* Posts by Kevin Fairhurst

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Nest Cam: A compelling piece of hardware-software

Kevin Fairhurst

Also...

No mention of fitting - how do you get this connected to power, is PoE an option if your wifi won't penetrate your outside wall, is configuration easy even when adding multiple cameras?

Would also be worth knowing if any such devices can do facial recognition, allow you can add names to people, and then set it to ignore warnings when certain people arrive between certain times...

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Fanbois iVaporate: Smallest Apple iPhone queues ever

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: What else can you queue up for any more?

Your mortgage is £35 a month?? How old are you expecting to be when you retire? ;)

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World eats its 10 millionth Raspberry Pi

Kevin Fairhurst

There's half a dozen in our house

One in each bedroom plus one in the lounge, all running OSMC/Kodi. And a Pi Zero that I got free with a magazine, that sits on my shelf in the bedroom gathering dust!

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Argos changes 150 easily guessed drop-off system passwords

Kevin Fairhurst

So how long until...

someone figures out they're just changed it all to ArgosStore123 & starts redirecting packages rather than advising people of the issue?

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Thermostat biz Nest warms to home security, touts cam with cloud storage subscription

Kevin Fairhurst

Plugged in outside?

All you need to do is cover your face while you unplug it, wait five minutes, and then rip it off the wall. And the owner pays a premium subscription for this shit?

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Gartner: Brexit to wipe $4.6bn off tech spending in Blighty

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: dollar = quid

Such comparisons invariably ignored the fact that the US prices always excluded any taxes, whereas the UK prices included them!

Current comments are that the top-end iPhone 7 will cost the same as the previous couple of models, i.e. $1050. From a UK perspective, we'll be paying an extra £100 if the current currency valuations were used to set the prices!

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Apple TV can p0wn you in more ways than it entertains you

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Does this mean...

Links? And does it do Netflix? :)

The best I can find for that price range appears to be the Amazon Fire Stick, which is £35. The AppleTV 3 is £50.

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Does this mean...

A jailbreak is incoming for the AppleTV3?

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New gear needed to capture net connection records, say ISPs

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: trackmenot?

Did not know about that, thank you! Will be downloading & installing that on all my home devices!

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Kevin Fairhurst

Re: A couple of points

I actually had the idea of developing a browser plugin... while you were happily surfing, it would run a google search against a random word from the OED, and load up a random result (i.e. not just the first entry on the first page). And it would keep doing this on a regular basis, as long as your browser window was open.

Not only would this overload the monitoring systems with plenty more crap data to store, it would also ensure that you had plausible deniability in the event of something untoward appearing in your ICR history...

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Got an Apple Mac, iThing? Update it right now – there's a shedload of security holes fixed

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: Closed that jailbreak hole pretty quick

9.1 has been in beta since before 9.01 came out; I suspect that Pangu knew that the full 9.1 release would close the hole, and therefore released the jailbreak for those willing to put tweakability* before security.

* having insisted on only getting an original iphone once they could be jailbreaked to allow unlocking & custom apps to be run - remember this was before the original app store launched - i have now gone the other way; I no longer see a value in jailbreaking, as it causes more problems than it solves. e.g. my online banking apps can tell if the phone has been jailbreaked, and thus they refuse to work!

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Bosch, you suck! Dyson says VW pal cheated in vacuum cleaner tests

Kevin Fairhurst

alternatively

get a dog :)

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Amazon Echo: We put Jeff Bezos' always-on microphone-speaker in a Reg family home

Kevin Fairhurst

Bit pricey in the UK currently...

So based on the Amazon RRP of $180, and today's exchange rate, and add VAT, and you're looking at £140. So to allow for currency fluctuations, it will probably retail for £150 if released in the UK.

Looking on Ebay, they're going for £230-240 for UK stock (i.e. it's already been imported). Even allowing for postage & VAT/import duty, that's quite a markup!

Apparently most things work reasonably well, although it helps to have a VPN to hide the fact that you're in the UK. I think it would get a huge amount of usage in our house, and I would be all over it like a shot if it wasn't quite so expensive currently! Hopefully Amazon UK will start selling it soon so I can put it on my Christmas list :)

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Testing CarPlay with Apple’s most expensive ever accessory

Kevin Fairhurst

after Siri finished reading out a text message the radio failed to resume

Having used CarPlay on a Pioneer head unit for a couple of months now, this is a fundamental failing in the way CarPlay works...

If you're listening to a non-CarPlay audio source (cd, radio, hard drive full of mp3s, etc) and CarPlay cuts in to tell you about a message, or to provide a map direction, it is unable to switch back to the non-CarPlay source to resume playback of whatever was interrupted.

It works on phone calls as that acts as a system-level interrupt, and the whole device switches to the phone call and then switches back. They would need to change CarPlay to work in the same manner, which would probably make other functions screw up, so it may not be an easy fix...

Another flaw due to the lack of supported apps is that as the head unit becomes a secondary display for the phone, you cannot have the music or podcast app showing on the head unit and a different app (Waze, for example) showing on the phone! Either the music app shows on both, or you have Waze on the phone and the CarPlay menu on the head unit.

The workaround I currently use is to listen to music from the phone & use apps for radio stations if required. I run Waze on the phone for mapping, and put the head unit in Pioneer mode where you can still see track information etc. Would be good to have it all kept in one "system" but that would require "splitting" the display so that the head unit was seen as a second screen rather than just the first screen remapped...

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332M Kick Ass pirates get asses kicked by scareware ass-kickers

Kevin Fairhurst

Other than the reporter...

There surely can't be that many visitors to that website who don't have adblockers on in full. Assuming they're actually visiting the site directly, and don't just have an automated system to do the dirty deeds for them (eg SickRage, HeadPhones, CouchPotato)

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Crash Google Chrome with one tiny URL: We cram a probe in this bug

Kevin Fairhurst

Re: RE: Dear Coders - Rules You Learned in Kindergarten

It's getting on for 20 years since I studied it at uni, but there are methodologies to development and testing that you simply have to follow when working on critical or embedded systems. This allows for you to consider race conditions and unexpected input values as well as simple coding mistakes. Once you go live, patching is incredibly difficult, so yeah i imagine it is possible for someone to have gone years without a bug being found in their code once it had gone live.

I'm sure quite a number of bugs get found during unit testing, then more once your code gets to interact with others in system testing. As was highlighted, a bug in the production environment could be catastrophic - be it nuclear meltdown or planes dropping out of the sky!

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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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