* Posts by Fred Flintstone

2357 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009

Roll up, roll up, as LG launches stealthy Bluetooth keyboard

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For me they'd be a solution to the fact that you can't buy a phone with a bloody sliding keyboard anymore

Hmm, if you look up "sliding keyboard" on Amazon there quite a few phone cases that offer that, maybe that will help? Certainly better than trying to run an SSH session with an onscreen keyboard, that is IMHO the height of pointlessness..

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

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Re: The things people buy...

Smart fridge? Smart TV? Smart clock? What the bloody hell for?

I suspect it's for people who are not as smart as their appliances..

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Suffering a comms blackout in the loo? Now you don't have to

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Is this a new euphemism?

Suffering a comms blackout in the WC

Is this an euphemism of a part of the glorious bacon story as told by Al Murray?

:)

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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Re: True - but unlikely

So somebody used somebody else's email address, and yet the person who owns the email address, just simply ignored or deleted all of the emails that AM sent them?

Well, either they did, or their spam filter. It's not impossible IMHO.

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

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Well the person who spent £300 on it might be a bit miffed. They may even go so far as to claim criminal damage, you never know.

I'd like to see them try - how are you going to prove that it was a hack that killed the thing and not a malfunction? Read the bash log? If you have THAT deep an access you can cook up all sorts of mischief that could be made to zap itself on reboot. You could even make it an intermittent problem so it'll drive you mad trying to fix the hardware.

How ANYONE in the 21st century can wilfully avoid, no, REMOVE, the most basic access control facilities to use on an unsecured link is a bit beyond me. That is simply irresponsible.

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Botched Google Stagefright fix won't be resolved until September

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Re: standard Google behaviour, only hearing the echoes

Google has a long and disgraceful history of simply ignoring contact from outsiders, it really shouldn't surprise anyone that even critical bug reports get little or no response. They seem to have passed Microsoft now in doing whatever they want without caring how or who it affects.

Hmm, I think I'd give them the benefit of the doubt here, for 2 reasons:

- it is abundantly clear that the current structure of Android makes it stupendously complex to create patches that reach back a few generations because that also involves 3rd parties such as phone providers for the modem code etc. My hope is thus that their patch will include a move towards a more layered model where there are not so many dependencies to address between the various parties.

- they botched one patch already, which at least means that they're working on it, but also that the problem is a more complex to fix than originally thought. I don't think we ever had a bug that affected so many devices at once (evil thought: it could be interesting to see if this could be memorialised in the Guinness Book of Records :) ), so I suspect they're quite aware of the seriousness of the matter. I rather have them do a decent job in a bit more time than go through another botch job as it'll be less disruptive for everyone.

That being said, if they don't deliver after that delay I suspect it will not be good news for Android.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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What I want to know ..

You know what? Fuck it, I'm out.

If you swear in French, what is that called?

:)

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Costa Rican authorities detain drug-smuggling pigeon

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Re: Don't tell me...

No wonder it failed, they were clearly winging it.

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Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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Re: WTF?

Assange is not hiding from America, he is hiding from rape allegations and bail jumping.

I don't know. As far as I can see he's more desperately hiding from obscurity...

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Re: So is there a statute of limitations about skipping bail?

It's called New Tricks :-)

.. and the new series started off with a seriously good story in 2 parts!

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Wrist-top virtualisation comes to Apple Watch

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The only remote access I use..

.. is LAN based, via Synergy. That way I can use various machines from 1 keyboard and mouse, but even on my LAN that is encrypted because I like secure defaults. That also means it does not load on startup but has to be activated manually.

Keeping things reasonably secure isn't hard, as long as you're consistent.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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Re: x 7

Ah yeah, if it's Windows 7+ installed then yadda-yadda. I've tweaked the article.

Any more tweaking of that article and we'll have to call it Windows 10 compatible on account of all the patching :)

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TXT message leaves Corvette wrecked

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Re: Next, the cops will want this functionality.

Next, the cops will want this functionality.

Save them going on car chases...

Only until the cops' insurance insists on it too. At that point they probably won't even make it out of the car park :)

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It's 2015, and someone can pwn Windows PCs by inserting a USB stick

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Re: I suggest

Alas, we're all prisoners...

At least it's not my own device..

