* Posts by Irongut

1465 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012

UK.gov admits it was slow to intervene in Verify's abject failure to meet user targets


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.

Pre-checked cookie boxes don't count as valid consent, says adviser to top EU court


Re: Let's report every case of this to the ICO

What checkbox?

Most cookie consent dialogs I see have two buttons - OK and More Info. Neither gives the opportunity to not consent so the whole damn thing is invalid. Google.

Carphone Warehouse fined £29m for mis-selling mobile insurance to punters who didn't need it


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.

Tech sector risks GM-crops-like crackdown if it doesn't win back trust, warns privacy watchdog


He's wrong.

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.

Uber driver drove sleeping woman miles away from home to 'up the fare'. Now he's facing years in the clink for kidnapping, fraud


Re: Wire fraud

I believe the longbow practice law was rescinded, along with other similar ancient laws, by former PM Tony B. Liar and his Nu crew.


Re: Welcome to Uber

If I could give you more than one up-vote I would. Have a pint for the trustworthy and valuable service you provide.

Transcript leak: Inside Facebook's secret crisis meeting, where Zuck and Sheryl race to save social network's rep


"I wish I could go back to coding. I miss coding."

You know I imagine that is actually the only thing in the article Zuck actually does say in meetings.

Schneier: Don't expect Uncle Sam to guard your web privacy – it's Europe riding to the rescue


Re: Sure.

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.

TalkTalk kept my email account active for 8 years after I left – now it's spamming my mates


If spammers are sending email to this woman's friends then her dead email account must include their email addresses. So she didn't delete her address book and old emails before cancelling her TalkTalk account? I'd say a large portion of the blame lies with her and her poor infosec practices.

'Java 9, it did break some things,' Oracle bod admits to devs still clinging to version 8


Re: Customers? Who needs them?

"There is no fundamental reason why your Java code won't run on Java 9+."

"You may need to change access to old APIs etc."

Someone should tell him that these two phrases are mutually exclusive.

Uber won't face criminal charges after its robo-car killed woman crossing street


Re: The reg wanted to see a police review?

Generally the Police get a subject expert to do that for them. You know like in counterfeit cases, financial cases, etc, etc, etc. They don't actually analyse things like that themselves.

Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace


Re: Wow

Why are you using Chrome? You realise Google can't be trusted with their social network and ad platform so why are you trusting their browser which has even more oportunity to spy on you?

Bun fight breaks out after devs, techie jump ship: Bakery biz Panera sues its former IT crowd


I don't see what is absurd about a bakery claiming IT is core to their business. The first computer to run commercial business applications, LEO, was designed and built in the 1950s to run bakery and tea room chain Lyons.


No fax given: Blighty's health service bods told to ban snail mail, too


Re: 'ow much?

Brown envelopes stuffed with cash do wonders if you know who to give them to.

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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.

Samsung Galaxy's flagship leaks ... don't matter much. Here's why


Re: Headphone jack? Meh. Kill Bixby and I'm in...

Those who know better don't want any of these pointless spysisstants.


I've owned every other Galaxy S since the original but the headphone jack is a deal breaker. No Jack = No purchase. Guess my S8+ will be my last. >:(

Apple: Trust us, we've patented parts of Swift, and thus chunks of other programming languages, for your own good


Re: Just use Python. You need nothing else.

Since Python has gone PC now, dropping the terms master and slave, are you allowed to call it white space? Empty or blank space having syntactic meaning is just as bloody stupid.

Straight outta Blighty: Readers, if you were a tech billionaire, what would you do?


No need for billions, if I had any money I'd have moved to Italy or Germany in the last year.

The UK is fucked and I don't want to associate with racist England any more.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

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.

Until now, if Canadian Uber drivers wanted to battle the tech giant, they had to do it in the Netherlands – for real


Re: Always the Netherlands?

Double Dutch with an Irish chaser most likely.


Re: Uber is a ponzi scheme

Personally I think its a money laundering scheme rather than a ponzi scheme but either way it is illegal and should be shut down.


Re: Judgement of Justice Feldman.

Working for a company that obeys the law and pays them a decent wage.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?


Re: I have written to my bank

How do you know he used "it" to refer to a person? The article is about Blade Runner and mentions artificial life, he could have been referring to a replicant.


With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships


The teardrop notch almost looks attractive, almost.

But no audio jack and not waterproof = no thanks. A swing and a near miss.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz



Magenta is red so red + blue can't possibly = red.

Red + blue = purple as any 4 year old knows.

Stealthy UK startup drops veil on next frontier of speech wizardry


I wonder what it would make of my Glaswegian accent or my Geordie mate's.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat


Re: Lets Get Real @SkippyBing Silver badge

Repeat after me, London is not part of Sweden or the USA.

So the Embassies being foreign soil or not makes no difference.

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved


RSS is a really simple format that is easy to code, several orders of magnitude simpler than html, javascript, css, etc. I find it really worrying that a spokesperson from Mozilla would describe it as difficult to maintain or bring up to modern coding standards. Either Mozilla have lost all their skilled programmers or he's lying.

GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G's


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.

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


Re: Idiots

"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.

That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought


People who willingly use Chrome complaining about Google data slurpage? ROFL

You did it to yourselves morons!

Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market

Big Brother

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.

Equifax IT staff had to rerun hackers' database queries to work out what was nicked – audit


"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.

The off-brand 'military-grade' x86 processors, in the library, with the root-granting 'backdoor'

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"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.

Encryption doesn't stop him or her or you... from working out what Thing 1 is up to


Not to defend IoT security but...

"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.

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator


Jonathan Who?

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.

Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well


I've got news for them

Outside the IT dept its more like 3 in 3 people lack the IT skills to do their jobs.

Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security


You're complaining about a 4 year old phone and a 4+ year old tablet. How long do you continue to do work for a customer after they paid you once? I'm guessing much shorter than 4 years.


Not always the manufacturer

"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?

Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids


"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.


Re: Fingerprint sensor position

When moving from my S6 Edge to an S8+ I found the fingerprint sensor psoition awkward for about a week. After that it was such second nature that I find it difficult to operate my S6 Edge now lol.

Facebook scandal: EU politicians should aim for straight answers, not star witnesses


Re: Get the engineers in

Just because you think all engineers are some kind of socially awkward autism sufferer does not make it so. I'm a software engineer and I can lie, bluff and tell half truths with the best of them.

It's April 2018, and we've had to sit on this Windows 10 Spring Creators Update headline for days


Fake news

Several of my coworkers installed SCU earlier this week from an ISO. I've seen them using the new features.

Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last


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.

Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid


Re: Wrong lake

I bet that's an application of Propane that even Hank Hill hasn't seen before!

The Ataribox lives, as a prototype, supposedly



"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.

Star Paws: Attack of the clones


Finally a PETA policy I can agree with!

The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies


"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.

Now that's sticker shock: Sticky labels make image-recog AI go bananas for toasters


Re: Great

Clearly it's a female aadrvark.

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