* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16426 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

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"The section 49 order expired without further consequences to Love."

Why? Somebody forgot it was there? Didn't know what to do next? Or maybe there's a concern that there could be legal problems if they actually tried to enforce it.

Universal Credit at high risk of cyber-attack, fraud from the outset

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Re: Smells of "We'll do *exactly* what the MInister asks for"

"That's universally what 'leaders' get when they don't know how to manage experts"

I've always considered it the ultimate IT way to deal with users when advice is ignored.

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Re: One question : are those "responsible" still in place ?

"the deputy chief of the Home Office was ordered out of a parliamentary committee hearing for failing to give proper answers"

Even better, AIUI, he was told to go and find out and come back with the answers by the end of the day. I hope the day in question was specified to avoid wriggle room.

IP address clerks RIPE: Feds, come back with a warrant, er, web browser

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If an investigator doesn't know how to use whois it doesn't augur well for their ability to complete the rest of a tech investigation.

Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

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Re: Careful...

"It was horrible for the weavers who were thrown out in the street."

Back in the early C19th it wasn't the weavers who were the Luddites. It was the cloth dressers or croppers who finished cloth for the clothiers - it was the clothiers who were the weavers. Under the factory system there were far more weavers then before. And as far as I can see the factory owners were largely those clothiers who could see what was happening and sold their farming interests to finance building mills; at least one of my 3xgreat grandfather's brothers was one (not that he was successful).

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Re: Careful...

"Ask the luddites. They faced this same issue. Maybe you can learn from history."

It's an interesting matter. It wasn't quite a single movement and it the issues weren't necessarily simple. The outcomes varied.

For instance in the East Midlands one company that wanted to mechanise lace production was driven out of Loughborough by Luddism and moved to Tiverton in Devon. Workers who wished to remin with the company walked to Devon. Tiverton acquired a mechanised lacemaking industry at the expense of Nottingham's industry.

In the West Riding the Luddites were one particular branch of the textile industry, the croppers. Historically the industry had depended on clothiers, home-based family businesses carding and spinning raw wool and weaving it, often combining this with part-time farming. The clothiers depended on others for finishing, fullers, who mechanised earlier and cropping. As mechanisation extended the croppers tried to resist. AFAICT the numbers involved were tiny but reading between the lines of the usually politicised accounts they seem to have been trying to hold the clothiers to ransom. Some of the clothiers sold their farming interests and set up factories with varying degrees of success. Some moved out of the industry into others, quarrying for instance. Many must have ended up as factory workers. And the consequence, from the mid C19th to the mid C20th far more people were employed in textiles in the factory system than there ever were in the domestic system. Employment per se might not have been as significant a factor as remuneration and status.

And the moral is? Search me. Probably that the results are unpredictable. The set of circumstances that led change in the textile industries to raise numbers employed might not happen in the IT industry.

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Re: IT sales

"Just as the purpose of marketing is not to inform customers. It is for the vendor's benefit, not the customer's benefit."

In some cases it can be very difficult to ascertain whose benefit marketing are for other than their own. They seem to assume that their pestering will not lose my custom. This benefits neither myself as customer nor their employers as vendor.

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Re: Ebooks more expensive that books

"How does that work?"

Second hand dealers buy books in bulk for bugger all. Some of them take library disposals. House clearances. Car boots. Remainders. Whatever. They can then afford to pass them on for very little. In fact many of them can sell for a nominal amount because they have enough margin in "post and package" charges.

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Re: nailed

"From start to finish, the buying process just works and even gets better."

Usually. And when it doesn't then IME their disempowered helldesk with its incomplete grasp of the English language doesn't stand a cat in hell's chance of putting it right.

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Re: Nice Rant

"your users are likely using the internet to connect anyway"

This is only true for some values of "your".

Graphene solar panels harvest energy from rain

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Re: Roof tank?

"I estimate that the ROCI for the panels is around 3 years at current usage"

That's because everyone without solar panels is subsidising you.

Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

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Re: Stallman can change the GPS as welll...

You mean he's going to go up there & upgrade all those satellites?

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Re: Question

"Sorry but you are plain wrong. That black and white enough for you."

Hi there, A/C.

Are you a judge who's had this case to decide? Because if you're not neither your view nor Stallman's nor Ubuntu's nor Linus's nor my opinion counts.

The contention on Ubuntu's side seems to be that loading a module does not create a derived work of the kernel, it's just two works sitting alongside each other in memory. Until we get a court ruling on that we don't know whether it's right or wrong. Stallman may have been responsible for the GPL but even he can't determine how the court will rule on the facts of a specific case.

Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

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Re: Firefox on Ubuntu

"Ubuntu runs Firefox just fine. You think if it didn't, no one would have noticed? Your fault finding doesn't impress me"

Way back, when Ubuntu first went to Upstart, it became more difficult to diagnose incompatibilities between H/W & drivers or config settings. It was that issue with regard to graphics that pushed me off Ubuntu onto Debian. Of course when Debian Wheezy goes out of LTS and it's wall-to-wall systemd that particular solution will have been lost.

