* Posts by James R Grinter

119 posts • joined 5 Aug 2009

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Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

James R Grinter

Re: Wait what?

Rubbish. It should take a maximum of whatever the TTL was on the record you are changing, and that only if someone looked it up for the first time just before you changed it (unlucky!) and only for those querying that nameserver.

There is no “percolation” in DNS.

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Badass alert: 1 in 5 Brits don't give a damn about webpage crypto-miners

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Re: An ounce of prevention.

Hosts files don’t work like that.

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As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

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Re: Rinse and repeat

Yes! I think the lesson we should all take from this is that APIs for mass market products need very careful consideration and design, including some thought on “how would someone exploit this for personal gain?”

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If you read what the poster said, it wasn’t that all push notifications were the issue.

It was a statement that the only way to get a new email notification for an Android email client, since changes that have affected background apps, was to have some central system be logging in and checking the emails too. Yeah, that sounds suboptimal.

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Amazon's answer to all those leaky AWS S3 buckets: A dashboard warning light

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Re: “accidentally left open” is incorrect...

It only takes use of a tool uploading an object with a “public” ACL to make some content public.

It’s easily done: one of my colleagues had it happen with some autogenerated CI reports, not fully appreciating the significance of HTML in an S3 bucket that they could directly access via a web browser (it had a “complex”URL path, but required no authentication)

You can write an S3 policy to prevent public ACLs on objects, at the expense of breaking tools like the above, but it’s hard (impossible?) to write one that enforces access to only IAM users from your account - unless you are willing to modify the policy for every user you add or remove.

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

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Re: People compare apples to oranges, as usual

They don't look like they'd be suitable for running in, but they may be fine for at a desk.

Alas, discontinued- any ideas of the replacement model?

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CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

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Re: Crashplan alternative

Ah, useful. I hadn't come across Duplicacy in my reading since the big CrashPlan announcement.

They could be just what I need, for some Linux systems I have, and using one product across Linux and Mac would be easier (Arq was the leading contender, for the latter)

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Solaris admins! Look out – working remote root exploit leaked in Shadow Brokers dump

James R Grinter

The first rule of Solaris on the internet was always to disable every tooltalk and any other non essential rpc daemon, and block off the rest from remote access. If you tell that to the kids these days...

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TCP/IP headers leak info about what you're watching on Netflix

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Viewing figures?

I can imagine Nielsen, and others, will be dashing off to try and implement this to get viewing figures for their customers that are currently unavailable to them.

US ISPs, with their new freedom to sell off aggregate customer data, will be ideally placed to provide the network access.

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

James R Grinter

Re: Cameras

It's not being in the hold that you need to worry about, it's the journey there!

You see some horrific baggage handling out on the tarmac, sometimes.

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

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Re: Real cost of sports subscriptions

I saw some numbers shared recently by an analyst for US based cable and sports- calculated as the sums paid to the sporting bodies divided by total cable subscribers. The payment per subscriber, that's regardless of whether they actually had that sport in their "package", was huge!

Here it is, https://twitter.com/asymco/status/839495399052308480

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Aaarrgh, zombie! Dead Apple iOS monopoly lawsuit is reanimated

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Re: No rocket science is necessary for the understanding of this story.

I seem to recall Lexcycle being bought by Amazon, and then them removing it from sale because they wanted to promote their proprietary DRMd content reader instead.

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DDoS in 2017: Strap yourself in for a bumpy ride

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Until they've blocked everything.

Or, they could actually manage their networks, detect when stuff doesn't look right, and shut down the customers until they fix it (assuming their contracts were wisely drafted)

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FYI Apple fans – iCloud slurps your call histories

James R Grinter

Re: They store records of my voice calls ??

And I hear there's a thing called a "phone company", that is involved. Apparently they sneakily make a record of these voice call things, too. Scoundrels, the lot of 'em.

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

James R Grinter
Coat

Re: Get the basics right first.

Wait a little while and some scallies will come along and nick the alu by dragging it out the ground late one evening (probably whilst hoping it's cu). Especially with the way the economy is headed.

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

James R Grinter

Re: It is a sytemic problem

Pre web? Did you never see/use Usenet?

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WhatsApp, Apple and a hidden source code F-bomb: THE TRUTH

James R Grinter

Re: WTF is with those "break label613;" statements?

Decompiled Java code, there's no symbols and often the real control structures are lost.

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Hapless Virgin Media customers face ongoing email block woes

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FAIL

Tried to communicate with their Postmaster

But many attempts were blocked, and my eventual reply to their reply was rejected too.

I guess they got rid of their previous team when they outsourced to Google, and couldn't find anyone when they had to (inevitably) in-source again.

