* Posts by Michael B.

199 posts • joined 6 Nov 2007


Blackout Bug: Boeing 737 cockpit screens go blank if pilots land on specific runways

Michael B.

Re: Why is the company still alive?

You'll be able to tell on the seat map as the NG and this Max variant have different numbers of seats.

Uncle Sam prepping order to extradite ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch from the UK

Michael B.

The FBI is a part of the DOJ and ICE is under the DHS. They certainly don't have the same bosses with William Barr for DOJ and Kevin McAleenan for the DHS.

Would you open an email from one Dr Brian Fisher? GP app staff did – and they got phished

Michael B.

Re: Do you use one of these popular passwords?

The NCSC actually publish the whole of their top 990k dodgy passwords which should probably be in every web app's banned password list.

Lies, damn lies, and KPIs: Let's not fix the formula until we have someone else to blame

Michael B.

Re: bigwigs had spent the last year working on ... "numbers totally unrelated to reality"

A quick scan of Wikipedia shows that at least French and Dutch spells it Heroine despite the Bayer name.

If bigger seats and nicer nosh in British Airways' First Class still aren't enough, would sir like to wear some VR goggles?

Michael B.

Re: USB charger

You can buy splitters that allow you to charge via USB-C and listen to headphones via 3.5mm.

Xbox daddy bakes bread with 4,000-year-old Egyptian yeast

Michael B.

Re: Toaster

Nerd hat on. We don't know what ancient Egyptian actually sounded like as they didn't, except in certain circumstances, write down the vowel sounds. (I believe that Arabic is the same.) The closest we can get to it these days is coptic which is the direct descendant of ancient Egyptian, and we do know how to pronouce.

Class-action sueball flung at Capital One and GitHub over theft of 106 million folks' details

Michael B.

Re: GitHub sued over data leak?

How utterly bizzare. Why not sue Stackoverflow then for giving the demo code that they probably used to create the sample code?

GitHub builds wall round private repos, makes devs in US-sanctioned countries pay for it

Michael B.

Re: What do we do now?

That person was voted in with more than 50% of the vote. So he is in that very rare position in British politics that more people voted for him than cumulatively against him.

Virgin Media promises speeds of 1Gpbs to 15 million homes – all without full fibre

Michael B.

My anecdote is that my VM connection is sold as up to 350 and often I get 105% of that. My connection was, until recently, monitored by Sam knows so I know for certain that I got the speeds promised.

Observation: Slow-burn space HAL 'em up fires adventure game genre into the exosphere

Michael B.

Re: No Steam? No Thanks.

Even if the contracts don't allow discounts across multiple stores Epic could have side stepped this with a loyalty scheme, or some form of cashback.

Microsoft doles out PowerShell 7 preview. It works. People like it. We can't find a reason to be sarcastic about it

Michael B.

I too was horrified to see the line

Try the new cross-platform PowerShell https://aka.ms/pscore6

on the powershell console when I logged in. I felt violated and physically sick.

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco

Michael B.

Nope just avoid the 737 Max. That's what I will be doing in future.

Gather round, friends. Listen close. It's time to list the five biggest lies about 5G

Michael B.

Re: China is not using 5G to spy on people

I got Adobe ads, I'll gladly trade you.

QEMU 4 arrives with toys for Arm admirers, RISC-V revolutionaries, POWER patriots... you get the idea

Michael B.

Me too, I just assumed that this had grown naturally out of QEMM.

We don't know whether 737 Max MCAS update is coming or Boeing: Anti-stall safety fix delayed

Michael B.

Re: I'd fly in one today.

The captain was extremely experienced and had 8000 hours, the copilot 200. This is close to what the US required until 2013 when they upped it to the current 1500

The curious case of a WordPress plugin, a rival site spammed with traffic, a war of words, and legal threats

Michael B.

Re: Smart. Not.

I wonder if this is due to the wondrous quote in the wordfence blog from their creative director, who has never heard of the computer misuse act.