So I believe the OP. "Works for me" is not an example of skilled fault finding but unfortunately it always seemed to be the staple of a few voluble Linux fan-boys.

PC market shambling towards an unquiet grave

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So "exponential" growth turned out to be sigmoidal. Why should Gartner or anyone else be surprised?

The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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Re: A side note about Thunderbird

Google Thunderbird and LibreOffice.

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"If Gecko gets dropped"

Opensource 101.

It wouldn't matter if Mozilla drop Gecko, it would still exist. They could get together and maintain it themselves. In fact, as they'd then be in control they wouldn't have to spend their lives chasing the latest whatever-Mozilla-have-done-now.

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Re: Let sounds like another dev group disconnected ...

get buyin from the users

FTFY. I know it's what you meant but unless you're explicit Mozilla will interpret it how they want it. They probably will anyway. <sigh>

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Re: don't get it

£Opera has shown its possible to make a very fine chromium based browser with real product differentiators. Mozilla can too."

Maybe it can. But that would only last a week or so until the next release.

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Re: Dang it..

"Just give my Netscape Navigator back!"

OK - http://www.seamonkey-project.org/

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Re: Choice

"I moved off firefox to palemoon because the firefox UI had already changed to something I didn't like."

I use Seamonkey, partly for the same reason & partly because I prefer to have browser & mail/news client combined.

And, in response to Mage, it nails both interface issues but a pity about the selection issue.

America's Intelligence Transparency Council to meet for the first time … behind closed doors

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Re: The Intelligence Transparency Council

More "Yes Minister". I don't think that show was ever off-target for a nanosecond.

Microsoft Privacy Shield

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Re: And so..

"it's the only thing they can do if they want to continue selling into the European market."

Actually, their German data centre with a non-US trustee ought to be more effective.

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"Microsoft is the first big US tech firm to replace the Safe Harbour rules."

And the difference is...?

Met cops shop for £150m IT system. Must have: Data centre ops

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Re: why?

"Why can't these large contracts be brought under the Home Office purview, so as to benefit from efficiencies of scale?"

This assumes that bringing them under the Home Office would bring benefits. Citation needed.

Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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Re: Um, doesn't this blow a hole

Switzerland and Ireland are other possibilities.

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"For one thing, it will kill end-to-end encryption."

No it wouldn't. It would just mean USians would have to buy it from abroad. The interesting question is whether the abroad vendors they'd have to buy it from would be someone new or familiar names that used to be US corporations.

The amazing thing about legislators is that they never seem to learn from history. If you pass legislation that enforces something unpopular it doesn't get obeyed, it gets worked round in ways which were usually obvious to everyone else before you even passed the legislation.

FBI, Apple continue cat-and-mouse game over iPhones in New York

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Morton's Fork

Let's see.

You told the court in California that you no longer need Apple's assistance because you've acquired this tool that allows you to break into iPhones.

You told the court in New York that you need Apple's assistance because you can't break into iPhones without it.

To which court were you telling the truth?

And BTW, all those folk who said the San Bernadino case was just a one-off - are you still sure about that?

Vivaldi Jon: Mobile – yes. Feeds and an ad blocker… probably not

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No ad-blocking

Thanks for saving me the waste of time trying it out. Power users indeed!

BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

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Slight tangent

Meanwhile I spent most of the morning setting up a cousin's new HP inkjet.

Start with the Linux box I set up earlier. No Linux support on the CD, of course, but check if hplip is installed. It isn't so install it through Synaptic, then go through the printer control panel which instantly finds the printer on USB and installs it.

Next, the W7 laptop. This is allegedly supported on the CD.

After a openings and closings of the drive the CD deigns to autorun. My first attempt to click OK to the dialog that asks me if I want to install terminates with a loud burp that seems to indicate an error.

After a second attempt which isn't much better I get to a screen which tells me it can't install and offers to download a troubleshooter.

I let it do that and from this point on the CD is totally redundant. The troubleshooter asks me to reboot. After that it offers to download an installation wizard. I let it do that. I run the wizard which downloads the drivers and finally gets the printer installed. At least there was only one reboot which is pretty good for Windows.

The CD appears to have no function but to throw an error and initiate a sequence of downloads from the net. WTF has happened to the once-mighty HP?

GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target

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Re: Obvious

"motivational slides,"

Don't you mean "demotivational". That's the effect of the insult-to-intelligence content normal in that sort of crap.

How Remix's Android will eat the world

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Re: Remix OS is not FLOSS

"There are better tools out there."

Have you just read Dabsy's latest?

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Re: "Remix OS with...

"it's shockingly ignorant of the IT media to demand Microsoft have an App Store stuffed with as many apps on launch day as Android or iOS do now, when none of their rivals had more than a small number of apps on theirs when they started."

