"Perhaps amanfrommars will come back and El Reg can decipher him for us,,,"
1727 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007
"Perhaps amanfrommars will come back and El Reg can decipher him for us,,,"
"Im not so bothered about online gaming, but none of the Playstation Plus titles run without phoning into the mothership... and that is pretty much all my collection!"
But that's to stop the pirates! I.e. those that probably have a cracked version with such restrictions removed....
"Why is it a security hole? Can I pwn an Android system if I insert a FAT formatted SD card into it?"
Android leverages the Unix security underneath in that every installed app runs as a unique and seperate user. But of course, FAT32 doesn't have the concept of file owners and permissions, so, yes,
A dodgy app with sdcard access has access to your photos etc., or manipulate their data files if they are residing on the sdcard. i'm not saying Google is innocent here for allowing this to occur, but as I said, the root cause has bern down to MS using their monopoly to force the crappy FAT.
Now, you could be forgiven for not knowing that, which is why I briefly explained why in my original post, assuming it was enough for a techie to grok. My apologies for not dumbing down enough for you.
"Your whole rhetoric is complete garbage anyway because Windows has supported UDF for a long time. Just like all the other Operating Systems."
So, tell me why all flash media uses FAT instead of UDF? Errr, maybe because Flash isn't a frigging optical disk, where even R/W disks can't have sectors changed as easily as on flash or a hard drive.
I hope you are trolling this shit. It would be scary if you were being sincere.
Anyway, I'm slowly removing FAT32 from everything. USB drives and flash cards are now UFS2+SU partitioned with the bsdlabel. (No MBR bollocks or GPT over-engineering who's purpose will come into effect the exact ZERO times I use them in a Windows machine)
For convenience, the android cards will be ext3 or 4, but there are still some apps that don't play well.
"Umm... because FAT doesn't support ownership or security of files?
Until recently, apps can read the files created by other apps. For example, any app is able to access your naughty photos, passwords, etc. from your SD card."
Nice one, AC! I thought the point was clear, but apparently not. Thanks for spelling it out for them :-)
"Sorry, I can't dumb it down any further."
Well get practicing, because you may have to!
"I merely object to all the crap you ignorant bigots spout as if it were true"
Like the MS bigots that read something about MS refusing to support anything other than FAT32 in mobile drives, and grok it as "MS won't give away theud software for free and would be upset if we stole it, the evil bastards".
Get off your high-horse - the lack of oxygen up there is turning you into a hypocritical sanctimonious twat.
Incidentally, whilst I am a Android user and developer, I've been very critical about Android in the past, and often still am. I've also had far more downvotes for negatively perceived Linux comments than windows ones, feel free to confirm that yourself, so I wonder what pigeonhole *your* biggotted close-minded brain would put me in now.
"Google had to use ms formats as all cards come preformatted to it and ms won't support non ms format devices on their o/s. So to make things easy for the user and to allow easy data exchange Google had no choice but use fat."
But that's what I said!
"trans: If Google had been allowed to just steal[*] work from other people like they do in the fields of literature (Google Books), Photography (everywhere), music, film and TV (youtube) there would have been no problem at all. Curse you Microsoft and your evil objection to Google stealing!"
In what parallel universe could that possibly be even close to a translation of what I said?
This has nothing to do with paying MS to use the crappy single-user FS from the DOS days, that should have died 20 years ago.
They dould have adopted an implementation of one of the better, FREE alternatives, but they used their monopoly to refuse. Some of the very early cameras had different formats, and you had to insfall theor drivers to be able to download them.
As they got more popular, and started to double up as portable drives (before USB sticks / mmc cards as we know them came about) it soon became clear that it wasn't really porfable uf every computer you tried to interface too needed software installed first.
MS stuck to their guns, and now everyone uses the inferior FAT32 format.
See? Nothing to do with getting things from MS for free, or expecting them to pay for something, nothing related to "Microsofts objections to Google stealing" - a phrase you've picked up from your alterbate reality....
Anyway, I'm fully expecting that if you've just read this, no doubt in your mind I've just insulted Obama, accused Bill Gates of killing kittens, and blaned MS for the disapearence of Lord Lucan.
Go on... tell me..... am I close?!
Ironically, the biggest security hole in Android is Microsoft's fault.
By intentionally not adopting a free filesystem for memory cards, everyone else has been forced to use FAT32 so that usbsticks etc. wlll work on windows computers without additional drivers (which would be a show-stopper because it would bugger up their portability advantage)
The /sdcard and /extsd card are therefore FAT32, with all the problems of no ownership rights on any of the stuff (which would include your docs/photos etc.) within.
I heard somewhere that Google are now attempting a kludge to control fine grained access to memory cards, but if MS hadn't exploited their monopolistic position in the first place, this wouldn't be necessary.
"A crossroads near me is 2 phase and would work much better as 4 phase. You have someone who wants to turn right, but can't because there is traffic on the other side of the road."
Ah, fair point. I should have mentioned that the junctions I'm talking about are large ones, with both filter left and right lanes on at least the main junctions. Even then, I agree that filter lanes are useful when the traffic is heavy, but to arrive at one of the many 4 phase lights that have just turned red, at night when you are the only one on the road is annoying to say the least, and these junctions never used to be this way!
