* Posts by David Austin

306 posts • joined 11 May 2007

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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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Adobe stops software licence audits in Americas, Europe

David Austin

I'm not gonna rent software from Adobe

I don't care how good it is. After their AdobeID Hack (Complete with laughable Password encryption), various pushed out cloud upgrades that have broke badly - to the point one deleted user files (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35577498), and the general poor quality code and update systems for various products, I don't have any trust in them, and rewarding them with a monthly revenue stream regardless of how well they perform removes a lot of the incentive for them to get better.

Luckily, I'm in a software sector when I have the luxury of being able saying No to Adobe. Feel sorry for all the creative professionals they have by the balls: For everyone's sake, I hope (But don't expect) a credible competitor rises to keep them in check, run them out a bit, and well... kinda stop them from being dicks.

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David Austin

Re: SAP!

Not idiots: Just Greedy.

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You’ve left too many VMs lying about. You’re a very naughty boy

David Austin

Re: aaah virtual server sprawl vs physical

At least in a physical environment, rogue developers have to stop eventually when co-workers and managers start tripping over boxes...

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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

David Austin

Re: "DNS Issues"

I Dunnow man - I normally find "If In Doubt, blame DNS" A pretty good first troubleshooting step in Internet/Active Directory users.

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David Austin

Re: 186K

Not folded: They've just got onto twitter for the first time since 2010 to update us: Looks like the issue at Telehouse North will take "Several Hours" to resolve.

https://twitter.com/186k

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David Austin

186K

Anyone else with 186K?

All our customers using 186K went offline this morning, as did their website (www.186k.co.uk), and partner portal (http://www.dolphinmp.co.uk) and their partner support number (08701 222186), main number (08701 222 186), and support number (0872 232 1999) are all off.

Looks like they’re knocked 100% offline: At this point, don’t know it’s ISP Issues, or if they’ve folded

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Space station to get shiny new ringpiece for automatic penetration

David Austin

Re: Passive?

Based on 30-pin and Lightning, we better hope any hostile aliens don't have a Belkin account manager.

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So. Farewell then, BlackBerry Classic. You were a classic ... of sorts

David Austin

The Best.

In terms of "Handset feel", the BlackBerry Bold 9900 was the best phone I ever owned: Light, but solid-feeling, with excellent keys, touch, and screen.

Was always held back a bit as a jack of all trade by the software: I always wished for one of those running stock Android... Guess that's a case of being careful what you wish for.

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Flash zero day phished phoolish Microsoft Office users

David Austin

If I had a genie...

My one wish would be to unmake Adobe. Completely. On a Quantum level.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

David Austin

The trick is...

...To Pick the fights you have at least a small chance of winning.

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Adobe preps emergency Flash patch for bug hackers are exploiting

David Austin

Re: @El Reg

The HTML5 iPlay Beta is solid, just wish they'd hurry up and roll it out elsewhere on the site, the BBC news one being the main culprit.

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Ransomware now using disk-level encryption

David Austin

So Riddle me this...

How Come the RansomWare guys have got the hang of encryption, yet major High Street Chains/ISPs/Mobile Operators/Local Governments/Adobe Can't?

Just goes to show what a great motivator profit is, I guess...

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Microsoft introduces yet another Skype for Windows 10

David Austin

I Just don't care anymore.

Let it go Microsoft - the rest of us have.

Windows (Live) Messenger user that was forced to go onto Skype when they "merged" the platforms.

IM has always been a second class Citizen on the Skype Platform: It's 3 years after the Integration, and there's still a bunch of features not ported over: Custom Fonts, Tabbed conversation Interface Remote Assistance...

Up to now, my contact list has kept me suck with it, but something seems to have changed this year: Loads of people moving to different platforms, so I've jumped to the excellent Discord, along a bunch of other people, and we're not looking back.

So long Skype. It's been necessary.

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New Relic offers security researchers cred – not cash – for bug reports

David Austin

Bug Bounties

I thought the entire point of Bug Bounties was to make being a Whitehat more profitable than being a blackhat, thereby nudging the grayhats into doing the right thing(tm)

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Microsoft seeks Comcast subpoena to nab activation pirates

David Austin

Re: Was it malicious?

Guessing Microsoft have more evidence to say yes, their mass counterfitters, but 2000 activations over 5 years could be done by a small to mid sized repair shop in innocent circumstances: They rip the Windows/Office keys off the system before formatting and wiping the systems, then try to activate them. Not their fault if the home user got a knock off enterprise version of office and Windows Ultimate given to them by their teenage cousin who gave them a "Free Upgrade"....

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Google to snatch control of Android updates from mobe makers – analyst

David Austin

Needed, but not easy.

Well, SOMETHING needs to happen on the Android front, not just from a new features perspective (Which makes sense for Google to be keen on pushing), but from a security perspective too: There are so many manufacturer abandoned handsets out there, we've probably reached the tipping point where Android has lost it's "Heard Immunity" from having a high enough proportion of handsets up to date and secure, that the whole ecosystem benefits, even the phones that aren't up to date.

But if this is Google's end game, I can't see a quick and easy way of getting there: Yes, the carriers and manufactures have a vested interest in making handsets legacy as soon as the next year's model is out, but another big problem with getting updates out is the chipset makers not testing and releasing drivers that work with Android next. Google has the clout to make them, but that doesn't help the clusterfuck of Firmware and low level device issues.

Only reasonable way I can see this being fixed is for Google to Hypervisor and Abstract their way out of it: I can see Android Peppermint or Quesito ending up with a small bare metal host system that virtualises all the hardware and is the manufactures responsibility, with everything above that level in the guest system updatable by Google.

Heck, throw in a Microsoft OOBE style system so carriers can push their (needless) customisations onto people, and they may be able to fix the security mess without an open revolt from their hardware partners.

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Debian 6.0 about to take flying leap off long term support cliff

David Austin

Question

What is the oldest vendor supported operating system still out there?

Windows Vista comes out of support in April 2017 after a respectable 10 1/2 years, but it's beaten by Red Hat 4 in ELS (11 years and counting).

I'm suspecting there's another Linux build or a smaller *nic project that will have them both beaten, though.

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