* Posts by Daniel Voyce

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

Daniel Voyce

One of the Articles above states:

"You can disable SU access in Super Su" and payments will work as expected, a minor inconvenience...

So all someone needs to do is allow some kind of Quick Shortcut for this in the notifications and it really isn't an issue, I'd like it as a backup, contactless is used heavily over here in Aus and it would be great to not have to carry my wallet around at times when it would be a pain (e.g. out running and stopping for coffee / breakfast afterwards) - I usually have my phone strapped to me!

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GitHub: We're sorry (again) about (another) outage

Daniel Voyce

Re: Surely..

The problem is that tools such as Composer, Bundle, Pip, Bower etc can all be hooked in to use github repositories and developers / DevOps somehow think it is acceptable to have these things "built on deployment" only to realise that if that service doesnt exist many of these tools dont handle that failure well and you end up with a broken deployment.

CI would prevent this in most cases but I have seen just as many poorly implemented CI systems as I have crappy deployment mechanisms, PEBCAC.

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

Daniel Voyce

Simply

500,000 lines of echoed out HTML

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

Daniel Voyce

Re: Errrrrrmmmmmm...

Just because an app requires a heap of permissions doesn't mean it is always using them, various ROMs have had privacy guard and the like installed as default for now and I have always had messenger locked down to "request" access to these things - it has never once asked for "microphone access" (or any other access) without me explicitly selecting that function (e.g. to send a voice message).

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The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show

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Re: I wonder how

They will most likely do what HULU has done and play whackamole with VPN IP ranges causing loads of legitimate people to be locked out as they inevitably mess it up

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The Register's Australian technology headline predictions … for 2017!

Daniel Voyce
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NBNCo rejects Copper over new RFC2549 Implementation

"NBN™ will scrap the unpopular Copper based FTTN plans to provide 100% coverage of Australia through our newest implementation allowing completely wireless coverage of the whole of Australia* "

*(Tasmania excluded)

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Box announces Salesforce integration, SDK for developers

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I don't understand how Box can position itself as a true enterprise replacement for Dropbox when it doesn't even supply native Linux clients.

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Big Bang left us with a perfect random number generator

Daniel Voyce

Until the NSA put some satellites up there that mimic this "Randomness" and make it decidedly "Nonrandom" /tinfoil

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KeePass looter: Password plunderer rinses pwned sysadmins

Daniel Voyce

But for clarification....

This would only be a problem if you were using NTLM logins with Keepass, surely Password vaults that are protected with only master key wouldnt be vulnerable to this?

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It's almost time for Australia's fibre fetishists to give up

Daniel Voyce

I'm having a Sheldon Cooper moment. That was sarcasm right?

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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

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"That’s not the entire picture, however. The Nexus 5X hit 51 per cent of battery power after 27 minutes, and was 90 per cent charged after an hour, but then took another 28 minutes to get the last 10 per cent. "

This sounds decidedly like "Microsoft Minutes" to me

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Angry devs hit out at JetBrains over shift to subscription pricing

Daniel Voyce

I am torn

I really rate Jetbrains (Like Wax Lyrical over their IDE's), but the subscription model for things like Adobe came about because individuals who couldnt afford the £3k for the master suite of products were just pirating it. I'm sure Jetbrains has the same problems but their products aren't expensive, I mean for just over $100 you get IDE's that blow anything else out of the water featurewise (Note: I am aware that an IDE is a highly personal thing... my point isn't to start an elitist war on "My dev environment is better than yours").

I do however understand the pricing model for polyglot teams / developers who maybe dont want to spend around $400 each year to upgrade when they can get the whole lot (and maybe a few other products they just couldnt justify on cost means) for around $20 a month!

My main worry is it would cause apathy within Jetbrains development in creating new features for the IDE's when they know they have guaranteed income from it each month...

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Confession: I was a teenage computer virus writer

Daniel Voyce

This is all far too high brow

Whatever happened to just dismantling a floppy disk and gluing match head scrapings to the surface and leaving it in a school computer?

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Like paying huge amounts for Salesforce? Don't read this

Daniel Voyce

Yeah but

$125 for an extra 500MB of cloud data storage a month is just taking the piss!

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Deluded Aussie geeks hail Turnbull's elevation to prime minister

Daniel Voyce

NBN wont win long term (infact it is already losing out)

I have lived here for 3 years now and as soon as I arrived I heard plenty about how the NBN was going to change the future for Australia's internet, quite simply, it isn't. As The Reg has pointed out many times they are taking years to install an inferior product, by the time the roll out is completed they will already be behind the rest of the developed world.

However what this does mean is that private companies are providing super fast internet into the basement of all of these new apartment blocks / office buildings that are cropping up off the plan, they are also installing into multi tenancy buildings and more recently have done some "Line of sight" wizardry with the office I work in out in the burbs (NBN isn't planned here for another 5 years), we pay reasonable rates are get a 100Mbps (vs the 6Mbps we can currently get over copper). I dont see anyway they can keep up.

