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2505 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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Re: those ... sofas?

Those UI designers have do do something else with their time between UI refreshes.

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

One would hope the ESR version won't pull the rug out from under everybody's feet with the UI change. If they keep the UI configuration the same instead of resetting it to default when running the new version for the first time then that would be most people's problems solved.

As for CTR, I've got everything just like in FF3, old-style menu bar and window title included and application icon/small boxy menu which I never liked excluded.

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

Firefox is the only cross-platform browser that isn't a Chrome clone, so as objectionable as the change was when it happened and the 10-or-so minutes were to put it back the way it was before, the competition is even more objectionable. Classic Theme Restorer isn't difficult to install and none of the other browsers let me change their UI the way I like anyway. It seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

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Re: firefox ESR updated too

Why would you switch to Chrome if you don't like Firefox looking like Chrome but are not prepared to configure it so it doesn't look like Chrome?

You might as well stay put, unless you particularly like the data mining, memory hogging, and battery sapping that Chrome brings to your browsing experience.

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

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I refer the right honourable gentleman to my previous answer

"(a) the work has been made available to the public,

(b) the use of the quotation is fair dealing with the work,

(c) the extent of the quotation is no more than is required by the specific purpose for which it is used, and

(d) the quotation is accompanied by a sufficient acknowledgement (unless this would be impossible for reasons of practicality or otherwise).”

It means practically nothing, it's just a way of keeping things the way they want but looking like they've done something.

a) is it's already on the Internet - pass, c) is the purpose you want the photo for - pass, and d) well, for reasons of practicality or for reasons not of practicality - pass.

That leaves b) and the language is so vague that it can be argued till the cows come home.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Re: I have to defend the police here...

I don't mean ask the Neanderthal for a list of APs, I mean as their job will surely entail talking to him, one of them could also get a list of APs in the area with their phone to find out exactly which innocent network the alleged tablet-wielding ne'er-do-well was supposed to have assaulted.

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Re: I have to defend the police here...

Find out the type of APs at the location which they could surely have done when chatting to the busybody? (open = letter, FON or similar = no letter)

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Re: Not wanting to defend plod, but

I know those laws don't apply to you if you're an individual and the burden of proof is on them but I really wouldn't like to chance it if it were the local Jimmy Saville who decided to use your open hotspot provided to everyone out of a sense of community spirit, altruism, etc...

So you either log connections to the same standard or you don't offer an open hotspot. Even if you do provide a hotspot which logs everything (e.g. FON) the police have demonstrated time and again that technology confuses them.

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Re: I have to defend the police here...

How the did the busybody know what was happening?

- Phones can be enormous these days.

- There are tablets that take SIM cards.

- There are WiMAX tablets.

- You can connect the tablet to your phone via a bluetooth or wifi connection.

- You can connect your tablet to a mobile wifi hotspot which runs off a SIM card.

- Etc...

The police's response, if they knew their technology, should not have been this.

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Re: Not wanting to defend plod, but

Yes, but you'd need to prove to the police that it's not you if the shit hits the fan.

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Re: Not wanting to defend plod, but

There is...

http://www.ruralwifihotspots.co.uk/legal-compliance

And if you as a private individual (not business) offer hotspot access to anyone who passes by, you'd better log connections too given how well the police know their technology - see example in this story.

Although FON does log everything, my dad wanted it turned off just for this very reason.

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ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US

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Re: I really think that the USA should think about what they are saying here.

So, to resume, the body known as the International Trade Commission has a limited scope, meaning that a great many international companies can't actually make complaints about domestic companies. That sounds like a bit of a tilted playing field.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Re: On handguns

Doesn't matter, even Russia and Turkey are members of the EAO.

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Re: On handguns

Switzerland?

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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Must... hit... button... to... get... cheese...

"Ofcom noted that 36 per cent of TalkTalk subscribers merrily skipped through the HomeSafe set-up page, which now opts customers in by default. Before TalkTalk added the pre-tick to its filtering page, its uptake was closer to 20 per cent, apparently."

