* Posts by sabroni

1639 posts • joined 11 May 2007

Google watchers react furiously to ad flinger’s competition case defence

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Re: Fact is, its not hard to find your favorite seller in any given set of search results

The discussion is about searching when you don't know who you want to give your business to. If you've decided already why would you be searching?

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What time is it Oxford Dictionaries? How about almost ‘beer o’clock’

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Re: I'll be supping some 'Surrey Nirvana' tonight.

All out of "Gandalf's Memory Stick" and "Wizard's Sleeve" then?

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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

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re: Bootnote, in fairness to Google

Fuck fairness to Google.

This is a slippery slope elReg, I'm not sure why you thought this was necessary. Are all security articles to come with links to associated best practices? This just makes it look like you're worried Google might get upset with you. Never seems to bother you with Apple or MS (but then, they don't effectively own internet search)...

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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Re: Jesus

No, I think you'll find that while the cattle are lowing and baby jesus awakes, no crying he makes.

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LA explosion knocks LogMeIn's British customers offline

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re: Fragility of the cloud exposed by unexpected high-rise detonation

Surely they'd have been in a worse position if they hadn't been cloudy and the data centre taken out was their only one.

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NASA dismisses asteroid apocalypse threat

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Re: Show me physical proof god exists

Duh! Look around you.

I guess you believe "everything just exploded into being" is a better explanation than "god made everything explode into being". They both sound pretty similar to me...

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Botched Google Stagefright fix won't be resolved until September

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Re: lying twa*?

No. The mms thing shuts down the attack vector from an unopened mms but doesn't fix the underlying vulnerability which is in android's video player.

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Have an iPhone? Mac? Just about anything else Apple flogs? Patch now

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Re: I patched my MacBook Air...

I keep Refreshers on mine.

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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Re: Violated from looking at a dick pic?

People react differently to the same thing. Apparently you all feel fine with some random bloke who's close enough to bluetooth a picture of his cock to your phone. Me, i'd be a little freaked out by that. I can imagine some people might feel violated by it.

You don't get to decide how other people feel and when you say they're wrong all you're really saying is "i don't do empathy".

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Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy

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Google is taking the lead on revitalising the patching pipeline for the Android ecosystem

Sounds so much better than "Google made an OS without thinking about security patches and they've just realised that that might be a problem."

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Oracle pulls CSO's BONKERS anti-bug bounty and infosec rant

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re: And enjoy this b*tch's red face...

Misogynist much?

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Sane people, I BEG you: Stop the software defined moronocalypse

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Re: Leaky analogy

But back in the days when some people thought drunk driving was acceptable you might have been.

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X-wings, pirates and a generic Lara: Gamescom 2015

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Re: Games hold one's attention when younger...

...but at some point one has to move to more interesting, rewarding (or not) real-world activities.

Jesus, could you patronise that up a bit for me Grandad?

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Android faces SECOND patching crisis, on the same scale as Stagefright

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Re: Move on, there's nothing to see here.

Yeah, it's not like this is a Windows issue.

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Re: At least the Stagefright workaround is easy

That just blocks an attack vector though, doesn't it? I though Stagefright was a video system problem. If so then other methods of playing videos would still be vulnerable.

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Too much vino? LG brings Wine Smart oldster-mobe to Europe

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Another advantage with the flip phone

is open to answer and close to hang up!

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Don't want Windows 10 FILTH on the company network? Step this way

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Re: Stupid, Childish, Clickbait Headlines

If you don't want stupid headlines you're on the wrong site.

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you don't have to use google services

Google analytics is pretty much everywhere.

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

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Re: Does it still do that obnoxious thing of asking to be set as the default browser?

You mean like every browser does until you check the "don't ask me again" box?

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Re: they sent me a link to follow to allow a remote connection

Sounds like IE has a security hole and Edge doesn't. Why would you want your browser to be able to allow remote access to your machine?

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Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

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Re: It's a reasonable expectation that you want to use said browser.

They don't have to be the default to be used.

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Google turns cookie monster on AdSense, DoubleClick clients

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re: “informed, specific, freely given and...

... must constitute a real indication of the individual's wishes.” Typical bureaucratese? Sounds like an accurate description of what consent means to me.

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Re: I would ask why am I paying for it?

It's a "free upgrade" if you do it within a year.

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Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

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Re: Forced updates are something I just refuse to accept.

Do you use Chrome? If so, got any tips on stopping it updating itself?

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Re: NV makes a mighty fine 'nix proprietary driver.