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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

Daniel Voyce

Re: This is the kind of thing that keeps me up at night

You can set limits on what an AWS IAM key does, it sounds like he has put in a root IAM key into his code which basically gives full control over things like this when all he possibly wanted was to be able to access an S3 bucket.

There are also perfectly valid use cases where one might want to spin up a huge memory instance and then shut it down after a job completes, that is one of the benefits of AWS is that it can respond to changing conditions - having a confirmation required in each of these cases simply wouldn't be possible - hence why you can create different keys with different permissions.

IAM is extremely flexible, unfortunately it cant protect from stupidity.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

Daniel Voyce

Re: Me too

Exquilla works nicely in Thunderbird and the Lightning Calendar addon means I can do everything I need to on an exchange server.

I would say that once you let go of your obvious GUI needs - Linux becomes a thing of beauty and ease to administer on the command line - you don't need a GUI to manage samba shares but I'm sure you can find one if you require it.

export $DEITY=SSH

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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

Daniel Voyce

Re: Pay your tax like everyone else

I agree in theory - what I don't agree with is HMRC retroactively applying rules to things that were legally legitimate (albeit questionable morally) at the time.

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Microsoft Edge web browser: A well-presented mea culpa

Daniel Voyce

If you open Internet Explorer

Does it still do that obnoxious thing of asking to be set as the default browser? Because that would be a serious oversight on Microsoft's behalf!

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

Daniel Voyce

David Cameron

Is exactly the kind of man who only has sex for procreation.

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The slow strangulation of telework in Australia

Daniel Voyce

Unfortunately true

I am lucky out here as my apartment building has just installed a private Fibre connection (Seeing as the NBN is a complete farce), I now pay around $70 per month for 25Mbps Download AND Upload (I could pay more for up to 100Mbps each way but meh), I work at home (mostly) for a company who are based out in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne and who get a maximum of 7Mbps/500Kbps (shared between 9 people I might add), I physically cant do my job at times in the office.

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Twitter CRAWLS to Google ON ITS KNEES, starts blowing content

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I would just like to congratulate

Kelly Fiveash on that title.... take 10 internets Ma'am

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Project Spartan: We get our claws on Microsoft's browser for Windows 10

Daniel Voyce

Developer Tools

One of the biggest gripes I have with IE (apart from that fact that people are still using it), is that when there are bugs, the developer tools on ALL versions of Internet Explorer make tracking down IE specific bugs a complete pain in the ass.

I know it is saying it will be "Standards Compliant" (don't forget we heard that about IE9 as well), but there will inevitably be idiosyncrasies between it and other browsers, I just hope the developer tools are up to scratch so we actually have a chance of tracking these down.

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March 24th: The day most Australian download allowances become inadequate

Daniel Voyce

I'm not sure Australian internet can handle this

I'm one of the lucky ones, I live in an Apartment in inner city Melbourne and the Owners corporation have recently installed Fibre to the Building (Not NBN - private), however before this I was lucky if I got 4mb/s downloads and that was with a small ISP who pretty much only existed to serve this and another apartment block.

My friends have ADSL with Optus and they are lucky if they get 5mb/s, add that into a house where a few people are sharing this along with around a 120GB a month allowance on the cheaper packages and you have a disaster. There aren't all that many areas where you can get cable internet either.

IINet have this nailed, they are one of the better performing ISP's here but they still rely on copper unless you are in one of the tiny fraction of areas that can get NBN, by aligning themselves with Netflix on this they will definitely get a head start, I expect others to follow suit fairly soon!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

Daniel Voyce

What's with the white wine vinegar?

Butter, Egg Yolk, Salt, Lemon is all that's needed, Cayenne is for dusting! :)

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

Daniel Voyce

What are these ads people are talking about?

I haven't seen an advert in close on 3 years....

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Dev put AWS keys on Github. Then BAD THINGS happened

Daniel Voyce

Storing stuff in environment variables FTW

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A first look at Google’s Android Studio 1.0: Climbing out of the Eclipse kitchen sink

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I'm a total IDEA sucker

PHPStorm, RubyMine, PyCharm - all of them! This is great news as I have always cringed when having to go back to Eclipse for Android development, as someone said above Dev Environments and IDE's especially are a very personal thing but IDEA's keyboard shortcuts and context aware coding make things so much easier!

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

Daniel Voyce

Re: Gimp

Whatever happened to Gimpshop? All Photoshop keybindings for GIMP! It frustrates the hell out of me using it even though I know it is probably just as powerful as what I use Photoshop for, would love to have familiar keybindings for it!

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

Daniel Voyce

Captcha is atrocious for usability

Fair enough on things where the bots can actually cause some serious annoyance / forgeries / bulk buying, but on a standard website 9.9 times out of 10 a simple honeypot system works as effectively and is much less annoying to the user, we have implemented it on all of our contact forms and spam from these forms has dropped to zero!

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

Daniel Voyce

Can we at least applaud him?

