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David Braben Kickstarts an Elite Reboot

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:Going to have a hard time topping modern remake (173 comments)

The problem with X3 and Eve are their learning curves. They're vertical cliffs.

What I would hope is that the new Elite game has is a reasonable learning curve so it introduces players in a reasonable manner that doesn't scare them off.
Ultimately Elite 2 was a massive improvement over Elite and Elite 3 was more a refinement of Elite 2. I'm holding back judgement because every Elite game thus far has been great.

more than 2 years ago

Almost 1 In 3 US Warplanes Is a Drone

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:Distinction without... (328 comments)

If you're using it as a surveillance platform you probably don't want your video to be compressed (assuming lossy compression), last thing you want is to misidentify some vehicle as military target, drop a bomb or fire a hellfire missile at the thing only to discover it was really a civilian vehicle misidentified because of blockiness introduced by the video compression.

I'll assume they mean megabits too, that makes more sense. The cameras on something like a predator drone are quite probably very high resolution and there is more than one of them.

about 3 years ago

Apple's Secret Weapon To Win the Tablet Wars

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:Was Microsoft Riight? (716 comments)

One second, i'll check to see if cats and dogs are living together...

Oh shit.

more than 3 years ago

Apple, Microsoft, Google Attacked For Evil Plugins

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:Beyond Firefox (293 comments)

Actually, if you go to the google earth download page undernearth the TOS there is an "advanced setup" option that expands to some tick boxes you can untick to download a version of google earth that doesn't include the horrible updater and a version that doesn't require admin rights that can install to the users directory.

more than 4 years ago

Adobe Launches Sandboxed Reader X

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:Adobe Reader, now even slower! (201 comments)

Foxit is fine for home assuming you remember to correctly untick all the adware options. But in a work environment (I work at a printers) on average i'd say Foxit incorrectly renders PDFs about 5% of the time, leading to support calls whereas Adobe Readers incorrect rendering is pretty non-existent. (I actually tried switching work over to Foxit a while ago, nothing but support hassle from incorrectly rendered PDFs)

I'm not defending Adobe here because I think their reader is a bloated pos, but if you're going to recommend a third party PDF viewer then Sumatra is the best, it's light weight, loads damn near instantly and doesn't include a JS engine side stepping a lot of security issues.

Also, on the major attacks/flaws thing. Actually Foxit has had some seriously bad security issues, you need only google for "foxit reader security holes" or look on explot-db to see them.

more than 4 years ago

Adobe Launches Sandboxed Reader X

EvilMonkeySlayer Alternatives (201 comments)

Whilst an improvement I'll take a good bet it's still a memory and processor hog. I'd advise people to use Foxit but honestly these days it isn't much better and includes adware.

I personally use Sumatra at home, at work (I work at a print company so we receive lots of PDFs) we use Adobe Reader but I've made sure to disable JS by default in it. It's amazing just how many attacks disabling JS stops. The really impressive thing is that of the massive amount of PDFs work receives we very rarely have one that requires JS. The unfortunate reality of PDFs though is that Adobes Reader is the best renderer, whilst say with Sumatra or Foxit may get 5% rendered incorrectly that's a lot of needless support calls and hassle.

more than 4 years ago

Legal Threat Demands Techdirt Shut Down

EvilMonkeySlayer Oh great (346 comments)

Great, just great.. the solicitors are from Leeds too. My home town, it'd only be a relatively short walk to get to them in town too.

Thanks Addlestone Keane Law, great way to help the international reputation of Leeds.. for fucks sake. This is going to go streisand effect, I just know it.

more than 3 years ago

UVB-76 Broadcasts New Voice Message

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:Google map it (560 comments)

I doubt that, from what I can tell this radio transmission uses AM high frequency. MF/HF (which are used by this and other typical radio broadcasts) won't travel that much through water. For communication with submarines VLF and ELF is used as it has decent penetration, plus because of the very low transmission rates (data rates) that can be achieved audio/voice transmission isn't possible so they have to rely on simple text messages.

See this as an example.

more than 4 years ago

Tensions Rise Between Gamers and Game Companies Over DRM

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:Is he bloody stupid? (447 comments)

The big names have treated the single player PC gamer rather well of late: Bioshock, Dragon Age, Fallout, Mass Effect, etc

Bioshock, console port. Fallout 3, console port. Dragon Age, console port. (Dragon Age is probably the only one that is on an equal footing, all the others are after thoughts) Mass Effect, console port, etc.

more than 4 years ago

Prince Says Internet Is Over

EvilMonkeySlayer Well... (450 comments)

Well, I guess that's that then.
Can whoever is last out turn off the lights as they leave?

more than 4 years ago

MPEG-LA Considering Patent Pool For VP8/WebM

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:On2 video patents (399 comments)

You assume On2 is a small dinky company, but it isn't. It's a part of Google now remember. I'm sure Google hold more than their fair share of patents too to turn this into a game of patent nuclear warfare.

