1066 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007
Exactly. Not only is the term ambiguous at best, for a long time in my last job, I was taked with 'hacking' our servers, and client servers, and yes, I enjoyed it!!
Lock me up! Throw away the keys!
Maybe he'd have fared better if he'd said he enjoys 'penetration testing' (ooo err missus!) instead.
Re: I'll tell you what the problem is, Mr/Ms Coward
" Isn't the UK more puritan than the U.S. or elsewhere? (Especially historically, what with the outdated Victorian morals it tries so desparately to cling on too.)
"No sex please, we're British.""
You got it!
We also all wear bowler hats, talk with a plum in our mouths, and have really bad teeth.
I'd write more, but I'm late for afternoon tea with the queen.
Toodle pip, old chap!
Re: Write an app to detect and report vulnerable apps
There's one already, annd it's FREE - not only can you get it to scan all installed apps, it can also scan apps as you install them.
It can even be set to link in with the 'play store' app, and warn you about an app when you simply visit it's store page.
Whilst its name gives clue to it's original purpose, it now covers most (all?) of the main ad providers, and also reports generic suspicious activities (e.g. 'Warning: The ball-bounce game you have just installed has permissons to raid your bank account and take the soul of your first born' etc.)
I don't know if it particularly targets this 'unnamed ad sdk' but it probably does - a note to the developer could confirm this.
I have no affiliation, just a satisfied user etc.
More details, and link to the play store here:
Re: Can't Google remove the apps from phones
They can still add/remove stuff - system stuff too,
A few months ago, gmail was removed from my /system partition - I had to install the latest version as an app.
I thought I was going mad, but they helpfully left behind a little log file showing the activity.
Re: Good ol' USA values
I wouldn't go as far as you, but you do have to wonder about general American core values when an exposed tit on tv gets more outrage than any of the numerous multiple shootings.
I once had a picture removed from Facebook that was a humourous sculpture montage, but included a view of a (sculpted) penis. Nothing big or exagerated or perverted or pornographic, but apparently even nudety in art is forbidden!
Whilst I appreciate that such an arbitory decisions are down to individual staff members interpretation, it's still bloody annoying.
Mind you, this from the country where guns are rampant, yet it's against the law to cross the road unless thee little 'Walk' sign is lit up.
Incidently, it's 1GHz not 1.2, and whilst it can *play* 1080 without breaking a sweat (hardware video decoder) it is (obviously) downsized to the 800x480 screen resolution, and there is no hdmi out.
No problem! I actually posted abot it here:
Send me an email (address a couple of posts down from the one above) if you get one - it will be useful to know a fellow techie with one!
My 33 quid tablet has both OTG and a microsd slot....
My company has 30,000 + employees in the U.S. alone and we are still stuck with IE 8...."
Well, if it's your company, do something about it!
I know what you mean - most annoying for me are web sites that insist on presenting their mobile version to me on my more than capable tablet.
You end up with some huge fonted simplistic site more reminiscent of the WAP era...
Browser sniffing.... Sigh... It's like the 90's all over again...
Hmmm, MS aren't having much luck lately, are they?
Re: What environment?
I always thought the clangers was set on the moon!
Anyway, I'd have preferred a new series of "Mongrels"!
Re: IA Writer - a word processor designed for writers!
"deliberately or intentionally"
Huh? Is that meant to be emphasis through repetition, or something?
Re: In related news,
The other tired old falicy is that you have control over data you send once it's sent.
Whether it's streaming audio, or streaming video, or even frigging 10-seconds-to-view photos, once the data has left your hands you are no longer in control, and ultimately no DRM facade or custom app can change this.
Re: In another area of life
Re: In another area of life
I hope you aren't serious!
Obviously a faxed signature could easily be copied/pasted!
"Next month? "
When I powered on my Android tablet yesterday, I got a notification that the youtube app was downloading videos I'd tagged 'Watch later'.
I was able to disable this in the apps settings.
Are you saying I'm getting this before others? I've never been an early adopter of anything!
"Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper"
When I saw the headline, I was a bit annoyed - I assumed that they were going to introduce friends pics into totally unrelated ads.
It seems this isn't the case -- If an ad is for something that a friend has already posted an opinion on publically, then that info may be included in the ad.
So, no, my mum will not be trying to sell me toilet paper, unless it's toilet paper she publically endorses!
I do enjoy reading El Reg, but you often have to take article headlines and taglines with a pinch of salt...
Did you even read the article? He didn't buy the houses to keep away from the "little people " - he bought them because someone was planning on building big on the sites, and marketing the properties as "be Mark Zuckerbergs neighbour"
It also goes on to say that the residents of these houses will continue to live there.
The problem with inaccurate posts from obviously biased people, is that such posts dilute and detract from any possible legitimate critisism.
" Iwould suspect fact Israel is in Asiamight have something to do with not being in the European trade group. You kind of have to draw a line somewhere in groups like that and being from a different continent is a convenient boundary to use."
Hee hee. Finally someone says it!
Yep, despite their desires, their managing to be part of Eurovision doesn't mean they can claim to be European!!
Re: Inline comments
Darryl, you are correct!
It turns out that what I thought was "graceful fallback " for old browsers is the way it's done anyway.
One of the rarely mentioned things I like about the reg site, is that it's fast, and the code iis well written.
From big PCs to old age phones and overstressed cheapy tablets, the reg site always works well.
I just tried the 'inline voting' on this old phone i'm currently using, and am pleased to report that the 'graceful fallback' for challenged devices works well.
The only thing that still doesn't work with thidd phone is that I am unable to select a post icon!
Here come the downvotes.....
