* Posts by /\/\j17

279 posts • joined 26 Apr 2007


2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit


"As yet, however, the vulnerability as described in the paper has not been proven to affect our vehicles and we know of no McLaren that has been compromised in such a way."

Translation: We KNOW the stable door is open but as the horse hasn't walked through it yet you're not going to both closing it. If the horse DOES leave the stable we'll look at closing the stable door to stop it.

Bug bounty alert: Musk lets pro hackers torpedo Tesla firmware risk free


Musk lets pro hackers torpedo Tesla firmware risk free*

* Well, other than the risk of him randomly branding you a peadophile on Twitter and having a child bride (who's in her 40s).

Close, but no Tigar! Appeals court slaps judge, drags Apple back into touchscreen spat


Re: Those patents are so broad

"These patents basically cover "swiping from point A to point B", so if they were upheld only every iPhone but also every Android phone up until now and in the future until the patents expire would be in violation..."

Umm, exactly what do you think the Apple's "slide to unlock" pattent basically covers...?

Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever


Re: It won't cost that much

"Since it only has to provide location information within Great Britain + Gibraltar*"

Which would be correct if any of these systems were actually built so us plebs could drive around without having a sense of direction. Of course they aren't built for that, they are built so our armed forces can drop bombs on the 'right' things without the need for someone to sit in sight of it pointing a laser at the target.

Building a system that only covers the UK would only be of use if we have a civil war, which hopefully won't be the way Scotland becomes independent.

Mozilla whips out Rusty new Firefox Quantum (and that's a good thing)


Terrible For Web-Devs

I'm a web dev. and been using Firefox for years as there are a number of add-on tools for Firefox that just made life easier than using Chrome, like the Web Developer toolbar. With this now killed by Mozilla removing one add-on framework and replacing it with one that has about 25% of the features I'm seriously considering either dropping back to 56 - or switching to Chrome, something I never thought I'd find myself considering.

Oh, anyone wanting to get their tabs back in the correct place in 57:

1. Find profile folder (%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ on Windows).

2. Open/create a "chrome" sub-folder.

3. Add a "userChrome.css" file containing

#TabsToolbar { -moz-box-ordinal-group: 2; } #nav-bar{ border-top-width: 0px !important; }

4. Save and restart Firefox.

Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network


Reminds me of my days as a desk troll...

“in the days of 10BASE2 cheapernet cabling that was hung around the office like a string of Christmas lights. For those not old enough to remember, the major disadvantage of this type of cabling is that a single break anywhere would bring down the entire network.”

Reminds me of my early days as a desk troll, where I seems to spend most of my day hiding under desks with a real of sellotape. Ahh, AppleTalk network connectors...

Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day


"...and Apple is a manufacturer creating value from the ground up."

Umm, don't Pear Technologies, sorry Apple (got confused by the logos - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/04/27/apple_lawyers/) actually make a lot of their money by forcing music creators to accept lower royalty payments for their IP than they would have received through traditional channels that actually had manufacturing and distribution overheads?

Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook


"So the entire point of the new device - the keyboard - wasn't there, doesn't exist in even the only demo unit? But you saw a HINGE? Wow!"

You've clearly never played with an old Psion device. You could spend hours* just opening and closing a Revo, constantly being amazed that someone could think up and make something so complicated yet elegant.

* Sat bored in meetings while everyone else was impressed at all the notes you kept taking.

Next-gen Tor to use distributed RNG, 55-character addresses


Re: RNG as an Internet service?

"It would be pretty trivial to use a bank of hardware RNGs to feed a server that will supply a different random number each time one is requested."

...which instantly makes hardware RNGs pointless in this context. The whole point of a network like TOR is that there's no 'home', no central hub that can be used as a point of attack.

Either you have to have a central set of hardware RNGs feeding the TOR network (that the authorities could take control of) or each TOR user has to buy a hardware RNG generator to use the network (that authorities could attack at the manufacturer level - and considering they would probably end up being manufacturer in China...).

Getty Images flings competition sueball at Google Image Search


Try Reading ALL The Words People

Folks, try reading all the words in the article, not just scanning it and jumping on what you THINK it's saying rather than what it IS. In this case "high res large-format content" is the important part.

Getty's issue isn't with Google's image search per se, they are quite happy for their images to be indexed and listed by Google. What they are taking issue with is the change from displaying just thumbnails on the search results page to showing high res images.

