO reps clearly lied when they took on Linux, and the resulting publicity temporarily inflated their stocks. (SCO's later decline may indicate the affair was an attempt to bolster the wallets of those responsible in terms of shares through the use of an already-dead corporation, however I would leave such speculation to The Experts.)

Alternately, I may be too sceptical for my own good.

Apple, Google, Microsoft – are you a Brand Taliban or Brand Evangelist?


The Berlin Fence is no more...

People make the choices they want, and, judging from a number of conversations which I've observed or in which I've participated, it seems that slighting what others feeling strongly - I daresay religious - about takes little more than offering an alternate viewpoint.

The first day I touched a Macintosh, I felt an overwhelming compulsion to wash my hands; yet, I appreciate the fact others have a choice in their computing architecture. (I loved Apple ]['s,mind you...)

Sometimes, the fence is the safest place to sit. Obligation to side on an issue is entirely self-imposed.


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