* Posts by David Austin

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Nerd Klaxon: Barbican to host Science Fiction exhibition this summer

David Austin

Barbican

Sweet - My Favourite Genre in my favourite place.

Just seems right hosting this in the 1970's version of the Utopian future that we never quite got (And I'm quite sad about that).

See you all there in June - We'll meet at the Osteria bar.

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

David Austin

Vista:

A Necessary, but Painful step to Windows 7.

With so many Longhorn Restarts, and 6 years since a new OS, I get the feeling Microsoft frantically cobbled together whatever parts it gout get running into a workable OS.

Shame WinFS Died a death then: That was the most promising bit of tech from the stack.

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Graffiti 'dying out' as kids dump spray cans for Instagram, Twitter etc

David Austin

see this is what happens...

...When Sega Skip Jet Set Radio for a Console generation.

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Ubuntu 17.04 beta FACT: It's what's on the inside that matters, not looks

David Austin

To some people..

No UI Changes is a major plus point...

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UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late

David Austin

Usable Life

How long should they have left as combat ready, after the MK5 upgrade?

Does it make financial sense to do that over writing them off? Based off past experience, the MoD Don't always seem to notice or care when they're throwing good money after bad

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Adobe buddies up with Microsoft for new ways to mine your data

David Austin

Based on previous records...

...If you're willing to put your customer data in a product co-written by Adobe... you're a braver man than me.

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Did you buy anything from Microsoft's glum Apple Store knockoff? You may be owed $100

David Austin

Seems a bit of a schoolboy error from Microsoft

say what you want about them, but Microsoft are pretty good at selling stuff to people. How did such a non compliance issue a) happen in the first place b) Go on for so long without any audits or checks spotting it c) Get this far in a court of law instead of them settling at the first opportunity with such a weak case their end?

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Did Oracle just sign tape's death warrant? Depends what 'no comment' means

David Austin

Perfect for SMB

Yes, it's painful for the 5-100 people companies to shell the 3 grand needed for an LTO Drive, a pile of tapes, and Backup Exec (Plus Agents), but after the initial cost it runs and runs and runs, often outliving the server it came with, and moving into the next one.

Nearly every client I've set a tape drive up for has retrieved some desperately needed data from years ago, or done a bare metal recovery from a tape, easially justifying the initial outlay. Great for taking accounting year end backups or sending copies out for legal/compliance purposes too.

Not the cheapest solution, but still one of the best despite "tape dying" since I started in this industry.

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BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

David Austin

Legality

I'm pretty sure the lawyers at BlackBerry will make sure what what was on the papers was legal. How the papers were presented, and how much employees were allowed to scrutinise them may not be so legal.

Either way, that does not protect BlackBerry from being branded a bunch of sneaky bastard cockweasels.

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New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

David Austin

Payment Processor

At this point, Paypal is a De Facto payment processor, on par with Visa and Mastercard, but without a lot of the regulation, due process, and oversight those two are subject to.

That allows them to treat customers and sellers unfairly, like freezing accounts almost on a whim, and making up policy on the fly, like the Smashed up violin case.

At this size and scale, they have a lot of power, and I think that regulations should catch up with them, and at bare minimum, treat them the same as Visa and Mastercard. Probably not too good for Paypal, as it will eat into compliance and profits, but good for just about everyone else.

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Javapocalypse soon! Oracle warns devs to bin plugins, fast

David Austin

Re: Won't someone please think of the Enterprise!

If both say no?

Only choices really are to sandbox an older web browser/OS, lock it down to only communicate with said legacy kit/site, and add multi layer security over the top.

OR:

Take a chance with a known, insecure plugin/application vs. the LAN/WAN, and hope you get away with it.

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David Austin

Flash Support

Whhhhhhhhhhhy?

Of all the Plugins, that's the one that needs to die, Die, DIE.

Hope to god they're at least planning to sandbox it to high heavens

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Update or shut up: Microsoft's choice for desktop Skypers

David Austin

Meh

Moved to Discord last year for IM's and not looked back, as I tend to hang wither gaming crowds and they all jumped over with me.

It is genuinely refreshing to have a client that I like using rather than seeing as a necessary evil: Just like the good ol' Windows messenger days.

Video calling's coming in Discord later this year: Can't see Skype sticking around on my desktop after that happens.

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GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

David Austin

Refreshingly Honest

That must have been a very painful document to write, but it's a great real live scenario and a future test case - How many people have screwed up backups and kept quite and vague about it for operational reasons or pride?

Hopefully, someone will learn a lesson from this, but I won't hold my breath.

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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

David Austin

Dunno, Man

I can only offhand remember one other time Apple implicitly admitted they made a mistake, and backed down: the 3rd Generation iPod Shuffle. They went from 4 way Button on device > No button on device (Meaning like iPhone 7, speciality headphones are required) > 4 way button on the device

Other than that, Apply normally power through whatever they want, and drag the surprisingly sticky market with them: I can't think of any other company the could get away with their premium laptop and premium phone, together costing at least £1,500, not coming with a cable to talk to each other by default (USB-C to Lightning)

At this point, I think they'll stick to their guns, and our old 3.5mm friend's gone for good. The only tangible change I expect this to have on apple is they won't drop the adaptor in the box just yet...

