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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Gumbercules!! Re:I can see it coming . . . (176 comments)

Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, and Bing will, though.

Ok, true - so about 6 people will still be able to find their stuff. ;-)

about a week ago
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Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

Gumbercules!! Re:LOTRO clone, but with more bugs (91 comments)

^^ This.

The interface is terrible. It's a very clear console port. For the first time in a BioWare game, the interface with kb+mouse is completely different and pretty universally regarded as worse. I can live with it, though. The constant crashing, on the other hand...

about two weeks ago
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Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

Gumbercules!! Re:Slashvertisment (91 comments)

I have say, I've only played the game for say 12 -14 hours so far but the gameplay is very different to anything I've played for that long, before. For example, most other games I play don't involve constant freezing, crash to desktop and full reboots every hours or so, to allow gameplay to continue. Judging by the hundreds and hundreds of people complaining of the same thing, on their own forums, I know I am not alone. A very different direction to take games in, indeed!

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Gumbercules!! Skipping version 9 and going straight to ten (644 comments)

I assume they saw how well skipping version numbers and going straight to ten worked out for Blackberry and wanted in on that action!

about 3 months ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Gumbercules!! Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (153 comments)

Which is exactly what I thought, the second I read it. A perfect way to insert yourself in the middle of other people's privileged communications. There is no way in fuck this can't be exploited. Fake certs, sslsniff and I guarantee you we're going to find a whole new realm of exploits, with this.

I wonder what it says about people like you and me that everyone else posting sees a wonderful opportunity for better networks and we see an obvious security risk? :-P

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Gumbercules!! Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

I actually have one - and (feel free to check my comment history on this) - I'm a long time Android fan (including running a pro-Android blog). I just got a bit bored and wanted to play with something else - also I finally cracked the shits at the lag on my Android.

Will my next phone be Windows Phone (or Windows or whatever)? Probably not - I'll probably go back to Android - but I won't rule out staying on Windows. I've promised myself to give it a genuine go. So far, it's only been a month and it's been not bad. Not great but not bad, either. The phone is like 85% of the way there - but that final 15% matters and it's a nuisance. Apps are poorly covered and there's lots of stupid querks, such as all the eBook readers need the eBooks in One Drive, not the local disk, which is annoying when you're on a slow link. And you absolutely cannot download from the store if a file is bigger than 50mb unless you're on wifi. This is a hard coded OS fact - not an option. But my wifi is hooked up to my DSL and in Australia, DSL is slow as hell and 4g is fast. So that's annoying as shit, too. Lots of things like that are annoying but overall, I am working on it (it's a Nokia 930 btw). The camera is beautiful and the build quality is great (I'm used to Samsung, mind you). Still... those Moto X's are looking pretty nice and I'm really missing my Google Maps.

We'll see where I go in a few months time.

about 3 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Gumbercules!! Re:Jurassic Park (701 comments)

Yep - my vote here, too.

about 5 months ago
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Australian Website Waits Three Years To Inform Customers of Data Breach

Gumbercules!! Bloody Wonderful! (35 comments)

I've used that site, too...

Not only did they take eternity to fess up but I found out about it via Slashdot - not from them. I have the same email address as 3 years ago, so I don't see why they couldn't have sent me an email??

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

Gumbercules!! It's not the worst idea (365 comments)

I actually did switch from a 2011 Macbook Air (the dual core 2GB RAM, 13" model) to a Surface Pro 1, a little while before the Surface Pro 2 came out. Why? Because, through gradual changes in my client base and their worlds, I found myself spending more and more time in powershell, Hyper-V management and other purely Microsoft centric tasks. So I ended up Bootcamping my MBA to Windows 8 (required for Hyper-V 2012+ management), so it was now basically a PC, anyway. Then, once a guy next to me got a DynaDock with his Surface Pro, I realised I could dock it to a couple of nice, big monitors and keyboard and mouse and it's frankly more powerful than my 2011 MBA was.

So I sold my MBA on eBay (at almost as much as I paid for it, amazingly - incredible resale value) and switched to the SP1, which I am still using. I have pre-ordered a SP3, in fact, because I have been so happy with it (we don't get the Surface Pro 3 in Australia until September). It's smaller, lighter, faster and better suited to my current working life. I also love the pen, as I now spend about 40% of my week in meetings.

So overall, I don't think this is a bad thing - I just don't expect it to get heavily taken up. I think most MBA and MBP users will prefer to stick with what they have. The trust is, I use my Surface Pro like a desktop or a notepad (a literal, paper notepad, not a laptop notepad). I basically never use it as an actual laptop unless I have no alternative but then again, I pretty much hate all laptops, compared to the desktop experience.

about 6 months ago
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IPMI Protocol Vulnerabilities Have Long Shelf Life

Gumbercules!! Re:Is IPMI enabled? (62 comments)

Oh sorry, forgot to say, yes, it's easy to find all IPMI devices on your network. Please take a look at: ftp://ftp.supermicro.com/utili... - you can download the IPMIView tool from there, which will find all IPMI devices on your LAN. The default password and username for all Supermicro IPMI is ADMIN and ADMIN, so, of course, super secure.

