* Posts by DryBones

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Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

DryBones

Autoboxes

Yes, nothing with an automatic transmission qualifies as a sports car. For you see, even though automatics now changes gears faster than all but the most overcaffeinated stick fiddlers (what is the proper Reg-ization of driving stick?), can be be used in manual mode to choose your own shift points, and provide better fuel economy to boot, it's not a sports car without a manual transmission. If it lets me pay half as much insurance as the ricer that got eaten by my turbo-fed SUV, I'll support it.

In related topic, opinions on Ford/Mondeo's decision to offer an ECU 'tuner' box for their vehicles? I think it's simultaneously neat and rather behind the curve. To hear it told by one I know, tuner shops already offer the ability to fit a module that lets you switch between "Normal", "Eco", and "Badger in Pants Crazy" ECU profiles from the cruise-control ... er, controls.

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New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

DryBones

Re: Now if they could just turn display of file extensions back on…

Hmm, all right then. My impression was that such headers weren't already present and the icon was assigned by the OS based on the extension, though I suppose that wouldn't explain how Adobe and other programs got their icons on. So they make a calendar.exe and specify a PDF icon. Ok.

I know Irfanview checks image headers... Great, so everyone else is just damn lazy and blindly trusting the extension.

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DryBones

Re: Now if they could just turn display of file extensions back on…

Such as?

Also, how does it determine what they are, then? Does it try running every file on the off chance it's executable? Does it look at some setting in the header of the file that's even less visible to a user? How does this prevent a clueless user from running something named hotchickcaledar.pdf that has an executable icon when it should be a PDF icon, and entering their password when prompted?

Seriously curious here.

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

DryBones
Holmes

Re: Good research, bad alliance

They sourced a Russian engine. You know, like everyone sources tons of stuff Made In China. Outsourcing has its risks, got enough paint to get the rest of the business world with that brush?

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KA-BOOM! Russian rocket EXPLODES over Siberia minutes after lift-off

DryBones

Re: Just a reminder...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Thor_and_Delta_launches

"Due to the size of the list, it has been split into several smaller articles"

There are a good number of failures in the early sections. A lot of them. We had to LEARN what was needed to be successful, and to a degree the efforts from around the world cross-pollinated, and everyone failed less as time went on and lessons were learned and shared. SpaceX has a good number of engineers from other launch companies, the knowledge-share information from NASA, as well as fresh-faced college kids, for instance.

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DryBones

Just a reminder...

Launches are hard to do right.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

DryBones

A-freaking-men. Yet another example of trying to ignore the message, then shooting the messenger.

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Mobile spyware firm mSpy hacked, clients doxxed on dark web

DryBones

Today's secret word is

Schadenfreude.

Seriously, I think all operating systems should be patched to remove the ability to "hide" things on them. And by that I mean stuff that renders a process, a directory, etc, non-displayed even if looking in the right place. If it's not interesting /useful to end users fine, group it in a "system" category. But I want to be able to lift that lid and see the guts, including badware trying to slum.

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Security bods gagged using DMCA on eve of wireless key vuln reveal

DryBones

Streisand Effect in 3, 2, 1...

Someone is going to get creamed over this. And I don't think it's the researchers.

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

DryBones
Mushroom

Re: Just like Windows Phone

"Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices, and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices..."

Good grief, I can smell that pile of bullshit from here. Smells like curry kimchee... (with apologies to Indians and Koreans). CARRIERS and MANUFACTURERS WON'T LET Google push new OS updates directly to their customers. That was a requirement they dictated to Google, in order to accept their OS onto phones that could get on their networks. In some ways it's good, in many ways it's bad. Mostly bad, because they want to add their own crapware to the OS image. Motorola is the best of those, they're pretty on-the-ball about things and light on the skinning. Samsung? Fuggetaboutit.

Nexus devices (yes, I use them, no I'm not employed by them) have an almost direct update path from Google, rather similar to Apple's delivery route. They can do that because they have a similar number of devices to test the builds for.

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Welcome to the family ... Microsoft licks nib of Surface pen maker N-trig

DryBones
Pint

The Wheel Turns

It's amusing how technology keeps moving from there being a pen, to not being a pen, to a pen again.

Whoops, where'd it go now?

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Fandroids, take your phone's antivirus and burn it – Android bod

DryBones

Re: And therein lies the problem ...

