* Posts by PeeKay

52 posts • joined 18 Oct 2012


Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign


Re: Office 365

Shouldn't it be Office 360?

Best one I've heard is Office 404 - Application not Found

Found yet another plastic nostalgia knock-off under the tree? You, sir, need an emulator


Re: Seems a bit odd

"Splitting the product into two editions like that - a 1.3 and 3.x kickstart version."

You need both ROMs due to the fact that most older games would only work on 1.3, and newer AGA versions required 3.x.

Apple emits its much-anticipated updates to Mac, AppleTV, and iOS


Do NOT apply the WatchOS 5.1 update

Apple have pulled 5.1 update for WatchOS - however, if you're invited to install, don't. It will brick the watch (has affected a lot of people already).

I suspect it has something to do with LTE versions of the watch and the new eSIM capability...

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid


Unrooted does not mean secure

"In the three years since the Priv launched, BlackBerry has yet to see it rooted. BlackBerry wants IoT device manufacturers to adopt this as a quality mark. With so much insecure home tat flying in from China, consumers and industrial buyers need all the help they can get."

While I'd admit that all IoT things needs a hellava lot more security, being unable to root a device is not necessarily an indicator of security for your devices at home - and I wouldn't use this as a measure of how secure - ultimately - that device is (be it IoT, phones, et al).

Hackers manage – just – to turn Amazon Echoes into snooping devices


Why not just

1. Flash the firmware you want to use "Over the Air" (as Amazon already do)

2. Reboot Alexa

3. Profit

You'd then have your insert point to the rest of the network/Alexa's.

East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line


Re: It could be an EMC issue!

"Fortunately, the powerline circuits still worked"

Unfortunately, this can tend to cause the issue as PLN devices leak at the same frequencies as ADSL (as mentioned a couple of posts up).

Get rid of the Power Line Network devices and wire it up properly instead.

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone


Never take a first batch product

As has been proven time and again, having the first of a new product always breeds issues and problems. I'm sure there are others (like myself) who steer clear, and let others 'beta test' the new products first.

WPA3 is the magic number? Protocol refresh promises tighter Wi-Fi security



Hands up how many of you have had an update of the code that your ISP supplied router runs?

Hands up how many of you run a separate (secure) router INSIDE of the ISP provided one that does get upgrades?

Open Internet lovin' Comcast: Buy our TV service – or no faster broadband for you!

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Re: Verizon, too?

Managed to reduce our bill by almost half by taking the fastest VM broadband for gamers (350Mb/s down 20Mb/s up - currently) and cancelling both the TV and telephone. Didn't even have to haggle with the customer service bod when I spoke with them.

So it can be done.

Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week


Re: Which reminds me...

"how to get rid of pocket."


browser.pocket.enable false

As well as the above, I go as far as searching for pocket, and removing the URL's it visits too. Can't be too safe.

As for inbuilt ads - adverts have never been a source of malware, ever, have they? /s

Cinema voucher-pusher tells customers: Cancel your credit cards, we've been 'attacked'


Re: UK Law Must Introduce Guest Checkout

Simple solution for this already exists - use the credit card for the first time only, storing only the token returned by the payment processor - and then use that token for future payments.

I implemented a system like this in 2007...

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design


Effluent Design

Sums up their design decisions nicely.

Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?

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Would rather own a Spitfire...of course.

Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call


Indeed - at least uBlock has a fix - https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases - Gorhill has also included a hybrid which allows you to migrate your whitelist etc.

Would have liked NoScript also, and it appears that there is work underway to ensure that happens - https://forums.informaction.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=23173

Personally, I'll miss Enpass (unless the Chrome ext ports across easy enough) and that's about it - cannot find any update about their Firefox extension being updated...

Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars


For Capsule Splashdowns

Looks like it clamps the Dragon capsule to the barge for the journey home...


Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe


Re: Answer

"Print it out on a bit of paper"

Ooops! Too late - they found you. Remember that printers are recorded against users (particularly home users) much like TV sets - they also print invisible dots which can be traced back to that particular printer - supposedly to stop printing money, or something...

PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi


Re: Mac can be pawned too.

"MacOS users can breathe a sigh of relief: Kamkar's attack currently only works on Windows and Linux boxen."

Not entirely correct - Sammy demonstrates the attack (on a Mac) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aatp5gCskvk

Who killed Cyanogen?


Seems obvious...

"“A16Z” (as Andreessen Horowitz likes to call itself)"

Something to do with 16 characters betwixt A and Z perchance?

I fart in your general direction! Comet 67P lets rip on Europe's Rosetta probe


If they follow standard asteroid procedure they'll dump their garbage before they go deep solar...

Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout


Re: Not enough gain, too much pain.

"Believe it or not, the phones do last longer than two years. They don't self-destruct on their 2nd anniversary..."

Unless, of course, you have put the latest OS on the device, which then starts to crawl (when it was perfectly fine before) and enforces that 'new phone' desire...

A bit like when the washing machine dies a day after the warranty expired - planned obsolescence?

NASA tried turning lost spacecraft STEREO-B off and on again... but it didn't work. True story


Re: First world problem

"What NASA isn't telling us is that the mission was originally recorded in Dolby surround...."

Surely that would be NASA Stereo Solar Surround(tm)?

VeraCrypt security audit: Four PGP-encoded emails VANISH

Black Helicopters

Re: One time pad

"And ham/shortwave radio, that's the only way to communicate"

Sadly, it's illegal (in the UK) to send encrypted communications over the airwaves, and is likely to have the black choppers humming along shortly...

Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?


Re: What's next for Windows 10?

"Yes, I wonder how long until it won't be 'μBlock Origin for Chrome', FireFox or Opera etc., it'll just be 'μBlock Origin for Windows'..."

I'd rather is was 'μMatrix for Windows'...https://github.com/gorhill/uMatrix

Lenovo says bye-bye to key exec amid massive spring reorganisation


In Q4, Lenovo’s shipments declined 4.2 per cent to 15.38 million units

And that couldn't be anything at all to do with the spyware hidden in their BIOSes?

HSBC online services still offline following 'attack' on bank


Looked like a failed migration...

One of the pages that popped for me this morning had "SaaSMigration" as part of the URL. Moving providers perhaps?

As for the DDoS, wouldn't they see something like that from the customers themselves as they frantically attempt, and then fail, to login?

Hacked Japanese space probe sends back first pictures of Venus


Re: Wow! Just like --

Played Kerbal Space Program much to get that rocketry right? Fantastic work by those guys indeed!

Struggling to understand Docker? Let's start with a Minecraft demo


Re: How about a /working/ demo?

You need to enter that into Minecraft's console - press 'T' or '/' to bring up the chat window, and then enter the command in here.

Reference: http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Commands

Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10


Re: Wonderful :\

Two days ago I was unable to work on my Surface Pro 3 because windows decided that it was a good time to patch. The Surface was unavailable for over an hour while it did this (and it wasn't due to lack of patching). I ended up using a unix device to complete the job.

So, hating to disagree with you there fella, but the kid has a point...

Number 5 is alive! VirtualBox the fifth debuts


Re: Availability

You can find it at the top of this page: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker


Re: She's Right

She does have the high ground here. Not a fan of Swift or her music, but the sentiment strikes home.

Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY


Re: Bloody teenager

"NSA and GCHQ are doing exactly what I'd expect them to do."

What? Break the law?

BlackBerry's money-making QNX unit touts virty dual-OS devices

Paris Hilton

Re: That llama picture...

Saw that picture, thought of Jeff Minter.

Paris? Because she's minted.

Flash zero day under attack


Spellchecking seems to be the least of their problems...

'Angler remainz one of the most proflic exploit kits.'