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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

David Austin

Re: Numbers

One of the coolest things XKCD Has taught me is that has a proper name: Femi Estimation.

https://what-if.xkcd.com/84/

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Machine-learning boffins 'summon demons' in AI to find exploitable bugs

David Austin

Re: I thought this was a Laundry Files story

Has someone got Angleton on speed dial?

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Adobe's naughty Chrome telemetry code had XSS problem

David Austin

God Fucking Damnit Adobe

I Hate you I hate you I hate you with every fibre of my being, and If it was within my power, I would unmake everything you wrought at the atomic level.

Get your shit together.

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Apple vs. Samsung goes back to court, again, to re-assess the value of a rounded corner

David Austin

Surely

You start with π, then decide how many zeroes you out on the end?

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McDonald's forget hash, browns off security experts

David Austin

Title

I Hope you gave the headline writer the rest of the day off; they clearly peaked early, today.

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Corrupt NHS official jailed for £80k bribe over tech contract

David Austin

60% Fit for purpose is a pretty good success metric for a Public Body IT project.

I'd say apart from the fact it was illegal, it was a pretty cost effective measure...

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Snapchap snaps back: Snapchat Snapbrats' Snapstats are Snapcrap

David Austin

Who to believe?

Tough one - is this a disgruntled bad fit employee getting revenge, or is this a business still playing by start-up rules, and assuming you can fly by wire, the numbers don't matter, and eyeballs are everything?

Glad it isn't my job to call this one.

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Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

David Austin

Medical

Could this be one of those weird US situations where you're pretty much forced to sue someone to get your medical expenses covered, like the Jennifer Connell case?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/jennifer-connell-aunt-who-tried-to-sue-12-year-old-nephew-says-she-was-forced-to-after-insurance-a6694671.html

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Apple drops requirement for apps to use HTTPS by 2017

David Austin

Halfway House

I think if I was Apple, I would have been tempted to De-list all AppStore Apps that weren't compliment: Existing users could still re-download and install those apps as normal, but no new users could get it: I'm pretty sure most developers would have got a working version out the door pretty quick if new users were cut off to them.

As with TLS 1.x and User Account Control, there's more than a fair few software houses around that seem happy to not implement new security features for as long as possible, until it ends up bothering them by irate users calling/complaining, or it just stops working

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Spotty battery life costs Apple's MacBook Pro its gold-star rating

David Austin

Re: Happy Christmas Trim Cook

If it is a software issue, wouldn't this affect the older generation Macbooks on the same OS X Level?

Only reason I can come up with to explain it not affecting the older macbooks is Apple's offloaded something to the hardware (Either using a new feature in the Intel Skylake, or another dedicated chip) in the new lappy

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MH370 hunters call for new search of extra 25,000km2

David Austin

Scary

I Know it's a tough job, but I still find it kinda scary, in the 21st century, with all our Technology and Telemetry, a plan can go "missing" for so long.

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'Emoji translator' sought by translations firm

David Austin

Pretty sure...

...We're talking about Whitechapel, Swiss Cottage, and Seven Sisters.

Now let's see them do Mornington Crescent.

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Major outage at broadband biz 186k

David Austin

Need More Info

Has anyone figured out what's going on at 186K?

Trying to figure out what's te state of play on the POTS lines, as well as Broadband: Luckily, only got 6 customers on 186K, and most of them are backups for BT/Virgin.

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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

David Austin

Home & Business Hubs do their job OK...

...but their job is to be an all in one box in a SOHO Environment: Of the freebie routers given away with an internet connection, they're at the higher end of the scale: have you seen the tin pot TalkTalk will give you? And the less said about Virgin SuperHubs, which block Outbound VPN Connections by default and seem to need a lot of restarts, the better.

If you're doing anything with a lot of routing and firewall rules, or you have more than 20-odd devices connecting to it, then the BT Hubs, along with most other ISP giveaway routers, will either become unstable or be a bottleneck. BT Would save themselves a lot of headaches if they told people that, and gently pointed people in the direction of something like a Vigor 2800 series

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WordPress auto-update server had flaw allowing anyone to add anything to websites worldwide

David Austin

Re: And in related news...

"None of these are terribly difficult to learn"

For someone technically minded or has a hobbyist interest: no, it's not.

For a Startup or SMB owner, who has limited time and funds, which have to be used just to keep the business going, it's additional aggravation they don't need if they just want a splash page or a link over to PayPal or SagePay.

Heck, even a Blogger who's more interested in the message than the medium can use the same argument.

Put in that context, WordPress, with a retentively simple point and click setup, and thousands of themes and styles ready to go, makes perfect sense.

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TalkTalk teen hacker pleads guilty as firm reveals £22m profit jump

David Austin

Suitable Punishment

6 month suspended sentence, and pack him off to GCHQ: See if he's more than a script kiddy, and can become a competent spook.

