* Posts by Steve Graham

211 posts • joined 21 May 2007

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Android might be on the way to the Raspberry Pi

Steve Graham

Another slice of pi

I bought a tablet with a broken screen for £15 and took the circuit board out. HDMI, audio, microSD, wifi, Android...

I couldn't think of anything to actually use it for.

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LinkedIn mass hack reveals ... yup, you're all still crap at passwords

Steve Graham

Re: 987654321

I analyzed the winning stats and got a set of numbers which only or mainly occurred in single-ticket jackpots.

It didn't help. They kept taking my money and never awarded me a prize.

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

Steve Graham

I can still write the stuff without an assembler.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

Steve Graham

bugs

A few months ago, I tried to build in the processor microcode update in the kernel. (Look, it's my kernel; I can if I want.) The code was there, and had been for many versions back, but I couldn't get it to work.

Then, in a submission to the kernel mailing list, a developer posted some very substantial patches, which should, apparently, make the functionality operate as expected. They should be in 4.6 -- I haven't yet checked the release notes.

The thing is, this was code in many "stable" kernel releases prior which can't ever have been tested: it was just broken. It's made me realise that I've had a somewhat rosy view of kernel quality control. After all, there are about 40,000 source files. Linus checks every change.

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New Firefox versions will make you activate all new add-ons – except one hacker favourite

Steve Graham

"Firefox 53 beta will play embedded YouTube videos with HTML5 video if Flash is not installed."

I think 53 must be a typo for 47, since that's what the referenced release notes are for. ("Typo"? I don't know. The two numbers sum to 100. Perhaps the article was written by software with a bug.)

Anyway, hasn't embedded youtube been working since about release 40?

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

Steve Graham

News?

This is news to me, in that I migrated my repository settings to Devuan months ago, with no ill effects.

(On this machine, I seem to have 90 Devuan packages out of 2795 installed, but obviously that ratio will increase as I update them.)

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Steve Graham

Re: @Tom Chiverton 1

I wouldn't call systemd a "boot manager". A boot manager should piss off once the system is booted, not carry on running, pretending to be a substitute operating system.

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Hubble spots ice moon orbiting dwarf planet Makemake

Steve Graham

"mar-kee mar-kee" if you are a poncey southerner who can't pronounce the letter "r".

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

Steve Graham
Alien

a balloon, or...

Eerily reminiscent of what happened at Roswell in 1947.

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Guess what's 'easily hacked'? Yes, that's right: Smart city transport infrastructure

Steve Graham

Re: Now all we need is a safe full of gold!!

The new MINI™ is the size of a small truck.

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

Steve Graham

Re: from three 'double u's to one single 'm'

In Italian, "www" is pronounced "voovoovoo", which is much quicker than "doubleyoudoubleyoudoubleyou". However, they say "punto" not "dot", which restores the balance slightly.

(The ".it" at the end is "poonto eet".)

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Music's value gap? Follow the money trail back to Google

Steve Graham

Re: Oh dear. What a poor metaphor!

http://dilbert.com/strip/2016-04-13

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How Remix's Android will eat the world

Steve Graham

Boots in Qemu/KVM

It boots... eventually. With the ISO of the 32-bit Intel version, after 10 minutes or so of the RemixOS logo, a language prompt appears, and then we get to the desktop.

I would say that it's more sluggish after that than a Win 10 image on the same machine.

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Dear Windows, OS X folks: Update Flash now. Or kill it. Killing it works

Steve Graham

Re: document Flash ie, publish the source code

The thing is that Flash Player isn't just a video player. It's an entire operating system (very minor exaggeration). Adobe do publish a partial spec of the SWF format.

There have been attempts to replicate the video-playing part, see for example, Gnash.

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EE most 'reliable' mobile provider for cities – Ofcom

Steve Graham

"This map uses signal level predictions provided by the four UK mobile network operators."

So, a work of fiction.

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Amazon WorkSpaces two years on: Are we ready for cloud-hosted Windows desktops?

Steve Graham

BYOD and "No Johnson & Johnson data leaves the AWS cloud"

I'll bet I -- I mean, some miscreant -- could hack a client to screen-scrape data out of it.

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True believers mind-meld FreeBSD with Ubuntu to burn systemd

Steve Graham

Re: I still don't get what the fuss is about

You don't even need vdev if you are already using busybox. Just call busybox as "mdev" and it does everything that udev does.

