* Posts by Jamie Jones

2605 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: uninstall Edge

:-)

I'm just waiting to see how long before you can use it to read email

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Re: So, do you really TRUST AZURE?

Ever thought of being a salesman? :-)

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Re: uninstall Edge

what if you don't want UWP?

Sigh.. What happened to the days when the OS was the OS, and the programs you ran on that OS were up to you?

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** BREAKING NEWS **

A super futuristic operating system launches next year that allows you to remove programs installed on your own computer.

Damn liberals will next be saying I have the freedom to use it when I want too...

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WD shoots out 96-layer embedded flash chips

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Re: Still measured in Gigabytes?

Well, wish.com and amazon.co.uk sell flash thumb drives with 2Tb capacity for under £20!

Apparently these companies are above the law now...

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Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

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Re: TANSTAAFL

I find these two societal trends quite disturbing. We should expect to pay for things that we receive that are of value, and when we are at work, we should expect to be working.

There are lots of free emai services out there. It's not unreasonable therefore to ask around for any suggestions on a "free or low cost mail solution"

It's completely different to the never-ending comments you see on android apps saying things like:

- "this game is a con. i loved the first level, but why should we have to pay to play the other"?

- Game would be brilliant if it was free. 1 star.

- I appreciate the amount of work that must have gone into this app, but it would be much fairer if we got daily tokens rather than having to pay real money for them.

<cheapshot>Incidentally, how much did you pay for Linux ? ;-) </cheapshot>

As for the 'personal mail on work time' - yes, if people are taking the piss. But you can't assume that of dropbear, indeed, i'd assume most people here would not take the piss, and work for people who treat them as such.

I can look at non-work related websites in work, make and receive personal phone calls, and my boss doesn't give a crap. Probably because he also knows that if the shit hits that fan at 4.59pm, i won't be rushing out the door at 5:00.00 - it works both ways, and I wouldn't work in an environment where I have it any other way.

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yep, I remember at one stage they tried to discourage that (something about losing their trade-mark???) whilst when bing was launched, they actively tried to get people to 'just bing it".

But yeah, many (including me!) say "it's googleable" or "just google it", when i mean just-use-search-engine-of-your-choice!

Anyway, must go, the sellotape came off my biro, so now I have to hoover up the mess!

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I think as long as there's an obvious "search" box, and the page layout is similar, most people would use it whether it was bing/ddg/anything else, yet they'd still call it 'google'!

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Re: Is this a joke?

I think there's a professional drive-by downvoter, as is often the case when it's a Google or MS story.

Yeah, seems like it.. And there was me thinking I was special enough to get my own anti-stalker!

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Re: Is this a joke?

Then use a mailer that doesn't use "web based authentication'

I'd say that I've NEVER had any issues with aquamail, which i've used daily for years.... but if I do, you'll probably downvote me again!

And I don't care if loads of people are complaining. It just means they are doing it wrong.

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Have you tried AquaMail?

I find it so much better than K9

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Re: Is this a joke?

As for GMail, Google has been trying everything to nail their GMail shut. They even invented their own authentication mechanism just to break competing e-mail clients. Most new clients can deal with it again, but Google will simply keep blocking your client randomly, bombarding you with “Suspicious sign in prevented” messages.

That's a bit unfair. They did switch to oauth 2 which obviously didn't work with non-oauth2 imap clients, but they still let you "downgrade" your account to allow the usual user/password authentication.

And the oauth2 stuff is a standard, and well documented: https://developers.google.com/gmail/imap/xoauth2-protocol

https://developers.google.com/gmail/api/auth/web-server

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Is your issue with the service, or the apps?

gmail offers imap access, so works with third-party software (on android, i'd recommend 'aquamail') which still does the usual alerts, uses gmail (and others if necessary) but isn't a 'toy' like the gmail app.

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Re: Hugh Jorgen

I used to know someone whose real name is Richard Large...

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In the two years since Dyn went dark, what have we learned? Not much, it appears

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Re: Bind/Named

[ Not directed to crazy ops guy ]

A PI will comfortably run "unbound". Hell, if your router has ssh access, you could install it there.

https://www.nlnetlabs.nl/projects/unbound/about/

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Re: I just built my own root dns server.

Very much this. I don't know why anyone who reads El Reg and decides not to use the ISP's servers does anything else.

FreeBSD even works this way out of the box.

"Public" DNS Severs are a concept that make dns purists barf.

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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a tool for folks who have filled their hard drive and wanted new files destined for their Desktop, Documents, Pictures, Videos, Camera Roll, and other such default directories to be stored on another device, such as in D:\user. You can keep saving files into the usual Downloads folder, for instance, and it's actually saved on another drive with free space, in other words.

