* Posts by Ilgaz

1174 posts • joined 17 Jan 2009


FYI: Drone maker DJI's 'Get it on Google Play' website button definitely does not get the app from Google Play...


App is different too

The apk served from www site differ from the Google play store one. That is very alerting if you know the inner workings of Google play. Sometimes, white hat developers of advanced utilities ship a "xda version" and play store version for good purposes.

Forget everything, pushing ordinary users to enable browser apk sideloading is evil.


Say bye to auto updates too

Unless the app have auto update function built in. Google play will never update a side loaded app, if it did, there would be chaos.

Apkmirror.com shouldn't confuse you, they offer the exact same apk files signed by Google play store on purpose, their purpose is different.

Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere


Re: It runs Linux

I think the issue is the support from Oracle, IBM kind of companies. That is actual, perfect support not just press releases.

Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking


Re: Cock-up or conspiracy?

Yes, they are so clever that Spectre happened at first place.

'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'


I wonder if he is the same guy

I remember one guy explained something about AOL mail inner workings on Slashdot, a usual "citation needed" nerd asked "How would you know?", he replied "Because I coded it."

Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live



Please tell me one repository or even desktop policy that forces you to use a specific rendering engine or even library.

Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is


So, Zuckerberg runs a root terminal and issues halt command

What would change if Facebook closed down today?

Even a ordinary user who runs some "privacy" tools knows that there are tens of trackers in every page they visit and some advertisers do amazing trickery to profile users. Hell they even used battery level profiling lately.

This is more like people switching to Instagram from Facebook.

‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’


IBM still use the same button

IBM does use the similar power button on their mainframes, one really wonders when it will be used.


Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test


Like that stupid electric vehicle of Sinclair

I think acquisition of Pocket, not admitting it was wrong and integrating it with Firefox will have similar effect of Sinclair C5.


Opera was fine

I used it in that period, they didn't do any false claims and actually they did invent opt-in profiling in the hey day of spyware. They said that they don't profile users however users can provide their own so they can get relevant ads.

Qualcomm also used the same scheme in Eudora.

You won't find any non troll on Web to claim they were spying.

Mozilla ponders making telemetry opt-out, 'cos hardly anyone opted in


I have it on

I enabled it since they politely asked me and they were open about the data they gather.

Will disable it from now on.

New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones


Re: These days, you always get fired for choosing microsoft

Well, IBM did a marvelous job of supporting & updating a clearly failed OS/2.

Dishwasher has directory traversal bug


Re: Bewildered. (That's grown-up speak for "wtf")

They love to spy on their users. A internet connected dishwasher can share 'anonymous" statistics about how and when it is used.

Things can be really interesting for washing machine, you can figure out the exact nature of clothing & profile of a rich household.

Obviously, a burglar or some other evil guy can use the data for his own purposes.


I always wondered one thing

Miele devices could be updated via serial & USB since 90s and now this. I always wondered how secure is this process. A washing machine hitting 90 Celsius while it has $10.000 worth of delicate designer clothes wouldn't be cool. Or a dishwasher not doing porcelain program.

Samsung patches Galaxy Note 7 to not explode as two-thirds of phones recalled


Don't you wonder?

What really caused this scandal? Software or hardware? Really mysterious thing is the switch of battery factory and it seems battery isn't the issue.

IMHO the industry should have investigated it just like a jet crash. If it isn't truly solved, LG or Apple could face the same thing and it risks human life.

Every LTE call, text, can be intercepted, blacked out, hacker finds


It does

It really seems huge in India. I know since they go crazy when hardware supports it and vendor didn't install driver etc. On Android forums that is.

PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers


I used this "hidden tool"

They have the following tool as a ms fixit package. They don't advertise it. Really mysterious just like the entire fixit story which became too popular and abandoned



Just yesterday, 3 hours wasted

A friend's high end HP i7 laptop was taking 3 minutes to boot on a not so bad hybrid HD. Moved him to SSD just to see the freaking thing still takes 2 minutes to boot with a 549 MB/s read rate. Updated the graphics driver using windows update, it boots in 10 sec. Next time, black screen of death. Switched to archaic HP Win 8 driver, it boots fine and couple of minutes later, screen flickers and we have the latest, non working driver again thanks to windows update.

The issue is,MS dares to touch a highly customised, special setup hybrid graphics mix of Intel HD3000+ATI. Both chip vendors (ATI and Intel) say don't mess with drivers in your case, go to laptop manufacturer (HP) and yet MS overwrites the drivers.

They removed the "don't auto update drivers" option too so you have to run a special, official tool by MS to block installs of specific hardware drivers. I can't imagine any newbie, non technical user understand that concept. They will think that their system is broken. MS could at least code an auto rollback driver function, it is all about caring.

