* Posts by Craigie

209 posts • joined 29 Apr 2013


It's December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff


Re: Remote code execution flaw in Powerpoint

Hah. Most 'managers' wouldn't have a clue anything was wrong and if they noticed it at all would report it as 'my screen went a bit funny'.

Waymo presents ChauffeurNet, a neural net designed to copy human driving


A shm I

Self-driving anything will only be useful on main roads with nothing but other traffic to cope with for at least the next 30 years.

New Zealand health boards write down losses on Oracle implementation



Not even once.

It's December 2018, and a rogue application can still tell your Apple Mac: I'm your El Capitan now


arbitrary remote code execution via a malicious web page


Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical


Re: Losing customer

The second-hand price of iPhones seems to me an argument against buying them, not for.

Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years


Card numbers

Remind me again why card numbers aren't all single-use and virtual yet?

Azure, Office 365 go super-secure: Multi-factor auth borked in Europe, Asia, USA



This reeks of 'single point of failure'.

What's the point of this cloudy stuff again?

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing



Why is it still build 1809 if they've made changes?

If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe


Re: Eh?

'Failing to spot an IT security problem does not make you "thick as mince."'

Maybe not but she has already proven herself to be thick as mince in many other ways.

The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month


Xiaomi is the new OnePlus

High spec, low price. OnePlus is now high spec, medium-high price. Nice to see another manufacturer available in the high street.

From today, it's OK in the US to thwart DRM to repair your stuff – if you keep the tools a secret


Re: But how are...

Give Drumpf a few more months...

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time


Ahhh beancounters

Can't live with them. Can't hunt them for sport.

Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax


'as a result of that sudden disappearance of revenue'

A bit of a stretch to write-off all Chrome and search revenue in the EU just because the apps are no longer bundled. What's the first thing you'd do with a new device with no Chrome on it? Install Chrome! Same for search. Sure they'll lose a bit but I'd be amazed if it dropped by more than 35%.

Bloke gets six months for fixing up Russia's US election trolls with bank accounts, fake identities


Re: When does the UK start sentencing people?

Well the Tories are still in power so I don't see anything happening about election interference any time soon.

New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'


Re: Have fun!

'I'm happy to unlock my phone for any reasonable authority who asks politely' ah the old 'nothing to hide' argument.

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond



I tried the broadcast thing this morning and it apparently broke all the Alexas in the country. Sorry about that.

Click your heels, um, mouse thrice and you've quickly got Ubuntu on Hyper-V in Win 10 Pro


WSL dead then?

See title.

Git it girl! Academy tries to tempt women into coding with free course


Criminal Law is a bad move. Corporate is fine, but criminal is paid criminally badly now.

Medicine is good if you don't mind the long hours and can get to Consultant or Surgeon level.

Plumbing or another trade is where the money is.

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers


Apple ecosystem

What is that exactly? iTunes? I honestly don't know what Apple offer in way of an 'ecosystem'.

British Airways hack: Infosec experts finger third-party scripts on payment pages


Re: Third Party Domains

'It was their own infrastructure that got hacked and nobody noticed until it was too late'

The article does seem to rather miss this point.

Microsoft tells volume customers they can stay on Windows 7... for a bit longer... for a fee



Surely there should be two major and supported versions of Windows at any one time?

Plusnet customers peeped others' deets during system upgrade


Re: Plusnet

I hate that tosser and all the tossers who decided his accent wasn't tosserish.

No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy


Is your browser not set to save passwords? Click in username box and choose the likely single username you've created on the site. Don't care what the password is as the browser remembers. Works pretty much every time. I have no idea what most of my passwords are as they were auto-generated and are recalled without my having to do anything other than be logged in to Chrome.

Your Twitter app stopped working? Here's why


Re: 140 characters of banal shite

It's been 280 characters of banal shite for a while now. Do try and keep up.

Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure


Re: doesn't allow 3rd party access is a good idea.

I have also disabled all 3rd party cookies (feelsgoodman.jpg) and 99.9% of the time it causes no issues, but it has caused a few. If an application has deep integration with a 3rd party app via an iframe then it tends to come unstuck. It hasn't happened often enough for me to re-enable 3rd party cookies though.

Vodafone's spending pays off - but EE hangs on to UK network crown


Re: Vidafone .....

Great network, but only if you don't care at all about data. For voice, sure, it's available everywhere. But for data, forget it. You may as well send a letter if you're not in a big town. Pathetic network.

The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'




Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)



So absolute URIs are fine for img src then?

<img src="https://originalhost.com/pic.jpg" />

Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan


Three attempts at 'they're', three misses. Well done.

Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher


While I sympathise with the feeling of disparity, the bank is forcing you to port scan yourself. If you want to set up the same scripts and then send them a link to let you port scan their PCs then go ahead.


I just loaded their login page and these are the ports that were scanned:











Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker



When does the ad-free Vulture Central option via Stellar (XLM) payment get switched on?

Why Google won't break a sweat about EU ruling


competing products and services beyond Google Maps, Google Play Store and Google Search

good luck with that, unless you have a spare few billion lying around to develop alternatives and attract developers to them.

Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere



I'll be amazed if a $99 device is priced at £52.99 in the UK.

Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines


So the French are saying that Californian wine is getting a bit radioactivey? Well that's not likely to be biased at all is it?

Bonkers Azure bookings give Microsoft a record-breaking $110bn year


Intelligent cloud

What the hell is that? How does it differ from stupid cloud?

Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested


Re: Slighty different, but *user* training ...

Estate agents, who get paid vast sums for doing almost nothing at all, are tightwads? Why does this not surprise me?

Ticketmaster breach 'part of massive bank card slurping campaign'


It's £100.

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?



I was very anti-Brexit until now, but I think you just swayed me.

*puts match to EU flag*...damn.

Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres


Couldn't stop them?

Did he not have a cone?

Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something


You mean your washing machine doesn't have 'the blockchain solution'?

When Google's robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call?


Google 'support'

From a consumer point of view the absolutely worst thing about Google is the lack of support for their products. That this issue extends to their cloud offering does not surprise me.

Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today


el reg

Looking at early el reg versions, it seems the same headline writers are in place today. Good show.


GitLab's move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft's GitHub acquisition. Yep



Can anyone with experience chime in and describe for the curious how such a migration would be achieved?

A volt out of the blue: Phone batteries reveal what you typed and read



Why on earth would different characters have different power draws when typed?

Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions


Re: Lira?

'It's almost a thousand years since anything big happened there, but we're still talking about it. What more do you want?'

Much like the 1966 World Cup then?

Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone


Re: Soon?

'I don't think I know anyone who has actually bought a phone in a physical store for several years'

Buy? No. Go in and fondle? I bet plenty of them have.

Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh


No coffee I bet

Never mind the sausage rolls, their incredibly shitty coffee would be the biggest giveaway.

The glorious uncertainty: Backup world is having a GDPR moment


easy deletey?

' It will automatically delete any references to record X so there aren’t any referential integrity problems'

Does anyone seriously enable cascading deletes on production databases?

OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right



I'm a little sad to see the price of OnePlus phones now. Their first effort was outstanding. I bought a OnePlus One not long after launch for £270 (64 GB / 3 GB model). It died of charging failure after 3 years at which point my insurance paid me £300 for it as phones of that spec 3 years later were that price.


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