I've written a bit of Perl to be called by mdev on insertion of USB drives.

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Remix OS: China's take on an Android operating system – but for PCs

Steve Graham

Re: @tony72 - Finally!

On my systems, something over 80% of the packages do not originate from GNU. I'm sure that's typical.

It would make as little sense to call it LibreOffice/Linux as GNU/Linux.

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MAME goes fully FOSS

Steve Graham

"Kick the Grue".

It didn't achieve anything, but you could always do it.

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Google Project Zero reverse-engineers Windows path hacks for better security

Steve Graham
Linux

Re: win32? in 2016? really???

"horror of spaces"

Is is still impossible to have a Windows executable called "C:\Program"?

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Worldpay outs self as provider of easy-to-crack payment services

Steve Graham

The previous (more secure) behaviour should be re-enabled by setting security.pki.sha1_enforcement_level to 2 (now defaults to 0).

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GitHubber wants to revive the first Unix in a PDP-7 emulator

Steve Graham

DECtape

DECtape, the block filesystem that you could watch working, turning backwards and forwards.

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Intel shows budget Android phone powering big-screen Linux

Steve Graham
Linux

Has anyone done the reverse of this? i.e. Android running side-by-side with a Linux stack, on a desktop machine?

(I've played around with booting Android x86 in a virtual machine, but that's not the same thing.)

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Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple

Steve Graham
Black Helicopters

Skeleton Keys

Homeland Security's TSA requires checked baggage at US airports to be locked with a padlock which has a "back door" -- a secret key that only trusted agents can have, so don't worry folks, your luggage is still perfectly secure.

Except you can now print your own set of the keys from a file you got off the internet.

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

Steve Graham
Alert

Re: "reputation of being somewhat of a talented programmer."

I was a (pointy-haired) manager when one of my fellow project managers owned a team where the team leader was a genius. He probably was too.

The whole project was being coded in a language which he had invented, with everything going through a compiler/translator which he had developed and which he maintained, fixing bugs as his team discovered them.

It was forbidden to touch the intermediate code (C, I think it was). All development had to be done in the new language.

Things did not turn out well.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Steve Graham

Re: Pah!

My "media player", permanently connected to the television and sound system, is an Aspire 1 netbook with Atom N270.

My armchair device for looking up stuff on the internet while watching television (that's what people use tablets for, right?) is a Samsung netbook with dual-core Atom N570.

Both running Linux. It would be crazy to try to put Windows, any version, on them.

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How to get root on a Linux box, step 1: Make four billion system calls

Steve Graham

CONFIG_KEYS is set in my Linux kernel build automatically from the dependency logic, which is quite complex, so I haven't yet found out how to unset it.

It seems to be something in NFS, wifi or bluetooth. The latter two might apply in Android as well.

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Rejoice, Penguinistas, Linux 4.4 is upon us

Steve Graham

I tried a FreeBSD distro, GhostBSD, recently and I was surprised at the amount of Linux crap in it. No systemd, certainly, but polkit, consolekit and even pulseaudio. There may have been more.

Obviously, like Linux, it worked perfectly well once they were disabled.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

Steve Graham

Re: "save" functionality

In case other readers interpret what you said as hyperbole: yes, that was EXACTLY the reasoning expressed. GIMP developers think "power users" are too stupid to understand compression and data loss.

I found a couple of scripts to do "save current" and "save as..." and put them into the main menu above the official ones.

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Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

Steve Graham

memory corruption

My first ever job -- in 1981 -- was writing VLSI design software on VAX/VMS. CIF files ring a distant bell, but I can remember nothing more.

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Rdio's collapse another nail in the coffin of the 'digital economy'

Steve Graham

"streaming is like roll your own radio" - no, it's not. There are no radio stations which play only the music I want, at the time I want, in the order I want.

I worked out through last.fm stats that if I'd paid my most-played artiste at Spotify royalty rates for all the tracks played, it would have cost me around £17. But, in fact, I'd bought 13 CD albums, roughly ten times as much.

(As a musician myself, I'm well-aware that the "music industry" is designed to enrich the industry, while any money that actually gets to the writers and performers is basically leakage; but that's another matter.)

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Faked NatWest, Halifax bank sites score REAL security certs

Steve Graham

Re: The banks can help here

Something like securesite.co.uk, isn't it? In a pop-up. About as credible as haliflax.co.uk

I couldn't believe the stupidity of that design when I first saw it.

