* Posts by Packet

102 posts • joined 16 Sep 2011


Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results


Re: It's not cultural cluelessness

Someone give this guy or gal the Pulitzer and the keys to the kingdom.

The first incredibly sensible thing I've read all morning, nay all year.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms


How weak are we to be affected by such terminology...

It confounds me every time - at how weak such champions of social justice are that mere words render them so overwhelmed...

Why can't we just take these words outside of their old or tainted context and use them as they were intended? It's a programming language, FFS, which is, as you know, made up of words.

I imagine at this time, everything else in python must be just 100% perfect that they can now look at window-dressing.

Chrome, Firefox pull very unstylish Stylish invasive browser plugin


Don't Firefox and Chrome check the extensions behaviour?

Serious question (not a rant):

Don't Firefox and Chrome check the behaviour of the extensions prior to publishing?


Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS



What happened to critical thinking / analysis of what needs to be made secure and what doesn't?

Especially when there's a cost aspect to it.


The cybercriminal's cash cow and the marketer's machine: Inside the mad sad bad web ad world


Re: Java off, and on


Avoid the confusion by referring to the correct technology, dear fellow - even though it won't make a lick of difference when we're all dead

NHS systems fell offline for 1,300+ hours over 36 months, cyber-nasties fingered – FoI study


Re: 85% uptime?!

Wow i'm glad you already calculated the uptime (saved me the trouble of doing it myself)

That's rather appalling availability - no matter how you slice it.

Are your IoT gizmos, music boxes, smart home kit vulnerable to DNS rebinding attacks? Here's how to check


Re: No sign of intelligent life....

I got the exact same message on mine...


Apologies in advance, but I have to ask - is your service provider modem also a 'gateway' providing gateway services?

Or is it in bridge mode?

Hint: If it's got an IP you can connect to, it's most likely not in bridge mode and you're possibly doing double NAT

Who dares wins, they say, so Toshiba's SAS drive plans another hit on SATA


Re: Perfect for my home lab

Your local hydro must love you for the giant power bills that thing racks up

First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts


Afaik, jack screws to control the elevator/horizontal stabilizer are common in big ass aircraft (like the 747)

Learned that bit from an episode of Mayday which covered the 747 crash in Afghanistan due to one of the armoured humvees sliding back and hindering it etc

Apple: No currency mining for you in our App Store thank you


Re: From hell's heart, I stab at thee

I laud your efforts to look at things in an unbiased way.

I should have clearer in describing the ad network that annoyed me. Said network shows you a prompt that it has opted you you in by default, and only then can you go to a separate site to opt out.

So yes, at least, they give the option - but it's not a 'hey click here to support us, if you can'.

it's a 'we've enabled this shite to stress your system, but just so that we don't get blocked by browsers by default, we're offering you a way out'

Mobile cpu's (particularly older devices) are not as powerful - and such extraneous load is detrimental to their performance.

Secondly, I consider cryptocurrencies are a scam to the nth degree - a 21st century fool's gold, if you will, complete with the cost of effort of 'mining' said things - and a large number of fools who will buy into it and lose money.


Make sense...

I can see unscrupulous (or at best, misguided) developers slinging in hidden mining code in their apps by making the app free, etc.

Phone battery suffers, users complain, and blame Apple. It's just a mess waiting to happen.

Smart of Apple - will Google do the same?

Just the other day, I got,a browser pop up from these guys https://jsecoin.com asking to use iPad CPU to mine crap (as their alternate option to ads).

To that, I can only say: From hell's heart, I stab at thee

VPNFilter router malware is a lot worse than everyone thought


What I'm having trouble understanding...

How does this thing actually attack the router?

Never mind - figured it out. It uses default credentials.

So, if you changed the password on your device, you're fine.

Five actually useful real-world things that came out at Apple's WWDC


I don't believe they say they sell it to anyone.

Only because their privacy policy says so - and to be found doing so otherwise, would be such a giant legal shitstorm.

And what's worse, it would make their hardware cost unjustifiable.

Especially since they've made it one of their unique selling points.


Re: Damn it

Do it - come to the fruity side.

"one of us, one of us..."

Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source


Re: Still use Eudora 7

Same here!

I don't want to give it up - for as long as it keeps working.

Gmail is nice for throw-away stuff, but for other things that I want to keep, this works very well.

Only issue is the lack of unicode support, but I've learned to live with that

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'


Quite disappointing... selling soul indeed

I'm rather surprised at the blatant data gathering.

Yet, somehow, I suppose I shouldn't be, considering who makes it, and how the revenue stream is structured, etc, etc.

As much as I like to berate Android, I grudgingly understand why people pick Android devices, be it customization, compatibility, cost, etc etc. (There are some features I would like to see in Apple from a UI perspective)

Yet when things like this - I do feel far more comfortable on the iOS platform.