It's 2018, and operating systems still use hacks like this to use multiple disks?

I thought this sort of hackery was just done on Android these days! (*)

(*) Loyal android user, but damn, that data / FAT formatted internal_sd / external_sd with broken kludges to get around FAT lack of file ownership / .android_secure *.asec mount bullshit is horrifying - and I know this ain't a Linux restriction.

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Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Re: Buy Anecdote Industries AI

N.B. I wouldn't touch the power in a Yankee DC with yours.

Why not? (Not a criticism of you or America, i've never been in an American DC and am curious to what the issue is!)

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That was always a bug bear for me. If you're too cold, put a jumper on.. I could hardly take my shirt off....

When I worked in London, I eventually got moved to my own office, with it's own aircon, so I could have it at a comfortable 17 whilst the main room toasted at 23+ with its air "con" ..

Even my boss was left in the open-plan area.

Some visitors actually thought I was important!

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Re: is that it?

Yes, instead of being a circuit the cable they found was in fact a switch. The Big Red Button just connected the 'Live' wire to the 'Neutral' wire, so when the projector was connected between the 'Live' and 'Nautral' wires, turning the projector on acted the same way as the old switch.

Ahhhhh, thanks for that!

Like "GNoMe", I was wondering why the article finished prematurely!

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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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It's not April 1st, is it?

Look up "hagiography" in the dictionary and this article will be the definition.

Seriously? You wrote that? To coin a phrase, it's not April 1st, is it?

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Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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"Apple's denial is typical Apple. Reflecting its superiority complex"

There goes the big exclusive apple were going to give you (!)

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'Desperate' North Korea turns to bank hacking sprees to rake in much-needed dosh

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Re: You have seen the future, and it is Now

Well, it's one way we can mitigate brexit.....

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MIMEsweeper maker loses UK High Court patent fight over 15-year-old bulletin board post

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What the patent describes...

Follow the standards. Cope with deviations from the standards. Follow the standards to extract, and parse the mail headers, and the mime attachments.

If email restruction is necessary, use the standards to do it.

It's parsing a mime message (like mail reader software does), and scanning it (like virus software does)

How are those steps anything patentable?

What am I missing?

If anyone owns anything on this it's the people who wrote the MIME spec.!

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Desktop Telegram users showing off not only their silly selfies but also their IP addresses

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Re: What legitimate use is there to hide the recpients address?

So, if I phone a fellow activist, and their phone is confiscated, then the authorities can get my IP.. Ok, that makes sense, but if things were that dicey, I wouldn't trust my IP to a third party either.

Seeing that the number you are calling - not the one you are calling from - is the one revealed, it could be worse.

Oh well, glad they've fixed it anyway. Guess I'll never make a good spy (or is that what I would say?)

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Ok, it's late, but.... huh?

In other breaking news, it's been discovered that when you phone someone, you know their number.

Obviously in a p2p call you're going to know the other persons IP address - logging or no logging.

What difference does it make to security that I know who I'm calling, as long as the end-to-end encryption is sound?

What legitimate use is there to hide the recpients address? so a newspaper can call back an anonymous source? Even so, it's a false sense of security - you're just moving the vulnerability to the servers of those nice telegram people who you can bet your life the five eyes are watching...

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New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Re: Have fun!

Whilst I agree that it's pointless to antagonize the border patrol, I never take my phone on holiday (I'm on holiday!) and never will do.

Am I to have to buy a fake phone just to get in?

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Re: Have fun!

What the hey do some of you people keep on your phones, anyway?

You may have reworded it, but you basically just wrote "if you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear."

Besides, if we don't keep sensitive data on our phones, what point is there to look at them?

As an earlier poster said.. mission creep... and with todays 150 character attention span population, the frog in the slowly boiling water is easy to achieve.

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UK ruling party's conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members' digits

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Remember back in the olden days, we'd sometimes manually remove the last "/" separated field in the URL to go up to the parent page? (before people ruined things with haphazard design, and overloaded inappropriate asynchronous xmlhttprequest usage)

There was one site where doing so revealed stuff that shouldn't have been revealed, and the owner of the site claimed unauthorised access, as there were no links pointing to the newly derived URL, so it was therefore "hacked". (I can't remember the outcome, and can't find a link, sorry)

Where do you draw the line?

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New theory: The space alien origins of vital bio-blueprints for dinosaurs. And cats. And humans. And everything else

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My main problem with the panspermia crowd are the ones that see it as the answer, when all it does really is shift the question.