about 6 months ago
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IPMI Protocol Vulnerabilities Have Long Shelf Life

Gumbercules!! Re:Is IPMI enabled? (62 comments)

The majority of IPMI would be enabled by default, yes - however the majority (not all, some are virtual IPMI) are on dedicated NICs - usually labelled management interface or port or something. They're not usable as a normal NIC (although as mentioned above, yes, some are virtual and share an onboard NIC). As such, you're best putting them in a different VLAN. We use differently coloured network cables for them, too, in our datacentre, so there's no confusion. They're in a different VLAN, on a different switch (makes sense to use a different switch as IPMI is usually 100mbit and not worth wasting space on expensive switches for) and only a handful of machines can see that network, which, frankly, if those machines got compromised, we'd be f*cked anyway (domain controllers, etc).

The default config for a Supermicro (which is what I use) is the IPMI is enabled and set to DHCP, so if you left it like that, yes, everyone on your network would probably be able to find it.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

Gumbercules!! "It depends" (589 comments)

I guess it depends on what you're doing, doesn't it? If you're trying to provide Microsoft Sharepoint access to Microsoft Office documents to users or Microsoft Exchange email access, then, yes, it probably is cheaper and quicker to do it with Microsoft stuff. It's a pretty ludicrous claim to say that the TCO of Linux is higher than Microsoft unless you are also clear about what your company expects your IT to do... If you're just trying to use Linux to emulate Windows, then of course that's probably a waste of time and resources.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability

Gumbercules!! Re: In other news ... (152 comments)

$client = new-object System.Net.WebClient
$client.DownloadFile( $url, $path )

Probably works on Powershell 2 however I think it requires the .NET framework installed. Powershell wasn't that good until later versions. I have to say, current versions are actually extraordinarily powerful, when working with other Microsoft technologies, like Hyper-V or Exchange but the early versions were no reason to leave VBScript.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability

Gumbercules!! Re: In other news ... (152 comments)

Ha! I'd give you mod points for that if I could. That's the first time I have ever tried to post using the new Beta interface on a mobile and it munted the link badly.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh849901.aspx is the link.

That requires powershell 3. Prior to that you could use: System.Net.WebClient but the Invoke-WebRequest is far easier.

about 8 months ago
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Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

Gumbercules!! Seems legit (406 comments)

So Apple want $40 a phone for a few cosmetic and convenient things they were the first to bring to market, like tapping a number or bounceback when you over scroll - but they baulk at paying $2 a phone for stuff that *makes the phone actually work* like 3G/4G, WIFI, etc. etc. How the hell is that ok? And if you want to say those 3G patents Samsung hold are FRAND and essential for phones, fine - but Apple still wasn't even paying the FRAND amount. So why can't Apple's innovations be considered essential and ubiquitous to normal mobile phones, now and also be forced to be reasonable??

about 9 months ago
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Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

Gumbercules!! Thanks (148 comments)

Genuine thanks. I have one of these models in my office, where there's just a couple of us. Never even thought about it, as we don't use it for anything other than establishing PPPoE on ADSL. Turns out we had those features all turned on, too. No disks attached - but still.

about 10 months ago
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DARPA Training Cadets and Midshipmen As Cyber Warriors

Gumbercules!! Yeah this sounds totally efficient. (65 comments)

Or... they could just not build insecure systems directly connected to the internet?

Ok, ok, I know that nothing is ever totally safe and the Natanz reactor in Iran was hacked without being connected to the internet but surely, better design, better systems management and better monitoring, etc, would reduce the need for such an astronomical number of heads, just sitting in a chair all day watching logs or looking for bugs in code? And you can be quite sure some idiot will still run an out of date flash or java on their IE browser and plenty of small areas will still get subcontractors in to manage domains, scripts, small programs etc and they'll be under the radar.

Sounds like the modern equivalent of the industrial revolution - just pay a huge number of plebs to do menial tasks. Somehow I doubt this will stop a bugged monitor cable, supplied by the NSA, from doing what it does.

about 10 months ago

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Australian's premier group, CSIRO, apologises for lack of research into dragons

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  about a year ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "The Australian federally funded research group, the CSIRO (the people who brought you wifi, among many other inventions) has apologised on their blog for the lack of research into dragons, after a seven year old girl wrote to them, asking for a pet dragon for Christmas.

While this is obviously a tongue in check response, it's still pretty nice to see a serious scientific research organisation making time to brighten people's worlds in small ways and being able to have a little fun."

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Microsoft bought Nokia to stop Android based Lumias

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  about a year ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "It’s long been assumed that Nokia was on its last legs in any case, although there was some positive news of late, with strong growth in the last quarter and positive sales figures for the first time in years. None the less, a Microsoft take-over was always a definite option on the horizon – something probably only held off this long because Microsoft didn’t want to scare off other OEMs. Given the waning desire from the Asian OEMs, however, Microsoft’s options were becoming very limited.

However new information has come to light, indicating that Nokia was very close to moving to Android – so close, in fact, that Microsoft seemingly had to buy them out or lose virtually their entire market share (currently around 5%) overnight. According to the New York Times, development and testing of Android on the Lumia range of handsets was so advanced that the team responsible for it already had stable and ready to go units."