But does it install a driver update utility on unix that messes with the os' update mechanism? Otherwise it's not really relevant is it? The issue is the update mechanisms clashing, not the quality of either driver.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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So just like ANDROID / CHROME now then? Except I'm PRETTY SURE that Microsoft ASK PERMISSION FIRST for anything involving PERSONAL INFO...

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Re: Epic or epoch?

Is it really surprising that targeting a single device is easier than targeting all pcs made in the last 5 years and a load of tablets?

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Re: Hooray for publishing security flaws

Yeah, i'd be so much safer if i didn't know about this. They can't hack my car if i don't know there's a flaw!!

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

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@Frumious Bandersnatch

Thanks for an informative and balanced post! Just what the OP required!!

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

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Re:why not let the government do the same?

Because they fuck it up and end up paying more for less?

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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Re: -webkit- prefixes in Edge

Yeah, but that's Google stinking up the web with non-standard markup and therefore ok. Totally different to the IE specific stuff that we all loathe.

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Re: Not everyone likes Chrome.

No, some of us like to be able to control when an app updates itself, something Chrome makes very awkward.

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Re: Forking ridiculous

Without multiple rendering engines the html5 standards would just become "what webkit does". Multiple engines following the same standards should keep the standards clear and sensible.

I'm not too keen on Google taking over where IE6 left off....

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

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Re: could hardly be easier on WP

Well they could make it so the option is always there, rather than it appearing after you've enabled it in an app. Or they could take you to the settings screen to switch it on, thereby informing you of where it is.

Both of those would make it clearer, if not easier...

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Shapps launches probe into Wikimedia UK over self-pluggery allegs

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Re: Me: I'll stick with a well researched article

Cool, link me up!

But srsly, reading the wikipedia mod discussions about this is better than any article. Where else exactly would the journos research?

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Migrating from WS2003 to *nix in a month? It ain't happening, folks

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Re: not sure why we need to impose an arbitrary time limit of 1 month though?

The one month thing is fundamental to the discussion. It's imposed by MS ending support for 2003. If you don't understand that why are you commenting?

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Re: Trying to get passed your condescending tone

He's not giving you his condescending tone, get past it and move on.

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Re: anyone who has painted themselves into such a corner should be prevented from working in IT

Irrelevant straw man. Trevor isn't recommending you wait until your platform only has a month to go, he's saying that when someone who is already in that situation comes to you and says "What should I do" the answer isn't "Switch to a different platform".

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

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Re: airgapped

Sweet, always room for a new fart euphemism!

Sorry, I just airgapped....

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Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from googleapis.com

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Re: Googleapis.com

Not really the same thing though is it. Windows is platform for rich client apps, a browser is the platform for a web app. The interface between me and the platform is strictly defined and controlled and that's how I communicate with it. More to the point (about shipping code) I don't ship Windows with my rich client apps and I don't ship a browser with my web apps.

So what are you saying? Google will keep the scripts updated in line with browser updates that break compatibility with older browser versions? That would actually be useful, though not breaking compatibility would be more useful. I'm still going to have to retest and potentially reship my app. I'd just do that with the latest library scripts.

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Re: Also avoids some maintenance hassle.

Adding in untested updates saves maintenance hassle? I disagree. If you trust Google to never make a mistake then you're naive. But more importantly, if the script actually has problems in areas you use then you'll have worked round them. A fix to the underlying problem could break your work round. If the script has problems in areas you don't use why do you need the updates? You won't use them.

So logically it's just for performance. There are much better ways of improving performance that don't involve trusting a third party with the core functionality of your app.

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Googleapis.com

If I was shipping a new build of an app I wouldn't include some untested third party binaries. You can't guarantee the performance of your code if you include random untested bits.

So why do people link to Googleapis.com to get jquery or whatever instead of taking a known version and hosting it locally?

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

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Re: one of the last examples of actual journalism

Private Eye FTW.

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Re: If I had his cash and influence I'd be suing for libel.

But he's not. Because he knows if anyone's digs they'll find out he's over firmly denied it?

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Re: Ooh, a bit of a quandry here...

Go to the wikipedia edits for his page and read the discussions. Make up your own mind.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: No muss, no fuss. It just works.

Linux on the Desktop "just works"? For you maybe. All you've really said there is "I understand the things I use all the time and thus can easily get them working to my satisfaction."

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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Re: The BBC sure "forgot" John Lydon told them about Jimmy Saville in 1978.

"I've heard some rumours". That's not telling them about Jimmy Saville.

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Google IS listening: Binary blob banished from Chromium build

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Re: Listening?

Chrome hasn't changed. Chromium has.

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