* Posts by Mark Solaris

48 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Nov 2013

Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much

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Re: French newspaper website liberation.fr uses a tracker

D'you think they know what it symbolizes when she holds her hands like that?


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Re: I'm forced to wonder

I get that sometimes when doing the allow-reload-allow-reload-allow cycle of the uMatrix incremental permission process to play media on some cross domain whored up affiliate TV station site. Usually the DRM stuff wants you to give a wide-on into your cabbage patch before you can watch a thirty second segment which was on youtube the whole time.

But usually I'm beligerent. Or I'll fire up Qubes and have a fresh browser VM each time which gets discarded after the media has played.

Beware the trainee with time on his hands and an Acorn manual on his desk

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We had a Cyber mainframe at uni, and the process for signing up to it was to use your student number, date of birth and full name to authenticate. Of course the CS dept employee (an introverted grumpy bastard - very BOFH) left the data file readable in his home directory briefly so we scored a copy quick smart and had unlimited accounts, (cpu quotas, disk space etc) for years.

The dodgiest part was one day I decided to print it out to have a hard copy, just in case. At the time we had huge fast drum printers and an Operators room where you went to collect your print jobs. That day the employee in question was staffing the print out desk and I watched with dreaded fascination as he went down the stack of printouts (1/2 meter tall usually), flicking back the cover sheet with our student numbers and fanning down to the next one to seperate out each job. My all-students-in-the-uni print job was about 20cm high, and to this day I don't know how he didn't ken to the fact that it was that particular file from his home directory I'd just printed. It was a phenomenal waste of paper which you'd at least glance at the contents to see why someone had 800 pages of output.

Getting away with that in that fashion has always been one of the funniest memories from that institution, and it leveraged a lot of shenanigans for years on end. The students had the keys to the kingdom and we damn well used them.

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Re: A blast from the past!

We regularly grabbed the password list every Friday, and used network primitives to write the fileserver screen to make it show a C64 display with LOAD "*",8,1 etc.

Our CS teacher never did tell us who "joshua" was, his password for a whole year.

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Re: Oh, the joys

Macs would load the bell sound file from the floppy disk, every single time, no caching.

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Re: Oh, the joys

Finding a xpanic (HHGTTG-esque) that compiles these days is tricky, they went and changed the X11 server too much.

Our hero returns home £500 richer thanks to senior dev's appalling security hygiene

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Re: It's the same the whole world over

I think you'll find your CR2032 BIOS battery is cactus, and your machine boot loops. Ask me how I know.

Long-distance dildo devotee deploys ding-dong over data deceit

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Definitely the type of article El Reg loves to stick their fingers into.

The ending was a bit dissatisfying though.

Top AI conference NIPS won't change its name amid growing protest over 'bad taste' acronym

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I hear it's sponsored by Wang as well.

Will the A/C in the conference hall be blasting out the chilled air?

Jet packs are real – and inventor just broke world speed record in it

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About the only time you don't want road head.

The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

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I'm going to register facebook-image-block-request@gmail.com and advertize it around....

Judge says US govt has 'no right to rummage' through anti-Trump protest website logs

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It'd be funny if it turned out #45 campaign staff were shit posting on the board, filling it with anecdotes of illegal acts so that probable cause was created.

Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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Internet of Extortion

Pretty much this:


There's a lot to be said for a lack of a TCP/IP stack in your coffee maker.

Dildon'ts of Bluetooth: Pen test boffins sniff out Berlin's smart butt plugs

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I'd totally be up the that HR interview if some co-worker complained you were randomly triggering her sex toy during the work day.

U wot M8? Oracle chip designers quietly work on new SPARC CPU

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"support for using the new misaligned load/store instructions for memory accesses known to be

misaligned at compile-time."

Awesome... that will allow shitty structs to be handled so we don't get SIGSEGV's. Hand tuning them was getting old.

Nokia's retro revival 3310 goes on sale and disappears immediately

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Your wife has been coming around here, to play my version of Snake.

Mouse sperm kept frozen in SPAAAAACE yields healthy pups

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Re: NASA is too prudish for practical research

Yeah, I bet he'll have a lot of Amber's fluid on the way....

