* Posts by Brian Morrison

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French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law

Brian Morrison
Mushroom

"If you have the secret keys to everyone's private communications escrowed with every gov agency world wide who demands them, just how long until the well funded criminal gangs also find a copy?"

I thought that government agencies *were* the well-funded criminal gangs...!

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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

Brian Morrison

Re: Yes, all very nice, but...

Noogaah. It's French isn't it?

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Brian Morrison

Re: Bullshit, Nexus 5 can't run Android 7..

It's certainly worth trying but remember that the Snapdragon 800 is a 32-bit ARM v7 chip and also that Qualcomm does reduce support for re-writing drivers for the low level stuff in the chips so that they can concentrate on current and upcoming designs.

Android 7 is certain to make more use of the efficiency of the 64 bit v8 cores and is bound to work better with more RAM. I have a Nexus 5X that is running Nougat as of last night, it will be instructive to see how the 2GB RAM affects it, during the Lollipop and Marshmallow era it felt sluggish at times but has been massively better since the system interrupt rate was increased a few months ago.

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

Brian Morrison

Re: They might be painful to remember they exist

"The recent one is much more Dreddlike, he doesn't snog Anderson for a start!"

Or remove his helmet...

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'Flying Bum's' first flight was a gas, gas, gas

Brian Morrison

As an airship fan I am quite pleased...

...but I do wonder why the A600 had been painted with double-yellow lines outside the sheds (derestricted, fairly narrow, blind bends) and then people were allowed to park on the lines both sides and create a traffic nightmare. With hundreds of pedestrians around there too it was just asking for trouble.

I wish HAV well, but someone needs to think about what to do with the spectators.

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Latest Androids have 'god mode' hack hole, thanks to Qualcomm

Brian Morrison

Re: Nexus OK?

Google stated that Nexus fixes for the last of the vulns (after 5th August updates) will be released in early September. The delay is because the patch for this was not released until too late for the August batch.

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OK, we've got your data. But we really want to delete it ASAP

Brian Morrison

Re: I have a cunning plan!

Wot, every ~600ms?

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BlackBerry chief: We don't have to make phones to make phones

Brian Morrison

The problem is...

...that the technology that prevents access to organised criminal communications is the exact same thing that prevents access to government employees acting as whistle-blowers about abuse of legal restraints on law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Apple quite understands that there is a moral issue, but cannot act if providing access allows government to cover up good things instead of simply prosecute bad things.

Ethical dilemmas are not easy to resolve.

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

Brian Morrison

It was a fairly pointless safety measure too, the weapon had a cadmium safety wire which was inserted into the stationary part of the warhead but if surrounded by water there was enough uranium 235 to reach critical mass. Had the aircraft gone into the water if it couldn't maintain altitude it is quite likely that a low-yield nuclear explosion would have occurred.

The Little Boy design fired a hollow piece of U235 onto a solid cylinder containing more U235, because there was essentially no compression the design relied on very large amounts of fissile material. It was a stopgap weapon and there was no intention to build more than one, although in fact more were built because of the need to prevent the Hanford reactors being damaged by the Wigner effect (stressing the reactor cores due to unexpected nuclear reactions).

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

Brian Morrison

Re: She scares me

Ken Clarke for leader? Easy, he is too pro-EU and so could never have been acceptable to the party or a sufficient percentage of Conservative MPs.

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Brian Morrison

It doesn't work like that, the Prime Minister is merely "first among equals" so replacing one with another is purely an internal government matter and only requires the agreement of the Crown (which cannot normally be withheld).

The election among Conservative party members is for party leader, only convention dictates that party leader must be PM.

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Lester Haines: RIP

Brian Morrison
Pint

This is sad enough that I shall use my special word...

...Bollocks!!!

My condolences to Lester's family and friends, we will remember him.

I shall be making a dedication over my next bacon sarnie, and choosing my sauce variety carefully.

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Letters prove GCHQ bends laws to spy at will. So what's the point of privacy safeguards?

Brian Morrison

The only way to fix this is to make the rules simple and effective, with large sharp teeth in the event of misuse.

It doesn't mean leaving fishing in the databases a matter of a few keystrokes, it should mean logged access using cryptographic tokens which cannot be created without the say so of a judge.

It should also mean that anyone who misuses access should be subject to an immediate minimum prison term of at least 3 years.

Of course, I'd thoroughly prefer that the data isn't collected without good cause too, so in that respect the part of the 1984 Telecommunications Act that allowed it should be repealed and it should be replaced by a narrowly drawn law that allows for bulk collection only when a judicial warrant has been granted and this should be subject to regular and frequent review to assess the proportionality of the request in the light on new information.

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German boffins' clock drops 10 seconds in a billion-and-a-half years

Brian Morrison
Facepalm

Re: Not good enough

And now you know why Zarquon only arrived when it was too late to do anything useful.

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Android Pay debuts in UK

Brian Morrison

Re: Just activated here in the UK...

