* Posts by Daniel B.

3134 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

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Re: Heh. A no-win situation with El Reg

Mobile operators have been clinging desperately to physical SIMs in order to prevent customers from switching easily.

Quite the opposite. Mobile operators would love for someone to make non-removable SIMs a thing as that would mean they would get handset lockdown for free. That's what used to happen in the pre-GSM world, and what has been going on for decades in the US with the horrible CDMA carriers.

I hope this crap doesn't take off, because the moment this jumps into GSM handsets, operators will lock 'em down hard. And all because Apple has to keep their control freakery alive.

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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I remember them

First learned about them thanks to Quest magazine, which showcased how they worked. Though I had seen them in the Snoopy feature where the Peanuts gang goes to France. Back then, the magazine was also talking about a huge engineering feat: the construction of the Chunnel.

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Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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Gab?

What's that?

Given that the examples for social networking they used are far from being the predominant players anywhere (even Google has realized that Google+ is just not going to take off), it'll probably be dismissed.

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We don't need another hero: Huawei overtakes Apple – even without a big-hitter

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@Hans 1

Interesting story.

I've got a 5s as well, and it still works pretty well; I got mine in 2015 as I didn't want the monster sized screens. It still works, the only caveat being the 16Gb storage (should've gone for 64Gb) but other than that, it works. And yes, I've got the latest iOS version installed.

Compare to my wife's Huawei, which is sluggish and keeps crashing even though it's just a year old.

Honestly the only ones I haven't seen go bad are the Samsung phones. Most cheap android devices just stop working as intended after the first year.

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WikiLeaks a 'hostile intelligence service', SS7 spying, Russian money laundering – all now on US Congress todo list

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Re: Do you realize...

Ask Karen Silkwood how that works out.

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Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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Lumia

Please don't talk about those. I consider them the reason why Nokia nearly died, as they were the ones made after the Elopocalypse.

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Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL

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Re: Anyone else just use ext4?

Ah, I thought I was the only one keeping to RHEL/CentOS 6 to avoid the systemd crap. I'm using a mix of ext4 and xfs on those systems. :)

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Re: I <3 btrfs

Light years ahead of anything Windows can do.

Everything is light years ahead of anything Windows, period.

As for snapshots, that's available on ZFS too, mostly because btrfs was originally born as an Open Source equivalent to ZFS, mostly sponsored by Oracle. But then Oracle bought Sun and they got access to ZFS, so btrfs was "no longer important". :(

I did try btrfs at some point, but it just didn't work well, so I had to move to ZFS. The latter is supported on pretty much every single OS except Windows (again, everyone's light years ahead of Redmond's OS) so it also serves as a multiplatform FS.

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Re: ZFS is the right choice for a server system

For a start. The very founding principle of ZFS (that many people forget) is that it was designed as, and continues to be maintained as a JBOD DAS file system.

This is actually a feature. You simply stick disks into your system, and set up zpools with RAIDZ1/2/3 instead. You'll get exactly the same functionality offered by RAID5/6, but without the dependency on the RAID controller. Ever had a RAID controller failure? Back in 2009, I found out that fakeraid controllers do weird stuff and thus their "RAID" arrays can't be read by other controllers, only the ones from the same brand/chipset you originally used.

ZFS pools can be imported to any system and will always work.

So yes, I'd rather have ZFS on raidz2 than a RAID controller that might leave me SOL if it breaks down and I can't get the same chipset when it does.

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World's largest private submarine in mystery sink accident

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Re: Pictures

It's the caterpillar drive, of course!

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WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

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Welp

This kinda makes me feel better I didn't make it to DEFCON25. But damn, this has all the hallmarks of sloppy investigation. Why would a malware author willingly travel into the US?

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50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

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Naaaah

I know a lot of people that aren't ever going to let go of cash.

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Well...

Every time I read "cheque" in an English article, I'm wondering if Spanish is really taking over the language...

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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Re: POSIX

Y'all be joking about 1234 as a password, but I once worked at a place where the "secure" default password was 1223, because "everyone might try 1234, but they won't think about 1223! See, secure!

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Burn it

Please just kill the ducking thing. Get rid of systemd and bring back upstart. This is getting stupid.

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Re: POSIX

I actually know some companies where your login is your employee id. Yes, including in UNIX systems.

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

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Re: Market share? What market?

Having worked in some fairly large enterprises, I have typically seen from 100% Windows to about 60-70% Windows. That's including ~1,500+ server estates with ~1k Windows and ~400 Linux - the rest were either big strange beasts (mainframe and similar) or VMware hosts.

Financial sector here. Large banks, and I mean large enough to be known globally, have all their stuff running on UNIX. At a certain bank where I worked at, the majority of servers were Sun hardware running Solaris, IBM blades running Linux, and a dozen Windows servers used as domain controllers. And of course, the core systems running on IBM Mainframes.

