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New Massive Botnet Building On Windows Hole

Conor Turton Re:YABON - Yet Another BOt Net (or YABber On) (223 comments)

With over 31 pages of outstanding vulnerabilities for Ubuntu on SecurityFocus.com and 20 pages for Mac OS X, WHILST XP AND VISTA ONLY HAVE EIGHT PAGES COMBINED, non of the OS vendors have anything to shout about really.

about 6 years ago
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New Massive Botnet Building On Windows Hole

Conor Turton Re:use norton (223 comments)

Not to worry, Linux kernel has had a massive hole all of its own found this week as well.

If you're feeling left out, here's 31 pages of vulnerabilities for Ubuntu . Just select Ubuntu as the vendor and Ubuntu Linux as the title. You can do it for other distros if you're using them. Results will be similar for most distributions

about 6 years ago
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New Massive Botnet Building On Windows Hole

Conor Turton Re:Going around my work already (223 comments)

because I have a dedicated help desk for my home PC.. idiot.

So you're admitting you're an incompetent fuckwit. No way do you not have permission to do this on your home computer.

about 6 years ago
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Bittorrent To Cause Internet Meltdown

Conor Turton Re:Time and Money (872 comments)

When are they going to realize that the people paying $35 ~ $200 a month for services which today cost about 10% of the charge are the real shareholders, and are the only real reason they are in business.

When are you going to realise what the actual real cost of bandwidth is? Clue: It's a fucking lot more than what you're paying now which is why contention ratios exist.

I assume you're one of those people who thinks that if you pay for 10Mbit, you should be able to get that 24/7? Here's a simple task for you. Find out the monthly supply cost to an ISP of a typical 640MBit pipe. Divide that by the package you're paying for (so if you're on 10Mbit and it's a 640Mbit pipe, the answe is 64). Divide the monthly cost to the ISP of that pipe by your answer and you get the actual bandwidth cost to the ISP, excluding any costs for their infrastructure, to provide your bandwidth 24/7. I can guarantee that the cost is many many times what you're paying a month. If you want your bandwidth fully available 24/7 with no slow down, no problem but it'll be at least 10% higher than the end answer you came up with.

about 6 years ago
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Bittorrent To Cause Internet Meltdown

Conor Turton Re:fairness (872 comments)

That is addressing the problem from an ISP's point of view, or perhaps the "**AA's talking points for ISPs" point of view.

If I pay for 10Mbps download speed, it should not matter to anyone how I use those bits. If you as my ISP cannot handle that traffic, you should NOT have sold it to me in the first place. Every time you throttle or shape my traffic, I want a rebate. It's that simple.

No problem. If you want a dedicated 10Mbps unrestricted service you can have it but you'll pay the full cost of that bandwidth supply which is $100's a month.

about 6 years ago
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Bittorrent To Cause Internet Meltdown

Conor Turton Re:A little extreme there, don't you think? (872 comments)

Has it not percolated into your tiny brain that we don't recognize the legitimacy of the bodies that make the laws?

...whilst hypocritically expecting the Police to enforce laws designed to protect you made by the bodies you don't recognise. You'd be really pissed off if no laws were enforced, someone decided they wanted your computer and either beat the living shit out of you or shot you in the process of relieving you of its ownership.

You voted them in. Stupid fuck.

about 6 years ago
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What Needs Fixing In Linux

Conor Turton Re:uh, build from source? (865 comments)

You know, rather than fussing around with all that bullshit, I have an idea: build from source. Your package manager downloads the source package, it builds it, it installs it, so it's definitely native for your infrastructure. You know, I think even some Linux distributions do this...

Ah yes, because we all have hours to sit around waiting for it to finish only to find that there's a missing dependency and it fails right at the last hurdle because it's expecting version 1.2.3 of a file and you have version 1.2.2-99. And if it does compile OK, find out that it's crap and gets uninstalled quickly. At least with a .deb or .rpm file, you download it, package manager executes it and it takes a couple of minutes tops.

about 6 years ago
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What Needs Fixing In Linux

Conor Turton Re:Almost everything he complains about is wrong (865 comments)

He complains the distribution differences make life hard for people selling software. Well, tough, if they want money maybe they should work for it?

