* Posts by heyrick

3689 posts • joined 20 Dec 2009

South American nations open fire on ICANN for 'illegal and unjust' sale of .amazon to zillionaire Jeff Bezos

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Re: Why does a river need its own TLD?

...French Broad.

(it's in North Carolina, might not be important enough for its own TLD, but with a name like that...)

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Re: TLDs - I am confused

"Can you name a single porn site in .sex"

I would be disappointed if great.sex didn't exist.

"Can you name a single furniture store in .homefurnishings"

Jesus, what a mouthful. Given a choice between that and something like dfs.co.uk, I know which I'd rather type.

Perhaps I ought to see if I can register the .goddamndifficultandoverlylong TLD?

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The smile thing in the logo is an arrow pointing "from A to Z", so it's probably the only easy to remember word they could think of that has A-something-Z (the something to give space to fit the arrow, else we might be buying stuff off the "Azure" emporium).

EU've been naughty: GDPR has netted bloc €114m in fines since 2018

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France, Germany and Austria house the most offenders

Not only does this not make sense with the article (as mentioned above), but if we take it on face value - do those three countries really have the most, or do they have people more willing to make a complaint because they know their regulator is more likely to actually do something?

Europe mulls five year ban on facial recognition in public... with loopholes for security and research

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Re: Farcical recognition

I'm a Brit living and working in France. The locals (and even the beaurocrats) have made me feel a lot more welcome than the government and people of my country of origin.

Post referendum, the overwhelming sentiment from many Brits (both online and in person) has been a mixture of "bugger off, it has nothing to do with you" (oh really?) and "don't worry, nothing will change" (delusional!).

Over here? Sympathy, offers to help if I need complicated stuff translated, and the French government has created a site explaining the residency card process in English.

I can read/speak French, but appreciate that they at least appear to give a shit, which is a lot more than I can say for anybody in Westminster.

WebAssembly: Key to a high-performance web, or ideal for malware? Reg speaks to co-designer Andreas Rossberg

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Re: Malware already runs in JS

"Like I said, do we REALLY need this?"

Yes. Not because it is any good but because it is cheap and powerful and the vast majority simply don't care.

Want an example? Look what happened to TalkTalk and they still have NEW subscribers.

A few geeky types saying "hell no" won't change anything any more than those of us using NoScript (etc).

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Re: What we need is an HTML6...

That's *before* we get to the whole "we're not on the web, you need a special program" hurdle.

That ship has already sailed, look how many popular sites want you to install their app, and notice that some of them are breaking their sites to make simple things difficult because they really REALLY want you to install the app.

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes

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Re: Those moneychangers...

"superiority which is critical in any major conflict"

I think as time goes by, the conflicts between countries will be less and less (one doesn't pick a fight with a heavily militarised nuclear power and expect to win) and instead will be conflicts of ideology.

What good is a missile and an aircraft carrier when you're fighting thoughts, propaganda, and brainwashing rather than actual countries?

Unlocking news: We decrypt those cryptic headlines about Scottish cops bypassing smartphone encryption

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Re: Just wait until after Indyref 2

"the media as "the enemy" and has stymied FOI requests from journalists"

You mean, just like that lot down south?



(and quite a few more)

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Re: Let me get this right

"but I've seen nothing that indicates any change to the device"

Except the article itself, which says: In some other cases, such as with Android devices, it tries to temporarily root the handset.

If they try that with some of the later Samsung models, they'd better be prepared to pay for a replacement. Rooting the device will trip KNOX which will blow an efuse to indicate that the device can no longer be considered "secure". It's hardware. It's permanent. Unrooting doesn't restore things.

So, yes, there is a very real risk of changes to the device, and as the better phones take security more seriously, more devious methods will need to be used to try to get in. But deviousness has consequences.

To catch a thief, go to Google with a geofence warrant – and it will give you all the details

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Re: Nothing anywhere proves Googles data is concise or accurate.

"Worse for Google example"

I changed the name of a local bar (they had the old name) and updated its hours.

Now I get emails every so often inviting me to manage the information on my business.


Google reveals new schedule for 'phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems'

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and giving users an inferior experience when compared to a native desktop application

I don't think Google is in any position to comment on this sort of thing.

Have you tried Google Docs? The web version is astonishing, like a proper mini word processor running in the browser. You can define styles, set up character sequences to be replaced with others (like (c) becoming ©), and you can sort out headers and footers with sections for per-chapter content, blah blah blah.

