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2808 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

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Re: Java autoupdate

Have you got a proxy which limits file download sizes?

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Re: Stupid patching!

Java Configuration > Advanced and scroll right to the bottom of the list. There you'll find the option to turn off Ask Toolbar installation.

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The NO-NAME vuln: wget mess patched without a fancy brand

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MacOS X 10.10

It doesn't have wget but it does have curl.

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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

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Re: No need to panic

No they shouldn't because damages will be three times as much.

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Speaking in Tech: Amazon's Fire is being snuffed out

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Headmaster

The airline is pronounced Vuh-well-ing

Whatever it is you're saying at the moment sounds a bit like the Scandinavian technical support line...

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Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8

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Re: Fundamental disagreement

If you've set up a certificate to prevent a MITM attack and are being MITM'd, do you expect to be able to click through with a warning as well?

If clients don't get stricter, CAs won't change. If it's your own webmail portal then perhaps Firefox is trying to tell you something.

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You're a bit behind the times. They've been fixed.

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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

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Future issues

I assume she's more into things like peak oil and how to transition her country away from it rather than twatting about on Twitter. This must be corrected at once!

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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Re: helpd.apple.com

If Zidziarski's not said anything and it's not on fix-macosx.com I'm inclined to believe that you're full of it.

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Re: How Else Would Continuity Work?

The two devices have to be close (in Bluetooth range) and have the same user logged into iCloud. If so, the data is transferred with a propriety protocol over WiFi Direct.

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Re: It used to be Microsoft was the evil Empire

Is that why when you install Windows 8 you need to press the button to create a new MSN account to get to the button to carry on with the install process without signing on to an MSN account?

Perhaps on Windows 10 they're working on removing that pesky little button.

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Re: So how else did you...

Just out of interest, if you disabled Spotlight Suggestions as directed when opening Spotlight, did you also disable Spotlight Suggestions in Safari's Search preferences as not directed?

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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Re: Useless, expensive AND inconvenient, a genius idea

And by that you mean the polite round of applause Tim gets after he demonstrates another interesting new product feature, of course.

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Amazon wants YOU to LOOK OVER its BOOKS – its slush pile, that is

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Does it really matter anyway?

Their epub books don't require any upfront commission to be paid. They could publish the lot.

They wouldn't just be trying to drum up word-of-mouth publicity would they?

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Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV

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Trollface

It works, I used it and I found some malware

It was the Google Updater. I don't know how it got on the computer but I've wiped it.

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Lumia 830: Microsoft hopes to seduce with slim 'affordable' model

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Re: I finally met someone with a Windows Phone

Thanks for the heads up.

http://here.com/beta/android

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Re: Affordable flagship? Is that legal under the trade description act?

Windows 8.1 isn't as resource-light as Symbian so they can't get away with cutting back on the specs like they could with the N8 or 808. The review has already said that the camera is slow to start up and it's slow applying visual effects to photos. Windows 8.1 is also an albatross compared to other mobile operating systems concerning battery life...

http://allaboutwindowsphone.com/features/item/19780_Windows_Phone_81_battery_woes-.php

I'm sure if you want a flagship phone which has calendar/contact sync, Twitter, Facebook, and can start up a handful of apps relatively quickly it's very nice. That's not what most people would call flagship though.

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WTF?

Affordable flagship? Is that legal under the trade description act?

They've got the same chipset as the cheapie Moto G which is half it's price, it's got 1Gb of RAM, the display is 720p, the camera is 10MP and starts up slower than my Xperia S from two-and-a-half years ago. The price is flagship, not much else is.

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: LED Bulb price

Because CFLs don't last what they used to.

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

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No clamping down (apart from the bureaucracy needed to get a PAYG SIM), it's the fact that he turned up without a copy of the paperwork they needed in his hand and they would have had to make an effort to communicate so they couldn't be arsed.

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They've been working on it for quite a while...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/22/iphone_sim/

This story also has the "back to the drawing board with their tails between their legs" quote but the GSMA set up a task force anyway. Operators could just say no but they are too desperate to subsidise the next iShiny.

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Actually devices with software SIMs would have to be completely unhackable because the operators stand to lose so much (free connectivity or connectivity billed to someone else). Any device with a software SIM will have to be unrootable and unjailbreakable, or stop connecting to the network if it's rooted or jailbroken. By which I mean that it would have to take several years to break the protection, by which time people have lost interest in the device.

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Re: Explanations please?

It means you can automatically log onto hotspots which have agreements with your network operator if you find yourself without network coverage. Using those hotspots comes out of your data bundle or is charged to your next bill instead of you having to fish out a credit card and create a user ID.

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Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T

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Re: Softly, softly..............

I don't think the EU has anything to say about tablets though. I'm sure they will push it as far as they can go (hardware SIM on iPhones, software SIM on tablets) and keep lobbying the GSMA about it. As soon as the GSMA say it's OK the EU can't really say no. News about this first appeared in 2010 so it's a long-term thing...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/18/gsma_apple/

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Re: Softly, softly..............

It's basically a posh paper clip so you can press a button inside a hole to release the SIM, the same as ships with the iPhone.

But yes, I'm sure the end aim is to have a software SIM. They have to boil the operators slowly though, notice how it was the iPads which had this, not the iPhone 6. The next step will be to include Apple SIMs with the iPhone 7 and a software SIM with future iPads.

