* Posts by Jeroen Braamhaar

178 posts • joined 22 Oct 2007


Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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I'll help Facebook do better!

... bulk erasing one of their servers at a time.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Related ?

In Japan, SoftBank's mobile network also went down for 4 hours .... allegedly due to Ericcson sfotware going titsup as well ...

(Caught this on NHK World news)

LastPass? More like lost pass. Or where the fsck has it gone pass. Five-hour outage drives netizens bonkers

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Black Helicopters

Moral of the story:

Put nothing in "the cloud"

- that you don't have a certified, current and regularly checked, usable and updated (local) backup of.

- that is too important to lose (for whatever reason)

- that you must have access to at critical moments.







Google vows to take claims of sexual assault, harassment seriously, just like privacy

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If Google takes this as serious as they do privacy, I expect many more enraged protests lamenting the problem for a long time to come.

UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

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Erhm ... here in the Netherlands it's been commons for as long as I can remember you have to bring proof of ID (driving licence, passport or ID card) in order to be able to vote ...

Quaint British.

Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Black Helicopters

Re: Why so traumatic?

Because MS insists on shoveling features they haven't fully tested (if at all) at their hapless victims (otherwise known as "users") in a desperate bid to prove their OS is ready for primetime.

And rather than STOP and fix the mess they made last update (or any of the previous ones), they happily/blissfully move on to the new flavor of the day insisting that this time, they'll get it right!

They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results ... making the institutional mental health of the Microsoft edifice questionable at best, mythical at worst. Take your pick.

Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

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Re: People still use Skype?

Nope not me anymore ... Discord pretty much does everything Skype did for me (and more) -- but with less ads and more convenience.

Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn

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That implies there are stable, non-beta builds of Windows10.

Found in the same category as hen's teeth, unicorn farts and honest politicians.

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: Only cracking I have done is

"Locks exist to keep honest people honest" - some wise person whose name I forgot.

Have I been paid, Sage? Cloudy wage service locks out users

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Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

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obvious solution ...

... don't connect your damn hospital's internal system to the damn internet!

How to stealthily poison neural network chips in the supply chain

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Not a new problem ....

So this is just like the infamous "Clipper Chip" brouhaha except it's done on the sly ?

Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Win10 security by inability

"to be fair, Windows 10 has excellent security defences in spite of its faults."

if it doesn't work, you can't get infected by malware either, right ?

(would use BOFH icon if there was one)

How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

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Big Brother

Basically what Facebook is doing ...

...is a China-style crackdown, emphasizing that nobody, and absolutely NOBODY but they themselves gets to spy on their citizens.

The irony of their position is scorching.

Best thing about a smart toilet? You can take your mobile in without polluting it

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"integral intestinal jet pack"

GCHQ boss calls out Russia for 'industrial scale disinformation'

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Big Brother

Pot, kettle ...


On an industrial scale.

Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

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Big Brother

I don't know what I'll be using for OS on my next machine ...

....but whatever it will end up being, it will not be any incarnation of this directionless "Windows 10" rolling beta malarkey.

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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of course the F-35 is incomparable to the Harrier

...because the Harrier actually worked and flew.

Least realistic New Year’s resolution ever: Fix Facebook in 365 days

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Not as unrealistic as you think ...

...unless of course, it takes more than 365 days to bulk erase Facebook ....

(not entirely sure I'm kidding though)

FBI tells Jo(e) Sixpack to become an expert in IoT security

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I am an IoT security expert

...because I know how and where to wield a hammer to smash the damn things, therby preventing any IoT item from becoming a security hazard.


YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven

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It's a good nomination though, although not (yet) worthy of an Award.

US intelligence blabs classified Linux VM to world via leaky S3 silo

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Black Helicopters







Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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Because VueScan's business model relies on them supporting the hardware.

MS's business model relies on locking people in and then pumping out as many useless brittle features people didn't ask for and can't control, all the while only caring that that the customer's computer supports the downloading of the latest version, and the customer's wallet supports paying for it.

American upstart seeks hotshot guinea pig for Concorde-a-like airliner

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Interesting how the XB-70 Valkyrie has been completely forgotten.

