* Posts by Swedish Chef

34 posts • joined 2 Dec 2009

We're free in 3... 2... 1! Amazon unhooks its last Oracle database, nothing breaks and life goes on

Swedish Chef

Re: More Unicorn Poop

You are Larry Ellison and I claim my £5.

You rang? Windows 10 gets ever cosier with Android, unleashes Calls on Insiders

Swedish Chef

For a great all-around Android/PC sync app, give MyPhoneExplorer a try. It's free-as-in-beer (well, donationware) and does a lot more than most bloatware PC suites that came with the phone, including messaging and call control.

Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Can't say I'm very sympathetic.

Unless it was somehow Sony's fault that an unauthorised third party got hold of the account, I don't see why they should be held responsible for the consequences. How can we ever expect people to stop giving out their passwords and credit card data to each and every phishing site if they never have to face the consequences of their actions?

I still think Sony are evil. I just don't think *everything* bad happening in this world is their fault.

Stop skiving: Computers can SEE THROUGH your FAKE PAIN

Swedish Chef

In other words...

...the Italian national soccer team has zero chance of ever winning a game again.

Privacy warriors lob sueball at Facebook buyout of WhatsApp

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It's in how they use the data.

WhatsApp is a paid service (albeit a very cheap one). In exchange for your money they won't sell your data to World + dog and bombard you with ads. Basically how most services worked in the last millennium.

Swedish Chef

"...and privacy policies would not change."

Looking forward to the next shareholder party.

"Yes, I spent 19 billion of your money on WhatsApp. That's $45 per phonebook for data that we're not going to use."

It's like an 80's rock star saying he bought that suitcase of cocaine just to look at it.

El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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11:00am disconnection

Was it a high-frequency control signal to cut off power to washing machines during the peak hour before lunch time?

Right royal rumpus over remote-control 'RoboRoach'

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Paris Hilton

Even though I agree that it's ethically questionable at best...

...is it wrong of me to still want to play with one, even if for just a couple minutes?

Paris, because she can probe my antenna any time.

Gov.uk named THE BEST THING Britain has made all year

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Paris Hilton

Is it only me...

...or does that website look a lot like somebody let the domain expire and a domain grabber put up their standard 'search engine' landing page?

Paris, because she's an expert at being grabbed.

Littlest pirate’s Winnie-the-Pooh laptop on the way home

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What bothers me the most...

What's the age of criminal responsibility in Finland anyway... IOW, how can you legally do this to a ten-year-old?

I mean, she didn't even succeed in downloading anything, and dad bought the song for her the day after, so clearly no damage has been done, thus there's no need for compensation. And criminal charges... pleease. She's a child FFS!

NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

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Apparently there's a 'safe place' somewhere in France...

...for UFOs to land or something. Girlfriend has suggested that if that place exists, we go there on the 21st to watch the doomsdayers gather. This could be entertaining!

It's almost beer o'clock here.

Android users: More of them than fanbois, but they don't use the web

Swedish Chef

Using iGadgets to surf at home...

One could argue that Android owners are more likely to have enough money left to buy a proper computer for browsing.

LOHAN slips BRA over BOOBIES in ballocket backronym buffoonery

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Paris Hilton


Ignition of

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Snake-fondling blonde nude punts Polish coffins

Swedish Chef

Judging by the "girl"'s face...

...the python might just have been put there to hide "her" Adam's apple and crotch bulge.

Apple faces Italian shutdown over warranty skulduggery

Swedish Chef

This is going to be interesting.

I hope they close all Apple stores down, if for nothing else than a bit of trashy RL entertainment.

Cue millions of angry fanbois setting cities on fire when they realize they can't get this month's shiny-shiny.

Flame, because that's what the fanbois will do.

Ikea to integrate TV, Blu-ray, sound system into sideboard

Swedish Chef

Seems like a rather nice idea, but...

...what do I do a couple years down the line when I want a bigger TV or the Blu-ray player dies?

iPhone photo-slurping loophole sparks app privacy fears

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+++ath0 seems to have a point...

/mnt/sdcard and all its subdirectories on my Galaxy Nexus look like this -->

drwxrwxr-x root sdcard_rw 2012-02-21 sdcard

That means everybody can read stuff, but only apps belonging to the group sdcard_rw can write stuff.

That would also explain why the image viewer works, and why the corresponding Android permission says "change/delete" and not "read/change/delete".

So Android isn't lying to you, but you might still get the wrong impression. Hmmm. I for one always (wrongly) assumed that apps also need that permission to *read* the SD card.

A chmod doesn't work, looks like the 0775 is hardcoded into the FS driver. I wonder if there's any way to keep untrusted apps away from my files?

Facebook denies poaching your text messages on Android

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Paris Hilton

Selective removal of permissions

If you're not afraid of rooting your phone, there are two excellent third-party solutions to this problem.

The first one is to install CyanogenMod. Then when you go to Settings --> Apps --> Manage Apps (or wherever you can view an app's details), at the bottom of the screen where the app's permissions are listed, tapping on any permission will toggle it. This is what Google should have added to Android in the first place.

Downside: this requires a factory reset.

A more elegant solution is LBE Privacy Guard, a simple app that requires root privileges but can otherwise be installed just like any other app on top of your existing system. Its permission management is not that fine-grained, but it has one huge advantage over CM - instead of actually giving the app a slap on the wrist when it attempts to use a permission that has been revoked, it'll intercept the API call and feed it false information.

I've used both solutions (separately) for some time and prefer LBE Privacy Guard because it's more elegant: ...

An app that wants to use a revoked privilege on CM will get an "access denied" message. Some apps aren't designed to cope with this and will crash.

