* Posts by fidodogbreath

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Say Hello to my little friend: Nest blasts IoT world with doorbell, home security gear

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Finally, a real problem solved by IoT

It incorporates Nest's intelligent person alerts

If that means it will only ring the doorbell when it detects an intelligent person, then I'm in.

If not, then this will have to do.

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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Re: Doesn't matter

If you need CCleaner it means you already have malware on your pc.

CCleaner is mostly used to clear caches, MRUs, etc. that take up space and (potentially) compromise privacy. It's not really a malware tool. Perhaps you're thinking of Malwarebytes?

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Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

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Autoplay

Burn it. Burn it with fire.

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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It's 2017, and The Reg still has people who write "PIN Number"?

Is that the code you enter into the ATM Machine?

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: What about "leverage" as a verb?

Ditto for "architect" as a verb. That usage needs to die in a fire.

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Re: re: Contacting someone implies you were successful;...

"i will be doing the necessary".

"Please do the needful" was my favorite variation on that.

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Apple bumps up price on iPad Pro as flash costs climb

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Re: Android here I come

Or I can get a Samsung with their stylus that does work properly - but on a version of Android now 2 out of date (even though it's brand new), and not much hope that Sammy will update it - or even give me security fixes.

In my experience, Sammy does not update their tablets. That's why I bought an iPad.

Unless you really need the Apple Pencil support, the 2017 non-pro iPad is quite nice for half the cost. Paired with a basic Bluetooth keyboard, it can serve quite well as a lightweight mini PC replacement -- way more capable than a ChromeBook IMHO.

My old, unsupported-from-birth Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 allegedly had a higher pixel density, but in actual usage I can't see any image quality difference between it and the iPad.

I've received two iOS updates for the iPad in 4 months -- that's double the number that the G-Tab Pro got in 3+ years.

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New Horizons probe awakens to receive software upgrade

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The probe is running New Horizons Home Edition, so it cannot defer the update...

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

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"Of the 589 reviews, 379 gave the Powerbeats 2 a 1-star rating," the complaint says.

Then why did the plaintiffs buy them?

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: My list

Err no, why comment if you don't know this to be true?

Sorry, that was based on a recent iOS 11 review that listed Files under "iPad Exclusive" features.

Re Sudoku -- yeah, you'd think so, but you'd be wrong. For whatever reason, there are vastly superior Sudoku apps available for Android.

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My list

1. File system access on iPhones. iOS 11 is supposed to (finally) deliver a Files app, but apparently it will only be enabled on iPads. WTF? The "share" thing sucks ass on iPhone, too.

2. Persistent Back button or gesture. The little "< back to xyz app" button in the top left corner is tiny, inconsistent, hard to reach, only goes back one step, and can disappear if you do too much in the linked app.

3. Contact shortcuts. I miss those.

4. A Sudoku app -- paid or free -- that does not suck out loud.

These are all things that Android has had for years. I switched to iPhones because our droids had major unpatched flaws, and the only way to get a software update was to buy new phones. On the whole, iOS is OK, but fixing these daily annoyances would take it from "tolerate" to "like" for me.

FWIW, I get 1.5 to 2 days battery life, no problem. My wife's iPhone does not. The difference? Facebook Messenger.

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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WTF?

Quite the planning process, this

60 days to develop a plan to get rid of it

Is it really that difficult?

Reminds me of The Hunt for Red October: "Son, yer average Rooskie don't take a dump without a plan." Only now Homeland Security are the ones with the dump-planning workflow.

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Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

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The most hackable phone in the world is the iPhone

McAfee is full of crap.

If iPhones are so wide open, then why do exploit brokers offer as much as $1.5 million for an iOS zero-day, vs $200K for Android?

If iPhones are so wide open, why did one of the most advanced intelligence agencies in the world pay $1 million to get into one iPhone?

If iPhones are the most hackable phones in the world, why does Android have more than 3x as many CVEs?

Anything can be hacked given enough time and money, of course. But given the security track record -- and the fact that iOS devices are far more likely to receive updates than Android devices -- McAfee's statement does not hold up.

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Re: Sick of new

iOS system apps need system updates, android doesn't

iOS system apps need receive system updates, android usually doesn't

FTFY

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BlackBerry admits: We could do better at patching

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Re: Ah well

MS manage well with PCs

Microsoft, re abandoning Clover Trail CPUs: "If a hardware partner stops supporting a given device or one of its key components and stops providing driver updates, firmware updates, or fixes, it may mean that device will not be able to properly run a future Windows 10 feature update."

Blackberry: "...trying to get a lot of different partners who are involved (a lot comes down to drivers, screen drivers and radio drivers) ... to agree to transition to N would not be possible..."

Sounds about the same to me.

This is our brave new world. If any upstream manufacturer of any component in your PC or Android stops supporting that component, then your device is e-waste.

Oh, but it's for your benefit, y'see. Best user experience and all that. It's certainly not because they will make money forcing you to replace a working device. How dare you suggest such a thing?

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F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

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Re: surely????

Don't call me Shirley.