It is likely to get into a chicken-and-egg situation.

Punters. Does the Microsoft store have an app for xyz? No? OK I'll buy Android/IoS.

Devs. Not enough customers on MS, I'll develop for Android/IoS.

Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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Re: Things To Come

Stoneshop, I think you're getting into a bit of a flap.

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"There really is no excuse for innuendo."

In Dabsy's case no excuse is needed.

Panama Papers hack: Unpatched WordPress, Drupal bugs to blame?

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Re: Simpler yet - Just Encryt

'Their idea of security is that damned 25 line disclaimer in their EMail Signature to the effect of "This communication is only for the intended recipient so if you get it instead, be a dear and delete it. K? Thx. Bai!".'

Probably true but very short-sighted. They, more than most people, should have their eyes on the consequences of hacking along the lines of "If someone holding my client's data got hacked how much would I be able to sue for?" followed rapidly by "But if I got hacked how much could I be sued for?". It seems likely that they couldn't afford to pay themselves for giving themselves that bit of legal advice.

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Re: If you care about security

"In this particular case; it must have been a fairly fucked-up setup where compromising a website would allow you to get at the mailserver."

And this doesn't even come near the sheer doziness that lies behind using a mailserver as a document store.

Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

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Re: Services installing supported only on servers?

'it looks they hired too many Linux developers who don't know that services are actually "daemons"'

1. Find a Linux system

2. At the command line type ps -ef|more

3. Look at all the daemons

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Re: And that was dumb

"And, as with all established platforms that run up against new technology, it turns out that if you insist on users moving away from what they already have, they are at least as likely to move away to a competitor."

Or to put it another way: never give a customer reason to review the market. I thought that was ancient sales and marketing wisdom.

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Re: Be afraid!

"I have seen people in less technical parts of the interwebs that think Microsoft is being generous and we should all be grateful for the free Win 10 upgrades."

Are you accusing elReg of being one of the less technical parts of the interwebs?

Illegal drugs and dodgy pics? Nah. Half the dark web is perfectly legal

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So what's the legal half doing and why is it dark? Is it the product of those designers who think grey text on a black background is cool?

Taking an artsy selfie in Stockholm? You might need to pay royalities

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"that's ok - even if you post it to Facebook etc. But if someone takes a photo which is then uploaded for use by a web-site that uses that image for their own gain - even if there is no monetary gain - then that's exploiting someone else's work and that's not ok without their express permission."

Maybe you should have given this some more thought.

Firstly, what's the difference between posting to Facebook and uploading to a wiki? Where does a blog come in this hierarchy? Or Pinterest?

Secondly if we followed your wiki argument then it becomes possible to block photography of any scene by putting something that might be considered an artwork in it. This is made even more problematic on two grounds. One is that any building will be copyright of its architect originally - although that might have been assigned to the owner. The other is, buildings aside, how do you identify an artwork? Is that pallet of bricks plonked there for for the builders or was it intended as an artwork https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equivalent_VIII ?

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Re: no

"any such photo that gained notoriety"

What about one that merely became famous?

"to be followed by a demand for royalties"

A good reply might be "So you're responsible. That sticky-up thing has ruined my picture. I want compensation.".

There's oil in that thar … Chinese space probe?

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Re: Small particiles don't drop


Not Civil I hope.

Nest's bricking of Revolv serves as wake-up call to industry

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Re: That's useful information

"Still won't save you. Who pays for the server?"

If it's open source you can run your own server. Is understanding that really so hard?

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Re: @Richard Plinston - What sort of wake-up call?

"I hate to point this to you but a free user can't be monetized properly."

And I love to point out to you something I mentioned at the start of this thread: if monetisation of the users was the point of Revolv it must have failed, otherwise why would they close the server? And if that was indeed the case it might be ominous news for other "services" based on the same premise.

Hubble spies supermassive black hole in surprising spot

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Danger. Unskilled metaphor mixer at work.

'Is this the tip of an iceberg?' Maybe there are more monster black holes out there that don't live in a skyscraper in Manhattan, but in a tall building somewhere in the Midwestern plains."

We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

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Re: Nice Theory - but

"Proper procedures are good for routine activities - they are not much good under exceptional conditions."

Your proper procedures should allow for emergency actions but require that the action taken is documented. One reason for employing experienced people is to ensure there's someone available competent to deal with the stuff that doesn't get documented procedures because it's unexpected.

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Re: Nice Theory - but

"You won't get much profit, growth or senior management convenience if you have a leak from the air conditioning in the electronically-locked Boardroom which fails, and kills everyone senior."

If it's that limited it won't do any harm to profits and growth. In fact it might improve them.

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Re: I recently received a phishing attempt

"The new ones always have to do with payments due or payments you didn't know you paid..."

According to the Beeb the very latest ones know your postal address. I wonder if the recipients are TalkTalk customers.

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