$290 million is chump change? And that's just one of the cases MS lost. $290 million there, another couple of hundred here and it all adds up.

more than 4 years ago

MPEG-LA Considering Patent Pool For VP8/WebM

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:On2 video patents (399 comments)

That won't invalidate the patents though, after all how many millions has MS and various other large companies been paying out in court to small patent holding companies?

more than 4 years ago

MPEG-LA Considering Patent Pool For VP8/WebM

EvilMonkeySlayer On2 video patents (399 comments)

You know, On2 has been around a while now in the video codec game. I wonder how many patents they hold that MPEG-LA are violating with their video codecs. If MPEG-LA goes up against Google/On2 chances are they'll retaliate with patents that MPEG-LA is infringing upon.

I'm surprised no one has thought of this (at least all the news posts I've seen), that MPEG-LA may be opening themselves up to some pretty serious patent retaliation.

more than 4 years ago

Game Devs Only Use PhysX For the Money, Says AMD

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:Maybe (225 comments)

No, you're thinking of the Furry engine. It offers ultra realistic fur simulation, I hear it's quite popular with the Second Life crowd.

more than 4 years ago

New Call of Duty Titles Announced, Fired Devs Sue For Name

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:Might I suggest the title? (134 comments)

I prefer "Modern Lawfare" or "Call Of Jury".

Or you could combine.. "Call Of Jury: Modern Lawfare".

more than 4 years ago

HandBrake Abandons DivX As an Output Format

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:They don't like supporting it (619 comments)

If someone gave me a free paper (btw, in the UK there's a free paper called the Metro) and then proceeded to punch me in the eye or insulted me I'd be pretty entitled to call them douchey. Without being douchey myself.

about 5 years ago

Scientists Decry "Horrifying" UK Border Test Plan

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:PR (515 comments)


Also, you may as well just said..

The population of London is expected to drop below 50% White by 2012. Would you want to let that happen with your own capital?

Do you vote BNP/UKIP by any chance?

more than 5 years ago

Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

EvilMonkeySlayer If it is peaceful... (1032 comments)

Then you don't go building a uranium processing plant into a mountain.

There are only two reasons you want to build a uranium processing plant in a mountain:

A. It's bomb proof, in which case why are you worried about it getting bombed if it's purely for peaceful processes?
B. You're Dr. Evil.

I think we can safely say it's likely A, although I wouldn't rule out B with Ahmadinejad.

more than 5 years ago

Wolfenstein Being Recalled In Germany

EvilMonkeySlayer Re:Socially progressive... (625 comments)

Umm, the reason it exists is because as you may have heard Germany had a little bit of bother with nationalism around the 1930's and 1940's. It has nothing to do with social progressives and all to do with that early to mid 20th century problem.

Regardless of whether the German government is left, right or liberal that law would still exist.

more than 5 years ago



What security policy and processes do you use?

EvilMonkeySlayer EvilMonkeySlayer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

EvilMonkeySlayer (826044) writes "Recently we had a big multi-billion dollar four letter Japanese company install some very expensive software and hardware on our premises. Unfortunately the engineers who did the installing also brought a virus in and managed to install that onto their very expensive server.

Through processes i'd put in and a bit of luck the server that they installed was the only thing infected. I'd like to say this was the first time this has occurred but this has happened in the past where a third party who installed a piece of hardware has brought in a virus. I've got a decent security in depth set-up so much so that none of our machines has never been infected either through employees or cracking attempts on our public/private servers and workstations. However, it seems once every so often when we have a third party bring in their own server/machine that we've purchased they will inevitably infect said machine.

I have pressed managers in the past at our company to inform any engineers that they must pass any laptops, flash drives etc by me before connecting them up to our network or to another pc. However, they have typically neglected to inform them. Case in point an engineer decided to connect an infected flash drive to one of the workstations which is how I found out about the virus in the first place since the workstation AV blocked the virus and informed me immediately at which point I rushed over and forbid him from using it.

I have been talking to the company MD and he's talking of getting any engineers who come on site to sign a document stating that their computers are virus free etc.

