* Posts by Paul Crawford

3510 posts • joined 15 Mar 2007

Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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And its only Windows 10?

Maybe if they had dropped the stupid built-in nature so you could get it for other Windows versions, and ideally along with other OS (Mac & Linux) they would have had a project many would be interested in trying.

Its a shame really, as Chrome's growing share and Google's dominance are not much better than MS abuse in the early years.

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Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties

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Re: There's an infinite number of monkeys at the door

OK so £finite / infinite = zero, so give each of them zero...

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Google will appeal €2.9bn EU fine

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Re: Google has a monopoly in 13 out of the 14 top commercial functions of the web

"One thing we can thank Brexit for is that the scumbagginess is out of fashion."

You really, REALLY, have not been watching UK politics then...

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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Re: Europe's largest economies?

You mean the economy formally known as the UK in Europe?

I doubt they consider the UK much now, given the whole Brexit cluster-fsck and appearance of our impending total exit.

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Heard the one about the two landmark EU data rights' rulings? These countries haven't

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Re: That's wierd

Ah yes, "overbearing" as in slapping down politicians for dumb rules drawn up to satisfy either their own despotic paranoia or (as often) their dancing to the tabloid scare stories?

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Pack up, go home to your family: Google Drive is flipping out

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Re: Thousands

"Out of over 2bn users"

How many of those general Google users also use the Drive product?

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Secure microkernel in a KVM switch offers spy-grade app virtualization

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Re: Proof of correctness proves what, exactly?

That proves the seL4 kernel is correct.

Not that the compiler(s) used are bug-free, or that the CPU/GPU/FPGA is bug-free in design. Also it does not cover things like the "rowhammer" attack on dynamic memory refresh/integrity.

Also in many cases (not sure about here) what you actually prove is the code matches the formal specifications given in some maths-like syntax. I'm not sure how you go about proving that specification did not overlook some use-case, but I imagine that is possible for a very limited set of permutations.

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Re: "They bypassed my adblocker"

As well as something like uBlock origin as a generic ad-blocker, you really should use 'FB Purity' if you have to use Arsebook for any reason. On Chrome/Chromium you need to explicitly allow them for incognito mode if you usually use that to drop cookies, etc, on exit.

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France to tack weapons onto spy drones – reports

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Re: "though she did not specify precisely what weapons"

Hyper-velocity cheese, I would have assumed. Just to remind the Americans...

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Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook

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Trollface

You forgot your icon =>

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I'm more amazed that Amazon is on the list at the top. For mobile?

Am I missing something here (probably, as I don't use apps generally) but is this implying buying tat from them is very important and most mobile users don't have/use a PC or similar for buying stuff?

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Big Tech fumes over Prez Trump's decision to deport a million kids

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Re: Solution

How about Canada then?

Pretty much all[1,2] that the USA should be if sanity prevailed.

[1] OK the French-speaking bit might seem odd here but I'm sure it would not be a problem.

[2] Yes, they have some crappy broadband issues as well

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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Re: Move to QT

Well would you really want to depend on GNOME developers' GTK not becoming more stupid in the future (useful features removed, deeper integration with systemd)?

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Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

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Re: @cantankerous swineherd

Yes, I was a fool for assuming the current download would work, and not realising that we are all beta-testers now :(

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Re: It amazes me ......

Last week I tried the Visual Studio 2017 suite to compile C/C++ for windows in place of my ancient Visual C++ 6.0 setup.

WTF have they done in the last 16 or so years?!

Default installation did not work - said I needed SDK 8.2 (in a bizarre XML style error) but found it has installed SDK 10.something. So go to the installer again and manually select the 8.2 component. Still wont build as the likes of stdio.h and math.h are missing in the 8.2 installation?!. Find in project setting the option to use SDK 10.xxx and that finally works. But that is not the fscking option it chooses on EVERY fsking project you create!!!

Also how do you create a new library project? If you create from existing source files its an option in the drop-down choice, but nowhere to be seen if creating a blank project. I could go on, but really it has tarnished by fond memories of how good the old Windows tool setup was and made me realise the Eclipse/Linux lack-of-ease-of use is in fact the new norm.

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We experienced Windows Mixed Reality. Results: Well, mixed

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Re: The Penzance train will not be stopping at Land's End

Stuff like conferencing might be a good choice. But adding headphones on top? Really it is absurd that these AR/VR headsets don't have built-in audio!

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It is closer to a 2.5D Bob.

