* Posts by Mark 164

8 posts • joined 15 Jul 2009

NASA, Microsoft offer new 3D Mars maps

Mark 164


That MS Flash-wannabe ain't coming anywhere near my Mac thank you very much.

Ten free apps to install on every new Mac

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Free antivirus software - picks up Windows malware and the few Mac ones that exist too.

PayPal enables cash-by-slap

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Re AC. Why, indeed.

Not only that, but PayPal also charge for their services. If you're close enough to bump iPhones together, just give your mate the cash directly into his hand.

Microsoft rejiggers EU browser ballot after complaints

Mark 164
Gates Horns

Tried the non-JS version?

I'm really surprised no-one's mentioned this anywhere yet. I've certainly not heard anyone complaining anyway.

Turn off JavaScript, have a look at the browser ballot page and prepare to be utterly shocked at the order you see!


Mind you, you maybe have to assume that anyone with the wherewithal to disable JavaScript has probably also got a better browser installed, but that's not the point.

iPhone worm hjacks ING customers

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Not Apple's password

Every time I read these stories I get annoyed. 'Alpine' is not the default root password as defined by Apple. On Mac OS X (which includes the iPhone), there IS no root password, the root account is disabled and SSH is not installed on the device. Jailbreaking involves installing SSH, and it's part of that install procedure which activates and sets a default password. The people at fault here are the numpties who wrote the jailbreak procedure to include a default password and those who leave SSH running with said default password.

O2 could impose out-of-contract iPhone lock-in

Mark 164

What about Simplicity users?

I've got an iPhone on a Simplicity tariff, so technically my contract has ended already. I wouldn't mind seeing what the reception is like on the other networks.

Mac OS X gets rootkit coding manual

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This is ridiculous! I understand the right to free speech and so on, but who in their right mind thinks that explaining how to exploit another person's computer system is a good idea? What good could possibly come from this? The guy admitted they're not vulnerabilities, so can't be fixed, so other than getting himself some script kiddie kudos, what is his reason for "sharing" this information?

Microsoft store crumples as Win7 promo kicks off

Mark 164
Gates Horns


Maybe I'm being unfair but I can't help but wonder if this is deliberate to make it *look* like demand is higher than it actually is.

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