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Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

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Re: hyperemesis

Thanks for that - at least I learned a new word :)

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Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine lawyers

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Re: I've said it before and I'll say it again...

Quality :)

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Hillary Clinton kept top-secret SIGINT emails on her home email server

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Re: Top Secret security

Pretty soon it all stacks up.

.. which makes the abysmal state of their security (OPM being a very important case in point) all the more inexcusable.

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Google's new parent Alphabet owns abc.xyz – and, yup, there's already an abc.wtf

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That's unusually agile for Microsoft?

I'm a bit puzzled by the abc.wtf thing - MS is not usually that quick off the mark.

I suspect what has really happened was that a registrar must have cooked this up and sold it on to a high level friend inside MS.

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Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

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Re: The only way to not be ridiculed...

Here in Norway the Army is testing it for use by tank drivers...

http://www.tujobs.com/news/238400-see-the-norwegian-armed-forces-driving-with-oculus-rift

Sure, they may still look silly, but... would you say that to someone driving an armored vehicle?

Oh sure, but only after I paintball the cameras :)

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Copyright troll wants to ban 'copyright troll' from its copyright troll lawsuit

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Re: If it quacks like a duck

the demand has peaked out

I saw what you did there :)

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LibreOffice 5.0 debuts, complete with fewer German code comments

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Re: Whatever happened to LibreOffice Online?

I've seen no mention of it for ages.

Ah, do not despair! :)

The changes to the code that brought you LO v5 are apparently in preparation for that. I quote from their features list:

LibreOffice 5.0 is the corner stone of our mobile clients on Android and Ubuntu Touch as well as our upcoming cloud version. It is also the first version to come in 64 bits for Windows. As such LibreOffice 5 serves as the foundation of our current developments and is a great plaftorm to extend, innovate and collaborate with!

I'm personally not so keen on the idea, but I can see it being useful in many situations. It helps that they also managed to reduce the code base. Maybe I'm biased, but this new version feels snappier than v4 so I think the upgrade was worth it.

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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Re: id10t

What are the ways to beat a keylogger?

One time passwords? You can now even add TOTP to Linux logins, so if you want to go into paranoid mode it isn't even hard to do.

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Cause of Parliamentary downtime on Microsoft Office 364½ revealed

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Re: Welcome to the cloud...

What's any of this got to do with Annie Lennox?

I think it's more Nine Inch Nails (yes, I know it's originally by David Bowie, I just like this version better :) ).

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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

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Re: Well...

If you are really into S&M to yourself run 4.4 with full disk encryption lol. So slooooooowwwwww.

That'll be Bruce Schneier's new book: 50 shades of crypto :)

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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I'd take the garden hose to one of these things in a heartbeat of it was over my property.

LOL. If you get the same kind of pressure as we get from Thames Water it would be safe from that whilst flying close enough to cut your hair :).

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This is TRUE science: Harvard boffins fire up sizzling BACON LASER

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Re: Burn, Baby, Burn

Next stop : Try aiming it at an airplane...

Making it fly would take care of that :)

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Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

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Re: Personally....

THAT, my dear friends ... would be a film worth watching. Let's be honest here, it would be a damn sight more interesting than yet another Marvel film.

Being Hollywood and all, tens of tons of money would roll in, thus paying for both legal teams, and Universal would still post a "loss" on the venture.

Ah, but the sheer irony of seeing that film being pirated would be worth it on its own :)

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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""Drivers shouldn't have to choose between being connected and being protected," said Senator Markey."

Well done. Now apply that to your three letter agencies as well - you have all the required basics in that one line.

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Americans find fantastic new use for drones – interfering with firefighting

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Re: The nut behind the wheel

Better to home in on the control signal...

You reminded me of a recent Dilbert :)

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Adobe: We REALLY are taking Flash security seriously – honest

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Re: Does Adobe sit on its hands and wait for people to report vulnerabilities before it fixes them?

That would still be a useful approach if their fixes indeed addressed vulnerabilities. As far as I can tell their fixes simply open up holes elsewhere - a bit like digging a hole to fill another one.

It makes you wonder what sort of approach to coding makes you end up with a game of security whack-a-mole.

Unless, of course, the original intention was indeed to code a game of whack-a-mole :)

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Re: Perhaps

Miyamoto Mushashi must be spinning in his grave!

