Re: Pushing the boulder up the hill
"... in the rest of the UK the Conservative government is viewed with suspicion. "
And in Scotland we love the Pole Tax pushing Thatcherite bastards?
Fixed isnae what I'd call yer first sentence laddie.
1465 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012
Not surprised. Carphone Warehouse have been on my list of scumbags that operate illegally and will get none of my business ever since they committed identity theft on me some 10 - 12 years ago. Amusingly the one thing I did eventually get out of that debacle was a double refund on the insurance I'd taken out lol.
Those of us who understand the issues and what companies like Facebook do have never trusted them and still do not. We have never been users.
The majority of the populace however do not understand or care about these issues and continue to spam each other with cat lolz, dick pics and likes.
Why does it have to be pro bono? Pay me and I'll happily tell your political overlords that the only solution to Facebook is to close the company and incarcerate Zuck somewhere he can't contact anyone for the rest of his life. GitMo should do the job.
With luck it might even scare the bejeezus out of Google's execs enough that they reform. Failing that I'm happy to reccommend the same for them, if I'm getting paid.
Expect me to work for nothing? Yeah, fuck off.
What about pensioners, the unemployed, people on low income or people in homeless shelters and the like who have no internet access? These people need medical treatment too.
And, that's before we consider the implications of sending medical information to a patient whose email address is with Gmail or similar.
Last time my employer required flights to be booked through a travel agent (~10 years ago) it always took more of my time than if I did it myself online. It was almost impossible to book next day flights unless I looked the times up on the airline website and phoned the travel agent with the exact details of the flight I wanted. Sometimes they still could not put me on the correct flight and it always cost more.
I'm not really surprised because the common Google provided cookie dialog doesn't actually have a way for you to opt out. It only allows you to dismiss the dialog or go to a page describing what Google claim they do with the data. I'm waiting for the EU to realise this and hit them with the massive fine stick.
"Am I the only person with an intuitive enough understanding of GCSE physics... You're all a bunch of fucking innumerate idiots."
Or perhaps we took Orbital Mechanics while doing Physics at University and understand that your GCSE Physics is bullshit, you should ask for a refund. Oh you might want to get a refund on your GCSE Maths too because 60 milli Newtons is 0.06.
What a great way to ensure I never buy one of your products.
They may be acceptable to the dumb masses but I will never allow one of these spy devices in my home. A colleague got an Alexa for Xmas last year and brought it into the office, strangely it died before it could record any of my voice. He was warned.
"attackers to execute approximately 9,000 such queries – many more than would be needed for normal operations"
What total bullshit. At the very least a time period is needed to put those 9k queries into perspective and preferably an idea of the normal rate to make any sense out of that statement. 9k queries in 6 months is nothing, 9k queries in 6 minutes could be a lot but I'd hazzard a guess that Amazon or Google wouldn't think so.
"GOD MODE UNLOCKED: hardware backdoors in some x86 CPUs"
This kind of sensationalist bullshit is not helping the security industry. Every bug, exploit or malware is publicised as if it is going to cause the end of the world. Any reasonable person reading that tweet would expect the problem to affect chips from Intel and maybe AMD, no one is going to think "you know what I bet this is those chips VIA bought from Cyrix."
This is why the rest of the world doesn't listen when a real problem is found and thinks OS updates are just a pain in the ass to be avoided if at all possible.
"a user walking through a smart home will activate lamps and motion sensors in a sequence that tells the researcher where they went, even without decrypting payloads"
I can deduce the exact same results without even detecting payloads and for a home with no IoT devices at all, just watch the windows and look where the lights come on. I know IoT security is crap but that is needless scaremongering.
As an old Speccy head I don't recognise the names of any of the games listed or the dev so I Googled him. Turns out his first games were written in 1989 and published for free on the covers of Your Spectrum and Crash magazines. I read both at the time & still don't recognise him or his games so clearly they weren't even decent as free games.
He contunued to make Spectrum games into the 2010s but none of them are published by a real publisher. I found an article about him that showed a screenshot of Egghead "his most successful game" (probably because it was included on the cover of Crash) which looks exactly like the first level of Manic Miner.
I therefore conclude that the games included are cheap knockoffs of existing games that few will have ever heard of because no one ever bought them. So, so glad I didn't buy into this cynical attempt to cash in on my childhood.
"El Reg can vouch for this first-hand. One of our offices has an Android 7 Samsung Galaxy S8 handset that, despite being "up to date," can't fetch any security patches since August last year."
Well that is not down to Samsung. My S8+ was updated to 8.0 recently and has the March 2018 security updates. Perhaps something to do with operator branding?
"For the first time that I can recall on a Galaxy, I wasn't prompted to download Google Play Services."
I've had multiple Galaxy S devices since the original and I've never had to download Google Play Services on any of them. The only time I have downloaded it was on the MS Visual Studio Android Emulator.
Lots of people in this thread don't understand the difference between the Google Play Store and Google Play Services. The former is a place to buy apps and can be sideloaded or replaced by alternatives from Amazon, Samsung, etc. The latter is a massive library that provides a lot of the functionality that you think of as Android. It is not open source and it requires signing a licensing agreement with Google to include on a phone. That is what cheap knockoffs and Fire are missing which causes problems with a lot of apps.
"WA cartridge slot that takes original 2600 and 7800 games would be welcome, as would pin-compatible, faithful reproductions of the original joysticks (terrible as they are in comparison to modern controllers)."
That is what I really want from Ataribox too. I still have my 2600, cartridges, joysticks and even paddle controllers so I'd jump at some modern hardware that would let me use them with a modern TV.
"That would point to an organized effort by a large number of fake user accounts to click on this video, and similar videos promoting the same and related conspiracies"
How do you know they were fake accounts and not real accounts? Between stupid people who would believe the claims, stupid people who would think it funny and the NRA they could probably create enough clicks to get a video trending and once it's on that page the rest is self-fulfilling.
Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019