The native app, that you would expect to blow the browser version out of the water...is decidedly inferior. Indeed it took numerous updates over last summer to fix the problem where copy-pasting content with a section break would crash it!

So, what was this about browser vs native app?

ICANN finally reveals who’s behind purchase of .org: It’s ███████ and ██████ – you don't need to know any more

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Re: A group of people were entrusted with the administration of the .org domains ...

"if you're GOOD at it, your financial reward should be HUGE"

Small correction: if you're GOOD at it, your boss's financial reward will be HUGE

People at the top make money off the labour of people at the bottom. Topical case in point Jeff Bezos has ooooodles of cash. And the robot person working in the fulfillment centre that helps make the entire operation work...she gets paid what?

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Doesn't Ctrl + make the entire page content larger on your browser?

[if it does, Ctrl - to go backwards, or Ctrl 0 (zero) to go back to standard size]

Leaks point to Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with mammoth 108MP camera and ... what? 16GB of RAM

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How big is the imager?

I mean, 108 megapixels? Surely the laws of physics would require a fairly large imager, with an appropriate lens? How does all that fit into a phone where the trend is to make them ever thinner?

It's a no to ZFS in the Linux kernel from me, says Torvalds, points finger of blame at Oracle licensing

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Re: The problem is Oracle (again)

"Gnu GPL requires that the four freedoms are preserved in the distributed work"

On paper, yes.

In practice, not so much. As any number of ADSL routers, IPcams, and plenty of other IoT tat will easily demonstrate.

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A user of a licence that only plays well with itself is getting upset because something has been released with a more permissive licence.

What was Boeing through their heads? Emails show staff wouldn't put their families on a 737 Max over safety fears

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and the company is taking appropriate action in response

Cue the sound of somebody frantically hitting the Delete key...

Sometimes shining a light on a nuclear problem just makes things worse

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I can remember similar too.... Didn't a recent(ish) Pi freak out when people took flash photos of the board in use?

Bruce Perens quits Open Source Initiative amid row over new data-sharing crypto license: 'We've gone the wrong way with licensing'

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Re: What does vaccination have to do with software licencing?

Yeah, YOU can assert whatever weird terms you like in a licence (some of mine require the user to be nice to kittens, but nobody has ever said anything, likely because nobody reads that stuff), because one can take it or leave it (or get it legally smacked down for reaching into contexts that are irrelevant to that which is being licenced).

A bona fide "open source" licence should not. It should concern itself with exactly that which is necessary for the use of the software and/or source and no more.

Don't get me wrong, it's a good idea to fight back against the stupidity of the anti vaccine people, but it's not something that belongs in a software licence. I mean, let's start with an obvious question - how the hell do you plan on enforcing that?

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Re: Admittedly a fan of a new license

"I'm almost certainly not allowed to dual license the whole thing"

One day other licences will drop the bullshit and catch up with the EUPL. Read it in the European language of your choice and note the compatibility clause in section 5.

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Re: What does vaccination have to do with software licencing?

Exactly. The software licence should concern itself with the software, period.

While it might sound laudable to interfere in people's personal lives and require that they get themselves vaccinated like any sane person should...

...would you feel the same way if the licence requested that the user be a member of the NRA (or a registered gun owner for international users)? It's really no different. This sort of thing has no place in an implicit agreement about how to use software and/or its source.

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accepting a license that isn't freedom respecting

Depending upon where you are, one could say the same for the GPL...namely because the not terribly well defined linkage issue [*] meaning that the GPL only plays with itself so you can't bring in code from other sources (bsd, CDDL, etc) and use it alongside while respecting the freedoms of the licence that code was originally released under.

* - makes sense for Linux, not so much for other systems and ways of doing things.

GCHQ: A cyber-what-now? Rumours of our probe into London Stock Exchange 'cyberattack' have been greatly exaggerated

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Re: I'm very familiar with the matter

"other Fantasy titles"

Not so much Lord Of The Rings as Fifty Shades...

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Re: Why not ?

Surely the word "cyber" is redundant and should no longer be used by anybody who wants to be taken seriously?

Secondly, perhaps they don't consider it to be a security issue because the LSE hasn't reported any security issues and/or they are aware of a borked update or the like?

Not everything is the Russians (alternative bad guys available).

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I'm very familiar with the matter

I read about it in the Daily Mail...

It's always DNS, especially when you're on holiday with nothing but a phone on GPRS

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Re: It's always DNS

Upgraded from a Livebox 2 to a Livebox Play. Got an extra half megabit on a long run of twisted pair that is older than I am and my hair is grey (I live very rural).

