* Posts by Kevin Fairhurst

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Ashley Madison wide open to UK privacy lawsuits, claim lawyers

Kevin Fairhurst

Any financial institution with an ounce of sense is going to be searching the dataset to see if any of their staff are on there... there could be an increased risk of blackmail with that person, and it needs to be managed accordingly. Imagine your partner finding out through THAT rather than searching through the dataset herself...

"HI dear, you're home early, how was work? Is everything okay?"

"I've been put on gardening leave as I'm at risk of blackmail due to the Ashley Madison data leak..."

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

Kevin Fairhurst

Textpad? It's a load of SQL INSERT statements so to do it properly you could roll your own tables together and run the scripts en masse (may take a while!) - whack in a few indexes, slap a gui on the front (with a huge number of banner adverts) and you can offer it up as a "free" way to see if your email address / name / credit card number can be found within the data archive. Just don't keep a record of what searches are made though, right? :)

(and for reference, amino_member_email.dump contains 120 occurrences of the string gov.uk)

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Wanna harvest a stranger's Facebook data? Get a mobile number and off you go

Kevin Fairhurst

Having manually worked out who missed calls from unknown numbers were using this "feature" I'm just waiting for the next Android dialler that will automatically do a lookup using the Facebook API of anyone who calls...

"You have 3 missed calls from Derek. His current location is the Red Lion pub"

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Nokia sells HERE maps to Audi, Daimler and BMW for €2.8 billion

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: How long before all new cars have gps/satnav as standard?

I could be wrong, but I believe that the majority of Google's live traffic information comes from Waze, which they slurped not too long ago...

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James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim

Kevin Fairhurst

How does he arrive at the damages figure?

Can he really claim that he has lost that much work due to some Twitter postings, or is he making it up and hoping he can con the jury?

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BT hit by data centre fire: Some ISPs just love watching the net BURN

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: It depends..

It's as though they have an inate instinct as to how to cause the most damage... case in point, I was WFH yesterday and my 2yr old wanted to see what I was up to. Next thing you know he's somehow managed to press the right key combination to get my laptop to shutdown, in about half a second. I couldn't do that if I was trying!

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Storage...?

The actual Office application side of it is tiny; it's the virtualised version of Windows Mobile that it runs on that takes up the space ;)

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: trustworthy i think not

Likewise... I ordered an iPod Touch for my partner's birthday present, and in instead received a shitty old film on DVD. I complained and another iPod Touch was sent out, and this time I received some crappy CD. I remember filming myself opening the second one, showing that there was no way the wrong item had been substituted in the supply chain... those items had been wrapped in the cardboard packaging at source. So I imagined it was someone at the warehouse pulling a scam (order something for themselves, make sure they picked their own order, swap labels so I get the dross they ordered, and they get the high value electronics I ordered) and asked for my money back.

I complained to Amazon about the whole scam and heard nothing back, so I posted a review warning other potential purchasers.... sadly, the review didn't last long before it got pulled :(

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Everything Apple touted at WWDC – step inside our no-hype-zone™

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Am I the only one

Ah, the Barbra Streisand effect... "We're shutting down/blocking access to site X" and everyone goes "ohh that sounds like it would have been awesome, I'll google a replacement or proxy service to access the site anyway"

It happens with "conventional" piracy (ie downloading films & music) and it happens with "streaming" piracy (where people like my dad want to watch sports matches live but physically cannot buy a legal service that allows them to see the games in this country, due to restrictive licensing deals that favour the money men rather than the fans)

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Chinese cyber-spies hid botnet controls in MS TechNet comments

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: This is not true

MUSHROOM MUSHROOM!

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Enjoying the Spring? Microsoft has 13 ways to fix that

Kevin Fairhurst

i get this problem on my office pc. whenever i notice it being slower than usual, i have a small window of opportunity to get in to the services and kill the wuaserv entry before it grinds my entire PC to a halt.

30-60 mins of random downtime during each working day is surprisingly counter-productive!

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Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Answer: The hosts file.

If you're not blocking ads at the router level, you're doing it wrong!

https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin ftw

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Bloke faces 25 years in the cooler for upsetting Thai king on Facebook

Kevin Fairhurst

and by "worried" you mean "secretly hoping that" ? :)

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iBank: RBS, NatWest first UK banks to allow Apple Touch ID logins

Kevin Fairhurst
Facepalm

This isn't Apple Pay - try reading the article next time!

