* Posts by JimmyPage

2828 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010

Vengeful sacked IT bod destroyed ex-employer's AWS cloud accounts. Now he'll spent rest of 2019 in the clink

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Re: So even a well intentioned admin could have destroyed this company with a typo ?

If they didn't know what they were doing, yes. Same as anything really.

Android clampdown on calls and texts access trashes bunch of apps

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Re: Call recording too.

I wanted to up AND down vote you :)

Upvote for noting there are other ways to skin a cat.

And a downvote for missing the utility of an app that automatically matches call details to call recording for archive and retrieval.

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Call recording too.

Or rather the ability for a call recording app to connect the audio file to a call details.

Thus -at a stroke- removing my main reason for pushing all comms onto my mobile. If only Linux VOIP ware wasn't so shit at recording :(

I feel sorry for the guys who wrote my call recorder: https://nllapps.com/apps/acr - it was a really nice example of what an app can be, now pretty much obsolete. It's one of a few apps I actually paid for.

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes

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Lifts the veil on aviation ...

So clearly having a "pilots licence" isn't enough, if every individual airplane has different controls and responses. Suggesting pilots need to train to the plane ?

Was this wheeze from Boeing an attempt to avoid that extra cost (thus making the plane more attractive to airlines) ?

Perhaps regulators need to take a similar approach to automobiles ?

We don't want to be Latch key-less kids: NYC tenants sue landlords for bunging IoT 'smart' lock on their front door

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I thought we'd passed "peak app" ????

90% of "apps" are a thinly disguised (and badly written) needless waste of memory. That's before we get into the motives for requiring people to install them.

Besides my smartphone has run out of memory and apparently I "need" all these apps.

I've just cancelled my TiVo subscription with VM (mainly because it was unused ...) as the final straw was they removed the ability to control it via the web and insisted on you downloading an "app for that". The poor sales droid at cancellations couldn't understand why anyone would not want an app for that ....

Blighty's most trusted brand? Yeah, you wish, judge tells Post Office in Horizon IT system ruling

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Re: They got between £840,000 and £1.2 million each.

From which was deducted the cost of keeping them in prison as board and lodging.

Anonymous Coward no more ?

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Anonymous Coward no more ?

Is it just me or has this option disappeared ?

Protip: If you'd rather cyber-scoundrels didn't know the contents of your comp, don't apply for a Pakistani passport

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Re: Not just that ...

The number of sites that simply will not work without javascript enabled makes the internet pretty much useless if you are religious about NoScript.

(btw, when did the Anonymous option disappear ?)

That's Numberwang! Google Cloud staffer breaks record for most accurate Pi calculation

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Beautifully meaningless ...

on the basis no one - but no one - is going to be checking.

What do sexy selfies, search warrants, tax files have in common? They've all been found on resold USB sticks

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Who is selling sticks ?

A great way to kick off a virus or malware epidemic ?

'It's like painting with atoms'... Watch how boffins form armies of simple micron-sized bots from a silicon wafer

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The researchers hope the bots can also be powered by ultrasound or magnetic fields

Taken in isolation that suggests that the researchers are in fact missing what must be a huge advance in being able to power such devices using the bodies own energy source - and find a way to tap into the glucose energy system (or whatever it's called, my biology is 30 years old).

In the absence of better batteries, surely the next best thing is a power source that can accept a soup of chemicals and turn those into electricity ?

From hard drive to over-heard drive: Boffins convert spinning rust into eavesdropping mic

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Re: the nut came out a treat

It's like Tim Vine was in the room ...

'Java 9, it did break some things,' Oracle bod admits to devs still clinging to version 8

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There is an argument that if Jave 8 code won't compile on Java 9

then it's not "Java" is it ?

It was a while ago, but I recall the pain (and slating) MS got when it emerged that VB.NET would not compile VB6 code - even in a "compatibility mode".

Hurrah for Apollo 9: It has been 50 years since 'nauts first took a Lunar Module out for a spin

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Apollo 13 - blows corporate "team building" back to the stone age

If I were to ever lead a team and wanted to demonstrate what teamwork is all about, I would tell HR to fuck off with their bomb-defusing away days, and show "Apollo 13" in glorious 4K instead.

