* Posts by MrMur

107 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Mar 2013


Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB


Re: Kettle

> You've got to enjoy the moment - being the first to give the authoritative, "No", in a "Just Do It" environment.

Or that second moment... "I told you so"

Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support


It all makes sense now... Seems like I have been "officially scolded" for the last 20 years!

Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg


How much inertia must there be in the industry if some people still haven't moved away from them? I moved ages ago.

BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix


One of our devs...

One of our devs said he couldn't get to StackExchange so he was off for a nap.

Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years


Mistake, or...

A programming mistake or was it a case "Ah Mr. Corleone, I gather sir is interested in one of our 'discrete' accounts.... yes sir, we call it the 10-alpha account. It's much more convenient than Panama"

Larry Ellison, Oracle and litigation: A business that's not a business


Clearly Oracle doesn't have enough more lawyers... they should get more... and clearly the ones they have aren't good enough... they should get more expensive ones!

Safari 10 dumps Flash, Java, Silverlight, QuickTime in the trash


Re: That is all well and good but...

I specifically came on the comments to moan about the BBC, but I was beaten to the punch. It's getting a bit embarrassing for them tbh.

Java API judge tells Oracle to suck it up, quit whining about the jury


Re: Dear Oracle

Point taken regarding (1) and regarding (2), I was speaking colloquially when I referred to it as code.


Dear Oracle

Dear Oracle,

The jurors patiently sat through your legal mudslinging. They put their lives on-hold so you could whine on about 37 lines of code. They took their time to try to return the best decision they could. Now you dare to call them "unreasonable" because they didn't agree with you. A trick tried my SCO, if my memory services.

What little credibility you had left in this case is gone. It is you who are being unreasonable. And disrespectful to the men and women of the jury that will never get those two weeks of their lives back.


Pretty much everyone in IT except Oracle.

Exploit kit writers turn away from Java, go all-in on Adobe Flash


Why oh why....

... do websites insist on still making us use this outdated liability of a piece software.

QEMU may be fro-Xen out after two new bugs emerge


Re: What the anonymous coward said

I am sure if someone offered to backport (or pay someone to backport it) the fix to traditional, it would still be accepted, though. Same goes for the development of any missing functionality in xl. My experience of the Xen custodians is that if someone puts forward something with merit and is prepared to write it, then they will include it.

Did a SUPER RARE Sony-Nintendo PlayStation prototype just pop up online? Possibly, maybe


Re: I call fake

Upvoted. Apart from the PS logo, I would say it is identical. If you look at the video, it seems like there is a cover missing where the cartridge slot is. But crucially, you can see the recess where such a cover would go. Good find.

What's black, sticky, and has just 8GB of storage?


Am pretty sure that I read somewhere that flashing over your own O/S is going to be problematic (= possibly impossible), so those that are planning to buy the Windows version and reflash with Linux might want to check that it is even possible. This isn't just a tiny PC.

AMD opens kimono on chip futures a little more


I can't imagine the m/b manufacturers getting too excited about reduced dev costs on an alpha compatible boards... whereas I can for an ARM compat board.

Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS



Why do they sell iPhones in different colours, then? Or different sized screens?

UK.gov binds mobe operators to £5bn not-spot deal


If this was such a good thing for the operators, why did the government need to be involved and what's the need of a legally binding agreement?

Hewlett-Packard paid £1.7bn by UK.gov in 2 years – report


I read this on the BBC, but there were so many caveats to the data, it made the data look all pretty meaningless.

Couchbase lashes Lite database to cloud with Sync service


Local Cloud for Local People

So, this is a local cloud on your phone...? Riiiight.

Get cracking on STARTTLS says Facebook


Re: Hmm

I somewhat disagree, but figured a downvote would be a bit strong. I use STARTTLS on my mail server and its excellent for convenience. I don't expect emails going out to be encrypted, although they might be. It does mean that emails I send that stay on the server are encrypted though (in transit), i.e. to other family members. I asked on my local LUG list how many people had non-tech family or friends using PGP etal. None, Not scientific, but an okay representation, I think.

That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble


Microsoft finally distributing the Linux Kernel, and obliged to abide by all that GPL goodness. That's got to hurt,

Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?


Re: No change

To be fair, he carried you some of the way.

Microsoft's gobble of Nokia phone biz gets thumbs-up from China


I can't wait for this to go through. Then when Microsoft sells a single Nokia X phone, all the FUD that MS has put up about Linux containing all this MS IP goes away because they've distributed the kernel under the gpl v2. I think.

Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month


Re: ZoneEdit

Pretty sure hurricane electric does free dynamic DNS if you have your own domain. I was an EveryDNS user and donor, but didn't get any favours from DynDNS when they bought EveryDNS, so had to jump ship. I came across he.net and my DNS has been rock solid ever since.

Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?


Re: 5,000 text != unlimited

In the days of BBM, Whatsapp, etc, do teenagers even use text these days?

Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account


An NSA Recruitment guy will be round their house next week.

123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges


Been gradually moving everything off 123-reg after a cock-up at their end meant I was told I had to pay twice to secure my domain and even though the knew I had already paid and they would refund the first payment some days after. I did get the refund and they gave me 2 years extra free on the domain, but I lost several hours of my time trying to deal with it. Still got a few domains with them, alas. I wish I'd had warning.

Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea


Re: Auntie Bee has pictures of the drone

I saw that already.

