* Posts by PCS

79 publicly visible posts • joined 30 May 2014


Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs


More to the point, the Mac OS X upgrade borked three of my customers Mac's.

All three machines suffered Kernel panics and had to be rescued via TimeMachine restores.

Met makes fourth TalkTalk arrest, this time a London teen


Would you prefer that they plucked no fruit at all?

LASER RAZOR blunted by KickStarter ban


Just give me a cream that will kill off the hair follicles dammit

Assange™ offered 'plans for escape by flying fox to Harrods'


Damn, he's still alive.

Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'


PS Irn Bru is widely available here in Moscow.


Come on El Reg, this was news on all the other sites over a week ago.

Why are you always late with your some of your articles?

Storage device reported stolen from insurer RSA's data centre


A slow news day at El Reg?

What's Russia smoking? Kremlin bans Wikipedia for dopey article


I living in Moscow and (so far) both Wikipedia and the "offending" page are still accessible.

Welcome to 1984.

Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'


If this was a Microsoft story you would all be tearing them apart.

Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes


People who hate change ('tards, OCD's etc) download start menu software.

In other news, the rest of the world get on with learning and using the new layout.

Swordfish fatally stabs man after man stabs, fatally, swordfish


That takes care of this weeks Darwin Awards nomination.

Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it


Re: Lubuntu...


And there you have it. One of the many reasons why Linux will never be popular with normal people.

Wi-Fi hotspots can put iPhones into ETERNAL super slow-mo


"If the attacker has convincing social-engineering skills"

That's okay then.. Most "IT" bods have no social skills to speak of.

Google takes ARC Welder to Android, grafts on Windows, OS X


Never in a million years would I have that Android crap on my desktop. Nor Chrome for that matter.

Trust has to be earned and until you stop selling MY data then you ain't nowhere near earning it from me.

Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is)


Spartan will be available from the app store so hopefully it won't be as integrated as IE currently is.

IE will still be available for backwards-compatibility with older sites but it can be uninstalled via "programs / features -> add / remove features".

But then I fully expect the MS haters to comment on this topic while ignoring the "facts"?

Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder


So only 6 people woke up to a cold house then? Misleading headline methinks.

I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt


"His reasoning for full disclosure was that Amazon did not pay cash for bug bounty reports."

So he did it for the money then and nothing else?

Is altruism dead and forgotten?

US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report


Not quite on-topic but I'd love to know what Snowdon's idea of a fair trial is? One where he isn't accused of treason? Maybe a slap on the wrist?

And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?


Despite the numbers the dev's should be aiming for zero vulnerabilities - no matter was the OS is.

These numbers prove that nothing is 100% secure and bug-free, despite certain sections of the IT community wearing rose-tinted spectacles.

Gemalto: NSA, GCHQ hacked us – but didn't snatch crucial SIM keys


Snowden has a reputation to defend?

Calling all cybercrooks: Ready-made phone attack rig for sale


We need the phone numbers for the fake Indian computer "support" companies....

Seven months of Basil Brush on YouTube: Er, boom boom?


How long will it be before allegations of dallying with young fox cubs hits the headlines?

Big Content picks on small Australian ISPs again


Re: Alternative to piracy?

Or you could use one of the supported operating systems instead of being a self-confessed pirate freetard?

Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion


Splurging all that money on infrastructure and yet Virgin have sold all of their non-cable customers to TalkTalk.

SWELLING moons of ice dwarf Pluto snapped by NASA spy-probe


"...and its exactly where it should be according to the titus-bodes law."

95.75% error for Pluto.


Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish


Re: I still shudder...

It's called the future. Get used to it.

Upgrading Win 8.1 to Win 10 TP


Upgrading Win 8.1 to Win 10 TP

With the latest January release it is possible to upgrade via Windows Update. Tried this and it failed.

Downloaded the ISO and ran setup.exe but got the following message in a box with the title "Something happened" and the message "setup has failed to initialize the working directory"

Has anyone else come across this? Any suggestions / fixes?

GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY


Do as I say, not as I do.

One rule for them, another for their "enemies".

Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official


And this is news why???

Must be a *very* slow day at El-Reg Towers.

