* Posts by Tubs

58 posts • joined 6 Aug 2010


Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord


Just another option

Richard E. Grant?

He's done wild and wacky...

Dutch govt says no to backdoors, slides $540k into OpenSSL without breaking eye contact


Confused as usual

Correct me if I'm wrong, but is the linking of backdoors and SSL not confusing the issue?

The only way to hide info from prying eyes would be to encrypt data at source before sending it over the wire. I can see how backdoors in encryption software at this stage would be a problem, but what has that to do with SSL?

If my understanding is right, putting money into SSL is a red herring anyway. Any government big enough could force ISPs (or telcos) to route SSL communications through proxies for MITM purposes.

Bitcoin cloud miners a '$20m Ponzi scheme – there was no cloud at all'


Re: @ Tubs -- There's a difference

Curious list, that.

It's funny how some of the richer nations are relatively low on the list.

Unless they go elsewhere to get medical treatment? Just speculating!


Re: There's a difference

I think you have it the wrong way up.

The people with three jobs are struggling because they are paying tax in order to build the northbound road, even though they can't afford a car.

If the healthcare system and the insurance companies (and everything else) weren't taxed to the hilt, the insurance would be more affordable to start with. Once you add taxes (not all of which are bad, granted) you then get taxed on the taxes, and so on.

You then get people paid to administer the taxes, and those that get paid to enforce the administered taxes. A lot of the tax money taken is used just to maintain the tax system. It's a waste.


Re: There's a difference

> Yeah its a real pain in the ass nobody will build roads for you for free.

It's not about getting everything for free. It's about all the money that's spent on shit nobody wants. And people getting paid to administer the shit nobody wants...

If enough people want a road, and it's commercially viable to them to build it, they will pay for it. If it isn't cost effective, why build it at all?


Re: There's a difference

Yes, taking money off people in tax in order to create 'jobs' whereby the recipient pays tax to create jobs...

...that sounds like a ponzi scheme to me, too.

Microsoft Windows 7 Pro: Halloween Horror for PC makers next year


Re: Windows versions for developers

Ah, yes - I'd forgotten about the forced updates.

The software will break on everyone's machine simultaneously. :(


Windows versions for developers

I hadn't thought of this until now, but won't the future versions of WIndows 10 make software development/maintenance a nightmare?

Currently, if I have an application that runs on Win 7 and not 10, I can tell that to my customers. If all future incarnations of Windows are Win 10 (and that includes the multitudes of changes MS will apply at any time in the future), how do I inform users (or even how do I know) whether their version of Win 10 is compatible or not? Are all users expected to know their build numbers?

Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m


Proof of purchase

" but could not prove they bought the winning ticket"

If the guy had the winning ticket, what else do they need for proof?

Or am I missing something?

New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking


Apps? There are apps?

My laptop refuses to launch the store at all. :(


Re: Now if they could just turn display of file extensions back on…

BeOS *sigh*

Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror


Upvote for the $DEITY parm!

Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs


Re: Why did they upgrade firmware in the first place?


20/20 doesn't mean perfect vision. It's just a standard.

Your eyesight can be better than 20/20.


"RMAing the drive means all your data is lost"

Things may have changed since last time I looked, but IIRC applying new firmware to an SSD loses all your data anyway...

Does anyone know what the new firmware was supposed to fix? Did these guys need to do an update? Whatever happened to "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"?

Edit: Looks like I was wrong on both counts!

Samsung recommends all firmware fixes are applied.

Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart


Re: JIMMY CARR (Tax Dodg...er...avoider)

I've been doing this on and off for about 25 years; it works for me too.

There are people that suggest fasting causes a loss in muscle mass, but the reading I have done suggests this is not entirely true:

For the first eight hours of fasting the body burns glycogen - the energy stored in the muscles. Your muscles will get smaller, but you are not losing any actual muscle protein, only the food store within. Your body then switches to FAT burning. IDEAL!

Lose fat the easy way - while you sleep!

How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?


Although the analogy is not really relevant, I have to ask: have you never had a corrupt file after downloading from the net? Really?

To get back on track, though: has no one else here taken a disc to a friend's, only to find they have the same disc but for some reason they don't sound the same?

I get the point that there is error correction, so I can't offer an explanation - but you have to bear in mind that a pressed CD comes from a stamp that gradually wears out during its lifetime until it needs replacing. In some ways this is more like having an 'analog' CD. Two CDs made on side-by-side machines won't be exactly the same, but again the EC should compensate.

Maybe someone more knowledgable in this area of the industry could comment?


Re: Missing the obvious test

Gold plating doesn't improve the sound of anything - it's not that good a conductor.

What it does do is stop your connections oxidizing.


Re: Digital Clone

CDs are stamped, and frequently the hole isn't in the centre of the disc. CDRs are burned whilst spinning around the hole in the centre. One theory put forward was that the extra movement of the laser head back and forth as it tried to track an off-centre disc somehow contributed to a poorer sound, be that for physical or electrical reasons.

I am one who has tried this test of copying a CD to CDR and can concur that sometimes there are very obvious differences between the two - and it wouldn't need a well trained ear to hear it.

D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer


Re: I think I know what's up


Maybe that's the problem: it can't do the calculations while you're looking at it.

Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements


Re: There's such a stark parallel...

Not that you might have a point - but put me in both camps.

My apologies to all for feeding the troll.

Bitcoin value plunges as Mt.Gox halts withdrawals and Russia says 'nyet'


Re: Bad Press; A run on the Bank; The herd rules.

"It has no basis in actual value and never will. It's worth what the herd says its worth through their behavior."

You mean just like the paper in your pocket?

...or stocks and shares?