You say drone, I say model aeroplane.

New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset


When will Apple figure out that the best thing that could have happened to Samsung was get sued by Apple.

Android update process gives malware a leg-up to evil: Indiana U


"with help from Rui Wang of Microsoft Research."

Microsoft Research: always keen to help.

Plus this assumes that people take a blind bit of notice of permissions (and therefore would have refused the app based on the new permission) which I am of the believe isn't the case a lot of the time.

Google's Larry Page: DeepMind 'discovered CATS on its own'


Re: So they...

"Day one it discovered cats & games and on day two it started trolling us..."

Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline


Playing the long game.

The sooner large government organisations ween themselves off Microsoft products the better. Sure, migrating to opensource would be a costly and painful process, but once done, you'd free from vendor lock-in forever.

Now that's what I call a wise investment.

VMware unleashes desktop-grade desktop-as-a-service service


"generally cloudbuzz-compliant"

Great phrase!

Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'


I think the actors were for filming segments of footage for use during the tour, not presenting the tours themselves.

I did the old tour with two 9-yearolds and I can say they got very bored unfortunately. Definitely not suitable for the younger consumer. I enjoyed it but I did feel it was a little slow in places. There was an element of is/is not colossus viewable today which I found a bit confusing. In the end we saw it.

Changes definitely welcome, but being sensible about it is also welcome.

Google and Apple in DRAG RACE: It's fanboi Mercs VS fandroid Audis


Re: Tie in ?

I was just thinking the same. Or even if it's a case of I lose functionality because I don't have the "right" phone. I can't stand paying for something that I can't use. Hopefully it will be a dealer option, especially on the Merc.

Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile


Personally, I think the reason PC sales have flat-lined is because the requirements of your average home user hasn't changed in years. Surfing, social networking, youtubing, etc... all fine on a 4+ year Laptop. If you are not too bothered about HD content, you can go back even further. The one I use is 2 years old and I have never had it using more than 50% CPU. (Granted it is using a quadcore i7)

Using Ubuntu Desktop, by the way.

Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat


Re: Hilarious

I was pretty sure that Ubuntu makes a strong showing in Google's offices.

Torvalds: Linux devs may 'cry into our lonely beers' at Christmas


Re: Eh?

I agree with the first commentator (upvoted). You shouldn't plan to have more than one RC, although you can have as many as you like.

According to wikipedia... "A release candidate (RC) is a beta version with potential to be a final product". If you are planning to have three of them, then numbers 1 & 2 can't be a potentially final product". I am not saying Wikipedia is gospel, but it's my understanding of the term and I would suggest the understanding of the first commentator. If nothing else, the name - "Release Candidate" - should give the game away.

No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too


Hmmm 8 downvotes. Harsh.

Well, if BT subvert DNS, then I am glad I don't use them and never will.I didn't imagine an ISP would do that.

Shame on them, not shame on me.


If it's using DNS, then Ubuntu users from 12.04 onwards won't be "protected" as Ubuntu uses its own local DNS server, as far as I know. Maybe different in later versions.

Red Hat's pockets bulging on strong Linux, JBoss sales


Re: I wish we ran on RHEL (or any GNU/Linux for that matter)

"When we get new customers and they are on RHEL or whatever, they have to install Windows."

I am surprised you get new customers that are on RHEL, in that case.

Culture can only change from within in my opinion, so keep at it and good luck!

HOLD THE PHONE, NSA! Judge bans 'Orwellian' US cellphone records slurp


"In the months ahead, other courts, no doubt, will wrestle to find the proper balance consistent with our constitutional system."

Months? American courts? He's hopeful.

File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK


Re: And why aren't they going after this group??

The entire UK police force is too tied up with investigations of investigations of investigations about plebgate.

Microsoft's EAT-your-OWN-YOUNG management system AXED


Ahmen to that!

ETERNAL PATENT WAR: Apple and Samsung locked in battle again


Well. if Apple thought they could issue a killer blow to Samsung's mobile aspirations, it is coming all too late.

'Weird' OBJECT, PROPELLED by its OWN JETS, spotted beyond Mars orbit by Hubble


Re: Erm...

Surely, the outpouring is also travelling in the direction of the spin at the point it left the influence of the object itself? So a spiral effect could be reduced to a point of being not visible to the naked eye?

Just guessing. Might be bollocks.

None of your Bezos: Jeff's wife gives one star to journo's Amazon tome


Obviously the author should of interviewed Bezo's wife for the book.

UK fraud squad bends over Serco, G4S for 'phantom crims' probe


Quick quiz..

...which two companies are most of the probation services going to be outsourced to? Just for fun.

Incidentally, some probation staff are/were on strike about that very thing today.

Wonder why.

Locked-up crims write prison software that puts squeeze on grub supplier


Re: Slave labor is big business in the USA

Slabe labour or simply repaying one's debt to society? Or even just repaying the high cost to keep them in prison?

Dying HealthCare.gov bagged JUST SIX registrations on first day


Mythical man month...

... only really applies when the people in situ know what they are doing but they are just doing it too slowly. Now, if you have a bunch of fuckwits in-situ (no idea if that is the case) , then getting non-fuckwit people in can only help. Of course, if it has just been designed badly, then neither fuckwits nor non-fuckwits will be able to fix it.

Apple Store workers' inner journey revealed


This trolley with sweets on it... I bet there weren't any Kitkats on it.