* Posts by 2StrokeRider

56 posts • joined 1 Jul 2013


Steve Wozniak at 70: Here's to the bloke behind Apple who wasn't a complete... turtleneck


Woz is the Icon for many of us engineers. Way back in the 90's I emailed him, we were in some group together, can't remember what it was. I was doing network engineering at the time. We had a nice email exchange, truly a nice gentleman who seemed to still really enjoy talking shop. Fitting for the Reg to recognize him. Woz, to your next 70 years!!

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…


McCarthy isn't a journalist, as the piece first attacks political figures (I suppose the last few American presidents have been liars, but then, any head of state around the world the last 20 years plus has been, as has almost every other elected official). We all love to beat up on Facebookgoogleamazon, and the proof of malfeasance, at least for Euro, will be evolution of GDPR. I expect many of these giants to receive their comeuppance.

As for politicians, that species will continue to devolve.

America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges


As usual, a clueless "journalist" with an axe to grind and a flair for ignoring the facts. 18 Democrats and 41 Republicans voted for cloture, which closed debate and brought the bill to an almost guaranteed passing.

There is a lot of blame in that swamp. The bill needed a complete overhaul, instead, Dems and Repubs alike voted to keep as is....fully knowing that the Obama administration had wildly abused it to spy on Trump.

And if you think it's just US services spying on you, you're happily in your pod in the matrix. Me personally, don't do anything they care about. If you do, the onus on protecting your privacy is on you.

5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing


Author swinging the no-facts bias whip like a pro. Google-facebook-Netflix grew to be giants before the NN FCC reg.

I'm personally a big fan of a Capitalist society with much less Federal regulation. I'll vote with my wallet thank you. With several ISPs to choose from, the one that provides the content I desire at the speeds I desire gets my $$s, and I don't give a flying fickle finger if they have a prettier blinken boxen than the other ISP.

I'd be quite happy to see the FCC shuttered for good and save the American taxpayer the $$s.

Tenable's response to folks upset at AWOL features: A 150-emails-a-minute spam storm


Used Nessus forever....forever is over. I rely on automation, Nessus without an API is as useless as someone that voted for Clinton.

Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report


Re: Right move, wrong person

The government, any government, would screw it up. Just let third parties continue to write ad blockers.

Comey was loathed by the left, reviled by the right – must have been doing something right


High time the wanker was kicked out. Meddled with elections but wouldn't prosecute, spend millions on investigations that went no where (into both parties). Someone should have been checking out HIS Russian connections, as it seems if they wanted to muck with US elections, they did right enough with Comey.

FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald


At least the author is so biased that he can't even be bothered to check any facts. The Reg really needs an opinion page to keep this kind of trash off of the news.

Author likely has a career ahead of him at CNN though or other news outlets that don't require any facts or verification.

Journalism-dead. Replaced by leftists with an agenda and no commitment to journalistic integrity.

Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court


Re: Don't let Trump speak officially in the UK.

I think both Microsoft and foreigners who insert their opinions about American politics are both abominations. There....two birds with but one stone.


Another factually challenged 'journalist' with an axe to grind. This Reg hack, like some others, ignores facts because they don't fit the narrative. Agree or disagree on the 7 country ban, but at least be factual.

"However, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest used publicly available information and identified at least 17 individuals from these seven nations that from March 2014 to June 2016 were implicated in terrorism. Eight of these are terrorists convicted for crimes mainly related to giving material support or attempting to give material support to ISIS."


Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business


Re: ...

It's not what he feels is the problem. This is based on the recommendations of studies performed by all of Obama's security advisors. CIA, NSA, Justice, FBI, DHS. Obama chose to ignore their advice. Trump didn't.


Doesn't matter who they employ, they are anti-trump and against anything he does, even though it makes great sense to have a temporary ban on countries that export terrorists.

He could say he opposes serial killers working in child care and the left would protest and big tech would file lawsuits. Whatever he does matters not, it's just that he is doing it, so they must oppose.