With the piddly desktop market share Linux has coupled with the fact that a very large percentage of Linux users will simply not pay for software if there's a FOSS equivalent, no matter how bad, they'll just decide it's commercially not worth bothering doing a Linux port and concentrate on Windows and Mac OSX instead. If 1% of the user base is causing 90% of the headaches trying to get it to work with their OS of choice, simply remove that OS from the list you make it available for. The $$ amount you'll lose in sales will be recouped in the savings you make in development and aftersales support.

about 6 years ago
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What Needs Fixing In Linux

Conor Turton Re:that's easy: USB, video and documentation (865 comments)

USB barely works. It's OK for mass-storage devices, but sucks hugely for high-bandwidth devices, or anything that's removable - and gets removed.

I'm sorry but as someone who spends a lot of time countering the Linux is good, Windows is shit brigade, that you're wrong. USB works a treat and has done for many a year. I have however had issues with an iPod on Windows and the usbstor.sys bug.

about 6 years ago
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What Needs Fixing In Linux

Conor Turton Re:the problem with linux (865 comments)

Of course it's a mess. Configuration files all over the place. Different X servers, Qt new version or GTK new version breaks backwards compatibility with old stuff. That 5k application you've downloaded needs 128MB of dependencies because it's a KDE app and you use Gnome (and vice-versa). Different locations for the same file depending on whatever distro you use.

Compare this to Windows where the core OS is the same. One graphics server, one central place for configuration, Windows files in the same places across the board. Completely different to Linux. If you write a 32 bit app for Windows, it'll work across them all. You don't have to worry about Windows X having a different quirk to Windows Y etc etc.

about 6 years ago
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What Needs Fixing In Linux

Conor Turton The biggest problem is... (865 comments)

STOP BREAKING THINGS THAT WORK FINE

Take Gnome Password Protected Windows Network Share Browsing. Worked fine in Gnome 2.22, completely fucking broken in 2.24. Why? Because they changed to gvfs, decided to take out/omit authentication and now don't know how the fuck to fix it. And then you have CIFS which can't resolve Windows Computer Names on a network. What fucking idiot decided that in a world with a 90% Windows desktop market share that removing the ability to browse windows networks was a good idea?

about 6 years ago
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Proprietary Blobs and the Pursuit of a Free Kernel

Conor Turton Re:Non-free blobs are a problem, but... (405 comments)

Fedora has no non-free software (binary firmware blobs that are distributed with the kernel excepted) to begin with. Moreover Fedora has no 'non-free' repositories.

And that's why when I installed Fedora 10 instead of Ubuntu and realised I would have to go back to hours of fucking around to get my wifi working instead of having a simple 2 click process that pops off to get the proprietry firmware as Ubuntu does, I shoved in the Ubuntu CD and snapped the Fedora 10 one in two, never to darken a computer I own again.

about 6 years ago
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Proprietary Blobs and the Pursuit of a Free Kernel

Conor Turton Re:How about when there is no alternative? (405 comments)

Does it work? Yes. Therefore I don't give a flying fuck whether it's closed source or not. Being prevented from being able to do something even though there's a freely available solution there simply on the grounds that you can't look at the source code where you wouldn't know what the fuck you were looking at or what to do with it in the first place is utter madness.

about 6 years ago
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The State of UK Broadband — Not So Fast

Conor Turton DOESN'T TELL THE WHOLE STORY (279 comments)

What the article fails to mention is that there is hardly anyone in the UK who cannot get broadband. My parents live in a small 10 house hamlet 5 miles from the nearest town and get 2MBit. You have to be basically living in a solitary house half way up a mountain in the middle of Scotland not to get broadband in the UK.

Compare this to a country like the USA where even a town with a population of 30,000+ is deemed unworthy of getting broadband by the telcos.

more than 5 years ago
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Internet Explorer 8 Delayed Until 2009

Conor Turton Doubt it. (204 comments)

Will the IE delay and Google's tactics help to steer users in Chrome's direction

I doubt it. Although IE has it's issues, Chrome has some real show stoppers and then there's the fact it phones home with shedloads of data about your browsing.

more than 6 years ago
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Microsoft To Offer Free Anti-Virus Software

Conor Turton Re:anti-MS already? (448 comments)

You understand jack and shit about how monopolies are abused and why that abuse is illegal. Bundling products is not illegal. Bundling a monopolized product with a product from a different market is illegal.

