* Posts by dave lawless

109 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Feb 2007


Apple vanishes multi-touch ancestor

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other layouts are easy to learn

When I broke my left wrist this summer I learned to use this


in a few days

European court pulls plugs on terror stop and search

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Those with nothing to hide can't always see into the future.

I'll call Godwin on myself but those people who proudly ticked Juden in the census of their free countries in the 1930s had absolutely nothing to hide. Indeed, many of them were proud that their WWI service had uprated their status as full citzens in various European countries.

Then IBM sold them out to the Third Reich and the Hollerith cards identifed 1/4 and even 1/8 Jews for deportation / murder.

IBM's founder Thomas J. Watson was awared the highest medal a non-German citizen could - the Eagle with Star (he returned it in 1940).


Dutch Jews

1930 111,917 Census

1941 154,887 Nazi occupation

1947 14,346 Census

Even if you doubt the efficacy and knowing involvement of IBM, the book is a sobering insight into the lie of "nothing to hide, nothing to fear".


What if Facebook sold out tomorrow, their current promoses mean nothing.

Latest Asus Eee Keyboard desktop demo'd

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if you're on the web ....

"If you're on the web in Internet Explorer"

Now why would anyone be doing that ? Is this for mental patients :)

Record labels seek DMCA-style UK takedowns

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if it's illegal .....

> Clause 17 is an essential component of the Bill since it provides a mechanism to deal with the increasing threat of illegal downloading from non-P2P sources and other future threats.

If it's already illegal, what do we need more laws for ?

Yes, the Googlephone works in Blighty

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Wish it had a proper kb

I've got a G1, the kb is lovely. The onscreen kb isn't.

Battery life is APPALLING. Even with my 3rd party 2100mAh battery a night out with a bit of you-tubing in the pub can leave you powerless if you crash out at a mates - I carry a USB retractable with me all the time!

Secret code protecting cellphone calls set loose

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World of difference

The NSA usually won't be extorting money from you or they'll tell.

The NSA usually won't be insider trading.

The NSA usually won't be trying to find out of you want to be Camilla's tampon.

Monty launches frantic 'save MySQL' web campaign

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Caveat Emptor

The guy took $16m from Sun, *walked out on them* and now wants to spend tax-payer money to prevent the doctrine of first sale.

It beggars belief.

Microsoft IIS vuln leaves users open to remote attack

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"Experts", there's plenty of 'em

Hey @Jake

your magic bullet sometimes gets stuck in the barrel



But hey, let's all hand out security advice from our arse

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File extensions as security?

It beggars belief, it really does.

The year in tech lunacy - an El Reg guide

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Those with nothing to hide can't always see into the future.


"This approach appears to have been used in the Netherlands when small-area tabulations of population data by religion from the 1930 Dutch census made up one of several data sources used in the development of the so-called 'dot maps' of Amsterdam," he says. "These maps, which showed areas of the city where the density of the Jewish population was the highest, were used in planning Nazi-inspired attacks on some of these neighborhoods in February 1941."

Adaptec - the eternal wannabe

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Ah Adaptec

The eternal story : "That card looks great, oh Windows only"

Free software lawyers hit Best Buy et al with GPL 'violation' claim

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anti-compliance comments beggar belief

Belittling compliance cases like this denegrates the quality of all future requests for compliance, not in a legally binding sense but as a powerful negotiation tool. It's like not bothering with trying to keep advertisers compliant with the Advertising Standards Authority. If you don't bother then there's no point having any standards at all. I want to live in a world where GPL (and other licensing schemes - whatever they are) are followed through. If you don't work to keep your house in order, eventually it falls down.

Durham police demonstrate DNA will stuff you

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Comparison with Nutt

Nutt was accused of udermining govt. policy regarding drug classification and he was sacked.

The Cops try it and they are protecting society.

Ruggedised botnets pushing out even more spam

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@ph3d whinger


Terrorism chiefs don't know what they've censored online

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> "In 1986, classified documents about naval cuts West had taken home with him were dropped while he was walking a dog."

Not his own dog but "a" dog.

Mac art project game destroys aliens files

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I thought Macs had file history?

I can do :


rm -rf $home/*

9fs snap

cp -r /n/snap/$home/* $home/*

Cybercriminals down five British police forces in a year

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@anonymous coward

> would certainly be beyond the capability of even the most sophisticated criminal gang, if it is possible at all, as it's on a private network.

Maybe you've never heard of the Evil WPC attack.

Skype founders drop licence threat against eBay

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Someone at Ebay clicked through the EULA

Do you think Zennström and Friis planned it as soon as someone started sniffing round to buy them. That takes some balls. Smart lawyering at Ebay might have blown the whole deal.