...or gold, for that matter?


I had wondered why MtGox's prices were always MUCH higher than other exchanges - Now I know.


DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life


Re: OSs?

I agree with the AC's first point. The title of the article promised me 5 fast OSes.

1 x Windows + 4 x Linux /= 5 OS

I am sadly disappointed.

Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE


Re: OpenVMS is still supported

For now, but the end is coming...


The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype


Re: "disorientated"


Disorientated is currently correct in English.

Disoriented is the American English variant.

However, when the soon-to-be Americans left our soil for lands free of imposed religion, we - in old English - also used the word "disoriented". It is us, the English, that are at odds for changing the word when the Americans retained the original.

I blame the French!

Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense


Re: Hilarious


You can't prove that something doesn't exist.

You can only provide a theory of prediction which can be tested and proven with a level of certainty; something the opposition has yet failed to do.

US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'


@ Thomas 4


Back bacon


Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...


Re: WTF is it with Brits and Open Plan?

Dilbert has a lot to answer for.


Re: Matte will rise again

I think the OP is misguided here; there's a big difference between looking AT something underneath a matte screen (where the focal point is very close to the screen) and trying to see THROUGH a screen to the end of the road...


I also want the choice of a 4:3 or 5:4 screen, too, not this widescreen b****cks that's only of any use to people wanting to watch films!

Delay climate mitigation, escalate the costs: study


More scammers at work

Isn't this the same technique scamsters use to get money out of the naive and elderly...

...you can't have time to think about it, you must sign up NOW!!!

Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits


Maybe the old joke about a firewall on your NetBSD toaster isn't as ridiculous as we thought...

Google, Apple, eBay shouldn't pay taxes - people should pay taxes


Re: Well, I would hardly call selling coffee

Are they selling to themselves, or are they franchises?

Sounds to me like the brand makes all the money while the UK shop owners get stiffed.

Obama win may mean NASA 'nauts to Deep Space as soon as 2021


There was a race with the Russians to get to the moon first.

Now it's a "first to build a moon base" race against the Chinese.

All the mistakes that were made twice 'coz nobody wanted to give secrets to the other side... and it's going to happen all over again.

What did that Tim Burton movie say?

"Why can't we all just get along?"

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Re: Buried in the news

I'm glad you added 'calendar' to that sentence.

Axe falls on Directgov as GOV.UK launches


How much?

How can a website cost £70m less than the previous one?

Are they using 2000 less programmers?

If that is the case, how much are they spending on the new one?

Anonymous turns on 'one man Julian Assange show' Wikileaks


Re: Challenge


They DO have a right to everything. Just because we are less oppressed than the Chinese doesn't mean we should be jumping for joy with our situation. It's one of the reasons we are so complacent with our lot; we can always look at China and say "we mustn't complain, they've got it worse than us".


Re: Challange

"governments that allow them the freedoms"

That sounds like an oxymoron to me.

Time to take the red pill.

Tesla drops veil on top secret solar Superchargers


What would the UK Government do if people stopped paying 60% fuel tax and got their car power for free?

Anonymous hunts down Voldemort for hacking hungry kids' charity


This could be interesting to watch

It may be the first time that anarchy has been tried in the modern world.

Let's see if Anonymous still exist in their present state in 10 or 20 years, or if there are many fractured sub-Anons in existence, as they don't get along together...

Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms


Re: You can see this in films too

"That's a bit like setting something in "London", but catching a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in the background..."

That must be Blackpool Tower, silly...


There are a few comments here that US TV is drawn out beyond belief, and I have to concur on most counts; the US have been producing hour-long shows with no content except for the cliffhanger at the end since the sixties.

One of the oddities (for me at least) at the moment is Prime Suspect USA; this suffers from the opposite problem. They've taken a two-hour show and diluted it so there is no fleshing-out of characters. The storyline finishes just as it should be getting going!

LCD to have killed all* other TV technologies by 2016


Re: Digital haze - no thanks

I'm still happily on CRT.

I don't agree with the 'haze' comment, but I do think CRT does textures and tonality far better than LCD. LCD seems to lack subtlety somehow.

It could I suppose be down to the average modern idiot who doesn't like TV looking natural, but instead prefers high contrast over-saturated images; and yes, that includes most of my friends and relations, too!

That new 'Microsoft GCSE': We reveal what's in it


Have you heard...

...there's going to be a new driving test.

Once you pass it you can only drive Fords.

Vote now for the WORST movie EVER


@Dave 126

There are quite a few on this poll that I think are good films.

As far as your remake offerings are concerned, Alien 4 works for me, but I like Jean-Pierre Jeunet's films anyway. It's Alien 3 that is truly a mess.

AVP, which is a silly concept at best was actually a far better film than I was expecting.

Each to their own, I guess.

Alcohol DOUBLES LIFESPAN, helps resist stress


Chocolate is another toxin they keep trying to say is good for you...

Comet 'sold 94,000 pirate Windows CDs', claims Microsoft


@ Alan Smithie

FYI, the plural of 'box' is 'boxes'.


Off-topic, but...

I'm a little concerned about the posters here that admit to downloading a copy of Windows off the web to install on their friends/customers machines, even with a valid licence key.

How do you know there's no rootkit/malware embedded on those disks? They could easily be encoded so as not to be spotted by any AV, etc. added after the install.

...and you're giving them to folk who can't even make a recovery disk by themselves?

No wonder 'sploits are rife.

'Ghost hunter' set to become Tory Euro-MP


Obviously a complete knob.

He'll fit in perfectly well with the other political candidates.

Half of Whitehall's websites axed in a year


Last time I looked, many of the sites were hosted in the U.S.

No wonder the country is broke.



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