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Knocking Knox: Samsung DENIES vuln claims, says mysterious blogger is a JOKER

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Re: "using a password and PIN that was subsequently written into a "pin.xml" file in cleartext"

I don't think it matters if it's automounted or not, there's only one 'secure' container in Knox anyway.

Samsung say "access to this key is strongly controlled", presumably part of that strong control includes the pin.xml bodge.

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"using a password and PIN that was subsequently written into a "pin.xml" file in cleartext"

That's the Samsung we all know and love. Why keep the PIN in a separate process in encrypted area of memory which isn't ever paged out and use a call to the process to compare a user-entered PIN with the encrypted stored PIN when you can write it straight to a file in plain text?

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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Re: Is it just me?

When he says "a real thing that actually happened" it means he found it in Wikipedia without too much trouble. He even included the link for us which was nice of him.

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Re: Prepare for disappointment

Is this a story arc or a story precipice? Nothing this series has prepared us for the whatever it is that's going off in that trailer for next week.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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Then again it also takes a certain mindset to plough absolutely everything back into the business. Not everything has to be short term but some kind of return after 21 years would be nice for the people who have invested in them.

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Lucky you. Twitter offers you its 'Digits' (for mobe app sign-ins)

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Re: Bah!

It's already been thought of, it's called Trusted Bluetooth devices although it seems only the Moto X has it.

It's built into Android 5 though so everything should have it in the future.

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Microsoft: Cloud-o-bile still only small slice of softening revenue pie

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Re: hmmmm

Well the consumer divisions, where normal people choose whether or not to buy MS or something else, is down. And that's at a time when they dropped support for XP hoping people would rush out and buy Windows 8 OEM equipment or even a Surface.

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Bitcasa bins $10-a-month Infinite storage offer

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WTF?

So there are few customers for their unlimited offer, but the few customers there are decided to use their unlimited space. If I understand Bitcasa correctly things would have been much better for them if lots of customers decided to use unlimited space or if few customers decided to use hardly any space.

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Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

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Holmes

Spot

Used in several European languages to mean advertisement on television or radio.

Case closed, Watson.

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NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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I don't know, they only mention releasing an update to Android. Possibly Bouncer or Verify Apps weren't originally designed to check apps inside apps.

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Many OEMs and operators already have a copy of their apps on Play anyway, from there it's a small step to Google automatically pushing apps on the OEMs' and operators' behalf to the phones on first run, i.e. you update base Android then get OEM customisation apks, operator customisation apks, and Google Play Services pushed to the phone.

If ever you were to install or update to another version of Android you could get the customisation downloaded again.

If the OEM and operator apks weren't suitable for that device and version of Android then they wouldn't get downloaded and you'd have fewer customisations or even a base install if neither OEM nor operator manage to get their finger out. That would be an incentive for them to keep their customisation up to date and making it useful instead of letting it rot.

Probably not as simple as I'm making out (binary blobs, configuration, etc... which also need to be installed into base Android for the phone to work) but anything's got to be better than the current unholy mess. It can't be rocket science to get it figured out.

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Re: @Sony

Remember they were Ericsson working in partnership with Sony for a long time before being swallowed up.

Either Sony haven't noticed yet or they've let them get on with it.

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FAIL

You've missed the final part of the sentence in TFA which says the wrapper app "gets past both security apps and Google's Bouncer", which means it can be downloaded from the Play Store. Google's fix was to push out an update to Android which might never be installed.

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Nokia STORMS back into profit, FREE from phones and Windows

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Devil

How's that karma working out for Nadella?

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: laughter....

He did say "shuttity up" in the bank robbery episode...

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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Google re-invent the wheel for the nth time

They won't be happy until they've split e-mail into two and made sure that you need to use their new mail API (i.e. not IMAP) to access Inbox.

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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It's an Apple car patent

Relax, nothing will come of it...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/26/apple_car_keys/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/18/apple_patents_new_fondleslab_dashboard_distraction_device/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/01/apple_adjustable_car_interior_patent/

Etc...

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Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook

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Tim will be remembered for allowing Yosemite on his watch

Steve wouldn't have allowed that kind of nonsense.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Re: Same as iOS 8

"I'd rather see ads for things I'm interested in than stannah stairlifts, trouser presses and goldfish tiaras."

What makes you think those ads aren't targeted?

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Re: Huh?

The alternative doesn't have to be Chrome, there is Firefox.

Of course the irony is those people who previously set up Safari to search with DuckDuckGo then upgrade to Yosemite and are possibly blissfully unaware that everything they search for is CC'd to Apple.

Is it really difficult for even reg commentards to understand that if I set my search provider to X then my searches should only go to X without a CC being sent to my computer manufacturer?

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Re: Huh?

Not quite ordinary reading. Did you check Safari > Preferences > Search? Spotlight Suggestions is also buried there so I suppose Apple get everything you type in the url bar if you leave it on.

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Re: I've had enough

Well at least there are checkboxes to turn those options off. Unfortunately there's no checkbox for making the new UI look like it wasn't repeatedly hit with an ugly stick until it got bruised black and blue and then fell unconscious.

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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Re: Pebble still seems the best

If you were referring to battery life, that manages 3 days verses Pebble's 7.

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Meh

Pebble still seems the best

Everything else is over-engineered with no battery life.

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Whisper chief: 'We're not infallible but strive to do right by our anonymous users'

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WTF?

It seems like with Whisper you're less anonymous than you are with other services

Do Facebook or Twitter go through messages by hand, actively forward data with spook agencies, or do content deals with media companies? Can't remember reading anything to that effect.

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