Huh. I haven't used a Sony, so I can't rightly say on the specific behavior of whatever blend of hardware and software they have going there, just the stuff you already covered about manufacturers and carriers layering it on. If it's a known issue with them, ok. I recall we had something about the camera API would get stuck continuously doing a CPU wakeup and sucking battery down, needing a power reset to fix. That was 4.3.something though, I think.

I'm on 5.1 at the moment, and was evidently wrong about battery use. It's saying 5% (left High Accuracy on evidently). That reminds me, the Battery percentages don't add to 100% OR to the percentage used. I nasty-grammed them about that once, need to do it again... Oh! Are you using the new stuff like Trusted Face and Trusted Place? Those seemed to drain it faster for me and didn't really give me much benefit, so turned them off again. Those might hold the camera and location services at the ready.

Nope, don't work for Google, be an interesting workplace to have if I did. I just got tired of the same nonremoveable bloatware you touched on after having a Samsung Epic and Galaxy Nexus, didn't want to have to root my phone in order to strip down to the standard stuff. So I yoinked an N5 off the Play Store when they came out. This probably makes me part of like... 2% or something, to be consistent. :)

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DryBones
Holmes

Re: And therein lies the problem ...

Congratulations. You really are the 1% here, since those happy with iOS, some manufacturer/carrier laden Android phone, or a Nexus covers the other 99%.

What phone, exactly, are you using? I've yet to see Google Play services using more than 2% of the battery on my Nexus 5 on the Battery Use listing, and I don't see the Camera in the Running Apps listing so I'm curious how one produces those results.

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ZOMBIE Google Glass 2 FEEDS ON Italian BRAINS, says specs supremo

DryBones

Re: Glass always has been, and always will be,

It's not, though. It's working decently in certain areas of the workplace, like operating theaters and warehouses and all. The things that it does Facebook is trying / wanting to do, and considering their traffic numbers, people seem to be loving it. If it was more high-tech visor like some of the anime stuff, they'd be all over Japan already. Microsoft and others are working on getting there.

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DryBones
Joke

"Err...no. Make them detectable so the rest of us will know our privacy is being invaded."

There's a show on Netflix called Brain Games. At least one of the episodes touches on the limits of human attention and awareness. Just by making someone focus their attention on a spoon, a sleight-of-hand man steals several large items off him.

Trust me, you miss 98% of those invasions already. Glass just sticks out because you're not used to it like you are everything else. Probably be a grand accessory for a pickpocket.

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Republicans in sneaky bid to reauthorize Patriot Act spying until 2020

DryBones
Flame

"Sheriff, do the letters F O mean anything to you?"

I don't know about you, but whenever someone says there needs to be less investigation of government, I want more.

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Google broke own security with April fool gag

DryBones
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Re: re: You might like to note the following:

And now I'm pondering what quantum physics would be like if the subatomic particles were named consistent with the Konami Code...

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

DryBones
Mushroom

@Martin

To me, it looks like a control issue. That's undamped/underdamped oscillation you're seeing, might have a 30m arc to it, too. Without seeing if it was stable earlier in the approach it's hard to say if this just developed on final approach, or if it's wiggled its way down. Either way, that being present just before landing is the kiss of death.

If you watch carefully, you can see it snap just above the dust cloud.

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Got an Android mobe with a virus? Congrats, you're The One Per Cent

DryBones

Re: Does this total include...

Rubbish. By that logic your garage door opener and washing machine are full of malware. They don't have the permissions model and you can't load whatever you want on them.

Android and iOS give their customization in different places. I use Android because it gives me the control where I want to make things work how I want. Would I like the control something like App Ops gave? Yes, but not enough to switch back. Apple has way too much in the way of pretentious, elitist airs.

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Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

DryBones
Holmes

Re: Gave up Google Chrome

Erm...

Miserable performance in your very slow DSL environment seems it might be due to your very slow DSL environment?

Stop using IE, add the ScriptSafe plugin to Chrome, and start using the content white-listing it enables you to do. Firefox's is called ScriptNo, NoScript, something like that

Have the experts used MalwareBytes Anti-Malware from a safe boot with networking support(F5)?

