* Posts by Rainer

287 posts • joined 20 Jun 2008


Slack slings crypto-keys at big biz, union gets worked over, VPN owners probed, trolls trouble vets, and more


Ideally, you'd pay those ISPs with Bitcoin.

Else, the money-trail just leads back to you.

Unless you've also setup a network of shell-companies that rent the VPSs you use (mixing companies and countries...)

Super-crook admits he nicked $122m from Facebook, Google by sending staff fake invoices for tech kit


Secret projects

AFAIK, when the invoices were questioned, he claimed it was hardware for a secret project aligned directly under the CEO's office and details were "need to know".

That shut up most of the nosy beancounters, apparently.

BTW: our boss is said to have a habit of checking all invoices about the equivalent of 100 USD, personally.

At least he did until recently.

We don't think it's a good use of his time, but it's his company.

Croydon school rolling in toilet roll after Brexit gift deemed unfit for the Queen's Anus Horribilis


Re: Must be a German thing.

It was in 2006 - and they used up the last roll last week, IIRC.

It was a flatbed-truck full of toilet-paper.

Actually, it was two flatbed-trucks, but they were able to cancel the 2nd delivery.

They "saved" a low four-digit Euro amount, IIRC.

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!


It's a two-sided sword

I remember that in 1990, when I watched the Football Worldcup, the camera would occasionally show scantily-clad female fans whenever a team from South-America was playing (Brazilian fans being the worst "offenders". Commentators would often point out that while the matches were broadcast in IRan, too, it wasn't live, but "live +5s". During these 5s, a gentleman in the IBC working for the Iranian government would switch the stream to a different camera so that his fellow citizens wouldn't have to get an eye full.

A couple of years later, we got "Nipplegate" and US television took a page from the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and also adopted that "live +5s" broadcasting, for basically the same rationale as in Iran.

I certainly don't want a multi-billion dollar US company (nor a multi-billion dollar Chinese company) to decide what I can see and what not or what is good and not good for me. I think it was the Cloudflare CEO who has in the past remarked that he hated even being in the position to be able to decide something like this.

In this single isolated case, that may actually align with what I and many others think.

But as they say: even a broken clock is right twice a day.

I don't even have a Facebook account (the whole premise of the platform is absurd).

That said, it didn't really surprise me that somebody would stream a shooting. In fact, it surprised me that it took so long. The technology has been here for years. All it took was for someone to go all the way to the end.

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator


Testing is difficult at scale

I remember an article about WhatsApp (before it was acquired).

They said they can't really do any serious load-testing. What they ended up doing was to fade-in chances on a server-by-server basis and see how it played out.

WhatsApp had very few servers back then, even though it had 900 million users.

That said, because of the lack of a FB account, I couldn't care less about their outages. The sooner they go away, the better for humanity.

The case of the missing 300 Swiss francs: WIPO fires CIO following probe into allegations of fraud


Who receives private mail at work?

I receive parcels, yes.

But correspondence from my bank?

That's a big fat nope.

It all hinges on this: Huawei goes after Samsung with its own foldable hybrid Mate X


Interesting concept, indeed

But as others have noted, there will very likely be almost no decent software taking advantage of this form-factor.

Especially now, that the usual Android fragmentation on the OS side has fully spilled over to the hardware side.

Who in his right mind is going to adapt his code for two niche-models?

Especially as there will likely be more vendors going down a similar-but-not-quite-the-same route and doing things ever-so-slightly different.

Samsung pulls sheets off costly phone-cum-fondleslab Galaxy Fold – and a hefty 5G monster


How the hell?

Is this not going to wear out in the shortest time?

It's 2019, and a PNG file can pwn your Android smartphone or tablet: Patch me if you can


Re: Errrrr.

> My bank is obsoleting OTP tokens and forcing all customers

> to use or the banking app or SMS.

Can't you visit the local branch?


My bank is phasing out SMS in favour of their app (you need to point the mobile at the banking-screen, which shows some kind of flicker-code, IIRC, and then the mobile shows a code that you have to enter into the form on the website).

SMS still works - but I've got no idea for how long.

They have the older, original mobile app that works without SMS but seems to use some sort of private key on my phone for authentication.

Apparently, because of the wide spread misuse of SIM-swaps, SMS is no longer considered secure.

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again


Re: No, you don't wish you'd have bought it.

> You could sell it, last time I looked Risc PC was going for silly money on ebay.