Not at all, I registered a couple this morning. All I had to do was to enter the CVV for the cards already on my Google account. You get a text with a security code to ensure that it's your phone.

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Brian Morrison

Re: Just activated here in the UK...

I think its real value will be when I nip to my local supermarket and realise that I've left my wallet at home but have my phone with me.

We'll see how useful this will be in a few months/years...

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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

Brian Morrison

The G3 is currently updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow with security fixes from March 2016 IIRC.

These should appear as OTA updates, they certainly have for carrier G3 models in the UK.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: As supported by world's most controlling men

Brian Morrison

Re: To all at, and involved with the coalition...

You already are on their list, along with everyone else...

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

Brian Morrison

Re: "Laurie Love backdoor"

Likkie? You're not one of Rimmer's Z shift by any chance?

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Brian Morrison
Big Brother

The important point about this court case is that the gubmint, actually the NCA acting on their behalf, is trying to compel key disclosure using a direction under a civil case instead of using the RIPA procedure under s49.

The reason for this is because the RIPA method has built in legal and procedural safeguards whereas the civil direction does not. So they're using one law to get around another law that makes it too difficult for the NCA to get what it wants, Lauri Love is trying to get his computers back, this is the back strike from the NCA to try and get what they couldn't before. Note that the original order had expired with no apparent action by the NCA.

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Dropping 1,000 cats from 32km: How practical is that?

Brian Morrison

You've just invented perpetual motion - hovering, rotating cats just waiting for their angular momentum to be harvested.

At least until the toast has gone cold and the butter has been absorbed into it and can't stain the carpet any more.

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

Brian Morrison
Thumb Up

Really looking forward to the time when we decide to return to having 240 pence in the pound and bring back the litter of non-sensical coins that went with it.

Let this dodecaquid be only the beginning!

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EE most 'reliable' mobile provider for cities – Ofcom

Brian Morrison

Re: Can we have a proper checker?

I think it's quite nice to be able to select the networks individually, if they were all selected at once then the map would be quite difficult to interpret. I notice that the signal type and location selections are persistent so it's 1 click to change networks.

In the case of my home postcode it's mostly uncovered for 4G data, the best network is O2 but their coverage engineers have been very sneaky because the border between 4G indoors and nothing literally follows the postcode boundary. Naturally outside the postcode boundary is mainly grass and open spaces, the houses are all inside it.

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Brazil gets a WTF WhatsApp moment

Brian Morrison

Re: Whatsapp, Facebook and Google

WhatsApp is not free, after the first year it costs a small amount each year to use it.

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'Fairly bad core bug' crushed in Linux 4.4-rc5

Brian Morrison

Re: Difference of opinion

Note that this is a bug introduced and fixed in the same 4.4rc series, so it will only affect people who use these kernels for testing.

Had this been in a released kernel then it would have merited more attention perhaps.

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Whitman's split: The end of Fiorina's HP grand expansion era

Brian Morrison

Ah, you mean Keysight. They were Agilent for many years, although that was an anagram of genital.

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Patch this braXen bug: Hypervisor hole lets guest VMs hijack hosts

Brian Morrison

Re: entanglement of C macros

Except that many sandboxed languages have been found to allow access outside the sandbox on multiple occasions. In the end it only needs one unpatched vulnerability and it's goodnight Vienna!

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Time Lords set for three-week battle over leap seconds

Brian Morrison

Because we've defined it in terms of oscillations in the caesium atom and that's tied to the speed of light in vacuum.

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

Brian Morrison

Re: Note to those who don't want to be subject to RIPA

Perverting the course of justice I should think...

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Bacon can kill: Official

Brian Morrison
Mushroom

I intend...

...to live for ever while eating bacon or die trying

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GCHQ can and will spy on politicos, rules tribunal

Brian Morrison

Re: MPs

A higher power than either of those.

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Researcher messes up Wi-Fi with an rPi and bargain buy radio stick

Brian Morrison

Re: It's easy to jam 2.4Ghz

Because your video sender almost certainly wasn't using the spectrum very sensibly and a microwave can easily knock over something that is sending continuous signals. WiFi and Bluetooth are more resistant but there is a limit to how much.

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BlackBerry's tactical capitulation to Google buys time – and possibly a future

Brian Morrison

Re: App Availability

Android 6 will be changing and improving the permission model, you will be able to reject specific permissions on an app when they are first accessed after installation instead of the current model of agreeing to all or none during the install. Google have listened to the complaints although it's taken a while to do something about it.

The Priv does not yet state what version on Android it uses, is it 5.x or will it be 6? That might make a difference to how good the BB security added on actually is.

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BlackBerry emits Android mobe as biz goes down the Priv

Brian Morrison

Last roll of the dice?

It's hard to tell how good, or otherwise, the Priv will be, personally I don't feel the need for a physical keyboard any more for typing but it may well be great for shortcuts. The risk is that, like the Torch 9800 the sliding aspect will result in a failure of the connections between the two parts.