All Natwest have done is enable you to log in to the Natwest app using your fingerprint. In the same way the Amazon app lets you log in with your fingerprint.

You can not go in to a shop in the UK and use RFC payments with this. Worst case scenario, your phone would need to be unlocked when the thief gets it, and it has to remain unlocked while they clone your fingerprint. Then they run the app and spoof as you, getting access to your bank accounts!

Where they can either transfer money to existing payees, or arrange for a small amount of money to be available at a cashpoint if you enter a code...

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Security???

It *was* the most secure... but someone wanted to play a copied version of SWOS, and they're infected with a bootloader now :(

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Strap on fitness finesse: Withings Activité Pop

Kevin Fairhurst

Currently £24.99 from an online retailer known as Amazon...

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Kevin Fairhurst

Having picked up the Withings wifi scale for £20 at tesco, I was considering one of these...

However while the price tag is 1/3 that of the iWatch, it seems the usability side of things hasn't been thought of at all!

And who thought that showing 100% of your goal was sufficient? What if I manage to do 12,000 steps in a day? What then??

I think I will pick up a misfit flash for about £100 less; it will still be frustrating to use, but at least I save some cash!

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

Kevin Fairhurst
Headmaster

Re: What?

Pedant mode... Meldrew's catchphrase was "I DON'T believe it"

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: have they sorted out the lack of citrix yet?

Replying to myself in case anyone else is interested... Apparently event the native Citrix chrome app requires StoreFront so if your IT department is sticking with the Web Interface (which is the case where I work) then you're still outta luck :(

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Kevin Fairhurst

Re: have they sorted out the lack of citrix yet?

No, it's the Citrix Receiver. They canned it and said use the HTML5 version. But you could only get that downloaded and installed if your IT dept had signed up to a certain level of Citrix support; it wasn't a standard client as with windows etc.

A quick Google suggests that they finally saw sense and re-released a native receiver app last August - probably about a week after I gave up on chrome books when I was last looking :

http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/21/google-and-citrix-team-up-to-make-chromebooks-more-attractive-to-businesses/

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Kevin Fairhurst

have they sorted out the lack of citrix yet?

or do you still have to have your own citrix shop at work (or whatever it bloody well is you need) ?

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$500 TEDDY BEAR teaches tots to spit up personal data

Kevin Fairhurst

As a parent with a toddler...

I can guarantee that this is a complete and utter waste of time. On the offchance that the child does actually take an interest in the teddy, it will :

not hold the correct paw most of the time

not hold the correct paw for a duration of four seconds, in the event that the child does hold the correct paw

will chew or attempt to chew the paw containing electronics - lets hope they're spit-proof!

will use the teddy to hit things, or will hit the teddy with other things

will find surprising new places for the teddy to live e.g. behind the tv, in the kitchen bin, in the dishwasher

Given the price of wearable tech these days, and the price of childrens toys, how anyone would agree to pay more than $100 I don't know. Even a hundred bucks is TOO DAMN MUCH for this, given what it does, let alone five hundred!

But the biggest failing... as there always comes a time when teddy needs to take a trip around the washing machine, can you disconnect the electroncs in this thing? Or like the sleepsuit from a favourite uncle does it need to go straight in the bin the first time it gets splattered with unwanted bodily excretions?

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Big Retail: We don't hate Apple, we hate the credit card companies

Kevin Fairhurst

Using a QR code image...

If the CurrentC app shows a QR code image that is effectively your payment details, what is stopping me from taking a screengrab of the app, sending it to myself, and using that the next time I am down Walmart ? Given the lack of consumer protection from this, it makes it wide open for this kind of fraud!

Hey, why bother doing this manually... just create a malicious android app that does it all for you...

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Vodafone, Moneygram hook up to create mobe money MONSTER

Kevin Fairhurst

Will be a long time coming to UK...