Yeah. Dad gave mine to the electronic waste disposal site, when he cleaned out my basement room at my parents place.

I had probably spent 5000 DM on it over the years, if not more if you count the (pretty high-end) Iiyma-displays, which were also disposed-of at the same time.

It could run NetBSD/ARM and that was the first Unix I ran, after painstakingly downloading it on about 20-ish floppy disks at the university lab.

Amazon shareholders revolt on Rekognition, Nvidia opens robotics lab, and hot AI chips on Google Cloud


I guess the problem is in the White House

If the prez was Clinton or Obama or old Bernie, it wouldn't be such an issue.

At least on the surface. The principal issues would still remain, of course.

But with Trump being who he is and where he is, people seem to actually warm up to the idea that having the military-industrial complex rule the country could have negative consequences for a lot of people.

Cops: German suspect, 20, 'confessed' to mass hack of local politicians


Re: Your country needs You!

> Assuming this chap wasn't just a script kiddy, and had some decent skills

Such is the state of it-sec awareness among the people's representatives in Germany (and probably elsewhere, too) that I'm rather confident in saying that he is just a script-kiddie, almost 100%.

All these people need to have their internet-privileges revoked.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock


Try managing an older AirPort device with the current software....

No chance.


Re: Ré double the price of local Chinese phones

> Local shop owners, taxis, and bus drivers were all bemused to see us paying with cash.

You need a Chinese bank account to be able to use WePay (in China).

Good luck getting one as a foreigner. Even more so as a tourist - it's pointless.


No. They are priced in USD.

IIRC, if you convert the UKP prices back to USD (and subtract the tax), you're more or less at the US-level.

Same here in Switzerland.

This was not the case in the past, where you could actually save some money by doing your own US import - this is now pointless.

Huawei or the highway: Chinese giant whacks marketing drones for tweeting from iPhone


Re: Easy

Apple doesn't really have "brand-ambassadors" like other companies.

And I'd say Apple as a business-partner is important enough that you really make sure you don't mix-up like that. Huawei clearly wasn't ;-)

I guess if Apple's GSM chips (well, Intel's) get better in a few iterations, one can cross-off one more excuse for not using an iPhone for such a function....



They believe in fear as a motivator.

It's a lot of work, being popular: Apple, Tim Cook and the gilets jaunes


Re: India is a race to the bottom

Yes - but how much money are they actually making?

OK, so it may not matter to Huawei, as the Chinese government funds them.

But still, "making it up with volume sounds a bit too dot-com bubble-familiar".


India is a race to the bottom

How much money are all those Android handset makers making in India anyway?

Even if Huawei is making some money, and Oppo - there'll soon be a new Android OEM that'll build slightly worse handsets for a little less money and Indians will flog to that.

You wait for one IT giant to show up with its sales figures, then two come at once: Red Hat, Oracle


Re: Double lock in is not winning IT folks over

To be fair, a lot of AWS looks like it's going the same direction: if you don't use AWS for everything, it's just more difficult.

And AFAIK, AWS has almost "anything-as-a-service".


Oracle Cloud

Recently saw a presentation on the Oracle Cloud.

It doesn't look too bad, TBH.

Pricing I don't know, but it looks like a large, solid OpenStack implementation.

I wouldn't rule it out if I was tasked with choosing a cloud-provider.

AWS may be cheaper in some (or all cases) - but the lock-in is IMO even worse than what you ever had with Oracle databases.

And Jeff's ships are bigger and more expensive than Larry's, so you can make an educated guess as to where this is going...

Angry Googlers demand bosses pull the wings off 'Dragonfly' censored Chinese search engine


Re: What's up next?

> Ad-buyers aught to consider whether in fact Google are selling them dreams of relevant targeted

> advertising.

With the amount of click-fraud going on (see the CERT-advisory sent out yestersday), it's a wonder anyone actually makes any money on the products peddled by ads.


What's up next?

Are they signing petitions soon to not collect any data from users and not monetarize it towards the evil ad-buyers?

That's like working in the defense-sector and keeping saying to yourself "It's only for defense, see, it's in the name". All the while working on a compartmentalized bit of a Reaper drone...

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt


Re: Well, who'd have thought it?

> Easy: Tabloids told them migrants were the source of all our problems

> which would magically disappear if we left the EU.

It's not the only thing that will disappear, I'm afraid.

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work


What's the problem?

There's the classic iPad for what? 329 USD. It even works with the pencil and AFAIK, you can connect a BT keyboard to it, too.