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Competition watchdog dismisses plans by TfL to uber-regulate Uber

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Are they agreeing the fare before the journey begins

Or are they still making it up as they (the driver) go along?

I wouldn't use any other mini-cab if I didn't know how much it was going to cost before I started the journey. Why would I want to use Uber?

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How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

James R Grinter

Re: Android 6 Permissions

Alas, Android apps often need access to "external storage" to do the most trivial of things. We developers/publishers of apps would love a finer grained access, and less frightening/misleading descriptions of the permissions displayed to users, but we can't yet always get that.

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Virgin Media filters are still eating our email – Ntlworlders

James R Grinter

Re: ISP email?

They were rejecting emails during delivery, the other week (including to postmaster). So you almost certainly have lost some.

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Virgin Media's SPAM-AGEDDON 'fix' silences mailboxes

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FAIL

I was getting instant "this email is spam" bounces when trying to email a blueyonder address last week.

So I tried to tell their postmaster, but that bounced too.

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T-Mobile US CEO calls his subscribers thieves, gripes about 'unlimited' limited tethering

James R Grinter

2TB a month, though? Through anything, let alone a phone, that's a lot of data!

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No Silicon Roundabout U-Bend U-Turn: Build that peninsula boys

James R Grinter

shared space

Planners keep suggesting and trying to implement it all over, but it's widely agreed by many road users (motorists, pedestrians, cyclists) that it is not a good idea.

it certainly doesn't slow traffic down, anyway

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Re: Freeview Play

Indeed, "and just 68 per cent per cent of them connect “multiple” times a week" -- because the tv manufacturers don't bother with keeping last year's models services up to date, fools!

2011 Panasonic TV here, which never got Netflix and has just lost YouTube, and isn't supported by many of the new Freeview IP based channels. Firefox OS or not, I'm unlikely to buy another Smart TV from them again.

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Golem: Prominent plasticine phallus caught in tech consumerist nightmare

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Re: Provincial Theatres

indeed. This play has already been performed in Harrogate, Brighton, and Salzburg. Up next after London would appear to be Taipei! and Paris.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

James R Grinter

Re: Panasonic 2012 P50VT50

I have a 2011 Panasonic, bought early 2012. They haven't updated the (Panasonic-implemented) YouTube interface that it receives.

That it is delivered via their online-based Viera network - i.e. it doesn't even require a software update - just really grates. Frankly I expect to get 7-10 years from a telly, in fact as long as the picture showing bit continues to show pictures!

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Why Box and not SharePoint? 'Everybody doesn't hate us' says Box engineering veep

James R Grinter

Re: I hate box.

it changed quite a while ago, "Box Sync" can synchronise to a local drive automatically. You still have to configure the top level Box-side folders that will synchronise though and, like Dropbox, it has strong opinions on where it will put those files.

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Ofcom can prise my telly spectrum from my COLD, DEAD... er, aerial

James R Grinter

Re: Broadcast is efficient

Some of us live in flats and apartment blocks these days. What's the tech like for massively shared dishes, if each apartment wants two or three receivers?

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Want to have your server pwned? Easy: Run PHP

James R Grinter

Re: I wonder...

I'm wondering how many know they're not relying upon (php-cgi seems to have been the main recent weakness) and keep an eye on each CVE to assess the risk and urgency of updates. it can't just be me?

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headlines vs. details

But not every vulnerability in every version is going to be "active" in every installation of it. The one where executing PHP scripts via CGI were vulnerable to attack is not going to apply to anyone using mod_php or php-fpm, for example.

Not to defend PHP (it sure has its issues, and it certainly lets people do stupid things), but there are plenty of poorly written applications, or large complex and evolved applications (such as Wordpress), or very widely deployed applications (such as Wordpress) that offer plenty of scope for attack and would do so whatever languages they were implemented in.

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Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

James R Grinter

Re: Technical or financial

An update based off jelly bean- no driver issues for the older hardware- would be far easier for the manufacturers to deploy than the engineering required for Kitkat (or other) on old hardware. That's why the manufacturers should be the ones demanding support from Google.

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TalkTalk eyes up Blinkbox for advanced FOURPLAY – report

James R Grinter

Blinkbox was an acquisition.

(Blinkbox existed before it was a Tesco business.)

We recently tried its service: having to rely upon Silverlight really hurts them, as does their top-up credit approach. I'd be unlikely to use them again, even if they were the only service with the next film I want to rent.

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ICANN's technical competence queried by Verisign report

James R Grinter

"Hello Kettle," said Pot. You're looking rather black."

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

James R Grinter

Back in July they (BT) were also breaking Google drive, with their meddling of google.com

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

James R Grinter

Re: illicit viewers?