I'm feeling generous - had to help out two retired old ladies that had phone calls claiming to be Talktalk complete with account details, trying to scam them out of Money (One succeeded), so it's only the fact he's a YOLO Kid stopping me from wanting to hit him with a warning to others jail sentence.

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Midi-archive box from WD stops at 19PB

David Austin

Mildly Disappointed

This isn't an article about someone finding a huge stash of 1990's Cakewalk and Sebelius files.

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Your weekends may be safe, admins – IT giants tout 'zero outage' tech

David Austin

I think it's time for a Douglas Adams' quote:

"The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair."

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Seagate has a flash early Xmas present for Xbox gamers

David Austin

Hmm

Console Storage is going to become a bigger and bigger issue, as everything's slowly moving to Digital by Default. Credit where's it's due: The 360, PS3 and PS4 have internal and user-upgradable hard drives - Wii U and XBone support plugging external drives in, but that was always a slower, more cumbersome system (Really don't get why MS Removed that feature)

The big question is what will happen with Nintendo Switch: Anything bigger than a micro USB Drive will be impractical to take on the road with you for your digital content, but how much storage to they dare put in the systems without making the launch price unaffordable?

best case scenario: it has a MicroSD Storage slot, like the 3DS Line. Bonus points for including a 32GB+ Card with it.

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And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

David Austin

Oops

Sounds like a case of Good Backups, No Disaster Recovery.

That's going to be one heck of a post-mortem.

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App proves Rowhammer can be exploited to root Android phones – and there's little Google can do to fully kill it

David Austin

ASLR

Wouldn't Address space layout randomization be a mitigating technique? If it relies on manipulating next door bits, would shuffling them up help? Or is it a case that this is so level, you can't move this stuff around without the phone and apps noticing?

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Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

David Austin

The Lemon is in Play

Wokingham? I'm looking your way, Douglas Richardson...

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SSDs in the enterprise: It's about more than just speed

David Austin

SSD Burn out

How does the known end of life date of SSD's caused by Flash Degrade (As opposed to a "Perfect" hard drive running indefinitely) factor into the TCO at the Enterprise level?

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Argos tech team updates iOS app with helpful info on 'eleventy-billion toilet seats'

David Austin

Nintendo Stability

Rather have more than less...

http://www.nintendolife.com/tags/stability

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Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

David Austin

Crash Spike

I can imagine a spike in these kind of accidents during the autonomous driving transition, simply caused by people double taking at cars with empty drivers seats coasting around...

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Legend of Zelda cracked with 6502 assembly language glitch

David Austin
Unhappy

Did you have to use Iwata as the picture?

I'm going to be sad all day now - I miss that man so much.

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Bug in Microsoft's StorSimple arrays can kill backups

David Austin

Re: To state the obvious...

Going on the rather.. sparse... UI of Windows 8/10 File History, I can easily believe that Microsoft do not have a good idea of how much information is enough

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Sony levels up PlayStation 4

David Austin

Re: Blu Ray 4K

Seems a bit of a gamble on Sony's part: The xbox 360 S does support it, and the fact that the PS3 was a (Pretty good) Blu Ray Player in a lot of gaming households killed Microsoft and their HD-DVD Initiative.

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David Austin

Blu Ray 4K

Is that supported? that would be a nice plus point...

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Public masturbation not a crime declares Italy’s top court

David Austin

Legislative Decree 8

How'd that one slip through? Either the lawmakers really don't read things they sign, or someone with a vested interest in public exhibitionisem has a lot of power: How sure are we Berlusconi's out of the political picture, still?

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Adobe reverses decision to kill NPAPI Flash plugin for Linux

David Austin

My Only worry with Flash...

..Is all the legacy content that's going to die with it when it's life support is finally taken away: Like it or Loath it, pretty much any Internet MultiMedia from the late 90's/Early 00's was built for it. Think how barren newgrounds will look on that day.

...Still that's something for the archivists to worry about: As a network administrator, that's a security headache I won't miss having.

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Pokémon-loving VXer targets Linux with 'Umbreon' rootkit

David Austin

Gotta Catch 'Em All!

Hand me my Master Ball - this looks like a tricky blighter to catch.

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HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

David Austin

Re: Has nobody considered...

I've seen Demolition Man: I know how this shit goes down.

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Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu

David Austin

Re: I still remember the great Sophos cock-up of September 2012

Oh God: That was about six weeks of cleanup across the customer base. On the plus side, after a few (Strong and loud) words with my account manager, most of them didn't pay for Antivirus for three years after that, which is precisely how much most of them thought it was worth...

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

David Austin

Go speak to an mom and pop Windows 8.x user that's happy that a) it looks and behaves superficially the same as Windows 7 & XP

But yeah, I'm with the power users with this one: for every cool feature in Windows 10, there seems to be a step back in another area.

Related: I'm I the only person missing Client side Volume Shadow Copy since Windows 7?

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