* Posts by whoseyourdaddy

198 posts • joined 6 Jan 2014


Kaspersky Lab takes bite out of Apple in Russia over borked parental controls app


That's funny since I have an iDevice to keep Russians out.

Apple bestows first hardware upgrades in years upon neglected iPad Mini and Air lines


Re: Issues

1) Price

Profit is how you motivate qualified engineers to stick with something until it's truly ready release.

Engineers working in your best interest don't work for free, that would be communism.

2) Locked eco system.

ITYM Secure eco system?

You will still spend days reading stories of really bad things happening to Google-Play users/victims right here on theRegister. Time and time again, we have demonstrated that a very tall walled garden is the only way. Third party libraries have not been your friend.

3) Lack of popular connectors/interfaces.

I've never broken a lightning connector since the iPhone 6. But, i work for a consumer product company that spends an enormous amount of money designing mini-USB connectors that don't break when you vigorously jam the plug in wrong-side-up.

Yelp-for-MAGAs app maker is warned there are holes in its code. Does it A. Just fix the problem, or B. Threaten to call the FBI, too?


It's off the Apple store.

That will teach everyone to share all holes in their stupid app on the dark web.

Public service. Thank you.

UK joins growing list of territories to ban Boeing 737 Max flights as firm says patch incoming


So, the engine change was for greater fuel efficiency?

Airlines in Asia, Africa ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after second death crash in four-ish months


I fear this is similar to putting too much faith in vehicular self-driving with exponentially larger tragedies.

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


Re: I'm still using Java 1.4

Isn't that just a part of the problem? If everything is there already, you won't need to search for that ancient ADO or .net include that you need to compile.

I need Java 10?

Install that. Done.

Galaxy S10's under-glass fingerprint reader, quelle surprise, makes mobe a right pain to fix


May have to give up IOS and switch teams.

Less worry I'll end up with a handset that was messed with by newbs manning a mall kiosk.


Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf


I can't be the only one who looked at SF hotel prices, mid week, in February (which should be cheap) and thought....


But, I've not been to Vancouver.

US telcos' best pal – yes, the FCC – urged to dump its dodgy stats, crowd-source internet speeds direct from subscribers


""Municipalities such as Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina, have been notorious for their use of speech codes in the terms of service of state-owned networks, prohibiting users from transmitting content that falls into amorphous categories..."

Yeah, in Dumbfuckistan(Bible Belt), using taxpayer-funded networking to access PornHub is no bueno. May as well be using the work WiFi through a proxy.

Too bad we can't build a wall separating the red states from the sane people further north.

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear


What sane IT manager would implore someone with that particular "gift" to connect to the company LAN from personal equipment?

I'd be soldering the USB ports shut on everything short of his phone.

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?


Re: Could be worse...



Re: No? Break.

That's honestly the most hilarious button story. Well done, sir!

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app


As a hardware nerd, my UI's look like a high-school science fair project when I have to release them into the wild (after I get the underlying code working.)

"Why can't it... *meaningless thing*?.." Ungrateful knuckle-dragging morons.

"It's a couple thousand lines of VB code, here's the Github URL. I hate you. But, go Nuts!."

thank you Alpine car stereo for wireless Apple CarTune to my phone every time I get in the car.

If I can't find my phone but the car can, I need to check under the seat or in my gym bag.

I would have given up a cm of screen space width for a normal volume knob.

Airbus will shutter its A380 production line from 2021


Did the A380 ever hit the promised weight tonnage?

I believe manufacturers make rebate payments to their customers on spec misses such as this...

Google's stunning plan to avoid apps slurping Gmail inboxes: Charge devs for security audits


Between the third-party libraries and the general Google "kick-me" state of their play store. Money wasted, IMHO.

I abandoned Google because I was receiving emails not intended for me. My alias was punctuation between my first and last name. Apparently, they are really bad at hashing.

