* Posts by rob miller

23 posts • joined 7 Nov 2007

Apple abruptly axes Aperture ... Adobe anxiously awaits arrivals

rob miller

cloud crap with iOS integration no doubt

Presumably this will solve the problem of having all sorts of metadata and album organisation manually done on iPads (thanks wifey) and then not being able to access that effort anywhere else on the system where the photos are available.

I really only use Aperture for photo management so suppose I don't mind if they can make some improvements there, but the apparent plan for me to rent 150gigs on Apple's servers for the rest of my life to access the family photo archive is a total non-starter.

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

rob miller

pot kettle black

"I just think that one of the fundamental prerequisites for being in the cloud business is you must offer services that people trust,"

because corporations are so much more trustworthy than governments.

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Microsoft to Australian government: our kit has no back doors

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I just can't help it....

"They would say that, wouldn't they?"

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United Nations launches fleet of surveillance drone patrols

rob miller
Big Brother

"One can observe the ...

war crimes, documented and video waiting for you at the Hague.

So many other possibilities as well, of course. Factor in those Google robots next?

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Did Google's Waze gobble run rivals off the road? UK watchdog starts probe

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adverts already

I have been using Waze for a while, but over the weekend it popped up a notice about a nearby Nissan dealership and would I like to drive there. Time to start looking for alternatives...

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Ten USB 3.0 HDD enclosures

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Re: ISOs and rugged

the ve300 looked quite tasty to me as well, but my research reveals....

- not actually available in the uk other than some spendy import sources (for £25 all I find are the ve200 usb 2 version)

- comments on newegg (worth a read) suggest its not all -that- robust, but the issue may actually be the mini-usb-3 connectoors which seem to be the source of trouble on other devices as well.

- it needs an ntfs formatted drive (fat32 / exfat appears to need a different firmware) and all windows tools, so not totally usable for linux / os x.

- yumi looks pretty good too... GPL-2, all that nice source code, Windows executable for ntfs or fat32 filesystems, mmmm. It's like convergent evolution....

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Skype launches in-call ads

rob miller
Black Helicopters

contextual to my conversation

indeed. guess this confirms that the NSA/CIA/XXX got their skype wiretap when MS bought them - but we did know that anyway. this just shows that MS has the contract for all the speech-to-text processing as well.

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2,500 copycat hack attempts on abortion provider site – report

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difficult to evaluate...

Hands up anyone who's ever worked for an ISP or manages a server with a public IP? "1,000's of hack attempts" on any public site doesn't actually seem worthy of a news report, let alone raising an eyebrow.

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Apple opens iCloud to world+dog

rob miller
Gimp

Luddites.

You're just not appreciating the efficiency gains available here. Not only do you no longer have to hassle with your crappy backup and security plans, but all that time you waste shopping can just disappear because we'll be able to provide you with just the advertisements you want to see for the products you need, based on your personal information. None of that computer generated noise either, we will provide personal confidantes who will know and understand your deepest desires based on a holistic understanding of the documents and data of your life. Eventually we'll be launching the iGet system, which will stream exciting products straight to you without you even bothering to ask. In the new lifestyle you will become one with the product space, as you work, produce and receive in harmony with the cloud -- and no longer have to interact with those dirty, disgusting people in your local community.

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New Sony hack exposes more consumer passwords

rob miller
Holmes

let's just review...

Let's just recall briefly what Sony did to piss people off so much. They sold the Playstation 3 with nice compute hardware and encouraged owners to install alternate OS's (Linux) on the device. Lots used this functionality, including for scientific research which Sony was happy to brag about in their publicity. Then they took the feature away in a system upgrade ('optional', the alternative being no more use as a gaming system). Some of their customers tried legal recourse by suing them, but were rebuffed when the judge said Sony never promised to keep the OtherOS functionality ('WTF' indeed...). Amazingly enough, some owners remained dissatisfied and worked out how to circumvent the DRM and restore the ability to run Linux. So Sony brought suit against these customers, but that failed because of jurisdictional issues (and nothing about people being able use hardware they own as they please).

