* Posts by Jonathon Green

250 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007

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Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

Jonathon Green

Re: "Apple had no duty to disclose the facts regarding software capability and battery capacity."

That’s relatively recent in RR terms. They only started disclosing actual outputs when (IIRC) the German TuV required it as part of their homologation process some time in the ‘80s...

Jonathon Green

Re: "Apple had no duty to disclose the facts regarding software capability and battery capacity."

I liked it when RR released the first incarnation of the Bentley Turbo and when pressed described its power output as “adequate plus 30%”... :-)

Jonathon Green
Mushroom

Re: Interesting argument

Actually on previous experience if I hired a builder in to refit my bathroom and they trashed the kitchen for no obvious reason I’d be totally unsurprised. In fact I’d probably be pathetically grateful that they’d left at least one wall standing.

Your Builder May Vary...

Nissan EV app password reset prompts user panic

Jonathon Green

They’ve already had a security “moment” with an earlier version of this app.

If I recall correctly (it was a couple of years or so ago and I’m not a web programmer) once you’d authenticated with the server with valid credentials it issued some kind of persistent (and quite long lived) authentication token, and you could then issue requests using that authentication token but with the VIN of a different car to acesss State of Charge, driving records, and potentially location data.

It would be disappointing if they’d made another cock-up like that (or been forced to make customers update passwords in order to prevent the possibility of a similar cock-up) but in view of the, errr... “disappointing” nature of the Nissan Connect offering (it’s appallingly sluggish, frequently unavailable, and has a bloody awful UI) it wouldn’t be entirely surprising.

This is a shame since (as others have suggested) being able to check charge status, fire up the climate control and even interrogate vehicle location is jolly useful...

Aussie Emergency Warning Network hacked by rank amateurs

Jonathon Green
Trollface

Ah, but....

...they never specified where the breach took place and if you take a wider view the message is quite likely factually correct. Somebody somewhere has almost certainly obtained access to personal data from somewhere, and somebody somewhere is almost certainly working to improve security on systems they know damn well are inadequately secured before they’re found out.

I’m not suggesting that it’s necessarily what the culprits had in mind (or that they had anything other than “teh lulz” in mind for that matter) but receiving a spoof message like this through a mechanism operated as an official communication mechanism operated for and on behalf of a government, and which (even if it’s not holding personal data) one would expect to be secure against malicious or mischievous use really ought to make people think about how well secured other systems which do hold personal data are...

Hope you're over that New Year's hangover – there's an Adobe PDF app patch to install

Jonathon Green

Re: Shouldn't the Reader do just that

Have you ever looked at the PDF spec? I wouldn’t blame you if you haven’t by the way, because A) you’ve got to pay ISO a not inconsiderable amount for the privilege, B) it’s very, very, very large, C) it’s boring, and D) it’s not always terribly clear...

Highlights include the ability to silently execute arbitrary code (either on opening the document or when specific triggers (reaching a particular page, clicking on a word/phrase, etc, etc) occur, playing external media content, opening web pages, access to the local file system, and exporting data through http post requests. Rendering documents on the screen (while supposedly the primary purpose, what most people think It does, and what most users do with it) barely scratches the surface, and even if Adobe Reader (and any third party code or OS APIs it uses) was coded perfectly it would still provide numerous opportunities to compromise any system it’s installed on just by strict compliance with the spec...

Jonathon Green

Re: Adobe still existing

PDF has got to be the best, most finely honed malware delivery vehicle available and Adobe have clearly put a tremendous amount of work into extending and enhancing its capabilities in exciting, imaginative ways in order to maintain market leadership...

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

Jonathon Green

Once upon a time in the (relatively) early days of Ye Olde Internette it was not unknown for completely innocuous, even professionally relevant material to be hosted in the same place as Very Much NSFW material, sometimes even under the same domain name.

It’s really, really, really awkward when that gets picked up by a trawl for workplace smut surfing. DAMHIKIJK....