Hopefully California will finally secede from the Union and do what they want. California is revenue neutral with the U.S. Gov by a study that cites it's sources. Delaware, Minnesota, Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio, Kansas, New York, Colorado, Utah, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Massachusets are revenue positive (they get more from US Gove than they pay in). The study was one on wallet.hub

Comcast staffers join walkout over Trump's immigration crackdown


If all the comcast workers do a walkout, does anyone notice? I think customer service satisfaction probably went up during those periods.

Perhaps we should do exit survey's on those same workers after they've turned over their job to an imported worker who is happy to work for half the rate.

Pentagon anti-missile-on-missile test actually WORKS, for once


Just a note for the author, it's President Donald Trump. Bannon is an influential friend, but no President. I know 'journalists' have issues with basic facts so wanted to help you out.

AT&T ready to trial latest attempt at pumping internet over power lines


Article says last mile will still be over phones, and since the carriers don't allow unlimited tethering on smartphones, bit of a waste.

So perhaps they'll solve all the tech issues, and then sell us a tethering plan for $$$ per month, and then charge $$$ per gigabyte.....or maybe cable / fiber will reach everyone more cheaply.

Don't panic, friends, but the Chinese navy just nicked one of America's underwater drones


Chinese Navy becomes pirates. Anyone surprised? Anyone??

China cites Trump to justify ‘fake news’ media clampdown. Surprised?


There was enough fake news from the news media sites that I suppose China should block all news from the States, and maybe Blighty....perhaps they should block all news that doesn't originate from the benevolent Chinese government.

Kotkin: Why Trump won


Bernie is a Socialist, which will never fly in the US. He had a lot of support in the Democrat party, and likely was the true candidate without the DNC and Clinton campaign rigging, but he wouldn't have won a general election. Clinton was cronyism of the old school and her scandals were bringing her down. She helped bring down Nixon for far lesser offences.

Trump is the people's candidate, with the promises to clean up Washington, end failed trade agreements, end the horribly failed Obamacare, and dozens of other initiatives to bring corporations and jobs back to the US. The test will be if he can do it. Is he a Ronald Reagan that can accomplish so much in his first 3 years that his second term is all but guaranteed, or is he flash but no substance? Time will tell.

Trump's taxing problem: The end of 'affordable' iPhones


As an IT worker in the US, I'm quite happy that President-Elect Trump will make it harder for a foreigner to compete with me for a job. We have tech people out of work and and when I put a job opening out, a few applicants are foreign workers asking I take on their Visa costs, but there are dozens of better qualified U. S. Citizens applying for the same job. The non-U.S. persons do have lower salary requirements, likely because they want to stay in the U.S., but Visa costs outweigh the savings.

I expect the firms bringing these people in from overseas are paying them far less than their U.S. counterparts to justify that fee.

Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet


Re: And we thought BREXIT was bad

Um....U.S. debt exploded under Obama, roughly double the debt from when he took office. You think Trump will do worse than Obama, who increased the debt more than every other President before him combined???

How do you build a cheap iPhone? Use a lot of old parts


I've actually broken my smartphone addiction and gone to a simple prepaid flip phone. Huge savings in both purchase cost and subscription fees. I suppose apple will have to muddle on without me.

Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk


A fool and his money....

Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone


I didn't miss the point at all. The author doesn't like guns and thinks Americans are crazy for carrying a concealed firearm for self defense.

The article wasn't a review of the product, but a rant against the society in which such a product would be purchased.

I chose to respond primarily to the product itself, which I consider useless and proposed better alternatives for those that wish to carry a concealed firearm. I'm a firearms instructor and state certified concealed carry handgun course instructor in my state, as well as retired career military, so I feel I can provide some advice there.

As always, this is a hotly contested subject even within the United States, and I again will take the high road and not beat that dead horse here.


Like most in the USA I prefer to carry a firearm with more capacity, and can easily conceal a Glock 43. This is really a novelty, as for a 'two shooter' you could as easily carry a small derringer in a pocket.

As to the author's dislike of Americans and firearms. No worries, you aren't required to visit.

Calm down, dear: Woman claims sexism in tech journalism


I needed this today. Nothing to smile about except waking up and then this...pure Reg satire in it's finest form! Well done!