So every day now bright, motivated coders wake up and look at this hardware, and remember this story. They also remember spousal unit using it as yet another example of money wasted on technology that didn't work out. Probably they don't get that same feeling of enjoyment any more using it for games or Linux (unless maybe it is contributing to another successful attack against Sony). For some this will have been 4-figure ($ or £) investments in hardware plus even more in time spent coding the system.

None of this condones vigilante (cyber) attacks or the theft of private data from individuals with no input to the situation anyway, but my guess is there's still a lot of people out there who feel Sony's punishment hasn't yet balanced the personal pain they inflicted. Clearly most of the news industry can't seem to include any of this in their reports, but I continue to wonder if this is understood at all in Sony's boardroom.

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Source code leaked for pricey ZeuS crimeware kit

rob miller

nah...

the developers probably just had an epiphany and now see the obvious benefits of open source development. depending on the licensing of course (haven't gone looking for it on sourceforge yet), they could just hoover up the best improvements into their premium version as you say.

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Dear Google and Facebook: You don't want Skype

rob miller
Headmaster

point of order

"in the hopes you won't be too pissed when they call during dinner hours."

is that the English pissed = American 'drunk' or the American pissed = English 'pissed off'?

either way works of course....

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Apple fanbois leak secrets of Mac OS X Lion

rob miller
Big Brother

no TRIM for you sir...

so far TRIM support only appears for drives sold by apple -- reports from OCZ forums so far are 3rd party drives e.g. Vertex2 not shown to have TRIM support, while apple-supplied SSD in same machine has it. that tag looks reasonably generic from linux, so seems that apple have gone the extra mile to protect you by checking a safety list of ble$$ed models/vendors. well now, isn't that special?

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Samsung intros 10in Android tablet

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full print size photography

actually when I lust after a tablet, the lack of a high res (hopefully good quality) back-facing camera is the first thing that cuts a model from my list of consideration. perhaps it is my 30-odd years of serious photo experience that again sets me apart from the norm, but being able to see the full-size image in my hands AS I take the photo -- and then manipulating it with my fingers just like in the darkroom days -- that's my killer app.

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We probe the Google anti-trust probe. Vigorously

rob miller
FAIL

not a level playing field...

Seems certain that it's not a 'level playing field' and more could be done, but...

white lists: these would be sites that google trusts not to spam; who is easiest for them to put on that list? sure, depends on your definition but...

"Unique monthly US visitors to Google Maps and MapQuest" : well, yes, looks like the graph crosses about the same time I started using google maps more than streetmaps uk because yes it was already on the page

"When Google points to video with Universal Search, for instance, a vast majority comes from YouTube" : sorry, where the f else are you expecting to find video these days?

crikey people, too many of these are too easy to knock down with the 'algorithmic' argument. hope you're better in court.

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Our PARIS becomes GLOBAL MEDIA SENSATION

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bbc world in nigeria

yeah, just the beeb worldwide -- but good to see the vulture on the wingtips here even if they didn't give the deserved credit.

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RIM opens its PlayBook – tablets clearly set for dominance

rob miller

perfectly capable of replacing some desktop PCs...

A sad bit looking back is that many of us with Nokia Internet Tablets - N700/N8x0/N9?? - have seen this for years. The form factor and weight issues described for the iPad are all accurate drawbacks and the 'correct' device is still waiting to be made from those long promised flexible displays. Nokia either missed completely or didn't have/apply the resources to figure out the app store or the kind of 'systems integration' RIM can do, and at least for Maemo development I only had to install an albeit less-polished VM instead of buying a Mac Mini, but they did have the devices in their stable early on.

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Cops raid Gizmodo editor in pursuit of iPhone 4G 'felony'

rob miller

theft charge still sounds a bit flakey...

