* Posts by lostinspace

14 posts • joined 21 Jan 2011

The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

lostinspace

Re: So, plays tunes you own, alarm clocks stuff you set and listens to everything you say 24/7

It does - voice is only sent once the trigger phrase has been detected

Hate Facebook? Hate it enough to spend $9k fleeing it? Web 'country club' built for the rich

lostinspace

From their website: " The entire service is inaccessible from the public Internet"

Eh?

Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

lostinspace

If you actually search github for "faggot" you get precisely 7 hits back, one of which is referring to bundles of sticks. The others are hardly big projects, they're all dead. This idea

seems a bit of an over reaction to me!

10m years ago there was less CO2 - but the Earth was warmer

lostinspace

Oh for God's sake ENOUGH ALREADY. I'm not even an eco warrior and I'm finding all this anti-environmental propaganda is getting really fucking annoying. Get a new drum or go and bang this drum somewhere else. At least most stories have a vague IT related angle but the deluge of unrelated anti-environmental stories has got dull.

Solving traffic jams with maths

lostinspace

Can't believe no one else has posted this - http://xkcd.com/277/ !!

Larry Page has painful day on stand in Oracle Java case

lostinspace

I really don't understand why MySQL is so popular. A a friend refers to it accurately as MyFirstDatabase. With InnoDB it just about scrapes into being a proper database, but for years with MyIASM tables it was orders of magnitiude away from competing with Oracle, certainly for high end transactional storage.

ICANN battled dot-word TLD registration leak bug for WEEKS

lostinspace

Suddenly the reason for new TLDs becomes $180,000 clearer. And what does ICANN plan to do with all this new found money?

GiffGaff boots freetards off mobile network

lostinspace

oh for fucks sake how hard can it be. Just put the amount of data on the contract and be done with it! You gert x tetxts, y min and z data a month, and then you can use that data how you like. All this smoke and mirrors so ISPs can offer "unlimited" data is a farce.

GCHQ code-breaking challenge cracked by Google search

lostinspace

It's hardly "CODE-BREAKING CHALLENGE CRACKED BY GOOGLE SEARCH". This whole thing is just marketing for GCHQ. There's no prize for solving it, or finding that page. Storm and teacup.

Google Native Client: The web of the future - or the past?

lostinspace

I'm confused, wasn't this invented years ago by Sun and called "Java"? Or have I missed something?

Anonymous hack showed password re-use becoming endemic

lostinspace

the title

This is what pisses me off, why do we need all these seperate passwords for 00s of sites?? OpenID for all the low value stuff and then a small number of secure passwords for the things that matter, along with 2factor auth, like texting a code to your phone or something.

Sure, with yahoo, google (and facebook?) providing them 35billion people now have OpenID accounts, but find me ONE site where I can use it? Even the tech sites (like El Reg) don't support it...

I'm suprised the figure is so low, I'd have thought password resuse for similar "low value" sites would be near 100%...

100s to be contacted in re-opened NotW hacking case

lostinspace

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I blame the phone companies. Voicemail should be secure automatically. There should not _be_ any default PIN number. I think it is totally understandable that people didn't realise there was a PIN number set to defaults that needs changing. I just took out a new phone contract and nothing was mentioned about this at all. A random PIN can easily be sent in a text message to the phone when voicemail is first accessed.

I access my voicemail using my mobile which lets me straight in. If I lost my mobile then sure, voicemail is vunerable but I wouldn't expect anyone to be able to access it without my mobile.

The phone companies seem to have got away lightly with this, but they deserve a massive bollocking for enabling this to happen in the first place. It's their fault, not the mobile users.

Mac App Store: Developer godsend or Evil Empire?

lostinspace

Bring on the app stores!

@michael C ="What BS is this? There is no wall. US LAW prevents apple from closing the PC down, even if they wanted to, which they do not. the phone is only closed because the FCC gives carriers the right to do it, and because you do not own the phone, and because the OS is essentially inseparable from the device. PC and the OS on it ARE seperable."

Is this the same as the way that the apple lost the case against the iphone devteam? i.e. there is no obligation on Apple to open the iPhone to 3rd party app stores (or enable sideloading to use an Android term), but people are entitled to jailbreak the device IF THEY CAN? i.e. a Mac out the box would be locked to the Apple App Store, but tech savy people could jailbreak it? Because the vast majority of people are never going to jailbreak their phone/PC.

@Stephen Booth - It's not the device manufacturer that matters, it's the OS supplier. Obviously for Apple this is the same company, but not MS. Sure, you _can_ use other App stores, but how many people are going to (a) know that, (b) bother? if one comes with the OS. Look at Android, you can install alternative app stores to Googles, but how many people do?

Personally I think app stores are great, especially for small devs/apps. Before App stores, if you wrote a cool but simple app that people would pay 50p for (but no more), how were you going to sell it for 50p? No one is going to type their credit card into an unknown website for an app that costs 50p. Now you can sell it. And make a profit.

And I think the whole PC software model needs turning on it's head. WTF is with this still requiring admin rights to install software? And shared libraries? Yeah great when disk space was expensive but not now. Every app should come with everything it needs to run (that doesn't come with the OS), be installable into User space, and sit in a sandbox so it has very restricted access to the host OS, even when installing.

The current way of installing Apps hasn't changed since PCs were invented.

Website with 10 million users warns of password theft

lostinspace

indicating the sad fact that some folks

"indicating the sad fact that some folks can't be bothered to use a unique password for different sites."

Hardly, I'm probably registered on 20+ different websites for various reasons. I'll give a medal to anyone that can remember 20 different strong passwords and which one is for each site. I use different passwords for internet banking and anything that really matters. The rest all use the same. Sure, you can save the passwords in your browser but that has it's own security issues, and then you can only login from that PC.

The solution is for websites to use something like OpenID, but I've not come across a single website that uses that yet.

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