He could buy 3 high quality tablets for that price and damn things keep working like a charm even without updates, there are even android 3 tablets in use which never had updates.

Cheer up Samsung! You might get back $400m for copying the iPhone


add another 500 billion

After exploding and melting, they probably become round edged too. Another Apple invention, copied.

No surprise: Microsoft seeks Windows Update boss with 'ability to reduce chaos, stress'


They know it too

In their internal documents they said Linux can be divided to very small parts fit for the purpose while Windows can't. That was in 1990s and they did almost nothing about it. Linux distributions can be updated so easy because even the updater has its own small package in a very simple container without 500 hex numbers filename.


Bachelors degree or higher in computer science

There are some guys from third World in MS forums that provide some genius, crazy registry/shell hacks. I doubt they have seen a University building in real life.

The code which even MS builds on (Linux, BSD) could have been written by an 13 year old with ADHD and we would never know. Does it work? Was it goodly written? Does it conform to the quality of code standards in Linux? That is all Linus cares about. Just imagine the highly prestigious Debian stable, are all debs maintained by computer science guys?

MS does some cool things lately but their company culture didn't change. They never ask why such scandals didn't happen in Debian, a free OS. There is democracy and real free market there. A MIT professor's code could be fixed by an 15 year old and no offence taken.

Firefox to doctor Pepper so it can run Chrome's PDF, Flash plugins


Re: disabling ubiquitous technology

I really don't think they will change a working thing (updated Java is fine) as these guys are paying millions of dollars to IBM so they can run 25 years old application unmodified.


Basic fix

Use GNU gnash instead of Flash. That was the thing to do (including promoting it as an option) by open source community instead of monkeying with a clearly badly written piece of software. It would never do Netflix but it will work fine for an interface.

The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code


It isn't crazy

I feel sorry for having to remind it on The Register, not a new hipster site that companies in real life run old code as long as it keeps running. MS keeps winning with their operating systems since they can give insane amount of backwards compatibility. Your bank may run 40 year old unmodified assembly code on their 64 bit IBM mainframe and it is expected, not even impressive.

That code hardcopy on paper? Scanner/feeder/high quality OCR.

Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty


same here

Actually I will pay a yearly subscription if there is any AV which detected it just by heuristics. Back in 1990 we had a-tool on Amiga which could detect such out of nowhere boot block overwrites. If they can't detect such attacks, why do they waste CPU?


Re: UAC limitation

It isn't the hassle, signing software requires real money and these apps are free. Some people are also ideologically against it.

Also signed apps can still do nasty things, signature just means signature, there is no kind of control there.

Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips


Asus signaled it

Zenfone 2 was a great example for Intel phones can be good with unique characteristics such as huge amount of RAM (4GB) and yet, lack of software quality control added to massive draw of power in standby. I know since I own one as my main phone.

Asus shipped everything ARM based since Zenfone 2, using same brand. Zenfone Selfie, Zoom. It seems they were fed up with the bad feedback they get from users.

Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy


Look at Apple

Apple switched over one CPU to other so smoothly that people weren't even aware they were emulating another CPU down to its endianness until they removed it's support at OS level.

If MS can't do the same, the issue is way more deeper. Industry guys say Symbian's real problem was not being able to run on newer ARM arch for instance.

Are state-sponsored attackers poisoning the statistical well?


There are companies who are more powerful than states

Countries, governments are the usual suspects because of the massive money and computing power they have. It could be any other power, like a huge petrol company poisoning the climate data so couple of sold out scientists can "prove" or at least create suspicion that global warming isn't that bad for instance.

Romania suffers Eurovision premature ejection


Eurovision is way more than a cheesy competition

Losing access to Eurovision Network is a big deal for a large TV station and also a serious prestige loss.

It is like getting booted from a major Internet exchange point.

Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage


What about WINE?

As you are interested in single kind of applications, not latest game running well, what about installing a stable Linux and run DJ tools via WINE?

Move over, Google. Here’s Wikipedia's search engine – full of on-demand smut


Why reinvent the wheel?

There is a working, privacy caring, open source thing which everyone seems to love: DuckDuckGo .

It also made into browsers. Support it with that brain power and money instead.

Offers? Opera's board likes Qihoo, says shareholders should too


Opera browser is gone

The day they gave up their engine, the browser was dead. Chinese are wasting their money too, they should look at UCWeb to see how you can skin an engine and still be innovative.

Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple


WebKit is open source too and I am sure there are many bugs over there too. In fact, I bet similar stuff is going on at Chrome project.

That is how open source works, not so perfect but at least better than Microsoft way.

Avast forked up its Chrome fork, so flings fix after Google goggles



If you remember the first versions of these Eastern European miracles that changed the entire security software scene...

AVG and Avast started as extremely light, focused software which did one thing and did it perfectly. Once large funds and companies started to pour money, they added one bloat after another and became the very Symantec they fought with.