A problem with the current "3D" stuff like films is you cant focus near or far to select objects of interest. Basically the content creator set the focus position and depth-of-field and you get a stereo version where your eyes must be focused at the (virtual) distance of the screen for it to work.

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China's cybersecurity law grants government 'unprecedented' control over foreign tech

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Re: Snowden's revelations, about US spying on the whole world, made sure this will happen

"The only privacy protections USA has is for American citizens."

Ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha!

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Re: bye bye china

But there is a shortage of underdeveloped countries that have all of the lovely manufacturing capability our Western industries have seen transferring to China for the last couple of decades.

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Oh, ambassador! You literally are spoiling us: Super-stealthy spyware hits Euro embassy PCs

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Re: For Sensitive Stuff

Well the 'open' part of GCHQ provides guidance on most common OS that are a sensible starting point:

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/end-user-device-security

Some might normally be laughable from a privacy point of view (Android, Chrome OS and consumer Windows 10) but I guess when configured their way (i.e. all using corporate VPN, Win10 enterprise options) they become acceptable for "official" work. Reading the Ubuntu 16.04 notes is interesting, they make a point of making user-writeable areas no-execute and enforcing apparmor restrictions on various process.

Reminds me of the saying "he who checks behind the door has once hidden there before".

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How the CIA, Comcast can snoop on your sleep patterns, sex toy usage

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Re: Linksys EA7500 -- It's worse than you think....

You could probably have flashed it with DD-WRT or similar and had something more secure and thus useful.

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Gimp

Yes, and inversely correlated with ball-gag use.

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Facebook will deny ads to repeat promoters of fake news

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Simpler option

Just stop people "sharing" links. Make them stick to only stuff the upload themselves.

That way only the morons and eye-swivelling loons who take part in such news spreading, and their few friends, will ever see the crap.

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Chrome wants to remember which Websites to silence

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An adblocker is pretty much an essential these days, but as pointed out many sites have their own videos or animated JIFs that are annoying distractions (and bandwidth hogs, for the video) when all you want is to read the damn text.

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Re: Firefox

"It would have been easier if it were exposed through the configuration menu"

"It would have been easier if they had not followed Google’s dumb-down approach and removed the config menu options they once had", is that not it fixed for you?

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WannaCrypt NHS victim Lanarkshire infected by malware again

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Re: "Patient support" nice piece of social engineering.

"Hitting the phone and rostering systems sounds pretty esoteric"

Not really and most probably they both are managed by, or depend upon databases in, Windows machines.

Real question is what had (not) been done since WanaCry exposed unpatched machines and flat/open internal networks allowing havoc to ensue. I suspect that any Word macros uses that were not disabled by group policy are a symptom of the first ailment...

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Is it possible to control Amazon Alexa, Google Now using inaudible commands? Absolutely

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Not when you order a ball-gag.

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PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years

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Developing world

Thing is if you were to only have *one* computing device, you would get a smartphone. Basically it works as a phone, can be used on wifi (i.e. broadband) or without (using mobile data, probably at some cost), and does most of what folk want from a PC (messaging, web look-up, pointless social media, etc) as well mobile-specific stuff like satnav functionality. And it fits easily in your pocked/handbag/sporran/etc.

Sure other forms are better in many ways, such as screen size or easier typing, etc. But if you have limitations on your budget a phone seems the way to go.

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

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Lets hope this costs Samsung dearly, with people insisting that they come to their homes to fix it and not being bullied in to returning the sets.

Only then might the muppets in charge actually insist on proper testing and having a firmware roll-back feature built in to the system that can be done with just a couple of buttons on the TV itself.

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British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

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Re: UK ISP are uniformly terrible.

Or Andrews & Arnold

But both Zen and A&A cost more than TalkTalk, BT, VM, etc, for a superior service.

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Did ROPEMAKER just unravel email security? Nah, it's likely a feature

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Re: "E-Mail is a TEXT medium"

Told by whom?

Some Nigerian prince with US $9M to spend on a contract with your company?

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Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

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Re: Who

That would depend very much on whether the car drives "by the book" (i.e. only at a speed for which it can stop within its sensor range) or along the lines of human drivers where it assumes the road continues beyond sight and road flow is 'normal' (which is faster and probably causes less accidents by acting in an unusual/unpredictable manner to the meatbags).

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Well if Google are behind the identification algorithm then sadly any black pedestrians are out of luck:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/01/google_photos_app_machine_learning_fail/

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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Re: Never understood the obsession with ICBMs

Or better still, bang both leaders heads together in some diplomatic approach?

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"Suppose they launch it and it does no damage," he posited. "What do we do then? No one is asking that."