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Snowden wants YOU – yes, YOU – to build spy-busting tech

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I upgraded someone from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and you wouldn't believe what a trauma the handful of changes were for him. It's going to be an uphill struggle.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Re: It does affect OSX @Dan 55

Re-reading the review on Ars, apparently Cocoa and Mavericks decide if an old app should behave as before or with the new behaviour, although you can disable the new behaviour in the Get Info box.

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/10/os-x-10-9/14/

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Re: It does affect OSX

There's no way Chrome on Mac has the same problem as Windows on Mavericks (it's Mavericks because only Mavericks has the battery usage hall of shame in the battery menu) because Mavericks also has a new way of conserving battery power that specifically groups CPU wake-up timers together. It would refuse to wake up the CPU every ms just for Chrome, instead it would bunch Chrome's wake-up timers with other apps at the cost of less accuracy.

It's a different problem, but the same root cause (crappily programmed).

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Re: I, personally, am not surprised

Firefox is well-behaved these days regarding memory. Chrome most certainly isn't.

http://www.ghacks.net/2014/01/02/chrome-34-firefox-29-internet-explorer-11-memory-use-2014/

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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Re: Microsoft, get this through your thick skull

Nokia were lagging behind? In which parallel dimension was this? Elop demolished the company!

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Nokia X

The X means eXtremely desperate to get back into Redmond.

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: Look over there!

I thought Spideroak's mention was strange as well. Does this mean I'm too paranoid or just paranoid enough?

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Firefox OS lands in Germany – with France, Asia, and more to come

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Samsung seem to be spectacularly unable to do anything with Tizen so it's theirs for the taking.

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LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs

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Re: Some additional info

It's not configurable any more, LibreSSL only uses arc4random (incidentally that now uses ChaCha20 instead of RC4) as it's better than OpenSSL's generator and the other choice was FIPS which they're not bothered about.

OpenSSL had the same problem on forking, their fix for this was to allow the child to call a function afterwards which reseeds. That's if the programmer knew that the problem existed which didn't really sit well with OpenBSD's "it should just work" mentality and it doesn't protect against someone up to no good either either by not calling it or calling it too many times.

OpenBSD's arc4random takes care of the fork() problem automatically but the original workaround for LibreSSL portable was to check the PID which could fail if it wrapped back round and became the grandfather's PID, this new workaround traps fork().

Not that I know anything about cryptography but I'm following opensslrampage as it's a great way of learning about programming pitfalls.

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Re: Some additional info

"The subsystem is re-seeded from the kernel random number subsystem using sysctl(3) on a regular basis, and also upon fork(2)."

http://www.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/man.cgi/OpenBSD-current/man3/arc4random.3?&manpath=OpenBSD-current&arch=i386

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Re: Really?

OpenBSD seem to have decided that they wouldn't want the chance of one thread following another thread's random numbers, and AFAIK that's been the behaviour for years.

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OpenBSD's fork() re-seeds the child's PRNG, some other platforms' fork() don't. It did make sense to get rid of OpenSSL's fork() for OpenBSD, but it seems that the portable version overlooked an OpenBSD-equivalent version of fork() for those platforms that needed it.

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Re: What is cruft, what is security, and can the LibreSSL programmers tell the difference?

OpenBSD's approach to porting is use plain OS functions and if the functions are broken on the target OS then it's the target OS which should be fixed, in contrast to OpenSSL's approach to porting which is to reinvent the wheel several hundred times. OpenBSD also said that they released the library to get testing and feedback.

In this case there is a highly-commented Linux work-around for obtaining entropy showing exactly where the target OS has problems, what the work around is, and asking for it to be fixed. If it is finally fixed then the work around will be removed. Until that time the work around will be improved on.

So what this guy did was read the Linux work-around comments and code and found the Linux work-around was not perfect. He could do this because most of the code is common to all platforms, apart from a few work arounds for each platform.

In short, this was what was supposed to happen.

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EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

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Right on the ball EU...

Just after the last major European manufacturer has been sold off.

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Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs

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I liked the phone so much, I bought the company...

... and then I fired them all.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Re: Disposable passwords for disposable accounts

No wonder governments the world over want to control the Internet, what with so many extremist forum posters from Afghanistan.

