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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:wont last (269 comments)

Simply "save as" the HTML and then modify to your heart's desire.

You don't even need to work that hard - just press F12 and edit the live page and print! I can't believe how dumb Walmart are... or maybe I can.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Please put down your weapon. (138 comments)

Four... three... two... one... I am now authorized to use physical force!

More like:
K5: You have 20 seconds to comply.
K5: You have 19 seconds to comply.
K5: You have 1 hour 48 minutes and 34 seconds to comply.
K5: You have 4 minutes to comply.
K5: You have 29 days, 6 hours and 13 minutes to comply.

2 days ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

Zaiff Urgulbunger Last time I looked, Ubuntu does something similar (326 comments)

I've not checked if things have changed, but I seem to recall that Ubuntu only enable TRIM on known good drives. The reason being that there were a number of problematic drives that would result in data-loss if TRIM was used.

So.... maybe Apple are being cautious?

about a week ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Amazing (188 comments)

How did they know the harpoons would be able to remain lodged in the target?

Like moons are made from cheese, comets are made of whale-meat.

about two weeks ago
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Eben Upton Explains the Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Web server (107 comments)

I use mine primarily as a wireless router, but also as a Transmission bit-torrent client, and there's also Apache and NodeJS running albeit not dealing with much traffic. Oh, and it's doing DNS duties too. My record uptime is almost 200 days... I decided to power it down before going on holiday!

Funny the things you notice running slow though - for me, it's how slow PHP syntax highlighting is in Vim. JS is fine, but with PHP you really notice it lagging.

about two weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Could have been worse (236 comments)

I know it's not really a fair comparison, but it is interesting that MS have now released a freemium tablet/touch version of Office for iOS and Android, but not for Windows 8. Obviously, it does make sense for MS to produce iOS and Android versions first since Win8 does already have the full desktop version, and there really aren't that many Win8 tablet users (relatively speaking)... but on the other hand, how much market share does Surface need? The Surface 3's are solid machines, but they're unlikely to win on price-point over Android or on desirability (at least to consumers) over iPads. So MS *really* needs businesses to buy in to Surface. If they don't... then that'll be that I guess?

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:I would never give Home Depot my address... (99 comments)

always use an address like yourid+companyname-year@example.com.

You don't think spammers can learn to strip out the characters between the + and the @ ? If I was a spammer, I'd do that automatically. Hell, I'd probably keep the original, but also create the stripped version, and then spam them both.

I have my own domain, and my personal email goes to a traditional firstname.lastname@domain.tld, but when I sign up for anything, I'd prefer to use a unique address, so I have a prefix for such things, let's call it "xyz" and then +supplier-name, so xyz+amazon@domain.tld. When I sign up for something, I add a white-list entry for that address. Anything not white-listed (e.g. xyz-foobar) goes straight to spam.

I *do* forget to add white-list entries sometimes, but that's fine because I do check and manually clear my spam. If anything is in spam, I know to be extra cautious.

Anyone removing the plus from one of my email addresses won't get anywhere because it won't be a valid address. Anyone replacing the bit after the plus with something random will end up in the spam bin, so I'll be more likely to spot.

The only snag is the bit after the plus does tend to be obvious, e.g. "amazon", so I prolly should use something a bit non-guessable. But in practise, spammers aren't being that clever so it's not been a problem for me.... thus far at least!

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:I would never give Home Depot my address... (99 comments)

It's staggering just how many websites don't allow plus-addresses. In the UK alone, I have these on my plus-address shit-list:

  • carphonewarehouse.com
  • ebuyer.com
  • novatech.co.uk
  • whsmith.co.uk
  • racbenefits.co.uk
  • parking-quote.co.uk (APH Airport parking)

And a load of smaller sites that I can make exceptions for 'cos they're small businesses and all... but that said, their web-devs are still crap.

I keep meaning to build a plus-address name and shame website just to highlight the amount of derpy devs there are.

about two weeks ago
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LG's 0.7mm Smartphone Bezel Is World's Narrowest

Zaiff Urgulbunger Can only display peppers (63 comments)

It's limited to displaying peppers though. If you like viewing your peppers with hardly any bezel, then this is your lucky day!

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Appropriate Place For Free / Open Source Software Artifacts?

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Think About the Children... (46 comments)

I can't help thinking, that just for the comedic value, it would be worth having a box full of AOL CD's just so you (and by you I mean *I*) could prank mail them to someone. Everyday. For a year! Oh the fun!!

about three weeks ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:If they put a stick on it (443 comments)

and launched it from a giant bottle, they wouldn't have this problem.