Sure, Apple doesn't have all the answers, and is absolutely annoying sometimes, but I prefer their attitude towards privacy, compared to Google/Facebook/others...

Flame away, folks, if you must


Re: But but but...

I believe you don't have this issue with iOS - the Apple privacy policy is rather a welcome read:


Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers


If only they had come out with this research a few years ago...

That bloody awful TV show 'Hunting Hitler' could've been avoided completely.

Watch it if you have a few hours to spare (and need an excuse to say 'just what drugs are these people smoking? and where can i get some?")

It's entirely based on conjecture - putting 2 and 2 together and getting 22.

Not to give anything away, but my favorite WTF bit was an old intelligence snippet mentioning someone openly wanting to get into the US selling information to the then OSS claiming Hitler was in South America - sure, no bias for bad intel there at all, buddy.

On the more retrospective side, you'll get to see how easily people can be duped by their own beliefs... far from the OS wars to something more tangible, so to speak.

Supercycle to su-'meh'-cycle: Apple iPhone warehouses heave with unsold Notches


I think the lack of peripherals doesn't help (how much i don't know)

For instance, where is that bloody AirPower mat?

Drop the price on the sodding thing while you're at it too

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain


Re: Love reading about this splendid machine

Ooh fascinating - something to read on this quiet boring day.

Muchos gracias, amigo


Love reading about this splendid machine

Though I do dislike all the whinging about the noise.

I fondly recall what Kelly Johnson / Ben Rich of SR-71 fame said to a local municipality while defending their brainchild, it's "the sound of freedom".

Another book recommendation is "Champagne on the edge of space" written by a flight attendant on the Concorde (and it mentions the flight engineer hat being stuck in between the expanding spaces too)

Students: Duh, of course we're blowing our loan bucks on crypto coins



BOFH: Honourable misconduct


Rik Mayall would have made such an amazing BoFh...

He had the sadism and wheeling dealing down pat in The New Statesman.

Why did you have to die, you magnificent b'stard

Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)


Re: I still own an iPhone 6 plus

thought about getting the battery replaced for the low promo price while you still can?

Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird


I'm amazed at the audacity and sheer stupidity of some people.

It's a wild fucking animal - and a reasonably big one too.

Putting aside the obvious animal cruelty aspects - if that thing decided to attack other people in mid-air in a confined metal tube, it has the potential to do some serious harm.

Idiots... we're surrounded by idiots...

You had one job, Outlook! Security bug fix stops mail app from forwarding attachments


I also recall it being called 'Outhouse'

Which does fit the bill rather well....

Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user


Re: I hate iOS - but......

I believe you can either put the files in VLC - download directly to VLC.

Option 2: Use the Files app (and put the files there - though I don't think VLC has been updated to access that Files bit yet)

Up, up and a-weigh! Boeing flies cargo drone with 225kg payload


I love this!

https://www.aerones.com/eng/news/?text_id=18 has video of a jumper being lifted to 330 metres - from where he then deploys using a BASE rig.

Oh the possibilities, the possibilities!

Audio tweaked just 0.1% to fool speech recognition engines


I am not surprised by this.

What disturbs me is how many banks have shifted to voice print identification for their telephone systems.

And unlike say a consumer version like Siri, the telephone banking system can't be trained to recognize your voice (or maybe it is?) I use Siri as an example of something that learns your voice the more you use it.

I get the motivation though - every CTO, etc is looking for the next great cure-all for all the security shite of IT, and so they jump onto the newest flavour of the month.

Telephone banking is definitely insecure - to just rely upon a PIN of 3-5 digits, so along comes voice recognition - and it sounds very Star Trek like too.

But in the meantime, they ignore their web/app banking security... (I know of a bank that for the longest time, did not differentiate between upper-case and lower-case passwords...)

US authorities issue strongly worded warnings about crypto-investments


You mean to tell me you aren't enjoying millennials smugly telling you that it's different this time as they pontificate their self-professed economic and financial wizardry?

As Danny Glover aptly put it in the Lethal Weapon series, I'm getting too old for this shit.

Most recently, I read of someone claiming the school of Austrian economics as their guiding light in/for cryptocurrency.

Google's Project Zero reveals Apple jailbreak exploit


Doesn't seem to be that critical. In the sense that nobody is going to suddenly break into your phone remotely and make it start tearing up your pocket.

They do say iOS 11.2 fixes it all - but from what I've read, it's a pig's breakfast of an update (though that could just be internet hyperbole)

Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers


To use an urban colloqualism, "bitch be cray"

O Christmas wreath, O Christmas wreath, thy potent skunk's in bunches


A High holy day?

I thought the high holy days are a Judaism thing

No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'


Re: I was driving behind an Audi TFSi the other day...

I just looked up what it means - and I prefer your version.

