* Posts by sabroni

1913 posts • joined 11 May 2007

Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

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It's good but...

...tbh the fact they've come clean about this has left the sneering commentards looking a bit flat. If only you'd found out about this before they admitted what they'd done then maybe your paranoia would look a bit less mental.

Don't get me wrong, Windows 10 is making me seriously consider getting a linux for the home pc, but this story is not the place to rant about MS being total bastards because it just shows them as incompetent.

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Crimestoppers finally revamps weak crypto. Take your time guys

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re: Glass houses ... stones ... etc ... Hmph!

Yeah, because I regularly come on here to post info about local crims who will then want to knee cap me.

I see no difference between a news site that doesn't secure itself and an anonymous crime reporting site that doesn't secure itself. They're both web sites after all. How different could they be?

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Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven

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Good grief

Woman has breasts. Definitely worth a comment.

Oh, what's that? You think they're nice? Well this could run and run then.....

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Re: Sigh, time lords a figment of children's imagination

It's for kids!!! Grow up!!!!!!!

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Until he works our a way to save her, obv.

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Android's accessibility service grants god-mode p0wn power

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Re: This might score a personal best of down votes...

Not when you ask for them. We're nothing if not contrary!!

Moaning about downvotes, that's the way to get loads! Or mentioning God.....

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Re: Sigh

The article is pretty vague and the video isn't much help either. It seems like first a user installs the app, then it says it wants you to enable the accessibility features. If you do it starts to install adware and other crap without your permission. So the user has to install the app and give it permission, then it starts installing stuff on it's own.

It's not a virus.

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Google extends search tendrils to cover data in apps

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Re: Adblock can't get at it?

If you block ads by blocking the ad content network by ip then they'll be blocked in app. No ad provider is stupid enough to trust a third party to deliver their content and tell them how many ads were served or clicked on.

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Re: One more reason.....

Well I hope you've got Google Analytics blocked or you're giving them a load of browsing data whether you use their services or not.

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Re: People create apps rather than web sites to give a better experience

I don't agree. People create apps because they can monetise more effectively and because it's trendy. The majority of apps don't do anything that a good html5 site couldn't.

Also, this allows the user to "stream" the app without installing it, proving that you don't need an installed app to access the information.

The root problem is that it's difficult to monetise websites. Solve that problem and the need for apps will be much reduced. How many apps run offline, do so much processing on device that javascript can't keep up or need write access to the devices file system?

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How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

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Re: This stuff goes back at least 20 years

cue "That's not what we made this thing for!!!"

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CloudFlare CEO blasts Anonymous claims of ISIS terrorist support

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Re: We estimate that up to 50% of the spam emails in USA...

... might be hiding behind ClloudFlare services.

We estimate that up to 100% of your post might be bollocks.

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BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

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Re: I suppose we'll have to wait for Orlowski's inevitable review

Where have you been? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/11/06/blackberry_priv_review/

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3ROS exploit wins plaudits for the prettiest Mal-GUI ever

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Re: Good

This has little to do with malware development, it's about getting a product out to non-technical users and making it attractive to them. People will give things that look nice a chance but give up on things that look ugly. This malware will get more use because more people will stick with it because of it's attractive gui.

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Latest Android phones hijacked with tidy one-stop-Chrome-pop

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Re: I think we just did.

One smartarse isn't a forum full. Compare and contrast, both articles are 2 days old:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/11/11/patch_tuesday_downloads_buggy_ms_patch/ Currently 108 comments

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/11/12/mobile_pwn2own/ currently 20 comments including this.

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Single exploit gives total pwnage.

If it was on Windows Phone this place would be full of smartarses mouthing off about how shit MS are. You know, how hacking a browser should never compromise core system components, how MS don't sandbox things properly and their security implementation is flawed.

You never see that kind of helpful wisdom sharing on articles about Google vulnerabilities.

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Re: Any handset? Not mine.

You were being asked what browser you use to avoid this chrome vulnerability as Cyanogen isn't a browser, dolphin being the old android default browser.

But thanks for the marketing message. Any downvotes will doubtless be someone with lower brain functions.

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Re: Javscript

Just as soon as everyone becomes capable of writing all the apps they need themselves?

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Amazon vendors flog thousands of rooted, malware-laden tablets

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re: Not to be culturally insensitive

I'm not being racist but....

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Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

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re: Are you listening Window's users?

Yeah, it said that shit ransomware was shit so it's easy to decrypt. Shit ransomware on Windows is equally shit.

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Tim Cook: UK crypto backdoors would lead to 'dire consequences'

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Re: where the hell is Grandad Corbyn in all this ?

Yeah, why moan at the government when you can take a pointless swipe at the opposition? I notice no smartarse comments about pig fucker Dave.

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Re: Have all the haters from here moved to the Torygraph then?

I still hate!!!

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DC judge rips into the NSA over mass surveillance

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Nevertheless, he wants to stay on the westminster gravy train, and voters are what keeps him there. So worth letting him know you voted for him before (!) and won't again if he supports the snooper's charter...

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Judge bins Apple Store end-of-shift shakedown lawsuit

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Re: And the problem is...hurt feelings ?

