* Posts by tirk

346 posts • joined 24 Nov 2009


iOS malware YiSpecter: iPhones menaced by software nasty


Re: Fixed in iOS 9


Sorry, no - Apple claimed that 52% of all *active devices* were using iOS 9 a couple of weeks ago, not just of all applicable devices.



Fixed in iOS 9

...largely, at least. From the Paloalto Networks story:

"Note that, in Apple’s just-released iOS 9, enterprise certificate security has been improved. Users now must manually set a related provisioning profile as “trusted” in Settings before they can install Enterprise provisioned apps."

The majority of iOS devices are already upgraded to 9.

(Any device can get malware on it if the software between the users ears isn't up to the job, of course)

Google spews out Alphabet. Alphabet gobbles Google


Re: Tax reasons...?

It's like the ball and three cups game, except this is the profits and fifty companies, two hundred countries game.

XCodeGhost iOS infection toll rises from 39 to a WHOPPING 4,000 apps


"And crucially you can get it from mirrors easily enough and check the MD5."

It appears that plenty of developers were happy to download XCode from dodgy Chinese sites without any checks. Are you really suggesting that all Android devs are likely to be different? Unless they are, the same attack vector exists, and no amount of Apple-bashing denialism changes that.


Not entirely surprised

I thought it would be much bigger than the original 50 or so when I saw that list included WinZip. I suppose I can see how a Chinese small developer might end up downloading Xcode from a dodgy Chinese language site, but WinZip is from Corel, who are Canadian.

Outsourcing development, perhaps??

Witness Apple's iPhone-iPad extravapalooza here in our no-hate zone


Re: "If you see a stylus, they blew it." -Steve Jobs

Reminded me of:

"Nobody Will Ever Need More Than 640k RAM!" -- Bill Gates. (In 1981, to be fair.)

Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy


Re: REM had the answer in 1992?

Nightswimming? Take your device with you and the vulnerability is gone!

Why is the smart home insecure? Because almost nobody cares


Top article

True, funny and scary. Could be the back-story for the next Terminator reboot.

Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park


Re: Dodgy legal ground..

We'll probably find that TTIP will retroactively make these sort of clauses legal and binding.

Ofcom coverage map: 7/10 – must try harder next time


Re: Is it just me?

Link to map - http://www.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-coverage

Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..


Re: London time??

In the U.K. there is only London when it comes to news.

One third of the population of the UK lives or works inside the M25. London produces roughly half the taxes for the UK.

If you want us to become independent, a la Singapore, just say the word.

(Queue the downvotes from the UKIP types I guess....)

Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast


Version 3

It used to be said that no MS product was worth using until the third version was produced. If MS never let an OS reach it's third iteration, then they will continue to have a real problem.

Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC


Re: Open up BBC TV to the world

"I agree. But even Amazon and Netflix streaming TV services can't manage to get worldwide licensing for "broadcast" from the IP holders."

If it's BBC created content, then presumably the BBC own the IP rights anyway.

WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive


Floppy disks?

Some of us remember installing software from punched cards!

We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror



"Seriously, who actually uses a start menu when since Xp sp2 it's been easier to...."

That sounds awfully like "you're holding it wrong" to me.

Pardon me but I'll hold/use *my* stuff the way *I* want to.

Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers


Re: New browsers pop up all the time.


Gopher and WAIS? Luxury! I still use the reference section of the public library!

The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY


Re: If you emmigrate

Do you get to watch the Beeb for free?

Some of it. You also get added adverts on some services, and some content geographically blocked. The ability to buy a TV licence for overseas use (or somehow identify yourself as holding a licence, eg when on holiday) is a not infrequent request.

End well: this won't. European Copyright Society wants one EU law to rule 'em all


Re: Flucking Crackheads...

Leaving the EU (in this case) would just mean the UK government would have no say in the regulations which would end up being imposed on them anyway. Do you really think the multinational lobbyists behind this sort of stuff are more worried about the UK out of the EU than in?? There may be arguments for leaving, but this ain't one.

A better question is why so many UK politicians don't care about stuff like this.

Disk areal density: Not a constant, consistent platter


Re: Memories ...

Glad I'm not the only old fart here ;-)

The joy of optimising COBOL sort steps by seeing how much the disk drives (damn, forget the number!) shook on the old 360/40. Don't get me started on punched cards....



Re: NOO!!!

You think that's bad? Just wait until you have to go to the toilet!

(Red Dwarf hat-tip).

Uber surge pricing kicks in during Sydney siege


Re: Over here...

Over here they can only be a taxi service.

Isn't the whole point of Uber that it ignores existing taxi regulations and screams and holds it's breath when people suggest it should be regulated (who doesn't want to be driven by a criminal or psychopath after all?)

