* Posts by dotdavid

1461 posts • joined 28 Jul 2010

Spaniard claims WWII WAR HERO pigeon code crack. Explain please

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"To demonstrate the security of the 4YEO system, Sánchez has published a message with an identical structure on his website, where he is offering EUR25,000 to anyone who can successfully decipher it."

So, er, how do we know he hasn't just posted random gibberish on his site and claimed it is actually encrypted text? Such an encryption scheme would indeed be undecipherable.

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What time is it Oxford Dictionaries? How about almost ‘beer o’clock’

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Re: Mx.?

A relative who shall not be named thought LOL stood for Lots Of Love in text messages. Would have led to some humourous misunderstandings I think.

"Sorry to hear your cat died LOL"

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New low for humanity: ONE BEELLION lost souls log on to Facebook in one day

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Excellent news

I can see a lot of demand for this.

"M can you keep an eye on my Facebook feed for me, maybe like a few cat pics, while I go and do something interesting?"

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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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Hardware Manufacturers

...were crap at software even before they pretended to be able to create "smart" TVs. My dumb Philips TV has a separate menu for the digital TV bit and the rest of the system, the former supports OTA updates but I think they no longer send them out over the DVB-T broadcast mux and as my TV wasn't plugged into an aerial when they were doing so I have a buggy software version installed.

The best thing they could have done was leave the software to third parties like Google, Apple and Roku and stuck to making good hardware. Although Google might not have been a great choice (Android TV - is that supported now? Nope). Unfortunately they thought they could make money selling apps to their customers as well as tellies.

The annoying thing is they never seem to learn. Each manufacturer at the very least should have had one smart TV platform for all their TVs, which gets updated for all their TVs. But the fragmentation even within manufacturers' models is ridiculous. Who would possibly want to develop anything for that? No wonder API changes mean broken apps.

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Re: Now you need a TV license, a SKY sub, Amazon Prime, Netflix, BT, etc ad-bleedin-nauseum

> That's because competition always works in the best interest of the consumer, apparently.

Who claims this? Competition is in the best interest of buyers but the consumer in this case isn't the buyer.

The likes of Sky pay the Premier League for monopoly rights to show matches in certain countries. The competition part is between broadcasters competing for those monopoly rights; the beneficiary is the league who get to charge more for those rights.

The consumer doesn't directly benefit and can be shafted by the monopolist at will. That, if anything, is a *lack* of competition.

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Re: Made My Day

" I kept hearing how this or that landscape opening just in front of our eye (and they were truly stunning views) looks JUST like.. in the minecraft."

Just curious but would you have had the same reaction if your kids were saying this or that landscape looks just like something they'd built in Lego? Or something they'd seen in a documentary on TV? Or something they'd seen described in a book? Because I see little difference.

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Re: Made My Day

Kudos to the kids that do, but why should all kids want to rule technology by fiddling around with hardware? It takes all sorts, and Minecraft is hardly mindless entertainment with its own set of creative tools that kids can use.

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Angry Birds maker Rovio takes aim at staff, axes a third of them

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Re: "focus on where we are at our best: in creating magnificent gaming experiences"

The game was okay, but benefited hugely from the fact that it became a fad for a while. From what I understand they capitalised on that with merchandise and a billion sequels which is all well and good.

Of course privately they knew they'd been lucky and frantically tried to develop something, anything, that would be as successful as their original game. Of course they failed because like viral content no-one can quite predict what will be popular; though they had middling success by trading on their "makers of Angry Birds" reputation. Still that in time will wear off.

I don't understand the movie; it's not like the game has any plot to speak of, and the production time of a movie is way longer than the life of a fad so the window for success is very short. Still maybe they know something I don't; I own no multimillion dollar businesses after all.

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'Edward Snowden' discovered hiding in Indonesian river by boffins

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"Genetically, Edward Snowdon has more genes in common with crabs than he does with you and me. Now that is scientific fact. There's no real evidence for it, but it is scientific fact."

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3D-printed robot hand grabs Dyson award for UK

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Re: A big hand for these guys!

It certainly looks like a handy invention to have around.

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Re: Cite

"I claim he is now where I was 20 years ago,"

Hipster science?

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Fiery old geysers FOUND ON MOON: Volcanic past explained

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"Now about doing science experiments on so called moon rock under Planet Earth conditions (gravity,having an atmosphere etc.) is the height of stoopidity"

I'm curious; if as you claim the moon rock is faked because we've never been there, what would it matter where we did our science experiments on them?