I strongly suspect that massive retaliation would be under way before the damage had been assessed, not that it is going to help anyone else in the world (least of all those moderately close to NK).

The issues here of power grid resilience to major country-wide effects though are something the whole world should be considering, not just the fast EMP effects on electronics, but rather that risk of a solar flare causing extensive power grid damage. It would only take a couple of days without fresh water, sewage disposal, or fuel pumping for food delivery to seriously cripple any nation for decades.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

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Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your 'smart' home

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Re: I wonder...

Do the mic jack plugs physically unplug the built-in mic? If so you could simply plug in a shorted connector.

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Microsoft president exits US govt's digital advisory board as tech leaders quit over Trump

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Re: The Trump Effect?

Sorry but you have made a school-boy error: you have assumes that the Americans you know, who probably are from the educated and outward-looking section who deal with people outside the USA as colleagues, will suddenly change as if infected by some zombie virus.

They won't. But that is the tragedy of the whole situation, and that mirrors the same thing in places like Egypt, Iraq, etc, is you will find the majority of people are decent folk simply trying to get on with their lives. The problem with Trump or any other extremist character is it brings the nutters out of the woodwork, folk who are doggy already but not shown their true stupidity until called. Those are the ones to worry about.

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Because driving cars in to pedestrians is such a normal and reasonable action to take?

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Creepy backdoor found in NetSarang server management software

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Re: It does look like the companies development and distribution servers have been compromised

Don't worry, it will soon be in systemd as well.

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Outage outed: Bing dinged, Microsoft portal mortal, DuckDuckGo becomes DuckDuckNo

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Re: "CMOS" as a sample test query?

I always use "Soapy Frogs"

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hiQ prevails / LinkedIn must allow scraping / Of your page info

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Re: Do the linkin scrape

"...about Facebook, I find that 100x more useful than Linkedin. It serves no purpose for me whatsoever."

So basically 100 * 0 = 0 still?

Sounds about right.

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Kremlin's hackers 'wield stolen NSA exploit to spy on hotel guests in Europe, Mid East'

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Re: WordPad

Both recent (say 2010 onwards?) versions of Word and LibreOffice can save in PDF format quite well and that is probably the best way to circulate a document for other to read read/print.

But none of the word processors are really format-compatible, and while the difference between Word and LibreOffice is obvious and annoying, you also get problems going between the Windows version and Mac version of Word (for example, with equations, etc).

A pox on them all!

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Good Lord: Former UK spy boss backs crypto

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Re: Typical ex-"anything"

I think the current head of MI5 is saying nothing because (1) it is part of the job, and (2) because its not good to upset your paymasters even if they are complete morons.

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Re: Give that man a cookie

Exactly!

"Both perspectives stand in contrast with UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s criticism of mobile messaging services which offer end-to-end encryption"

Which is more of a spotlight on how dumb she is compared to the folk who were in charge of the very aspects of intelligence gathering she is spouting upon for the benefit of tabloid readers who might be foolish enough to vote for her.

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

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Re: @Slay

"run proper Office, not the macro-shy Mac versions"

You mean the version that offers all those extra security holes for free?

Great isn’t it that MS can't make their flagship cash-cow run consistently on a non-86-Windows platform?

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At last, a kosher cryptocurrency: BitCoen

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Re: I'm working on Bitcrone

Why not use the set-up Wizard to help you?

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And deep-fried

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Horsemen of the disk-drive apocalypse will ride upon 256TB SSDs

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Re: So for personal backup...

Just as Lee D said: Get yourself a small NAS for fast local backup (some sort of RAID for reliability, and and ideally one that has regular snapshots in case of crypto malware, like FreeNAS supports) and then have some way of making an off-site copy for a major disaster.

That could be encrypted copy synced to some cloud provider, or the odd external HDD kept away from home. One nice thing about having file system snapshots is you can sync a consistent copy from a snapshot over long time periods even while new data is being written to the NAS.

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: "Should have gone to System76"

UK options for Linux machines are Entroware (www.entroware.com - offer Ubuntu /MATE, for example, pre-installed) and Novatech (www.novatech.co.uk - offer OS-free laptops).

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No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

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I have a Casio Waveceptor watch, it has solar charging, sets the time from LW transmissions and is waterproof to several metres depth, all for around the £100 mark. Had it now for over 5 years and no battery change needed, and never run out of power to tell the time accurately. Sure I can dig my phone out but a wristwatch is far more convenient.

Now if someone could add a useful smart feature and keep that sort of power budget they would have something worth buying.

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