* Posts by mythicalduck

151 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Dec 2013


Windows 95 roars once more in the Microsoft round-up


Encrypted Skype?

Wasn't Skype originally encrypted anyway when it uses peer-to-peer networking? Does that mean they removed it?

Glad I don't use it any more

Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO


Re: Might not look scripted, but they've prearranged the interviews and for how long in advance.

Are you sure about that? Back when I used to watch F1 they were often moments they tried to get interviews with people but failed, so they trotted off somewhere else looking for somebody else to grab. Granted that was quite some time ago now

Intel puts security on the todo list, Tavis topples torrent tool, and more


Re: Roulette

I assume the chat number doesn't change? So surely, if you can intercept a device, or go phishing, and find the chat number, it wouldn't be that difficult (I'm thinking state actors, rather than joe hacker).

When you compare that to the WhatsApp which basically notifies everyone when you've joined, my thoughts are that the Signal one is the easier, or at least the more covert.

Disclaimer: I've never used Signal, so no idea how it works

Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions


Re: Increased my interest in Vivaldi

I noticed recently that my auto-cookie-deleter kept removing google cookies in Firefox, even if I didn't browse anywhere, so I've just moved to Basilisk (which is based on the early 2017 Firefox), but runs off a Gecko-based rendering engine... So not even using Chromium/Blink.

Google's "Calendar Team" emailed me to say I wasn't using their "official" app, which is odd because I don't know how they knew, as I had ticked the "Don't scan my apps", and I don't link to the Google calendar system (I run my own ownCloud server for calendars)

Anyway, just waiting to find the right phone replacement to drop Android, then I guess the only Google thing I use is YouTube

Night out in London tonight: Beer, Reg and platform wars


Re: Pah!

"Except when calling someone "infantile" for making a joke, of course"

Even then he didn't. He referred to "name calling" as infantile, not the poster. There's a difference.

Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch


Re: I guess I know what architectures to avoid...

It's probably not the "architecture" that you need to be trusting, rather the chips. I bet the pre-pentium chips are probably trustworthy. After all, the older back the chip design, the less likely that it was designed for "internet" usage.

So really, what you want to look at is dusting off your old retro computers, and see if you can equip with with an Ethernet card :)

Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives


Pay for decent food

Whilst I generally agree with the "you get what you pay for", it's not always true either. You can still get inferior food being priced highly because of "brand" labels etc.

Good news: Samsung's Tizen no longer worst code ever. Bad news: It's still pretty awful


comparing a variable to itself isn't a problem?

Sure it is, but it's not "2 errors" like that screenshot suggests. The first is an error, the "second" is a suggested solution.

I don't know if it's intentional, but it certainly makes the "error count" ambiguous IMO

The bloke behind Star Fox is building a blockchain based casino. No, really


Not only that, but say you configure your "RNG" to force a favourable hand to the house for a percentage of games, a blockchain won't reveal that either.

The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think


@AC: Re: @tiggity You had better tell me some valid reasons to vote leave

For the record, I'm not talking permanent working overseas, I'm talking jump on a plane on Monday and fly to a customer site for 1-5 days then fly back home.

If you're not talking permenant, please can you explain why a dual nationality makes the slightest bit of difference?

One global company I worked for sent me to Budapest and Memphis for a week each. Guess what, Memphis isn't in the EU, and I didn't have any issues, nor did I have to become an American citizen or anything.

I, honestly, don't get what you're saying. I could see it possibly making a difference if your office was based in the EU, but just flying over there to do some work and fly back, not so much...


Re: You had better tell me some valid reasons to vote leave

"4. along the same lines, No EU courts overruling our own."

I'd rather like to have had the EU courts continue to overrule May's diktats

This isn't a refutation of the argument, it's just your preference... And of course, May isn't here to stay, you can vote her out. Good luck in voting out Junker though...



I dowvoted you not for the view that brexit had / has its merits, or that some people voted on merit

So, you downvoted me not because there was anything wrong with my post, but rather other people doing other things that are totally unrelated... Gotcha... Makes perfect sense


@tiggity Re: You had better tell me some valid reasons to vote leave

Redstone has given you some. I don't agree with some of them, but they are none-the-less still valid.

