* Posts by Zoopy

64 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Nov 2011


Cops charge prankster who 'corona-coughed' on aged officer and had it filmed


Re: Idiot

Let's treat this like a "reverse mortgage". He dies whenever she dies.

(Not serious. But they should take whatever steps are necessary for him and his accomplice to never seriously contemplate doing this kind of thing again.)

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance


Re: Crazy Hammer Guy

I'd have mixed feelings if that happened to me, given that I'm a dude and whatnot.

Not LibreOffice too? Beloved open-source suite latest to fall victim to the curse of Catalina


Re: This makes me happy

An IoT vibrator?

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media


> Fuck the USA. I really hope they do succeed in kicking out every single last "illegal" immigrant or any visitor who doesn't meet their bigoted, white nationalist viewpoint.

Any chance you're painting all Americans with a broad brush?

Also, I'm curious if you consider every action of your country's government to represent your personal values?

Disgruntled bug-hunter drops Steam zero-day to get back at Valve for refusing him a bounty


Re: From my understanding...

> Unrelated note, what is it that Valve actually DO these days, other than sitting on a vast pile of money made off of other people’s hard work?

They develop Proton, which is tremendously valuable to me.

Black Hat USA axes anti-abortion congressman as keynote speaker after outcry – and more news from infosec land


Re: There are now answers to this that will make everyone happy.

> It's a really fscking simple issue.

I wasn't convinced of your argument until you restated it with the additional F-bomb. But now I'm totally on board with your logic! Thanks.


Re: There are now answers to this that will make everyone happy.

The debate about abortion is far more complicated than that. I don't understand why you posted such a simplistic, one-sided summary.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ support to arrive in Linux 5.1


"And presumably a stocking full of dongles to actually connect with anything you use"

That sounds like something for the dear wife, that the kids DEFINITELY need to not unwrap by accident.

If at first you don't succeed, you may be trying to install that Slow Ring Windows 10 build


Re: Brown Ring of Quality

Perhaps from one of the Austin Powers movies, where a man in an adjacent bathroom stall tells Powers to be careful or else he'll blow out his O-ring.

Slow Ring Windows 10 fragged by anti-cheat software in the games you're playing at work, says Insiders supremo


GPDR vs. telemetry

I think that's a great question. Assuming it hasn't been covered elsewhere, it would be an opportunity for The Register to do some serious journalism.

Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...


Re: Oh how the might have fallen...

Luxury! We had a Timex Sinclair 1000 and we were glad for it!

We'd wake up the night before we went to bed, start the tape drive playing into the computer's input port, while da' beat us with BASIC manuals.

Intellectual Property Office drops, er, patently cool cartoon to teach kids about trademarks


The REAL key life skill they should teach is how to bribe legislators into passing onerous IP laws that benefit one's own corporation.

BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back


Sheesh, what a Bastard.

Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment


Re: Buytaert opened pandora's box, and doesn't know how to close it...

"What this is, IMHO, is an effect of the old Christian doctrine of sex being a sin"

I can't think of any Christian doctrine which considers sex to be a sin. Can you explain that claim in a little more detail?

Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain


Blocking unwanted phone-home?

AFAIK, everything that's keeping me from using Windows 10 would be stopped if I can prevent Windows from phoning home.

I've read that Windows 10 will ignore any firewall software that would prevent it from phoning home.

But does anyone know if using an external firewall is known to work? I.e., is there a reasonable set of rules that an external firewall can use to suppress:

- Unwanted update pushes.

- Unwanted snooping by Microsoft.

- Unplanned system updates.

We're 90 per cent sure the FCC's robocall kill plan won't have the slightest impact


Re: Modest proposal

You may be onto something.

Perhaps every time you get a robocall, run an Asterisk script that:

(1) calls a phone number that the telco *has* to monitor (their legal, HR, or investor-relations department),

(2) using a spoofed phone number, and

(3) uses a robo-script to explain to them, at great length, the problems that robocalls cause to you, and that you'd like them to please implement a solution.