Happy Satellite Collision Day! It is 10 years since Russia and Iridium got too close for comfort


I think that 5.5 tons of trash vaporizing in the upper atmosphere compares quite favorably to the tons of coal burned in a fraction of a second to generate electricity for Trump Properties to be quite favorable.

Besides, calculating the rocket thrust needed to keep that capsule from catching a wind burst and flattening Mumbai to be quite... impractical..

Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...


I'm pretty confident six flags has only the fingerprint of his index finger of his right hand.

Good luck winning a privacy lawsuit on that.


Sorry, I dropped my phone before I finished.

I'm arguing that 6Flags is far from alone in requiring fingerprints to secure their business. When I travel to other gyms in other states, my phone number causes access to whatever they use to validate my fingerprint.


My chain gym recognizes my fingerprint which any twin brother I don't know about to have a $40 a month membership of his own. More importantly, it avoids a log jam at the entryway if someone's DNA or retina scan test goes amok or someone can't find their billfold in their Walmart-sized handbag.

My Epic Ski pass has more to lose, so they have my photograph for my season pass. At the lift, they scan my RFID and their equipment shows a picture of my face. Off to tumble down a large hill.

Arguably, the only reason to invest in going all the way for a 14 year old is you want to either destroy 6flag's season pass business or you intend to raise a terrorist. I see no reason for six-flags to answer an FBI subpoena when the FBI already has access to this kid's passport application.

US midterms barely over when Russians came knocking on our servers (again), Democrats claim


Re: Always blaming Russia

Umm.. I'm pretty sure spammers don't care what country you are in.

All spammers are more interested in selling me penis pills, Anderson Windows, ADT security, TrumpCare, Keto diet plans and dating for Senior Citizens, things I will never, never, ever, ever, as long as I am breathing give one cent to unless I pulled it out of my unclean ass.

Anderson and ADT. Remember those two brands.

The thing about spear-fishing email, I'm confident it doesn't take the CERN experts to figure out where it came from and who it benefits. I'm sure there's a whole industry around tracing down the who, what, and why.


Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?


Re: The anti-vaping lobby

(made by cuddly, loveable GlaxoSmithKline) Yeah, I agree. But, they aren't the worst of the bunch.

I discovered my genetics takes all the fun out of getting fat. Nighttime GERD and all sorts of stomach problems. A gastrologist introduced me to this then-prescription wonder drug called Prilosec, an Acid-pump inhibitor the FDA approved here in the states to help heal ulcers faster. Typical drug regimen for FDA approval was for six months maximum, not years and years as people tend to keep their weight and just fix that symptom..

Astra-Zeneca, One Swiss, the other UK, lords of Prilosec, fiercely protected their cash cow with patent litigation tactics that would impress any Apple Lawyer. They took an off-patent drug and found a candy coating that made it time-release. After that went off patent, "Hey, here's something better: Prevacid!"

Didn't work. I had to switch back as I started having bloody stools (wrong dosage? who knows....)

The worlds largest buyer of pharma is... the US Medicare system.

Before the patents expired, Prilosec was, for me, a $12 a day prescription.


But, the long-term smoking of others does affect me..

"this doesn't affect me, I don't care what you do." Umm... No.

I have spent years trapped in a cubicle farm surrounded by people with chronic wet coughs from decades of smoking. You get a pass with me if you have asthma. Only way I could escape those ADHD triggers was to get downsized.

Problem solved, thank you for the severance payout.

I'm old enough to remember the 80's when you could still smoke at your desk, as long as you didn't set your trashcan contents on fire...again.

Now you, too, can snoop on mobe users from 3G to 5G with a Raspberry Pi and €1,100 of gizmos



More encryption means your call consumes more battery power and thus your phone radiates more heat.

Be careful what you ask for.

This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired


"No one buys such devices... where do you get that?"

Easy. A 2013 Macbook pro weighs more than my iPad Pro, Ipad Air2, and a Macbook Air stacked on top of each other.


"engineer devices to be easily serviceable with easy to replace parts ?"

