* Posts by RMycroft

17 posts • joined 14 Apr 2014

Delphi RAD tool (remember that?) gets support for Linux desktop apps – again


I'm quite happy with Lazarus / Free Pascal on Windows and Linux, even the Raspberry Pi.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently


Fine, it's not like I have a shortage of Raspberry Pis to run Pi-Hole on. It's not that I'm opposed to ads (TANSTAAFL), but it's my computer and I pay for that wire to the Internet. I control the vertical, not you Google or Microsoft or anyone else.

Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no



Who cares what Trump said.

"Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room." - Winston Churchill

Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel


Re: Almost bought a QL

Ready to go, unless you'd put things in the "unused" top 8 bits of the address registers.

Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor


This comment was removed by the Church of Scientology.

Microsoft paid me $650 to scrub Windows 10 from my grandpa's PC, says man


Two mornings in a last week where Windows tried to install the "anniversary update", failed, and rolled it back without a single explanation. Two and half hours down the drain each time. When I checked in settings to see why, it only said that it failed. I clicked on "more info" but got a page that was a sales pitch for the update that failed to load. In the feedback, I said that their page had negative value. (I think some "UX expert" failed to game this one out.)

This machine is the last Windows hold-out in the house. I think I'll be "exploring my options".

Suing them? Hmm, I wish.

How one developer just broke Node, Babel and thousands of projects in 11 lines of JavaScript


Re: Left padding

Good old DTSS. I can't be arsed to dig out my copy of BASIC 6th edition to see if there was a built-in function that would do the job. In any event someone did it in COBOL long before to pad out money amounts with asterisks on cheques.


Riddle of cash-for-malware offer in new Raspberry Pi computers


I wouldn't believe it unless it was a Nigerian princess.

AVG defends plans to flog user data as privacy row continues


They say they won't sell personal information such as names, emails, addresses, or payment card details. Does that mean that they have that information? If so, users are depending that AVG never gets hacked, or has a disgruntled employee leave with the data, etc.

I stopped using it years ago when it became more invasive and harder to uninstall than many viruses.

London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites


I'm confused

Since torrents are distributed networks, and sites that list torrents don't actually host anything, what is a "torrent site"?

NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days


It's not Star Trek babble. Star Trek babble uses three words of nonsense that sound good. e.g. quantum phase inverter. This has FOUR words of nonsense, which is a whole new paradigm shift modulation!

Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft


Re: What lies!

What Microsoft claimed was that 93% of the malware that uses DNS uses No-IP. They forgot to mention that 100% of the malware uses Windows.


Do you have anything other than the word of David "Pinocchio" Finn that No-IP hasn't been pro-active?

As I recall, No-IP was always quick to pull the plug on spammers who abused their service. I don't see why they wouldn't be consistent against malware too.

Also, Microsoft didn't "take them to court". That would involve exchanging legal letters and finally having lawyers for No-IP present in the court room to argue their side. Microsoft did the exact opposite of taking them to court: Microsoft apparently engaged in a legal sneak-attack.


This may have temporarily disrupted some botnets, but it won't last. There are many different ways to connect and control a botnet, no-ip was just an easy one. Odds are, the malware writers are already rolling out their own Patch Tuesday.

Canada to Google: You can't have your borderless cake and eat it too


Re: Oh boy, wait until China discovers this

First I would expect them to send an army of socks to thrash the Wikipedia articles. I doubt the even mighty ARBCOM would follow the Scientology example and block anyone editing from a Chinese IP address.

Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut


Facebook, what's that?

I don't use Facebook, so I block facebook.com at the router. That way no tracking information goes back to them when I surf pages that have hooks back to Facebook. And the Facebook app on my phone that I don't use and can't remove can't connect back to them every night. (Use the Android development tools logging to verify that.)

Snowden lawyer PGP email 'crack' flap: What REALLY happened?


Re: what to expect....

I think they upgraded him to Free Pascal running on a Raspberry Pi last year. Now we're in trouble!


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