Personally, I use black cabs (advantage of living in London though)

REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control


Re: Properly engineered systems!

...can still fail if implemented badly. I remember being at a client's new datacentre many years ago were they had half a dozen or so S370s. There was a power failure affecting the whole site, but the UPS, followed by the on-site generator, kept the mainframes running. Unfortunately, some genius had wired the mainframes consoles into the normal ring main, rather then the protected circuit, so whilst the 370's continued running, not a lot could be done with them! Doh!

UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace


UPS's sometimes fail, vital bits of kit sometime end up "temporarily" being plugged into the regular power supply, etc, etc.

Just having a plan for when things go wrong isn't the same as it working.

NASA prods sleeping New Horizons spacecraft: Wakey, wakey, Pluto's calling


Re: Beep, beep, beep ...

Ha, just wait until New Horizons asks when it's coming back home!

(Mandatory XKCD reference.)

Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers


Re: Oddball weights

Eric Laithwaite. The man who epitomised the difference between engineers and scientists. Remember his TV lectures well!

Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming


4. Doesn't support Windows Phone...

With 3% market share*, why should it? Should it support BlackBerry too?

* http://www.idc.com/prodserv/smartphone-os-market-share.jsp

UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work


I don't buy the "18 months too long to approve a tower" excuse

After all, the poor coverage with 3G was there for way longer than the last 18 months.

Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'


Re: Apple TV

Yes but you do have the annoying problem of random down votes.

Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION


Re: What tosh

"Apple laptops had replaced Windows laptops"

Nicely edited to change the meaning of the sentence. However as a platform for code development (which was what the author was saying) the ratio is different. I certainly see many Macbooks being used by coders at my clients, even those that are exclusively Microsoft based.

FWIW, I still use Windows as my OS on desktop and laptop to develop and manage my Windows code, but I have got phone & tablet set up with RDP as a fallback.

That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?


RE " Do you NEED 1TB?"

Here we go. "I don't need it, so there can be no valid use for it".

The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose


A fire extinguisher?

For the burning platform.

Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook


Re: It makes you despair

"Just imagine the shitstorm if he came out as an atheist."


I thank god from the gift of.... perhaps not.


Re: Dumb Idiots and Sexists....


The irony of commenting on someone's mistyping, and then putting:

"Paris, just because."

but forgetting the icon. Priceless!"

iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet


Re: Brighter screen, smaller battery?

With caveat that everyone uses a device in a different way, I'd guess the majority of people use tablets primarily at home and not on the move, compared to phones. So battery life is more of an issue on a phone than a tablet, as the charger is more likely to be handy is the tablet runs out of juice.

Citrix: Wearables allow conference calls 'while rocking a baby to sleep'


Re: Not sure about jogging but...

Fitness, and a bit of disregard for personal safety?

A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers


Re: Flying on manual

I didn't see the 'have you purchased your C4?' option on Amazon at the checkout. Am I missing something?

It was replaced by the "have you purchased your Albanian flag?" when I last looked.

It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014


Re: 2 years for my Nexus 7...

Perhaps 'shiny shiny' is a reference to the lyrics of the VU's Venus in Furs. In which case 'the naughty step' could be just where the OP wants to be sent??

(Icon for obvious reasons.)

Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods


ROT-13 is strong ...

Especially if applied twice.

Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED


Re: Population density

Yup. As another example try getting the latest scores from a crowded football ground at half time.

Wide-ranging UK DATA SHARING moves one step closer


Unique combination of names?

Pah, that's nothing!


Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming


...or what it might look like.

A dead horse being flogged? (In the punishment sense, not the way MS might hope for).

Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship



At least none of them would have a problem with the weight limit.

A mass limit OTOH....

How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?


How long will these 'patents' be valid for?

As long as the megacorps keep paying the governments to extend the law. At least that's how copyright works.

Apple's iPhone 6 can REVERSE BALDNESS (and cause it, too)


Re: Only 9 people have complained to Apple about bent phones (and lived)

The rounded corners on your phone are clearly hyperbol(a)e.

Feds: Cheeky scammers are impersonating us in criminal capers


Re: Guilty Conscience

You clearly don't do IT support for elderly relatives.

Swiss cops BAN MASKS at meeting of rebellious United Nations IP staff


Sepp Blatter?

iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!


Re: So which IOS gadget got to have a cardiac arrest OS ?

Version 1 of software tends to have bugs... Like v1 of posts "only semi-fir for purpose"?

Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway


In 3014, future historians open the archive to discover...

Rick Astley?

Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM


Tyson mode?

Pencil and paper. For extra badass, not erasers allowed!


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