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

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Re: What should have been looked at

"Who said AI has to understand the world using human language?"

Screams are after all understandable in all languages.

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

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I think we're more used to "quality ceilings" around here

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Should all Europeans be able to watch Estonian football? Consultation launched

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" If you don't like the price, don't pay it."

A choice a lot of people make when they turn to piracy, which these organisations claim is a problem for them yet oddly think they can solve by doubling down on their existing strategies.

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'Hans free' mobe gag crowned Fringe's funniest

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Re: I hear...

I thought that was just the biggest joke.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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"accompanied by a publicity campaign featuring the Rolling Stones song Start Me Up"

Haha, I mainly remember the parody song (NSFW) of that publicity campaign :-)

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Hacker slaps Dolphin, Mercury browsers, squirts zero day

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Yep. To be honest this is mainly another story highlighting how everyone should be using third-party downloadable browsers from the Play store rather than the built-in AOSP Browser which on the vast majority of handsets will never see an update.

Note this only works for actual browser apps. Many other kinds of apps will use the built in WebView controls for displaying HTML which use the built-in browser. Google have mitigated this a bit in later versions of android (from memory; Lollipop upwards) by making the WebView bits of Android downloadable via the Play store.

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Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

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In capitalist America...

...system operates YOU!

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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Re: Do vat grown brains dream? @ Hollerith

"Whilst I agree completely with your point, by 8 months you can clearly see a lot of human cognitive behaviour in your offspring "

I'm guessing the OP meant 8 months from conception rather than from birth

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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Re: Trust Google to intercept and route your net traffic?

@DropBear - How about Google Analytics tracking cookies

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How many pre-loaded Win 10 PCs did disties have 7 days after release?

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Re: Software

"I'm trying to work out how to get rid of things, like the stupid boxes that are on the right of the start menu."

As has been mentioned on pretty much every Windows 10 story, how about Classic Shell?

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PALE, MALE AND STALE: Apple reveals it has just ONE black exec

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Can you even *have* a techie exec?

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Costa Rican authorities detain drug-smuggling pigeon

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Re: Don't tell me...

Looked like a jailbird to me.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: 4K-positive fun for ... vloggers?!

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Re: We're losing market what are we going to do?

And all with confusingly-similar names! And just to spice things up we'll have incompatible international variants with different specs!

A recipe for success.

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Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals

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Re: "so-called" skills shortage is right ...

This is the problem. There is no skills shortage, there is a skills shortage at the price certain employers are willing to pay which of course is a subtly different thing.

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Samsung phablet phrenzy brings mobile payments into the age of WIRELESS TAPE

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Re: A lot of fuss to spend a penny ...

Loopy?

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Larry Page was held back by Google execs from flooding world with new dot-word domains

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"Larry Page, as Google CEO, wanted his search giant to go big on new dot-word domain names – like .book or .computer – but was stymied by suits who didn't want to invest the money be the victims of a massive scam"

FTFY

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Google flubs patch for Stagefright security bug in 950 million Androids

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Re: Does this require updating to Lollipop?

Motorola won't bother updating their 4.4 software, they'll patch their latest 5.1-based software and send OTAs (eventually).

I heard 5.1.1 is much better than 5.0.x so it may be a good excuse to upgrade. A factory reset can fix some of the problems people have experienced with the Lollipop upgrades apparently. There are ways to revert to 4.4 but that might be fiddly.

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Re: How the hell do I know

Regarding the S3 in particular though there were rumours of it getting this as a patch over the air, but I wouldn't hold my breath. CyanogenMod 11's (which is the latest "official" CM KitKat based ROM) latest nightly build has the patches. Probably various other third party ROMs have it too.

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Re: How the hell do I know

"the answer is to chuck your Phablet, and get a Galaxy 6, thats still in support. Samsung honestly couldn't give a toss about the Galaxy S -- 2/3/4 anymore."

Why would you support this behaviour by buying *another* Samsung? The S6 is getting on a bit now (several months old already, gasp) - it won't be long before it's out of support too.

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DNS root zone drama: Follow live the most important dullest ceremony you'll ever see

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I hope it's like the national lottery's big cheques; the (public) key being written on a large cardboard cut-out key held as a photo op.