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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As seen in VS 2013

"If we reduce the contrast on the display and make the fonts harder to read, the developer will be forced to apply more brainpower to read and understand the code and will be less likely to slip up as a result."

See... they're doing it for our own good.

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

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Re: Is their a list ?

Also look at publicwhip.org.uk from tomorrow.

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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alt.swedish.chef.bork.bork.bork

What, you mean you you're one of those Luddites which doesn't want domain names to end up like the alt hierarchy from Usenet groups? Why ever not?

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May: UK data slurp law is fine, but I still need EMERGENCY powers

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Matt is actually Project Underpass ("Change outcome of online polls") as revealed in the today's revelations, unfortunately it doesn't quite work right and instead of upvoting other comments which coincide with the government's position to try and change public opinion, it downvotes its own Eliza-style comments by a non-nominal random number.

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"perceived threat from foreign companies ripping the government's current regulations to shreds"

What does "ripping the government's current regulations to shreds" mean, that the British police or judicial system would have to put together a case and present it to another country's judicial system? I'm not sure how serving a warrant to a foreign company at a British address would fix that unless they want to tick some box saying that the warrant has indeed been served and they can go onto the next step.

Seems to smack of having the data already and building up some case (any case) in the traditional legal system which points to the data which has already been collected, as US government departments have done.

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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IIRC previous legislation was specific about what telephone, e-mail, and SMS data were. This was obviously too specific and not up to date with current practice. *

* I.e. what they're doing now anyway.

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We SO DO support Java on XP, maybe even JDK 8, says Oracle

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"known issues with the installer on XP that prevent it from installing without manual intervention"

That's making the user decline the Ask Toolbar, isn't it?

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

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Re: Composite Output

I didn't even know the Pi Model B had composite out. I was waiting till I replaced my CRT with a HD telly before buying...

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LibreSSL crypto library leaps from OpenBSD to Linux, OS X, more

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Re: Corporations (like Google) need to step up.

They already stepped up, they wrote blank cheques to the OpenSSL group (now part of the Linux Foundation), who, in the same time as the OpenBSD time, have sent out an e-mail with some vague objectives about what they're going to do.

It'd have been quicker for them just to set fire to that money.

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The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

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Re: Photos photos

That's a good idea for a Kickstarter, a kind of short-range Glass hacking device which can swap viewpoints and/or superimpose images of the Laughing Man over everybody's faces.

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Samsung rebrands store as Galaxy Apps, eyes up Google Play customers

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Samsung unclear about why the rebrand had taken place

I suppose it was because they just knocked their App store's Bada support on the head, leaving just Android support.

Now, are they planning on having Tizen apps?

Samsung themselves probably don't know, they just seem to periodically throw stuff at a fan and see if it sticks.

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: Hang on..

That's Google Translate for you.

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Re: For extra bonus points...

I'm sure one of them will be, by accident if not design.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Why is this article marked as NSFW?

The Reg is clearly institutionally sexist and misogynist as it believes 'work' is a patriarchal concept.

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Apple rats on Google to FTC: You thought WE were in-app-ropriate?

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Re: @Dan 55 Sorry old chap, but the very idea............

They really should give the option to make it ask for a password/PIN before all purchases. On Android you can hide the Amazon App store in the launcher (if it has that option) or set up another profile but I have no idea if the Kindles allow this though.

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You don't have that option with Amazon, they've already got your card details. You can put a password/PIN on in-app purchases but not on app store purchases and you can't sign out from the app store either.

A point in their favour is they do send an e-mail immediately on purchasing or downloading a free app so you know exactly what apps are being bought or used by your little darlings.

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Think Google Glass is creepy? Wait until it READS YOUR MIND

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"We didn't start the project to make money"

Just to soak up VC funding then?

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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Re: An appropriate way round it?

Perhaps hints were given to the three main parties that the files were at the point of being 'found'?

Yep, it's tinfoil hat time.

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Re: Sunset clause

With the three main parties unconditionally supporting this, what are the chances that it will not be renewed?

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