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Google whacks CREEPY predictive search up to 11 in cheap Chrome OS beta

DryBones

Rubbish. You're creeped out by a search engine remembering your searches and history? Delete them, Google offers you that functionality in the dashboard.

Advertisers have been collecting things, using cookies of various types for more than a decade. Google is actually letting you be a user of that data too, and giving you the ability to remove a good deal of it. If it scares you, GO NUKE YOUR DATA.

The every hotel analogy is off. It's your concierge following you to each one you go to.

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DryBones
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I love the double standard. When hotel concierges or a secretary / administrative assistant knows what you like and anticipates needs, it's excellent customer service. When it's code, it's creepy.

5:00 somewhere...

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Honda CR-V: SUV-lite that’s also light on the pocket

DryBones

Names

Really, they should call these use UVs, because really they're Utility Vehicles. In order to be called a Sport Utility Vehicle, it should be required to manage a certain degree of off-road performance (Land Rover, et al), and/or speed (0-60 in under 7s). Can't see where the Sport comes in, otherwise.

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Google adds evil-code scanning to Play Store

DryBones
FAIL

Re: Huh?

This x1000.

This is the gaping, whistling hole in the story. All those third party app stores require you to manually turn on installation of third party apps that didn't go through the Play Store. Guess how many Android phones there are that use those stores. Hint: It's very close to the number of those listed as infected.

Doing risky stuff (installing from cheap or Free Chinese app stores) can be risky, who'da thunk it?

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Gamers! Ransomware will scramble your save files unless you cough up $1,000

DryBones

Are you making backups yet? They range from free to $30/month. Looks pretty cheap now, doesn't it?

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US bares its net neutrality enforcement regime to world+dog

DryBones

Re: Two words jump to mind as I read this review

For that to be applied, the piece of legislation has to be done without cause and for malicious purposes, doesn't it?

Seems to me there's lots of cause, what with providers behaving badly.

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US watchdog: Anthem snubbed our security audits before and after enormous hack attack

DryBones
Mushroom

Sounds to me like the OIG needs to call in the FTC and the FBI. This needs to go from "data breach" to "criminal negligence", and " disbarment from government contracts " fast.

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

DryBones

Re: Nexus 5 / Android 5.0.1 / Chrome 40.0.2214.109 - oops

Same. I'm expecting a new version of Chrome in the next couple days.

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Google Chrome suffers brain freeze on Android Ice Cream Sandwich

DryBones
Holmes

Re: Moving on..

Totally unsure of what you're talking about. As far as my experience has been, it's a clean and simple interface. What are you confused about?

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Glad you're not on the Anthem hacker hit list? Not so fast – millions more affected

DryBones

What happens next is you discover you'll have to pay yet again to remove the freezes, either temporarily or permanently, I suppose.

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Gamers reach for BFG after Nvidia turns back the overclock

DryBones

Re: /sigh

Did AMD ever work out their Z-buffering issues? I seem to recall that every time I tried one of their cards textures would pop through each other like a mofo.

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Dutch DPA says government's data retention plans still illegal

DryBones
Go

All I want to know...

Can we vote THESE guys into office in the US?

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

DryBones

Re: Still Unclear on Concept - Two faced

Might be because the bugs in that codebase have to go through the manufacturer, then the vendor, and there's a pretty high % chance that one of those two can't be arsed to pass it through because they're wanting to push the latest and greatest phones?

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Fraudsters make bank as exec wires $17 MEELLION to China

DryBones
Trollface

I like mine better.

Didn't even call or text the person supposedly directing him to do the stuff. Grand!

If the person in charge of your business's money hasn't got your cell #- oh. Well then.

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'Ruskie' malware pwns iOS 7

DryBones

Fitting

The ability to 'hide' is something whose time is long past, and should be removed from all operating systems. Roll the stuff the user shouldn't care about into a 'system' category if you like, but there should be no OS-coded ability whatsoever for any program or process to conceal its presence.

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

DryBones
Holmes

ScriptSafe is what you're looking for, in Chrome.

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SpaceX makes nice with U.S. Air Force, gets shot at black ops launches

DryBones

Re: Eh?

"If you can afford to charge us $200 million for the next DoD/NSA/NRA launch, why did you charge us $500 million last year?"

"You're doing less change orders and 'special test' requests now."

If you don't believe it you haven't seen government.