"So the guy eyes a scoop and the phone takes a bit of a round trip before being returned to the aloof *owner*?"

Guy finds phone, works out what it is. Does he rifle through all the personal data on it to find owner? Haven't actually read that as a confirmed fact anywhere, and Facebook app to facebook page sounds a bit tenuous esp. on a lab toy. Was the person in possession of the phone the owner? Apple Dev Prototype, probably Apple would not think so... Give it to the bartender ? hmmmm, maybe but will s/he understand the significance of the item as the finder has and really make sure it gets where it should? And what was the person carrying it doing with it outside of Apple Labs anyway? Definitely the one who dropped it will be freaking out if they borrowed it against the rules, so what to do? Really, seems like this is Apple's toy...

Ok, call Apple ... "piss off mate, doesn't sound like one of ours. No, you can't talk to Steve about it.. <click>."

F it, this seems like a big deal, but can't find the right people to listen, and gotta get back to work.. Tech blogs oughta care... hmmm, Endg might be interested, but Gizm will give $5000 finders fee and take over returning to the right people for sure. sorted.

So Gizm does go through the personal data, does call the guy, does get referred to Apple legal, does say "how do we know its really yours, please put that in writing", does return the phone.

Disassembled, photographed, reassembled, spread photos all over the web while in their possession? Yes, but law doesn't appear to mention that, looks like gotta give it back in ostensibly the same condition as found. Law doesn't appear to say "get it back to the owner in the smartest, most efficient way possible and don't be assholes about it or take advantage of the situation while you're at it".

Corporate secrets issues and journalistic options around that as mentioned are some other question, but nowhere does anyone seem to say that Gizm intended to keep the device from the rightful owner(s).

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Google auto-alerts Gmailers to suspicious log-ins

rob miller

not active yet for uk accounts?

doesn't seem to be concerned that my recent activity log indicates that I IMAP'd 9 minutes ago from Nigeria (mobile gprs, my physical location) and 7 minutes ago from US, POP3'd 1 minute ago from US (my pc; funny, whois correctly gets that 'US' IP as my German satellite provider), and via Browser 0 minutes ago from UK (http proxy on my pc). Didn't bother to wipe cookies on phone or pc, but historical evidence of a connection doesn't mean it is valid.

can't wait for them to implement the "we have auto-disabled your account" feature based on this....

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Aussie anti-censor attacks strafe gov websites

rob miller

but who's doing it?

"a relatively low 16.84 Mbps. By comparison, one in five service providers reported botnet-fueled attacks that in the 1-4 Gps range last year, with the worst attack hitting 49 Gbps"

The notable point being that this particular one was presumably done by lots of pissed off individual amateur (D)DOS'ers, not the experts herding botnets. Democracy in action?

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Google 'experiment' crossbreeds Python with C++

rob miller
Go

but cathedral doors still partly closed...

uber-geek publication The Washington Post helpfully writes:

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To get things started the right way, here's Go's rendition of Hello World!:

05 package main07 import fmt "fmt"//Package implementing formatted I/O.09 func main() { 10 fmt.Printf("Hello, world; or ???????? ?????; or ????? ??n"); 11 }

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Must get right on to learning that one....

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Google cheers anti-Comcast legislation

rob miller

don't quite see the bittorrent part?

the fragment of the bill presented says don't discriminate on 'source, ownership or destination'. I read that as e.g. not allowed to prioritise comcast-proprietary voip traffic within their network over skype coming from outside their network. doesn't say anything about not throttling tiny outbound p2p packets that use the network inefficiently and end up allowing the p2p user to continuously exceed their share of contended bandwidth. if you want dedicated bandwidth, read the fine print on your sla and ensure you are buying it.

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Phoenix hijacks Windows boot with instant-on

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tables turned

for a time, especially on toshiba laptops (maybe still?), bios options could only be accessed through an app running under windows. surely not an effort to impede non-windows installs, of course....

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