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Re: Coming soon

Targeted adverts on the HUD.

"Click on all pictures of storefronts."

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Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

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Whoa, where'd the horse go?

Smith pledged that the company would not stop until its servers were secure.

A better choice would have been to not start until its servers were secure.

Ah, but we all know that security is boring, and it gets in the way of selling people's private data.

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HPE waves bye-bye to 36 years of executive experience

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Re: Just more shuffling of the deckchairs

The Iceberg was hit when Meg took over.

The Iceberg was hit when Carly Mark Leo Meg took over. The dysfunction at that company started a long time ago.

I started there several years after Carly's doomed Compaq acquisition, and there was still tension and distrust between pre-merger HP and former Compaq people. I was there for Mark Hurd's disastrous EDS acquisition, where former EDS people basically ignored HP. I was there for Leo's catastrophic Autonomy acquisition, along with basically throwing away Palm and WebOS.

Queen Meg is just the latest in the clown parade. The fact that the company still exists in any form is astounding. Any one of the train wrecks above would have taken down most companies.

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A re-org at HPE?

Who could have seen that coming?

I worked at pre-split HP, in what was then known as Business Critical Systems. The constant re-orgs sent yet another clear signal to the proletariat that Mahogany Row (or the C-Suite, if you prefer) had no effin' clue how to run the business. That, and the tens of billions squandered on crap acquisitions.

The sad thing was that most of my peers were among the sharpest, most driven people I'd ever worked with. If the board and top execs had ever managed to get their heads out of the corporate bottom, so to speak, I have no doubt that these teams could have created amazing things. Instead, we were tasked with re-arranging Itanium deck chairs.

So here's to you, HPE. Thanks for the ride on the crazy train.

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Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

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Re: irresistable force vs

My money's on maths

"The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only laws that applies in Australia is the law of Australia."

-- Malcolm Turnbull

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It's funny; US conservatives often deride gun control by saying "criminals don't obey laws, so if we ban guns then only criminals will have them."

The same logic applies to banning (or back-dooring) encryption. The sheeple will use the security-neutered comms to send cat pics to mom, and ISIS / the mafia / etc. will use something like PGP.

TLAs will gain access to mountains of "where you at" messages, pictures of food, and other useless data. Meanwhile, the thugs will continue their thuggy business unabated...with the added benefit of not getting their bank accounts hacked, because now they're the only ones who have secure comms.

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Malware writer offers free trojan to hackers ... with one small drawback

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Re: No such thing as a free lunch

Except their botnets.

"All your bot are belong to us."

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No such thing as a free lunch

Honestly, I expected the story to be that the "free" trojan also pwned the machines of the aspiring botnet builders who downloaded it.

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How the CIA, Comcast can snoop on your sleep patterns, sex toy usage

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It just might work

...how can you stop the CIA – or Comcast – keeping tabs on your dildo use? The team dug into various methods, including:

Don't buy internet connected dildos?

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So thoughtful. Uber says it won't track you after you leave their vehicles

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Re: A very useful feature beaten down by unthinking liberal do-gooders...

You are an Uber shill...

...and an uber-troll.

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NSA ramps up PR campaign to keep its mass spying powers

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It's all in the definition

the agency has gathered huge amounts of data on an unknown number of US citizens by claiming that it can grab and store information on anyone connected to a foreign target.

By "connected," they mean any US citizen who has had contact with anyone else who has ever had even passive contact with any person or entity outside the US -- up to (I believe) three degrees of separation.

So, if any acquaintance of a friend of a friend has ever received a spam email from a Nigerian prince, then you're a person of interest.

Rumor has it that the toilet paper in the NSA restrooms is printed with the 4th amendment.

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

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Re: I'm an old fashioned guy

I prefer my TVs dumb. I am using a TV decoder anyway and don't need the TV for anything but display.

Indeed. Purpose-built devices like Roku, Tivo, etc. are vastly superior to the underpowered hardware, crappy interfaces, phone-home surveillance, and low-quality apps that make up a so-called "modern" TV.

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So Samsung expect their customers to lug their 40+" TVs into a service centre...

...in Seoul.

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If at first you don't succeed, you're Microsoft trying to fix broken Excel 2016

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Re: Good luck with that

Whatever the cause it's a decade old known bug

Hm. I thought massive user telemetry was supposed to enable them to catch and fix problems like that.

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Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans

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As ever

The big print giveth, and the small print taketh away.

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Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop

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Re: In other breaking interface news???

Icons? What decade are you still living in

That was part of the joke, you see.

Riffing off of the idea that a trash can was somehow "new," I took that to the next step and satirically implied that the whole concept of a GUI (circa 1984) was also new.

It seemed clever at the time. Apparently I was a bit too subtle.

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In other breaking interface news

...instead of lines of text, programs and documents on the new interface will be represented by "icons," which symbolically represent the nature of the object. Users will be able to manipulate a device called a "mouse" to move an on-screen pointer. By clicking buttons on the "mouse" while the pointer is over an "icon," the user can "tell" the computer to perform common actions without having to memorize complicated command line instructions.