My Macbook Pro 2012 is an example of user serviceability.

Problem is no one buys such devices today. You can't have thin and lightweight without glue.

And, you all are cheap enough to buy the bare minimum, then stick in all the cheap-and-pathetic upgrades and replacement parts, then blame Apple when it no longer works.

Grab yer popcorn...fools. Doesn't take an Apple employee to understand what you're forcing them to do.


"not engineer devices to be easily serviceable with easy to replace parts ?"

Because there would be mass gun violence around the world to take it away from you for the parts?



If you open devices sold today without training or proper tools, anything with that level of engineering plummets in value once you tried to repair it. Whine about it all you want.

If you don't take even basic ESD damage prevention steps, you ARE the reason we can't have nice skinny light-weight things with 12 hour batteries.

Get over yourself. Stop breaking shit.

Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt


Re: Resale value

It only retains value if I have confidence you didn't do anything to it that would cause it to burst into flames.

Ever walk through a house in a recently constructed neighborhood and realize someone watched too many DIY shows, spent too many weekends at WalMart, and now the house looks visibly unsafe?

Apple leases handsets. New one every year. What could possibly go wrong?


Re: I get it, but isn't it better to vote with your wallet !

"For me would never buy Apple, never have never will mainly cos they will screw you over and you only pay for the name and not the hardware."

ITYM Samsung?

My experience with Apple Hardware is it makes a great gift.

For my friends who don't want to walk around with a $500 watch, my old Series 1 earned me an abundance of gratitude.

"need to borrow my truck this weekend?"

I want the 4. Now I know who to give my series 3 to.

I do want a new Macbook Pro someday. The 2012's are heavy...


This will kill resale values.

I.e. Don't expect your phone to be worth $500 after you opened it and think you put all the screws back in correctly.

Motorola: Oops, phone busted? Grab a spudger and go get 'em, champ


"You have a used Moto handset for sale?"

"Yep. Here it is. Perfect screen."

"So, did you replace the screen or did Motorola?"


"Did you make sure you put all the screws back in?"


May as well leave it in the recycle bin at the big-box store.

Congratulations. It's now worthless to me.


Here's the way I see it since this is my industry and know what batteries do when they're unhappy.

If you don't agree, you are the reason we can't have nice things.

I buy used phones to have an iphone6+ decoy. Don't even bother charging or activating to keep in my hip pocket when I visit Europe. Because...

Pickpocket suck and they're *everywhere* in Europe.

For the record, I don't remove activation locks. So, enjoy the parts.

If the only way I can avoid owning a "repaired" iThing (that was opened on someone's kitchen table armed with youtube videos) is to buy new, I'm ok with that. I have two A1864s (Verizon 8+), still sealed new in box. Because, except for the pickpocket incident last year, this is the longest I've gone without losing my phone (i7+)

China tells Trump to use a Huawei phone to avoid eavesdroppers


Why bother with bugging the phone?

Easier to tap whatever trunk any base station transceiver uses...

Especially near Trump Golf courses. Guarantee Win!

Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing


But, do we really carry if the bigots get pwned?

I sure don't...

SAP bug beatdowns, Apple gets nasty with Mac repairs, Struts woe, and more from infosec


Re: Wonder what Louis Rossmann thinks about Apple's dick move

"Imagine the uproar if a major car manufacturer mandated that your shiny new car can only be serviced and maintained by their own dealers and exclusively using their own original parts otherwise it will not work at all."

Well, it sucks to be you.

Car manufacturers have no choice but to do exactly this. You need to be a Volvo dealer to swap entire electrical boxes on models after 1998. Acura found out their customers were paying for high-theft rates when kids realized the souped up Acura engines could be swapped to a regular Honda Civic or Accord.

Theft rates for a particular Camry model year escalate dramatically 8-12 years past their model years because they're enormously popular and expensive to rebuild the tranny.

No car manufacturer wants to lose sales because their customers pay big bucks to the insurance company because of theft rates.

