* Posts by anoco

87 posts • joined 30 Oct 2014


Can't dance? That's no excuse. Let a robot do it for you at this 'forced exoskeleton rave'


Re: Do they do the splits?

That's exactly my fear. What if it decides to do the limbo? Or, what if the Russians (or my wife?) hack into it to force me into a Pretzel position? Can't wait to try it...

The seven deadly sins of the 2010s: No, not pride, sloth, etc. The seven UI 'dark patterns' that trick you into buying stuff


Sin # 8 - The Nag

There are more ways to sell on the internet than through shopping carts, and because of that their bot missed this one. The Nag, when they keep asking you the same question a zillion times and the are no options to "never ask again". It requires eternal refusal and only one moment of weakness or distraction to erase all your efforts.

Google turns out to be the top offender with YouTube, Amazon with Prime probably comes a close second. But most companies out there figured out that males that have been married for more than 3 years are very susceptible to The Nag technique.

Someone slipped a vuln into crypto-wallets via an NPM package. Then someone else siphoned off $13m in coins to protect it from thieves


Re: because everyone is abandoning their duty of care

"So, it seems the price of freedom is indeed eternal vigilance."

It's more like the price of survival. Because you're never really free if you have to be watching out all the time. I don't know about you guys, but I'm always feeling like a thirsty gazelle in the Serengeti.

Wow, talk about a Maine-wave: US state says ISPs need permission to flog netizens' personal data


Re: Socialism!!

The above coward is an impostor, a fake coward if you will. I would've never been that rude. I would just say that sarcasm is best served ambiguously, any signs of obviousness turns it into a weak criticism.

Standards group W3C wins support from all major players to get AI working in the browser


Re: Feature creep

So that we can create a world wide AI botnet to figure out the important questions in life. Like, who sold out Mozilla?

Get out of Huawei, it's an avalanche of news from everyone's favourite Chinese bogeyman


Proof that Huawei is spying on people!!

Why haven't the eagle eyes at the Reg picked up on this?

"Huawei Mediapad M5 found to be snooping on engineer in Taiwan from China"


There you have it, they're all spying on you China, Huawei, Google, Amazon, Facebook, US. I wouldn't be surprised if the Reg isn't in on this too because they're just too quiet about all this spying...

It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware


Re: Trapped

(*The following is a non sarcastic comment.*)

I understand why you feel trapped, even though I don't use whatsapp or have facebook on my phone. There's a study out about facebook and peer pressure and it doesn't look good.

But so that you know, from someone that has crossed that river a few decades ago, it is OK not to do the same thing that everybody else does. In other words, its' ok to be weird. Not too weird, but just different than everybody else. As matter of fact, different people are more interesting, again, just not TOO different.

My kids, grandkids, nephews and nieces think I'm weird for not using an iphone, whatsapp, or even banking and facebook on my phone. Even though I taught them all how to use a computer. But time and time again I feel good for not being influenced by my "peer" pressure. It's a crazy world today and very difficult to navigate. Choice is being eroded by all sides and you have to be very confident on your decision making to resist the pressure. (*insert a grandad's joke here*)

Upgrade refuseniks, beware: Adobe snips away legacy versions of its Creative Cloud apps


Re: Dear CS6 user, you ungrateful person....

They are not dead yet.

CS6 can still be downloaded from here


Or, if you need help for different versions they are all here


Just the first link on the top of the page gives a 404, the others are still working (at least some).

Better down them all before they go puff.

Veteran vulture Andrew Orlowski is offski after 19 years at The Register


You always made me think...

...once I finished the first paragraph, "Wait, is this another Orlowsky piece?"

Then I continued thinking, "What is wrong with this guy?", "Did the forceps pinch an important part of his brain?", "Is he a Russian troll?", "How can he be so smart and so dumb at the same time?", "Is the Reg keeping him here to say they're diverse?", "What is wrong with this guy?", "Doesn't he know that he acts like click bait in this site?", "He writes so well, why is he writing to the wrong audience?", "Does he enjoy pissing people off?", "Wow, I agreed with him once!!!", "What's wrong with this guy?".