Even now - nearly 50 years on - I cannot think of a better example. Bearing in mind it was completely outside the bounds of anything that had been anticipated.

That's the America we could do with seeing "made great" again.

Another way to look at Amazon's counterfeit-busting Project Zero: Making merchants cough up protection money

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Sadly, like Google, Amazon are getting more crap

(or is it "crapper" ?)

Rather than all this noise (which I doubt will achieve much) Amazon could have made their site a fucktonne more useful (and therefore get more sales) if they got the companies supplying them to properly apply tags and attributes to their stock.

An example from yesterday .... if I am looking for a 4TB external USB drive, that's what I want the search results to show. Not a host of "1TB,2TB,3TB,4TB,8TB caddies" for £10 each. As a PP has noted I can chose the fucking colour of the thing, but not the size ? Or rather, checking the size drags in the fluff above. Which seems to bypass the "price" filter so you are forced to see it.

Looking for phones also ... no, I wanted a Samsung G9, not 1,000 cases for one.

All the past 2 decades have done is exponentially increase the noise being stored in the world, while arithmetically improving search technology.

Amazon need to up their game. I've been generally impressed by their incremental improvements, but they appear to have forgotten where they came from.

(Have they added a feature to add to a wishlist from a search listing yet ? I only suggested it 10 years ago.)

Eggheads want YOU to name Jupiter's five newly found moons ‒ and yeah, not so fast with Moony McMoonface

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Missing a trick, surely ?

There must be a Megacrop that would spunk billions to have a moon named after them ?

Oracle, Facebook, Google, Apple and Uber ?

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Re: Julius believed there were so many gods you could even add a new one - himself...

I thought he was against being made a living god, and turned it down ? As Augustus would have (except Livia persuaded him it was "good for Rome").

After that, of course it was no holds barred ... Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero ...

If you like your history with debate you could argue that it was the insistence of the Romans on treating their living emperors as Gods which made the Jewish problem intractable. Generally Romans didn't give a fig what god(s) anyone bothered with. But they insisted on worshipping the emperor as a God .....

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Wasn't "Brexite" a Greek God ?

(No I know, but Brexiteers wouldn't ...)

The bigger they are, the harder they fall: Peak smartphone hits Apple, Samsung the worst

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Who needs names ?

My original Wileyfox Swift is still running perfectly (or perfectly enough for me).

The good lady wife is still happy with her Alcatel Pixa 4 (6" - big screen for poor eyesight).

Ultimately there's only so much you can do with the concept of a smartphone. And it's pretty much been done. The next few years should be spent consolidating, not trying to artificially "innovate" with fripperies. Better batteries, and more accessible UIs should be the areas of research.

NASA boffins show Moon water supply could – er, this can't be right? – come from the Sun

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Paradigm shift ?

As long as I can recall, extraterrestrial life has been predicated upon liquid water - and a lot of science has been devoted to looking for it (hence this story).

If it turns out water can be made by a nuclear process (which is what this article says ?) then surely we've just massively expanded the places where life might have evolved ?

Either way, well done NASA ! ---> have something a little stronger than water

Unearthed emails could be smoking gun in epic GDPR battle: Google, adtech giants 'know they break Euro privacy law'

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RE: I understand advertising is necessary.

Actually it's the reverse. Advertising - by it's own definition - is unnecessary. It's all about stuff you don't need. In fact the higher the spend on advertising, the less you need it.

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

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Something not ringing true here ...

The NCA copied the drive's contents through the use of a so-called "harvest drive", which the judge said "allows data to be seen and preserved". The NCA slurped 124GB of data; however, "before that process could be finished an encryption process cut in to the devices themselves".

One of the commandments of forensic data analysis is that the suspect machine, once acquired, is never powered on.

So how could an "encryption process cut in" when a raw data drive is being read, unless the drives firmware has been hacked ? And if that were a possibility (I have no idea about Mr. Loves talents) then why didn't it kick in immediately, and prevent any data recovery ?

The UKs intense reluctance to allow the US to prosecute this case may be related to the above issues. Someone, somewhere hasn't played ball, or has lied to the court.

Autonomy trial: Key HPE witness might not testify, UK High Court told

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All I know is as taxpayers, we are paying for this farce

I really hope someone, somewhere has to pony up the costs.