I always figured the T meant 'turbo' and the I meant 'injection' but I never really thought beyond that.

Apple sprays down bug-ridden iOS 11 with more fixes


Re: Can you please...

You need a Mac to create a profile that will then stop forcing you to upgrade.

This site walks you through it:


There were some public sites that allowed you to do this, but a couple I tried seem to be down at the moment. More's the pity. Be a good fellow and set one up, will you?

Quentin Tarantino in talks to make Star Trek movie


Spock quoting a Vulcan version of Ezekiel 25:17?

I'd pay to see that

"the path of the logical man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men..."

Apple iOS 11 security 'downgrade' decried as 'horror show'


Re: What The AF?


You get it - there's nothing to see here.

But some pillock did downvote you in their mad fruity hate


Re: I don't get this article at all.

After going through the Apple support document, what I've managed to figure out is this:

You set a password on your iTunes backup in iTunes - this password is different from your phone passcode/passphrase - it's only for the iTunes backup.

It does not affect the passcode/passphrase on your iPhone/iPad.

Furthermore, this passcode is then used for all subsequent backups for that device on iTunes

Without that password, you cannot restore that backup.

I am guessing the issue is this encrypted backup policy might apply to any computer running iTunes that the device syncs with - not 100% sure on that though,

But in iOS 11, they've allowed a reset of the backup password to allow creating a new backup 'volume' - still can't touch the old encrypted backup. That's gone forever.

But now they allow creating a new backup password and doing a new backup (and a new restore, if necessary).

That makes sense actually - why be locked out in perpetuity for an old backup set that you can delete and never use?


I don't get this article at all.

The only thing that makes sense is the Twitter rebuttal.

Everything else is sheer WTF-ery.

I restored a password-encrypted iOS 11 backup from one device to another using iTunes and there was no way to reset the password without unlocking the device as usual.

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen


UBI to me begs the questions: "where does this money come from? Who dispenses it?"

Answer: the government from tax revenues / nationalized industry the products of which it sells (mostly outside its border to a non UBI state or perhaps locally if it's just more than break-even.

Basically, comes down to a government / state controlling everything you do - and the gradual erosion of personal choices and liberties as they're seen to be at a higher cost, etc.

No, thank you - I refuse to live in such a dystopian world.

It's 2017 – and your Windows PC can be forced to run malware-stuffed Excel macros


I can't help but feel self-satisfied and yet disheartened at the world of software every time I hear/read of a Adobe Flash / Adobe PDF Reader vulnerability.

Self-satisfied because I ditched that rubbish about 3 odd years ago (Flash is unnecessary and in-browser PDF renderer is perfectly fine when needed)

Disheartened because it brings into sharp focus the issues of software quality in the world...


Re: Dear MS, you suck arse.

An excellent example of why MS is becoming less popular in the enterprise and with home users too.

Despite the sheer UI mish-mash that is Windows 8-10, it's the maintenance / attacked by something / cleanup after aspect that has become way too cumbersome.

They've lost the mobile war - portable hardware aka Surface next to follow...

Coinhive crypto-jacking increasingly pops up in top 3 million websites


Genie out of the bottle

Now that drive by crypto-mining is possible with js, i think the next step may be for browser manufacturers to detect this type of js functionality and block it from running...

that's my guess anyway

Over a million Android users fooled by fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store


Oh the joys of beholding the cesspool that is Android and the Google Play Store...

(go ahead and downvote, you know it's true)

For fanbois only? Face ID is turning punters off picking up an iPhone X


Re: I was using FaceId (or whatever)

I'm willing to bet money Apple customers do NOT want an SD slot.

Even the Android lot have gone away from it.

It's just another form of media that can go bad / be lost anytime and take your data with it.

Much better / simpler to send that data to a cloud provider - either vendor provided or third-party.

Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless


On the subject of cars, what I find quite interesting (and a little distressing) is how the boot (or trunk for us colonials) has a mechanism allowing it to be unlocked from the inside.

Rather puts a damper on the entire gangster bit of stuffing some squealer in there while one drives to the landfill/secluded area of choice.

This in turn always reminds me of the scene with De Niro in Analyze This(?) where he expounds on the large size allowing many bodies to be fit inside..

Man: Just 18 Bitcoin babies and my home is yours


What I don't understand...

How do you convert the bitcoins to the local currency of your domicile - so you can actually buy stuff?

Or does the grocer accept BTC now?

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers


Seen this issue on both Nvidia and Intel.

But graphics driver issue...tell me more ...


Re: I often wonder...

Logged into a default install of 2012R2 from the IT dept - it has the GUI - not the core piece.

The developer who I was helping couldn't figure out where everything/anything was - log off, restart, etc - I

gotta say - when a GUI is not intuitive, it's failed.

The abomination that is a GUI in 2012R2 qualifies...


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