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Smuggle mischievous JavaScript into WinRAR archives? Sure, why not

Steve Graham

Re: Why do pepole reply with posts like this? Because.

And, indeed, nowhere in the article was it mentioned that the vulnerability is in one Windows program, not all software which might be able to open that kind of archive.

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BBC joins war against Flash, launches beta HTML5 iPlayer

Steve Graham

User Agent

Can someone suggest a user agent string that gets past the BBC gatekeeper? I've just tried several, and while it seems to be what the code is using to decide, all have been refused.

Wait, I'll pretend to be an iPad...

[EDIT] Yes, Safari 8 on iOS 8 was accepted to opt in. Now to see if it works (Firefox 38 on Linux really.)

[EDIT2] No. Even with mediasource toggled in about:config.

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World finally ready for USB-bootable OS/2

Steve Graham
Unhappy

ancient

Some time in the last century, I was a project manager running several software development teams. One of the team leaders delegated ME to write the OS/2 to mainframe comms code for his project, because he said he didn't trust anyone else to get it right. I think that was the last production code I ever wrote. (Which shows how old I am.)

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

Steve Graham

Re: Say it is true

With a screen that big, it practically is a laptop.

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

Steve Graham

peer-to-peer

Since we're beating up Spotify, did you know that their streaming works by peer-to-peer sharing? (The Windows desktop client anyway.) So they're using YOUR bandwidth and cpu cycles to send music to other users.

I was trying out the software one day and noticed about 40 outgoing connections, with IP addresses that resolved to home broadband links all over Europe.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

Steve Graham

I'm on my second budget ZTE and it serves my needs well enough, but there have never, ever been Android updates for it. Given the recent vulnerabilities, that's not a good thing.

(The only relevant download on their website is the user manual.)

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Mozilla testing very private browsing mode

Steve Graham

Re: I'm in

I've got a screen grab where Amazon recommended me "Pigs Ears 50 Quality whole ears Top Quality 100% Natural dog treets" (sic) because I'd bought "Authentic Indian Spice Spoons".

Artificial intelligence at its awesome best.

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Steve Graham
Linux

Re: So...

Come to the Dark Side. We have candy. (And penguins.)

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

Steve Graham

Re: Wot not FreeSat tuner?

Nope. My £50 Openbox receives Freesat channels identically to those from the other two satellites my dish is pointed at.

However, it doesn't meet the requirements to be labelled as Freesat, such as the text service and automatic channel updating.

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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

Steve Graham

Fugly

The high-gloss white plastic of the shell is hideous. I know there's a fashion for Apple-like white objects but this design would have been laughed off the stage at Apple.

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Firefox 39 bites four critical bugs

Steve Graham
Facepalm

Better games performance. Couldn't have put it better: that's exactly what I don't need in a browser.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

Steve Graham

Re: F**king Madness

Android stores the passwords in plaintext. There are apps which will display them, or you can hoke through the file system.

So every time you enter the new password for a visitor, they take it away with them.

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Google IS listening: Binary blob banished from Chromium build

Steve Graham

When this story broke (in the Independent; I didn't see any mention in The Reg) I checked my Chromium installation and found it was an earlier version which didn't install the voice search extension. Good.

However, it had silently downloaded and installed Google Wallet under my user profile.

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

Steve Graham

Marketing

There are four market segments: the stupid poor, the stupid rich, the clever poor, and the clever rich.

To make large profits, you should aim your product at the stupid rich.

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There's data in your dashboard, so liberate it from Big Auto's grasp

Steve Graham

I believe the paid version of Torque comes with a programming API and the ability to get raw data, so proprietary info is not completely out of reach.

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Boffins silently track train commuters without tripping Android checks

Steve Graham

Well, if I see three Chinese academics with electronic devices on the Moira to Lisburn train, I'll know what they're up to.

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

Steve Graham

hex

Did anyone else spot the perfectly hexagonal crater in the GIF animation?

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Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit

Steve Graham

It's been designed to offer functionality to other packages, so other developers have made their software dependent on it. Young folks not brought up on the pure Unix philosophy: do one job and do it well.

The Debian decision was basically "we don't have the resources to rip out all the dependencies in these other packages, so we just have to go with systemd".

(Yes, I have a beard, and yes, it is grey.)

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