Saw this kind of thing about ten years ago and I just happened to be working for a major UK mobile phone provider at the time. They also had the ability to send credit to other phones, so that you could top up and then share your credit with friends/family. I suggested that we do something similar to the head of mobile payments. Apparently, to do this in the UK we would have had to have registered as a bank, with all the extra costs/paperwork that entails, which is why nothing happened. The only people that I can see offering something similar in the UK are Barclays with their PingIt app...

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Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...

The Cat: So, what is it?

Kryten: I've never seen one before - no one has - but I'm guessing it's a white hole.

Rimmer: A *white* hole?

Kryten: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. A black hole sucks time and matter out of the Universe; a white hole returns it.

Lister: So, that thing's spewing time...

Lister: [donning his fur-lined hat] ... back into the Universe?

Kryten: Precisely. That's why we're experiencing these curious time phenomena on board.

The Cat: So, what is it?

Kryten: I've never seen one before - no one has - but I'm guessing it's a white hole.

Rimmer: A *white* hole?

Kryten: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. A black hole sucks time and matter out of the Universe; a white hole returns it.

Lister: [minus the hat] So, that thing's spewing time...

Lister: [donning his fur-lined hat, again] ... back into the Universe?

Kryten: Precisely. That's why we're experiencing these curious time phenomena on board.

Lister: What time phenomena?

Kryten: Like just then, when time repeated itself.

The Cat: So, what is it?

[Kryten, Rimmer, and Lister stare at Cat]

The Cat: Only joking.

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

Kevin Fairhurst

Very Large Phone

Has an acronym of VLP... But don't let facts get in the way of a good punch line! :)

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Cryptolocker copycat ransomware emerges – but an antidote is possible

Kevin Fairhurst

Locker...

"avoids infecting machines running tools used by security researchers"

What tools, and are they free to install? Seems a good way of avoiding some of the nastier crud if it is looking for, and staying off, machines running certain exes!

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UK.gov forks out £250k to rescue EROTIC novelists and pals from PIRATES

Kevin Fairhurst

What will the "authors" of these badly written books do, once they have ensured that there are no pirate copies on the internet... and yet people STILL don't buy their books?

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Apple 'happy ending': BULGING iPhone WAD - but can it ever be enough?

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Interesting

Alternatively, it shows that despite the existing iPhones being deemed "end of line" as they were due to be replaced in the quarter (something pretty much everyone knows about now), they *still* managed to sell 25 million of them!

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

Kevin Fairhurst

touchscreen failure is down to non-standard iphone charger

use official charger & cable and it will work fine. I had mine plugged in to a belkin one and the touchscreen had that problem!

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Haahhahahahaha!

Give them *some* credit... they don't have the Apple prototypes to blatantly copy from any more!

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Wait a minute

What mistake? They're married!

From http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/mar/26/gay-marriage-supreme-court-defeatism

"DOMA is what prevents me, and thousands of other gay Americans, from living in the US with my spouse, while the legal and social stigma of officially sanctioned inequality is, by itself, devastating for gay children"

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Just get the filters installed and everyone shut up.

But it has already been alluded to that the "powers that be" will be able to find out who has disabled the filter. Imagine you're trying to adopt, and you get refused... Turns out you're considered unsuitable as a potential parent because you turned off the filter. Or not given custody to your child, or turned down for a job as a teacher, etc....

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

Kevin Fairhurst

"A surprising number of parents simply assume the internet is already filtered, just like the TV has a watershed, and their children are wandering unprotected on an open network parts of which are really quite unpleasant."

The answer is to educate the parents, and to get them to have responsibility for their children. A half arsed PR stunt to make people think that working filters are in place will ensure that those parents will continue to let kids use the Internet unfiltered, as the kids will have found a proxy to get around the blocks!

A default filter does NOT solve the problem. It needs a programme of education as well. Any ISP level filter needs to sit alongside software controlled by the parents, so that they have finer control over what is and isn't blocked.

Parents also need to ensure that they still have anti virus and anti spam software installed on their windows machines, but it would not surprise me in the slightest if those of a less technical bent assume that this filter will also filter out that kind if thing...

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Premier League boots footie-streaming site off Blighty's interwebs

Kevin Fairhurst

Thanks to this court order....

There's another streaming website that I know about now! Barbra Streisand!

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Lasers to carry 622 Mbps Earth-Moon link

Kevin Fairhurst
Pint

Astrium? Built in Stevenage, then?