40,000 Tinder pics scraped into big data service

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The data still exists

The data, including IDs has moved to here


Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

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As the maintainer of the Solaris Package Archive http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/packages/solaris/sparc/ I've been blessed to use every single Solaris version on SPARC and x86. I find that it's harder to get businesses to run Solaris as 1) Oracle pricing sucks and 2) the free versions don't have a support infrastructure worth a damn so managers can't justify the risk.

It's a shame to see OmniOS disappear, I can't say I've run it myself, I don't have the infrastructure to set up the labs.

BTW if anyone wants to donate machine access I then can continue to build newer packages etc. I'm serious. Currently my hardware access is limited and not stable enough to warrant investing the time to set up 10 and 11 LDOMs/Zones and 8 and 9 guest Zones etc. ta++

Your Amazon order is confirmed: Eutelsat via Blue Origin. Estimated delivery date: 2022

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Say barge one more time mofo, I dare you, I double dare you!!!

If it's got engines, it's a ship. If it's towed behind a ship (or tug) it's a barge.

2009 IBM: Teleworking will save the WORLD! 2017 IBM: Get back to the office or else

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As a forklift driver....

... I really love working from home....


Kylie withdraws from Kylie trademark fight, leaving Kylie to profit from… existing?

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Time is money

Can I have those 30 seconds back please...

CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

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The button pusher would be good for automatic harvesting in a game app, plus avoiding idle timeouts.

Blood donors' privacy anaemic after Red Cross data breach

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A better way of finding someone compatible than a RSVP dating profile.

Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

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The command line in the video was "coffee make".

For dinner he bashes out a "deadbeef cook".

Is Tesla telling us the truth over autopilot spat?

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Tesla is one of the automotive companies that are actually developing the technology. Developing means adjusting and refining and enhancing. One of those enhancements is to step away from a part manufacturer that isn't on board with their direction. Another enhancement, due to arrive imminently, is to add heavier restrictions to the Autopilot, insisting on the drivers hands being on the wheel much more, even going as far as requiring the car to be stopped and in Park before it'll allow the Autopilot to be re-engaged. This will catch the idiots that don't read manuals, are too arrogant to follow the rules and then rush for a lawyer when they cause an accident from using the vehicle the wrong way.

Giant Musk-stick test-firing proves a rocket can rise twice

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Re: Splitting hairs

Splitting all the hairs...

The JCSAT-14 F9-024 is an orbital class rocket, it goes sideways to actually put things in orbit. The Blue Origin New Shepard is sub-orbital... it goes straight up and falls back again... of limited use except for tourists.

This isn't the first time a returned orbital booster has been re-fires, the OG2 flight in December was re-fired within a few days at the Cape, to validate it and prove the point. It was a short duration static fire.

'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

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>DD-MON-YYYY sucks for sorting dates. I like YYYY-MM-DD -- everything

>ends up in the right place without any effort.

How about that, Schultz does actually know something. #tvjoke

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Re: that way its alphabetical and chronological

He means when you sort it, the dates are displayed in chronological order... because 2016-03-10 is alphabetically (ASCII) greater than 2016-03-09. You can't do that with MM/DD/YYYY, DD/MMM/YYYY etc.

Using YYYY-MM-DD in log file names is a very useful thing.

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If running on a SPARC then I'd wager that the problem was data alignment issues, aligning the structs by rearranging the order and padding where required, it's helped a lot in the past.

It sucks though when the structs are binary representations such as packets :)

VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

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Re: Many VPN's suck for other reasons

In a former life I would have my work VPN running on a dedicated machine, and then route to the corporate network IP ranges through it. You could have several VPNs running to access many networks, as well as one for a default route to the Internet. It requires it's own device but they are pretty cheap. Doing it on a VM on the same box is asking for interoperability trouble.

The requirement is the VPN host has to be allowed to talk to local devices... obstensively to print but in this case for many machines to route over its tunnel.

Elon Musk's $4.9bn taxpayer windfall revealed

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Not my money but...