Indian mom just loves it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap



"MOM’s mission is to study the mineral composition of Mars from orbit and look for evidence of the presence of chemicals that are necessary for life on Earth, such as methane."

And there was me thinking that methane emissions were the *result* of life, not the precursor...


Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer


Re: They are making profits of over £100m...

"you wouldn't go into a shop to buy an energy or bank account."

Oh - I dunno, Sainsburys and Tesco's are seemingly attempting to do just that.

UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know


Re: Of course it won't get rid of MS

>> Documents will be accessible anyway, whether ODF or anything else.

Sir - I challenge you to open a year 2000 Microsoft Works document - without resorting to installing the actual software, if you can find it - and without a third party conversion tool.

Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

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Re: But what caused the excessive load?

Couldn't help but notice that the iPlayer apps for IOS and Android were all updated yesterday...related perhaps?

Popular password protection programs p0wnable


Re: Sharing schmaring

I have to disagree with with the statement "don't share. Nothing is stopping you." I'm seeing more and more reports and discussions (per the following link) where details shared via social networks are an expectation, and I can only see this getting worse, not better.


This is a single example (and I agree a fairly poor one). I have also read on forums where someone states that they do not want to share those details online - and I, for one, can relate to that - to which the reponse was "Well, you shouldn't expect to get a job unless your shared details verify your CV".

As for personal experience, my last employer actually complained that they could not find me on Facebook or LinkedIn before I joined the business. I guess some of the privacy settings DO actually work.

I've got 99 problems, but a Facebook boycott ain't one


Re: It's been difficult...

"I can see the idea of running my own "Social" network on my personal server."

Sounds like a job for Diaspora - https://joindiaspora.com/

New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'


Re: Ughh... bad news

DaLo said: "Seeing as there is a reasonable chance of a crashing international plane hitting water why not develop a simple locator that is held in a sealed recessed area of the outer body which has a switch activated when significant water pressure is detected (non-electrical)?"

I was under the impression that there were Tsunami sensors all around the Pacific rim - could these not correlate the search area like you suggest?

BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS


Typical really

How many of us here have had that exact same conversation with a bean counter? I can think of at least 4 previous companies I've worked for...<sigh>

Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'


Re: Stay away from US products...

Could this be why the US proclaimed Chinese companies were into espionage - so that their 'toolkits' found in Chinese built US hardware are plausibly denied?

IBM shows off phase-shift LIQUID METAL storage tech


Re: Will they get hit by a Patent suit from Apple now then?

I doubt that Apple will sue - they only licence the tech from Liquid Metal themselves (http://liquidmetal.com/)

If companies didn't deign to trademark the language, perhaps these things wouldn't occur?

Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed


Have been using Mikrotik for my home routers for a couple of years now. Not only are they cheaper than your 'generic' consumer routers, but they are much better specified, and more configurable. I have no problems recommending them.

Add the fact that they're not susceptible to the current SSL issue, and it's all good.

Is Apple about unleash a cheaper 8GB iPhone 5C? O2 'leak' suggests: Yes


It's no longer speculation - https://www.o2.co.uk/shop/phones/apple/iphone-5c-8gb-blue/

UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching


"Now, our new curriculum teaches children computer science, information technology, and digital literacy: teaching them how to code, and how to create their own programs; not just how to work a computer; but how a computer works, and how to make it work for you."

My computing lessons entailed exactly that back in 1981. Go figure...

Belkin buys Linksys from Cisco

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Re: I avoid Belkin like the plague

I moved away from Linksys a few years ago and use Mikrotik routers now. Cheaper than Linksys, yet extremely powerful.

Twin brothers nabbed for scrap over sex with 'shared' girlfriend


Re: IT angle?

Simple - it's Bootnotes.

Guatemalan judge orders McAfee released from detention


Re: Illegally detained?

Surely you're not suggesting it was a phishing expedition?


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