* Posts by Rob Crawford

563 posts • joined 21 Mar 2007

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Apple WWDC: OS X is dead, long live macOS

Rob Crawford

The word you are searching for is Autumn

"For the Apple TV, this Fall"

No, simply no, only Americans (and Canadians who are Americans too as they have the same country code) call it Fall

Or did you mean "this Fail"

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Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague

Rob Crawford

Re: Missing the point

While attempting to ban decent padlocks

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Wi-Fi hack disables Mitsubishi Outlander's theft alarm – white hats

Rob Crawford

Oh well now I know what those 5 entries in the SSIDs logs are, I'm was surprised that there are so many Mitsubishi WiFi access points roaming past my house

Along with the Skoda, Vauxhall, Ford, Porche, Audi, Mercedes and BMW.

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Tivo's new owner ponders binning its own boxes

Rob Crawford

Looks like the MBA crew have taken full control and see hardware (and R&D) as unessicary expense

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60 per cent of Androids exposed by new attack on mediaserver

Rob Crawford

Let me get this right

This is a news story about a "researcher" that is using a bug that was patched by google back in January.

Bit of a non story, apart from the shite service provided by phone manufacturers and carrier branded phones which we all know about anyway

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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

Rob Crawford

Want to try that again

Google co-chief executive Safra Catz

Are you sure?

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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

Rob Crawford

No doubt only the footage they want will survive the holding period and like a friends medical records anything inconvenient will vanish.

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'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

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You call that a meltdown?

Personally I was hoping for a meltdown resembling Jason Russel's (of Kony 2012 infamy) meltdown.

But instead all we get is a whining post on a website.

Tell a pack of lies and then whine when you get caught, yeah either a banker or a politician wannabe

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

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If Google have a monopoly due to the play store then what have Apple got with their app store?

I can choose to purchase software from alternate stores and frequently do (from Amazon for example and Samsung when they had their awful option and I had a Samsung phone)

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When Steve Jobs was away, Apple's designers snuck out a penis-shaped remote control

Rob Crawford

Guess I don't spend as much time thinking about penises as other do

Even after the alleged similarity was pointed out I still don't actually notice it

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Google tried to be funny, cocked it up, everyone thought it was a bug

Rob Crawford

<sigh>

Would be more mortified about somebody I know sending me prayers than receiving an embedded gif of a minion

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Google spews critical Android patch as millions of gadgets hit by Linux kernel bug

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Android devices with a security patch level of 2 April are patched against the flaw. ®

Should I break out my time machine or just travel through time the slow way?

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Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday

Rob Crawford

Nope it's not entirely publisher choice

Periodicals MUST have DRM, the guys at 2600 are not at all happy about the must have DRM (it also enforces a limited number of editions on the device, so it deletes older editions and you have to redownload them)

If you unsubscribe then you lose all purchased material.

Needles to say 2600 printed my letter describing how to unDRM their publication

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

Rob Crawford

I would be more concerned about the build quality and choice of materials if even a large multi-rotor managed to break through a carriage window.

Doesn't excuse the idiots that ruin radio control flying for the rest of us though.

(I still have the scars on my forearm after assisting an idiot photographer with his bloody (quite literally) DJI Phantom several months ago)

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Google-backed British startup ‘stole our code’, says US marketing firm

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Re: The best anecdote I remember...

I had a habit of including numeric constants which where MD5 hashes of certain strings, these constants where never used.

But it was interesting to listen to a certain individual and an supposed expert Lotus Notes dev accounting for these constants in a Lotus script to track 2 ton newsprint rolls.

They had taken my prototype application (constants and all) changed the colours, added a couple of images and claimed it as their own (adding no functionality whatsoever)

The Notes expert claimed that they wrote it over 3 days ans I could have as I wasn't a registered developer.

I almost felt bad asking them about the constants then supplying the strings to pass through the hashing package.

No I didn't feel bad about their written warnings from HR

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Maybe if we searched the internet we would find what site Bounce carried out the original copy and pasted operation from

The example looks very close to a chunk of tutorial code to me

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Cisco says CLI becoming interface of last resort

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Re: Overpaid arrogant gits

Or perhaps you simply havn't a clue?

It's a bit like UNIX boxes vs windows in the 90s.

You want the job done properly use a UNIX box, you want a machine where anybody can make changes get a Windows server so the less skilled person can click on something in the GUI.