I'm rather "bugger the cost, just do it" when it's Good Things* that are being invested in. Cheap rockets, electric cars, fiber to the premises, electrical storage and peak load reduction; they are all part of the solution and a hell of a lot smarter to subsidize than mining company fuel bills or oil sands exploration.

*I'm more than happy to decide for everyone when it's a Good Thing or not :)

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Seems legit

If the government offered you $1000 to buy a new machine to wordprocess your articles, I would judge you harshly if you ignored the money and limited your future ability to research articles better because you were short on cash. You write a lot of financial articles http://www.theregister.co.uk/Author/1692 and you should be able to recognise good business acumen when you see it.

Multiple fondling on the MIGHTY 12-INCH iOS 9 SLAB — so, so close now

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That awkward moment when you are playing in your half against an opponent in their half of the MASSIVE 12 in screen, and up pops bae in a notification with a salacious booty call offer.

FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

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The S5 dumps all over this.


Vulture South party: the winners and grinners from our limerick comp

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I'd show you the GPS tracking data, overlayed on a map, but co-incidentally it seems to have drawn a massive todger as I walked the streets, and we know that's not very nice now is it. Considering the cafe is called Liquid Heaven you can guess where on the route it's located.

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Cell tracking of my phone would be the worst, it'd show my propensity to show up to work 90 minutes late, spend decaminutes in the disabled loo playing games on my tablet and also excessively frequenting the coffee shop with the phwooooaaaarr blonde behind the counter. Also considering my green credentials, the amount of time I spend driving my stinking diesel 4WD dinosaur around Sydney is kind of embarrassing :) Definitely blackmail material!

LibreSSL crypto library leaps from OpenBSD to Linux, OS X, more

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As a long time code porter, I want to punch in the face anyone that uses quirky C++ methods in their code, it's a PITA to backport it. The KISS principle should be ingrained into people before they get a keyboard.

Google calls on carriers to craft IoT plans

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Will it scale?

On the topic of carriers and GSM et al, currently we have millions of phone SIMs on the carrier networks. If the billions of devices on the IoT had a SIM you'd need to pick a different addressing scheme than phone numbers (IPv6?) and upgrade the capacity of the base stations to cope with several magnitudes more devices. You can already see them creaking now when standing on a busy train station with 100's of devices trying to log on at once.

Creepy Facebook urges users to pester friends about their SEX LIVES

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If they only..

If FB had the choice of "DTF" for a relationship status, then I'd be displaying one.

550 reasons to buy this book for your beloved: COCKROACHES of Oz

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Ordered a copy, $6 off at Booktopia. It'll go well sitting next to my copies of How To Poo On A Date, and Origin Of The Feces.

Deep desert XP-ocalypse averted as Reg man returns

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I suspect the no photographing has to do with the taboo on Aboriginies appearing in photographs, it's against their culture to view images of dead people. Our TV stations have warnings before programs that persons of Aboriginal descent appear in them, in case that person has died etc. Also we're not supposed to name a dead Aboriginal person, you have to say Mr Smith, instead of their full name.


'Hacked docs' prove MtGox has 1 MILLION Bitcoins, claim blog-snatchers

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@Destroy All Monsters

The funniest bit is Kevin didn't do it. He just got caught with stolen property. He's not actually very good at computers.

GNU security library GnuTLS fails on cert checks: Patch now

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My train of thought is probably a sign of the times, but DDOS?

While trying to retrieve the URL: ftp://ftp.gnutls.org/gcrypt/

The following error was encountered:

Read Error

ftp://ftp.gnutls.org/ is there, just can't drill down. Sigh.

Faster, more private, easier to read: My 2014 browser wishlist

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Ah, the irony - reader mode

I regularly use the Print icon here on The Reg to lose all the rubbish stuffed in around the articles. It makes for a much better reading experience. It'd be truly lovely if we could turn it on by default.

Amazon's non-existent drone delivery army ALREADY P0WNED

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It's all bogus...

...it could never happen.

In other news, how much should I list these eight Predators I "found" for on eBay?

New exploding whale vid once again shows true porpoise of internet

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Too bad about the convertible parked on the right of the picture.

Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina

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I looked and looked...

but couldn't find the clitoris.