Still, this is the council that decided to reverse the traffic flow on the main dual-carriageway, and then claim it has nothing to do with the pedestria fatalities that have occurred there....
" Trafic intersections controlled by lights operate in 'phases' where one or more light heads can be green. Eg a crossroads where there is not just one approach green at a time - usually the opposite approach is paired up."
Not anymore in Swansea (UK). Most of the lights are being changed to a 4 phase rather than 2 phase (ignoring the pedestrian phases)
Is this happening elsewhere in the UK? It's bloody ridiculous, and I'm wandering if it's dumbing down because someone managed to sue the council when they turned right into oncoming traffic, hit someone, but argued 'the light was green'. it wouldn't surprise me...
I hope my irony filter has turned American (*snigger*) today, and that was intentional.....
"It's a particularly bad choice of visualization as 25% of the population are rendered as just 6.25% of the area. Infographic fail.""
It's obviously been based on radius/diameter rather than area, which would be too complicated for the mass unwashed to understand!
" And where does the US Copyright Office get the authority to deny a hard-working simian his rights to his artistic creation? Specist bastards! Someone get that monkey a lawyer!"
Errrrrm, it didn't! Surely their decision was pro-monkey, by not letting the human steal his work!
The Office said in its latest copyright law compendium (PDF) that images taken by animals, including the 2011 primate self-shot, could not be registered for copyright by a human.
Except of course it's apparently the users not the people who control the infrastructure who are complaining (probably because some icon is a different colour to what they use at home). Do you think they give a rats arse about the specifics, so:
""Oops - we got the messaging system a bit wrong. Nothing for it but to trash the lot and switch horses again." Seriously?"
Yes, seriously. If it was the people who ran the system who said this, your point may have been valid
"Which means it is not ready or fit for any corporate environment. 'Sorry you can't get your email. Some dude might provide a fix one day."
And how is that Microsoft alternative working out, then?
"Thanks for explaining to me why so many people insist on quoting the entire email back but don't edit their answers into the questions"
I'm still surprised (and annoyed) that even the posters to the FreeBSD technical lists largely do this too.
If old-fart unix hippies do this, we've no hope.
As an aside, in my last job, I once received a long 'reply/quoted/reply/quoted/reply/quoted' etc. email from BT that somewhere in the depths of it were things we were not to know about, along with strict instructions not to tell any of us at ICL what was being discussed.
Of course, many generations of this email later, and someone had replied to this 'chain mail' with info. that was destined for us, so our contact at BT dutifully forward it onto me, with all the secret history included!
It strikes me that this braindead form of blind 'include original message after reply' would not be necessary if typical mail clients kept a copy of mail sent, mail received, and had the ability to thread / group conversations..... Oh.... Wait a minute...
" Possibly the significant comment is the one about it taking several weeks to set up the Mayor's smartphone to receive email.
That sort of embarrassment in front of the big boss tends to lead very rapidly to change, regardless of any other factors."
Sheer ignorance and incompetence is no excuse! That so called admin had the cheek to admit that, when really he/she should be looking for a new job....
" thunderbird+ldap+mozilla lightning."
...... very very frightening...
Quite. And even if there really isn't anything suitable, paying someone to write software, or tweak existing software would be far cheaper than paying for MS licenses, and the hardware upgrades the monster would require.
And then to be bound again by a company that tried to force
metro big blobby buttons onto it's customers..... WTF?
The thing is, none of the staff that are complaining have to foot the bill, and don't understand/care about the issues.
" Another reason why I don't drink any more."
.....says 'bloke down the pub'!
"You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech"
I realise it's likely the subheading was probably not added by the author, but PLEASE El Reg, stop using brain-dead ''buzzfeedisms".
They are obnoxious, patronising, and part of the dumbing-down culture.
You'll find that the majority of the readership here will 'believe' this article. Further, I'm sure a decent percentage not only believe it, but knew it already.
Please stick to innuendoes, childish humour, and nob jokes, like you do best!
Yes, because Google are so short on internet infrastructure, they need to go wardriving.
Seriously, they admitted they were storing MACs and their location. This may or may not be something to be concerned about, but do you really think Google wanted to crack the private emails etc. of wi-fi users? Especially when considering there was no way to tie an online user to this data in a way to improve ad targetting,
I always get much lower latency connecting to my US servers from the UK using IPv6.
Yes, I know this is due to link usage/capacity etc., and nothing directly attributable to IPv6, and that this load imbalance could well change in future, but still, it's a 'real world' advantage for me to have IPv6 at the moment!
manfrommars1, there's little point you posting anonymously!
Really? In 2014?
What happened to NULLing pointers after freeing? A trivial modification.
" This is an Internet Forum - it's what we do."
Just add the crappy car analogy, a few digs at MS, and sprinkle with ad hominem attacks, and we have a full house!
" TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS"
Am I the only one who, on reading the above, visualised Steve Balmer bouncing around a stage chanting in a frenzied way?
I'm not saying this is the same as having the functionality natively, but for a techie, you can use 'xposed' without cyranogen etc. to remove privileges, and other apps to remove events.
