* Posts by Naich

136 posts • joined 6 Jul 2007


LOL ;-) UK govt 2 pay £39m 4 txt msgs 4 less thn 2 yrs



They will be Tory party donors or friends of someone in government. This government likes spunking money at their friends.

Ch-ch-ch-Chia! HDD sales soar to record levels as latest crypto craze sweeps Europe


Too late

You can't make any money from your spare space. A couple of months ago I rounded up all my spare hard drives (about 1.5 TB) and started farming. The "estkimated time to win" started off at 10 years and got higher as more people added their HDDs to the network. God knows what it would be now. To have any chance of getting a payout you need to invest in 100s of TB. When I gave up I was competing with 24 EiB of network space or 28,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.

Galaxy quest: Yet another sub-£500 phone comes to trouble mobile big dogs in the form of Realme GT 5G


Re: For how long will it receive updates?

I've got a Realme 6 and it's still getting updates after a year. That's more than my previous chinese phone did.

What is it with Facebook and screwing democracies? Now calls for Prime Minister Modi to resign censored in India


Re: Delete Facebook

I thought I needed it. I was wrong.


Delete Facebook

I deleted my Facebook account 2 weeks ago and haven't missed it at all yet.

Australian police suggests app to record consent to sexual activity


Giant step forward for women's empowerment

So basically, once she has swiped "shag", the bloke is entitled to a shag, whether she changes her mind later or not. Or if the guy gets hold of her phone and swipes it for her? I can't see this ever being used in a rapey way.

Belgian cops crack down on encrypted phone network Sky ECC in 200 overnight raids as firm denies criminal ties


I knew the hacks liked a bit of nose candy.

"Police and prosecutors boasted of seizing 17 tonnes of cocaine and €1.2m during a post-raid press conference."

Sounds like a wild press conference.

As battle for future of .UK's Nominet draws closer, non-exec director hits a nerve with for-profit proposal


Re: Time to move away from GoDaddy and 1&1?

https://twitter.com/NRoolz/status/1364543617407344641 For lolz at me arguing with 1&1 that their domain renewal system is stupid and them doubling down that the "auto renew" feature should deactivate your domain if it's turned off.

Apache foundation ousts TinkerPop project co-founder for tweeting 'offensive humor that borders on hate speech'


Re: How refreshing!

You might want to look up what "racism" is.


Re: How refreshing!

Jesus, it's like the Daily Mail comments section in here. The poor petals can't even be racist these days without it having some consequences.

Microsoft sides with media groups, together they urge Europe to follow Australia's lead, make Google, Facebook pay for news article links


It is possible for both sides in a dispute to be arseholes.

Command 'n' control botnet of notorious Emotet Windows ransomware shut down in multinational police raid


Waste of money

If I was part of a multi million pound criminal gang, I'd splash out on a cleaner and maybe a new house that wasn't knee-deep in filth. Gold bars are nice and all that, but I'd rather not catch salmonella from looking at the walls.

'Malwareless' ransomware campaign operators pwned 83k victims' MySQL servers, 250k databases up for sale


Double extortion?

Does this not negate itself? You encrypt the databases, the victim doesn't pay, so the databases are published. If it was me, I'd just not pay and then restore the databases from the published data. It's probably a good thing that it isn't me, TBH.

YouTube is going to splash adverts all over your videos, and won't pay creators unless there's a big enough audience


Re: time to leave youtube then

Parler is not an alternative to Twitter. It's basically full of nazis and set up as a platform for it's "influencers" - https://www.wired.com/story/parler-app-free-speech-influencers/

123 Bork? Six-day DNS record-edit outage at domain name flinger 123 Reg enrages users


Re: Oblig

I moved all my domains from 123Reg to Mythic Beasts and never looked back.

Yes, we have a 5G iPhone now. But that doesn't mean 5G has arrived


Oh goody

So with the coming of 5G, there is now no incentive to make the 4G that everyone uses any better. Users have to upgrade from the patchy old 4G system to the shiny new patchy 5G system. Why not just fucking fix 4G?