Bug in latest Linux gives untrusted users root access

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memmap & root

There's your problems right there, design faults.

P2P snafu blows lid on secret Congress probes

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just two more strikes left

And the US govt. will have no internet!

Feds’ insider trading wiretap snares IBM heir apparent

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TJ Watson snr.

@anonymous coward

You do know he was a total bastard too ? Take a read of "IBM and the Holocaust" http://www.ibmandtheholocaust.com/ before you start singing Watson's praises. They didn't run the Third Reich with pencils and paper.

Bloggers howl after conference snoops on 'secure' network

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experts got pwnd, fools

Sky News goes free

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tv licence

@Anonymous Coward

Why on earth did you let them in to inspect your premises, they can only demand access if they are accompanied by a police officer. Personally if someone knocks on my door I only answer it if they have an appointment, which is dead amusing when they can see you through the window :)

Breaching Fort Apache.org - What went wrong?

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root of the problem

> Other changes include the requirement that all users with elevated privileges use a one-time password for everything for sudo on certain machines.

running processes (inc a shell) as root == fail

requiring root as part of your workflow == fail

root is concentrated fail, wrapped in "how can you admin without it" ignorance

Investigators blind on P2P child abuse

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p2p is so last century

A post to HN (something like) "confessions of a child pornographer" described the shift of commercial CP vendors away from the web and into virtualisation. You buy the crypto keys to a remote vmware instance and vpn your way into it. No local files, no traffic sniffing, various levels of IP tunnelling (via compromised machines), I'm sure you can think of ways to do this yourself.

The filth has to keep going for low hanging fruit to keep the subject in the news, the great firewall won't build itself.

Hands on with the Nokia N900

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where's the review?

Nokia strategy waffling says nothing about the phone!

Is the email interface adequate? The s60 accepted self signed imap servers, my g1 doesn't, does the n900?

Does it play streaming video / audio in the real world? How about iplayer?

Real questions for real people. My g1 is sending this, did you post your review with the maemo?

Can I use shh properly or does it, like the g1, lack a way to type the full ascii range - no ctrl.key

Can I specify a http proxy ?

That's hands on.

Linux guru: interface innovation is the challenge

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the universal tool

for startera I'm a Plan9 user. We don't have a WIMP interface and we get serious nerd types moaning about it so if they can't cope without icons, what hope for the average computer dolt.

what i think you will see is the death of the general purpose computer.

UI innovation does not win the commodity marketplace, it is up to the incumbents to die.

Google applies patch to nasty Chrome vulns

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another layer is another layer

User code gets tricked into executing user code, when hasn't this been the case?

It's a symptom of "worse is better". Operating as though this is not the case is living in denial. That's why I boot from read only file systems and my data storage is append only.

Processing enormous volumes of externally produced data some of which is garaunteed to have malicious intent in executables that are garaunteed to be defective by machines with convenient access to the LAN and WAN, what do you expect?

That such machines are ubiquitous demonstrates our enormous capacity for denial.

I've had people say to me that the security model of Lunix was better because "you'll only lose your home direcotory", you know the irreplacable files, where as the system files were totally protected, you know, the files you downloaded in 30 mins from one of 100 places

Remote IT support tool hijacks customer webserver

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If you can't sysadmin

Then don't pretend you can

Too-tall terror snapper stopped by cops again

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Let them arrest you if you can

They used to arrest us hunt sabs in Leicestershire like this. They would arrest you in the morning on a spurious charge and let you go 8 hours later when the hunt was over.

So we started suing them for wrongful arrest. 30 grand of compensation later they stopped doing it. It's about 600 quid an hour. It is the *only* way you can hurt them.

Go for it !

Of course you do have to be sure you're not doing anything that will stick, snapping pictures of shops and passers by seems prime for a bit of fun, I might even try it myself once I get the bodies out of the freezer.

NHS hospitals struggle to hold back the malware tide

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makes me so mad

> A subsequent inquiry blamed a failure to follow basic information security procedures for the infection.

Blame the poor sods who have to use the shitstorm because their higher-ups chose Windows.

Imagine a world where the IT consultants blame each other instead of their hapless customers!

The comic-book guide to SIM hacking

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Saddle up

> Citizen Engineer is intended to encourage everyone to have a go at hacking stuff - in the old sense of the word

Oh, riding round on a horse for fun ?

Intel seeks Android-on-Atom MID deal with Google?

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Now Google's a playa

I noticed Chrome OS was for x86 and ARM. Time for the progeny of the BBC to own the world !!!!

Smash the Atom

Opera CEO: Unite not a security risk

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simple solution

Check the source code,


Can't choose an icon on the G1

SuperSpeed USB PCs to ship by year-end

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Just think, if you'd gone for Power over Ethernet you'd have been on Gbit speeds ages ago and trialling 10Gbit by now.