Pokemon No! Good news: You can now ban the virtual pests, er, pets to stop nerds wandering around your property

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WTF?

So you basically have to opt-out ???

WTF is all that about ?

Banking in 2019: Sure, we'd recommend TSB's online, mobe banking say cowed customers

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Flawed survey ?

Before I start sucking TSBs dick, I'd be curious to see the survey and questions used.

I have taken quite a few YouGov surveys where there is no correct answer to the question. Or rather they don't supply an option allowing me to express my correct feelings. From there it's trivial to misrepresent the results.

Here's a case in hand that crops up a lot:

Who do you think would make the best PM:

-Theresa May

-Jeremy Corbyn

-Don't know.

Now the correct answer is "neither", but I can't chose that. Moreover I can't complete the survey without submitting something. So when the results of that survey show that 60% of people preferred May to Corbyn ...

(I once met some YG folk, punting stuff to my employer and asked them about that sort of thing. They said that they advise clients, but ultimately the survey is what the client wants.)

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

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Re: First remove the engine...

The Apollo one is brillliant ...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Apollo-11-Manual-Insight-Hardware/dp/1844256839

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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If they really, really, really wanted to save lives

They could teach the police to drive better.

It may not be popular, but it's true that 2000-2019, you are more likely to be killed by a policeman than a terrorist. Luckily the UK doesn't do evidence based policy, really.

First they came for Equifax and we did nothing because America. Now they are coming for back-end systems and we're...

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Imag-I-Nation Technologies

Personally I wouldn't have trusted them with a name like that to start with.

Earth's noggin took quite a clockin' back in the day: Now a second meteorite crater spotted under Greenland ice

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And yet, there is still life on earth ...

Ain't nature amazing ?

620 million accounts stolen from 16 hacked websites now for sale on dark web, seller boasts

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God, there are some really shit websites out there ...

Not sure which is more depressing ... the list of websites pwned, or the numbers of morons that sign up to them ? I bet the strike rate for reused credentials is sky-high in that pile.

That said, while I struggle to believe that the six million accounts supposedly contained in the "CoffeeMeetsBagel" dataset relates to six million people, I could easily believe the owners of said website stuffed their user table with six million records in the hope of finding someone to buy them up; which seems to be SOP for some sites ....

Uncle Sam to its friends around the world: You can buy technology the easy way, or the Huawei

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WTF?

Be curious, if the UK has to toe the line ...

WTF point of "sovereignty" is FFS ....

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

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Rory Cellan-Jones - naive or what ?

"Individual operators will be reluctant to be first to pull the trigger"

Clearly he didn't live through the 70s and 80s when petrol prices (which used to feature daily on the news) all went up in lockstep, and you'd here the delicious phrase ...

<MegaOilCorp> is raising it's prices to remain competitive

PaddyPower could do a book on it. I reckon 6 weeks after B-Day.

Fujitsu pitched stalker-y AI that can read your social media posts as solution to Irish border, apparently

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extra CCTV and number plate recognition cameras at the border

AKA "target practice"

Is this a wind-up? Planet Computers boss calls time on ZX Spectrum reboot firm

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Re: This company being cunts doesn't have a lot to do with indiegogo.

While true, it's also not a get-out-of-jail-free card for IGG either. After all, they're the first link in the chain that took the money - plus their whack.

I'll be blunt: I am fucking sick and tired of the mushrooming of outfits that are more than happy to take your money to secure a product or service, but if anything goes wrong they wash their hands and just point you at the provider saying "you need to deal with them.". Parcel2Go being one. Any number of mobile resellers over the years. It's basically the PC World/Currys/Comet (RIP) sales model for the millennials. We'll sell you shit. And if anything goes wrong we'll (try and) make you do our job for free.

So what the fuck,pray tell, was that 10% you were creaming off for ?

I get that projects may fail and that's part of the IGG experience. But that's only applicable when there's transparency and honestly. And it's up to IGG to either enforce that, or bear the pain of producers who don't.

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it

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"Professor Uht was not available for comment today"

For some reason it amused my tiny mind that an article about security by obscurity should end with that sentence.