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NotPetya ransomware attack cost us $300m – shipping giant Maersk

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He says he learned was told by the people who had f-cked up that there was nothing that could have been done to stop the attack...

FTFY

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Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

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Re: My dealbreaker is

if it has those silly rounded tabs and cannot be replaced, I will replace the browser instead and goodbye FF

True confession: I've never understood all of the wailing and gnashing of teeth over Australis. I just don't care that much about the appearance of the top inch (2.5cm) of my browser window. Rounded tabs, hamburger menus, whatever; it's just some shit that I click on to get to something else.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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Re: Hey Instart

I want the sites I like to make money. I just don't want Google et al. having a big profile of "went to this site at this time, bought product Y last week" for me or having to close pages unread because they're blasting crap into my headphones from half-way down an unopen tab.

^ ^ ^ ^ This.

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: 'Darktable'...

I guess if MS stubbornly keeps on slurping, Apple will see more and more people turning to its products again

I did, at least partially. I just got sick of the amount of time and effort I spent trying to protect my privacy from my computer and my phone.

How many times have we heard: "if you're not paying for it, you are the product?" Windows and Android are not free, but they are subsidized by ad revenues and user-data collection. I came to view the "Apple tax" as declining that subsidy -- essentially, paying extra for a modicum of control over my personal data.

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Intel Pumageddon: Broadband chip bug haunts Chipzilla's past, present and future

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Re: Virgin users are screwed

So, technically, they're no longer virgin users...

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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Im considering doing an e-petition making it a requirement for capatch to be used on all UK chat services to stop fake bots.

Presuming, of course, that bots will never be trained to click on pictures of cars, road signs, and storefronts...

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AI still can't understand Doug Piranha, though

He knew all the tricks, dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes and satire.

So, still work to be done.

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It's official: Outages are only the second-worst thing about Comcast

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Re: As far as I'm concerned...

A damn good idea.

More like a damn good start.

The nuke party wouldn't be complete without the Verizon team. Should also "invite" the lobbyists that have bribed persuaded various state legislatures to make municipal broadband systems illegal.

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'Invisible Man' malware runs keylogger on your Android banking apps

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Re: More than the stars in the sky,

Well if you're daft enough to install packages from untrusted sources you do rather deserve your sorry fate.

True; but there have been numerous well-documented cases of malware apps that made it into Google Play or the App Store. Some of them received a substantial number of downloads before being discovered.

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More than the stars in the sky,

More than the grains of sand on all the beaches,

Are the ways that any damn app

Can gain root and pwn your Android.

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Forget sexy zero-days. Siemens medical scanners can be pwned by two-year-old-days

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Re: Fabulus. Some of those are Windows bugs, others are in remote admin tools that don't need ID

A remote admin tool that does not ask for a password by default.

Not defending bad security, but you can see how that might happen. Machines like this are operated by medical staff, not IT. And this is just one machine out of dozens of computerized scanners, monitors, and other devices that they have to use every day.

You can't have 20-random-character passwords that are changed every 90 days on machines that have to be deployed quickly in emergency situations. If it had a password, it would probably be something like "1234" or "doctor" anyway, and it'd be written on a post-it note on the side of the machine...

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*Almost* no one

no one wants an X-ray scanner to go nuts at the hand of a hacker while a patient is in it.

Well, except for the hacker.

The rest of us would prefer that the scanners don't "go nuts" at all, regardless of their occupancy status. The machine could be damaged, and someone who needs a scan in a life-threatening situation might not be able to get it.

So thanks, Siemens, for making these gazillion-dollar machines easily pwnable by script kiddies. Awesome job.

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DJI drones: 'Cyber vulnerabilities' prompt blanket US Army ban

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Re: Pork

My guess is that they dont want to alianate the military companies that provide worse (as in specs) products at 100x the price, but apparently with better security.

And Hellfire missiles.

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GPS coordinates being beamed back might be read by a third party with intercept capability and the will to drop things that go "BANG" on the people flying them

That, and the drones might capture (and phone home) sensitive images of military equipment & personnel on the way to/from the target.

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Dark web doesn't exist, says Tor's Dingledine. And folks use network for privacy, not crime

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as we all know voice recognition is barely tolerable now

I'm sorry; I didn't get that. Please say the reason for your call. You can say things like, "I have a question about my bill," or "I need technical support."

"AGENT"

I'm sorry; I didn't get that. Please say the reason for your call. You can say things like, "I have a question about my bill," or "I need technical support."

"OPERATOR"

I'm sorry; I didn't get that. Please say the reason for your call. You can say things like, "I have a question about my bill," or "I need technical support."

"@#$% YOU!!!"

I'm sorry; I didn't get that. I'll connect you with an agent. All agents are currently busy. Please try your call again at another time. Good-bye.

{click}

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Re: Gone fishing, fishing gone.

Maybe the Dark Web is like dark matter: something that's not directly observed, but is needed in order for Web Theory to make sense.

Disclaimer: Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a physicist...

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

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Re: so what else is it doing?

"Alexa, tell Roomba to monetize the floor plan and interior photos of my house."

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