The UNIX box, restore the OS, run the install scripts, create the mount points, copy your scripts back on to the machine, get your startup scripts in place, get your cron jobs and it's fine.

OK so it's a few hours of hell but it's back to the original state (that is supposing you do not have a proper backup)

When the Windows box dies or the monkey pressed the wrong button, dear God it was awful and a restoration was never managed in less than a day and the fallout lasted for a week or so.

Needless to say windows boxes are used almost everywhere because you don't have to pay for arrogant gits protecting their jobs because a monkey is cheaper most of the time

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Re: History repeats itself

Considering the number of products where the GUI gets things wrong or functions are simply not implemented in the GUI (Aruba and Citrix comes immediately to mind)

Couples with the additional joy an fun that web interfaces bring either through security concerns (hello all vendors) or that require you to use ancient versions of browsers to work (hello Cisco ACS) or insist that you must have a particular browser plugin to view the statistics pages (would you install THAT Adobe plugin?)

Nope I think I will stick with the CLI thank you very much

Oh BTW I do very much like the Meraki Dashboard as it actually works and does let you implement a lot of stuff very quickly and they have actually paid attention as to how it should be done.

But I don't see it adopted for datacentres any time soon (well at all) even though Cisco are trying to incoroporate it into Prime

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US chap sharpens paradigm-busting scissors

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and when the solution occurred to me

Wear some gloves?

No not idiot mittens, with the sting and made from wool

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Google splats more bad Android security bugs with patches your mobe will probably never see

Rob Crawford

Strangely enough my Samsung S4 started getting monthly security updates in October I was fairly happy about that (though they never listed what the update addressed)

Though that was because EE sent me an S4 that was a standard UK model without all their crap on it, friends with 'official' EE S4 phones never got a thing and only received 2 updates last year.

If you look at Sammobile it's amazing the difference between carriers when it comes to updates (when I say amazing I actually man shit BTW)

I swapped to a Nexus 5X in December and am happy about receiving monthly security updates, though I would be happier if EE could actually give me the WiFi calling that they promised the 5X back in September

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Rob Crawford

“modern day protection racket”

Funny thing is the government is the closest thing I have ever seen to gangsters running a wide range of protection rackets, pay this charge/tax/fee or get locked away....

When I do not have to pay for transporting adverts that I don't want, the adverts stop being intrusive and they aren't trying to fling malware and aren't misleading then i MIGHT consider not blocking them.

Bit like being charged for every piece of junk mail that passes through my letter box, and if somebody decides to post a fire bomb through the letter box the insurance company holds me responsible

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Why Tim Cook is wrong: A privacy advocate's view

Rob Crawford

Re: This is wishful thinking

Perhaps because the hash for the PIN is server side and the new card record is simply pointed at the old hash?

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All-American Apple challenges US gov call for iOS 'backdoor'

Rob Crawford

Re: To my mind...

It's a good job that you haven't got a mind then isn't it

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Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge

Rob Crawford

Re: Samsung is not the problem

My last phone was a Galaxy S4 and EE mistakenly sent me a bare EU device with no EE crap on it whatsoever.

Last year I received 4 or 5 updates (couple of them security related) while friends with 'proper EE' S4s received 2.

I also started receiving the Samsung equivalent of the Google monthly security updates on October, my 'proper EE' equipped friends have never received such an update.

After seeing the difference in service, I got myself a Nexus 5X and have been very happy ever since, it may not be as shiny and flash as the S6 that I was considering, but I gave a straight Google build and get the monthly security updates quickly (and Android ones PDQ too)

If only EE would stop saying that Google have to bake their WiFi calling code into the Nexus and admit that they are using the standard Google code I would be a bit happier though

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Drone-busting eagles to darken Blighty's skies?

Rob Crawford

Re: Still a really dumb idea.

I for one would be irritated at having to clean eagle blood off my 450 considering the number of tree collisions where the carbon fibre blades simply chopped through surprisingly thick sticks.

Considering sticking something into the path of a quad the ESC simply piles more power into the motor to keep it spinning at the right speed

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Dialog box shut: Now Microchip is set to gobble up Atmel

Rob Crawford

Firstly, AVR processors are all over the place, the Arduino is only a very minor use for it.

I know several hardware designers who will walk away if they are subsumed by PIC makers.

Microchip are notorious for only having partially implemented features on their processors and a habit of changing behaviour without any notice whatsoever.