The new iPadPro is really just the "iPad for the 1%".

As much as I wish, I have no regular use for it.

Amazon tries to ruin infosec world's fastest-growing cottage industry (finding data-spaffing S3 storage buckets)


Our ticketing system

can store BLOBs in S3 buckets. But their support made it clear that the bucket has to be completely public.

We actually have a private S3-implementation on-site, but it has to be public-public.

Their support said, it wasn't a big deal because the actual URL of the bucket was "not public".

We store the BLOBs on the local filesystem now.

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!


I don't have amazon, netflix (or any TV at all), my employer pays for broadband and the cellular contract.

Once every couple of years I get myself a new iPhone and use it for a couple of years.

My car is 17.5 years old at this point.

Insurance, tax, fuel, maintenance adds up to more than what a new iPhone costs, every year. And I use it maybe twice a week.

Upgraders rejoice! The 2018 Mac Mini heralds a return to memory slots!


Re: Mixed emotions....

I actually have the "black screen" problem, too - but with a 2012 MacMini connected to a 30" HP LP 3065 display via a TB-to-DL-DVI adapter (it's a very old display, probably ten years old, got it as a hand-me-down from my boss when he bought a new one).

It happens very rarely, though.

Sometimes, unplugging the adapter (sometimes a few times) does work, sometimes I reboot.


TimeMachine will encrypt, too, with a password of your choosing.

IIRC, later version of iOS suggest you encrypt.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call


Re: Macs typically have a longer usable life than Windows PCs ...

> Is any linux distribution from 2007 still supported?


If you pay RedHat for it.

Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source



Dad threw out my RISC-PC during a clean-up of the basement a couple of years ago :-(

Very sad.

I had spent almost all the money that I received during my year of mandatory service at the German Armed Forces on it and a 17" CRT from Iiyama (which was pretty high-end at the time).

I upgraded it to the StrongARM CPU daugherboard when it became available (even pre-paid for it and received a reservation-number - Acorn was ahead of the curve there, too: they preempted Kickstarter by a decade..). It had SCSI-disks, SCSI-CDROM...

I loved the integrated vector graphics program ("Draw", IIRC), as well as TechWriter.

And the ChangeFSI picture-format conversion utility...

RISC-OS taught me many important concepts of computing - and it truly was a joy to use.

The new Huawei is going upmarket, but the old Huawei still threatens


Does else anybody find it ironic that British people refuse to have a population register (for their own government) but have no problem forking over much more data to what is basically a Chinese state-owned mega-corp?

SUSE punts SES v5.5 out door, says storage is going software-defined and open source


Re: how is this different from red hat?

SuSE's Storage Server is much cheaper than RedHat.

It's licensed by node and the prices are reasonable.

I hate stuff that is licensed by TB (or GB, if you're an EMC customer).

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others


All true

But look into the mirror - if your own life was put under a microscope, what would people find?

Also, he didn't write books to encourage people to follow his lifestyle, as other rich people have and continue to do so. He was probably aware of the fact that the planet is big enough to accommodate only a single person of his character.

At least, his kids seem to have turned out well, unlike other billionaire's kids.

He made sure the one and only authorized biography appeared after his death, so he wouldn't be bothered by the comments.

He's been dead for seven years.

It's easy to spit on a grave.

Let's give him some rest.

Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks


Which vendor still supports Android on a four year old phone?

And you have to ask: who is making money on this phone, and how?

If you're not paying, you're probably the product, not the customer ;-)


Re: "Pixel sales have been unimpressive"

> but news flash, most people don't want to spend £600-800 on

> a handset!

I'd say most Android users don't want to spend that kind of money.

iOS users on the other hand...

Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker


Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

AFAIK, you can't easily make ANFO anymore, because they changed the recipe of fertilizer to contain less nitrogen.

As for "doing something": anything that would be done now would only impact the (very) far out future because of the number of legal and illegal guns in circulation.

We know how good politicians are with such far-out timelines...

The sheer availability of weapons is not the only factor in reducing the number of shootings.

I live in a country where every able-bodied citizen has to join the military for compulsory training once he turns 18. Everybody who completes that training gets a fully functional, automatic assault riffle to take home and keep, in case the country is attacked and quick mobilization is needed.

Ammunition is not handed out anymore (since 2007), but that is not a big obstacle.

While murder-suicides did and do happen, but they usually involve close family.

Why is that?

