* Posts by DryBones

368 posts • joined 7 Feb 2010

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QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones

DryBones
Coat

If it was Allegiant, there'd be a fee for that...

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Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

DryBones
Pint

Re: No longer an OS maker

There's a very good reason to be worked up about it. Being rubbish at collecting and monetizing personal information doesn't mean that they're going to be rubbish at distributing it.

Put another way, how competent do you think they are at DP?

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

DryBones

Re: I love psychology.

It's the worst thing ever. Except for all the rest of them.

The tone of your post is fairly off-base. The condescending attitude toward those of us that like a GUI isn't helpful, and honestly your depictions are closer to the manner used by Apple. Microsoft are just being high-handed wankers that think they're fooling someone by saying they listen to user feedback.

Actually, the rest is fairly rubbish too. The Linux is trying to get there, still isn't there yet on gaming. It's partway there, some stuff runs. More widespread support of Vulkan may help with that. More stuff like Play on Linux, maybe the SteamOS. Businesses are the only ones really locked into things, and honestly if MS goes too far I expect legal action from them, to the tune of multiples of the $10k the one woman got.

I've been trying to get some flavor of Linux on a spare HD in a hot-swap enclosure. It's not happening yet, because Mint keeps breaking mid-install. I'm going to keep trying, but there it is.

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White hat pops Windows User Account Control with log viewer data

DryBones
FAIL

Stopped reading at

"Nelson told ThreatPost the attack would need a victim's machine to be already compromised for the bypass to work."

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Giant Musk-stick test-firing proves a rocket can rise twice

DryBones

Re: Good Job

I thought they fueled and fired the first one too. No? So this is the second one that came back without being a mess, and now it went through a firing? Okay, so they've tested avionics, the engines, and the structure between the engines and the hold down bolts.

Honestly, I saw one article that said this one had been relaunched, which was a genuine surprise considering it was just another hold-down test. Same thing? Um, no, it's not the same thing at all, because it's not moving.

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WhatsApp gets another Brazilian whack as magistrate blocks it again

DryBones

I love how

They seem to be trying to intimidate math.

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Symantec, Intel carve out diminishing slice of growing security market

DryBones

Re: Enterprise are going free now anyway...

Might try 7zip, I heard they beat WinRAR for compression and I think are freeware?

As for Trillian, I've used them for yonks, and given their aggregation and syncing between computer, webpage, and mobile app versions I do believe they're worth tossing some money at. I went for lifetime ($60 one time) back when they started asking, think it's still very good value for being used lots every day with no ads (versus the services it links with). Call it supporting a cause.

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Google's Nexii stand tall among Android's insecure swill

DryBones

Some of us...

are running Nougat!

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

DryBones
Pint

Re: I feel like Nostrodamus

You're not alone.

:)

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Home Office ignores plight of BA techies as job offshoring looms

DryBones

Re: And people wonder how the vote for Brexit happened?

I'd agree with that. It seems from this angle to be a massive "fuck you and the horse you rode in on". Cannot say I blame them, whatever the results.

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Admins in outcry as Microsoft fix borks Group Policy

DryBones

Re: And thus Win 10 "mistakenly"

Taking the piss isn't nice in that situation. 10 saves the old OS for a month, he just needs to go roll it back.

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SOHOpeless Cisco wireless kit needs critical patch

DryBones

Name Change Needed

Swissco.

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Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

DryBones
Trollface

Re: a quiz

Yes! You have won the coveted No Prize.

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Re: My home network unusable

That'd be Windows 10 trying to serve updates to the rest of the world from your computer, I think. Turn that option off under Advanced Options in Updates.

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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

DryBones

Re: Teamviewer was ok before V11

Coffee zombie! *blam*

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Google pays $65k to shutter 23 Chrome bugs

DryBones

Re: Outsourcing the security

These are payouts for the bugs those and whatever else Google uses in-house, didn't find.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

DryBones

Re: It's a shame

Well, the problem there is Samsung. It's pronounced "bloated and annoying and slow".

Ideally Android is pronounced "Nexus". Think they're on sale too, and the N beta is fairly good now that it's hit #3.

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Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway

DryBones

Re: Just lost 10 hours this week already...

Invoice them. No, really. Registered mail, return receipt and all that, copies to finance and legal departments. Hours to remove unwanted software installed without permission after explicit opt-out. And if they don't cough up, pull the trigger.

It might be small, they might barely feel it, but it's the way large corporations have their behavior modified: by having it cost them money. At least due reimbursement...

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

DryBones
Boffin

Re: Finally catching up...