Well, I enjoyed your articles as much as walking on a rocky road with no shoes. I can't say I'll miss your opinion, but I wish you good luck with your life transition. Maybe now is the time to take some Lysergics, and hope to re-wire that part damaged by the forceps. Or take the red pill and start writing for the good side.

Accenture sued over website redesign so bad it Hertz: Car hire biz demands $32m+ for 'defective' cyber-revamp


Re: So my wife isn't completely IT incompetent

Yeah, and I feel bad now for all the cursing I hurled towards Hertz myself. I couldn't belive how f*cked up their website was, now I know why. For that, sorry Hertz...

Spyware sneaks into 'million-ish' Asus PCs via poisoned software updates, says Kaspersky


Re: How did the bad actor identify the MAC addresses?

Well, the same person(group) that infected the BIOS also infected the server. It's very easy to assume that they also may have had access to the shipping process to make sure that such MAC would go to such country/region.

However it was, without the list of victims we will never know the assailants, and how they did it. AFAIK, they could have a specific robot just manufacturing trojan mobos. AT&T did the same with their internet traffic.

Renegade Android apps can siphon off your web logins, browser history. So make sure Chrome or OS is patched, friends


"Discovered" Obsolence

It took a while but they finally figured out a way to force people to buy newer phones and tablets. This webview update,


that the article should have named "Android System Webview" instead to stop people from installing someone else's webview app, is not really compatible with older Android versions. My 4.4 tablet for example, is not compatible. I still need to look at my other older devices, but I have this nagging feeling that the result will be the same.

Since the manufacturers will never update anything older than one year, and Google's updates are not compatible with older OSes, we're just sitting ducks ala W98 and W2k.

So if you're happy with your hardware, the only solution for this problem is to stop entering any passwords on your browsers. I'm sure there are other browsers using webview as well.

But how about other apps? Are non-browser apps be using webview as well?

Fine, we'll do it the Huawei, says Uncle Sam: CFO charged with fraud, faces extradition to US over Iran trade claims


Smoke and Mirrors

The security thing was the smoke, the Iran deal is the mirrors. The real story is behind Huwaei lead in CPU technology and 5G. The rest of the world is just trying to slow them down so they can catch up. It's always about money.

Did you hear? There's a critical security hole that lets web pages hijack computers. Of course it's Adobe Flash's fault


Another hurried up update

Got another update today. I wonder if some of the updates are fixing older updates. Because it's hard to believe that there's any line of code left to secure.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design


ADD world

I understand this design, everybody is doing it theses days. They're all going for something that even Trump can understand. But there's still too many wor...

As porn site pounds hard on piracy laws, Cox pulls out prematurely


Re: I can certainly see the ISPs point

Or sue the city because a criminal used its streets to commit a crime. Or a train company. Or Uber... Well Uber may actually work because everybody is getting a piece of them lately.

But the idea of the IP holders paying the ISPs to police the "streets" is a good one.

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing


Re: Whose side is it not worth being on

We have always been at war with MicroGoogAppleSoftFace!

You forgot someone!

First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last


AT&T Antares

How about a snooping attempt? All your new cell phones are belong to us?

Surprise: Norks not actually behind Olympic Destroyer malware outbreak – Kaspersky


Re: I don't think computers work the way you think they do.

Damned Elbonians did it. Here is proof! http://dilbert.com/strip/2017-12-05

Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test


If you still use FF, this won't stop you.

After all they have done to alienate their Original Base (OB ©), they know that if you haven't left by now, you'll never leave.

They have methodically transformed FF from being the king of customization to the 'my way or the highway' browser.

So if you're upset that they're going to be spamming you. Be upset with yourself for being too lazy to walk away when they were slowly shoving that furry tail plug up there. Now it's all the way in...

Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?


Now I get it why I keep seeing the location app turning itself on and back off every once in a while.

