319 posts • joined 27 Oct 2010
Re: But... MUH INFRASTRUCTURE!
"You can dislike a political entity without being a racist."
Not these days you can't, that's why Dieudonné has been barred from entering the UK.
I read somewhere recently that schizophrenia affects about 1 in 100 people. However, these comments pages seem to attract more than would be expected if that were true.
Re: Oooo, the shiny!
You have to congratulate them, Apple have done an amazing job getting this beast of a machine in a good looking form factor - if I had the money to waste I'd definitely buy one.
The rather ungainly equivalent spec, but vastly cheaper, boxes from HP and Dell do make one realise that this box will be purchased only by those who are willing and able to pay a lot just for looks.
"Lightening connector, 30 pin?"
What does that do then? Shave a few pounds off anything passed through it? Or is it more about adjusting the brightness of transmitted pictures?
I think you'll find that the jury is still out on that one, it is definitely not proven.
Re: Could Facebook not use Android intents?
Don't be so sensible, how would they gain access to all your SMS messages if they did it like this?
However, when I read Mr Fry's article, having already been aware of the history, I simply interpreted 'cracked' as meaning 'split apart'. Talk about mountains from mole hills.
"Access to the ISP user credentials might be abused to hijack a target's broadband account."
So EE don't use any form of physical authentication to ensure you're connecting from the right line?
I thought that was why all BT HomeHubs used exactly the same username and password - BT don't care, they authenticate you physically. I'm not sure I'd trust any ISP that didn't.
Re: Where's the story?
@ShortLegs: Google 'sarcasm'. It is apparently industry standard for all passwords to be stored as a hash, therefore that password you see on the giffgaff site MUST, by definition, be a hash of the actual password.
Re: Where's the story?
"Industry standards state that passwords shall not be stored except as a hashed output."
Hmmm, if all ISP were to follow this 'Industry Standard' then I wonder how they could tell you the password so you can connect your router to their network. After all it is normal practise for these passwords to be fixed by the ISP and not user changeable.
Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, want to know the password for the giffgaff APN? I've successfully managed to reverse the hash they've used and the password is: "password".
Re: Where's the story?
I think a number of commentards here have missed the bit about this being the network logon credentials which are normally assigned by the ISP rather than them being the user's own password (even if they are also the default passwords used for the email service).
One does wonder how some of these commentards expect the ISP to tell you the credentials you need to log onto their network if they are never allowed to use clear text.
Re: More info plus all court documents
"In the case of the Google Safari issue, the users viewed those adverts on devices in the UK - and the cookies were placed on devices in the UK."
Interesting interpretation that unfortunately sums up a fairly typical ignorance of the technology involved.
To put it another way: The users accessed a web site. That web site served content from Google's non-UK web servers (probably US based), Google's non-UK web servers used perfectly legal cookie semantics to store a small tag on the users device. Further accesses to Google's non-UK web servers utilised this tag to attach records in their own non-UK databases to that browser instance and then used that data to decide which ads to serve when the user next accessed them. No user data was stored in the UK, and no illegal activity was performed on the device in the UK, so where exactly did the offense occur?
Seems like a typical case where our judicial systems can't get to grips with the modern world.
Re: More info plus all court documents
An interesting assessment. So a UK user accessing a non-UK service makes the operator of that service liable to prosecution under UK law.
I also wonder whether this judgment might also set a rather dangerous reverse precedent, i.e. that UK companies with users overseas must abide by all the applicable laws for the countries those users are accessing the services from?
Re: According to Companies House ..
And you know for certain that that was the legal entity responsible for using the cookie do you?
I suspect, but don't know for certain, that the workaround for Safari was orchestrated and implemented as part of Google's main US operations and not by Google UK. Are you still certain it is so clear cut?
"I want one in the 32 to 40 inch range for use as a computer monitor, but it has to be priced at $500USD or lower."
I think you are pushing your luck to get any sort of decent monitor in that size range at that price, let alone a 4K monitor.
However, there is the Dell P2815Q which is a 28" 4K monitor that has an RRP of $699. To keep the cost down they don't really support gaming at 4K, it will only do 30Hz (but will go to 60Hz for FullHD).
Re: Can anyone tell the difference?
Those articles always crop up whenever anyone mentions TV display resolution - they are kind of like old wives tales - some little nugget of factual information blown out of all proportion and context.
Most of the 'scientific' arguments about visual acuity in relation to TV display resolution actually only work out if your eyes are CCDs and are perfectly aligned with the screen and the images consist of only vertical and horizontal lines. If you introduce any kind of misalignment between the light receptors and the light emitters or perhaps show a real-world image with some curves in it they collapse in a heap.
So let's get this straight: There is a little bug in the android code base (nothing to do with Linux or Java) that lets an application that is already installed and running on the phone disable the lock screen without it having to ask for that level of control when it was installed - Wow, just ... Wow that is an amazing vulnerability.
Re: Remind me again
Dunno about useful, but when major, supposedly reputable, corporations push them so flagrantly, is it any wonder that some people think they might be?
I wonder whether Ask would even exist if it wasn't for the diligent efforts of Oracle to push their crap.
Re: The true hardware guy's object is to...
Since the price of the Xbox One including the Kinect device and controller is more than you would pay for an similar spec PC without those, I'm not sure why anyone would bother (except for the challenge itself).
Re: Ooooh Shiny shiny
" the UK centric nonsense that normally makes up 80% of BBC news."
ROFL, I suggest that you may want to look up what the first B in BBC stands for.
Probably not 'one of many large orgs', the NHS is probably one of only a few running such an old version of KAV.
As winter is coming I'm looking forward to throwing a few faggots on the fire.
Summer came and went?