Do you honestly think Tesla wants you rooting around in their cars?

Even worse, try being an American farmer owning million dollar complex computerized crop equipment that can only be DIAGNOSED by a factory tech while your harvest window is closing down on you. YouTube it. Farmers have to load something the size of a house on a truck and haul it to the dealer because it stopped moving.

It's just not up to you just because you bought the device. If the key to market dominance is to make everything sleek and sexy with repair-ability as the only downfall, then it sucks to be you.

I'm sorry ONLY Apple has stores all over the place offering factory service. Claims anyone outside that can do a better repair job, it just doesn't matter.

Sun billionaire Khosla discovers life's a beach after US Supreme Court refuses to hear him out


I was ready to round up the last of the purple boxes for the recycle service then I actually read the article.

Oh, and another thing, Qualcomm tells court: Apple handed Intel our chipping source code


Re: Qualcomm is desperate

Apple still owes billions in royalties and their Android customers have superior modems and are matching pace quite nicely with Cupertino.

How is that desperate?


I think a 2017 article puts this more succinctly...


Kronos crims go retro, Apple builds cop portal, Swiss cheesed over Russian hack bid, etc


or, litigate because they believe $20 in royalties per phone to the company that invented their modems is excessive.

Nonetheless, I look at this as a positive first step as I've discovered when you invent activation locks, ICloud login phishing is the answer for resetting stolen handsets.

DraftKings rides to court, asks to unmask 10 DDoS suspects


Re: SHOULD they be allowed to ?

"That would be a great case name through: Draft Kings vs. A Philips Hue Light Bulb."

Coffee deficit? Hue uses Zigbee through a Hue Bridge, which NAT shares my single Comcast TCP with all devices using my WiFi.

Rimini Street slapped with ban in Oracle copyright dispute


Re: Oracle's reputation??

I'm all for helping someone with process and procedures until...

"Ok, you're in a real pickle without this patch you can only legally get directly from Oracle."

Only works if Oracle customers realize they can't get full service from Rimini.

Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker


Re: God that’s ugly!

Seconded. Its round and garish for the sake of being garish and round.

Oracle-botherer Rimini Street throws off credit shackles, plans 'aggressive' sales drive


Re: No such thing as bad publicity

"so perhaps they can write off the cost of the suit as marketing expenses."

Freetards will always want cheap access to Oracle software, patches, and app notes?

I have to side with Orrible on that one.

Have to make sure the legal payables always get paid on that one.

Wipro hands $75m to National Grid US after botched SAP upgrade


Two groups of people I no longer have warm feelings towards.

I'm having more fun with this than I deserve.

If you have international customers, I get it. SAP has advantages.

Domestic US energy Utility (kindof important? Ok, really really really important...)

Why SAP?

Doctor, doctor, I feel like my IoT-enabled vacuum cleaner is spying on me



Android is the underlying OS?

You didn't buy a Dyson? That sucks in so many ways...

Cybercrooks slurp nearly $1m from Russian bank after pwning router at regional branch


Oh, that's terrible....

Oh, it's them?

Right on! Carry on then...

Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court


Ok, put it another way...

Who will ensure these standards are kept current if no one will pay for them?

Good luck on that.

(p.s. downvote me all you want, Freetards. You know I'm right.)


Umm... I have a concern...

Your plug-in things have to conform to UL/IEC/CSA safety standards.

I hate that I've read more than a thousand pages.

I would never expect them to protect my safety if no one was expected to pay these private companies for writing, defending, and everything related to maintaining them.

Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!


First of all, MS Office products are where company-critical information converts to an email attachment so it can vanish forever.

Double for the codorker IQ test known as Powerpoints ("WTF is this? Couldn't be bothered to send me a PNG file?").

Since I hate meetings, Atlassian Confluence ranks up there with coffee as my best friend.

But, if I had a choice between meetings in a meeting space or my idiot coworkers holding a meeting I wasn't invited to, next to my cubicle....

Meetings for the win... O_o


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