But it's not a different market, is it? Microsoft are a software company. Antivirus products are software. It's a different sector of the same market.

more than 6 years ago
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Microsoft To Offer Free Anti-Virus Software

Conor Turton And the problem is? (448 comments)

I'm sorry but I fail to see the problem. You have Avast, AntiVir, AVG,Bitdefender, Clamwin, Comodo, F-Prot etc etc etc so it's not as if a free antivirus product is something new.

In the light of all the above being available, plenty of people still pay for anti-virus software. I do. I use Esets NOD32 and will continue to.

Microsoft offer Windows Defender yet people still prefer to use Spybot S&D et al in their droves thus proving that just because MS offer something for free in a sector, it doesn't automatically follow that people will go for it.

more than 6 years ago
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Preview the New MythTV User Interface

Conor Turton Re:Style over substance (229 comments)

Really, the setup in MythTV is ridiculous easy if you have a standalone.

..once you've edited the channels.conf file for DVB-T (because there's only a handful of transmitters included in the package) which requires you to know a lot of not easy to find information on MUX frequencies, what mode each MUX is transmitting in, channel spacing, offsets, error correction rates, channel bitrates etc for the particular transmitter you're using.

more than 6 years ago
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Preview the New MythTV User Interface

Conor Turton Re:Style over substance (229 comments)

If you think Windows MCE is any easier, good luck. Maybe they've made it easier but the only people I know to get it work (and not crash all the time) have been Windows admins.

It's really simple, fire it up, follow the prompts to set up your TV. DVB-T is really simple. You put in your postcode, it gives you a list of possible transmitters in your region, you select the one you receive and then it goes off and scans the channels. Once it's done that, it connects to the internet and downloads a full EPG that spans 14 days AFAIR. Job done.

more than 6 years ago

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Conor Turton Conor Turton writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Conor Turton (639827) writes "From Macworld News

Dino Dai Zovi, the New York-based security researcher who took home $10,000 in a highly-publicized MacBook Pro hijack on April 20, has been at the center of a week's worth of controversy about the security of Apple's operating system. In an e-mail interview with Computerworld, Dai Zovi talked about how finding vulnerabilities is like fishing, the chances that someone else will stumble on the still-unpatched bug, and what operating system — Windows Vista or Mac OS X — is the sturdiest when it comes to security.

The crux of the article is the following comment: "I have found the code quality, at least in terms of security, to be much better overall in Vista than Mac OS X 10.4. It is obvious from observing affected components in security patches that Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) has resulted in fewer vulnerabilities in newly-written code.""
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Conor Turton Conor Turton writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Conor Turton (639827) writes "From The Inquirer

A New York teen, dubbed a pirate by the Record Industry, is counter suing them for defamation, violating anti-trust laws, conspiring to defraud the courts and making extortionate threats.

TRobert Santiagos legal team have demanded a jury trial and are filing a counterclaim against the companies for allegedly damaging the boy's reputation, distracting him from school and costing him legal fees. The record companies have engaged in a wide-ranging conspiracy to defraud the courts of the United States, the court documents say. Competitors in the recording industry are a cartel acting together in violation of the antitrust laws by bringing the piracy cases jointly and using the same agency "to make extortionate threats ... to force defendants to pay", our precocious teen wrote.

Robert Santiago is the son of Patti Santiago who the RIAA dropped the case against when they found she couldn't actually even turn on a PC.

The full article here "
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Conor Turton Conor Turton writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Conor Turton (639827) writes "From The Inquirer , an excellent article illustrating why Linux will never be an option for most people. This is a follow on to another story on The Inq showing why Product Activation will kill Microsoft and push people to Linux . As the author points out, the rant against Microsoft's Product Activation completely misses the point — that 90% of PC users will never open their PC and use it until it dies at which point they'll just go buy another so product activation will never be an issue.

It seems to me that this is the massive point that Linux advocates seem to not understand when bleating on about Product Activation."

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