No other government (that I am aware of) has really stepped in to back Net Neutrality (I am admittedly the other side of the world from the UK but I'm pretty sure Cameron tried to turn it around to something to do with his porn filter?), At least Obama is taking the first steps (and therefore a voice with some gravitas) that might bring this into the mainstream and get more people on board with it?

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

Daniel Voyce

Urgh - I was really hoping they would pull an "Apple"

and release a smaller phone alongside this phablet crap!

I am still on the Nexus 4 (the Nexus 5 isn't enough of an upgrade to warrant changing) and I REALLY don't want a 6" phone :(

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AWS Zocalo squares up to box Box, Dropbox, sync 'n' share flocks

Daniel Voyce

No Linux Support :(

I think the reason Dropbox is so popular is because it "Just Works" and is available on pretty much every platform going, we use Copy.com because it offers a decent amount of storage for free and is multiplatform - but it is less than intuitive at times - I really hope Amazon sort out a native linux sync client as soon as possible as would be nice to have everything in one place!

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

Daniel Voyce

I have an Aeropress which I use for my morning Bulletproof coffee, to be honest I was just lazy and bought the kit from their website but I have to say I do like it!

I tend to just stick a scoop in, fill it up to the top and stir it and then press it through! I think if I was going to upgrade id get a proper espresso machine but I feel no need to at the moment.

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Slapdash SSL code puts tons of top Android Play Store apps in hack peril

Daniel Voyce

I was wondering the same thing - just because there is an approval process in iOS apps doesn't necessarily mean there is a code review process to weed out stuff like this.

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Dogecoin off the leash after Doge Vault admits server attack

Daniel Voyce

Hands up if you are shocked by this outcome?

Anyone?

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

Daniel Voyce

This could be what GoogleTV tried to be

This runs Android and will hopefully accept side loaded "Normal" Android apps (unlike GoogleTV which crashes on 90% of them). This could be great :)

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Microsoft closing in on Apache's web server crown

Daniel Voyce

Excuse my Ignorance but

What is "Google" in this table? The others relate to a web server offering but what (if any) is Googles web server offering?

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Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

Daniel Voyce

I'm sort of interested...

I'd be interested if:

1) It ran Android apps I really dont want to have to wait another X years for their app store to get up to speed

2) If that whole "Plug in to a dock and get full linux" thing ever actually works

3) The phones have a MicroSD slot so I can actually install stuff I need for number 2 to be of any use for me!

That said I am all for open-ness and when I upgrade my Nexus 4 ill probably install it to have a look :)

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Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

Daniel Voyce

Great news!!

Its nice to see gaming companies taking note of Linux - Now it Adobe can get it's suite working on linux (Wine would be fine) I can completely say goodbye to windows forever!

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

Daniel Voyce

Re: Ubuntu without Ubuntu?

Haha you beat me to it!

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

Daniel Voyce

That message will appear on all XP desktops.....

..... that have automatic updates enabled (surely?)

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

Daniel Voyce

I would be much happier with Video calls

Surely video calling would be a logic step after this? The market is pretty much dominated by either Facetime (iOS only) or Skype, if it is true that they are planning on creating a desktop application this might actually be the first platform that could challenge Skype and to be honest I would embrace it if they created a Linux client for it as the state of Skype on Linux at the mo is questionable at best!

However if this means I can sack off Viber then it gets a Thumbs Up from me!

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

Daniel Voyce

XFce <3

I stopped using Gnome after version 2 and moved to XFce and have never looked back, lightweight - allows me to have the layout I want (App shortcuts, Menu and Notifiations at the top, Taskbar and Clock at the bottom) - Gnome 3 can probably do the same but there are so many quirks and idiosyncrasies that it just became painful to set up correctly.

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How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

Daniel Voyce

Hmmm

What about if you need to.. you know.. type words and stuff?

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

Daniel Voyce

Gah :(

I really wish XP would die already - although I really don't blame sys admins for keeping it around! it is fairly lightweight and when all of your users are basically just writing word documents and using outlook why would they spend a bucket load to upgrade the infrastructure to support windows 7 / 8?

I guess IE7 will never die and us people involved in making T'interweb are forever going to be busting our ass with older technologies because our userbase requires it :(

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Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile

Daniel Voyce

I am actually pretty excited over this

I have a nexus 4 and I have it permanently underclocked to 700mhz (Because it is plenty speedy enough for what I use my phone for), and I use Ubuntu on my desktop so if I can literally rock up to work with my phone in my pocket and have a fully working desktop ready to go then I can definitely see the benefit in that. Only thing would be storage but as most new phones have USB on the go I guess they could all be connected up with a hub for all that? In the words of Jasper Beardly - "What a time to be alive"

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

Daniel Voyce

Re: I feel it in the air

To be fair I have never had a problem sending something back to eBuyer - they did initially try and troubleshoot problems (Have you turned it off and on again....) and when they couldn't solve it issued an RMA immediately.

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