But I'll give you one : The free movement of people. You might think this is a great thing, you can go work where ever you want, but look at some of the eastern european nations. I think I read that Lithuania lost a quater of it's population as they moved around Europe. What does that mean for the home nation?


As I also mentioned, I never said "nothing good came from the EU", I appreciate that there are, I'm just saying it's not all one way.

You can downvote me all you want, but it doesn't change the fact that there are actually legitimate reasons to leave, even if you don't agree with them.


the decision by the UK to leave the European Union despite the clear and obvious logic in staying

... in your opinion.

Yes, there were valid reasons to vote remain, but there were valid reasons to vote leave. It depends which reasons you thought were more relevant as to which way you voted. Stop pretending it was just an act of rebellion

Giffgaff 'roam like at home' package means £1/min calls in Jersey


Swap sims? Can't you just get a dual-sim phone, then you don't need to swap phones or sims, and all your contacts will be available to both.

Britain shouldn't turn its back on EU drone regs, warns aerospace boffin


@Doctor Syntax Re: Confused....

"IFAICS what you're saying is that instead of having one set of regulations we could have two? That'll simplify things, take back control, cut red tape and [insert pro-Brexit slogan of your own choosing]."

Yes and no... He's suggesting we have a UK reg, which applies to people flying drones in the UK, and if you want to take your drone abroad to the EU or the US, you then have to follow their regs, which may be different to our own. Sounds pretty sensible to me, just like driving a car abroad, you really need to learn the rules of the road in the country you're driving in, regardless of what you learned here in the UK

Oi! Linux users! Want some really insecure closed-source software?


Re: Bigger jumps in Version numbers @druck

That's not how Roman numerals work. XP would be 10 before 1 million i.e. 999,990

Ah yes, silly me.. Still, the joke icon should give it away considering P isn't actually a roman numeral :)


Re: Bigger jumps in Version numbers

There's an obscure operating system called Windows. It jumped from 3 to 95 to 98 to 2000 to 7, 8 and then 10.

You missed 2000 to XP first. Now according to my roman numerals chart, X is 10, and P means Million... so XP = 10,000,000.

Firefox to give all extensions their own process in January


Re: From memory...

Is it that bad? On my PC, FF grabs about 300MB at startup and with currently about 60 tabs open is using 1GB

Well, I opened task manager when I saw your comment. And it was at 598M (7 tabs, 2 are shops, 1 is a paused YouTube video, and 4 are The Register). Whilst just looking at task manager (not even using Firefox), it has since breached 600M. Then it's just dropped to 594M and has just surpassed 603M

Why so much is going on when all I'm doing is typing in a text box (or even not using Firefox) is a total mystery to me.

At the end of this post, I'm now over 624M

Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes


Re: I shall do the decent thing...

After all, I didn't fight my way up to the top of the food chain to worry about where my currency came from

You run a McDonalds?

Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory


@TheFinn Re: Does democracy work if people based their vote on lies^Wpost-facts?

I concur. It may seem a glib explanation, but it doesn't make it any less true that xenophobia was a large factor in how people voted - look how many St George's have gone up on honest-to-god flagpoles at the end of people's gardens. Racism reimagined as politics

I saw an article about a jersey being sold on Amazon saying "Were #1" referring to britain, and how it can't spell "We're" (Ironically, the article also missed an apostrophe in one of their words), and whilst the article was painting it out to be some "xenophobic" statment, I found it a little sad that we, as Brits, don't seem to be allowed any sort of national pride without being condemed as racist.

Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister


Re: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

> It's a lie, because Boris Johnson made it up and it has no basis in fact.

Well, it kind of does...


Only Extra class bananas have to comply fully with the shape specifications. Class II bananas, for instance are permitted to have "defects of shape"; Class I bananas are permitted only "slight defects of shape"

This regulation requires that bananas of the highest quality classification not have "abnormal curvature"

USB-C is now wired for sound, just like Sir Cliff Richard


Re: Consumers..

3.5mm is great but not perfect; a 'snap-off' magnetic connector would be better, and would have saved me money since I have damaged headphone cables be catching them on things.