I am wanting to literally make it very much clear to everyone and any third party that if they bring in a computer/flash drive it MUST pass by me first.

Unfortunately I can't always hold the hands of these engineers as I'm the only IT guy in the entire company, so often I may not be available or in a different part of one of our two buildings.

Also, the engineers installed a web server so customers can login remotely for the system. However, the web server is an older version of Apache (2.2.9) running on windows. I have forbidden this machine from having external access until in the words of the account manager for the four letter company "we're waiting to hear back from Japan because the software needs to be updated from them" which doesn't fill me with confidence especially for something that needs to be updated relatively frequently. (contractually wise me updating Apache on this windows server is in a grey area...)

What policy or methods do you guys use to enforce the rules?

I've talked of sending a very clear letter to all the managers from the MD that if they do not inform any third party that they must pass any computers/flash drives through me first that there will be serious consequences. (for example docking of wages, sacking etc)"

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Getting help reporting a security issue

EvilMonkeySlayer EvilMonkeySlayer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

EvilMonkeySlayer writes "I recently got provided a pre-configured router after signing up to an ISP. However, the router in question I have discovered to my chagrin has a number of security issues such as a weak password (since changed) and ports 21, 23 and 80 are open to external access. So anyone can attempt to login to the router remotely.

The ports in question cannot be closed from either the routers web interface nor via telnet (at the moment). I can go into the routers service selections and totally disable the routers ftp, http and telnet abilities thereby shutting off anyone from logging in however this would also disable my ability to login too.

I have been trying to get in contact with someone senior at the ISP in question but have been brick walled by their Indian tech support.

How can I report this serious issue and hopefully get a fix?

The ISP is Demon. The connection type is "Demon Business Broadband 8000" (ADSL2) and the router is the "Thomson Speedtouch 585v7".
I do have a fallback option, I do own a different router however with that router I can only connect to the line at half the speed of the Speedtouch."



Desktop Linux

EvilMonkeySlayer EvilMonkeySlayer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Had an interesting experience this week, I had some spare time at work and a spare hard drive. So I decided to give ubuntu and kubuntu a go outside of a virtual machine.

Desktop Linux has definitely come along but there are still some pretty big issues. Plus I came across some pretty glaring bugs. Like, for example.. don't install Ubuntu or Kubuntu with more than one monitor connected to your machine because it fucks things up.

On Ubuntu it got to loading the background image and that was it, I could move the mouse around but the installer window didn't appear. (oddly ctrl-alt-backspace or ctrl-alt-f1/f2 etc didn't work)

Similar with Kubuntu although after messing around I managed to get it installed but it consistently hangs after login.

I managed to get Ubuntu working after some messing around and after getting the nvidia driver got compiz up and working. The default extras is nice but the wobbly windows is quite possibly the worst default idea I have ever seen, wobbly windows are fucking horrible. Had to install the compiz config just so I could disable the bloody horrible things.

After getting my dual monitor setup working I came across another issue, 3d effects across dual monitors pretty much freezes up the display, I had to switch to console (ctrl-alt-f1) then back to the x display (alt-f7) to get it working. For example, the expo effect.. works perfectly fine on a single monitor, but the moment you enable a second monitor it fucks things up royally.

Also, on the KDE/Kubuntu front. I separately have a Kubuntu install in VMWare. Let me just say that getting rid of the concept of the desktop icon space and replacing them with the window/plasmoids thing is the worst idea in the history of bad ideas, there's a reason why MS and Apple use them in their desktop OS'. It's because its the best concept and it works. I see lots of potential in KDE, more than Gnome. But they really need to sort out their usability/interface issues. That has always been KDE's weakness all the way back to KDE 1. (yes, I've been using KDE that long)

I've said this one before, Gnome and KDE need to steal Apples concept of the .app.

Having a repository is all well and good but it will never be able to keep up or contain all the software around.

The app concept needs to be part and parcel nicked from Apple and there needs to be some kind of abstraction from the ABI with Gnome and KDE apps to prevent the apps from breaking every time the kernel changes the ABI. That way there could be some kind of guarantee of apps working without having to worry about binary interfaces etc.

Also, Gnome feels a lot smoother/better with a compositing engine. I also think whilst you should obviously have the compiz settings thing as an optional to install there should also be by default some kind of "personalise" button with simplistic options for the visual effects. Because people will not like some of the effects or will want to change basic things. (like disabling that horrible wobbly window effect)

This was on (K)Ubuntu 8.10.

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