Minor point and I know it is always debatable when the seasons actually change, depending on whether you are a meteorologist or not, but so far as I can see they did have something to release on the last day of summer. Unfortunately they weren't able to, so yes NOW they have missed a summer release.
Re: Only one Android?
It is also interesting that they missed some features from even Samsung flavored android and hence marked it down because iOS 7 had them (camera from lock screen, adjustable font sizes). Though it is perhaps an indication that Android is a bit harder to use and get the best out of - I guess that's the price we pay for openness and flexibility.
Re: RE: an easy collar
"My pal on what was then Strathclyde polis reckoned he'd be too bust nabbing murderers and rapists etc to show the enthusiasm his trainspotting colleagues had but thought it was a nice idea nonetheless..."
I really hate that lame excuse. But since there are less than 1000 murders in the UK and around 130,000 full-time police officers, maybe they are a bit busy.
(Rape is a very much higher number but since the majority are actually committed by people known to the victims there doesn't appear to be much the police need to do there either.)
The SIM card remains the property of the network so they can do whatever they like to it. This is not the same as having the network update the handset's software silently.
Or perhaps you'd rather the handset asked you whether you'd prefer to have the SIM updated or have your contract terminated? I guess at least then you'd know they were making changes and you could decide you no longer want to deal with that company.
Re: This is nothing
"and yes I too want to know how they found Beaver botty had such an interesting taste"
If you read the article the clue is in there. Beavers use this as a scent to mark their territory, so it wouldn't take much for someone to wander past a scent marked tree and think "Hmm, that smells a bit like vanilla, I wonder where it came from." and then do a little investigation.
Re: One thing the FSF seems to be overlooking...
I think the point is more along the lines that since it is Open Source there is quite likely to be someone, somewhere in the world, that does understand it and is quite likely to blow the whistle on anything dodgy that appears in there.
Re: The science behind Doctor Who?
" nobody remembering the last time the Daleks invaded the Earth"
Subtle hint: What's time got to do with it?
Last time my daughter updated Flash it installed a horrendous trojan that stopped backups working (McAfee or something).
Well done The Register, one of the few articles I've see regarding this business that hasn't fallen hopelessly down the Redundant Acronym Syndrome hole. I think the BBC have been the worst offender.
I always thought of the Renault 5 Turbo as "The Original Hot Hatch".
Re: iPad Mini 2
"since the prices will be reasonably close"
Not sure how a 35% difference can really be considered "reasonably close".
Maybe I've missed or am missing something here but wasn't the "Communications Data bill" all about logging the fact that Alice was talking to Bob rather than what they were talking about? And since normal TLS/SSL only hides the what and not the who (not counting dark nets and stuff) how is it relevant to the latest revelations?
Re: Still no 5V @1A output?
@HMB, you may not realise it, but these days many people connect phones and tablets to their TVs to display video, games, etc. It would be nice if that one connection provided power to keep the device going too. Maybe not a total fail, but given modern usage they should really have included power in the standard.
-1 = Error ?
Seems to me that CTRunGetGlyphCount is returning -1 to indicate an error and the bug is simply that this error condition is not caught and handled. (Probably because these days programmers use Exceptions too much and have forgotten that return values can also be used to indicate problems.)
Re: What about security?
This is talking about Layer 3, I'd expect security to be dealt with at a lower layer.
Re: Isnt this what USENET was designed to do?
"The only requirement being to maintain a history of all packets on every node for a few hours, which flash memory could do."
Yep, that will work and the days of low cost room thermostats wil be numbered, they'll all have to come with 1TB of flash memory.
How are Quantum Polarisers different to normal Polarisers?
DTT <> Freeview
Amazing how even in this day and age people still get confused about the difference between Freeview and DTT.
Already Beaten That!
Funny how we've been managing to transfer a lot more information than that into orbit in a matter of hours for quite some time now (over 50 years). All we need to do is speed it up by using some of that space/time warping capability.
In the interest of fairness I'd also like to point out that Virgin Media have been suspected of the same. Brilliant speed test results but try to stream a movie - no chance. A pity it is so hard to find out the truth in that market though.
Re: Google Switch
"If I were to find a wireshark equivalant, you are saying that, I could be assured that by turning of "syncing for the Google account." no traffic would any longer be sent to google."
From Android itself? Only the most paranoid would think otherwise.
Of course you'd also have to ensure you don't install/use any Google apps, or any 3rd party apps that utilise Google services, or visit any of their sites to keep them totally ignorant of your existance.
Re: Why an app, why not on install?
It probably will be on install when it finally becomes an official feature. My guess is that there'll be a set of required permissions that you have to accept to install and then a number of optional permissions that the app would like but that you can optionally deny (both at install time and later).
Re: One up the spout!
"I'm assuming you're a non-native speaker?"
Even many native speakers of English do not understand the correct use of the apostrophe. I was actually taught that contractions should always be avoided in written English (except within quote marks) to avoid confusion.
Where do I login to see how many I've managed to get?
Re: No shit, Sherlock!
"When will Gmail incorporate automatic PGP?"
What would be the point? The 'security' services are generally more interested in who you are talking to rather than what you are actually saying. Though obviously if you are sending lots of encrypted emails then they will probably flag you up for further investigation and try to find out what you are talking about.
I wonder how many of these 'click-through' events are people like me accessing their development/test secure sites they haven't bothered getting a proper certificate for yet.
Minor point I know but Windows was three point one (point) one, but the Linux kernel is three point eleven point something (rc1 at moment?).
"So, yes, let's ask again: what could possibly go wrong with using a new, untried engine made by Google for surfing the web, accessing your bank, using ecommerce - generally, for your entire online life."
It is a fork! (Google it if you don't know what that means).
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