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* Posts by Andy 66

18 posts • joined 15 Feb 2010

CEO Tim Cook sweeps Apple's inconvenient truths under a solar panel

Andy 66

Re: "...concrete used has finished outgassing..."

except in the source of the energy required to make the cement, which accounts for 40% of the CO2 released. Not sure ingassing from cured concrete will absorb that much...

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Andy 66

Re: Replaceable battery

I've had to change the original batteries in an iphone 3G (after 4 yrs work and a nightmare to change), iphone 4 (after 2.5yrs work and relatively easy to change) and an iphone5 after 14 months of work (and a frikken nightmare to change resulting in cutting the volume connector cable trying to pry the battery up from the glue, resulting in an even harder volume connector cable swap).

I don't live anywhere near an Apple store (nearest is 680km away) and the costs in a local store (€100) are too expensive for a good quality battery that costs around €25

So yeah, easy replaceable batteries wouldn't be too hard an issue, especially since all 3 models above have their battery located in a dedicated place.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

Andy 66
Unhappy

Does the leak cross services?

given a situation of a server running openssl for email authentication and openssl for apache, can apache be exploited to reveal email passwords or is the information stored in memory restricted to that service (apache)?

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What's up with that WhatsApp $19bn price tag? Answer: Voice calls

Andy 66

Personal SIP line + iSIP == Ideal

For quite a while now, I've had a SIP line at €1/mo that allows unlimited international calls (upto 1hr) that I use with the rather excellent iSIP app.

Not free, but at €1/mo for two concurrent calls is good enough for me and my family.

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AWS imposes national borders on Cloudland

Andy 66

We all know IP geolaction is bullet proof

A couple of years ago I moved ISP to OVH and was given an IP that geolocated on all databases to Russia. OVH replied the block was formerly Russian and they'd work to resolve the problem, but it still took 18 months to remove...

A good example of geofencing fail.

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Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

Andy 66

Re: Your description fits Microsoft more than Google.

"Google doesn't have anything in France, so how Google can violate French laws is a bit confusing."

So why did I see a white citroen blazened with 'Google for pros' on it in the G colours whith a rather attractive woman driving while coming home tonight?

Google are very much present in France pushing their ad revenue stream...

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A-D'OH!-BE: Adobe hit by 'sophisticated' MEGA HACK RANSACK

Andy 66

Re: At first

I recently purchased an iphone for the first time in an Apple Store (regent st - first time in apple store, not iphone purchase). The only ever other time I've purchased an Apple product with my existing card is on the Apple.fr website last year for my wife's iphone.

Fanboi jokes aside, I was shocked that the salesfloor dear, after she swiped my card she asked if I'd like my receipt to my email (she had the correct email) and made a remark about the fact I had purchased 2 iphones in 1 yr that showed she had my purchase history on that shitty handheld terminal, after only a swipe of my cc.

Does make one wonder how they are hashing stored ccards to be able to easily index it to an account and it's purchases, as well as how that damn terminal can wirelessly take my swiped cc and access all that info in a secure manner.

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All rivers flow into the sea: Apple holds TEN PER CENT of corporate America's dosh

Andy 66

Re: Half Time Oranges

It's mathS fer chrissakes.... Maths in the singular sense does not exist since to solve a problem requires >1 input

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French data cops to Google: RIGHT, you had your chance. PUNISHMENT time

Andy 66

Re: Fines are fine

Given how French bureaucracy works, there'll be 6 months in writing the writ, 12 months getting it to be heard at the "cour de cessation", another 24 months of deliberation after both sides have made their stance until a decision can be reached, by which time, 2-3yrs have passed by which time Googles terms have changed so any decision is null and void.

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Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

Andy 66

Re: A split personality release

Since the inception of OS X 10.0 I followed with amusement yet seriousness about the eye candy and mixed metaphors that the OS introduced, which detracted from the original coveted Apple Human Interface Guidelines. Over time, those problems were erased to an OS that pretty much adhered to those original Jobs-written AHIGs.

Yes I updated to ios7, and boy was I wrong. I am like the others - unlock screen and sudden flash of nausia as everything whooshes into place. I've eliminated all the background effects I can but still this nauseating animation happens. It's a big step back in user interface imo.

