Don't touch ES File Explorer with a barge pole
I vaguely recall it was good once but it borders on malware now, this vulnerability aside.
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Few are likely to want it but anyone know if these can do 32-bit? I gather the Cortex-A72 usually can but I'm unsure whether it's true in this context. Cavium ThunderX is (usually?) 64-bit only, which means no one else offers 32-bit ARM in the cloud, unless it's lower spec 32-bit-only bare metal.
I'm very surprised to see the Arran Brewery featured here as I've visited the place and it's tiny! A reminder that these bastards can take down businesses large and small. Anyhow, it's well worth a visit, the island is beautiful and the beer is excellent. I recommend Red Squirrel.
I dealt with them for the first time this month. My mobile wi-fi dongle worked a treat in Jersey and was a great deal at just £35 with 6GB data included. No other network came close. However, the whole experience was soured by appalling customer service.
I ordered at 9pm on a Thursday. They said they offered next day delivery for orders before 10pm but the system claimed the next day was Monday. I chose Saturday delivery at additional expense, as I was departing on the Monday. By Saturday morning, it was not appearing on their tracking system. Support assured me it would surely arrive later that day. Of course it didn't. On Sunday, support assured me it would surely arrive on Monday. Still no sign of it on the tracker or at my front door so I ventured out to the nearest store to buy another one.
Publishing their store numbers would be far too helpful so I wasn't able to check their stock in advance. The store staff informed me that they didn't have any so I had to drive half an hour in the opposite direction to the next nearest store. Even that took a while as they had to faff about converting a contract unit to PAYG. I made sure the damn thing worked before driving off.
In Jersey, it all worked fine until it hit 1GB and refused to go any further. I was met with cookie overflow errors when trying to log into the website that could only be resolved by clearing my cookies and starting again. I eventually called them up and they gave no explanation for the issue but gave me a further 6GB to play with.
The original order did eventually show up... the following Saturday, the day before I returned. :-| On getting back, I called them again to ask for a return envelope. You'd think I'd asked for the moon on a stick. What seemed like a simple request too half an hour and a lot of inexplicable confusion on their side. At the time of writing, I still have not received the envelope. What I did get shortly after that call, was an unexpected email to tell me that they had disabled the adult content filter as I had requested. WTF.
Suffice to say that I will be requesting an unlock code for the dongle at the first opportunity.
"Not sure if semantics has evolved over the last decade, but if something still takes up storage space, it's NOT removed. Just because something is hidden or disabled doesn't mean it's removed."
Assuming these apps are on the /system partition (which they probably are) then you wouldn't be able to use that space, even if they were removed, at least without rooting. On the plus side, disabling them does prevent further space being taken up by (non-firmware) updates, which are not applied to /system.
It included the winning entry for a competition to do the best home-made DOOM video. I recall some kid shouting "you got the super shotgun!" and his Dad doing some heavy breathing while standing on a green piece of paper. *lol*
The cover disk featured huge a collection of DOOM maps harvested from various BBS's at the time.
I am starting to wonder whether I've got mixed up with a different magazine. Hopefully not. I definitely got Computer Life at one point at least.
Didn't know you were involved with that. I bought one issue, the one that was almost entirely about DOOM and it was one of the best magazine issues I ever bought and certainly the most memorable.
As for your stance on ads, I think you're right on the money. I don't use ad blockers on principle.
The reception in my house is fine but my VQ Christie radio is the buggiest piece of crap I have ever had the displeasure of owning. There's practically nothing good I can say about it except that it looks nice. I complained and they sent a replacement but it was just as bad. I should have got my money back while I had with chance. I would entertain you with all its crazy quirks but I don't have the hours to spare.
> Of which I only even recognize Blackfin (AMD?) & Tile (IBM?)
Blackfin is Analog Devices, not AMD. I have one such box sitting here. With no MMU, it's not the easiest thing to run Linux on but it has some analogue phone ports, which are usually quite expensive. I now have a broadband-only line from A&A but I had toyed with the idea of hooking this box up to the phone port on my alarm system so that it could trigger a bunch of other things in the house when the alarm goes off!
It's worth pointing out that this probably applies more to private projects than open source ones on the Ruby side. It's considered bad practise to commit Gemfile.lock in open source projects and you're not supposed to lock down dependencies to exact versions in your gemspec either. The gemspec may have something like ~> 1.2 and the whole of 1.x may be vulnerable and unmaintained but it's not clear whether this checks for that. Such cases often involve more than a simple "bump" too.
As a tech parent, I'm not going to give any immediate opinion over whether tracking in schools is good or bad, I need to think about it.
What's interesting is that this isn't even a new problem. Back in 2000, I was collared by the head of sixth form because they'd discovered a bunch of kids playing Doom in the library and they'd traced the original download back to me. I only shared it with a select few but then some idiot started handing it out to everyone and it quickly got out of control. Obviously I'd be able to cover my tracks a lot better now. ;-) I was told to apologise to the head of IT but he couldn't seem to hide his enjoyment of commandeering the PCs remotely, leaving the kids rather spooked. I suppose the fact that he was able to do that was also a concern in itself.
I suspect the app has a token as well as the short password so guessing the password alone wouldn't be enough. I've not messed about with it to find out though as I had enough trouble getting my account to work in the first place.
As for sending funds through the app, I still can't figure out how you allow that. I send funds through the web site all the time but my recipient list in the app is always empty.
In the case of malware, yes, but if you're trying to install a newer version of Android, no. You usually can't replace the kernel without unlocking the bootloader so while you may be able to get root and even load a custom ROM, you'll be effectively stuck on the same version of Android.
Tux Paint! The noises it makes crack me up every time.
I was in Edinburgh's sick kids hospital a while back and saw they had a (hopefully disconnected) Windows XP desktop running MS Paint to keep the kids amused. The temptation to install Tux Paint via a USB stick was very strong but so was the risk of my wife divorcing me on the spot.
They might seem nifty now but I don't see this ending well. Windows has been able to use this approach for years because it is a closed ecosystem with a relatively stable base. New Windows releases are few and far between and Windows software tends to run standalone with dependencies limited to invisible libraries. Free software, on the other hand, is subject to much more rapid change, and is designed to reuse as much as possible, be it libraries or other applications. This stuff doesn't always just slot together like magic and that's just one of the reasons why we have distributions. Of course, there's also the bug fixes, security concerns, and so on. I think distribution developers are very underappreciated, especially by upstreams who only care about their own software and don't think about the bigger picture. If they made things easier rather than harder for distributions then we could package their updates more quickly. Fortunately the new Meson build system is making it easy to support both approaches and it is starting to gain traction.
I may be biased but I did try the OpenShot AppImage a couple of times. The first time, it crashed horribly. The second time, it was too slow to be usable, probably due to the video acceleration failing in some way.
As for bundled libraries, I wrote a script for Gentoo called esteam to unbundle libraries from Steam games as much as possible. Without this, I don't benefit from a fix to SDL that allows me to run games on my second screen, which is a much bigger TV in front of a much comfier sofa.
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