Before this change Google gave you an easy way to find the images but you had to go to Getty to access (buy) the high res version. This was good for everyone. Google had more images, so better search results, so more users, so more tracking/ad-serving data collection. Getty were happy too as more people found their images, followed links to their site and bought the high res versions enabling them to support the photographers who take them.

After the change Google still get everything they had before, plus a bit more on top as having the high res versions made their results richer. Getty on the other had get shafted as people can just steal their images rather than having to pay for them. And if no-one pays for them, who's going to pay the photographers to take them?

Google binning its search appliance hardware business


Good news for HPE/Autonomy

2002 - So you want to make all that sensitive corporate information searchable on your Intranet? Get a GSA, it's cheaper and for 'web' searching better than IDOL.

2016 - So you want to make all that sensitive corporate information searchable on your Intranet? Going to have to be IDOL, it's more expensive and not as good for 'web' searching as Google's cloud service but you control it and there's no "all of your data now belongs to us" hidden away in the T&Cs.

Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 Mobile preview update


Re: Installed

As a 1020 owner how to the new imaging apps stack up against the Nokia ones in 8.1?

Disney's light-bulb moment: build TCP into LEDs for IoT comms


Screw all this pointless IoT junk. It's 2015 so why can't I wire my house with CAT6 and power my LED light bulbs using Power Over Eithernet???

It's the hottest day of the year. So check out John Lewis' Xmas tech range!


"On show was the development of a touch sensitive advent calendar...A bit cheesy maybe, but young kids would love it"

Bollox they will! They'll just be asking where the chocolate comes out!

Facebook unveils SECRET logo furtle – in a TWEET


What no Logowatch?

Why's that tagged Media, not Logowatch?

Also, where's the joss smoke?

Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome


Re: Corporate ActiveX anyone

Never mind IE8, I've recently been working on a large UK finance company's Intranet - that had to support IE6 because some offices were still running Windows XP/IE6!

It hadn't gotten any better since I last had to ('pixel perfect' rather than 'functional and usable') code for it...about 5 years ago.

In a mall at the weekend? WORSE STILL, are you LOST?


You are Here

Or they could just download (proper) Nokia's Here maps that has internal maps for things like shopping centres and railway stations.

The latter is down to a suprising low level, so even my local rail station is covered - that's 2 platforms and 1 booking office on the level 1 and the walkway of the bridge between platforms on level 2!

MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.


Re: facemask?

"Why wasn't he wearing a facemask, as he clearly expected it to squirt everywhere?"

That's what she said...

HP's pet lizard is feral peril says wildlife group


Missed one

But not in Australia, which has a long history of introduced species overrunning locals. Europeans humans, Rabbits, camels, foxes and the cane toad are all imported pests in Australia.

Nokia: Read these Maps, Samsung – we're HERE for the Gear


Re: You can take the Nokia out of Finland

Umm, you DO realise that the Nokia that owns HERE maps is the one that's still in Finland and NOT the one that was sold to Microsoft (the devices and services business) don't you...?

Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies


"But I'm still locked on FireFox 27. The last user-friendly version that lets me put my tabs underneath my shortcut bar, and to allow an add-on bar."

Or you could update to Firefox 31 and just install the "Classic Theme Restorer" add-on like everyone else... Fixes both your gripes in one.

Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months


Re: Microsoft bought Nokia because ...

"I though Microsoft bought Nokia because they wanted the patents....and now they have them....."

Fail - real Nokia still owns the IP pool and HERE maps. Microsoft only bought the Lumia brand and devices business (along with 10yr licence on the IP / HERE bundled on Mokia phones for 4 yrs).

Don't put that duffel bag full of cash in the hotel room safe


YouTube my friends

Plenty of videos on YouTube about how to 'break' in to hotel room safes. The lock's just controlled by a sprung solinoid. Enter the correct code and the solinoid energises/pulls the in down allowing the handle to turn. After a timeout/when you close the door the solinoid de-energises and a spring pushes the pin back up to stop the handle turning.

Hold the handle in the open direction and give the top of the door a good thump and the precusive actions usually enough to drop the pin down against the spring enough to release the handle. See from 60sec in - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcYB9ceiAiY

Nokia emits Windows Phone 8.1 'Cyan' upgrade for Lumia gear


HERE Maps != Microsoft

Please remember that Microsoft DON'T own HERE Maps - that's part of Nokia.

Microsoft only bought the Lumia brand and divices and services business, and a licence to the Nokia brand for devices.