I think it's time to start marketing that tin foil phone case. So here it is my first draft;

"Keep your boss, your wife and Google at bay with the new Tin Phoil! No need to keep turning the phone off in order to have privacy. No more phone calls without an appointment. And no more worries about who is paying for the radiation studies. Tin Phoil will keep you safe and silent."

Off course Apple is going to sue me saying they had this idea before by just having their sheeple hold their phone wrong.

Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons


Re: I always wanted to be an organ grinder's monkey

That may be proof that you're wrong,


But I doubt you'll understand it.

Samsung shows off Linux desktops on Galaxy smartmobes


It will probably work on the S8, but barely. Overheating after two minutes. But the S9 will be a lot better and run 10x longer. Only with the S10 you will finally be able to get things done.

Remember how you said it was cool if your mobe network sold your name, number and location?


Re: Failure of democracy.

A possible solution, at least in the US, is the creation of the 28th amendment. To be known as the Right to Own Your Data. And hope that it doesn't take as long as the 27th to be ratified.

But if we really want to solve it fast, it should go as a subset. Like 2a or something. Then we could have liberals and conservatives working together. ..and all of a sudden the universe stopped expanding...

Web uni says it will get you a tech job or your money back. So our man Kieren signed up...



"The Premium Plus Customer resides, during the six (6) month period following the awarding of the Path diploma by the jury (the "Job Seeking Period"), in their country of residence and undertakes to relocate to accept a Job located anywhere within their country of residence (including any states or regions where applicable)"

The US is quite a big and diverse country. I don't know if someone that lives in San Francisco, California would be willing to move to Montgomery, Alabama for an entry level position.

This may be good for small town folks ready to move out, but definitely not for everyone.

Adware API sends smartmobe data home to Chinese company


Re: Malicious software removal

Or better. Block it from working the next time you access it with a warning and explanation on how to remove the offending app.

Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water


What if the bot was hacked

and the company is hiding it?

Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over


Re: Perhaps a Good thing?

Only after it gets the divorce on paper. For right now Mozilla still has the right to fsck Thunderbird even more.

Mozilla is like the Titanic full steam ahead and tethering Thunderbird to it can destroy Thunderbird as well.

It's time to "Reclaim your Inbox" and cut the Mozilla cord.

Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips


Too big to care

Microsoft along several other big corporations finally realized that there are enough sheep all over the world for them not to worry about making anyone happy.

Now that the tables have turned, it's up to the sheep to make Microsoft happy. I'm sure there's someone in Redmond thinking of charging the sheep a larger service fee if they don't use their windows 10 that much.

Some sort of reverse usage charge. The less they use, the more it costs. They will be forced to please the MS gods...

And it's all Steve Jobs fault!

Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall


Re: What a relief...

You can say that again. I was reading it in bed after a rough night when I noticed it and thought "wow, that stuff is still hitting me after 12 hours!!" Mudderfockers...

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court


Re: Except that doesn't work

Count me in with knowing of at least two systems that the rollback itself killed everything as well.

As a punishment, MS should be forced to maintain W7 for another 10 years.

Russia (A) bans web porn as a 'bad influence' (B) decriminalizes domestic violence – or (C) all of the above?


In other news

Russia's own porn website Pornussia is now featuring a new category called Vlad's Porn. Where guys in white ribbed tank tops have sex with their unwilling wives. A leak revealed that this category was a special request form another country's dictator...

Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored


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It's not just your browser: Your machine can be fingerprinted easily



Good time for some smart kid to write a FF extension that gives random info back to the servers.

Kids, look at the Deep Learnings! (We’re just going to slurp your data)


All your thoughts are belong to us.

Love when I agree with Andrew. Very articulate and smart guy.

About this line "There are open source alternatives you can host for yourself, but setting this up is beyond the skillset of the average user."

How about giving us the names you had in mind?

Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones


Before Apple ruined the world...

... I had some nice and complicated Symbian phones and a single frustrating Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC.

