* Posts by Pink Duck

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Would you trust crowd-sourced maps? Skobbler releases satnav app

Pink Duck
Meh

Speed limits?

It's worth pointing out that OpenStreetMap's coverage of speed limits is very much a work in progress. That significantly affects the routing decisions of satellite navigation using its data. Most of the time it works well enough, but there are roads that without tagging are presumed to be 60 mph but are likely a lower limit in reality.

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Apple's brilliant plan to fix iOS Maps: Get YOU to do it

Pink Duck
WTF?

Re: OpenStreetMap

For some reason Apple took the weird decision to only use years out of date OpenStreetMap data and then only use it partially.

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Santander's banking website craps out

Pink Duck

My favourite problem with Santander is the ever increasing page height in Firefox as they add div upon div to the page every second. Even though I pointed it out to them, twice, over a year I suspect that's still there.

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Ex-Nokia Siemens engineer admits eBaying nicked routers

Pink Duck

So, had he just locked his desktop like any sane employee then he’d have got away with it?

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Google to FCC: Protecting Street View coder didn't derail probe

Pink Duck

SSIDs?

Why bother with SSIDs when the MAC address is available and far more unique?

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Florida man 'fesses to naked Scarlett Johansson outrage

Pink Duck
Meh

Security reset?

Erm, shouldn’t resetting security on an account cause a new password to be in place and thus wouldn’t the celebritards notice fairly swiftly that something’s up?

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UK.gov holds summit to stop satnav-driven smash-ups

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Root cause

1. Map updates aren't free

2. Updates aren't available to older kit

3. Map reports take years to get fixed

Solution? Something that's free to use, quick to fix and non-proprietary. OpenStreetMap comes to mind, but there's still a few years to go before it has complete UK road network coverage.

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Adobe adds Flash sandboxing to Firefox

Pink Duck
Meh

A bit late?

Is it me or have the number of Flash security updates dropped off over the last few months?

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GCHQ code-breaking challenge cracked by Google search

Pink Duck

There was no backdoor, Google just spidered the links mentioned at http://lolhax.org/2011/12/03/can-you-crack-it/#more-114 (warning: contains answer and solution technique)

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Mozilla updates to Firefox 8, disables add-ons

Pink Duck
Holmes

Disappointingly this is not the version in which an official 64-bit release becomes available, as https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=471090 illustrates. Flash 64-bit? Check. Java 64-bit? Check. Performance gain? erm… Roll on 20th December (for Fx9).

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Google Maps API now costs $4 per 1,000 requests

Pink Duck

If only OpenStreetMap.org was up to the job.

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5 SECONDS to bypass an iPad 2 password

Pink Duck
Meh

Proof positive that Apple care about your security.

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Trusteer rebuffs bank security bypass claims

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Alert

Bigger Problems?

If an exploit can run as administrator surely there are bigger problems to be concerned about?

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Hero Ordnance Surveyors dodge bullets, tweet as they map

Pink Duck

Precision

Actually the modern OS GPS sticks have sub-millimeter precision using OS' own radio broadcast network of around 85 high frequency stations from known positions.

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BOFH: I'll get my bonus even if it kills, well, someone

Pink Duck

EFTS?

Can someone enlighten me?

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Phishing email used in serious RSA attack surfaces

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Alert

Makes you wonder

Whether Adobe are in it with the crooks.

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12% of UK don't carry cash

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Go

@mark 63

Contactless payment with no authorisation for transactions under £15 GBP means no inserting card into a specific slot, no typing in a PIN number followed by an entry key, probably quicker than cash too.

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Rogue character space tripped Scottish exam results

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FAIL

Fail Point

The real failure was the Scottish Qualifications Authority in providing dates as string format. What happens next time when SQA fills in the spreadsheet with a different date format? Presumably the person doing the import has been spoken to, and perhaps their import tool changed to warn of unexpected data rather than going ahead blindly with defaults.

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Defragger salesman frags HP

Pink Duck
FAIL

Caution

I advise a full system image clone before touching Diskeeper, due to fond memories of it corrupting NTFS’ Master File Table.

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PayPal teaches Androids to swap cash

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Ock

Another instance of 'Ok', which reads in my mind as 'Ock'. It should either be the word "Okay" or the short form "OK".

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MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

Pink Duck
Meh

Impressive

13 years of patches to XP and Microsoft still reckon it will need patching in 2014? Yet stopping the release of security patches via Windows Update will surely reduce the number of active exploits since there’ll be nothing to reverse-engineer.

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Fridge-sized war raygun for US bombers gets $40m

Pink Duck
Holmes

Curious

What happened to the $166,501 that would have otherwise meant a sum of $40 million USD? I suspect someone already has their yacht.

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Peugeot iOn e-car

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Stop

Makes me nervous

£500 per month for 48 months = £24,000 - but I can't help but foresee a technically superior vehicle with greater range and affordability coming to market within those same 4 years.

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Codemasters pulls website after hackers pwn customer database

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required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

Time for a new email address :(

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MP headshot sex rating site: Gentlemen prefer Tories

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Inline URL hyperlinking

A greasemonkey script at http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/29651 does just that for me :)

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2011 Ford Focus

Pink Duck
Alert

Dependence on technology?

I would prefer to see less fatal accidents as a result of drivers falling asleep or drifting into the path of oncoming traffic due to distraction. The technology aids are primarily there to enhance safety for those brief moments where they can make a worthwhile intervention.

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Average Brit has three mysterious keys

Pink Duck
Pint

2 keys too many

One for my car, one for my house - but I usually only ever carry one at a time.