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

Jonathon Green

I like Americans, they’re funny!

Merry Christmas, you filthy directors: ICO granted powers to fine bosses for spam calls

Jonathon Green

A step in the right direction. I still feel that it would be A Good Thing(tm) if the ICO could also go after the companies whose products and services were being promoted...

Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

Jonathon Green

I like Americans, they’re funny...

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

Jonathon Green

I like Americans, they’re funny...

Fallover Friday: NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank go TITSUP*

Jonathon Green
Coat

Presumably somebody couldn’t make a withdrawal...

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

Jonathon Green
Go

I like Americans. They’re funny!

First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

Jonathon Green
Trollface

Clearing my cookies.

I find myself inclined to involuntarily clear my cookies every time I see or hear anything concerning Ms Rudd...

Internet overseer continues wall-punching legal campaign

Jonathon Green
Trollface

As usual...

I like Americans, they’re funny...

How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

Jonathon Green

Re: An interesting choice of figurehead

“The only IT related pronouncement I can recall Cameron making was his endorsement of Fruit Ninja.”

Well that and identifying prolific Twitter users as Twats on the Absolute Radio breakfast show...

Although come to think of it he might have had a point there...

ICANN't get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

Jonathon Green

Re: Slippery slope

Those questioning whether companies based in one country can be held accountable for breaches of the law in other countries as a result of making services available over the internet might like to consider the fate of on-line betting companies who’s services were determined to be in breach of US law...

If (as it seems at the moment) ICANN is determined to make itself the test case I have no doubt that the EU can and will make life very uncomfortable (and expensive) for them...

US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

Jonathon Green

I like Americans, they’re funny...

Cold call bosses could be forced to cough up under new rules

Jonathon Green
FAIL

Follow the money...

I can’t help feeling that tougher sanctions on cold calling companies (and the people behind them), while always welcome is kind of missing the point.

What we need are sanctions against companies who seek to *benefit* from the cold-calling, which is to say the ones who commission, pay for, and who’s products and services are promoted by cold-calling. Quite apart from anything else it gives a much easier, more effective recourse against cold-calling originated from overseas. The call centre may be in India but, if it’s promoting/selling something in the UK then there has to be a traceable entity taking the money and supplying the goods and services...

Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

Jonathon Green

Re: @Robber McGee

“...best just to shoot them immediately and eliminate all such mechanisms.”

And then get caught out by a “dead man” function which triggers the alarm if at least one of a number of other hidden trigger devices isn’t activated at least every minute or so. :-)

Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo

Jonathon Green
Go

The Oh God of IT issues...

...delivering salvation as a service from the cloud :-)

Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

Jonathon Green

Large batteries are Not To Be Taken Lightly. I have a very large spanner which looks like an animal took a bite out of it to remind me of this and that was just a diddy motorcycle battery.

I try not to think about this too much when I’m barrelling down the A120 at 85MPH on top of 30kwh of Lithium batteries, but I suppose in energy density (and ease of ignition) terms it’s probably less of an issue than half-a-tank[1] of petrol...

[1] To give plenty of space for a nice juicy mixture of air and petrol vapour.

How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone

Jonathon Green

French letters? Not so much. Unicode however...

Jonathon Green
Boffin

For my sins I’ve spent a considerable proportion of the last six years or so engaging with PDF as a file format in a disturbingly intimate manner. I’ve come to the conclusion that if somebody specifically set out to custom design a delivery vehicle for malware you would probably end up with something looking a lot like PDF, and that’s before you consider the potential for vulnerabilities in the reader, the OS it’s running on, and any third-party library code it depends on...

Britain to slash F-35 orders? Erm, no, scoffs Lockheed UK boss

Jonathon Green
Black Helicopters

Re: If we actually buy the entire 138 I will eat my hat

I’ll take a wild guess at buying the entire 138 and then about half of them either going immediately into mothballs or being sold-on at a knock-down price to whoever is flavour of the month (and is on the US list of people they want to prop-up but not be seen directly doing highly preferential deals with) in the Middle East at a knock-down price...