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Cloudflare hiccup nudges Stack Overflow and others offline

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Re: Shame StackOverflow came back up

Huh. I find it quite useful. At least it's a great deal better than expert sexchange ever was! :-)

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Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy

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Re: Google is taking the lead on revitalising the patching pipeline for the Android ecosystem

Sorry I should have said it's Google's problem to solve, as they're really the only people in the Android ecosystem able to enforce a unified update system on all of the other people.

What I would give for an Aptitude-style update system for Android; manufacturers, carriers and yes even ROM modders could then just run their own repos.

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Re: Sony

Sometimes manufacturer updates aren't what they're cracked up to be. I bought my wife an Xperia Ray (awesome form factor and build quality) after hearing it would get the then-newish Android 4.0 ICS installed. There was indeed an update but it was never rolled out over the air, at least not to my wife's handset. I understand there were performance issues that Sony couldn't be bothered to resolve (the XDA community seemed to manage well enough).

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Re: Google is taking the lead on revitalising the patching pipeline for the Android ecosystem

Technically they have yet to realise it's their problem.

Frankly I doubt the carriers and manufacturers will ever change, as an Android user Google is our best hope to introduce a sane (read: eliminates the carriers and manufacturers from the process) Android update system.

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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In my day

We had to load the dishwasher by hand!

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Gigabit Google? We're getting ready for 10 gigabits says Verizon

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Verizon has upped the ante in the fibre-to-the-home business

I wonder what lucky home will get this?

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W is for WTF: Google CEO quits, new biz Alphabet takes over

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"Stand there while I index by the justice column, you villains!"

ORA-00904: invalid identifier

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RSA chief uncans insurance giant's mega IT infrastructure review

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"Running call centers lets you understand and provide operational service and lets you understand the key elements you have to deliver to drive key outcomes"

What I want to know is where they learn to talk like that. So many words, so little meaning.

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Testing Motorola's Moto G third-gen mobe: Is it still king of the hill?

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Re: Removable memory

Ext4 is actually supported in Android's kernel (which is Linux after all) but disabled by Google for removable storage. You can get round this by rooting but IMHO it's a bit clunky (you have to run all sorts of mount commands manually). I have no idea why Google have borked this. They seem to have very weird opinions about SD cards and removable storage generally and there are no signs of that changing, so I doubt unfortunately your bug report will change anything.

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Re: Removable memory

Yep it's to do with ex-FAT licences. Android's native formatter can format the card to FAT32 for you, which will let you use the full capacity but won't let you store files larger than 4GB.

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Re: Inflation

I think they're positioning the Moto E where the G used to be, as the economics of sub-£100 phones where the E used to be aren't as profitable as they'd hoped. The G is being pushed up the price range and the X brought down a bit with the cheaper edition (whatever it was called).

I might have to start recommending the Moto E as I think £200 is a bit much for the sort of people I tend to recommend phones to.

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Android faces SECOND patching crisis, on the same scale as Stagefright

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Android Updates

Until there's a centralised Android update mechanism Android will always be vulnerable to stuff like this.

I don't know why Google (with their promise to send monthly security updates for Nexus devices, and twisting Samsung and LG's arms to do the same for their flagship devices) is doubling down on their existing strategy when it is clearly broken. What about non-flagships? What about smaller manufacturers (like, um, Sony)?

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:-P

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Hacker-friendly Chrysler hauled into court for class-action showdown

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Re: Time for a major rethink

"most IT staff I have worked with are more than happy to do work in their own time, especially if it's really needed"

If the proper budgets and deadlines were in place, no-one would have to work in their own time. It is, after all, their time to do with as they please.

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Copyright troll wants to ban 'copyright troll' from its copyright troll lawsuit

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Re: If it pleases the court

I think a better car analogy would be a rental car used to commit a crime, and the police nabbing the current driver despite the crime having happened several months ago. But the rest; spot on.

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Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

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Re: Please no more stories like this...

Yeah El Reg! I want to read stories based on a series of semi-moronic funny tweets linked together with the merest hint of snarky journalism!

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Popping the Tesla S bonnet – to reveal SIX NEW FLAWS

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"Despite uncovering half a dozen security bugs the two researcher nonetheless came away impressed by Tesla’s infosec policies and procedures as well as its fail-safe engineering approach."

Seems like Tesla is doing stuff right; compare and contrast the response of certain other car manufacturers.

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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

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Re: Will this reach my Acer Iconia B1-A71 (bought March 2013)?

Silly consumer, you should be buying a new tablet every year-to-18-months to ensure you stay up to date with security patches. No company could ever update software that was older than that.

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