* Posts by DreadPirateRobot

15 posts • joined 16 Dec 2014

Reg reader achieves bronze badge, goes directly to jail


Re: D****

Not this one if it is

Verisign, .xyz and the ABCs of a cutthroat domain-name industry


Re: On the upside...

I have myuncommonlastname.xyz registered and forwarding to myjokedomain.eu as I got them both for cheap. I don't send out spam, merely collect it.

Pasta is now a THING, says Cisco


Re: QR Code? Why not I guess

Most supermarkets have a nice grey bar at the till that wipes anti-shoplifting tags, they have a "do not place credit/debit cards here" sticker on them. I imagine this could pop an RFID tag when passed over it, QR makes sense in this case.

Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men


Re: So just like SkyDrive....

Someone check:







AzureOneBing 2015 R2 Home Plus Premium

Auction of a live gTLD could pave way for domain-name shakeup


Re: dot slash reisen

Well, "the dash don't be silent"

UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance


Re: It's Over for Democracy

Perhaps El Reg have not implemented HTTPS knowing that they would likely be a target for it being tampered with by TLAs. TLAs need to monitor those who are potential terrorists and as most El Reg commentards have a grasp of computers, security etc we are all on a lot of lists. It is therefore reasonable to assume HTTPS is not used so that we do not ever fall into a trap of thinking our communications are secured.

TL;DR : It would be unsecure anyway so they are being cheap and the absence of it acts as a reminder.

HP: Windows Server + OpenStack will lure biz bods from the Amazon


It might be more the fact that M$ is supporting it. As in you can ring them up, make the ritual sacrifice and receive support for a migration to Helion instead of them

Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers


I may have missed a "don't do this" option, but I am concerned that once I installed Yandex, it had my history and passwords etc from my current Chrome session.

I did literally just install it and Vivaldi (I want it to play winter to me whilst I browse dammit!) at the same time in a sleepy haze though so I may have missed an option.

Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science


Because they are free I expect the random strings will be being snapped up to be used as C&C DNS addresses. I can see that leading to some network security bods just blanket banning *.science in a few months.

However, chemtrails.science is free - anyone want to put a static page saying "Chemtrails = Contrails. Deal with it." up? Not in the mood to create another login for anywhere today.

IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov


I advised students I taught (I was science, physics mostly) that were interested in IT and computing to study sciences and maths NOT IT at school.

Problem solving is taught in sciences and maths, not in IT. IT lessons show a student how to mail merge (advanced topic), how to make a basic website (CSS is A-Level content), not how to diagnose a network connection fault.

The school I was at offered a programming club, great I thought - I will go along and help out as I did programming on my degree. The club was 3 kids being told by their IT teacher that coding is dragging boxes into order, selecting items from a drop down list and seeing the result play out. (Scratch).

I offered to teach them some actual coding once they got the ideas of loops, ifs etc grounded from that. He flat out rejected it saying that it would lead to them becoming hackers.

We need better courses and the teachers able to teach them in place for this to work.

I for one, will not be going back to teaching. Not to teach science, not to teach maths and not to teach Microsoft Office for Teens (also known as How to beat a web proxy and dodge the teacher 101)

Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS


Re: The only problem is...

Actually, there is a drive for more male teachers in Primary education. I trained as a Secondary teacher and was a strong drive to recruit male teachers for Primary education from the DfE et al. It (Primary Education) was not really the best place to be if I wanted to continue teaching Physics so I continued in Secondary for the whole 1 year my PGCE took before jumping ship to IT.

This was in the last 3 years.

It's 2015 and default creds can brick SOHO routers


OpenWRT on my own router which is behind a virginmedia badged netgear thing my housemates use. Dedicated wireless network for me, separate wired network too.

I need to set some QoS up on their box to mine, they have handily left all the settings at their defaults.

One thing that I wonder is how long it will take for someone to work out how to get the WPA2 key from the default BSSID. I am sure that the keys are just some hash using the MAC address and BSSID.

OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune


Additionally it is not in hydrostatic equilibrium.

Interestingly, the definition for a planet only applies within our solar system. Technically, there are no planets outside of it. (Not digging out my dissertation to find the source - Oh look, it is on Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IAU_definition_of_planet)

Suck on this, Larry: NoSQL pair hit the G-spot


"Basho reckons to have displaced Oracle at the NHS in the UK – although it doesn’t say where or how much"

It will be the DB running Spine2. That was rolled out earlier this year and it has a NoSQL backend, it was Oracle SQL formerly. I used to work for a medical record software company that integrated with Spine and now Spine2.

easyGroup railroads easytrain.com owner


Re: The real question

Megabus is owned by Stagecoach who own:

East Midlands Trains

South West Trains

Sheffield Supertram

Island Line Trains (Part of the SWT Franchise I believe)

and own 49% (or there abouts) shares in:

Virgin Trains West Coast

Virgin Trains East Coast (To commence in 2015)

That is how Megabus are able to offer tickets so cheap on those train services. As I understand it easygroup do not own or part own any TOC in the UK.


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