As for the software, until I see what the Android/BB linking is like in the OS I can't say that I would even consider this, and the previously BB-cheering member of my household switched to Android some months ago as the Z10 aged and the associated contract reached upgrade time.

Sorry BB, but I think that the hardware side of the business is probably going to gradually disappear within the next couple of years. And that's a shame...

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Apple slings bug-fixed iOS 9.0.1 at fanbois, PIN bypass hole still open

Brian Morrison

Re: Amazing....

El Reg are always right there with criticism of crap technology and poor head work.

Keep up at the back!

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Blighty's Bloodhound 1,000mph rocket car unveiled ahead of record attempt

Brian Morrison
Mushroom

Re: My old Nova GTE would take it

I'm glad that it was only the Nova that bought it when you hit that tree...!

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Long-memoried boffins re-invent 1950s ferroelectric tech

Brian Morrison

Re: The "good"old days

We had the GEC 4020 assemblies with thermite charge markings (no actual thermite charges though), these used core store so an initiated thermite charge was used to take them above the Curie point and effectively zero them. Would have been in the Nimrod AEW3 if it had been continued with, although the computer in the real systems would have been a 4060 to make it a bit faster.

If memory serves the whole shebang was contained in a pretty thick walled unit to try to contain the 3,000 C temperatures for long enough to comprehensively knacker things, meanwhile the Nimrod crew would have been doing whatever they did when a forced landing behind enemy lines was on the cards.

Airshows aren't the same now the Cold War is over...

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

Brian Morrison

Re: Meh

Indeed. <puts on black cap> "You will be taken to a place of execution, where you will be hanged by the neck until you are dead!"

Pre-1965 of course.

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Brian Morrison

Re: Ye Gods

We have all become, Uncomfortably Numb...

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Wi-Gig signals are bouncing off the walls, can't settle on the sofa

Brian Morrison

Why 60GHz? Well, good question...

...the answer seems to be that the original idea to use this spectrum may have come from Plessey, I remember seeing it in the early to mid 1980s with 6-sector antennas mounted on office partitions (in concept, there was no working hardware). 60GHz is an oxygen absorption line so there is much higher than R-squared attenuation on the RF path. This is deliberate for frequency reuse reasons, so the problem with non-LoS and narrow beam antennas is only part of the issue.

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Three VoLTEs to victory as it jumps into UK 4G voice offering

Brian Morrison

You may find that the Project Fi version for the Nexus 6 does what you want. It should be possible to download and install it even if that means you have to reinstall your data.

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Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10

Brian Morrison

Always happy to support Stardock and Brad...

...because he was always there providing excellent OS/2 WPS add-ons back in the day and he's a jolly good bloke.

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IWF shares 'hash list' with web giants to flush out child sex abuse images online

Brian Morrison

As you no doubt realise, if it was flagged as CP originally then that simple fact can be used to make everyone else care not-a-jot about the consequences of that mis-identification.

It was pr0n then, so it's pr0n now! Filthy, mucky stuff! Ick!!!

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Android faces SECOND patching crisis, on the same scale as Stagefright

Brian Morrison

There's a Certifi-gate vuln checker in the Play store. Says my Nexus 5 on 5.1.1 is not vulnerable.

All the big manufacturers are announcing monthly update patches now, looks like the era of panics of this nature will soon be over.

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Cher tells HTC: If I could turn back time ... if I could find a way (to not lose $250m in a quarter)

Brian Morrison

Re: Snapdragon?

Can't believe it can make this much difference.

810 is an 8 core big.little reference design on 20nm, first 64bit silicon from Qualcomm. The 820 will have Qualcomm's custom CPU 4 core design on 14nm and is faster on those 4 cores. There's the reason for the heat issues, although the HTC One M9 with the 810 doesn't get very warm after a couple of Android updates and is still very speedy.

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HAM IN SPAAAAAACE! ISS astronaut contacted by Gloucestershire bloke in garden shed

Brian Morrison

Shed?

Er, no, that's his shack...

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Ofcom wants to ease the pain of switching mobile networks. Good luck

Brian Morrison

Re: Of course.

I wonder whether your coverage limitations will be improved by the time the MNOs have met their 4G licence obligations at the end of 2017?

I'm not holding my breath, but I have to say that things have improved generally on my network (O2 based) in the last year or so.

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

Brian Morrison

Re: Must be a man because the poos are so big?

Or isn't, because in many cases the opposite is true, if you consider the physiology of women it's easy to understand why.

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What goes up, Musk comedown: Falcon rocket failed to strut its stuff

Brian Morrison

Re: The processes failed before the strut did

Something else; the 2nd stage centre-engine shut down that Apollo 13 suffered during launch was actually due to a pogo oscillation that reached 63g in amplitude and was within a second or two of causing a major structural failure when some consequence of the vibration caused the control system to close the propellant valves.

I think that this occurred after the Escape Tower had been jettisoned, so it would have been unsurvivable for the crew.

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Brian Morrison

Re: In-House is always better, it seems...

Which works if you have the necessary skill and knowledge, but otherwise could actually be worse than using an experienced contractor.

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