This was a plane contemporary with (and similarly sized as) both Concorde and the Tu-144 ... yet was capable of cruising at Mach 3.

Only 2 prototypes were ever built, and the 1960's emphasis on ballistic missiles (plus a fatal midair crash on a photo op flight of all things) put an end to the program before it ever had the chance to fully develop.

AFAIK, the second prototype achieved Mach 3.4 on a test flight ...

both planes were turned over to NASA Dryden Flight Research Center where they conclusively proved that sonic booms and population centers were an incredibly poor mixture :D

http://xb70.interceptor.com/ for its intriguing story!

Storms blow away 2017 Solar Challenge field

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If the idea is to get these contraptions ready for actual real world use, wouldn't testing them under real world conditions make more sense ?

Which they just ran into. And complained bitterly about.

The Wright Brothers had brass balls of steel to venture into largely unknown territory with things nobody had even tried before. Electric and solar power hass been tried for the better part of 25-30 years and it still doesn't work (and if you believe it does, I'd gleefully remind you of South Australia's ability to keep the lights on), and barring a shift to an absolutist world government decreeing it the winner, it won't (something to do with lack of energy density, overly large dependency on 'just the right' environmental conditions etc)

But I admit, it makes a wonderful festival parade.

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"Team Arrow founder Cameron Tuesley explained the conditions that made finishing so difficult this year, saying “we had 40 degree heat, tropical storms, major thunderstorms, severe cross winds, dust constantly, animals all over the road, major trucks, pretty much everything you can throw at something were thrown at us”."

In other words, they had all this icky nasty weather that normal vehicles drive through everyday ?

And that was a problem ?

*walks away laughing*

BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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.... THIS TIME .... who knows what will happen to them if them pesky auditors persist ...

Microsoft touts next Windows 10 Creators Update: It's set for a Fall

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Failed Creation Edition!

All I wanted was a Windows where I'm in control.

Not looking like it's gonna happen, think I'll sit this one out.

Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

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Re: Cloud just means...


A computing service that signifies you do not know where any outage is, who is responsible for it, who else but you or your organization accesses the data on it, but nobody wants to do without.

Complete Loss Of Uncontrollable Data ?!

What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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(Currently) content Nexus 6 owner here, which was my first smartphone ... and it looks like it's also my last one as well.

Smartphones are a great convenience, but if I have to chuck out my perfectly good servicable phone every 2-3 years to boost their device sales bottom line, I'd rather spend a few tenners on a shitty feature phone with only 2-3 years life expectancy.

Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

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Astounded ...

I knew MS was good at shooting themselves in the foot, and getting (a lot) better at it ever since W10 ...

...but this isn't just "accidentally" shooting yourself in the foot anymore, this is more akin to pulling pins from hand grenades and intentionally dropping them at your feet!

I can't even think of a better way for MS to lose the desktop market advantage they had - this might end up driving adoption of thin clients (and face it, a console or phone/tablet is really a (moderately smart but still very dependent) thin client connecting to a server farm elsewhere) so very hard.

China emerges as digital rights champion with new info privacy law

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Big Brother


"Nobody other than us gets to spy on our citizens!"

Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

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Re: I thought

You can always go to the other locked down, no choices-but-their-choice computing device: the games console.

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Black Helicopters

Re: Soft target?

Because we don't need to use a smartphone running Goopple's OS to make a phone call - we just use them because they're convenient, plentiful and we don't really have an expectation of privacy or control over it - after all, the only real control you have on your phone is when you hang up (and remain connected to the network and be available) or turn it off and aren't - and remember you can pick up a cheapo feature phone and it'll connect to the network just fine, avoiding all the conveniences of data slurpage other than where you are (for obvious reasons) ... well for now at least. (I think I just heard a black helicopter)

With a computer it's different. We have expectation of privacy, being able to choose what we share, what we connect to and what we do; and an expectation of control: when we do our updates (if at all), what we install, what we keep, where we keep it and how.