Some of them almost sound religious "God did it. The end." in their answer.... "But who created God" apparently isn't a logical follow-up.

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Resident evil: Inside a UEFI rootkit used to spy on govts, made by you-know-who (hi, Russia)

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Re: NSA has been subverting encryption since 2006,

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19E5F425136643B519436A88D1B5B518E6C487B.....

That's fighting talk, matey.

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Well, one would assume/hope banks and other institutions would have competent sysops.

Just do it for the consumer market (ok, not helpful for rootkits targetting governments etc. but just wait until the uefi rootkit botnet hits the internet)

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Re: Hardware button?

Robots !

If you have a desktop on the floor and the USB port at a reachable height you could even have a fleet of modified Roombas going around doing it.

But then they just hack the robots!

Turtles all the way down....

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Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins

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Re: Idiots

You're all a bunch of fucking innumerate idiots.

Sorry, you're soooo wrong there.. I may be an idiot, but I'm relatively innumerate, and since I became single, I've not been doing much fucking.

1/10 - Must try harder.

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Re: Idiots

@Brewster's Angle Grinder:

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Blimey, you're clever!

Sorry, that was all just like rocket science to me....

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Re: Blu-Tak

I think a giant slice of buttered toast would be better - everything will stick to that, then just de-orbot the toast..... And if it burns up on re-entry - it'll be toast...

Just ensure there are no cats within the old satellite, or the thing will just spin in situ for ever!

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Re: It all seems a bit far fetched, to me

The contents of how many Olympic swimming pools would it take per satellite?

A number that would take up an area roughly the size of Wales.

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Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

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Re: I have a great design idea...

Contouring design and extensible hardware! All brilliant ideas!

I think we'd make a great consulting team!

We need a name!

We could call ourselves "Jamie Jones, Finchley 55" , or is that slightly biased? :-)

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I have a great design idea...

I have a great design idea: Create a phone where the screen is slightly smaller than the casing, so creating a border around it.

Not only will this alleviate the need for a weird screen shape to account for the "notch", but it also makes the device more comfortable to hold, without fingers obscuring the screen, or causing annoying "mispresses"

As a triple bonus, the screen will be less susceptible to cracking around the edges.

A winning idea, no?

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Linux kernel 'give me root, now' security hole sighted, dubbed 'Mutagen Astronomy'

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Re: Thanks for clarifying.

at least he's not trying to fsck your disk...

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Don't get THAT personal, says personalised cards firm Moonpig. Dick pics. They mean dick pics

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Re: T&Cs???

....flew over my head!

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Internet be nimble, internet be QUIC, Cloudflare shows off new networking shtick

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Aye, and streaming was all UDP (with TCP an unfavoured fallback) at one time.

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Re: cellular roaming

Aye.... Back in the 90's I held open a telnet session (back in the days where packet sniffing hadn't been invented :-) ) via 2G from West London to East Essex...

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Turns out download speed isn't everything when streaming video on your smartphone

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Re: Missing info.

that to a country like Germany where in the Ruhr Valley (Ruhrgebiet) nearly live more people than in entire Australia?

Um, Australia population ~ 25 million.

Ruhr Valley population ~ 5.6 million.

But that aside.... pffft. You call that sparse?

Just Sydney, Australia, has about 33% bigger population than the whole of Wales, and a population density roughly 14 times greater.

baaaaaaaaaaah!

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America cooks up its flavor of GDPR – and Google's over the moon

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And it will be a lot worse for us now those pesky eurpoeans won't be able to interfere, and improve our rights, privacy, working conditions, sea quality, freedom....

No wonder the tory establishment are salvating - they can exploit the proles once more!

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Re: What a shitshow

Blimey Bob, you sounded left-wing there!

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Re: What a shitshow

Completely embarrassed to be an American. As usual.

It's not that bad! It's not as if you guys have voted AMexit!

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Open-source alt-droid wants to know if it's still leaking data to Google

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Re: "weaning the device off Google's DNS service"

Yep. getprop net.dns1 and net.dns2 are simply set from the active network (typically wifi or mobile) configured in settings.

As most use DHCP, those values will be set to the local router (typically) - if set to static, the google dns of 8.8.8.8 is used as a default *ONLY IF YOU DON'T SET A DNS IN THE STATIC CONFIG!*

Hardly a google-dns takeover!

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Re: "weaning the device off Google's DNS service"

u0_a210@vidz:/usr/users/jamie $

u0_a210@vidz:/usr/users/jamie $ getprop net.dns1

127.0.0.1

u0_a210@vidz:/usr/users/jamie $

and on my non-rooted tablet, it returns 172.20.0.10 - my internal dns...

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