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

Jonathon Green
Trollface

I like Americans. They’re funny...

Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal

Jonathon Green
Black Helicopters

Re: So who's Javid?

What he is or was is irrelevant, can anybody remember anybody getting the Home Office portfolio and not turning out to be, or turning into “...some kind of totalitarian whack on...” after the first month or so in post?

Honestly, it makes you wonder what’s in the orientation briefings, and whether there’s something in them that the rest of us really ought to know about....

CASE NIGHTMARE RAINBOW anybody?

Linux 4.16 arrives, keeps melting Meltdown, preps to axe eight CPUs

Jonathon Green

I was working with uClinux on Blackfin a few years ago for a company developing a domestic picocell product to extend mobile coverage over a home broadband connection, and yes, the absence of an MMU was a PITA...

Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email

Jonathon Green

“Y'all be fine with a reputable professional body sending you dic pics then i guess?”

Actually no, but then I wouldn’t be OK with a female crotch shot either...

My take on the whole “what’s all the fuss about breasts?” sub-conversation is that breasts are not genitalia and that the extent to which society sexualises them (to the point that women breast feeding children in public is considered A Thing when there’s nothing remotely titillating about it) really is ridiculous and makes us all collectively look a bit bloody silly.

British clockwork radio boffin Trevor Baylis terminally winds down

Jonathon Green

Re: Batteryless radio

If I recall correctly there was a clever wrinkle in Bayliss’s design (or it may have been a second generation of the original) which basically added an electronic/electrical element to a traditional clockwork escapement which basically provided PWM regulation of the output. This made the whole thing vastly more efficient and provided a much longer run-time from the same spring compared previous “open loop” regulation mechanisms which ran the generator at constant speed and threw away any excess power generated through an old-school analog regulator...

Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

Jonathon Green
Coat

Re: No second hand market

“technically what your car just did might have invalidated your insurance (on the basis you are not allowed to leave a running vehicle unattended, granted electric is a grey area in this case) it certainly would if a remote start facility caused an accident.. A start while in gear for example.. Or someone getting into the car as shouldn't.”

Errr... No.

Not even nearly.

Running the climate control from the 12V “housekeeping” battery with the traction battery isolated from the drive system, the transmission remaining locked in Park, the immobiliser and steering lock remaining engaged, and everything else switched off (which is what happens when you use a Leaf’s remote app or timer to activate the climate control for pre-heating or pre-cooling) isn’t remotely analogous to leaving a running vehicle unattended and pretending otherwise is either silly or mischievous. It’s about as dangerous as leaving a conventional car with the ignition switched off, the keys removed, the doors locked, but the parking lights on, i.e. not at all...

NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun

Jonathon Green

I like Americans, they’re funny...

Brit regulator pats self on back over nuisance call reduction: It's just 4 billion now!

Jonathon Green

Re: The landline is now a liability

“So what do our friends in the Gummint propose to do to shut the door on the overseas call centres? It's all very well attacking the onshore ones, but in my experience, they're a small proportion of the total.”

One of a very small number of acceptable uses for a drone strike on a non-military target...

Epic spacewalk, epic FAIL: Cosmonauts point new antenna in the wrong direction

Jonathon Green

Re: Direction does matter.

Depends.

Some nominally highly directional, high gain antennas show a decent back lobe in the gain plot so (while it’s clearly far from optimal) they might just get away with it...

Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

Jonathon Green

Perhaps we could make a deal...

...where life is made more difficult for parking enforcement but I’m legally allowed to grab my trusty lump-hammer and beat the ever-loving crap out of every panel and/or window when somebody who’s got no entitlement leaves their car (or truck, or van, or unicycle, or whatever) in a space I, my employer, or someone who I’m paying for a service has paid good money for the use of.