BBK mixed-grill realness: Realme's pair of 7s are two more reasons not to spend over £300 on a smartphone


Realme 6 is good

I've got one and I have constantly been impressed with its performance. It also seems to get regular OS updates, which is unusual for a cheap Chinese phone. The battery typically lasts 2 days and having NFC on a cheap phone is great.

Onwards! To the airport and adventure! And this rather lachrymose Linux screen



Is it Windows' ubiquity that means you see more crashes, or that Windows crashes more so you see more crashes?

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'


Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

They certainly can contain the letter "O", and I've had two cars with it. The only letters excluded are I and Q.

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects


The people at NASA can't solve that problem and I'm pretty sure they aren't suggesting that their policy will solve that problem.

A problem they CAN solve is that they feel some names are inappropriate. You might disagree, but what they name things is up to them, surely? You aren't getting harmed in any way, so why not just let them use names they are more comfortable with rather than going all gammon about PC gone mad?

See you after the commercial breakdown: Cert expiry error message more entertaining than the usual advert tripe

Black Helicopters

Red triangle programs

I remember that programs on Ch4 marked with a red triangle promised much but delivered little. From the amount of fuss at the time, you would have thought the programs would involve all sorts of hairy (or shaved) shenanigans, but it was invariably some interminably dull foreign-subtitled dross with a flash of hairy minge half way through.

Thought you'd addressed those data-leaking Spectre holes on Linux? Guess again. The patches aren't perfect


Re: Remove high accuracy timers?

Ha! Nanosecond timers? When I wrote my JS script for a space invaders game back in 2004, the timers in a browser couldn't be guaranteed to resolve less than 28mS. You youngsters and your fancy nanosecond timers...

Bloodhound gang hits 1,010kph, retreats to lab to work on smashing the land speed record


Think smarter

Wouldn't it be easier to get a jet aircraft that can do 1000 MPH, put wheels on the top and fly it upside-down?

Interpol: Strong encryption helps online predators. Build backdoors



"deploying strong encryption helps paedophiles" should read "deploying strong encryption helps everyone". In other news, some people are paedophiles.

Boris Brexit bluff binds .eu domains to time-bending itinerary


Re: Out of curiosity ...

I'm typosquatting leave,eu and I bought thebrexitparty.eu to piss Nigel off.

Nominet continues milking .uk registry cash cow with 4 per cent price rise for... what exactly?


Re: Not-for-profit, my arse it is

I'm moving all my domains from 123-reg to Mythic Beasts. I trust them not to try and scam me.

Geo-boffins drill into dino-killing asteroid crater, discover extinction involves bad smells, chilly weather, no broadband internet...


Re: Hooray for science!

For god's sake, don't tell Donald.

JavaScript tracking punks given a thrashing by good old-fashioned server log analytics


Re: Webalizer is BACK!

I still use it.

ReactOS 'a ripoff of the Windows Research Kernel', claims Microsoft kernel engineer


Re: Is there any reason to suppose this latest accusation is any more plausible?

Depends how many and how much the same they are. It wouldn't be at all surprising if two macros that did the same thing ended up being called the same thing by two independent developers. In a huge code base that's going to happen a lot. Are there any statistics or is it just one bloke saying "it's a lot"?

Finally in the UK: Apollo 11 lands... in a cinema near you


Re: Amazing...

Found one!

UK's planned Espionage Act will crack down on Snowden-style Brit whistleblowers, suspected backdoored gear (cough, Huawei)


It's not anonymous - your ballot paper has a serial number on it which is linked to the register. They are only linked in cases of suspected fraud and with a court order.

MI5 slapped on the wrist for 'serious' surveillance data breach


IPA prediction

As one of the people who made comments in the IPA consultation saying it would be abused, can I just say "I TOLD YOU FUCKING SO".

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system


find is your friend

These days I tend to use find for anything simpler than doing stuff in the current directory. You can make sure that it's getting exactly the files you want and then add "-exec..." to do the work on them.

UK's ICO slaps £120k fines on Arron Banks' insurance biz and Leave.EU campaign


Read it

This is the leaflet in PDF form:


Looking at it now, it seems very reasonable and understated.

