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Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

Alan_Peery

Re: Your observation is flawed

Isn't the scope of the compromise limited to the type of hardware? For firmware devices with a simple process and memory model, I can see the compromise extending to _all_ the memory.

But for other devices, including the webservers at companies, it seems the access would be more limited. How can _all_ the memory be compromised when the OpenSSL library would be loaded inside a process context with memory protection that prevents you seeing the memory of other processes? It seems you should only get it for the particular process(es) using OpenSSL in support of each IP ports communications.

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

Alan_Peery

Re: Next step

No, making the current drone fleet illegal is a step too far. Encourage all reviews of this sort of tech to severely mark down any device that is lacking encryption, and then start working on a law that would make it illegal to sell a pre-packaged drone without control signals encryption to take effect in one year.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

Alan_Peery

Re: Battery

And if you want to keep your phone going past three years, assuming 18th months for the each battery? Then you're out of luck.

Assuming, of course, that they replace your phone when you ask the first time -- a situation where you've handed control to someone else.

Replaceable batteries for me...

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

Alan_Peery

Re: Surely India has bigger problems...

And you think that easy access to a broader world won't help change these attitudes? It's exactly what has changed them around the world in general...

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

Alan_Peery

Re: Blocked URLs

Instead of pinging TheRegister for this one, ping your firewall team. They just need to block the video stream bits, and not do stupid things like rewriting the content of the web page.

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

Alan_Peery

Re: Erm... really?

> So in 2013, guess what proportion of Oxfam income came from government? I'll tell you: 41%, amounting to £159.8m.

Interesting. Was there any breakdown as to how much of that was Gift Aid matching? I ask because I personally would consider Gift Aid matching not to be the government funding the charity as such, and more as an awkward patch to the tax code so that income given to charity is taxed less.

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

Alan_Peery

Re: I can rotate my widescreen TFT into portrait mode

Which screen rotates at the AltGr <arrow-key> is controlled by where the mouse cursor is.

It can be a bit confusing -- if the result of one rotation changes the resolutions so the mouse pointer moves into a different monitor. ;-)

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Red Hat: We've got a corker for Docker Linux locker app hawkers

Alan_Peery

Re: chroot?

Something more. Linux containers ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LXC ) and some technology to do packing of what you want in the container ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Docker_(software) )

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

Alan_Peery

Sounds like your ADSL filter may be misplaced

Even if you're sure it's in the right place, check. Mine got knocked out while Christmas lights were being plugged in, and it took me a while to spot it.

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NASA robot plans mid-2020s trip: Europa. Wet, radioactive life forms (hopefully). Bliss

Alan_Peery

Re: Seems amazingly cheap -- $4.7B, not $40B

The Washington Post is speculating that the mission would cost $4.7 billion. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/achenblog/wp/2014/03/05/is-nasa-really-going-to-send-a-probe-to-europa/?tid=hpModule_1728cf4a-8a79-11e2-98d9-3012c1cd8d1e

It's early days, with two major different approaches mentioned just in the article above.

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

Alan_Peery
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Re: That's not a map of the radioactive plume

Of course, the mouse-over doesn't work if

1) You're using tablet to read the web page OR

2) You're using Pocket to read the article offline on the train OR

3) You don't happen to mouse-over the picture OR

4) You're using the Readability mode of Safari (that's a guess)

This attempt at humor is a FAIL on the Reg's part.

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Alan_Peery

Re: Please remove the graphic, or at least get your facts straight

Well spotted Adrian.

I hadn't looked at the graphic in detail, expecting to see it at better resolution when I read the linked PDF report later. To find it's from something else entirely was disappointing.

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Alan_Peery

Re: Facts- about magnetic beads like TetraMag

> The latest things is apparently these super-magnetic toy balls

> which are "harmful to children", the producer is being shut down

> via governmental lawfare

They are potentially life threatening -- and it's not that big of a surprise, once you hear about the mechanism. If magnetic bearing are swallowed, they can get on opposite sides of bits of tissue in the intestines. With the strength of the magnetic attraction they pinch the tissue, and with normal gastric movements added in you can end up with perforated intestines. Keep them away from young children and pets.

Doesn't mean they should be banned, of course.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=magnets+perforated+intestines

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Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

Alan_Peery

Re: They need... ability to haul things

The estate cars like the V70 have massive boots -- very handy for hauling things.