1) Obvious Troll is obvious.

2) That'd be the Vulkan graphics API, also coming to Windows to shame both Direct 3D and OpenGL.

3) "Done first" doesn't matter. "Done best" does. Ask Apple and their huge pile of money.

4) Android N is wanted by its users. How's Windows 10 working out on that key metric? Oh, looks like it's having to use most of the slimy malware tactics to make any headway against XP. Aw, diddums.

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Google slaps Siri with Assistant and Amazon with Home device

DryBones
Joke

Re: 20% of mobile searches are voice?

Yeah, you kind of have to be able to speak properly to use it.

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Malicious Android apps slip into Google Play, top third party charts

DryBones

Re: So long GoofyGoogle, and thanks for all the bots!

Pssst. Don't buy Samsung phones. If you want an up-to-date Android phone, buy a Nexus.

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

DryBones
Linux

So...

How does all this time and effort and expense compare to migrating to Linux? Just wondering.

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SS7 spookery on the cheap allows hackers to impersonate mobile chat subscribers

DryBones

So wait. They're not passing a PGP / encryption key pair? What?

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3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

DryBones

Re: i assume this means

You might want to look into how to get it up to 6 instead... N is looking good, too.

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Wi-Fi network named 'mobile detonation device' grounds plane

DryBones

Re: Doing the terrorists job for them

"Mobile Detonation Device", ha! Honestly, I'd say the terrorists have won, but they haven't made people change their behavior: They're still all feckless.

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Bali banking bandits foiled by probing penetration tester

DryBones

Re: Miserable security

Because Bali.

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Google Play infested with cash-stealing web apps

DryBones

So...

People are downloading the NatWestBanking App by Ima Crook Enterprises, and they don't see anything wrong with the publisher.

Right then, off you go.

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PayPal probed over Venmo cash-flinging app

DryBones

Seems similar to Google Wallet? *shrug*

Yes, I trust Google more than PayPal.

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

DryBones
Pint

Re: View from inside

It's pretty simple, though I suppose perhaps not easy.

* Ads are like a group of 600 lb people these days, a megabyte or more each.

* There is little vetting done on ads, and the advent of flash bidding makes them the equivalent of sharing about needles with people known to have STDs.

* Ads go out of their way to be obnoxious.

Sharply cut the size of ads, taser any and all ad designers that feel compelled to use video, popouts, expanding overlays, and other such whoop-de-doo's. Vet your ads for safety and suitability and STAND BY THAT VETTING. In short, the ad industry needs a long scrub, a shave, and to have all its shots up to date before I let it into my house. Because right now it's a rude and unwashed schizophrenic.

My phone keyboard put out "accordionist" when I gesture-typed schizophrenic, which is much funnier but not on point.

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More questions than answers, literally, from America's privacy rules

DryBones

Re: What's the average of bad and good?

Disagree, because otherwise nothing gets done.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

DryBones

So...

That's most of France nicked, then.

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Not OK, Google! FTC urged to thrust antitrust probe into Android

DryBones

Re: "Freezing out third-party apps"

It's not wrong. One can install them by sideloading as many people in China do to access third party stores. And get malware from. Oh, dear.

Google simply refuses to list competing app stores in the Play Store. As is its right. The barrier to going outside it is pretty low.

I primarily use Google because they're better than the rest. Sorry, Bing is a stupid name, too.

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

DryBones

Learn to Read

Every single one of you has failed to read what he actually SAID. Let's try it again.

“If the services and products they are using are not made in Europe then they will be made in China, and Asia-Pacific and Silicon Valley, and that will be a big missed opportunity."

AKA if the EU want to be berks about coding and such done in their territory it will be taken elsewhere. I read reams of anecdotes about coding in China, Korea, Taiwan, and the Asian coders that Google employs are proof that they have a valid worker pool there. It does NOT however say that Google is moving to China, nor that work will be done EXCLUSIVELY there.

Criminy.

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Zuck: You're still using non-Facebook websites ... I'll put an end to that

DryBones
Mushroom

The Only True Point He Made

People are tired of having to install shitty apps from various companies just to interact with them.

So instead he's going to take us back to the days of Telnet. Well, isn't it? Little in the way of graphics, just text going back and forth for whatever site you want to access. I refuse to do it through FB's network, but if these companies want to provide an interaction address for a more generic messaging application to use I may try it.

Can't be worse than the app, the shitty webpage, or the hold messages directing you to the shitty app and webage.