Ah, but between keeping his blades sharp, fighting people and writing about it he had no time left to trademark it. Let this be a lesson to all of you (etc). :)

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Re: Okay... let me be the first to do this here...

I think you should have linked to the twats page. If enough people do, they might start to understand...

I like the idea of filling up their logfiles with choice insults, but I think they have spent more money on lawyers than on technology (as the article indicated). It is not a given that anyone will EVER look at the 404 logs..

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From doodles to designs – sketch it out with a stylish stylus

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Re: They're All Shit

Having digital art equipment reviewed by non-artists is about as useful as someone who can't drive reviewing a car after sitting in the driver seat, wiggling the wheel a bit and shouting "Vroom! Vroom!"

Love the analogy :).

I think YMMV - artists that need precision won't go near these products, sure, but I can see artists that spend their time sketching out basic ideas (or work with coarser strokes) jump at the chance of having something portable that doesn't cost the amounts that Wacom wants (let's face it, you've bought a second PC at their prices), yet has enough functionality to rough something out.

Anyone in the audience who professes to being an artist? (not me, I don't even feature in amateur league when it comes to freehand drawing anything more than stick figures :) ).

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FLYING PIG crash-lands in Utah: Rider survives, bacon saved

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Re: New form of lift

Make a balloon shaped like a politician, and you don't even need burners to get off the ground

Mind you, it was already sponsored by a bank, so they weren't far off.

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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Re: France...

Really depends on the Republicrat. Cruz or his ilk? Delta Force into the Ecuadorian Embassy. Rand Paul? Assange ain't worth the trouble. Hillary? Y'all might want to back away from the embassy. Thirty miles or so. See icon.

Love it :)

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Re: Ironic..

That's ironic as a French Letter was what got him into this mess - allegedly...

LOL, I can't believe I missed that. If I could give you more upvotes you'd have them all - to me, this is the comment of the week :)

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Amazon just wrote a TLS crypto library in only 6,000 lines of C code

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I love it.

How to genuinely apply transparency and the "many eyeballs" Open Source idea as well as Kerckhoff's principle to critical code.

Applaus.

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Yikes! Facebook will run on TELEPATHY, thinks Zuck, in Q&A

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Re: a grand fundemental law of human relationships?

garbage in = Facebook out

FTFY :)

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That shot you heard? SSLv3 is now DEAD

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If only there was a way to shame companies into upgrading their security promptly.

Hmm, maybe something to prod the banking regulator with? After all, they are always in need of evidence to show they're actually doing their job, and this is pretty much a classic by now..

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Can someone tell banks and places like TP Online

With a bit of luck the lawyers will wake up to the problem of liability through negligence. By formally declaring SSLv3 dead and buried, and by refusing any connections from the grave there is no credible argument that anyone still relying on this code is doing anything at all for security.

This means that when problems appear it's not just consequential liability, it is also likely to attract regulatory fines as well. Personally, I think the way to fix this is to make banker bonuses payable to any victims - I reckon it would turn the City into a powerhouse of cybersecurity in, umm, a week, tops :)

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Pirate MEP pranks Telegraph with holiday snap scaremongering

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And yet copyright is now death plus 70 and no doubt Disney or some large corporation will achieve perpetual copyright at some point.

Maybe not copyright rights, but rights to free use of your images into perpetuity is already standard fare in Google's Terms & Conditions. OK, they do their level best to avoid using the word perpetuity (just in case someone actually reads it), but just read it for yourself - it's not hard to find. I think it probably is with Facebook as well, but I don't use it...

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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I so love that *classic* understatement

"Things got out of hand at that point."

You don't say :). Admirable effort.

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NIST issues 'don't be stupid' security guidelines for contractors

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Let's avoid standards at all costs then..

5 years to prepare a 76 page document that any decent developer could have written in a few days...

It's a classic not-invented-here as well: the right answer to that has been around since 1995, but hey, that came from a British standard :)

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'Lemme tell you about my trouble with girls ...' Er, please don't, bro-ffin

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My personal favourite in this context..

.. is this very good cartoon.

Enjoy :)

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NY, Connecticut investigate Apple for Music service violations

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Re: Apple sucks schweaty monkey bung.

Lawyers sue where them money is.

It appears there is no big difference in motivation between lawyers and bankrobbers then :)

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