This! I don't just catch them on things, when I'm at work, and have one connected to the desktop, I sometimes forget how short the cable is (or forget it's connected to the PC and not my MP3 player), and lean to the other side of the desk...

Zombie Moore's Law shows hardware is eating software


There's also Altera's version in the form of the Cyclone V SE. You can share memory or talk to the CPU via the AMBA interface.

There's even a cheap(ish) Dev board in the form of the DE0 Nano SOC

Hmmm, I spent ages looking at this board, but the block diagram (link below) shows the the RAM is only available on the HPS side and couldn't find any information regarding accessing the RAM from the FPGA side. It was a while ago though.


I've just redownloaded the user manual, and it lists the DDR3 under "Peripherals connected to Hard Processor System", but what I clearly didn't notice last time, is that the table also lists a bunch of FPGA pins, so that might actually be the board I'm looking for. Thanks :)


Also there have been FPGA boards for the Pi before and the BeagleBoard. ModMyPi used to sell the BeagleBoard one, but it no longer seems to be listed and I can't remember what it's name was now.

I nearly bought a BB and the FPGA board for a project, but it seemed that you could only bash a byte at a time between the two processors. If I ever find an FPGA dev board that shares RAM with a "regular" CPU (ARM/Intel), I'd love it.

Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks


Re: Meh

I'd be shocked if I heard they paid money for any of these

Best not look at the BBC's history of logos and payments :)

Money for nothing, and the glyphs for free

Microsoft bans common passwords that appear in breach lists


Microsoft what?

The Microsoft post reiterates that the old beliefs about passwords are already obsolete: password length requirements, password “complexity” requirements, and periodic password expiration all need to be jettisoned because they make passwords less secure

This coming from a company who's limited my password DOWN to 16 characters?! I don't even know how they did that if all they stored was a salted hash, but it used to be 20, so I always have to remember to backspace the last four when I try and log in.

First ATM malware is back and badder than ever


Re: Looks like it's time to invest in an embedded Linux solution

Even a properly set Winbloat system should be using user accounts not admin accounts

Didn't think Embedded XP had any concepts of "user", least of all User and Admin accounts.

What I'm surprised at is that the ATM system isn't CRC/MD5 checked and/or reimaged upon receipt. Kind of like when I buy a new laptop, I'll wipe the disk and install from a known-good CD/DVD

A million machines enslaved by MitM Google ad fraud botnet


newly-identified botnet that is plundering Google advertising revenues

My heart bleeds...

The malware is hiding in infected software packages including Youtube Downloader

Do we know which YouTube Downloader? And from official sources?

Kazakhstan wins bid to get Mega IP address info on state secrets hackers


Re: Ordered to hand over rather more than just IP addresses

(v) Bitcoin

Well, according to the article (I've not checked Mega), you can get 50GB for free - so surely it'd be:

(v) None (Free Account)

Babycare e-tailer Kiddicare admits customer data breach


I received a dodgy sms from 'HMRevenue'

Thanks for sharing that, because my wife had one of them recently, but I just told her to delete it without following the link, interesting to know where it came from

I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright


At least it's not just me. Thought my brain had rotted from staring at this computer too long...

Depressingly, the latter might still be true

Microsoft wants devs to take notes on their families

Black Helicopters

Local or remote processing?

So does the face and speech recognition work locally, or does it bundle all the data off to every Tom, Dick and Harry for "processing"?

Carl Icahn: Will someone rid my portfolio of this rotten Apple?


I'm clearly not Icahn, but if I'd just walked away with $2bn, I probably wouldn't bother investing in anything else, instead, just setting me up in a nice little place, out of the way, and enjoy a nice relaxing lifestyle...

... oh the dream...

(Can we get a desert/tropical island icon?)

Saw-inspired horror slowly deletes your PC's files as you scramble to pay the ransom


Re: Is it called "akonadiserver"?

How do you manage to get a Windows executable, BitcoinBlackmailer.exe to run on your KDE PIM

Well, it said in the article it was written in .NET, so I assume by installing mono?

Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey


Re: Collateral salvage

And very much like what happens if the UK leaves Europe - until it happens, you won't really know "what's left". You never know, it might just be driver and a few front seat passengers getting their comeuppance that take the hit. Then the rest can finally get off the bus like they wanted to all along

Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain


The average lines of code (LOC)

I thought we threw this out in the 90's as a "useful metric" for measuring code?