But really, the ratio of UNIX-to-Windows was something like 300 to 10, and I'm probably being generous to Microsoft.

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Re: about 12 per cent of servers run non-Windows OSs!?

Someone was wearing the Microsoft-tinted glasses when they made those stats.

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U wot M8? Oracle chip designers quietly work on new SPARC CPU

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Me likey

Any going forward with RISC non-Craptel stuff is good. :)

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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Not surprised

Remember, this is the company that came out with the Ribbon, the Windows 8 UI and thought that anti-consumer DRM was an awesome feature for their next generation gaming console.

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Re: Completely normal from Microsoft

Also known as the Xbox moment, when you realize that your shit sandwich only made everyone flock to the PS4.

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Re: midas != microsoft

There's an emoji for that!

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Mi casa es su casa: Ubuntu bug makes 'guests' anything but

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Re: More work

Actually, a properly configured Linux system has user directories permissions set as 640 by default.

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As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

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About time

HFS+ is getting very old, it makes sense to roll out a newer file system.

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Re: Why not ZFS?

I'm not sure, but I think the Oracle takeover had something to do with it, as well as some licensing issues.

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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

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Really fun

While I did suffer from having my Hotmail account go down, it's got an upside. This is going to be perfect trolling material against Xbox fanbois. So, paying for online means this shouldn't have happened, amirite?

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Microsoft to close its social network on a week's notice – and SIX people complain

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They already had a better one

Anyone remember MSN Spaces? That one kinda worked, though it was more of a LiveJournal-style blogging platform. But the thing is: it worked. Integrating that with their then-popular MSN Messenger IM service did wonders to the whole thing. At some point, people were constantly posting stuff in there and your friends could see those updates; a surefire thing as everyone had MSN Messenger.

It started dying off as people migrated to hi5 and/or Facebook and the old blogs stagnated. Sometime around 2010, Microsoft migrated all the blogs into some Wordpress crap and shut down the original network. Then they killed MSN Messenger. They basically killed off their only successful social network-ish stuff to promote Skype; instead, everyone just jumped ship to Facebook. Great job, Ballmer!

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Re: It has gone the way of 'Comic Chat'

I do. It was an interesting take on IRC. In fact, I started using the IRC server directly, I had no idea about the Comic interface until someone mentioned it.

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Re: Microsoft has a problem with word of mouth

they do a have minor product called Xbox, you may of heard rumours of.

Fortunately, they made an excellent job of shooting both feet with the stupid DRM fiasco that the Xbox One is pretty much dead in the water. Sure, they're trying to get their groove back with Project Scorpio, but all that talk about "premium" console, "premium" price is hinting at a sorely expensive device that nobody but Xbox fanbois will be interested in. At this point, even Nintendo has better odds at having a successful comeback than Microsoft.

MSFT has seen the writing in the wall, which is why they've turned all of their exclusives into "Windows10 and Xbox" games.

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Dark net webmail provider Sigaint still in the, er, dark

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Compromised

I'm betting that some TLA got them. Hopefully, everyone using that service was also using crypto on their email, or they're going to find some friendly spooks knocking on their door real soon.

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Best advice ever.

Don't treat your employees like shit

Something we can all agree on.

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Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

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The OS is obvious

Symbian, which succeeded EPOC.

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BOFH: Elf of Safety? Orc of Admin. Pleased to meet you

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Re: Nice twist!

I would've lost. I was expecting a high voltage encounter with an Eastern European cattle prod...

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Intel Atom chips have been dying for at least 18 months – only now is truth coming to light

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If they're using an Atom..

... they deserve what they're getting. This is what the ARM chips are for.

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Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

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Re: Nope, your terminology is wrong

I can attest that most US airports have baggage claim in publicly accessible areas. It's weird for obvious reasons you've noticed, like any J Random dude being able to nick someone else's baggage with impunity.

The one place where this doesn't happen is when going through CBP. Thus your baggage is actually safer when you're arriving into the US than during domestic or connecting flights.

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Re: Welcome to Amerika

Some commenters probably didn't get the courier reference you're talking about. ;)

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Re: People are Goods

In the US, the part where people go through is also called Customs.

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MacBook killer? New Lenovo offering sexed up with XPoint booster

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It's the OS

The reason I'd (still) buy an MBP over a Lenovo are basically the OS. OSX is still better than Windows and supports most commercial software I usually need for work. I could just buy a regular laptop, wipe the HDD and install Linux but ... I would've already have paid Microsoft for a Windows 10 license, and there's no way in hell I'm doing that unless I really, really need to. Thus I'm paying for the MBP even though the Apple Tax is steeper than the MS Tax.