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TV scraper Aereo pulled off air in six US states after tellyco court injunction victory

Alan_Peery

Re: Can't say that I understand the TV companies argument

"And the TV company is probably only getting money from the advertisers on the basis of the number of viewers in their broadcast area." Which is unchanged. With Aereo, you could only sign up if you lived in the area of the broadcast signal -- hence, no change in model.

This was actually a shame, as I would have been happy to (at least consider) paying for a "I don't live in Denver but I want their TV" subscription. The segmentation of broadcast rights for sports would have probably blocked this idea anyway...

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Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

Alan_Peery
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My Chihuahua chased off German Sheperds

It's really funny to see a large dog look downwards at the Chihuahua and then turn away in defeat. If there were thought bubbles, you'd see "OK, I'll go away. Yappy little dog, could eat it in a bite. What is it thinking? Why am I leaving..." with the words getting smaller and smaller.

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

Alan_Peery

Re: @Zama

I agree on the implied linkage -- the end of the Tumbler message issues an apology. If this was a simple third-party compromise like the Adobe scenario that Zama gives, then Yahoo has no apology to make as they would be going above and beyond their responsibilities.

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Alan_Peery

Re: ThirdParty + PlainText Passwords ?

Even if the passwords were stored encrypted, what possible reason does Yahoo (as the service provider) have to share the *password*? Username, etc, makes some sense. Password sharing does not.

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

Alan_Peery

I don't think 3 uses any 2G service any longer

They used to piggyback on one of the other services early in their corporate life, but I recall reading of the termination of their 2G contract. Oddly enough, it was about the time when my mobile service at home went from "OK everywhere in the house" to "barely passable, make calls upstairs".

Only reason I stuck with them as long as I did was they were the only ones offering unlimited 3G data at the time of my last contract renewal...

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Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

Alan_Peery

Could Facebook not use Android intents?

The second point that Facebook makes about having to request all privileges is only true if the app is monolithic. It seems that some of the functions could be split out, optionally installed, and with each separately installed a separate list of privileges could be given.

If they want a level of trust, they could even make these separate bits open source. An SMS-listener that matches only texts from a certain number and them communicates that a properly formatted two-factor authentication has arrived.

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

Alan_Peery

Re: Did he mount his Glass on a tripod? -- agent arrival

Regarding the arrival of the agents: The story gives the location as Columbus Ohio, where there is an international airport. As the agents arrived "an hour into the show" per the coverage at http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/01/20/amc-movie-theater-calls-fbi-to-arrest-a-google-glass-user/, there was plenty of time for them to get just about anywhere in a city like Columbus of about a million people.

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Alan_Peery

Re: But... it is the USA...

You're confused -- those laws aren't there to protect the *property*, but your life and status to be unmolested on said same property. Were you to drive by and see someone in your living room when you knew no one else would be home (including your pets), those laws wouldn't apply as you can leave safely.

Of course, having seen someone in your living room last week would give added credence to the charge of self defense/"Castle Doctrine" should they come around when you are at tome.

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Surface Pro 2 dim screen of death snafu STILL happening after patch

Alan_Peery

Mac Air lacking one thing

The digitizer pen in the Surface allows inking, and Microsoft's OneNote is still miles ahead of EverNote. And with OneNote you can store your notes locally, rather than in someone else's cloud...

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Google gobbles Wi-Fi thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 BEEELLION IN CASH

Alan_Peery

And you couldn't save energy before the Google purchase...

The potential power savings of the Nest were there before the acquisition by Google. What does the acquisition by Google of this company give me?

For that matter, at $3.2 billion, what can it possibly give Google that's worth that much?

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ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

Alan_Peery

Re: The Google Lock in is almost complete

If I remember correctly, a few months ago it was disclosed that the app makers were getting the real name of users buying their apps -- without the users ever being made aware of this fact.

A quick search turned this article (http://www.csoonline.com/article/728892/google-play-shares-too-much-personal-info-app-developer-says) up. I didn't track what happened after this.

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Malware! tainted! ads! infect! thousands! of! Yahoo! users!

Alan_Peery

Re: Is there a JavaBlock addon, ala FlashBlock?