No cellphones in cells, you slag! UK.gov moots prison mobe zap law


Re: Er, prison...

Of course they use bars but given that the walls are at least 30cm thick any signal should be cut right down.

Having spent some time at Her Majesty's Pleasure I know that mobiles are there, inside the cells, but the Prison Officers do use trackers to trace them. When there is a lock-down during normal rec-time you know that somebodies cell is being searched....

As for the Faraday cage idea, not bad. The cell blocks are built from pre-cast concrete so it shouldn't be too hard to incorporate the wiring into the structure.

Islamic script kiddies aim killer blow - at Bristol bus timetable website



They need to learn how to use search engines before launching scripts.

Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?


I live in Moscow. Two years ago it was 45 roubles to the £. Two weeks ago it was 106 roubles to the £. Now it has steadied at about 83 roubles to the £.

My girlfriend works for one of the large tourist agencies here: last year at this time they had 70,000 bookings for European summer holidays, this year they only have 1,000. Redundancies are kicking in everywhere, expats are leaving the country (I get paid in £ so am better off now) and Ivan Bloggs is suffering.

But vodka sales are increasing :P

Windows Phone bumping along the bottom


It would be interesting to see a like-for-like comparison for iPhone and Android phones.

Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'


Ah, the joys of First World Problems (c)

Linux 'GRINCH' vuln is AWFUL. Except, er, maybe it isn't


Re: Brought to you by...

Of course it's bollocks. Linux is bullet proof don't cha know? Or so the 'tards here would have the rest of the world believe.

No WindowsX issues, no bash problems. Nowt to see here.

Microsoft drops early Chrissie pressie on Mac Office fanbois


Can it now connect to outlook.com via activesync as the Windows 2013 version can?

Microsoft releases free anti-malware for Azure VMs


Do the phrases "Windows X" and "27 years" mean anything to you?

Tor takes off the gloves after sustained staffer harassment


"....“devise ways to concretely support people who suffer from online harassment” and hopes the post sparks “ larger public conversation about online harassment” that moves more organisations to act."

So they (Tor) are going to do what? Give the affected people a group hug and say "There there. It's not as bad as you think". I'm sure that'll greatly help to change trolling habits. NOT.

How about banning? Naming and shaming? Publishing IP addresses? (maybe Anon could do something useful for a change with that information?)

Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for statue of our dear leader


A penis, a pussy and a twat.

One can't get out of the embassy, one can't get out of his body and the last can't get out of Russia!

I truly hope this project fails. Celebrating nothing but egos.

'Critical' security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window


I'm certain that if this had been a 27 year old Microsoft bug then the Linux brigade would have been rabidly tearing into MS for their foolishness.

It seems that not every commentard is created equally.



I'd love to use bonk-to-pay but Microsoft insist I use a secure SIM card inside my Lumia 920. Outside of America who on earth has one of those?

APPLE set to Air PLUS-SIZED iPAD – claims mag


...although El Reg's hardened rumour wranglers weren't entirely convinced by its "reliable sources".

That's never bothered you in the past!

World's best threat detection pwned by HOBBIT


And the fifth product was? Symantec per chance?

Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US has radicalised me!


Why is that people who share or release other peoples data on the internet and then get caught suddenly want to become politicians?




They're all at it!

MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for terrorism'


Does anyone have a public vpn address for China?

I may as well get some practice in before the rest of the world goes in the same direction....


What the hell does Teresa May want? Row upon row upon row of Chinese employed to monitor *every* social network posting throughout the entire planet???

1984 is looking more and more realistic nowadays.

Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray


I want one but the only justification I can give for wanting it would be using it to deal with the local feral cat population and other forms of low life.

Ah well, back to using buckets of water and foul language :(

Mystery Russian satellite: orbital weapon? Sat gobbler? What?


Given the Russian success rates with space launches and satellites it's probably the Russian version of Bob the Builder waiting to fix the ones that actually manage to get above the atmosphere.

Can we fix it? Yes we can!

Free antivirus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world


Re: What are the infection rates for desktop linux users?

"Ordinary" people don't run Linux.

Geeks, nerds and fanbois run Linux. Ordinary people run Windows or OSX.