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SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months

DryBones

That was the calmest I've ever seen the ocean. I read their securing method is going to be 'weld the feet to the deck for the trip back to port'.

I think they need to engineer some capture mechanisms.

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Oculus, why do you need to record our every move? Al Franken asks

DryBones
Trollface

Oh look!

It's everything people said would happen as soon as Facebook bought Oculus, and Facebook said they would never do.

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Huawei's P9 flagship: There's a lot to Leica

DryBones

Re: My misunderstanding?

I believe they're going for noise averaging. Since the views should be almost the same, one trick is polling the values for both cells with a predetermined position shift to line them up, doing some maths on them and getting a clear result. Same reason you get antenna arrays, etc.

Oh, wait, the size issue. 1.25um x 2 > 1.4 um?

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

DryBones
Pint

Re: Uh, oh!

Replaces lines at the beginning of /dev/icee with blank space, obviously.

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A 'hundred million' Truecaller users vulnerable to privacy bug, security bod says

DryBones

Re: I am a Truecaller user

Link from the Wikipedia entry, take it as you will

http://www.pallab.net/2013/08/27/how-truecaller-finds-numbers/

So... It's Facebook for phone numbers.

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

DryBones

Re: Ditch it already

Wow. Just... wow. Sounds like they need to furlough everyone except the programmers and the ejection seat designers, and they need to be taken by the short hairs.

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Top rocket exec quits after telling the truth about SpaceX price war

DryBones
Boffin

Re: Who "ratted" and wht?

I believe the challenging bit with the engines is engineering them so that they separate in a controlled fashion at the right time (and not before!), properly enter their retrieval orientation and deploy chute(s) in good order. Since such hasn't been done before with the new engines being developed, it's not really being paid multiple times for the same work. Time will tell if they have to re-engineer the retrieval hooks or not. I imagine the mass is different, as is the moment arm and center of gravity and the like.

But that would involve actual engineering.

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DryBones
Boffin

Re: Fat, lazy and stupid

Do you grow all your own food? Make your own beer? I imagine you might do your taxes, but still. How about making all your own engine parts and body work from the raw materials? Major home additions? If you truthfully can answer yes to all of those you are a true renaissance man.

If any of them is no, the next question for yourself is "Why not?" Warning: there's a high chance of you being a bloody hypocrite.

Blue Origin has all the equipment, the people, and are 3 years into the development and testing of their BE-4, probably about to put together a full scale model for firings. ULA is contributing a good whack of development funding and likely expertise as well, since they have a lot of data on what rockets need and how they can go wrong.

Or would you like ULA to start buying even more manufacturing machines and be years behind the curve?

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Stagefright flaw still a nightmare: '850 million' Androids face hijack risk

DryBones
Pint

Re: Play installs firmware?

Seems like they need to break Android into 3 pieces: Device Drivers, OS, and Overlays. The device drivers are provided by the manufacturer for their specific hardware, and seldom if ever change. If they need to they can be updated OTA. The OS comes from Google, and is updated OTA. The Overlays come from the carrier, and are routed to dev/null.

And there was rejoicing all around.

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DryBones

Re: Screw you Samsung

Or a Nexus 9.

Just saying.

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Stevie Graham: Why I hack mobile banking apps

DryBones
Pint

"Credit Union"

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Too Naked for the Nazis streaks to literary glory

DryBones
Coat

Re: Reading from Behind: A Cultural History of the Anus.

Is it a tripe hunt?

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Google emits Android N developer preview early to smoke out bugs

DryBones
Coat

Easy as pie to get on a Nexus. Not bad at all, still bugs to flatten.

I do wonder how many phones it's going to take before those that like Android stop looking at anything besides a Nexus device. I mean, they've only seen the cycle of no update releases like 5x before...

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Microsoft wants to lock everyone into its store via universal Windows apps, says game kingpin

DryBones

Re: Hang on...

If you say so. I was reading another article ( last XBox or something) about it that seemed to be claiming that was the design goal.

I seem to recall (or imagine, same thing after enough time) one feature that predictably broke off of Longhorn was that idea of a module that managed games similar to a console, each in its own little stall or something.

And then we got The Registry, and that notion turned into a hairball that needs third party tools to keep under control...

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DryBones
Coat

Hang on...

Aren't these the same guys that say they prefer to make games for consoles, because they only have one or two configurations they need to test it against?

Isn't that what this UWP is supposed to do, make every PC look like a single configuration?

...

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

DryBones
IT Angle

So...

They haven't heard of this thing called a subscription portal. Perhaps they should get a real business to show them how it's done.

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