Honestly, in spite of signage you could pretty much read from space when the company I work for was located in a town centre near a couple of shopping centres it was rare to go a day without some ass-hole either tail-gating their way into our car park (and then complaining when the automatic gates wouldn’t let them out) or simply dumping it across the gateway. We’re now in an office on an out-of-town industrial park and people still seem to think it’s OK to use our (clearly signed) dedicated car park to either visit somebody else or I suspect in some cases to get the bus into town.

There is in my view something badly wrong with a society when you’re not allowed to set fire to a vehicle parked without permission on your property and then charge the owner for disposal of the wreckage...

Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

Jonathon Green
Mushroom

“I seem to remember a report that said the resultant blast would have the capability to wipe out most of Sheerness, and send a tidal wave up the Thames Estuary and across to Southend.”

Surely there has to be a down-side though...

US govt shutdown lobs spanner in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

Jonathon Green
Go

I like Americans...

...they’re funny!

Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

Jonathon Green
Coat

Brazil?

That’s just nuts...

5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

Jonathon Green
Thumb Up

I like Americans.They’re funny...

Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs

Jonathon Green

“The entire Retro Computers Limited story is a stain on the legacy of Sir Clive Sinclair and the joy that his computer products brought to millions over the years. ®”

We covered this in the last thread on the Vega. Taking customers money for products which didn’t yet exist was pretty much Clive Sinclair’s business model, and as such is entirely in keeping with the legacy...

It's a decade since DevOps became a 'thing' – and people still don't know what it means

Jonathon Green

Not even snake oil...

The fact that nobody seems able to agree on what it is suggests that it’s nowhere near as much of a thing as the vendors, consultants, authors, and journalists throwing the term around would like us to think...

Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

Jonathon Green

Re: What Proof It Was Him ???

“He may have allowed someone else to use his PC for something - that person looked at a page with many thumbnails on it - and he is getting the blame.”

If Green was allowing somebody to use his PC for an extended period, (sending emails, and viewing documents) while logged in under his account then I think most people would see that as a considerable more serious issue than the porn thing. I really don’t think he (or anybody seeking to defend him) wants to go there...

The saddest thing about this whole affair is that It demonstrates the extent to which the police have utterly blown their credibility and that in the wake of plebgate the Government get to wheel out Andrew Mitchell wearing his “victim of police campaign of smearing by falsehood” hat... We can’t trust any of tha parties involved (Green, MPs, political appointees within the civil service, the press, the police, individual police officers) not to be behaving like mendacious shits so it’s impossible to know what really happened, and the nearest thing to a potential upside is that if anybody gets nailed to the wall over this they will undoubtedly have deserved it for something, even if it’s not what they’re actually accused of in this particular case...

Ex-Autonomy exec agrees to be a witness for HP fraud case

Jonathon Green

Don’t know what everybody’s so jumpy about...

...all they have to do is wait for the last HP executive to finally notice that he (or she) is the last employee on the books (which won’t be very long at the current rate), duly make themselves redundant in the interests of maximising shareholder value, and the lawsuits will all go away.

ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

Jonathon Green
Trollface

Sounds familiar,,,

“RCL has come out with excuse after excuse for not delivering the Vega+, having set numerous new deadlines which have all sailed past without any sign of a product emerging.”

So, a completely accurate recreation of the original Sinclair early adopter experience then... :-)

No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

Jonathon Green
Trollface

I like Americans. They’re funny...

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

Jonathon Green
Mushroom

Time to up my contribution to Pakistan's nuclear weapons program then...

Please, pleeeease let me ban Kaspersky Lab from US govt PCs – senator

Jonathon Green

I like Americans. They're funny...

Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

Jonathon Green
Megaphone

Re: If there's one thing I can't stand...

It's a massive leap from having the right to free speech to obliging somebody else to provide you with a megaphone, and it's access to megaphones which is the issue here...

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