Maybe because a functioning social security system exists, that doesn't leave people completely hopeless? Even criminals can have hope here (up to a point, of course).

Maybe it has to do with the amount of holiday people get, the amount of work-related stress?

Also, the amount of prescription drugs consumed is way less here (well, pretty much everywhere else but the USA has lower consumption).

I'm in favor of restricting gun-ownership (unless maybe you live in the mid-west and actually own a farm or go hunting nobody needs a gun).

But it's unfortunately only a very, very small part of the puzzle and it will only slightly reduce the problem, for a very long time: the guns will be around for decades to come.

Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta


I bet

it's pretty much bullet-proof.

Apple leaks rekindle some hope for iPhone 'supercycle' this year


Re: Is China that big a market for dual-SIMs?

Probably less iPhone users in the whole of Africa than in NYC alone.

They mostly have other problems.

Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn


Re: Boo Hoo

Pinochet came into power through a coup in which the CIA had a substantial role.

The US never cared who its allies were, as long as they went along the party line and lined the pockets of US corporations.

Revolving doors between CIA, private corporations, contractors meant that they were often indistinguishable anyway.

Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!


To be fair

Never underestimate the persistence, determination and general ingenuity of a motivated teenager.

Also, he wasn't trying to be particularly stealthy as it seems.

If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?


AFAIK, Google has ceased development in Android for tablets

In that sense, there's really only Apple and Microsoft who actively develop their OS for tablets.

Talk about left Field: Apple lures back Tesla engineering guru


If you look at the state of software in cars

you realize it sorely needs somebody to shake it up.

Car manufactures got to be software-manufactures quasi-overnight and for some it seems it still hasn't registered.

Tesla may have better software, the infrastructure to deliver and update it - but it was always clear from the beginning that Tesla would struggle with ramping up production beyond the original couple of thousands of cars per year.

Maybe some people at Apple thought they could excel where Tesla has failed - maybe at least at the beginning of "Project Titan". But the manufacturing challenges are real.

I think they'll go with the "Designed in California, made in China" scheme on this one, too.

They'll probably partner with somebody like Geely and just have them execute their designs.

Crumbs. Apple has tweaked the MacBook Pro keyboard


Re: A fully spec'd 15'' macbook pro is now £6209.

This is not a laptop. As you say, it's more of a desktop-replacement.

How much does it weigh?

Personally, I can't stand Windows 10. I'd rather pay more for something I like to use than pay less for something that I hate switching on.

I don't need any of the Windows-apps, there would be no benefit for me to switch to Windows, except saving a bit of money every couple of years.

That said, I currently don't need a laptop anyway. My hardware-requirements are very modest (satisfied with a 2012 i7 MacMini, 512 GB SSD, 16GB RAM).


Re: A fully spec'd 15'' macbook pro is now £6209.

These are enterprise-grade NVMe PCIe SSDs.


The price isn't even overly expensive, AFAIK.

There's a reason people use these laptops for video-editing, even if they have no liking to Apple in every other aspect.

Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived


We have Mattermost

Self-hosted, off-premise, on an OVH-VPS that costs <5€/month, IIRC.

I'm glad I don't have to have the Skyke-Client open in the Remote Desktop session to the Windows Terminal Server.

That would be even more destraction.

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone


I liked the form-factor and haptics of the iPhone X, compared to any other iPhone.

I still have the 4S. Will look into the SE successor.

I tried all of non-SE, non-X iPhones in the store and they seemed too "light" and a bit flimsy.

The all-glass iPhone X - while easily shattering when it does fall down - had a certain weight that made it comfortable to hold and yet wasn't as huge as the 8+.

So, it's either last year's X or an updated SE.

Whatever you say about the price, the X is a remarkable piece of technology.

No one wants new phones – it's chips that keep Samsung chugging


The problem is:

Apple actually does make money from the phones beyond the sale. Apps, iCloudStorage, accessories, add-ons.

That's why they have no problem extending the life of the iPhones 5S(!) another year by giving it iOS12.

Android OEMs? Nope.

You can make an educated guess as what to expect from this race to the bottom.

So... where's the rest? Xiaomi walks away from IPO with less than hoped


The problem is:

you can only get by with 5% margins if Apple does all your research and your major sales point is basically "Looks just like Apple, but way cheaper".

Soon enough, there'll be another copy-cat that works on even thinner margins and the people who buy such crap will flog to that.

Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops


Home invasion 101

If it's the US: Don't.


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