I have a 'SmartTV' with iPlayer. Generally the entire TV now crashes after watching one HD programme. Sometimes it crashes before watching any. That's when I have had to resort to watching iPlayer via XBMC.

Looks like they're determined to reduce the number of iPlayer users.

(Also, encrypting/protecting the feed, like encrypting the DVB-T2 version of the programme guide - I assume it's just a management "hack" because they were told not to DRM the video itself?)

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Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims

James R Grinter

Say no to SEO?

So News International will be rolling out robots.txt entries that block that evil nasty Google and their web crawlers, yeh?

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

James R Grinter

Re: Not wanting to defend plod, but

You get a separate public IP address, in a range allocated to BT WiFi (BT OpenZone), from the household users of the BT Broadband connection.

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207 thousand lights-out boxes are STILL hackable

James R Grinter

Re: Maybe more wiring-related than protocol-related

it does share the port, yes. it doesn't share the IP address, so it doesn't take much to realise that you can use a non-routed address range across your IPMI devices.

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

James R Grinter

Re: When el reg, when?

Side note: I had to disable IPv6 on our servers recently because Google's GCM servers still don't properly accept connections over v6

(They do now allow you to set v6 addresses in the access list, but it still doesn't seem to work)

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Mens sana in fibro sano: Virgin Media network-level smut filters are ON

James R Grinter

Re: boosting its broadband connection speed to 152Mbit/s

well that's just cos your router isn't managing the upstream traffic very well, or at all. Look for options involving ACK or small packet priority, or settings that will rate limit outbound traffic to the 3Mbps or just below.

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Play.com tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber

James R Grinter

What screwed up Play.com was the change in VAT arrangements for sales from the Channel Islands, no? I can't help but feel that Rakuten didn't do their due diligence on the deal.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

James R Grinter

Re: ...they can be persuaded to switch to a Mac

Well I've upgraded my Macs since pre OS X days, and brought all the data (and Applications, which worked great until Rosetta was dropped in Lion) with me each time. Usually program preferences too. So Microsoft's upgrade path from XP is a bit of a let down. (Do I have to go and find a copy of Vista to install?)

But it's not my friends who are needing my help, it's my Mum. How do I explain to her that all her files would have to be backed up and restored? To her, that would be a sign that she should have continued saving all her Word docs on floppies all these years... Oh well, she has an iPad now, the PC can be relegated to typewriter duties.

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Android users running old OS versions? Not anymore, say latest stats

James R Grinter

Re: android upgrade debate

For the developer it's about wanting to use the latest APIs, methods, and even the range of UI things you can style have massively improved with the newer Android releases. Alternatively you have to stick with the lowest common denominator, and 20% of a potential user base is not to be sniffed at.

Then there's testing. Testing requires a lot of effort- you cannot avoid checking on the multiple screen sizes and dpi, but then multiple API levels (more than the major Android release milestones), the multiple handset vendor customisations (I've had bugs that surface solely on Sony, and have one right now that only shows up on a Galaxy 3 Note) mean you really do have to test on more than the emulator.

That is, if you want to have useful, working apps on your Smartphone. Perhaps the majority of the Android user base is just happy with themes and spiffy looking program launchers?

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Apple stores? Samsung says two can play at that game

James R Grinter

Carphone Warehouse?

well, that worked out well for Best Buy.

(Ther's been a Samsung shop in Westfield East London since Micro Anvika pulled out. Never seems busy when I've walked by)

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Lloyds Group probes server crash behind ATM, cash card outage

James R Grinter

Re: Tandem

When I wrote some code for "Non-stop" Tandems (TAL, 20 years ago or so, as part of an industrial placement), you had to write the code to synchronise across two CPUs yourself. I think the only thing running like that on those production systems was the command shell. I'm sure it sounded great to whoever got the original sales pitch, but the reality was a long way away.

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Pinterest who? EU rules social network CAN'T trademark its own name

James R Grinter

And just who has heard of Premium Interest and their use of the mark?

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

James R Grinter

Got to wonder what you're doing with them. I've got two MagSafe chargers, had both over three years, and they're still running fine (though new kitten has developed an unhealthy interest in one- it'll be that which kills the cable, if anything)

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Half of all mobes sold in South-East Asia are now smart

James R Grinter

Re: Sad

There's a lot advertised for sale, via Chinese distributors, on Amazon. Many seem to be pretty crap specs (watch out for some that are only 2G!), and the rest - well - bit of a gamble as to what spec they actually are. But you might get lucky.

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I thought I was being DDOSed. Turns out I'm not that important...

James R Grinter

Re: Stop wasting the Police & your ISP's time

Setting up is easy. Setting up and running safely... not so much.

But I know that the author has been doing this sort of thing since at least the mid-90s, and I assume he's kept up to date with what is required to do the job in 2013.

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