There is still an independent Nokia business that owns HERE Maps (with a 4-year licencing deal with Microsoft to bundle on their phones for 4 years), the IP portfolio (10-year MS licence).

'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE


"a technique of fusing glass pieces together in a way that makes the whole structure strong enough to withstand an impact."

A bold claim - from a company who's current phones seem to last about a week in most people's hands before becoming a work of shattered glass!

F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track


Yep, really confused by the reference to LMP1-H (Le Mans Prototype class 1, Hybrid sub-class) which is currently being contested by Audi, Porsche and Toyota in the FIA/ACO World Endurance Championship.

Nissan, who are due to join the LMP1-H class next year were running a hybrid at this years Le Mans 24hr race that managed to do a whole lap on battery power (this is grown-up racing where a laps' 13.6km and at night-time it gets dark but the drivers just keep driving at 205mph - though was 250mph in the 80's, rather than requiring more lights than a million Christmas trees).

None of the above have any direct links to either Buemi or Red Bull that spring to mind though. Closest I can think of is that Mark Webber is now driving the Porsche LMP1-H and used to drive for the Infinity Red Bull F1 team.

Surprise! Google chairman blasts EU's privacy ruling


An unnamed source, presumably from within Google, told Reuters that the company will need to assemble an "army of removal experts" in the 28 nations across the EU to deal with the requests.

Or to spin it the other way - this judgement will lead to the creation of hundreads of new jobs, helping boost the economic recovery across the EU!

Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory


Online = Loser / Split-screen = Friends

Never really got in to online play myself - just too solitary (I don't class chatting on a headset as being social).

Give me a couple of friends, some bottles of alcohol and a some (except where it's funny to shoot your mate in the back) co-op Modern Warfare violence, or an evening at the pub followed by some drunken split-screen sport action* any day.

* Running in with a sliding tackel on a stationary keeper NEVER gets old if you've drunk enough.

Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin


Why's there a man in drag on the front of the coin?

That's what I want to know.

Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla


Depends WHO'S Bandwidth You're Talking About...

"Except of course that for most of us bandwidth is no longer a problem. Bit late coming this one, like a decade."

For me at home, no bandwidth isn't really a problem.

For me at work bandwidth's a bloody expensive problem!

Facebook fans fuel faggots firestorm


Re: How gay!!

I don't actually see what his intended context has to do with it.

Taken as either a reference to a foodstuff or persons of a specific sexual persuasion the statement "I like faggots" can hardle be seen as gay-hating behaviour. Here is a man who LIKES said faggots. If he had said "I HATE faggots" maybe there's room for the easilly outraged to be outraged.

We now appear to live in a world where LIKING something is a hate crime!

Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!


“It will be easy to get it right from the Windows Start screen through the app store,”

Hopefully it will be available via Windows Update or a direct download too as I can't access the app store on my Win8 machine - it's a Netbook so falls below Metro's minimum screen resolution.

Review: BlackBerry Q10


Re: A second attempt.

"From their model 9110 onwards till the 9300 they had keyboards that really worked."

What was wrong with the keyboard on the 9000 that came before the 9110? What was wrong with the keyboards on E90 and E7 that followed the 9300?

Quite why the US still gets a reasonable range of qwerty slider phone but they don't get released outside the US I don't know.

Holy classic car auction, Batman! They sold THE Batmobile!


Re: Rick Champagne

"You can't use the name "Champagne" unless you're from the appropriate bit of France."

That's only EU legislation and so only applies inside the EU. The US isn't so any old fizzy-pop can be labelled Champagne over there.

Perth porkfest crowned ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE


It's Not a Frigging Sarnie Though!!!!

Sarnie -> informal for Sandwich.

Sandwich -> Two or more slices of bread with a filling.

Roll -> A small rounded portion of bread.

=> Roll != Sandwich

Just how good is Nokia's PureView 41Mp camera tech?


Re: instagram?!

"Nokia Belle also lacks the support of many applications readily available for Android and iOS – Instagram, being one example..."

Umm, no. Just no.

In what way can Nokia Belle lack support for an application? The application developer may not have released a version of their application for Nokia Belle but that's just crapness on the application developers part and hardly Nokia's fault!

Mobe app makers doubt Windows 8 will be worth the hassle - poll


If only...

If only someone like Nokia could come up with a unified mobile development platform, so you could write once and compile for all sorts of different platforms/operating systems/screen sizes and resolutions/etc.