An app guarded by LBE PG on the other hand will simply see an empty phone book, an empty message list, a phone serial number consisting of all zeroes, etc. depending on the permissions you've revoked. It's tricked into believing it still has the revoked privilege but there's simply no data worth looting.

In addition to granting and revoking permissions, LBE PG can also be set to ask or alert you each time an app wants to use a certain privilege.

Paris, because she's been rooted countless times.

Tesla 300-mile e-car UK debut set for 2013

Swedish Chef

Finally a realistic estimate...

The article's title says "Debut set for 2103." It's easy to blame a typo but it's obviously just the first time that Tesla have given a realistic release date.

Have a beer on me, realistic Tesla PR person.

Web scam-busting trio thwarted by mystery DDoS rocket

Swedish Chef

Stupid, stupid scammer

DDoS'ing *three* websites chock-full of people whose favourite pastime is taking out scammers? That's a bit like getting stung by a hornet and kicking the nest in revenge. It may have seemed like a smart idea at the time, but I'd be surprised if that guy could open any new fake Amazon website in the foreseeable future without half a dozen experienced site killers falling over each other to shut it down the moment it's online.

Have a pint or two on me, baiters and warners. You volunteer your time and money for a very noble cause.

Malicious apps infiltrate Google's Android Market

Swedish Chef

Already available unofficially

CyanogenMod 7 lets you modify the permissions of installed apps. Just tap on a permission in the list to grant or revoke it.

If you don't want to re-flash your phone, there's an app called LBE Privacy Guard that offers the same functionality but will also let you set it up so it asks you for permission every time it detects a potentially unwanted action. This works really well. Requires a rooted phone though.

Boffins one step closer to Terminator vision

Swedish Chef

Not 'just' rabbits.

This shocking image has just been handed to me by an informant in a dark corner of a parking lot. It's a snapshot from the experiment:

Android upgraded to be more resistant to hack attacks

Swedish Chef

App permissions management

If your phone happens to be rooted, try LBE Privacy Guard. It runs in the background and lets you set permissions to grant/deny/prompt on a per-app basis. It also notifies you every time an untrusted app wants to use a permission you've blocked. I've been using it for 4 months and am very happy with it - no app crashes due to withdrawn permissions so far, and it allows me to install some useful apps that request a rather questionable set of permissions.

Paris, just because.

Should your system offer Mr, Ms ... and Mx?

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...When I saw the title I thought the Mx stands for Moderatrix and is an attempt to get Ms Bee back. In which case I'd totally support it.

Come back, Sarah!

BOFH: Axe handles - occasionally quite slippery

Swedish Chef

BOFH and PFY must be getting old

Why take out the robot instead of watching it on CCTV doing its thing in the boss's office?

Dell's faulty PC legal woes worsen (again)

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Class-action suits

"But I also believe that it makes no sense to bring a class-action suit when the aggrieved parties know in advance that the bulk of any damages awarded (if any) will go to the trial lawyers"

I hope they get sh*tloads of cash from Dell. It's not like I'm a huge fan of lawyers, but to the beancounters at Dell the pain level is the same whether their money ends up in their customers' pockets or at some lawyer's Porsche dealer. If nothing else it might at least serve as a deterrent to other companies that think about saving money by selling dodgy kit.

Swedish Chef

Talking about craputers...

You win by mentioning Compaq. Have one on me.

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Paris Hilton

Rhymes with hell

The title says it all, really. Did contract work for lots of shops with Dell gear. Few of them had many happy users, and even fewer had many happy IT people. Regularly saw 'identical' models with totally different hardware inside, because Dell love to solder together whatever remaining stock they can buy cheaply at the time they build your computer. Makes image and driver management a real joy.

Paris, just because.

Apple site hacked 'by LulzSec' - report

Swedish Chef

Re: Apple hack

Change your password. Not that big of a deal.


Sent from my iPhone

Drunken bust-up woman sprays cops with breast milk

Swedish Chef

Can we have...

...a Playmobil reenactment of that?


Beer, because it comes in a jug too.

No Gingerbread snack for Desire owners, says HTC

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Reluctantly upgraded to CM7 yesterday...

...and am still wondering what took me so long.

Stuff looks much nicer, there's a ton of free memory, Google spyware is only there if you choose to install it separately, and (subjectively speaking) stuff is much faster, too. Took me about three hours to install CM7, restore my data and reinstall the most important apps.

If you're planning to upgrade too:

* I've found it much easier to install ClockworkMod via Unrevoked (google it) than following the instructions on how to build a gold card though. It goes like this: Download Unrevoked, wait till it has automatically rooted your HTC, copy CM7 .zip file to SD card, reboot into recovery, reset to factory settings, click Apply Update, reboot.

* Check out MyPhoneExplorer if you want to back-up your data. It does everything HTC Sync does, except suck. (Not associated with it, just a very happy customer).

* The Google apps (Market, Gmail, ...) will need to be installed via recovery mode as well. It's on the CM7 download page, just remember to scroll down a bit.

Also, screw you, HTC.

Dolphin Browser HD

Swedish Chef

Was buggy on my Desire

I liked Dolphin Browser (even paid a couple quid for it), but for some reason it became increasingly frustrating to use on my HTC Desire. Maybe the bugs have been fixed in the meantime. If you're looking for an alternative to the stock Android browser, you might want to take Miren Browser for a spin - it has all the Dolphin goodness plus some unique features, and I find it to be much more responsive on my HTC Desire.

EA exec punts 96,000rpm e-car engine

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The batteries come in handy when you need a lot of power (i.e. accelerate). They also allow for regenerative braking. Whether they financially make sense remains to be seen.


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