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Samsung testing 5G phones with 1gbps download speed

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "While many smartphone users are still on 3G and are still waiting for 4G to be available, Samsung is now testing 5G networks, capable of getting speeds up to 1gbps. Obviously, we're years away from seeing these in the wild but it's still an amazing improvement over what many people are experiencing now. Even 4G networks tend to max out around 30mbps (with a theoretical maximum of about 75mbps).

What do you think the key uses for these kinds of speed would be, in a hand held device?"

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Blackberry sells 1 million units to a single buyer

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "At the end of each quarter, investors eagerly await the sales figures for the last three months and probably no company (with the possible exception of Nokia) will be so closely watched this quarter as Blackberry. This quarter has seen the release of what many consider to be their last throw of the dice – the Blackberry 10 range introductory range of handsets and poor sales figures could portent a very difficult time ahead.

So with that in mind, it’s “odd”, in the least, that suddenly someone would suddenly step forward and buy a full and exact million handsets – and Blackberry won’t tell us who. Blackberry is touting this as a huge vote of confidence in their brand – however if someone is so amazingly confident in Blackberry, why do they need to remain secret?"

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Why the Chromebook Pixel and the Nexus 7 have Apple scared

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "Google is getting good at what Apple does much faster than Apple is getting good at what Google does — and a lot of people are starting to notice it. The Chromebook Pixel's build quality and design aspect is just another recent example of this: comparing the popularity and reviews of the latest ranges of Nexus devices to Apple's forays into web services like Maps or Siri (vs Google Now) are just further examples. The reason is simple: you can't catch up with Google's back catalogue of information anywhere near as quickly as you can hire a couple of Johnny Ive-like designers."
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The hypocrisy behind Microsoft's Scroogled campaign

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gumbercules!! writes "Microsoft has spent an significant amount of effort in recent years "playing the man and not the ball", so to speak. From FUD about Linux to Gmail-Man and now Scroogled, Microsoft seems more intent on finding fault in more popular services than in competing on their own merits. However with the latest attack on Google's Gmail, www.scroogled.com, Microsoft should perhaps be looking in their own backyard first. With it recently coming to light that Microsoft are doing the exact same thing they accuse Gmail of (reading your private information to serve ads), with voice calls in Skype."
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Nokia and RIM might be close to making their last stands

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gumbercules!! writes "As RIM & Nokia burn through cash reserves, sell assets and lay off staff, how much longer until one or both fall?

RIM, like Nokia, was far too slow to notice the mobile marketplace changing around them. Both companies were dominant in their space and this lead to complacency and arrogance about the impact the iPhone would have on their world.

With both Google and Apple using strong and propriety ecosystems to keep customers engaged, existing customers will be hesitant to jump ship to a new and largely unproven app ecosystem."

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Is the HTC – Apple deal a good thing for Android?

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "On the face of things, this does appear to be good news – Apple has actually agreed to step down from DEFCON 1 with an Android vendor. The more you look at this situation, however, the more likely it appears to be a move by both companies, HTC and Apple, on Samsung and by extension, Google and Android itself. Overall, this move is a massive win for Apple and more than likely quite a loss for Android."
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Why Eric Schmidt is wrong about Microsoft not mattering anymore

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "Eric Schmidt said he believes there is a “Gang of Four” technology platform leaders — Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook — Microsoft isn't one of them. Here's an article I wrote about why I believe he's wrong and what it might say about Google's weaknesses."
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Almost 50% of US smartphones Android

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "Android's phenomenal rise continues, with 49% of the US market and 35% of the World phone market (200% year on year growth — meaning they're now well ahead of iPhone and growing much faster, as well). How long before developers start to put more emphases on Android than iOS?"
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SEO Challenge is on at Rustylime

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "Rustylime is running a challenge for Web Experts to prove their mettle in an SEO challenge. The idea is that "RL SEO Challenge offers budding (and professional) web developers, coders and enthusiasts the chance to show the whole World just how good they are, by getting a website ranked higher than anyone else's, on Google's search results". The site provides a fictitious product to be advertised and more detailed rules in the parent article."
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Interview with Uwe Boll

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gumbercules!! writes "In the wake of Uwe Boll's announcement that he will quite the business forever, if 1 million people sign a petition asking him to do so, RustyLime has scored a short (he only allowed 5 questions) interview with the man.
In it, Uwe Boll says his greatest mistake was using Tara Reid in "Alone in the Dark" and that people shouldn't judge him as a director until they see Postal, his latest movie. Uwe also explains why he has chosen to make movie about computer games, and discusses the pitfalls for anyone else who plans to do the same."

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Genuine offer to hack my computer

Gumbercules!! Gumbercules!! writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gumbercules!! writes "This is a genuine, most definitely one time only offer to attempt to tell me the root password to my own computer. You see, I am shutting down my ADSL account in a day and a half and before it goes, I thought it would be fun to see if the box that's kept me online since 2001 is really all that secure. The full story is located at http://www.rustylime.com/show_article.php?id=945. Unfortunately, you only have until the 1st of November 2007 to break the password before the account is terminated."
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