Well, designed there. Maybe...

Meanwhile at the other end of town, swathes of properties don't get decent broadband to their homes because it isn't "cost effective" to upgrade the cabinets... :-/

<--- unlike the lager, I *am* bitter!

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Poor iPhone sales mean Verizon could owe Apple $14bn

Kevin Fairhurst

What people need to realise is that under this "commitment to buy" agreement, Verizon have effectively pre-ordered $14billion worth of iPhones, and while Apple are able to sell some elsewhere, they won't be able to sell all of them... As with any B2B relationship they will come to an arrangement that isn't as much mutually agreeable as will be made out in the press releases...

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

Kevin Fairhurst

We don't! But like PC days of old (and Amiga* days before that) it seems as though Android is all about having the biggest numbers and best stats! My phone is faster than yours, ner ner! Candy Crush still plays at exactly the same speed though...

* "Ah but my memory card has a co-processor. I have a 68882 with blah blah blah." Did it actually make a difference to how I used the damn thing? Did it buggery.

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The only Waze is Google: Ad giant tipped to gobble map app 'for $1.3bn'

Kevin Fairhurst
Big Brother

What's in it for Google?

They get even more information about people. Not just what they do when they get to places (e.g. using search to find stuff) but also which routes they take, who they interact with, etc.

And at the same time they get all that lovely real-time data that people willingly feed in, not just speed/accident data but fuel price & speed camera data sets can both be sold on...

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Bloomberg blocks its hacks from snooping on financial terminals

Kevin Fairhurst

sounds like they just fingered users they knew

we used to finger each other all the time at uni... i dunno, kids today, etc...

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

Kevin Fairhurst

Not just Apple

My wife was ordering a dozen charms online from Thomas Sabo, and they decided that they wanted scans of bank statements, passport etc. When my wife kicked up a stink & said that they had delivered to her before, using the same payment method and delivery address, they relented and sent out the order...

Any company sending out untraceable goods need to be extra cautious against potential fraud, as the card company WILL put a chargeback on them and they will be the ones that lose out, not the end customer, and certainly not the bank. I think the banks need to put some additional measures in place so that the company contacts the bank for proof of address or whatever, and if the bank decide that the address doesn't match, it is the bank that contacts the customer for any proofs. Then and only then does the bank release the funds to the vendor, who sends out the goods.

That won't happen though, because the BUNCH OF BANKERS that run the banks wouldn't make as much money!

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BT to slap overalls on 1,000 new bods in fibre broadband boost

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Execellent

Sadly not - lets just say that there is a small "estate" in Chells where an old school used to be with about 250 houses/flats. And the one cabinet that feeds all of these has been missed off the upgrade plans.

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Kevin Fairhurst
FAIL

Re: Execellent

The main Stevenage exchange was done yonks ago. They haven't done the cabinet at the end of our road, though! Neighbours have a choice of high-speed service, having both Virgin Media and BT Infinity. We languish with ~4Mbit connections wondering if OpenReach will ever deign us worthy of an upgrade...

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Nationwide are ok now, but....

Thanks for this. I was just about to consider switching to Nationwide. But since you used the S word...

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Review: Britain's 4G smartphones

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: 8Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up HSPA+ speeds

Just managed 10.93Mbps down and 4.24 up, with 45ms ping, on a T-Mobile/EE iPhone 5. You must be holding your phone wrong.... ;)

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Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed

Kevin Fairhurst
Joke

All speeds I can only dream of...

Only 12 Mbps at 9pm??? How do they cope??

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Football club catches, then punts, Kaspersky name

Kevin Fairhurst
Joke

The 15- game

is where the best 13- players go to when they retire. When you're too old and tired to play rugby league, don't worry my son, you can still be paid silly money by the union mob!

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Apple's iOS 6 maps STILL muddle Mildura

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: It shouldn't be too hard

But Apple are not paying for Google's maps... copying them in this manner is not acceptable... they would also copy any deliberate errors that Google will have included to identify this manner of theft...

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Subjects bestow Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on Queen

Kevin Fairhurst
Joke

Re: 'By Royal Appointment' ?

Not if they had to go back within those five years due to uneven backlighting!

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