* Posts by David Austin

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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

David Austin

Home & Business Hubs do their job OK...

...but their job is to be an all in one box in a SOHO Environment: Of the freebie routers given away with an internet connection, they're at the higher end of the scale: have you seen the tin pot TalkTalk will give you? And the less said about Virgin SuperHubs, which block Outbound VPN Connections by default and seem to need a lot of restarts, the better.

If you're doing anything with a lot of routing and firewall rules, or you have more than 20-odd devices connecting to it, then the BT Hubs, along with most other ISP giveaway routers, will either become unstable or be a bottleneck. BT Would save themselves a lot of headaches if they told people that, and gently pointed people in the direction of something like a Vigor 2800 series

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WordPress auto-update server had flaw allowing anyone to add anything to websites worldwide

David Austin

Re: And in related news...

"None of these are terribly difficult to learn"

For someone technically minded or has a hobbyist interest: no, it's not.

For a Startup or SMB owner, who has limited time and funds, which have to be used just to keep the business going, it's additional aggravation they don't need if they just want a splash page or a link over to PayPal or SagePay.

Heck, even a Blogger who's more interested in the message than the medium can use the same argument.

Put in that context, WordPress, with a retentively simple point and click setup, and thousands of themes and styles ready to go, makes perfect sense.

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TalkTalk teen hacker pleads guilty as firm reveals £22m profit jump

David Austin

Suitable Punishment

6 month suspended sentence, and pack him off to GCHQ: See if he's more than a script kiddy, and can become a competent spook.

I'm feeling generous - had to help out two retired old ladies that had phone calls claiming to be Talktalk complete with account details, trying to scam them out of Money (One succeeded), so it's only the fact he's a YOLO Kid stopping me from wanting to hit him with a warning to others jail sentence.

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Midi-archive box from WD stops at 19PB

David Austin

Mildly Disappointed

This isn't an article about someone finding a huge stash of 1990's Cakewalk and Sebelius files.

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Your weekends may be safe, admins – IT giants tout 'zero outage' tech

David Austin

I think it's time for a Douglas Adams' quote:

"The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair."

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Seagate has a flash early Xmas present for Xbox gamers

David Austin

Hmm

Console Storage is going to become a bigger and bigger issue, as everything's slowly moving to Digital by Default. Credit where's it's due: The 360, PS3 and PS4 have internal and user-upgradable hard drives - Wii U and XBone support plugging external drives in, but that was always a slower, more cumbersome system (Really don't get why MS Removed that feature)

The big question is what will happen with Nintendo Switch: Anything bigger than a micro USB Drive will be impractical to take on the road with you for your digital content, but how much storage to they dare put in the systems without making the launch price unaffordable?

best case scenario: it has a MicroSD Storage slot, like the 3DS Line. Bonus points for including a 32GB+ Card with it.

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And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

David Austin

Oops

Sounds like a case of Good Backups, No Disaster Recovery.

That's going to be one heck of a post-mortem.

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App proves Rowhammer can be exploited to root Android phones – and there's little Google can do to fully kill it

David Austin

ASLR

Wouldn't Address space layout randomization be a mitigating technique? If it relies on manipulating next door bits, would shuffling them up help? Or is it a case that this is so level, you can't move this stuff around without the phone and apps noticing?

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Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

David Austin

The Lemon is in Play

Wokingham? I'm looking your way, Douglas Richardson...

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SSDs in the enterprise: It's about more than just speed

David Austin

SSD Burn out

How does the known end of life date of SSD's caused by Flash Degrade (As opposed to a "Perfect" hard drive running indefinitely) factor into the TCO at the Enterprise level?

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Argos tech team updates iOS app with helpful info on 'eleventy-billion toilet seats'

David Austin

Nintendo Stability

Rather have more than less...

http://www.nintendolife.com/tags/stability

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Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

David Austin

Crash Spike

I can imagine a spike in these kind of accidents during the autonomous driving transition, simply caused by people double taking at cars with empty drivers seats coasting around...

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Legend of Zelda cracked with 6502 assembly language glitch

David Austin
Unhappy

Did you have to use Iwata as the picture?

I'm going to be sad all day now - I miss that man so much.

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Bug in Microsoft's StorSimple arrays can kill backups

David Austin

Re: To state the obvious...