New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers


My wife owns a small photography business. We've had a lot of misgivings about Windows 10, enough so that we've been thinking about switching to Macs for photo-editing. But the new Macs and MBP's are so overpriced (and memory-limited, in the case of MBP) that the the migration is less likely.

When Microsoft pushed the catastrophe it calls Windows 10, they handed Apple a golden opportunity. I would have never guess that Apple would throw it away like this.

Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report


Re: Ada

One time in grad school I was chatting with a developer who was working on the software for the U.S. Navy's DD(X) destroyer. (Later called the Zumwalt.) Apparently they tried for a while to write (some?) parts of the ship's software in Java. Scary.

700,000 Muslim Match dating site private messages leaked online


Re: So the top passwords were....?

"Every religion and every racial group contains the same percentage of potential terrorists."

Citation needed.

Latest Windows 10 build loves up cloud, banishes 'strange grey bar'


Re: All well and good, but

"You can't swing a dead rat on a string without hitting Microsoft astroturfers ..."

You make that sound like a bad thing. Who doesn't want to hit them with a dead cat?

Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?


Re: Microsoft/Akamai?

Assuming Microsoft cryptographically signs their updates, why would it matter if they used Akamai or any other CDN to distribute the actual files?

'MongoDB ate my containers!'


"Non-ACID databases aren't ACID. There's a surprise."

No, but they *are* Web Scale.

Air-gapping SCADA systems won't help you, says man who knows


Re: Excellent

If the accountants are making this kind of decision, something's very wrong with the organization. This is a matter of business priorities, not book-keeping.

Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY


Re: What an absolute

In recent years I really haven't had to put much effort into buying / building a Linux-compatible computer. It's all pretty much just worked.

The only exceptions I can think of are: (a) needing a little 3rd-party magic to upload firmware to a USB WiFi adapter, and (b) very disappointing scanner drivers for a Brother all-in-one.

Microsoft .NET Core update asks developers: How you doin'?


Re: Cross platform

It would take something extraordinary for me to consider using this stuff in my commercial Linux development work. Several reasons:

1. I have zero trust in Microsoft regarding sometime in the future tweaking this into a patent trap.

2. I have zero trust in them continuing to support any programming technology long-term.

3. I have zero trust in them not going after my customers for license / patent reparations, if I use this stuff in my commercial products.

Microsoft has repeatedly demonstrated that they're a trustworthy business partner in one and only one area of technology: they make decent mice.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise hiring temps to cover for redundancies - sources


Re: If any article, and it's comments,

Do you really want her working the graveyard shift in a dead-end job?

'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'


> Do MS not understand "NO!!!!!" ?

It's as with a rapist. The problem is not their failure to understand your wishes.

Final countdown – NSA says it really will end blanket phone spying on US citizens this Sunday


Re: Same old program, different name.

A better analogy might be like Hitler promising that he'd stop invading countries once he annexed Sudenten.

Because taking heroin (mostly) hurts only the person doing it.

Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging


I think at this point, people would prefer to just shoot Nadella in front of his successor, and then do what you suggested to his successor.

No change in US law, no data transfer deals – German state DPA


Re: Let me get this straight

" Most of the USians aren't even sure where the EU is"

What an absurd broad-brush insult to the typical American. Either you're a foreigner, in which case you're being an elitist jerk, or you're an American, in which you're self-flagellating in some embarrassing attempt to suck up to this sites non-US readers.

SONY HACK WAS WAR says FBI, and 'we're still struggling to hire talent'


Re: How the FBI can fix their "talent" problem.

I"d need yet another bullet point to work for the FBI:

3) Add a 3000% "Do Evil" premium to base salary.


Re: What is it when

"What is it when

Someone drops a rootkit onto thousands of PCs?"

A slow day for the NSA?

Layabout, sun-blushed techies have pick of IT job market, says survey


Re: More salary needed

"As is pointed out time and again, there is no shortage of people, just a shortage of people willing to work for what you want to get away with paying them."