And so what if they're using older tools, they're more likely to be more stable than "cutting edge".

If it works...

Microsoft GitHubs BotBuilder framework behind Tay chatbot


Re: passing the buck

I think it's a great idea. I'm going to set one up as our IT helpdesk, and retire to the pub

Teen tricks leaky Valve into publishing hot new Steam game: Watching Paint Dry


Re: The original was better

Original? In 1988? Wrong...


(I acknowledge that there might even be one prior to Hover Bovver, but I don't know it)

DNS root server attack was not aimed at root servers – infosec bods


The researchers identify that it was a specific attack (as opposed to a random error) with command and control instructions being identified, and that the attack occurred through a botnet that used the well-known "BillGates" malware.

Wow, people really don't like Microsoft or Windows any more, do they?!

'No regrets' says chap who felled JavaScript's Jenga tower – as devs ask: Have we forgotten how to code?


Re: eh?

Doesn't everyone have a folder they created years/months/weeks ago that contains junk functions like this? One of the first habits I fell into when I started programming was to save every function I wrote because I was under the deluded impression that what I wrote was beautiful and elegant

Well, I never consider mine to be beautiful and elegant, I just never wanted to have to keep writing it... The ultimate irony, in my case, is that from time to time, I actually still ditch it all and rewrite it, trying to standardise things like variable names, and formatting. I then get bored, resurrect the stuff I didn't rewrite and carry on with a horrible mix... Maybe one day I'll get the time and motivation to properly tidy everything, but I doubt it.

A 'hundred million' Truecaller users vulnerable to privacy bug, security bod says


Re: I am a Truecaller user

I've just ordered a Wileyfox Swift, but this is going to be the first thing I remove.

It's fine for me to decide to upload my own phone number, but uploading my friends' details is a different matter

This program can detect if you're bored – which is going to make annoying ads, articles so much more annoying


Re: Tl;dr: you fidget more when engaged.

I guess you don't fidget much when you've fallen asleep

Whatever happened to... virtual SIMs?


Re: don’t have the space to accommodate SIMs

Absolutely, and what about when I buy a new phone... At the minute I move the SIM over and carry on with my life. This will mean having to involve people who invariably mess up...

ADpocalypse NOW: Three raises the stakes


Re: Hahahahahahaha

What if the ad folks become proxies and insert the ads inline, much like how modern product placement can replace sponsored products between runs of a show? Because the ad people are now between you and the content, you can't block them without blocking the content, too.

I could see those sites dying. I certainly wouldn't visit them.

In fact, sites that pop up asking me to subscribe or whatnot before I've even seen any content on their site annoy the crap out of me, and I never go back there

Tandy 102 proto-laptop still alive and beeping after 30 years, complete with AA batteries


Another vintage machine that caught our eye this week was a Commodore 64, gutted for use as a keyboard

I assume you've not seen Jeri Ellsworth's C64 guitar? I suggest looking that up ;-)

Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge


Re: Plus one for not using the edge

Now you see, that confused me when I first saw the device. I found it difficult enough already to hold an android phone without my fingers/thumb interfering with the touchscreen. I wouldn't even know how to hold the Edge. To me it sits in the "Stupid ideas" category of design. However, I've never used one (nor likely too), so I could be wrong about it

EMC's Chad Sakac once made a Gangnam Style parody music video


You just been watching A Dose of Buckley?

Microsoft's new cross-platform web app framework renamed ASP.NET Core


@AC: Re: This is what makes me laugh / cry...

>Really? .Net 4.0 solid?

Sorry to disappoint you, but the Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook is not actually part of the .NET framework, it's actually a referenced COM object (as heavily implied by the error of System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException). The interop namespace should give away that it's not part of the framework.


Re: This is what makes me laugh / cry...

To be honest, I don't touch ASP.NET - I try and avoid everything web-based (which is making my life harder by the day).

However, the .NET framework, I can't speak for the "Core" stuff, but has been pretty solid and stable since v1 to v4.5 from what I've used in WinForms and console applications.