* Posts by deive

87 posts • joined 22 Jan 2008

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400 jobs to go as Texas Instruments calls time on chip fab in Scotland

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Could be good for the Raspbian Foundation? Loverly Pis then will all be made here! Probably too expensive, but we can dream.

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Blighty's Parliament prescribed tablets to cope with future votes

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Re: Another waste of cash.

Or a £4 rPi0 + a couple of buttons and a secure, isolated, network?

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New Year, new Git: Version control system updated this week

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Re: Sad :-( thanks for the fish.

Have fun with that *shudder*, I've just managed to get our stuff move out of TFS to GIT :-)

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UK police cuff suspect over VTech toy hack

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Re: The real question is why hasn't anyone at VTech been arrested?

How about targeted info on kiddies near peados that can use the info as a way to start grooming? I know, I know THINK OF THE CHILDREN and all that, but I do think this is a real concern in this case (rather than the usual trying to reduce our rights kind of thing!)

Also for the DS own voters, not sure what they have to day against it as the haven't commented (maybe they are the ones scimping on their customers security??) http://www.dft.gov.uk/vca/data-protection-act-guidance-on-compliance.asp clearly states "kept secure against unlawful or unauthorised processing, or accidental loss or erasure"

Clearly VTech have not complied as these products have proved to be totally unsecured in all ways!

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Re: The real question is why hasn't anyone at VTech been arrested?

Too bloody right!

And it needs to be VTech board members held accountable - not a VW "it was a rouge engineer wot done it".

They are the ones who have taken all the profit and not secured their products - they are the ones who have to take responsability..

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NAO slams £830m e-Borders IT project as ‘not value for money’

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WTF?

"but terminated it in July 2010 citing a failure to deliver milestones" - so the courts say that although Raytheon failed to deliver to milestones in the contract, we still have to pay them? And the lawers?

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G-Cloud sellers hit out against cap on scaling services

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Yes, cloud is supposed to be flexible - for hosting (scale up, redundancy etc.) but not the whole contract! If this is dropped then the big players will just reduce their quotes, then after winning the contract will just ramp up price!

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Helium has a go at Internet of Things thing – using ultra-low power tech

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Seems that this does fix the 2 main problems with current solutions: security and encryption and a bit of smarts around power and band usage!

Here's hoping they help put these back into the open spec... (I know, who am I kidding, right? sigh)

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Time Lords set for three-week battle over leap seconds

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We've used seconds for over a thousand years, now we know they are not quite right. So what does half the world do? Bury their head in the sand and say "change is scary and expensive".

We will care about this as a space-fairing species. Just a few seconds off on navigation to another planet could leave you stranded!

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You can hack a PC just by looking at it, say 3M and HP

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Would be useful if they integrated this into screens, allowed sections of it to be turned on and off by software and then turned it on over password fields only. Until then, meh!

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Bezos' BAN-HAMMER batters Chromecast, Apple TV

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Re: Toucan play

"Maybe make it interactive and personalised to recommend the user's recommendations? last purchase." +1 for that!

Gotta say I haven't though because "They are perfectly within their rights to sell what they want to sell I suppose." is totally incorrect as given how big Amazon are in most markets, this is the move of a monopoly.

Either way, I only had prime for the delivery and now they increased the price of that so they could add streaming "free" without supporting any of the devices I use - I have cancelled my prime.

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Facebook Parse adds SDKs for IoT's big names

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"The Register can't help but wonder how many developers will take that advice to make design and test simpler, and forget to add security before they ship."

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Not convinced that any dev using FB is going to be aware of security in the first place!

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Oracle laying off its Java evangelists? Er, no comment, says Oracle

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Re: Oracle licencing hassles

Yeah, quite a turnaround from where Sun started with Java - internet connected set top boxes and ideas about what would become the IoT. Thanks Oracle.

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T-Mobile US CEO calls his subscribers thieves, gripes about 'unlimited' limited tethering

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Re: Since when

If I had limits on my broadband, I wouldn't expect them to apply to only a single device - I can hook up as many as I like. So why should mobile data be any different?

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Better crypto, white-box switch support in Linux 4.2

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Re: すし, 寿司, 鮨

Yeah, think the word Richard was looking for is sashimi...

Maybe we should call all animal products exactly what they are, may turn a lot of people into vegies

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Watch out Sonos! Here's the second coming of Yamaha MusicCast

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Did they mention bringing any of this to any of their older models? I've only faily recently got a RX-V675!

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Screw your cutesy plastic art tat, the US govt has found a use for 3D printing: DRUGS!

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Re: I have to admit...

+1! Also some pills are absolutely huge, this could be used just to reduce the size of the bloody things!

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UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

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Re: No Boats for larry!

He would (sue for compensation) if TTIP goes though... corps suing government over their decisions is one of the items on that agenda!

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Chromecast gains wired Ethernet dongle

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Re: Re:ain't got the grunt

This totally depends on what app you are using...

You can either mirror or cast (often app will just use the term cast though) - mirror is the same as android screen mirroring or chrome tab casting, cast is what youtube, netflix etc do.

Casting you can turn off the device, connect other devices as secondary remote controls and all that - mirroring requires your device on and connected at all times!

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Incoming! Linux 4.1 kernel lands

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+1 Daniel!

>There are native applications that can do a lot such as GIMP and LibreOffice

Also, not forgetting that the 2 main applications always stated for this (Adobe Photoshop and MS Office) are both moving to on-line SaS, with more and more functionality going onto the browser and cross-platform clients!

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Doesn't GameStream only work with (recent) nVidia graphics cards?

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Re: Comng up next...

Or the fact that playing an encoded file like mp3 involves decoding... Which is another "format shift" that they are gonna want paying for!

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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Re: Great Idea!