As difficult as they were, they were used to help productivity however possible. Then came Apple dumbing the smart phone down for the masses which in turn fostered Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

So thanks to Steve Jobs we now have "social media". That stigma is probably what killed him...

Japanese cops arrest serial 'foot licker'



Isn't Japan Great? Let's Make Japan Great Again!!

Nishiyama for Prime Minister!! Nishiyama 2018!!

Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'


Time to change the caption

The top photo caption should be updated to "100 per cent of the 650,000 messages not relevant".


Re: It's incredible how this has become a "scandal"

It's a scandal because the Republican marketing machine is leagues ahead of the Democrat one.

They have to, because it's not easy to convince 95% of the people to vote against their own self interests.


Re: Man I hate

What I hate is people with poor comprehension skills. The point of the 95%, and the whole article, is to show that it should not take the FIB 40 nights to find out if it's raining heavy or not.

Exit through the Gift Shop? US copyright chief was assigned to shop till, tweeting


Re: No mystery here.

[quote] Mikel

Ah there it is


She lied to Congress on the set top box thing, on behalf of the MPAA.[/quote]

Funny that as I read the article I thought the locked out order indicated the need to preserve evidence for future legal action.

Instead of following this lead, the author decided to take the song licensing path and take a shot at Google.

Not that Google doesn't deserve ill will, but gratuitous attacks tend to backfire and have people defend the attacked, just like what I'm doing now.

The culprit here seems to be the MPAA and Palante.

Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary


Re: Time to block port 23 (Telnet) for ever

Why stop with 23 only? Get rid of most of them. 640 ought to be enough for anybody.


I don't know about shutting down customers, but the ISPs could block their traffic to the affected IP very easily I think. Since the number of major ISPs is relatively small it would only take a few of them to make the attack manageable on the receiving end.

A "DNS Alert" (similar to US Amber Alert) type of a thing alerting the 100 biggest ISPs on the planet would defang the attackers in minutes. You could even add another D to the attack description. DefangedDDoS

OR.... deflect all the traffic to North Korea and watch their 3 servers go up in smoke, just saying...

Ecuador admits it cut Assange's internet to stop WikiLeaks' US election 'interference'


In for himself

My well developed paranoia can't stop reminding me of the obvious reason Assange is pushing for Trump. They made a deal that if Assange helped Trump win the election, then his charges would be dropped.

Assange, just like Trump is so narcisistic and egotistical that he would destroy the world in order to save himself. Maybe Trump sweetened the deal by offering him a SCOTUS position, who knows? Nero comes to mind here.

What's not to love about IoT – you can spy on customers as they arrive



"Hello Mr. Yakamoto and welcome back to the GAP!" (means, quickly raise the price of all his favorite underwear because it's been 18 months since he bought the last ones.

WikiLeaks claims 'significant' US election info release ... is yet to come


Who has Trump's return?

The IRS got hacked several times in the past few years, so someone must have Trump's returns in their flash drive. If it's not Wikileaks then who? His buddy Vlady?

Firefox to doctor Pepper so it can run Chrome's PDF, Flash plugins


Re: So Mozilla, why should I use Firefox?

Besides the fact that Chrome is THE telescreen, there are the plugins that make FF such a pleasure to use...

I have just installed one that periodically minimizes the amount of memory that FF likes to bogard during a normal session. Now FF only stalls for a few seconds during the minimization event instead of the several minutes of freeze when it reached around 2GB of usage on a 24GB machine, with just one page open.

Yeah... maybe the right idea is to make a Firefoxium. Since Mozilla can't code anymore, at least we could avoid the telescreen direct connection to Oceania.

Not enough personality: Google Now becomes Google Not Anymore


Re: And

And the route you take from work to the kids' school.

And how long your kids will have to wait if Waze directed all traffic to that one street that you can't avoid.

And how to make it so difficult to get a signal when you're trying to call the school or your kids to say you're late.

And how to make that rare pokemon appear down the street right behind that unmarked van.

And how to delete all your kids' photos from the Gallery to drive you crazy thinking that you had kids to begin with.

Really, not funny at all...


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