I haven't used Facebook in a few years, but the information on my account is accurate.
Most of it is generally set to public - if there is anything I would consider private, I'd never post it to a public internet site anyway.
As for the "personal" information , it's nothing that 100's of people in my village don't know already.
Facebook articles appear to bring out commentators with an overflated sense of importance, and obviously no experience of living in a community.
Re: Would I miss it?
" What I read is "I took little care and jumped into Fake Book feet first. Now I've been stung and I have now given some consideration to my actions Irealise that I was stupid in the first place"
You clearly can't read then. The original author quite clearly said thry were photos that *friends* had posted.
What *I * read in your reply, is that this concept is alien to you - presumably. because you don't have any friends.
Re: Banks | Politicians | Lawyers | Microsoft ... etc yawn
" Edit - Thanks To Jamie Jones for pointing out A & B mix up"
No problem! - I would have included the smiley face icon, but can't add icons from my phone!
Somewhat related, I was waiting for the last bus last night, and someone had fallen asleep on one of the chairs associated with this particular bus bay.
When the bus came, not one of the 20-odd other people attempted to wake her - many walking right past her in the queue to get on. So I went back and did so, for which she was grateful.
Is this what the country is coming too? Girl on her own, last bus, 8 mile journey....
Re: Banks | Politicians | Lawyers | Microsoft ... etc yawn
Anon, either you got your A and B mixed up, or you're also the sort of person I don't want as a neighbour!
Re: @Don Jefe
Without tring to sound sycophantic, Don is by far the person I upvote the most (not that he needs it)
Re: I hope they release the name of the library and/or the affected apps soon...
Do a search on the play store for "airpush ad detector" which is a handy app for discovering and dealing with dodgy ad code in apps
What hasn't been mentioned....
Whilst the ad app developer has been contacted about the vulnerabilities, no-one seems to have addressed why on Earth the software had this capability in the first place.
I often authorise apps that ask for excessive permissions, and then disable those permissions (using 'android tuner') one installed. If the app breaks, it is deleted.
Users should be able to accept/deny certain permissions on install, not just the current 'all or nothing' approach.
Give me an email: 'jamie welshgit net' - it would nice to know a fellow techie with the same tablet in case specific questions or problems arise!
I've pretty much hacked mine to pieces :-)
P.S. I wish El Reg had a way for a user to PM (which could be routed by the site to the users email) another user..
There have been many times I would have found that handy! I know it's unlikely you'll even see this message!
Re: look at the web logs
Érrrrm my stock android browser reports itself as an ipad - otherwise many sites provide a simplified page designed for small phone screens.
It's like the 90's all over again!
It's actually an unbranded Chinese export. I'm typing this on one now (I bought one for myself too!)
I'm very impressed - I didn't think I'd take to tablets, but at the price it was worth a punt.
I have no affiliation with them - just a satisfied customer etc.
As the comments on the site note, the battery life isn't very good. Also, the internal sdcard is formatted as a 2GB disk, whilst is actually approx 1.1GB in size. - this obviously causes write-errors if you try to use more than the 1.1GB.
The device is pre-rooted, so a quick "newfs_msdos" fixes that.
I just looked now and the price is now £37 - presumably down to exchange rate fluctuations -, but this includes postage and packing etc. Delivery took about a week to here in sunny Wales!
I recently bought my technophobe mum a new 7 inch £31 tablet, as I hoped she'd be able to use it to skype the grandkids etc.
At that price, it wouldn't be a drastic waste of money if she didn't take to it. As it is, she's already talking about buying a bigger model!
At these sort of prices, they are also more suitable for irresponsible young children!
Re: We'll see the usual pattern ...
In tuture, please remember to use the 'troll ' icon.
There's a good chap.
Re: I just wish more people had some integrity
" You can't make stuff like that up."
Or as we used to say: "If this was a plot on 'Neighbours ', we'd all laugh at how far-fetched it is!"
Re: Please excuse this OT comment...
If us commentards want to 'stick it to the man'....
Whenever there is an article with comments disabled, post any comments on the closest previous article with comments enabled...
Naughty El Reg......
... The headline implies that old chestnut of users photos never being deleted even if the owner wants it.
Not only does Facebook "invade the privacy of those who don't even sign up", it will even target your pets and newborn babies.
Apparently, they use hacking software they originally developed for the NSA. Once they know your email address, it doesn't take long for them to retrieve your national insurance / social security number.
From there, they know everything about you, including your last sexual encounter, and even the size of your manhood... Ever thought Facebook was laughing at you? Now you know why.
Re: morons @jellypapa
Also, "your" instead of "you're" is another sign of genius :-)
Re: AC AC Why would Belgacom not play ball? @matt bryant @MyBackDoor
" If there's a single individual round these parts suffering from some form of OCD, it's you."
I'm El Reg's most OCD afflicted commentard!
That should be "despite once thinking"
I haven't suddenly turned into the queen!
Nice to know we are just as bad as the American agencies!
Seriously though, on what planet do they think this is OK?
If they had valid threat intelligence, they should have gone through the relevant channels, and not simply pissed over the sovereignty of an allie.
The government would be up in arms if this was discovered to have happened to us.
The UK (like America) needs to remember that it doesn't own the world, despite one thinking that it did.
Re: AC Why would Belgacom not play ball? @matt bryant @MyBackDoor
Why all this talk about sheep?
As a welsh man, you are getting me all excited!
Re: Colour me unsurprised
" A brand new OS release....of COURSE something is going to go wrong."
Oh dear, a child of the Microsoft generation, I see.
ahhhh Don, sounds like you should be a religious leader!
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