No, the problem is being kept waiting for 10 minutes or more at the end of every shift unpaid.

The simple answer is to put the clocking out machine after the search. I bet Apple could get the security staff to pull their fingers out if it was costing them a little money....

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BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package

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re: doesn't give the feedback as does a proper keyboard

That says neither give the proper feedback. Should be "doesn't give the feedback that a proper keyboard does" or "doesn't give the feedback of a proper keyboard".

Sorry, i'm on my phone so no grammar nazi icon!

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Google engineer names and shames dodgy USB Type-C cable makers

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Re: some of the power components may also be French.

BACK OFF BRUSSELS!!!!

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The spy in your pocket: Researchers name data-slurping mobe apps

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The apps discussed aren't necessarily accessing data without the users consent, it's the way they're sharing that data with third parties that's the issue. Nevertheless, you are correct in saying that it's easier to investigate what a web site is doing from the client. That doesn't let you see what they do with your data server side though.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux lands on Microsoft Azure cloud – no, we're not pulling your leg

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Re: avoid proprietary BS.

Open source bullshit is far superior!

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

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God I'm bored

Might as well be listening to Genesis!

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We're not killing Chrome OS ... not until 2020, anyway – says Google

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Re: and all your data is there!

All your data? I don't think you quite understand how this works.....

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Re: create an image on a USB stick

So how does that work? Google cloud services on your usb stick? They provide backwards compatibility on all their apis so you can run a 2 year old version of Chrome OS against the latest web services?

Considering the way Google just retired the old Youtube api and broke a load of smart tellies I find that pretty hard to believe. It's not impossible for them to maintain all their old shit but they seem reluctant to.

Have you actually used this method to run an old Chrome OS?

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Re: And you definitely won't get a Chrome Vista!

Of course not. If you didn't like vista you could blat your system and install an old, familiar version of windows. No chance of that if chrome os changes in ways you don't want.

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Halo 5: Overhyped, but still way above your average shooter

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re: my team of people thrown together was destoried

They removed your stories? Bastards!!

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Linus Torvalds fires off angry 'compiler-masturbation' rant

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Re: Just saying.

Just saying that you've never heard of web servers?

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Re: the result is still big enough (8) for whatever comes next.

Thanks for having a go, but that's not really any clearer. What exactly is it that's coming next that is 8 big and how do we know that 8 is going to be enough? If it's leaving room for a specific thing then there should be something defining the size of that thing, surely?

Still looks like a magic number to me, yet this is Linus' fixed version of the code. So what's going on?

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So no problems with magic numbers then?

What's that "+ 8" doing there? Just added a little bit more to be on the safe side?

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Chrome OS is not dead, insists Google veep in charge of Chrome OS

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Re: Bah!

That's beautiful man!

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Fuming Google tears Symantec a new one over rogue SSL certs

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Re: NEVER use real/production data for testing/development

That way when it fucks up in production it's a lovely surprise!

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Re: Yes, go on kiddies, mod me down.

The BBC doesn't exist to make a profit, but that mistake aside the idea that the state always knows best is naive, childlike even.

The powerful need to be held to account otherwise they start to abuse their power.

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We're getting kick-ass at seeing through walls using just Wi-Fi – MIT

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Re: If this system fired ping-pong balls at the subject

they'd bounce off the wall. That's the point of the research, it "sees" through walls.

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Flickering screens turn Microsoft Surface Books into Microsoft Surface paperweights

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Re: A friend has had two from John Lewis

My friend had one and he said it fucked his dog!!!!

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We suck? No, James Dyson. It is you who suck – Bosch and Siemens

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Re: Why should anyone care if a vacuum cleaner is AAAA rated

It's to do with scale. One vacuum it makes fuck all difference, but there's 25 million households in the uk, most of them have a vacuum.

Forehead slap indeed....

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ICO 'making enquiries' into bizarre shopper data spill at M&S

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Re: all the media coverage around TalkTalk

Yeah, The Register is only interested in this sort of stuff since the TalkTalk debacle....

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re: Says somethign about M&S's IT support people.

Not really. It says something about poor web design, but it's more likely a specific requirement.

"We haven't had any complaints since the new site went up. It's the same as the old site but we've removed all the "Report a problem" links...."

Overpriced trebles all round?

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Android Security: How's BlackBerry going to fix it?

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I wonder why they didn't do a deal to port WebOS......

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re: just that you patch them quickly

It's not that it doesn't matter how many vulnerabilities there are, but the fact is that vulnerabilities will be found if there's enough money to be made, and when that happens the patches are worthless unless they make it onto the vulnerable devices. I'm sure OpenBSD doesn't have any security vulnerabilities (!) but if it did, you would want them patched in a timely manner, wouldn't you?

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Sounds like the problem is Android devices not getting patches...

... not the underlying architecture. So "all" blackberry need to do is patch in a timely manner.

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re: we'll just buy feckin iphones as usual

They're popular and therefore a prime target for hacking. Unless these blackberries are really popular iPhones will always be a more attractive target...

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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Re: It's also a good way to hide from pontificating bullies who use offensive language

Why do you need to hide from me? What do you think I'm going to do? Downvote your posts? Scarey.....

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