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

DryBones
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Whoosh

Citizen! If you know you are going to be shooting video at night in a fixed area, you may want to set up some lights to help capture the action!

Captain Obvious, AWAY!

Oi.

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HTTPS bent into the next super-cookies by researcher

DryBones

Without having a firm understanding of the protocol (not a network guy, not going to be arsed to go read it), I think my first question be if the includeSubDomains flag actually did get put in as Mikhail said or not.

Seems like another of those things that would stand out like a beacon via Ghostery/NoScript/ScriptSafe.

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

DryBones
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How often do you use the menu bar? Are you just after the bookmarks? That's easy to have showing all the time in Chrome. Job done.

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FCC: A few (680,000) net neutrality comments lost in 'XML gaffe'

DryBones

Re: Form letters save me time being ignored!

Makes perfect sense to me. Write a letter if it's likely it'll actually be read and considered. Write a sentence to tell them which pile to put you in if a secretary or algorithm is going to be working a tally board.

This is Level of Effort stuff, here.

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Sucker for punishment? Join Sony's security team

DryBones

This is mean and bad for the workers and all, but I cannot stop laughing. How much is it going to take for these companies to realize that hey, they should be proactive, not reactive about their security. The very fact that they are looking for these people NOW, seems like it opens them up for gross negligence suits.

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Android gives Google a search monopoly? Not so fast, says judge

DryBones

I think the issue would revolve around the effect that the element has.

Back during the period that the antitrust action took place against Microsoft, IE was not only not standards compliant, but it was seriously not compliant, to the degree that a website that looked right in IE didn't work at all for anything else, including those that followed the standard. This meant that it was likely that most sites would look right on IE, but wrong other browsers unless the owners had implemented detection and presentation of separate pages/files for the browsers. It was a deliberate act, adding functions and features that aren't in the standards to break compatibility with other browsers.

Contrast that with the search issue. Different search site/plugin is going to return different results, with different priorities. Google started as a webpage, and got to be the site of choice for search. They work based on content. Search Engine Optimization got to be a thing, and if I recall properly, it's against the rules with Google. Your content should be your content, and it should be relevant, and you shouldn't be stashing a bunch of keywords to push your ranking up. Sites get caught misbehaving, get dropped in ranking until they clean up the fake bullshit they put in to push themselves up.

Not sure that you can really compare deliberately breaking standards and by extension sites, and thus making other browsers not render them properly... with crawling sites and ranking them, and demoting them if they try to fake out the rating system. Google is just doing what it does, search, and there really are other choices. I presume the other search engines do similar in terms of ranking and demotion... or maybe not, if they return a lot of keyword-bait sites at the top.

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DryBones

So wait... Are they trying to sue Google because users are (fat dumb and) happy with Google search?

Good lord, I think they are. If I want something else, I search for "search" in the Play Store, job done.

And no, I don't want to. Some monopolies come because everyone else is rubbish.

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DoubleDirect hackers snaffle fandroid and iPhone-strokers' secrets

DryBones

Hmm.

Windows and Linux users would appear to be immune because their operating systems don't accept ICMP redirection packets that carry malicious traffic."

I think the important question that should be asked here is "How can they tell?" Do they not accept redirections and thus not comply with the standard, or do they have a central place they connect and get such updates from. If so you just have to redirect that first! Reminds me of The Invention of Lying.

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Oracle gives HR tool to track your fitness

DryBones

Oh Look!

Something else for us to have to fill out instead of actually doing work.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

DryBones

Breathtaking

I, for one, welcome the time when all these politicians, and all these spook agencies, sit back wide-eyed and stunned, and realize, "My God, they're not buying it."

Lies, truth... They've shown we can't tell the difference, so we're forced to not believe any of it.

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

DryBones

Re: The only jewelry I wear is my Wedding ring.

Arc-heating hazard, I imagine.

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Antares apocalypse: Orbital points finger at turbopump FAIL

DryBones

Re: Some perspective on this

At least part of it is probably because NASA's COTS program was for more than just one entry, they wanted a competition going, so you kinda had to have other new entrants? Not sure, but I think the legacy folks were excluded from bidding?

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

DryBones

Re: The images really are telling...

Because they're not massive wankers like MS and Samsung? I've no love for Apple, but I can't stand kruft.

Looking forward to Android 5 on my Nexus 7.

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