Thanks, that was buried deeply enough that I'd not found it.

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Alan_Peery

Is there a JavaBlock addon, ala FlashBlock?

While Jess-- above has a neat trick of running an out of date copy of Java, that means a trade off where you still have old bugs and security problems -- albeit only on sites where you're explicitly allowing. Has anyone created a browser extension like Flashblock, where the functionality is nicely integrated with whitelisting capability? Chrome is all I need at home...

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Pinterest who? EU rules social network CAN'T trademark its own name

Alan_Peery

Re: Shakedown time

And where does Premium Interest hold that property? Only in the UK? In the countries where it has a customer? Where it has significant market share? All across the EU? Into ICANN DNS territory?

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Alan_Peery

What law & what locality?

Are you proposing to disallow the Pintrest (US) company use of http://pinterest.com?

Are you proposing that all trademarks suddenly become worldwide?

Are you proposing that all European citizens be blocked from http://pinterest.com as PIntrest (US) don't own the European trademark?

If the EU can shut down a website operating in the US, then logically Lichtenstein can do likewise...

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

Alan_Peery

Re: Obeying aircraft mode

Try this:

1) Have wifi, bluetooth, and 3G on

2) Set airplane mode

3) Turn on wifi

4) Turn on bluetooth

The airplane mode setting is can be overridden, at least on HTC Sensation and Google Nexus 7.

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Alan_Peery

Not official, perhaps problematic -- sounds like a beta feature

For Google to remove this is inexcusable. It provides a partial answer to the bloat of applications:

1) A web browser that now wants to access my camera (I have the camera app, Skype, and Google Hangouts for this) -- Chrome

2) A weather app that wants access to my camera so I can send snap of the weather along with current temperature, and a hardwired advert of the app -- Weather Pro

3) A wallpaper app that wants coarse location, and is not a removable app on my Nexus 7 2013 -- Android Live Wallpapers

4) read contacts -- Google Korean Keyboard and Google Pinyin keyboard -- both non-removable

I am sure there are a lot more examples even on my lightly loaded tablet, but it's hard to tell as the App Ops app doesn't see all the privileges that an app may have.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

Alan_Peery

Re: business model wrong? No.

Tell me that you haven't seen this phenomenon in your self and family members. I have, and it's nothing related to class. On the negative side it's called the sunk cost fallacy, and the positive side we call it pride of ownership.

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Alan_Peery

Re: What happened...

And your hands are immediately free other tasks. Food preparation, writing and study, holding cards, or whatever.

On a social/anthropological note: Many of the places where this light would be most needed are still strongly separated along gender lines. You *might* see an effect where the males of the household consider hand cranked torches to be "womens work" and refuse to participate, but be willing to lift the weight bags.

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Alan_Peery

Waiting for much brighter LEDs

I keep buying halogens because I want the lumens, even though it's clear the LED path would pay off quite nicely.

Any tips on where to buy GU10 LEDs that are dimmer capable *and* of roughly similar light output to the halogens?

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Think Amazon is CHEAP? Just take a look at these cloudy graphs...

Alan_Peery

Data please -- and live popups

Yes, please make the data available.

For those of us that are only curious, a version where the name of the particular offering would pop up as you pointed at each data point would be nice.

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Elon Musk scrubs lucrative MONEY RING debut again on Thanksgiving

Alan_Peery

Re: return trips

SpaceX is working aggressively towards getting a human certified capsule: http://sen.com/news/spacex-passes-safety-review-for-human-spaceflight

Once they do, then we have both Sputnick capsules and the SpaceX variant.

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

Alan_Peery

Re: How is this a tablet?

The lack of GPS chip and accelerometer are additional reasons why it shouldn't be called a tablet. It's an inexpensive Android AIO touchscren PC...

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Winamp is still a thing? NOPE: It'll be silenced forever in December

Alan_Peery

Re: Milk Drop dropped?

This looks interesting: http://www.vsxu.com/products/player. From the notes:

Select the sound source you want VSXU to react to:

Line-in or mic for an external audio signal - ensure you adjust your microphone boost to suit as external audio signals will vary on different cards.