Safari iOS crashing: Suggestions snafu KOs the Apple masses


We don't care

Use an open operating system where you can choose other browsers. Once users don't have choice, developer team gets spoi!ed and IE happens.

Cisco forgot its own passwords for seven weeks


€20 ADSL all in one box

They print a physical pseudo-random password to label, you physically turn the device upside down to read the random(?) Password and enter it.

Intel admits Skylakes can ... ... ... freeze in the middle of work


Re: Re : BIOS issue?

In reality it will be kernel developers like Microsoft, Linux who will update the microcode as people are rightfully afraid to update their BIOS.

It is 2016 with 3-4 BIOS development companies at most, still no safe, documented standard to update BIOS.

Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'


Does he remember Monica Lewinsky scandal?

An American president almost lost his job and went to prison because he lied about his relationship with Monica.

Let's hope they have a single line of code/checkout/comment/log to prove that claim.

While on it, do you still think rms is a fanatic?

Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash


MS and they already do it

I won't name any names but when they copied MS "Startup performance dialogue" they disabled my paid Kaspersky extension. When I sent feedback, someone replied "But it doesn't really help" etc.

Disabling a security extension because it takes a little more time to Startup.


Yes but

Internet Explorer with all that backwards compatibility didn't go anywhere so if you need ActiveX for that internal site etc, you are covered.

Mozilla could think about real business and some academics and say ESR will keep on supporting plugins with easier opt in approach.

This is how businesses become dependent on MS etc. Couple of nerds decide what has become unfashionable and rm -rf working code, say bye to that internal page.


I really doubt

I don't think they have a clue about the plugins used by business, academic people etc.

Their chrome trendy buddies brainwashed them and this happened.

Before you mention Edge browser, remember iexplore.exe didn't go anywhere with all that backwards compatibility since Microsoft does know the business World very well.

Ubuntu 15.10: More kitten than beast – but beware the claws


I think it is also a PR issue

First, it was introduced/pushed by Redhat who became an enterprise company rather than the old Redhat community loved.

Secondly, the way it was introduced to Debian was a pure disaster along with arrogant, rude acting developers.

I see a lot of parallels between systemd and Mono. Was Mono hit by non technical, conspiracy theory like arguments? Of course it was. Just check how Icaza acted.

The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray



Cray FAQ says:

The machines originally purchased to help out on a computer on a chip project, the machines eventually earned their keep running MOLDFLOW an injection plastic modelling program ( producing some results in the form of Quicktime movies) and later as a file server. Other applications were CFD codes for disk drive design improvement and one source reports ".. they sometimes ran the first XMP as a single user MacOS emulator ... They had a frame buffer and a mouse hooked up to the IOP."


$38M chair eh?

You can also plug your phone. Read what they did in 70s


Regular Crashes

The following is an approximate description of an event that took place in the late '70s:

There was the time that an early Cray-1 serial number was running pre-ship reliability tests and was crashing consistently at roughly the same time in the pre-dawn morning hours. After much head scratching, somebody realized that the (newly hired) third shift custodial engineer was coming through on his regular pass through the checkout bays at about the time the failures happened. He was questioned when he came in the next night to find out if he might have been moving or operating any of the system machinery in the bay during his rounds. He denied doing anything of the sort. Later that night however he was noticed plugging his Hoover into one of the 60Hz utility outlets conveniently located on the base of a Cray-1 power supply 'bench' in an adjacent checkout bay. The outlets were handy for plugging in test equipment during checkout activities but an ECO (engineering change order) was issued soon afterward removing them.

Microsoft sabotages own Lumia smartmobe flagship launch


Apple is a software& services company

What Microsoft and even Samsung fails to understand is, Apple is a OS/Apps vendor who happens to design the hardware which those apps will run on.

They aren't understanding what is wrong to begin with. Steve Jobs did understand what was wrong at Apple and fixed it.


Re: As a former HTC TyTn owner

Coming from Symbian scene, that is exactly what Nokia did too. Nokia was selling well and their trolltech/Linux strategy was working, as last resort they had Android compatibility card to play.

I think it all happened because developers and advanced users didn't see OS vendor commitment. Why waste money and time on a platform with no future?

For example, I use Android while I hate Google and their little spy games& tactics. I am a potential customer and all I see is a company shipping phones without a front camera.


Re: Any bets ...

It will mean the entire "future of windows" vision has failed. CEO will be fired along with tens of thousands of people. They will become a services/software company.

IBM did this in 90s and they did it so successfully that people think it is easy. It isn't.


It hurts Android and Apple users too

As Microsoft Windows phone can't compete, Google and Apple happily share the whole market and do whatever they want.

You have only 2 choices, actually you don't really have a choice. Certain people will only buy Android, others will only buy Apple based on their usage patterns.


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