Ironically, if you look at the initial explosion and then follow on explosions, you can see quite clearly that the cargo being delivered was in fact fireworks!

about a month ago
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Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Riight (226 comments)

Wasn't unity supposed to be really relevant and outlast other similar products?

The hilarious thing is that XFCE seems to have come on in leaps and bounds and is probably better than Gnome 2 was when Ubuntu used it, and than Unity is now! (IMHO that is)

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:MS qubits (39 comments)

But Balmer is no longer in a superposition. Satya Nadella got that job!

about a month and a half ago
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Biofeedback Used To Make People Anxious

Zaiff Urgulbunger Sensors being added to devices (33 comments)

Makes me wonder if having all these heart rate monitors, and other sensors being added to consumer kit that is also connected to advertising networks is really such a good idea.

about a month and a half ago
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Building a Honeypot To Observe Shellshock Attacks In the Real World

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Article was low in details (41 comments)

The article sounds like it was written by somebody who's never heard of "computer security" and is trying to wrap his head around basic concepts.

And also someone who is presumably not running any web-servers - otherwise they'd only need to check their own web logs. I've got hosting with Bytemark and DigitalOcean and both have had a hand full shellshock attempts amongst all the usual PHP/WordPress/MySQLAdmin/whatever attempts.

The only very moderately interesting thing I've noticed is that Shellshock attempts seem to only by IP address and not by host (I'm hosting multiple websites per VM), so presumably most shellshock-bots are just sweeping IP ranges rather than using a list of known hosts.

about 2 months ago
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From the Maker of Arduboy: Tetris On a Bracelet

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Meh. (15 comments)

It's a little computer on a project board. Nice community college electronics course project, but front page Slashdot?

In fairness, the guy has done a really really neat job. I was expecting something humongous, ugly, and utterly impractical* as a watch. Also, the graphic effects (TE TR IS scrolling in opposite directions and the way the vertical lines gradually appear) is kind of neat too. It's generally got a nice aesthetic!

*Yeah, for certain measures of practical... but it is at least the right size, weight, thickness!

about 2 months ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:quality reporting! 16.7 addresses! (236 comments)

priceless excerpt: |The US DoD network in question is the 215.0.0.0/8 range, with approximately 16.7 addresses."

They're still using IPv2.1 - and it's maxed out!

about 2 months ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:The opinion of an ignorant (494 comments)

The problem for Scotland is they get screwed by the government based in London on a regular basis. It's always worse with the current lot in power (Tories). The only way they can be sure that will never happen again is by becoming independent.

Why, are you not going to have anyone in power? Or do you believe that having Scottish people in power will prevent Scottish people getting screwed?

I'm not saying that you shouldn't want desire independence, and keeping the existing system is best, but I'm concerned that because you've used the words "Tories" and "London", that you may be letting your heart make decisions.

The words "Tories", "Thatcher", "London" and "Westminster" have been consistently used by the Yes campaign to rally support. I think it's worth being rational and accept that who ever is in power is probably a total c*nt! :D

about 2 months ago

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Classic BBC sci-fi series Blake's 7 to return on Syfy channel

Zaiff Urgulbunger Zaiff Urgulbunger writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Zaiff Urgulbunger (591514) writes "According to the BBC, "Cult classic sci-fi series Blake's 7 is to be remade for the Syfy network, it has been announced.

FremantleMedia International said 13 hour-long episodes will be written by Heroes writer Joe Pokaski."


Here's hoping the special effects budget will be higher than for the original series! Also, hoping that the Liberator is of similar design and includes Zen — the ships computer."
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Google introduces Chrome OS

Zaiff Urgulbunger Zaiff Urgulbunger writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Zaiff Urgulbunger (591514) writes "After years of speculation, Google has announced the Google Chrome OS which should be available mid-2010. Initially targeting netbooks, it's main unique selling points are speed, simplicity and security — which kind of implies that the current No.1 OS doesn't deliver in these areas!
The Chrome OS will run on both x86 and ARM architectures, uses a Linux kernel with a new windowing system. According to Google, "For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform."
Google say that this new OS is separate from Android as the latter was designed for mobile phones and set-top boxes, whereas Chrome OS is designed "for people who spend most of their time on the web".
In other news, chair sellers in Redmond are expecting an increase in sales."

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