ATMEL may not be perfect but the other lot are awful, at least it isn't Jennic buying them I suppose

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Boffins solve bacon crisis with newly-patented plant

Rob Crawford

Balls Mr Langdon, simply balls

“When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed. And it’s a pretty strong bacon flavour,” Langdon says.

I take it when he says as I have done, it involved a large quantity of bacon and some imaginary dulse.

Unless of course their idea tasting like bacon involves simply being salty.

I have eaten dulse on several occasions (it's very commonly available here) and it's awful

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Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave

Rob Crawford

Re: Viking electric eels ?

/mutters about corn not having made it to Europe when the Vikings where doing their thing either

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Playmobil cops broadside for 'racist' pirate slave

Rob Crawford

She spent ages looking for things to be offended by

So how is it racist to acknowledge that slavery existed in times of yore and that very often the slaves where not (for want of a better term) white.

Surely it would be racist to pretend that such things never existed.

I'm sure the collar would have fitted on a more pinkish tinged figure, but the ship doesn't look very Turkish.

Then again it may also represent that he may have been locked up for being a criminal, before cries of racism tuen up, please remember that pirates where in fact viewed as criminals, particularly amongst those that they robbed, kidnapped, raped and killed

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Singapore Post tests drone delivery services

Rob Crawford

From previous experience

Singapore Post are notoriously poor, taking several weeks to put stuff onto an aircraft and that aircraft taking several weeks to get to Europe (or perhaps they didn't get it onto a plane at all)

Frankly I wouldn't be srrprised if they used herds of rats to consume the mail, then tey herd the rats arounf to the address and the recipient had to reconstruct their letters from the rat faeces

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Assange™ offered 'plans for escape by flying fox to Harrods'

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reveals he has banned smartphones at the Ecuadorian embassy as he assumes they are all surveilled.

I suspect that if I work there I would suggest that the egotistical arse should leave via an upper window and no ladder

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Are Samsung TVs doing a Volkswagen in energy tests? Koreans hit back

Rob Crawford

I would suggest that you have to use media that covers a large number of scenarios if you wish to test the energy use of a TV or media player.

The FPGA on board will be working much harder when there is a lot of movement and changes between frames, no doubt the amount of value switching on the pixels will also be reflected in power usage.

So you really need a selection of media types to reflect average usage.

As for car emissions testing, everybody has known for at least 30 years they bear no relationship to reality, how can a rolling road reflect real world usage with varying surfaces, surface water, humidity, number of people in the car and temperature, especially when all of those vary during a single journey.

All it is possible to do is to have fairly standard tracks, test several times and average the results,otherwise it's an entirely synthetic test that reflects nothing whatsoever.

But most people know that anyway, but choose to ignore it

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EE: Yes, our broadband service is a total clusterf**k – but we promise to improve

Rob Crawford

A French person in charge of customer care.

Although an easy stereotype to throw out there, it is also backed up by real world experiences

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Parrot drone pwned (and possibly killed) with Wi-Fi log-in

Rob Crawford

See time travel does exist

Is it me or is this repeating what was already known 18 months ago?

There have been scripts for this kicking about for ages

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

Rob Crawford

Re: tech wonder of Nashville

No because the backup service is actually a separate service that has been part of Android for at least 5 years.

Google Photos is simply a method to manage the photos/archive.

When I installed it I had to tell Photos to perform the backup and indeed whether to use WiFi or WiFi and mobile data services.

Basically he enabled it and then cried that it was there, anybody else sense an attempt at financial redress for alleged distress

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Never trust a developer who says 'I can fix this in a few minutes'

Rob Crawford

What a surprise

Just confirms my opinion of Project Manglers and the majority of developers I have had the misfortune to meet.

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

Rob Crawford

Re: Analog Security

For the likes of most Masterlocks and a lot of others a snap gun requires as much practice as a city rake or Bogota, and even quicker and cheaper to bypass the picking altogether

I have a collection of locks that I sometimes end up using for demoing to security teams (my real world role has nothing to do with such things) then I watch the panic (usually down at the cycle area as they decide to get new bike locks rather than the locks they're paid to be concerned about)

However the locks I like all tend to be considerably more secure (but then again I simply like locks)

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Crowdfunded ZX Spectrum revival just days from shipment

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Rights holders

Needless to say the list of games published in the Times at the weekend has several games which they do not have the rights to distribute.

Basically the letters to the rights holders where told, contact us if you DON'T want us to use your software to make money (without paying you).