AUX or 'what you hear' to react to music from your favourite audio player

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Alan_Peery

Re: Spotify

I mostly agree, but everything is not available or it's been mucked with. There are are artist who have never been on Spotify, who only put on some of their albums, or who pull them off after they have been there for some time. Other times it seems that the albums are there, but they are remastered versions where the remastering has been done poorly -- or where a live version of the music has been substituted for the studio original...

There are also Spotify annoyances -- if you use Spotify in multiple devices, caching a single track to a fourth device doesn't give an error about exceeding the number of allowed devices. It just silently wipes (at random) the cache of one of the other devices where you have hundreds of tracks cached. A proper approach would be to warn you of the limit, and allow you to stop the caching or transfer the ability from one of the other devices.

Having said all that, Spotify does cover 90%+ of my music listening.

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

Alan_Peery

Touch/Pen on Windows 7

Microsoft is forgetting all the tablet PC users here. Not that there were ever that many of us...

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ROBOT PODS to INVADE Milton Keynes in frenzied automatic MAYHEM

Alan_Peery

Re: Not on the sodding pavements!

Was this just a knee jerk reply? I don't live in Milton Keynes, but if I am remembering the geography of the part of town they are talking about, there are some quite broad pavements. If that's the case, what's the problem?

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

Alan_Peery

Unwarranted assumptions

> To the point where, if I'm giving a presentation, and someone is using a phone or tablet,

> I will stop the presentation, explain to everyone present that when we are all ready to

> continue, I will do so at their earliest convenience; and I will wait until anyone

> messing about with their gadgets has returned their attention to the meeting.

In doing this, you've made a number of assumptions:

0) That they aren't noting down an otherwise distracting thought that will keep them from paying attention later.

1) That they don't already know the details of what you are saying, or the details behind that.

2) That each part of the content being delivered is relevant for them, in what they need to do for the business.

3) That they can't follow your line of logic, and get to the conclusion more quickly than your slides.

4) That they haven't recognized the balderdash you're serving as coming directly from a Gartner report without taking into account local requirements.

5) That they are not aware of political considerations at work that mean your presentation is irrelevant even though you don't know it yet.

6) That they haven't spotted a logical flaw in your presentation that means the approach will not work.

For the last three cases that person intelligence that might help you, and you have guaranteed that they will not share that with you. You've also completely interrupted the others who had been focused, which shows a great disregard for the mass of your audience.

> It's basic human courtesy that when someone is talking to you, you pay attention to them.

I don't thinking "talking" is what you have in mind. Talking implies a bi-directional exchange. I think you meant speaking, directing, exhorting, or admonishing.

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Alan_Peery

Re: A tad misleading

Try reading the article again. It's not about inability to roam (and pay your telco lots of roaming fees), it's about being able to swap in SIMs from other countries as you move from region to region in the world.

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

Alan_Peery

Re: I'm a Law Lecturer

> Now that would be proper customer service.

No, that would have been EasyJet or RyanAir service. There is a difference.

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

Alan_Peery
Facepalm

Re: Sexist numpty & Reg titles

Do you seriously think the authors of the articles get to pick the title and sub-heading for their articles?

I think you need to pay more attention to the how the headlines across a day refer indirectly to each other, even then the contents of the articles aren't aligned...

I don't see any whining. I see someone learning the reality of group dynamics, which is something different.

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

Alan_Peery
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Mellowing to IBM

You must not have watched the dance of real world -> value units -> more expensive licenses than you expected recently.

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

Alan_Peery
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Smiley

That's all that needs to be "said".

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

Alan_Peery
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Re: Eh?

> Things like this give me homicidal urges.

Then see a psychologist - seriously. What you said isn't funny.

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Windows desktop VDI

Alan_Peery

Re: Stupid -- and given an answer that has not been thought through

1) They already have keyboards, mice, and screens on the current PCs. They may not be USB, and they might be old enough screens (even CRTs) so that power costs would make it sensible to replace them over time. Put these old bits together a set of PIs, you might have something. The laptops would bring cameras, which might be very handy for teleconferencing, so that's a counter-balance.

2) They've already been running with a Windows installation. Their data is embedded in applications, or at least file compatibility with a new application. You seem to think that there aren't costs to data conversion.

3) A VDI solution can bring qualitative jump in the ability of the organisation to support remote working -- without the complexity of remote file syncronization. This is not mentioned as a requirement, but most organisations would consider this a plus.

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