I think that would be an open question. We know there's a shortage at, for example, £35k. But I'm not sure we know whether or not there would still be a shortage at £75k. At some point, everyone with the requisite skills is already working, and raising the offered wages won't (immediately) increase the pool of available workers.


"They've seen IT people before, right?"

The nice thing is we only need about 4 minutes to top them up.

Intel doubles its bounty for women and ethnic minorities


Define "woman"

If I decide to self-identify as a woman, will Intel scoop me up as an employee?

Would they have the chutzpah to say that despite my claim to be a "woman", I didn't meet their criteria?

Repeatedly robocalling? That's a paddlin' – a record $3m paddlin'


Re: Robo-callers, from Florida, selling time-shares?

Because we seem to have an unacceptable (to me, anyway) rate of false convictions in death-penalty cases.

If we were certain beyond all shadow of a doubt, though, I'd definitely be in favor of some significant corporeal punishment.

'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond


Scary efor small business

My wife uses a windows 7 for hosting Photoshop and Lightroom for her photography business. The thought of an ill-designed forced update from Microsoft taking out that computer during a crunch time for the business is terrifying. We can't easily afford a powerful Mac, but we might need to go that way.

NSA: We'll move your metadata into /dev/null when you stop suing us



And we would believe them... why?

Sex disease surge in US state partly blamed on hook-up apps


<blockquote>All those "abstinence only" schools are clearly innocent of any culpability.</blockquote>

You mean, their advice was followed and yet the students got STD's anyway? If so, scientists need to know about this!

What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?



"That connection is symbolic of the partnership we will forge with our customers, partners, and our employees – what we will do together to help drive your business forward,"

So is she saying that in the past, they *didn't* do that as well as that should have? Even under her recent stint as CEO?

Or have they always been doing that as well as they should have, in which case the new symbolism is mere jingoism?

ANOTHER US court smacks down EFF's NSA wiretap sueball – but won't say why


Re: The people...

I'm not sure that's really libertarian. He wanted to let people kill innocent babies, but not kill willful criminals. He should have at least been consistent.


Re: Well, fuck!

We did think about that. And were outvoted by neighbors who fear the wrong things.

California mulls law to protect your e-privates from warrant-free cops


The law will have no teeth until one policeman is willing to pull a gun on another to prevent a breech.

Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish


Re: "Hey, Camilla. What can I do for You?"

Or Photoshop and Lightroom?

Please don't say Gimp and Darkroom. Few professional photographers are willing to leave that walled garden, especially just because their (handsome) husbands are ideologically inclined towards FLOSS.


Re: @dogged - RTM

" if this guy is telling lies he risks going to prison"

I don't think you understand the U.S. legal system. He's rich, and therefore untouchable.

Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'


Showing nude pics of her is sleazy.

But there are plenty of missing and exploited children who need to be looked for; women forced into sex trafficking; drug dealers peddling to kids; heck even drunk drivers who are still on the road.

The FBI has no business pursuing silly crap like someone exposing Emma Watson's personal photos, when somewhere a child is working forced prostitution on American streets.

IBM: OK, Watson, you've won Jeopardy. Now, CURE CANCER


Until Watson learns to filter out fabricated data, badly designed experiments, or incorrectly computed statistics (without access to the underlying data set), I'm skeptical of Watson's (or any humans') ability to put those papers to good use.

IT blokes: would you say that lewd comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman


Another solution

I'm sure I'll be down-voted into oblivion for this, but if people wouldn't drink they would get into alcohol-related trouble, full stop.

Seriously, it's a rather... uncontroversial belief that drinking alcohol lowers inhibitions. We count on these inhibitions to filter out stupid / unkind / bad actions such as groping people who aren't our spouses.

I don't see why it's so hard for people to just NOT drink at these events.

UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching


Wait, do they want to teach programming, or computer science?

Obama says patent trolls 'extort money', pledges reform



Obama is much better at making promises than keeping them.