* Posts by JimmyPage

2780 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010

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 ?

China's really cotton'd on to this whole Moon exploration thing: First seed sprouts in lunar lander biosphere

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Why cotton ?

Or did I miss a chunk somewhere.

Was it a case of "why not ?" or are there specific reasons for choosing cotton over any other plant ?

Either way, this seems another marmite science story. For myself it's fascinating. But there's a lot of people going "what's the point ?". Which (as always) rather misses the point of "science".

Baddies linked to Iran fingered for DNS hijacking to read Middle Eastern regimes' emails

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Re: the fully rendered HTML page of the webmail client

If you're using a webmail service, you've already conceded defeat.

Here's how it goes.

1) Plaintext message generated on a machine that has to be treated as clean.

2) On same machine, message is encrypted to whatever ludicrous degree is needed. PGP on steroids,4096-bit encryption, whatever takes your fancy.

3) (optional) for added security the plaintext message is deleted and the disk scrambled

4) encrypted payload is emailed to recipient.

Obviously after that the message security is in the lap of the recipient, so for spook-proof communication they need to be as paranoid as you.

If you are REALLY worried, have a step (0) where you handwrite your message and scan it to an image file which you hide inside another image file before encrypting.

If I can rig that up, surely governments can ?

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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RE: Monopolies restrict innovation and invite abuse

You'd think.

This very website ran a fascinating fact-laden article by an economist arguing the opposite: that monopolies promote innovation on the basis that if an incumbent monopoly becomes moribund, it will no longer be top dog tech-wise.

The decline of Microsoft suggests there might be something in that. After all, going back 15 years, they had a de facto monopoly on desktops. Nowadays ... well not a desktop in this house runs MS.

See also the naive attempt by China to strangle the "rare-earth" metal market. All it did was encourage new deposits to be found, and made already known ones worth mining (again, in some cases).

Real-time OS: Ordnance Survey gets snuggly with Intel's Mobileye

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Personally, I'd rather they fixed the fucking potholes.

rather than sprinkle "autonomous mapping" shit all over them.

I guess I'm a weirdo.

Senator Wyden goes ballistic after US telcos caught selling people's location data yet again

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Big Brother

The only privacy you can trust, is that you make yourself.

Not sure how to go about it, but a rootkit that spaffs random GPS data might be a start.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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Linux

Not a dig at MS, but a question.

How much disk space does Linux reserve for this feature ?

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Re: Didn't know that - which one?

It's the apply for residence for EU nationals "app"

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https://inews.co.uk/news/brexit/app-eu-nationals-settled-status-brexit-apple-android/

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Megaphone

It really is as simple as

everyone who needs one has one. Even Apple. And if the best you can do in 5 years is shave another hairsbreadth off the thickness, mess around with a "notch" (now there's an artificial "debate" if ever there were one) and remove the headphone socket, I'd expect a 2018 iPhone to be cheaper than a 2013 one.

On a related note, and I don't know (and care slightly less) where the blame lies, but the fact that a significant UK government service cannot be delivered via the iPhone (thus excluding quite a few high net worth types and requiring them to buy Android) is also something I can't see the late Jobs being overly impressed with. There's a fine line between mysterious and inscrutable and downright arrogance .....

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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Oh, FFS (again)

Got as far as this bit:

a modified version of the legitimate Lojack anti-theft software

So effectively, a "backdoor" - however provided, or intended - got pwned within months ?

Remind me again why backdoors into encryption are such a fucking great idea ?????????

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

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Re: The trouble with PGP is that

Very few people understand it properly ....

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Have you tried davmail as a Thunderbird <-> Exchange gateway?

Yes.

Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies

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Is there not an alternative explanation ?

That people just don't want to be soldiers ?

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Why Facebook will never charge ...

... because it would render them liable to provide the service paid for on a contractual basis.

And one thing the legals systems of the world have been honed to do over the years, is regulate contract law.

It's one thing to offer a "premium" service which a few mugs will cough for (LinkedIn - if anyone does ???). But *every* *single* *user* ????? Imagine the sueballs then ?

Shall we have AI judging UK court cases? Top beak ponders the future

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Turing test ?

Might be time to make passing this a precondition of calling something "AI".

Could any commentards help by filling in the names of systems that have passed it in reply to this comment, please. That way we can have a neat summary of the state of AI in 2018.

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Yawn ...

come back when we have any AI to talk of.

ICO to probe facial recog amid concerns UK cops can't shake their love for unregulated creepy tech

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Sounds like modern day Bertillionage

will we see phrenology and astrology making a comeback too ? Bet I could get a grant for it.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Mushroom

my respect for Mrs. May has actually risen.