("Android Tuner" combines these in a nice logical permissions gui)
I mainly use it for event disabling. The number of apps that request to be started up just because I plug in the charger caused the tablet to crawl.
Unlike permissions, you can generally kill all events without buggering up the app.
I use 'maps' and G+ once in a blue moon, so why do they attempt to startup on bootup, and everytime you fart, or look at the tablet in a funny way...
One of the first things I did was 're-unixfy' my tablet.
I have a full command set, users (/etc/group; /etc/passwd etc) home directories, ssh daemon, cron, boot.d/rc.d nfs mounts for media, native ipv6 ( com.google.process.gapps always connects via ip6 to 2a00:1450:400c:c0a::bc:5228), iptables (athough to be fair my tablet came with a nfs/ipv6/ipfilter enabled kernel ..), unix based 'su' (based on unix passwds not some gui allow screen (although to fix the 2 apps I use that require root I fudged by manually altering the 'su' code to let them su with no tty prompt.)
I don't trust it enough to assume it's unrootable - alot of the android subsystem runs with root privs, and it plays fast and lose with some file protections (though I try to proactively monitor/fix them), but it's basically a working unix subsystem - you can do wonders with a little knowledge, busybox, mksh, dropbear, and a suitable cross-compiler and then native gcc!)
Naaaah, some of the infrastructure was put in place in lCS (and could be s to a fashion by someone with technical knowledge) - however, the full user account system was definitely before kitkat... 4l. or maybe 4.1
" BBC streams recent episodes, but only to folks who live in the UK.
If you could find a proxy, you could watch that Dr. Who episode on the BBC web site via the proxy, against the rules."
Actually, (although I haven't checked this for a year or so), the CDNs that BBC Iplayer use to deliver programmes are *not* restricted geographically. In fact, you can even get a 'restricted' program in the US straight from a US based CDN!
All the restriction etc. are done on the website side. Once you gave a valid rtmp/rtmpe URL it will work from anywhere.
You can easily test this out - download get_iplayer - configure it to use a UK proxy. then monitor your network.
You'll see the actual video file comes direct via your nearest CDN.
Facebook do similar with photos and videos - it doesn't matter what restrictions you put on your photos/videos, the URL of the actual media file is unrestricted.
" Robots.txt and a suitable deny list for the ones who ignore it - works wonders."
But he wanted to be indexed, otherwise his experiment wouldn't work!
And as for the dodgy ones, well, as you say, they'd ignore it anyway!
" ATI Radeon video cards + the ocl-hashcat program = bye bye wireless passwords."
You're not talking about brute forcing the password for a given hash you know, you would have to try and authenticate with every guess!
" between my uk.ac.stir.cs account an a uk.co account (yes, those were the days of backwards domains)"
No! Those were the days things were the correct way around. It's *now* everything is backwards!
" But we're almost certain that our commentards can think of something to top Monye's suggestions.."
How about for every video, forced to watch 'Neighbours' for a week, and for every audio track, made to listen to A Bieber album.
P.S. I you are prepared to lose some pinkies, you can hear her here : www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLdC_ONUObk
" Good luck with all your endeavors in the future."
I want your babies!!!!!!! <3
" Mobile network operators currently pay an annual combined total of £24.8m per year for 900 MHz spectrum and £39.7m for 1800 MHz spectrum. Unlike the 3G and 4G spectrum, they didn't pay for the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands,"
I remember a few years ago, some big belt tightenings were done at El Reg.
Nice to see it is now again a success story in this cut-throat niche market.
I'm sure it will be an interesting job - but it's not for me - I couldn't write my way out of a paper bag...
A while back, I defended criticisms of American policies in response to a post by 'asdf', by noting that criticisms were more apparent because of the Snowdon leaks, and we Brits would welcome justifiable criticism from our American pals regarding GCHQ, the government, the weather etc.
I've always felt there's a tendency for Americans to get too defensive over criticism, maybe due to their huge patriotism.
Whilst I still hold that general view, I have since realised I was wrong about this site.
Since then I have noticed that any trivial excuse is used to trot out the same tired old anti-US jibes.
By my non-scientific evidence, Americans are the second highest readership of the Reg, by count (second only to the UK) - I'm beginning to wonder why they bother.
"As cops escorted her from the aircraft, other passengers bade her farewell with a rendition of The Hokey Cokey, STV reports."
Haha, best reaction ever! (Awaits downvotes from the PC)
Even so, the Dons point is that they could have constrained her without much issue.
Obviously, I wasn't there etc. but it does sometimes feel such diversions are done to make a point, in the hope it will deter others in future (which isn't actually a bad idea, but it's still theatre)
" I hope that they all got fined for misuse of emergency services."
I always thought they were, in the UK, but seeing those numerous examples in the press, and on YouTube etc. it doesn't seem that they are.
Remember some of the UK cases (I''m sure you can find them by Googling) :
- Woman complains someone has stolen her snowman.
- Woman complains she's run out of fags
- Man reports strange object in the sky - turns out it was the moon...
- Woman complains that her husband is hogging the TV remote ...