Exactly, I can't imagine banks encode in ASCII - so they probably use UTF-8 and can already accept emoji as passwords, how is this new??

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Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

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Re: Anyone with experience of these?

An app can't wipe any data except it's own (unless you root your phone - which is not an option for most).

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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Re: Next FB can start using b3ta's "female or shemale" quizzes

Haven't checked out b3ta for aaaages! Donno what would be worse that or "moomilk or manmilk"!

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REVEALED: The 19 firms whose complaints form EU's antitrust case against Google

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Re: pissing away my taxes

lots of down-votes, but it does look like a load of US companies are complaining about another US company... and how much is this investigation going to cost the EU?

OK, if Google are convicted then the EU may get that cost back, but if they lose are they going to fine those that started it?

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Half of Android devices open to silent hijack

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Boffin

The correct way of doing this is to use sharing intents - you write the file to export to your internal app directory (only accessible by that app).

Then you given the receiver of the share intent the rights to read that file (see http://developer.android.com/reference/android/content/Intent.html#FLAG_GRANT_READ_URI_PERMISSION)

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Shock development: Darkweb drug n' gun dealers are untrustworthy

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I would imagine that most of those bitcoins belong to the dealers, not the users.

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HTC One M9 hands on: Like a smart M8 in a sharp suit

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Love the ability to stream to many different protocols. Wish all phone had this!

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Satellite cannon starts shooting Doves, this time under control

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Re: What is their life-span?

People are doing these things! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lantern-one-device-free-data-from-space-forever is interesting although I would prefer something a little less "curated". Good times.

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Google tackles enterprise BYOD with Android for Work

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Re: That's fine and dandy but

Are you talking about your phone bill? This is not handled by Google, you would need to buy a dual SIM phone for that...

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Visa: One million bonks a month for Europeans from next year

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Yeah, THIS is why no-one is using phones for pay-by-bonk.

All involved have been to busy arguing how they deserve to be the ones skimming off of every transaction.

0.15 is better than the 0.8 or more for credit card payments - but it is still too high! (Also the article only says that is Apples fee - is more paid on top of that?)

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Samsung's spying smart TVs don't encrypt voice recordings sent over the internet – new claim

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WTF?

Did their programmers think that by using port 443 they would be magically encrypted or something?

If you are using your own random port then it should be above 1024!

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'Our AI systems must do what we want them to do'

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"I think we cannot allow modern forms of communication to be exempt from the ability, in extremism, with a warrant signed by the Home Secretary, to be exempt from being listened to."

If only that is what they wanted - I could get behind that as a law, only being able to monitor a specific person after having a warrant assigned by a court with enough reason to do so.

Unfortunately what they want is blanket surveillance of EVERY SINGLE PERSON 24/7/365! It makes me want to swear!

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

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"showing that he is at least familiar with VPN tunnelling" - this show that he know NOTHING about VPNs - as a VPN would allow him to watch his Estonian TV from anywhere, whereas I think he is talking about sky cards that can decrypt all the paid channels...

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Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims

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Re: Dear Rupert

+1 For the removal of political bias from the rags!

The only problem is that when most people search on [engine] they are only searching for their points of view and the results they get will only reinforce that - esp with the personalisation of search results that we get now...

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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Exactly!

See http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/theft

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New Apple iOS to help fanbois thwart Wi-Fi network spies

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Re: Nice, but ...

As an Android owner, I have to say I like this feature!

It should be used for connected WIFI points also - no reason it cant remember which MAC was used for each, and reuse that one whenever it reconnects (probably - I can't say I know the WIFI protocol at that level...)

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Honey, the satnav app says you're to leave at 6am... Yup. I'll have that coffee off you

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Re: Have been using this feature in Google Now

Now also works with all journeys too - quite useful when you have a meeting somewhere at a given time, Now will notify you that you should be leaving now to get there on time :-)

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Sony bosses will return bonuses as firm preps for BILLIONS in losses

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Re: Seriously?

+1!

Little bit odd they had to give back their Brucies, you would have thought a bonus is paid for performance, so they shouldn't have got any in the first place - rather than as an expected part of pay?

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Facebook-backed spec lets apps link to other apps on mobes

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Isn't that just an Android Intent?

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Putin to battle Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

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Re: Malala!

+9000 (or I would if I could!)

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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Re: I wan't Oricle to win

"Google could have implemented Dalvik under the GPL but they chose not to."

I think Dalvik is open source (Apache License, Version 2.0)... https://github.com/android/platform_dalvik

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Lead ONTO your pencil: Bill Gates pours cash into graphene condoms

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Re: "Is there anything the wonder material can't do?"

Hopefully not for too much longer...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/19/applied_graphene_goes_public/

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

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Coat

"receive the sounds they are going to play by a proprietary Sonos Wi-Fi network"

This may be a start, but the first thing that needs to happen is a standard so that all the gear can interoperate!

http://xkcd.com/927/ - standard XKCD reference for my own post!

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Will you strap on a Google KitKat 4.4 smartwatch this month?

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I think MS was being singled out for being behind the curve for the fact that they are only now just modding their mobile OS for tablet (or phablet) use?

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RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

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Almost...

If 4g was ubiquitous and this had at least 1080p resolution, then this would work!

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Coat

utf-8 ftw

that is all.

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The life of Pi: Intel to give away Arduino-friendly 'Galileo' tiny-puter

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Sounds kindda like http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/435742530/udoo-android-linux-arduino-in-a-tiny-single-board

I think this ARM version will be much more powerful!

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Japanese police bust poker-playing IT boss for Android malware

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Re: Now I'm running scared

No mention of Google here - I doubt the apps came from the Play store: "Kagawa and his associates are accused of using a wide variety of applications to spread the Android malware, Enesoluty, across third-party Android apps forums via 150 hosted domains."

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