I will point out you were starting from a below zero point - and even now she's still in the negative.

Sorry, the comment about "queue-jumping" alone was enough for me - the other 15 years of her "career" are just icing on the cake. She's a nasty misogynistic, racist, lying xenophobe.

Here's the list of space orgs big and small sparring to send next NASA gear to the Moon

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Joke

Strange omissions ?

No ATOS ? No Capita ?

Ex-Intel engineer tried to make off with 3D XPoint secret sauce on his way to Micron, says Chipzilla

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WTF?

This is the shit I can't believe ...

that the "expert" is somehow able to fly through all the layers of corporate recruitment to land *THE* job which they need (to further the plot).

If they are, then the hiring company deserves all it gets for ignoring HR practices and hiring someone on a nod and a wink.

High Court agrees to hear full legal challenge of Blighty's Snooper's Charter

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Here's an idea ...

how about we give them exactly what they want.

I musty have Petabytes stashed on various defunct HDDs - so they can start with that.

Plus all those useless 256Mb USB keys you got given at conferences, or on training courses.

Then they can have all of my DVD backups - going back to 2002.

Plus a drawerful of not-used-for-years mobile phones (most of which the PIN code has long been forgotten on).

That's before we get to anything paper.

I reckon my house alone would take them a few thousand man hours to find the square root of fuck al. Longer if they want to play RIPA-blink and see if a court thinks not remembering a 10 year PIN is good enough reason to not comply.

If a few thousand people did that, it might stop them once and for all. Especially if the accompanying news reportage noted that if there was anything of value in the freely surrendered data and THEY MISSED IT with an atrocity ensuing ....

Gartner to wearables biz: Through failure comes success!

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And few forecasts can be more hopeful than Gartner's

or wrong.

Another Hancock-up? UK health secretary appears in piece about controversial GP app

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Re: Credit Bill Bailey ...

incidentally, in the same show, he refers to the "mysterious continued existence of LinkedIn" ....

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Credit Bill Bailey ...

My local hospital has been closed down and replaced with an app. It tells you where to forage for medicinal herbs.

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Habeus Corpus ?

Or has Trump taken that too ?

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WTF?

How many constitutional rights were violated ?

She's in for a big payout ....

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Re: Got Linux?

The problem is, if you want to use an @hotmail.com email address (I've had mine since 1997 - it's myname@hotmail.com, not myname760231764230@hotmail.com) then you're still using the MS servers to send/receive mail. And they are "broken" if you try to use PGP or it's variants.

Luckily LastPass makes it easy to search through all logins using that, so one wet weekend I can get around to replacing them with my own domain. I could even write it up as a case study in moving away from Outlook and charge consultancy ....

'Unjustifiably excessive': Not even London cops can follow law with their rubbish gang database

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Big Brother

Remember - in UK policespeak, no one is ever innocent.

They just haven't been caught yet.

Remember - that is actual Home Office policy.

Oi! Not encrypting RPC traffic? IETF bods would like to change that

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Boffin

Was RPB ever meant to be exposed over a public network ?

An awful lot of these "vulnerabilities" have arisen because protocols were pushed outside their intended audience. And like in the real world, people continue using the "not for commercial use" products until they break, we're seeing the same with protocols.

The bottom line is when the internet was developed, the idea of man+dog accessing it was only (bad) science fiction. Added to which encryption tech was primitive and inefficient.

If you burrow into any original protocol, you'll inevitably find vulnerabilities.

The real task is making the next generation backward compatible. And that, my friends, is where the next generation of vulnerabilities will come.

It's November 2018, and Microsoft's super-secure Edge browser can be pwned eight different ways by a web page

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Linux

Meanwhile ...

my Mint 18.3 system chugs along, not having needed any zero-day patches since ... well since never ?

Not saying Linux is perfect, or FOSS is better than proprietary ... and at least all these MS bugs keep someone in a job. But you have to wonder.

I think the worst bug Linux has faced, that affected me has been the SSH flaws. And they were patched pretty quickly, and didn't trash my system.

Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

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Re: Android v. iOS

Apples and Oranges, really.

MrsPage has an iPad Pro, which is a lifeline for her poorly vision. So I have a little exposure to Apples fruitiness.

But - cost aside - I didn't want an iPhone. So Android was the only choice left. Although battery life isn't too bad.

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Re: Shame to see it end like this.

+1

I missed 10, but my previous company insisted that the only devices they'd support were Windows "for security", and I actually thought they were quite good.