A Logic Named Joe: The 1946 sci-fi short that nailed modern tech


Certainly it will all be fine after the next Seldon Crisis.

Dangerous Android banking bot leak signals new malware wave


Reached the point that I pay too much for a smart phone that I use only for calls and GPS, since I don't trust it for anything else. Bought my age'd mother a prepaid flip phone for emergencies a few weeks ago (she's 80, couldn't figure out a smart phone), and I was very tempted to buy myself one as well and dump the $60 a month android bill.

Yes, I keep cyanogenmod on it and update, still don't trust it. Of course even my favorite linux Mint is no longer safe... :)

Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror


You received precious seconds with your GP? Luxury!!! I get to see a picture of mine as I'm walked down the hall by the PA that does the actual consult......

SimpliSafe home alarms transmit PIN unlock codes in the clear – ideal for lurking burglars


Well...caveat emptor. Warnings about simplisafe proprietary systems have been on the Interwebs for quite a while. I'm sure other systems have issues as well, but they have a reputation for a huge advert budget and old tech systems that can't be taken to another monitoring company if you decide to change.

I did a bit of research before getting my system and bought mine outright. Made sure sensors were unique key and only could be added/removed in program mode. Disabled remote arm/disarm. Changed all levels of PINs. Hired a monitoring firm and bought their cell network card for my system from them.

Can it be bypassed? Sure. Time+knowledge will allow entry into most any system.

Scandal-smashed OPM will no longer do govt's background checks – for obvious reasons


Re: New OPM

In fact 50% of the Federal budget did not go to DoD. You can find the actual OMB numbers here. https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2015/assets/budget.pdf

You may have been confused by appropriated funds vs mandatory spending. The US spends far more on social programs than DoD.

Starting a new Mutilletter division is silly beyond reason. Just fix what you have don't start yet another failure.

Sena's multi-action camera monster, or Cardo's PackTalk club rider juggernaut?


I've owned likely every brand out there except some of the chinese knock offs. Some comments:

Wear proper riding gear, those gloves aren't going to do a thing for your arms and torso when it all goes pants.

The Sena products consistently last the longest, and can be beaten severely and still work fine. I tangled with a deer at high speed and while I lay there unable to move and in remarkable pain I marveled that the Sena FM radio was still playing in my helmet. Later I sealed up it's broken case and three years later am still using it.

I don't personally use the telephone option because just as with a car, I don't use a telephone while driving or riding. This would be very distracting.

Nice writeup. I may upgrade to the 20c, but for now my old 5FM and the SJ4000 are performing well enough.

Video game retailer GAME in email marketing FAIL


Author is obviously not familiar with information security principles. Many web applications and web connected application (multiplayer games.....), use the email as the login user ID. They just provided what is likely user IDs for a couple of thousand players. This means an attacker has half of the login information for the attack, making brute force of the password the likely only other requirement.

Adding spam fodder is another effect of this mistake, as well as privacy. How many people wanted others knowing they were involved with this retailer?

Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year


In the US, we're limited due to carrier band/technology differences, often locking a particular phone to a provider. A lot of the 'cool' phones aren't available for my provider. Since I'm grandfathered in to a Verizon unlimited data, I buy my own phone, current is a Moto X Dev that I'll keep flogging until it dies. Next will be a Google, for the update cycle.

US Navy's newest ship sets sail with Captain James Kirk at the bridge


Waste of money. A new Virginia class fast attack submarine is less than 1.8 billion, and quite a bit more stealthy :). I'm a bit prejudiced as a retired submariner but really, I'd rather have 2 modern fast attack submarines and a little change in the pocket than a mission limited target floating on the surface.

FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP


Brings back the long ago coined phrase "Windows, a virus with a user interface".

Tesla says Model 3 is still on schedule, despite being delayed again


I'm sure the launch will be followed in 2 years by the launch of the Elio, which had 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 dates :).

In charge of security? We need to talk...


When's the US version?

'Hackers racked up $$$$s via the Android Play Store, and Google won't pay me back'


Not absolving the Goog but ...., yes, there are ways for malware to obtain credentials from your device, even more if it's rooted (we don't know if hers was). Going months without reading a bank statement is negligent.