Randomly, my phone (S9) is unable to talk to any of the machines on the LAN using IP address. No idea why. But since the printer has WiFi Direct (which is usually faster) I've not bothered looking into it.

So it's not always DNS. Sometimes it's just shitty firmware.

Remembering Y2K call-outs and the joy of the hourly contractor rate

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IT Angle

I was working as a care assistant

(so no IT angle)

Anyway, the evening of 31st December I was working on enhanced pay as an agency at a nursing home near Camberley.

My job, since I am a guy, was to carry an ungodly amount of bottled water, tinned tomatoes, and toothpaste (!) from the back of a minibus and up into the loft. When I pointed out to the activities girl (who was dealing with all of this for about a fiver an hour) that it might be hard to do anything useful with the tomatoes if there's no power, she actually peed. Like, right there.

She scurried off, I thought to go change, but she came back half an hour later with boxes of tea, UHT milk, and several large bottles of butane gas. I had no idea what the gas was going to connect to, but since the poor girl was on the verge of a heart attack, I said nothing.

I don't know what the hell she'd been listening to, but she basically passed out in the recreation room at about eleven PM, absolutely convinced that the world was going to end.

It didn't.

And I wouldn't be at all surprised if all that stuff wasn't still up on the loft under a twenty year (my god, has it been that long!?) layer of dust.

In tribute to Galaxy Note 7, BBC iPlayer support goes up in flames for some Samsung TVs

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Re: Do you really still trust the BBC?

"to make it look it's "live""

Isn't it a bit of a giveaway when they have sound bites from the various people at the end... when they're supposed to be on the dance floor hugging and crying?

I don't watch it, just happens to be what was on before His Dark Materials.

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Also useful for following dialogue in too many "trendy" programmes where the characters mumble incoherently over backing music that is a little too loud.

A person with hearing shouldn't have to read on screen words to understand what's going on in their own language. Great production values...

Doogee Wowser: The S40's a terrible smartphone, but a passable projectile

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Re: There was a time....

Missed? Not at my school they didn't. It was a private boarding school, so different rules which included throwing whiteboard erasers and aiming to hit, corporal punishment (slipper, gym shoe, cane, in increasing order of severity) and other nice punishments like spend all night in the changing room standing only on one leg (and hope to whoever you believe in that you don't need to pee).

Vote rigging, election fixing, ballot stuffing: Just another day in the life of a Register reader

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There was a competition at work

Buy a local knock-off cola, one of them will have a sticker getting the winner free tickets to a football match.

Sounds good?

Sounds better when you look in the machine and realise it can only hold five bottles, so spend a fiver and buy all the bottles (because we all know the sticker will be on the last bottle) and gain the tickets.

I suggested this logic to a friend (as I don't care for football). All bottles bought, and predictably the sticker was on the last bottle.

Well, nothing said (or could justifiably prevent) somebody buying all the bottles a few minutes after the machine had been refilled. The company running the promotion just didn't think it through...

We've found it... the last shred of human decency in an IT director – all for a poxy Unix engineer

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Ultimately everything comes down to the manager


And there I was thinking that the only qualities a manager had to possess was the ability to assign blame to anyone and anything other than themselves.

Open-source Windows Terminal does the splits: There ain't no party like a multi-pane party

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"These days, crashing less seems to be all we can hope for from most applications."

While it may be sad-but-true, do remember that an entire word processor from yesteryear would fit in a single floppy with plenty of space for examples, files, printer drivers, etc and run happily in under half a meg of memory (often much less).

Nowadays? A DVD and hundreds of megabytes of memory...

We are absolutely, definitively, completely and utterly out of IPv4 addresses, warns RIPE

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This is probably a dumb question...

But if IPv6 is not backwardly compatible and is not being so widely accepted because of that, why not create an IPv7 that is?

(and what happened to IPv5?)

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"the prior Boris Guarantee of Fast Internet for Every Home by 2025!"

Yeah, well isn't that basically just an EU proposal with some glossy "Britain is Best" sprayed on top?


Beware the trainee with time on his hands and an Acorn manual on his desk

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"he referred the matter to the police"

Yes, the eighties were an entirely different era. In chemistry class, we used to play table football with beads of mercury...

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Re: Ah, yes. The days of Econet.

"When the lecturers found out"

I got promoted to managing the network because the competent CS teacher was replaced by an IT teacher who was so useless he spent half a lesson trying to explain what a database was, unaware that we'd all written one the term before.