I long for a future where my phone can provide access to house, transport and small payments for that magical key-less future.

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Adobe Reader browse-and-get-pwned 0day under attack

Pink Duck
FAIL

Grr, I've had enough

I've uninstalled Flash entirely (and disabled Chrome's built-in Flash too). Roll on Firefox 4 and WebM HTML5 codec support.

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Firefox 4 hits third beta stage, gets touchy-feely with Windows 7

Pink Duck
Boffin

Anything but IE

If you want start up speed go for Chrome. If you want standards then opt for Opera. If you want IE then see a clinical psychologist.

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Google's $124.6m open codec hits Chrome dev build

Pink Duck
Boffin

Really?

I'm not sure <60% market share counts as 'almost everyone' any more.

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Latest Chrome beta fastest ever - again

Pink Duck
Megaphone

It would be nice if...

javascript:alert(new Date().toLocaleString()) showed the date in my locale format, rather than the browser's country of origin.

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Firefox plans fix for decade-old browsing history leak

Pink Duck
WTF?

Hardly important

So JavaScript has to be injected in a page and then a list of predefined URLs used to establish the colouring assigned by the browser based on page history. That excludes capturing anything useful from the querystring and implies that there's already a script injection vulnerability, something of far greater significant in any case.

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Yes, Internet Explorer is on the wane in Europe

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Flame

Choice makes developers happy

Most users think IE is 'the internet', the blue E. Making them aware that other browsers exist is a good thing. It will certainly make people consider why they are using IE. Claiming that IE should continue to be used while also stating that systems don't work with IE8 is madness itself. If the vendors lock you in to IE but don't support the latest recommended release then should you be using those vendors at all? Is it really so hard to create web systems that make use of, erm, standards? Most credible developers have been coding to standards and then IE as an exception for quite some time. They hate that latter part, and lack of interoperability.

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Mozilla swats Firefox zero-day bug a week early

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Pleased

With the notification I got when running Firefox as standard user about the patch being available :)

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Germany warns surfers against Firefox

Pink Duck
Megaphone

Insecure browsing

As of right now IE8, Firefox 3.6 and Safari 4 are all insecure with solutions pending, according to Secunia. The worst potential of those is with Firefox so the German government is taking responsible action. Regardless, running your desktop with admin rights is asking for it.

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Think software patching is a hassle? You're not alone

Pink Duck
Go

Currently...

PSI locks the Flash ActiveX file while in use, which means that trying to patch Flash will fail to remove the previous file, which means that next time around PSI will report that a file is still insecure. So currently I downloaded the patches, then close fully, apply them, and reopen the application. If you close the application before the downloads complete then they are kindly terminated immediately. Improvements are most welcome.

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Firefox update takes down three critical flaws

Pink Duck
WTF?

Puzzled

v.3.6, released 21st January 2010

v.3.5.8, released 17th February 2010

For those who want to run 2 minor revisions behind?

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Westminster politicos told to grasp Vista nettle

Pink Duck
WTF?

Aren't they missing something?

So... Windows 2000 support is nearly over and there's this debate over Vista and Windows 7. Excuse me while I look confused why they aren't choosing XP SP3...

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OpenOffice 3.2 - now with less Microsoft envy

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Office 2007 > Office XP

I tried Office 2007, it left Outlook Express only able to spellcheck in French and Excel charting graphs were no longer able to use time for the x-axis. I reinstalled Office XP after that.

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MS update gives some XP boxes the Blue Screen

Pink Duck
IT Angle

Hm, which to do first... patch or back up?

Makes me think that perhaps I should perform that monthly backup before patching :) Either that or wait until the Friday for the ill effects of those critical patches to be discovered.

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WinAmp update fades out critical media player flaws

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An update that...

...shows a new, empty 'Jump to File' dialog window for me on start-up every now and then :)

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Adobe: critical Acrobat flaw fix 4 weeks away

Pink Duck
WTF?

Paranoia?

You don't have to be paranoid to use Foxit Reader. Just being fed up of the pathetically slow start-up speed of Adobe Reader is enough. Foxit patches problems quicker to boot!

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Firefox keeps Microsoft 'honest' on 5th birthday

Pink Duck
Grenade

Forced M$

I think Mozilla did push M$ into releasing a browser with near CSS 2.1 compatibility, so congratulations to them for inspiring that. Commiserations to the majority of the world still running IE6.

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BT call centre staff snaffle £45m lottery win

Pink Duck
Unhappy

Spare a thought...

...for the 637 million whose ticket returned nothing more than a £1.50 loss

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Tesla Roadster travels 313 miles on single charge

Pink Duck
Happy

Gone with the wind

A rather Northerly wind I suspect :)

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Windows 95 to Windows 7: How Microsoft lost its vision

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Progress

Such as Notepad still flickering wildly on resize in Windows 7.

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Home Office appoints ID czar

Pink Duck
Stop

Silly

So, so pointless when the next government will scrap the role.

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Microsoft pulls Windows 7 balloons from Euro 'launch parties'

Pink Duck
Coat

Curtains

I particularly like how the UK version has been colourised more effectively and how the distasteful curtain pattern has been sorted out :)

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McAfee false alert snares innocent JavaScript files

Pink Duck
Coat

Packed Script

My site at http://regionaltraffic.co.uk/ uses packed script, because that's a 57 kB hit compared to 165 kB for the unpacked source. I'll take the time and bandwidth savings over the failings of AV companies any day :)

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