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Re: It's no good

Set up the boot pasword (so it can only boot from its SSD), install FileVault (now the problem has been patched) and force a decent login password and you have a device that is not worth stealing for acquiring secrets (as it's encrypted), nor for "resale" as you cannot reformat it to make it appear new, and as it's all glued and soldered in swapping the internal drive isn't an option either.

Actually, you can already achieve that with the non-Retina MBPs. Firmware password is there (locking boot choice), FileVault is there, and swapping the HDD will cause the firmware to ask for a password. The whole glue stuff is unnecessary.

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A year in infosec: Bears, botnets, breaches ... and elections

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Hm...

Polls in the US were pretty much on the mark except for certain states that (gasp) ended up flipping the election. In fact, Nate Silver warned there was a good chance this would happen because there was little to no polling in those states as they were considered "solid blue". In fact, the "winning" percentage in all of these were dangerously close to the margin of error.

The polls themselves might have flipped the election as well. Everyone took for granted that the states showing up as blue would remain blue, thus the "Bernie or Bust" crowd felt they could go third party or simply stay home. Which is also what happened during Brexit.

Lesson learned in 2016: Your vote matters. Don't skip it.

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Re: What's so wrong about a private email server?

You're actually right and wrong at the same time.

The Trump Trolls are right in the whole thing concerning sensitive stuff being sent to/from a private server... even though they're overlooking that the classified stuff was reclassified into the sensitive class after the fact. But...

Hillary had to fire up a private server for her campaign promotion stuff due to the Hatch Act (the one that you may remember was recently aimed at Comey). It forbids use of government resources for political campaigns. Thus *not* using a private server for that stuff would've actually had Hillary breaching the Hatch Act.

Of course, this all may have been avoided if she had simply not done that crap until she stopped working for the Obama Administration.

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Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath

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Oops!

Well, it seems like he

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( •_•)>⌐■-■

(⌐■_■)

Hammed it up.

YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAHHH!!!!

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Android tops 2016 vuln list, with 523 bugs

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Interesting overlooked detail

Java isn't in the Top 50 this time around. Maybe Oracle has finally fixed it?

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This 'cloud storage' thing is going to get seriously big in 2017

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Re: Stick with RAID and LTO instead.

Any business? What about, say, a big online retailer? There's one beginning with A that might disagree. Or that large search engine beginning with G.

You'll find that those companies won't disagree, because they're in fact the ones propping up all that 'cloud infrastructure' in the first place. Which means they're actually using it.

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Christmas Eve ERP migration derailed by silly spreadsheet sort

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Re: consumer-focused digital candy bar phones

Sorry to disappoint you, but 'candy bar phone' is usually used to mean something like an old school nokia in order to differentiate them from the flip phones which came before.

Indeed, but it still applies. It's just that in the transition to smartphones, and due to the iPhone design taking over everything else, every single smartphone is now in candybar form.

And I hate this. I miss the clamshell form factor, as it was far more pocketable. The last manufacturer to keep some form of this was BlackBerry, and they decided to give up this year.

I've seen the future, and it's full of boring, featureless slabs with no physical keyboards.

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Spotty battery life costs Apple's MacBook Pro its gold-star rating

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Re: Safari

Yeah, I've noticed that Safari is a serious resource hog.

I'm not surprised.

Thanks to HTML5 and JavaScript code monkeys doing tons of crap using JS, all browsers are now resource hogs.

Seriously. There's a certain site that will cause some laptops and most smartphones to overheat just by leaving it open.

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Re: Not feeling the love

I'm not impressed with the latest offerings. Even the previous offerings were just retooled copies of the previous line.

I actually wish they had made the new MacBook Pro releases just retoolings of the previous line. Instead, they somehow made them worse than the "Retina" retool, as now it's not just that your MBP is non-user-upgradeable, it now lacks any useful port as well!!

Same with the iPhone7, where the major change was to remove one of the most useful ports ever.

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Don't pay up to decrypt – cure found for CryptXXX ransomware, again

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Re: I'll leave this here...

The one thing I haven't seen yet is a way to do something like rdiff-backup where the backup device will only receive new data, with no ability to rewrite existing data from the sending entity.

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Re: It's fun, because they never learn

The thing is that for many people, "backup" does indeed mean what we call "copies".

One of the truly killer features of OSX is that Apple baked in a proper backup solution in the form of Time Machine. You get weeks, if not months of prior backups you can restore from which will actually save you from these kind of catastrophes.

I've seen similar stuff on other OSes through third-party tools, but the third-party-ness of them means most won't bother with it. Until they get hit by ransomware and by then, it's too late.

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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The Man who put Playmobil in Space

I wish he had been able to get LOHAN flying as well. His articles and projects will be sorely missed.

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