* Posts by Dan 55

9039 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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I bet you my savings the average lifetime of a Yale lock is more than the average lifetime of this contraption.

And Yale won't suddenly announce that all their locks will be depreciated in a month and please buy a new one.

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Mr Robot Smart Home Hack

I'll just leave that here...

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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

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Re: My first laptop ran WIn98

I never had that many problems with ME. I'm sure other people did, but the hate it got and still gets seems to be a bit over the top.

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No way, RSA! Security conference's mobile app embarrassingly insecure

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Re: "... the damage appears thus far to have been minimal"

Nothing, just confirmation they're still slapdash.

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ZTE to USA: Sure, ban us, but you cannot afford such victories

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Re: Protectionism

Indeed. Presumably ZTE started selling in the west for a reason, though.

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Re: Protectionism

Last time I checked store apps and services and... can be individually installed by the user. Pretty much regardless of make/model/etc. So unless Uncle Sam has found a way to strongarm providers into specifically blocking a brand or model phone, I can't really see how these sanctions would stop anyone using any store imaginable on a ZTE phone.

Google is starting to block GApps on 'uncertified' devices, but you can register an exemption for ROMs

Uncle Sam's tantrum means Google can't certify ZTE phones.

If it hasn't got gapps it's not selling in the west.

I can't see ZTE supplying plain AOSP phones and grandad unlocking the bootloader and installing gapps on it followed by registering the device ID with Google as a sustainable business model.

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Re: Protectionism

The only alternative to Play Store and Play Services which has (barely) enough momentum in the western world is Amazon, so ZTE are back to square one.

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CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

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Re: Those loody annoying "Everything's Great Emails"!

You can't have enough Jenkins build results.

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Re: Deleting emails

It is essential to archive every single e-mail at my job.

Because that's the training, you see. When I get to that day where every problem I come across is a mistake I made in the past and documented in an archived e-mail, I'll know I'm fully trained.

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Re: Education is no longer designed to teach.

What did they want? Something like, "it goes out of the thing in the middle, all the way up, all the way down, back to the thing in the middle, and then goes round all over again. Wheee!"

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That takes me back

For anyone over the age of 40, these doughnuts look just like the crumbly bleached dog turds you’d see decorating every pavement curb corner.

It's a shame there's not a white one in that photo.

Let's have a commentard age census, upvote if you understand, downvote if you don't.

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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Re: Oh well

Here's hoping the ONT they choose is a drop-in replacement for the master phone socket (power supply issues aside), otherwise it'll look messy and won't be a true replacement to all the phones in the house.

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Cutting custody snaps too costly for cash-strapped cops – UK.gov

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The Home Office can do data protection when they want. Or at least that's what they said about the landing cards.

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Re: changing data storage always costs

So the local police handled civil enforcement issues but only if you paid them

Is that what they told you? In cash, no receipt?

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Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

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Listen, and understand!

That robot is out there! It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel frustration, or exasperation, or anger. And it absolutely will not stop... ever, until it has assembled your Stefan chair.

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ID theft in UK hits record high as crooks shift to more vulnerable targets

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Re: What makes a good security question?

Security questions are often stored in the database as plain text. Only they're as good as passwords.

I never fill them in despite the badgering, or if I have to I never fill them in with personal information (yes, my mother's maiden name really was 1oieu28420).

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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

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Re: Unisys screwed up

The point is that the kid did not go through the officially-provided access control system.

Yes he did. It was a public link and the web server did not throw 401 Unauthorised, 403 Forbidden, 408 Busy, or 429 Too Many Requests.

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Re: Unisys screwed up

I don't know the detail of Canadian law. However, if this had happened in the UK and they wanted to make an example of this young man, our computer misuse legislation would enable them to do so.

Example from 2005.

Man fined due to BT's shitty donation page.

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Cambridge Analytica's ex-CEO decides not to front UK Parliamentary Committee again

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Re: Can they summons Zuck?

It's not going to happen in Europe because GDPR's rolling out and there's no way for other people in the photo (especially people who aren't on Facebook) to give their consent.

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Europe wants cloud giants to cough up data from anywhere in 6hrs

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I wonder what happens when they come up against that old chestnut...

... end-to-end encrypted data.

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

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Re: Blocking FB cookies

Disconnect is install and forget and blocks FB, Twitter, and analytics.

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Re: And El Reg?

Really El Reg should do something like Bruce Schneier's website does - flick a switch to enable Facebook like slurp if you really want.

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More than 87m Facebook profiles farmed, says second ex-Cambridge Analytica witness

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Re: "Try the phrase "getting your hands dirty"

Well, she's American, so you're not understanding her not understanding.

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France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

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"why Mahjoubi wants a homebrew app is something of a mystery...

... since in common with all modern administrations, the French government has an extensive and encrypted parliamentary network and secured e-mail"

... could it be because they don't yet have a chat app?

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ZTE now stands for 'zero tech exports' – US govt slaps 7-year ban on biz

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Re: Real risk ?

Having had the pleasure of an ISP-supplied ZTE router, I can believe the warnings.

An earlier firmware version had an exploit on the tr-069 port which the ISP enables so their customer service droid can press a button and reset everything to factory settings to make their lives easier. The answer to any problem is now reset and I'll do it for you in case you don't know how to insert the paperclip in the hole and keep it there for 10 seconds. You had a LAN nicely set up? Own SSID or wifi password? Disabled WPS? Why would you want to do that?