“Last year we had some serious problems after someone obtained a huge list of license keys and downloaded all of our products. The keys and files were then distributed on their file sharing site, which has since been taken down (not by us, ironically!). The drop tables function was put in place to try to stop this at the time.”

This is so blatant and open I'd have a hard time believing it is not true. The suing is probably from the rest of the directors once they released what their colleague has done.

Michael B.

Re: Trojan Horse

This has nothing to do with the browser - it is entirely server side in PHP code. Look at the linked Wordfence blog post, its code examples are pretty daming.

Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches

Michael B.

Criminally negligent is feeding the MCAS system with just the data from the captain's side AoA sensor in order to make the decision! If system had at least read both sides then it could have detected a fault condition and dumped out control to the pilots.

Armor Games admits all its users' deets slurped in database mega-hack as site moves to repair chink

Michael B.

Re: 617 million? Really?

I did read it that way first of all but I think their password database was amongst the 617 million accounts amongst 16 different websites. So the article has no information on the size of the scale of the breach.

Outlook Mobile heads to the White House, passes infosec clearance for federal sector

Michael B.

Re: Thought Outlook Mobile was cloudy and uses Azure even for on-premises Exchange accounts

FEDRAMP is the approval process for cloudy applications that's why.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

Michael B.

Re: bbc quotes

Why would a foreign power waste time and effort inflicting chaos on the UK when we are barrelling headlong into our own self inflicted chaos.

Roll a diplomacy check to win the election: Vote tie resolved by a D20

Michael B.

The die had obviously been properly luck optimised for an upcoming game, and that 20? Well we all know that you make natural 20 rolls when it is most important, and the DM is not looking.

Accenture in doghouse after NHSmail mass outage cuts off 1m+ UK health staff

Michael B.

Re: £1.50 per month

Zero for us this month

Microsoft flings features at Teams to close the Slack gap

Michael B.

Re: Impressive growth?

The teams installer is an active choice that you have to make. It doesn't come, as far as I can remember, with the office installer like Skype for Business. ( I can't rule out IT pushing it to every desktop but that is a different matter altogether.)

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

Michael B.

Try travelling with First Bus and their (cr)app

It routinely fails between the hours of 7am and 9am, and 4pm and 6pm. Why? Well if you haven't guessed it's rush hour and they seem to have 1 386SX doing the processing for the entire country. It's even more galling that when it doesn't work you have to pay the higher cash price.

Another piece of "genius" development is that if you do have to buy a ticket you have 5 minutes to use it by scanning it on the bus. Woe betide that the bus is full and you have to wait for the next one.

We might be skimming the Surface, but it looks like Microsoft's readying a wallet-friendly device

Michael B.

Re: Going Back to the Future then Microsoft?

The Intel datasheet linked has this chip as being Intel 64 so it isn't a 32bit only device.

Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V

Michael B.

Re: Why can HyperV not implement a proper X86-64 ?

They don't restrict what you can do with them. There is an Android emulator that runs on Hyper-V. This is about providing a few extra services for better integration which you can take or leave frankly.

New strife for Strava: Location privacy feature can be made transparent

Michael B.

So offset your bubble then

If you are concerned about people calculating your location place your home location offset from your actual location and add a few other offset bubbles so that your home is not at the centre of the privacy zone.

More stuff broken amid Microsoft's efforts to fix Meltdown/Spectre vulns

Michael B.

Re: I remember the days ....

When was that golden age then? I certainly remember patching taking out machines going way back.

Netflix silent about ridicule as it discusses punters' viewing habits

Michael B.

Re: Amazon affiliate links

Yeah, specifically the Matt and Tom 2nd channel. Though I do thoroughly recommend Tom Scott's channel and especially their QI a like called "Citation Needed" which takes a Wikipedia article that hopefully the panel (same panel everytime) don't know about and ask them questions on it. It's QI without the star egos spoiling things.

Michael B.

Amazon affiliate links

I've supported a few YouTube channels in the past by clicking on the affiliate links and bought things I was going to buy anyway. Recently I've seen a few channels do "The weird things people bought with my affiliate link". Only then did I realise that these channels could get a hold of a list of all the things that were bought via the affiliate link, anonymised, but still a comprehensive list. Somehow this just all felt a little too creepy and I stopped clicking on affiliate links altogether.

Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password

Michael B.

They won't, they will point to Windows and engage in Whataboutery.

Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

Michael B.

Re: chmod go-rw

Not at all. This is stopping applications, that are running under your own privileges, from writing to certain locations that they shouldn't be writing to. In your permissions the malware will still get to write to the user's files.

Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

Michael B.

Re: Lack of "cool"...

Stylus? Were you using an old Windows Mobile 6 phone that was 3 -4 years out of date by then? Post Windows Phone 7 you didn't need a stylus and as far as I can remember no phones came with them as they used the multi-touch capacitive display instead.

EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

Michael B.

Re: Well....

Exercise bike? Go for a stepper and you can get them standing upright and therefore take up less space.

Did eye just do that? Microsoft brings gaze tracking to Windows 10

Michael B.

Re: @Michael B. - Masking tape, meet webcam

No they aren't great contributors to Microsoft's profit margins but they still spent money in the form of development time to add accessibility features to support those users anyway. (They'll probably never make a profit on those users ever.) One of the previous versions added Braille reader support and they've been improving and tweaking screen reader support version by version.

Michael B.

Re: Masking tape, meet webcam

No, it's providing a input mechanism for those who can not use a keyboard and mouse with only the use of a webcam.

Skype for Business is not Skype – realising that is half the battle

Michael B.

Re: Skype Lync

Yup. It's just a rebranded Lync. I think the only thing that it has in common with Skype are the letters S-K-Y-P-E

Game of Pwns: Hackers invade HBO, 'leak Game of Thrones script'

Michael B.

It's a book already.

So is there really that much to reveal?

Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

Michael B.

Re: What are they thinking?

I *think* he said in an interview that he uses the XP version even on a later version of Windows so his glorious paintings will be safe.

Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

Michael B.

Today's real news

Of course the real news today is that the retirement date has quietly been pushed forward to 68 for those currently between 39 and 47. Proving that today is a great day to bury bad news amongst this BBC salary froth.

Openreach asks UK what it thinks about 10 million 'full fibre' connections

Michael B.

I'll take a not so wild guess and say that those FTTP lines will be solely in those locations that already have VM cable installed.

America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

Michael B.

Re: Laptop rental

Could you really trust that the host Operating System hasn't been stuffed full of keyloggers and Trojans?

DXC Technology puts reluctant office movers on naughty step

Michael B.

Re: 2.5 miles may not sound like a lot

One stop on the Northern Line at rush hour is internationally classified as cruel and unusual punishment.

Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

Michael B.

Re: GVFS sounds super dumb

According to the linked article a standard git checkout would take 3 hours and git clone would take more than half a day with their size of codebase. That is what they are trying to get around with GVFS.

Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

Michael B.

Not surprised fitbit is having problems

If others have had the same problems that we have had with the fitbit syncing app then it's not a surprise that their market has crashed. We've tried syncing across android, window​s and windows mobile and the experience is uniformly terrible. Contacting support is just a long-winded way to get random useless support site articles in your inbox. So, now it's just a one day step counter with watch functionality and we are actively waiting for it to fall apart so we can eventually throw it in the bin where it belongs.

IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

Michael B.

Re: Taunton to Bridgwater - Somerset Solar Walk

Not all that bad as in there is a lovely footpath, and many roads, leading out of the place.

Michael B.

Taunton to Bridgwater - Somerset Solar Walk

Taunton isn't all that bad as between Taunton to Bridgwater alongside the canal there is a scale model of the Solar System that really enforces how empty the outer solar system is. Also, you can use phrases like "have we missed Uranus" and "Uranus is coming up".


30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

Michael B.

I wonder how many of these are actually re-enactment weapons as I believe they require shotgun licenses. ( At least that was what one of them told me when he broke character at a bank holiday event.)

Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

Michael B.

Re: so much wrong here...

When you're use to properly designed BS 1363 plugs everything else just seems a bit Jury Rigged.



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