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc


I'm typosquatting at leaveu.eu. I occasionally post replies on their twitter feed to misdirect people there.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


Re: It's an age thing...

As a jaded 51 year old who always thought CYOA was pointless, I quite enjoyed the Black Mirror episode. But that was purely because the CYOA aspect was an integral part of the story line. The trouble is that you can only do that once, so CYOA is now back to being pointless and shit for any future reincarnations.

US bitcoin bomb threat ransom scam looks like a hoax say FBI, cops


Re: Just wondering here ?

My understanding is that while the transactions are (necessarily) public, there is nothing in the transaction to link it to an actual person. It's only when they try to turn the bitcoins into something real that there is any chance of finding out who owns them. e.g. they buy something that is delivered to an address.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing


That's not a "Save" button, that's a "Set domains to autorenew for 1 year" button. You have to change them to "Off" and then exit the page without clicking anything else.

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...


Re: Important 'cause...

It's pointless trying to guess what has the least harm. A child is lighter and more resilient so hitting it instead of an older person might do less harm overall. And that child might grow up to be the next Hitler or Nigel Farage, so the car might be doing us all a favour by killing it anyway. Why not just calculate the action with the lowest speed of impact and do that?

Google taking action against disguised code in Chrome Web Store


Unreadable code

What about code that isn't actually obfuscated, but it just written so badly that no one can understand it? Asking for a friend.

Meet Asteroid, a drop-in Linux upgrade for your unloved smartwatch


Re: Garmin rock, but for the budget conscious

Budget, you say? If you want a budget smartwatch look at the DZ-09 for less than a tenner.

Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today


Re: Murky water

The Obama campaign used supporters who contacted their friends. How is this in any way similar to what CA are doing? Hardly "black arts" is it?

YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties


It's the principle rather than the money

I cycle to work when I can and invested in a cheap lid cam to record dickheads who become outraged at the fact I exist. I found it cathartic to put videos of them on YT and make a few pennies from their behaviour. When I say pennies, I mean pennies - last year I earned 48p, but it's the principle that counts. I might have just had a near death experience with a knob in a BMW, but at least it will partly pay for a packet of peanuts.

The plucky local Mom 'n’ Pop phone maker faces death


It's a bit odd

I think everyone must be dazzled by the headlights of Samsung and Apple. If you look around a bit you can find really good spec phones for a fraction of the price. I bought an Elephone S8 from Gearbest for 175 quid and it's brilliant. It's got a gorgeous 6" 2560 x 1440 screen, Helio X25 Deca Core 2.5GHz processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Its 21MP camera isn't quite as good as it should be, but it's still better than a budget phone one and other than that I was amazed at how good the phone is.

No 'Pai-day' for India: nation to adopt strict network neutrality


Re: Ajit Pai

The strength of feeling against net neutrality was so strong that even dead people were coming out against it.

World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking


No regrets

I had a vasectomy a few years back after our second kid and I've no regrets. It's brilliant being able to shoot blanks without worrying about the consequences. Actually, I had two vasectomies because the first one didn't work. The second time he gave it some extra cauterisation and as he disappeared in a cloud of smoke I heard him say "that should stop them".

Hackers can track, spoof locations and listen in on kids' smartwatches


Re: "here is no financial incentive for any firm to implement IoT security : "

The sort of person who buys their kid a smartwatch for safety reasons is the sort of person who will go absolutely apeshit if they found out that it would be possible for paedophiles to hack them. All it needs is a few scare stories in the tabloids and people will be more wary of buying IoT crap.

VPN logs helped unmask alleged 'net stalker, say feds


Re: Interesting, very interesting

Three kinds - those that you set up yourself, which you know don't keep logs.

We don't need another hero: Huawei overtakes Apple – even without a big-hitter


Re: Phone recommendation

> Xiaomi Redmi 4X Pro..

Won't work with the O2 network.

No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea


£658 for a smart watch?

I paid 1/100th of that for mine. The DZ09 is £10 on Amazon but I bought mine on Gearbest for £6.50. It's a colour touchscreen smart watch that can make calls if you put a SIM in it. OK, it's not quite as stylish or waterproof as the Apple version, but it is just as marginally useful.



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