If it was engineered, please have a ----------->

Windows Defender update: So secure, it wouldn't let Secure-Boot Windows PCs, er, boot

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... go into BIOS ...

so unless you have an IP KVM solution, that's a trip to wherever then ?

Tedious Service Bulletin: No prizes for guessing which UK bank's services are DOWN for business users

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the advice was for users to try “clearing cookies and cached data”

And then turn it of and on again ?

How about tapping their monitors too ?

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees

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Short term problem ...

I'm punting that autonomous cars will lead to private motoring being phased out (either by market choice, or legislation). After all, why do you need a car sitting on your drive doing fuck all for 150 hours a week, when you could hail a podcar within 5 to take you anywhere ?

I'm increasingly aware that a lot of "thinking" about how things develop seem to be based on one thing changing at a time. Which I would have thought the past 30 years would have shown is clearly not the case.

Arthur C. Clarke becomes more and more a genius the older I get ....

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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Be curious if it's picked up at the other end ......

I'm imagining Amazon sending out an email noting the "degraded performance" from your Alexa. Suggesting they were using the extraneous bits for something ...

Are you aware of the gravity of the situation on Mars? Why yes, say boffins: We rejigged Curiosity to measure it

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Porous, you say ?

so could hold water ?

Say what?! An AI system can decode brain signals into speech

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Er, didn't "House" [M.D.] have this a few years back ?

A machine that could turn "brain waves" into fuzzy pictures ?

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Re: Is language a prerequisite for self-awareness and thought?

Well if the answer is "no", how would we know ?

I studied hard, I trained for years. Yay, now I'm an astronaut in space. Argggh, leukemia!

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Turn an asteroid into a craft ?

Pondering idly on this yesternight, and it occurred to me that mounting your BFO rockets on an asteroid, and building the cabin space at the front would allow you to go to Mars protected by hundreds of metres of rock. Cleverly (FSVO of "clever") avoiding the cost of having to haul up the shielding from Earth.

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

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WTF?

As a non Apple owner, all I can ask is

is it at all possible for Apple kit to be good enough to justify this amount of froth ?

Seriously ? Are they really that good ?

Really ?

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 15 years on Mars – by staying as dead as a doornail

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Re By the way, an RTG is not a nuclear reactor in the sense I believe you are infering.

Oh, I know (The Martian etc :) ) but the point remains ... any failure in launching something with that much radioactive material on board really doesn't bear thinking about. Especially if it landed somewhere deep in the ocean.

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Re: Why solar

While I agree entirely, I would be (and I hope NASA and their equivalents around the world are) concerned about the dangers of a failed launch dumping a live nuclear reactor back on earth.

Now if we could devise a binary type reactor that can be sent up in safe discrete units and assembled in orbit ????????

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Rotating solar panels ?

My cheap'n'cheerful back-of-an-envelope suggestion ...

Mount the panels so they are able to be rotated, and with a little bit of attention to the profile, you could "wash" the dust off by slowly rotating the panel and letting it "sweep" the face of the panel as it falls to Mars.

Thinking ahead, it would be interesting to know if Mars holds any possible source of radioactivity that could be shovelled into the appropriately designed reactor ....

Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

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Re: Who is to blaim for being taken by scammers?

I despise victim blaming as much as the next person, but ultimately, these scams work because somewhere down the line, the victim DOES SOMETHING THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD NOT TO.

Ever since I have had a bank account (1982, in case you wondered) , it has been drilled into me UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES am I ever to reveal my PIN to ANYONE. EVER. ESPECIALLY to anyone claiming to be from the bank.

The moment you decide to ignore that instruction, it's pretty much game over.

I am aware there are much more sophisticated frauds - but as you climb the greasy pole, they are fewer and fewer and much more targeted.

Does anyone recall that journalist (Guardian, IIRC) who wrote a massive article screaming about a "sophisticated" new fraud that had managed scam even them ? I read the article to see how the scammers had managed to be so fiendishly devious, only to discover the "expert" journalist had happily given them their debit card, and a few minutes later their PIN in a phone call.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Alien

Maybe there was a monolith invovled ...

sure I saw a documentary about it ....

Looming EU copyright rules – tackling Google news article scraping, installing upload filters – under fire from all sides

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Surely sticking it all on an AI blockchain will work ?

As long as it's IoT ?

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