Going on the rather.. sparse... UI of Windows 8/10 File History, I can easily believe that Microsoft do not have a good idea of how much information is enough

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Sony levels up PlayStation 4

David Austin

Re: Blu Ray 4K

Seems a bit of a gamble on Sony's part: The xbox 360 S does support it, and the fact that the PS3 was a (Pretty good) Blu Ray Player in a lot of gaming households killed Microsoft and their HD-DVD Initiative.

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Blu Ray 4K

Is that supported? that would be a nice plus point...

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Public masturbation not a crime declares Italy’s top court

David Austin

Legislative Decree 8

How'd that one slip through? Either the lawmakers really don't read things they sign, or someone with a vested interest in public exhibitionisem has a lot of power: How sure are we Berlusconi's out of the political picture, still?

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Adobe reverses decision to kill NPAPI Flash plugin for Linux

David Austin

My Only worry with Flash...

..Is all the legacy content that's going to die with it when it's life support is finally taken away: Like it or Loath it, pretty much any Internet MultiMedia from the late 90's/Early 00's was built for it. Think how barren newgrounds will look on that day.

...Still that's something for the archivists to worry about: As a network administrator, that's a security headache I won't miss having.

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Pokémon-loving VXer targets Linux with 'Umbreon' rootkit

David Austin

Gotta Catch 'Em All!

Hand me my Master Ball - this looks like a tricky blighter to catch.

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HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

David Austin

Re: Has nobody considered...

I've seen Demolition Man: I know how this shit goes down.

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Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu

David Austin

Re: I still remember the great Sophos cock-up of September 2012

Oh God: That was about six weeks of cleanup across the customer base. On the plus side, after a few (Strong and loud) words with my account manager, most of them didn't pay for Antivirus for three years after that, which is precisely how much most of them thought it was worth...

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

David Austin

Go speak to an mom and pop Windows 8.x user that's happy that a) it looks and behaves superficially the same as Windows 7 & XP

But yeah, I'm with the power users with this one: for every cool feature in Windows 10, there seems to be a step back in another area.

Related: I'm I the only person missing Client side Volume Shadow Copy since Windows 7?

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Adobe stops software licence audits in Americas, Europe

David Austin

I'm not gonna rent software from Adobe

I don't care how good it is. After their AdobeID Hack (Complete with laughable Password encryption), various pushed out cloud upgrades that have broke badly - to the point one deleted user files (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35577498), and the general poor quality code and update systems for various products, I don't have any trust in them, and rewarding them with a monthly revenue stream regardless of how well they perform removes a lot of the incentive for them to get better.

Luckily, I'm in a software sector when I have the luxury of being able saying No to Adobe. Feel sorry for all the creative professionals they have by the balls: For everyone's sake, I hope (But don't expect) a credible competitor rises to keep them in check, run them out a bit, and well... kinda stop them from being dicks.

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David Austin

Re: SAP!

Not idiots: Just Greedy.

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You’ve left too many VMs lying about. You’re a very naughty boy

David Austin

Re: aaah virtual server sprawl vs physical

At least in a physical environment, rogue developers have to stop eventually when co-workers and managers start tripping over boxes...

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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

David Austin

Re: "DNS Issues"

I Dunnow man - I normally find "If In Doubt, blame DNS" A pretty good first troubleshooting step in Internet/Active Directory users.

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Re: 186K

Not folded: They've just got onto twitter for the first time since 2010 to update us: Looks like the issue at Telehouse North will take "Several Hours" to resolve.

https://twitter.com/186k

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David Austin

186K

Anyone else with 186K?

All our customers using 186K went offline this morning, as did their website (www.186k.co.uk), and partner portal (http://www.dolphinmp.co.uk) and their partner support number (08701 222186), main number (08701 222 186), and support number (0872 232 1999) are all off.

Looks like they’re knocked 100% offline: At this point, don’t know it’s ISP Issues, or if they’ve folded

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Space station to get shiny new ringpiece for automatic penetration

David Austin

Re: Passive?

Based on 30-pin and Lightning, we better hope any hostile aliens don't have a Belkin account manager.

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So. Farewell then, BlackBerry Classic. You were a classic ... of sorts

David Austin

The Best.

In terms of "Handset feel", the BlackBerry Bold 9900 was the best phone I ever owned: Light, but solid-feeling, with excellent keys, touch, and screen.

Was always held back a bit as a jack of all trade by the software: I always wished for one of those running stock Android... Guess that's a case of being careful what you wish for.

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Flash zero day phished phoolish Microsoft Office users

David Austin

If I had a genie...