It's Kalifornia, she'll probably get money for pain and suffering :)

Apple: Fine, we admit it – MacBook Pros suffer wonky GPU crapness


I use a macbook pro for work, it's very overpriced but shiny kit. Comparing the specs to a comparably equipped Dell/Hp, whatever, puts the mac far out of consideration for my personal use. The failure rate doesn't appear to be any different than the Dells that many in the company use, but it's a small sample set.

Having lived the Nvidia solder issue with both the work Mac back in the day and a personal HP, I wasn't happy with either company...but at least the HP was cheap enough that tossing it in the skip at 2 years old wasn't that painful.

AWS adds multi-account support to control freak console



A linky to AWS announcement would be splendid.

Bloat-free, unlocked Moto X to be dubbed 'Pure Edition', says report


Have motoX developer version. Not sure what might be different really about 'pure' since I can load roms on this one without a worry about warranty loss from bricking... TI backup allows one to freeze apps anyway so the minimal bloatware left (and the annoying 'an update is available' notice for stock rommers) can be disabled.

Cheers to motorola, they found another way to brand a phone they must have gobs of in the storehouse so they can sell it with a new 'feature'.

Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface


Yeh well, no matter the wit and wisdom of the Reg readers, both the theory of evolution and non-earth life are both unproven. I'd have expected Marvin the Martian to have showed up by now and made the earth shattering ka-boom.

Buzz is still an American Icon and I remember quite well watching the moon landings on TV as a kid. We all wanted to be astronauts then.

Turned out I didn't like heights all that much and went for innerspace instead, putting 20 years into submarines.

Boffins run iOS apps on Android hardware


eh, whats that, fumbling around with Old Rosie? I'm in for that.

Japanese cops arrest man with five 3D printed guns at home


Well friends, another expat living in the US, San Fran (I think still the US?), writes a gun article and can't help but play with statistics to make an incorrect point. Didn't work well for Mr. Morgan did it.

Back to the bit of story, hopefully they'll go easy on this citizen, probably his first go at a fiendish plot to take over the world with dodgy 'may fire once and may not' plastic guns.

Security guru: You can't blame EDWARD SNOWDEN for making US clouds LOOK leaky


Right, so, putting all the cloudy bits in EU will keep the NSA out? Sure they'll use the law for a Warrant where they can, but if it's a non-US company in another part of the world they'll just take it anyway, or does anyone think they and other Intelligence Services didn't have heartbleed exploit for quite some time. I'm sure they have quite a few nice tools they're using to collect data worldwide.

JavaScript guru slots into Mozilla CTO seat left empty by anti-gay marriage ex-boss


I certainly hope he turns down any 'promotion' offer to CEO....that doesn't seem to be a ladder to success at Mozilla.

Amazon stuffs games into Fire TV box: Soz, rivals... WE don't need to make cash on hardware


It doesn't do the one thing I bought the Apple TV for....yet no one mentions this is the glowing reports....AirPlay. Sure, they bring up that it'll do a feature like AirPlay for one of their tablets, but the Apple TV works (with a third party app) on my Lenovo lappy as well as my iPad.

Not a fanboi by far, but since my television already has all of the streaming services built in, all I needed was the wireless display.

Verizon jumps into wireless discount punch-fest with 'More Everything'


Saves me nada....

Verizon strikes again ... strikes out that is. I excitedly went to the site, and found that I could change from my old month to month unlimited data plan to a 10gb data plan for only about $20 more a month.

Sadly, only Verizon services my area, so I can't jump ship to a friendlier provider.


Woman whipped gun from vagina in SPACE ALIEN spat, reports Officer Zook


Then she whipped out her gun and tried to blow me away....

maybe Aerosmith was singing about her.....

FCC honcho: Shifting our crusty phone network to IP packets starts now


Well, it'll certainly make the job easier for the US NSA!

Think of the savings to the NSA, no more conversion of telco call record databases or installation of costly wiretaps. Once it's all IP based they'll be hooked right up, I'm sure the rest of the worlds Intelligence services are just as eager for IP conversions.

Guess I can throw this tinfoil hat away now....



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