Or rather, if only Nokia hadn't dumped Qt, in no small part because Microsoft didn't want the competition for windows phone development.



WFT El Reg?!?

Come on El Reg, at least try and get your facts straight.

1) Sarnie - (UK, informal) a sandwich.

2) Sandwich - A snack formed of various ingredients between two slices of bread.

So NOT a roll, muffin, baguette or bagle.

Removing these ineligible, non-sliced bread options brings the list down from 26 to 13.

3) Toasty (Toastie) - (Cookery) a toasted sandwich.

4) Toast - Bread browned by exposure to radiant heat.

As such you can not use Toast to make a Sarnie, as you are no longer using bread but toast. you are creating a Toasty.

Removing these ineligible, not-bread options bring the list down from 13 to an actually list of bacon sarnies of 6:

- The Bi-bacon Bounty

- The Sunny Side Down

- The Norn Iron Soda

- The Trearddur Bay Black Ops

- The Black, Brown and White

- The Cheezilla

W3C reveals plan to finish HTML5 and HTML 5.1


Re: What, XHTML is forgotten already?

"No, they wanted to stop website from returning a yellow screen of XML death just because some web author somewhere forgot to close a break tag."

So now we define our standards to avoid embarrassing the lazy or incompetent? At least with XHTML you knew you could point an app at it and process it as XML. With HTML5 you'll be able to do that for SOME pages (because they use HTML5 with the XML syntax) but not for other, unidentifiable ones.


Amazon cosies up to Nokia for Google Maps alternative


Re: Navigation

That must have been a while-ago then as the version I have on my E7 has consigned the old sat-nav box the the drawer and almost always out-performs Google Maps when it comes to routing, managing to knock 1/5th off my walk to work through central London.

Apple, Samsung blast away in patent case closing arguments


What's the most bazzar thing a lawyer can say in a patent infringement trial?

According to (Apple attorney Bill Lee, the question was not whether Samsung infringed Apple's patents, but "whether they get a get-out-of-jail-free card."

So this patent infringement trial ISN'T about whether patents were infringed? WTF?

El Reg probes pregnant Playmobil lass



...or just a fat lass with the last crumbs of cake stuck to her face?

Ten... Qwerty mobiles


What a waste of bits

Like many fellow commentards I'm also a fan of slide out QWERTY phones so read the story with interest...leading to dissapointment. Are there really NO new slide out QWERTY phone out there at the moment?

Looks like the Nokia E7 for a while longer - even if it was better running Anna than Belle. Wonder if we will ever see Carla/Donna...?

Cameron 'to change his mind' on the one thing he got right in Defence


Re: He we go again ...

So let me get this right, it's Brit-bashing.

Suggesting we buy the US F16 or the US F35C or the French Rafales in preference to the US F35B is Brit-bashing and not supporting UK industry...

Google answers less than half of watchdog's privacy tweak questions


Re: Surely...

Well the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights' advice on DPAs is that they should be:

- independent guardians of privacy.

- efficient one-stop shops for all data protection concerns of citizens and other persons.

It DOESN'T say they are there to advise companies at the companies beck and call. That's what a companies own lawyers are for.

Ice age end was accelerated by CO2


How do you find evidence in ice for the end of the LAST ice age...?

I'm a little confused by this one. How can you find evidence in polar ice for the end of the LAST ice age?

As an ice age is defined as a period with permanent ice on the surface of the earth the ice they are looking at in the Antarctic will be from the CURRENT, Quaternary ice age that started 2.58 million years-ago and is still in the process of ending (hence the presence of ice at the poles) and by definition hasn't yet ended.

The LAST ice age that actually had an end would be the Karoo, 360 to 260 million years-ago.

BBC boss Mark Thompson sets quit date


He won't be missed!

As someone who had the pleasure of Mr Thompson during his brief tenure at Channel4 I can tell you he won't be missed!

Move everyone to a facility 'oop north' where no-one wants to work and nothing works then bugger-off to leave the whole mess to someone else.

Sun belches wonking solar flare


Re: Any chance of times in GMT?

Well if the boffins across the pond were true scientists they would be quiting all times in UTC anyway...

Audi shows off OLED-illuminated concept R8


"Audi admitted that commercialising such jiggery pokery will take years"

Unless you consider using LED-only lighting on their R18 Le Mans prototype race cars commercialising it of course...

Apple issues invitations to March 7 iPad roll-out


El Reg actually got an invite? From Apple? ^_^


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