Nothing could be worse that the chaos that is ****ing Android. Not only do various system settings jump around in between updates (or worse, just vanish) ... you have to deal with an internet of dickwads who insist on telling you that it works on their combination of handset, operator, and version of Android.

If you've only known Android, you've got a fairly low bar to vault. But if you've used other - decent OSes - then you just have to wince every few minutes.

One UI to end gropes: Samsung facelift crowns your thumb the king

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Re: How about we acknowledge that big phones aren't as usable

The problem is as people get older, they'll find bigger screens easier - if not essential - to use.

My wife has MS, and fucked vision and tactile sense. She's pretty much what a Samsung user will be like in 10, 15 years.

So manufactures *either* ignore them, and wait for the revenues of mobile to drop as the monied pensioners are driven off, OR they start to think what is going to be needed for an older user base.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal firm's original directors rejoin

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Is there any money left in the company to pay for it to sue itself?

Ron Decline ....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PQvMtNnmWY

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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Linux

One indisputable thing about Linux ...

It has none of these artificial "Home, Pro, Ultimate" distinctions needed by Windows to screw the end user with.

I have a few beefs with desktop Linux - mainly over the GUI experience. But at least the core is just the one version.

Data flows post-Brexit: 'Leave it to government to make sure you've got a smooth run in.' Er, OK

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FAIL

If this is the same Dominic Raab

that didn't realise Great Britain was close to France, then anyone believing a word he says really needs to look at their choices in life.

International politicos line up to get shot down by Facebook

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Now they know how it feels.

Nice to see these politicians getting a taste of their own medicine, for a change. Zuck is only doing to them what they do to their citizens.

Oracle 'net-watcher agrees, China Telecom is a repeat offender for misdirecting traffic

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Perhaps, as Willy Wonka once noted

every time they Wing they get the Wong number ?

Already there ->

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: Mary Anning

... Which is why my choice was Ada Lovelace. I just mentioned Mary Anning to show there is a wider choice than some thing.

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I think it's time for a woman ...

and I notice no one (including El Reg itself) appear to have thought of Mary Anning -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Anning 1799-1842 who predates Ada Lovelace (my choice) and by the very fact is unknown to commentards is deserving of a profile boost.

Boom! Just like that the eSIM market emerges – and jolly useful it is too

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Re: It's nice to see a megacorporation use its leverage for good on occasion.

you forgot the words "their own" before "good". When you put it that way, it's not quite so "nice".

US government charges two Chinese spies over jet engine blueprint theft

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Re: «The US Justice Department has charged two Chinese spies ... »

Does the so-called US «Justice Department» really believe it enjoys universal jurisdiction and can «charge» persons residing in foreign lands ?

Yes.

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Re: The US government should fund 'fake plans'

Who's to say they don't already ?

And at the same time, make sure that all the designs you are having problems with are the ones easiest to steal, and hope the enemy fixes your problems for you.

We're Zuckers for a sequel: Brit MPs' battle to grill Facebook boss continues

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Nick Clegg ...

The idea of a Tory Home Secretary having to be nice to Nick Clegg warms my cockles. Especially if it evokes an "up yours ugly" response.

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Mushroom

Personally, I find it refreshingly honest.

Zuck couldn't give a shit. And Zuck isn't afraid to show the world he doesn't give a shit.

Surely it's a lot better than the faux deference folk are expected to show in these circuses ?

Anyway, I can't see the UK being a key market for Facebook the way things are going. They're much more interested in all the UK businesses quietly moving to Dublin.

IBM struggles to sign up shipping carriers to blockchain supply chain platform – reports

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Re: Perhaps - just perhaps -

Would you mind enlightening us further about what you know and they don't?

It lies in proof of stake vs. proof of work

EU Android latest: Critics diss Google's money-spinning 'cure'

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Windows Phone

er, the lack of apps for WP wasn't due to dodgy practices by MS, unless you count successive incompatible versions of the platform pissing off even their most loyal developers.

Apples, oranges.

AI can predict the structure of chemical compounds thousands of times faster than quantum chemistry

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Not really AI though, is it ?

Just a very niche expert system.

If it was "AI" it wouldn't need programming. You'd just tell it what to do.

Florida man won't be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet

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Re: That's if he knows what the "id" needed is.

Whenever you experience problems with accounts that "won't work" it's worth checking to see if you've got some form of 2FA enabled. I certainly know Google have some shitty code which 2FA "breaks" by refusing to acknowledge a valid login if 2FA is enable on an account.

Turn it off, try logging in again, do what you have to do, then re-enable.

Not many people know this. Or if they do, they're keeping it secret.

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