MS just put a huge bomb under that with Win10, and given there's this really huge ruckus going on about privacy and exactly what control an end user has over that data he generates, that large corps profit from, resell and share (willingly or not) with whatever weird acronym agency just happens to be interested makes this a rather sticky point.

They have perfectly played the user inertia card (I honestly tried to get family/friends over on Openoffice but they all went back to MS' offering because reasons (school/work/buttons are different/don't want to learn) - whereas mentioned before, changing phones is a much more hassle-free experience.

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I always understood that a privacy policy was something that assured your privacy was kept, not taken away.

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Paying beta tester/advertising target market/gullible mark/other

Any or all of the above combined.

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MS sure has an interesting definition of 'privacy' ...

says Marisa Rogers, the Windows and Devices group privacy officer.

"The Windows 10 Creators Update is a significant step forward, but by no means the end of our journey," she said.

...where the "step forward" is into the abyss Wile E. Coyote style, and the end of this journey is being of course, to be relegated to the history books as soon possible.

New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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best solution!

Render down all the protesters.

FYI Docs.com users: You may have leaked passwords, personal info – thousands have

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Wait, so ....

"The problem was two-fold. First, people weren't always marking sensitive documents as private and non-public"

So the default settings for your own documents are "visible to all and sundry" unless you go to the (likely well obfuscated) privacy settings to restrict who can find them ??!

I'm not sure there's a facepalm in this universe big enough.

Tesla 'API crashes' after update, angry rich bods complain

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Big Brother

Connected vehicles:

"I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you drive that."

Become a blockchain-secured space farmer with your hard drive

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Big Brother

Um ....

I also wonder about the liability issues:

- Who is liable if data is lost/becomes unavailable

- Who is liable if (some of) this data turns out to be involved in criminal activity

- Who is liable if, god forbid, this turns into a data exfiltration method

- What's going to happen if this gets involved in a nation state secrets or "terrorist activity", and what implications does that have for the unknowing users storing bits and pieces of data, both within and outside said nation state ?

...and that's just off the top of my head.

Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more!

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Re: ugh

But but, Win10 is better than Chrome, it routes EVEN MORE info through Microsoft!


Drop the F-bomb, get your coding typos auto-corrected

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This sounds like ...

...a new implementation of DWIM (Do What I Mean):


... and like the earlier implementation referenced, likely that a similar problem will have at least one user shout out this new implementation's name loudly ;-)

Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

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surprised ...

...because El Reg has its own resident fictional sysadmin in-house already!

Fear the BOFH's wrath when he discovers he's been overlooked!

Google tests Android Instant Apps streamed on-demand to mobes

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Uhm ...

Just so I understand:

Rather than download the app and run it local whenever you need it, you get to open a connection to a remote server in a jurisdiction not of your choice, with laws you might not agree to, to receive the data ... every time you need said application.


1) This might save you on wait time initially

2) This will not, in the end, save you on connection fees

3) This will remove control the user has over his own data (quelle surprise, this being google)

4) This puts more control at the remote endpoint (where/whover that is) to profile the user

5) And people think this is a great solution ?

Uhm, I have this wonderful bridge ...

Korean boffins vow 1,000km-an-hour supertrain

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The Koreans once claimed their KTX high speed train (which they bought from France) wouldn't derail in an earthquake like the Japanese Shinkansen.

The Japanese pointed out it takes an earthquake to derail a shinkansen.

For the KTX it just requires a curve. :)

Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

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old military wisdom has it ...

...that the side with the simplest uniforms usually wins.

it could be suggested as a modern-day corollary that the side with the simplest servicable weapons has the better chance of victory too.

And since the only battle an F35 is likely to fight is the struggle to leave the ground - where the only clouds it is likeliest to see are composed of big data instead of big amounts of water vapor ... well ...

NASA taps ESA satellite Swarm for salty ocean temperature tales

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Re: Hmmm....

Ah, I see a correction is in order


Put walls around home Things, win $25k from US government

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I'm all for walls around IoT devices

And please, do dispense with doors, ducts, windows and other unnecessary openings.

How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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on that (lack of) accuracy claim:

"Only Imperial Stormtroopers are that precise" - Obi-Wan Kenobi

Merry Xmas :)


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