As part of my expected bollocking for hacking the network, it became clear that the main reason that I did so was so the thing would keep on working (because Chuckie Egg) because the IT teacher did NOT have a clue and managed to often screw up user accounts, lose data, lose discs, and my personal favourite - end a lesson by flipping the switch on the fusebox on the wall above the door. Yup, he just forcibly power cycled everything between lessons. Granted, it reset the stations, but the server wasn't too happy. Especially if it was in the process of saving something to disc.

I only thank God that back then harddiscs were so expensive that we never had one...

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"Once he figured out this was going on he did a ctrl-break before logging in."

Then you just need to up your game a little, and sniff the data directly off the network. It's completely clear text.

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Re: You could remap the BBC Keyboards

"for getting the printers to do the first lot of lines for us..."

Ah, yes. Getting bollocked for using a printer to do your lines is surely a nerd right of passage? It's a whole level above simply "doing a page" and then photocopying it.

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Re: Ah the good old days

" was identified as having a station number of 0"

Wasn't station zero a broadcast address, not a valid station?

Older versions of NETFS had the idea that certain stations (something like 230 to 254?) were always to be considered privileged, so *PROT would not work against them. Thankfully Acorn saw sense and fixed that, but that was of little comfort on a network with older NETFS and a bunch of students that tweaked the links in certain stations to make them nicely powerful.

Don't get me started on the FileStore. It was dead easy to get SYST privs on that. Just take out the floppies, insert one of your own, open the flap, start it up, and then go into maintenance mode and format a disc with you as SYST...

Facebook iOS app silently turns on your phone camera. Ah, relax – it's just a bug, lol!?

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Re: WhatsApp too?

"Try getting by without it? Can't be that difficult."

The only times I've ever had a Facebook app is when it came preinstalled, and even then it was never used. WhatsApp? That's some sort of Skype-like thing isn't it? As you can guess, never used it. Never plan to. I get by. Just as people did long before this stuff even existed.

Microsoft embraces California data privacy law – don't expect Google to follow suit

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Re: Take a third option

Half of them are worse than that. They set cookies and then give you some boilerplate bull about using the site consents to you accepting cookies.

It's a good thing the cookie monster lives in my browser. They can do what they want, the moment that tab is closed, pooof! The cookies are stomped upon with extreme prejudice.

I used to have something to wipe Flash cookies too, but I found it less bothersome to just wipe Flash.

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Take a third option

Maybe 35% of what it was before?

Helen Fospero makes yet another Brit telly presenter to win IR35 case against taxman

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Why not? After all, it's your money they'll be spending in order to do it...

Tech and mobile companies want to monetise your data ... but are scared of GDPR

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Re: Quite...

"SWMBO always rolls eyes"

As should we when the females stare longingly at adverts for perfume with a three digit price tag.

When perfume costs more than printer ink or scotch aged longer than you've been alive, you know something is astray.

GitLab mulls ban on hiring Chinese and Russian support staff because 'security'

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How many "WTF GitLab?" stories recently?

Are they actually trying to shoot themselves in both feet, or does this come naturally?

40 million emoji-addicted keyboard app users left with $18m bill – after malware sneaks into Play Store yet again

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Re: Upside down

Probably explains the intent staring...

Damn, what language is this? Why did I have to pick the difficult one?

Belgian city slurps mobile data to track visitors

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while in rural areas the individual cells will stretch for miles

Which in an extremely depopulated area is still likely enough to identify a single person...

UK ads watchdog slaps Amazon for UX dark arts after folk bought Prime subs they didn't want

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Re: Prime is evil..

I have Prime. Get to watch films when I'm bored, listen to a fair bit of music, and free quick delivery for a lot of stuff. For the latter, I've probably saved more money than the subs cost.

Prime itself isn't inherently evil. The sales push is.

"cretinous online chats that don't leave a paper trail so good luck if they stiff you"

Strange, most of my communications with Amazon are by email, except the things like "why was my panier order delivered somewhere else yesterday?" which got a phone call literally 45 seconds later.

I got the idiotic online chat when asking Skype why my account was locked out when I'd just created it. So I just took periodic screenshots. Where there's a will, there's a way...

"Deals that change between you clicking on them and trying to pay" - how is that even legal?

"don't try to use PayPal with a VPN" - I use a virtual credit card with PayPal, where literally every purchase is a different card number. That gets the machine a bit stressy. They haven't, at least, done anything dumb like freezing my account for fraud...yet. And, no, there's NO way in hell I'm giving PayPal access to a real bank account.


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