My one wish would be to unmake Adobe. Completely. On a Quantum level.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

David Austin

The trick is...

...To Pick the fights you have at least a small chance of winning.

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Adobe preps emergency Flash patch for bug hackers are exploiting

David Austin

Re: @El Reg

The HTML5 iPlay Beta is solid, just wish they'd hurry up and roll it out elsewhere on the site, the BBC news one being the main culprit.

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Ransomware now using disk-level encryption

David Austin

So Riddle me this...

How Come the RansomWare guys have got the hang of encryption, yet major High Street Chains/ISPs/Mobile Operators/Local Governments/Adobe Can't?

Just goes to show what a great motivator profit is, I guess...

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Microsoft introduces yet another Skype for Windows 10

David Austin

I Just don't care anymore.

Let it go Microsoft - the rest of us have.

Windows (Live) Messenger user that was forced to go onto Skype when they "merged" the platforms.

IM has always been a second class Citizen on the Skype Platform: It's 3 years after the Integration, and there's still a bunch of features not ported over: Custom Fonts, Tabbed conversation Interface Remote Assistance...

Up to now, my contact list has kept me suck with it, but something seems to have changed this year: Loads of people moving to different platforms, so I've jumped to the excellent Discord, along a bunch of other people, and we're not looking back.

So long Skype. It's been necessary.

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New Relic offers security researchers cred – not cash – for bug reports

David Austin

Bug Bounties

I thought the entire point of Bug Bounties was to make being a Whitehat more profitable than being a blackhat, thereby nudging the grayhats into doing the right thing(tm)

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Microsoft seeks Comcast subpoena to nab activation pirates

David Austin

Re: Was it malicious?

Guessing Microsoft have more evidence to say yes, their mass counterfitters, but 2000 activations over 5 years could be done by a small to mid sized repair shop in innocent circumstances: They rip the Windows/Office keys off the system before formatting and wiping the systems, then try to activate them. Not their fault if the home user got a knock off enterprise version of office and Windows Ultimate given to them by their teenage cousin who gave them a "Free Upgrade"....

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Google to snatch control of Android updates from mobe makers – analyst

David Austin

Needed, but not easy.

Well, SOMETHING needs to happen on the Android front, not just from a new features perspective (Which makes sense for Google to be keen on pushing), but from a security perspective too: There are so many manufacturer abandoned handsets out there, we've probably reached the tipping point where Android has lost it's "Heard Immunity" from having a high enough proportion of handsets up to date and secure, that the whole ecosystem benefits, even the phones that aren't up to date.

But if this is Google's end game, I can't see a quick and easy way of getting there: Yes, the carriers and manufactures have a vested interest in making handsets legacy as soon as the next year's model is out, but another big problem with getting updates out is the chipset makers not testing and releasing drivers that work with Android next. Google has the clout to make them, but that doesn't help the clusterfuck of Firmware and low level device issues.

Only reasonable way I can see this being fixed is for Google to Hypervisor and Abstract their way out of it: I can see Android Peppermint or Quesito ending up with a small bare metal host system that virtualises all the hardware and is the manufactures responsibility, with everything above that level in the guest system updatable by Google.

Heck, throw in a Microsoft OOBE style system so carriers can push their (needless) customisations onto people, and they may be able to fix the security mess without an open revolt from their hardware partners.

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Debian 6.0 about to take flying leap off long term support cliff

David Austin

Question

What is the oldest vendor supported operating system still out there?

Windows Vista comes out of support in April 2017 after a respectable 10 1/2 years, but it's beaten by Red Hat 4 in ELS (11 years and counting).

I'm suspecting there's another Linux build or a smaller *nic project that will have them both beaten, though.

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Intel admits Skylakes can ... ... ... freeze in the middle of work

David Austin

At least it gets the right number eventually.

That makes it better than the old skool Pentium FDIV bug.

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In-flight 3G arrives, promises aerial internet at mobile roaming prices

David Austin

OK...

It's a nice technical solution, but to balance it out, I think the Air Marshall should be allowed to detail, with force if necessary, anyone they can hear talking from more than six rows away (The "Dom Jolly" Law)

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

David Austin

Maybe Microsoft need a Status status page?

Stuff breaks, but what's the point of having a status page if it doesn't actually tell you the current status.

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Apple supremo Tim Cook rules out OS X fondleslab, iOS merger

David Austin

Mostly Agree, but...