Which is annoying (to say the least)

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

Rob Crawford

Re: Bit ignorant of spectrum capabilitys

Mutters about the 128 not being a real spectrum

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Bit ignorant of spectrum capabilitys

Of course a real speccy retro coder would have used the old multichannel sound from the on board squeeker as per the Tim Folin or many others

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MIPS quietly bares its processor architecture to universities

Rob Crawford

If they would open access to the graphics processor as well (a prior generation would be fine) then I would be jumping up and down.

Many want a small machine with decent performance and graphics sub system without encumbering the thing with a linux distribution just to be able to access the graphics subsystem (that big binary blob that RPi users have to suffer)

It's about time the something other than the linux monoculture was encouraged within small systems

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Troubleshooting feature on Cisco routers is open to data-slurp abuse

Rob Crawford

I'm pulling the plugs now

Dear God I hope they don't discover sniffers or the existence of SPAN ports on Cisco switches either.

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GCHQ: Ensure biz security by STOPPING everyone from TALKING

Rob Crawford

Yeah no problem lads

“Monitor all user activity", and make sure staff are aware that violations in acceptable use policies will lead to disciplinary action.

Then mail us the logs (to save us breaking in)

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

Rob Crawford

Re: Ban them.

Nurse, Nurse, the Daily Fail reader has woken up please subdue him before somebody listens to him

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Rob Crawford

Re: Not dangerous, Actually need *less* restriction and less paranoia

Fairly typical 10 inch prop injury from a smallish quad (do a quick web search and you will find considerably worse examples)

Not too pleasant therefore replace the xx to go there

hxxps://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSIpRBEORN-tBt7lacOsS_Ra3yiRcvaKkkWs83jRLdJCDeCujUQZw

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Rob Crawford

Re: Not dangerous, Actually need *less* restriction and less paranoia

I suggest you don't know what you are talking about.

My small 250 machine will happily hit around 50 mph and my fat bird is a bit slower (but much heavier)

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Rob Crawford

Re: Not dangerous, Actually need *less* restriction and less paranoia

Tell you what you stand there and take a hit from a set of 10 inch carbon fibre props and tell me what you think afterwards.

Additionally if you haven't had a failure, props snapping, ESC burning out, loss of or a dozen other problem then you haven't spent much time flying

The point is there there are rules (and some of them are even there for a reason) and as long as you aren't flying close to or over people and it isn't somewhere stupid then you are fairly much going to be OK

I also seem to remember that this idiot also flew around Westminster (and similar locations) and yeah what possible harm could come from flying (somewhat poorly I may add) over central London streets?

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

Rob Crawford

Re: If a packet gets delayed or dropped because of congestion...

Firstly it depends on where your packet is dropped doesn't it? Can hardly blame your ISP when the packet was dropped on somebody elses network.

Along with the type of traffic which is dropped

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Rob Crawford

Sorry did I read that article correctly?

You would need near instantaneous data transfer to stop your connected car from crashing.

Can I ask what sort of idiot would but a car like that?

Actually what sort of shit covered fuckwit would even consider making a car like that?

Where would you drive that car. certainly not in the countryside

There's some things that simply shouldn't be connected to the internet.

Oh wait lets wheel out the safety concerns

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

Rob Crawford

Previously on PM

I have supported the BBC and the license fee as being the price you pay for the BBC

However a levy on every household is an entirely different matter.

TBH the BBC doesn't serve me very well.

BBC 1 is of little use to me during the weekend, I'm neither a middle aged woman, gay or a fan of sports

BBC 1 the rest of the week is out as I don't watch soaps, crap quizzes, cookery and chat shows

BBC 2 much as BBC 1 these days with Newsnight (personality led news analysis) and a hugely dumbed down selection of documentaries

BBC 3 The ability to read precludes even considering this abortion

BBC 4 Hmmm the words Michael Portillo poisons things a bit, maybe 1.5 hours a week tops

Radio 1 and it's sibling Enough said

Radio 2 Nope

Radio 3 Maybe 45 minutes a month

Radio 4 Seldom maybe 30 minutes a week

Radio 4 extra maybe an hour a week

5 Live Never (they have that git Stephen Nolan)

6 Music Used to listen to it a lot but now they have comedic DJs maybe an hour if they have a documentary or particular guest

Local Radio Sorry don't listen to C&W, Irish language or the non existent language of Ulster-Scots

Actually I'm now wondering why I have defended the license fee, if it wasn't for Film 4 I wouldn't watch anything

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