Plus why oh why.... On the lock screen, there's an option for emergency calls... Why oh why am I presented with a frikken keypad to amke the call? Who in reality can remember the emgency call number based on where you are in the world? 112 for europe (had to wiki it), 911 in US... Asia? Australasia? The frikken phone knows where I am in the workd, so why not predial it for me?.... If I needed to make an emergency call after an accident in the mountains of Bora Bora and couldn't unlock my phone, am I supposed to know what number to call?

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Hardbitten NYC cops: Sir, I'm gonna need you to, er, upgrade to iOS 7

Andy 66

Re: Absolutely Ridiculous

About 3 yrs ago, my wife had her handbag snatched, iphone and all. After filling out a police report (req'd for insurance re-imbursement) she also gave them the IMEI number as she still had the original box. The plod had no idea what to do with this even though she said they could render the phone banned with it. Nothing was done, and calling Orange was useless as they said it's only the police that can issue the ban.

No idea who's right or wrong, but needless to say some scum made a few bucks from it.

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New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'

Andy 66

Re: Affordability my arse

So, in the US the 16GB 5S model is $649, which is ~€500 (to be on the high side), then add 20% VAT (rough european VAT average) == €600.

So why is the 5S 16GB model being offered up for €699???

I ain't bending over Apple - go shaft someone else.

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Apple dangles Spangles while Dabbsy's cables rankle

Andy 66

Misnomer?j

Never used Windows in my 40 years of existence but my recent iMac purchase left me cmpletely baffled when I wanted to connect an external monitor to it.... The ports at the back were USB and thunderbolt and like the author I'm sick of Apple's attempts at enforcing "standards" through their proprietary means a firewire 400, 800 and whatevever the hell that thing is that charges the new iphonesand. costs a fortune....

Anyway, I searched everwhere to find a thunderbolt to DVI connector (yes the external monitor is an Apple display) and I even went a RTFM.... In the end, two days later after giving up too easily, I heard that the thunderbold connection is the same as the mini-DVI socket on previous macs. I honestly said WTF because not only has the name changed but the symbol has as well, while all the time the actual port is the same!

A quick borrow of a mates miniDVI to DVI adaptor and it was confirmed. I parted with another €40. Yup, fool me once...

I rate this story very highly because of this pure corporate bullshit. It honestly is damned annoying.

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Hard luck lads, todger size DOES matter: Official

Andy 66
Boffin

Good use of public money

How is this research, funded by public money, in the public's interest? Why was this even funded in the first place?

This is EvoDevo research at its most useless

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This project was funded by the Australian Research Council; ethics approval was granted through Monash University (MUHREC Approval CF11/1378 2011000764).

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Just grumpy cos my last grant on a cancer project was refused.

And cos I have small hands.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

Andy 66
Facepalm

they're just pissed...

because the world ignored Minitel.

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Wellcome Trust backs boffins in open publishing row

Andy 66

Why the high costs for Open Access journals?

The costs of publishing in not-for-profit Open Access journals like PLoS are also exorbitant, and inline with the costs of making your Elsevier manuscript OA....

http://www.plos.org/publish/pricing-policy/publication-fees/

How is that place non-profit? Shirley all there are are admin and hosting costs? for eg, PLoS Biology published 260 papers in the last 12 months, and @$2900/paper == $750k. 6 other journals in the plos range publishing similar numbers of manuscripts and similar(ish) costs, so rough estimate of 4-5 million in revenue per year. They don't pay their reviewers and their editors get peanuts, so how is all this non-profit?

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Wikileaks' DNS pulls plug, citing collateral DDoS damage

Andy 66
Coffee/keyboard

They've moved to Switzerland

wikileaks.ch

"AFP - 03/12/2010 à 10:43

WikiLeaks en ligne à une nouvelle adresse après 6 heures d'interruption

e site WikiLeaks, qui publie depuis dimanche des télégrammes diplomatiques américains, était à nouveau en ligne vendredi avec une nouvelle adresse suisse (wikileaks.ch) après six heures d'interruption, a constaté l'AFP à la suite d'une annonce du site sur Twitter.

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Sorry, but got that from the French, basically they upped their servers hosting the .org domain that were hosted in Paris and Sweden and moved to wikileaks.ch

Presumably the .org will follow eventually

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Chip and PIN security busted

Andy 66

@Trevor Pott o_O

Don't know what the process is over there, but over the channel you have to activate your card by withdrawing cash at a bank machine. So if you receive your card and never activate it, yet receive charges against that card, you have grounds to oppose them

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