Microsoft aptly proved with Windows 8 that a unified ecosystem - let alone an interface - for a Phone, Tablet, and a desktop is not easy to get right.

Their Windows 10 idea of the same Dev tools and binaries that adapt to the environment they're running on (Continuum) seems a better approach.

I think Apple's way of doing it (Write the best desktop software, and the best mobile software you can) is a better idea still: Although the gap between what we use a tablet and what we use a computer for is closing all the time, they're sufficiently different still to make a unified system a little awkward - I can see them merging some point waaaay down the line, but here in 2015, it seems a lot of pain for not much gain.

What may be beneficial (And correct me if it's already there and I missed it) is an end-user ready Emulation or shimmy to allow you to iOS Apps on OSX - yes, most people won't have a touchscreen, but I can think of quite a few apps and games where the iOS Version would be a great fit for the desktop environment, and it a nice way to get more value out of your apps, and possibly a few easy sales for the developers.

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Pause Patch Tuesday downloads, buggy code can kill Outlook

David Austin

OK, then...

I'm as happy as anyone to give Microsoft Flack for some of the insane things they've done over the years, but Outlook is probably my favourite program, and certainly my most important: Since the 2003 version with the preview re-design and the improved search, it's been my Day-to-day life organiser with Emails, Contacts, and calendars.

When it comes to upgrade time, I consider it to be a Microsoft Outlook license, rather than a Microsoft Office license - 2013 was worth the cost for Attachment Reminder alone...

But I'm not averse to change: One thing I've never managed to find when in Linux Land is a suitable replacement for Outlook: Lots of OK email clients, but few that do contacts and calendars, and almost none that play well with Activesync. I'm sure there must be ones out there: Anyone in the El-Reg Hive Mind care to recommend them to avoid any future "Nasty Surprises"...

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Judge bins Apple Store end-of-shift shakedown lawsuit

David Austin

Seems impractical...

At bare minimum you'll need somewhere to stash house keys and ID, and plausibly Wallet (For Bus/Car Park), Car Keys or Bike gear, a snack depending on shift length, and a phone (Presumably of the i variety to show suitable amounts of employee loyalty)

If Apple aren't providing a secure place to store those items outside their security perimeter, I think you could reasonably argue that a bag of some description is necessary...

I wouldn't have thought it would be worth the Bad PR and miser attitude Apple will get for this, over paying their staff an extra 30 mins wherever they need to do a bag search.

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

David Austin

Points for trying.

It's a nice idea, and I hope it works. The idea is very tempting - Android for Enterprise (A title I'm not aware that any handset or manufacturer can legitimately claim at the moment) Is sounding pretty good.

Dunnow if its possible or feasible, but good on them for trying.

Besides the software, I've always had a soft spot for android hardware: The blackberry Bold 9900 is probably my favourite handset in terms of hand feel and using as an actual phone, even if it was closer to a feature phone than a smartphone thanks to BBOS 7. I remember thinking "Man, if only this ran Android..."

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Fixing Windows 10: New build tweaks Edge, sucks in Skype

David Austin

Not bad

The last two build feel more what the initial production version should have been.

The only glaring issue that still seems to lurk around is Edge locking up 50% of the time if you try to directly run a program or open the downloads folder. Can't believe they let the RTM ship with that showstopper.

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HP and Dell flogging Surface Pro direct? No issues THERE. NONE AT ALL

David Austin

Surfaces:

Really nice kit.. Horrible, horrible ecosystem.

To get a warranty sorted on a batch back in December took three weeks of back and forth with Microsoft, the reseller partner, and the channel partner. And when we came to use said warranty last week, it took Microsoft 2 hours of back and forth to figure out what kind of warranty we had and how to deal with it.

It's probably a bad deal for Dell, but from my chair here, Microsoft Surface Pro with a Dell ProSupport warranty sounds like sweet bliss that will get a bunch of users off my back.

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IoT baby monitors STILL revealing live streams of sleeping kids

David Austin

Re: The illusion of safety

Nononono Nope.

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Sony's 4King with us now: Xperia Z5 mobe has UltraHD screen, cam

David Austin
Unhappy

Kazuo Hirai is looking old..

Wasn't ready for that photo - He seems to have aged very quickly since moving from Head of PlayStation to Head of Sony, much like Iwata did when moving from Lead developer at HAL to CEO of Nintendo.

And now I'm thinking about the fact Iwata's gone, I'm gonna go be sad for the rest of the day.

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