Going online with this version got your router pwned within seconds, the settings were changed so http was enabled on the WAN side and it was now part of a botnet, sort of similar to going online with the original Windows XP.

The fix the ISP pushed out patched the tr-069 exploit, but still left the http port enabled so it was still part of the botnet.

Luckily they're so full of holes that you can run exploit programs to lift the settings out of them and change to another router.

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HMRC delays digi tax plans amid Brexit customs woes

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Re: I hope that HMRC...

Your Turing completeness algorithm has suffered regressions.

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Re: I hope that HMRC...

If the government is hamstrung then it is the government hamstrung by the remain supporting government.

Tautology is a tautology. Brexit is brexit.

Remember that the government were publicly in support of leaving before the referendum and claimed they would be in the referendum (before 'changing their minds').

No, I don't remember that. When was Cameron's government ever in favour of leaving the EU, apart from using it as a threat when negotiating with them that if they didn't give him what he wanted then leave would win in the referendum?

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Re: I hope that HMRC...

HMRC are pausing their other projects to focus on the main an important project of the UK leaving the EU.

In codejunky's reality, it's a good thing that government is hamstrung by Brexit.

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Re: More brexit fun!

How many times is that he's flounced out of UKIP and left the UK?

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Re: I hope that HMRC...

The only party who had all this organised and ready to go was UKIP.

That's why before the referendum he was talking the UK being like Norway and Switzerland and afterwards he wasn't.

There was and still is no plan, by anyone, apart from foot stamping.

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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Flame

And even if your browser saves it, the website helpfully replaces what the browser saved with "Type your comment here — advanced HTML and hotlinks allowed".

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Re: My Dad...

Single click to select, double to open. Very easy to remember, at least it was until Web 2.0 came along.

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Re: Dad wanted a PC

To be able to take it somewhere if the hardware went wrong and badger them until it's fixed. I guess there's still a lot to be said for that.

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Dad wanted a PC

I recommended a Windows 7 one from PC Specialist. He got a Windows 10 one from PC World.

Cue avalanche of problems, although to be fair he did get through a lot of them himself.

But what can you do, people won't be told.

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Re: My Dad...

When you see grandads prodding at a touchscreen, it's for a reason. When you get older your fingers become less conductive.

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Rubbish touch pads on cheap laptops cause all sorts of strife and user confusion. Some parts of the unmarked pad result in scrolling, some selecting. In these cases, it is not the user's fault if they want to throw the machine out of the window.

Fixed by uninstalling the proprietary touchpad driver/control panel bollocks.

If I came across one which translated Morse to text I wouldn't be surprised.

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UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫

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Re: Or maybe....

Or the social media bloke from the EU that they had on Twitter and Facebook finally couldn't cope with so much idiocy per square mile and packed their bags and went somewhere else.

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Go away, kid, you bother me: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla kick W3C nerds to the curb

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Yet, what does WHATWG have to replace the accessibility standards from W3G?

a) Something worse or b) Nothing.

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Well it's not just merit. WHATWG is just the browser makers who want to make life easier for themselves. Hence bothersome stiff like accessibility is given a lower priority.

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Android apps prove a goldmine for dodgy password practices

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Nearly 20,000 apps with insecure keys ... including popular code like Samsung’s "smart" home app

I wouldn't expect anything less from the bigcorp that brought us Tizen.

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

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Re: All bow to the data protection Gods

What does this have to do with a fucking counter narrative?

If you have a domain, why should your personal data be available for everyone in the world to see, use, and misuse as they see fit?

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Apple leak: If you leak from Apple, we'll have you arrested, says Apple

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Re: Leaking the anti-leak memo to Bloomberg

I guess their competitors might be able to get an advantage if they find out some secret proprietary insider information - they're going to release a new phone which is like the old phone from last year, a tablet which is like the old tablet from last year, a new OS which is like the old OS from last year, and not do anything at all with their computer range.

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Nobody in the UK would have found out if UK sports rag "journos" had refrained from shaking their fists at someone from the other side of the continent who couldn't give two fucks about their precious embargoed quote.

The last link is doubly funny considering who they both work for.

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Hey, so Europe's GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We're going to miss it ... by a year or so

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Re: @ codejunky

"Born: Diane Julie Abbott, Sept 27, 1953, London, England, UK"

Posting stupid? Post anonymous.

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Hawaii Live-Go! Microsoft launches Honolulu admin tool for cloud and on-prem

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Re: Server management?

You're stretching your definition of 'few', because it hit us too. It was >50% of the working day.

What was that you say, people couldn't reply or receive e-mails and the lack of syncing meant people couldn't collaborate on documents? (Putting aside MS' implementation of collaboration which is a whole other argument you're going to lose as well.)

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Re: Server management?

Was that before or after Azure and Office 365 had a wobbly for most of the day?

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Re: Project Honolulu Because?

Indeed. MS Licensing is like Judge Dread.

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Re: Project Honolulu Because?

Because it'll have a terrible confusing UI like everything MS has done after Windows 7, I would have thought.

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When SecureRandom()... isn't: JavaScript fingered for poking cash-spilling holes in Bitcoin wallets

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Anyone implementing a crypto library in JavaScript is building a castle in a swamp anyway. There's no way you can sign code and it's too easy to fiddle with functions and the DOM in the browser.

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