USB sucks so bad. so so so so so bad.

We all already knew how to do ethernet, USB is a tar pit; "Don't use Windows, fuck you"

Beer cos they gave me a free pint at work and I feel a bit beligerent

Kingdom of Sweden dragged into Reg smut-basket

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Orlowski a smut peddlar

that's worse than being a journo !

Girls Aloud net obscenity case falls at first hurdle

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Your mother


Kill You lyrics


They said I can't rap about bein broke no more

They ain't say I can't rap about coke no more

Slut, you think I won't choke no whore

til the vocal cords don't work in her throat no more?!

These motherfuckers are thinkin I'm playin

Thinkin I'm sayin the shit cause I'm thinkin it just to be sayin it

Put your hands down bitch, I ain't gon' shoot you

I'ma pull +YOU+ to this bullet, and put it through you

Shut up slut, you're causin too much chaos

Just bend over and take it like a slut, okay Ma?

"Oh, now he's raping his own mother, abusing a whore,

snorting coke, and we gave him the Rolling Stone cover?"

You god damn right BITCH, and now it's too late

I'm triple platinum and tragedies happen in two states

I invented violence, you vile venomous volatile bitches

vain Vicadin, vrinnn Vrinnn, VRINNN! [*chainsaw revs up*]

Texas Chainsaw, left his brains all

danglin from his neck, while his head barely hangs on

Blood, guts, guns, cuts

Knives, lives, wives, nuns, sluts

And you other fools, how do you think the staff at Vintage Books feel when Bret Easton Ellis turns up, do they think he is going to rape and murder them?

UK.gov international net clean-up plan gathers dust

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US govt? nah a collaboration between ...

You think "the internet" appeared in the UK in 1995 ? Joined up networks were around the world before then. Some of us remember Janet and Fido before Tcp/IP came along.

Censor the net and the private networks will rise again, never forget.

Blu-ray to boom despite downturn

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re: film prices

If an Indie wants to release a Blu-Ray disc, AACS wants a slice

$3000 setup

$1500 per title

$0.04 per disc


$3000 blu ray logos

and a staggering

$40,000 for the authoring software - though you can rent it for $300 a month


Or we can duplicate DVDs at home for $0.20 each

Twitter riddled with worms and scams (again)

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so, vandals get work

If Mikey did that here he'd find himself locked up but instead he gets employed!

No justice.

Symbian balances on an Atom

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because no-one runs Symbian on their Nokia

> End users tend to choose whatever they already know, so leaving the decision up to them means a default victory for Redmond

Those pesky Nokia handsets add up to quite a lot

Gadget-buying Taliban 5th column in Blighty - shock!

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Stupid FUD

So they get the parts and using the serial nos. traced them back to the UK? Did anyone seriously bother to do that?

Sure it wasn't just the usual clueless politician banter :

DM : "So commander, where do people get these parts from?"

Comm : "They have them sent here or someone brings them".

I mean, what other answer is there?

It's not like China or Mumbai or Iran are closer.

Any idea how many mobiles there are in India? They actually *fix* the there too instead of throwing them away. Electronics are not hard to come by.

Pirate Bay supporters ram Swedish IFPI website

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Wreckers wreck

The freetard mentality in action. We can so we will.

Info chief slaps Met on CCTV in pubs

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Install it then oops it broke

or someone sprayed paint on it and we didn't notice

Scots and pilots brace against ID cards

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And before the cards?

Presumably no-one was prosecuted for "leave to remain by deception".

$5bn seems a small price to pay for catching 10 people a year. Just imagine how many other burdens on society were prevented from receiving health care.

Citizens of the world rejoice!

China preps internet porn snitching awards

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paid to surf for banned content

So, in order to ban porn they are paying people to find porn in a uri arms race.

I wish someone would pay me to search for porn !

Apple eats video editing jobs

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Tape in the field

Hmm, tape aint dead on set.

"Ok cut, 15 minute break while we dump the SD to disk"

"Oops, I dropped the £300 SD in my tea, we've got to re-shoot that last hour"

"Oops , I dropped the £600 HD recorder and we've lost 5 hours of recording, can anybody lend my £10k to reshoot?"

Farmers demand 'special' climate deal for flatulent cattle

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You eat, you pay

What's so troubling about that?

If your business needs to buy carbon credits then you pass on the cost to your customers. That might price them out of your product. Too bad, that's the whole point isn't it?

Progress is a bitch.

Believe your own hype - always

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What was the point?

What was the point of those 5 pages, don;t you know I've got work to do!

Facebook and Microsoft complete Live Search crowbarring trick

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They will use this service

and search for google.com