* Posts by John Miles

246 posts • joined 31 Jan 2007


Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

John Miles

Load Times

I started using adblockers back in 2000, the big reason was the slow load times when on dialup where I was living - now with fast access it is the pure self defence both from visual mess and the nasties from web etc.

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Re: If it was Kodak dna,

Judging by how Kodak, despite inventing the digital camera back in 1975, fell off a cliff by worrying about film business and not the digital one - they probably already have some of its DNA

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes

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re: and we stopped it?

Now we wouldn't want all of us to die out from a plague spread by dirty telephones would we

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 15 years on Mars – by staying as dead as a doornail

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Re: Oh no, I'm stuck

Spirit is sad (Happy endings), but

Opportunity is scary

Then we have Curiosity excuses

Nationwide UK court IT failure farce 'not the result of a cyber attack' – Justice Ministry

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Re: designing system

Designing seems a strong word for things less structured and appealing than load of spaghetti dumped into a pile of brown stuff that come out of a cow's backside ;)

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Re: is it appropriate to have a department of attack?

Ministry of Defence used to be Ministry of War

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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So that is why it starts

The robots weren't rebelling against Humans, just upset they'd been fired ;)

Should we fear them though - SMBC rise of the machines

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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Re: Running backwards ?

An Integer Overflow - yes a possibility

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Re: Running backwards ?

It said they installed "specialised accurate time cards" - it could the microwaves was changing the card's memory/registers and the computer time was being updated according to these new values. It would have to impacted something in the computer, probably clock/interrupts - but that may not have been meant clock going backwards

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Re: warnings that the certificate doesn't match the site.

Not if they have updated the browser to trust the internal certificate authorit's root certificate - it doesn't even complain for sites like Google (use a browser without their interference and it will tell you untrusted)

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Re: using https won't make the proxy logs safe,

Especially when the Proxy man in the middles you - which is what happens where I work, with a few exceptions (e.g. Amazon & Bank websites) the certificate is related to the proxy not the one issued to the site.

Scumbag hackers lift $1m from children's charity

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Re: Who are the criminals here?

Somewhere a lot of charities have lost direction - once raising money was a means of achieving something worthwhile, now it seems doing the worthwhile thing is a means to aid raising money.

UK spam-texting tax consultancy slapped with £200k fine

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Re: Tax Returned Limited, company number 08828062

There is a firm of accountants at that address - small companies often use their accountants office as their registered address, so I'd guess the company uses those accountants.

I was once confused why a recruiting agency was using the address of company that I had worked for (before it collapsed) as their own, then I remembered we had rented space from the accountants who occupied most of the building.

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Been getting them for a while

They started with an email address and password that linkedin leaked, but have been seeing a few from Adobe leak. The so called self described hacker on darknet was so good they sent loads of them with your password is but no password.

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: I've always been doubtful there was any troubleshooting code

It has solved wifi problems for me a couple of times, after a think it decides to shutdown and restart the wifi-driver and this fixes the issue - but that is the only thing I can recall it fixing.

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: "Alpha" means that the devs think the product is ready to release

probably should be renamed to Rockstar or ninjas release as likely deemed ready by someone who replied to a "Rockstar/ninja developer" advert. ;)

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Re: as I've never used the Documents folder

Pretty much everything I do on home PCs ends up on a different physical drive to the OS - makes it easier to share on multi-boot and much less risk when re-installing

Desktop Telegram users showing off not only their silly selfies but also their IP addresses

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Re: What legitimate use is there to hide the recpients address?

If one machine is compromised - e.g. by some countries "law enforcement"/secret service grabbing said machine then they have a list of addresses maybe you didn't want them to have, which say if you are a gay person/political activist in some countries you may prefer those in charge not to be able to chase your friends.

Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Re: "As far away from Trumpton as possible."

Please don't confuse Trumpton with USA politics

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Re: entry should be a very different matter to starting the engine

If you can get in car, likely you can access the ODB port - back in 2012 you could program BMW keyless ignition cars to accept a new key from ODB port and at that point it could be driven away - and due to various other weaknesses in BMW security a lot were just driven away. I don't know what they have changed but gaining access to the internals of car allows you to access systems where if security has been thought of it is an afterthought.

Sextortion scum armed with leaked credentials are persistent pests

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Been getting these for a while - though for a few days they seemed to mess up as it said

"It appears that, (), is your password"

Pretty certain my details came from the linked-in hack as it is only place I used the email address getting spammed.

Dear America: Want secure elections? Stick to pen and paper for ballots, experts urge

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Re: Dear America: Want secure elections?

Whatever makes anyone think the people in charge want secure elections? Just ones secure from anyone one else winning.

Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug

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RE: maths co-processor for DX power

It was the 486DX that first had a co-processor inbuilt, the 386SX was a 32 bit CPU but with only a 16-bit databus. Intel then renamed to 386 to 386DX - I recall this mainly as my first PC was a 386SX 16MHz and next was 486DX 33MHz (and just how fast it seemed for a while.)

Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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Re: The overwhelming majority of human drivers manage to drive safely most of the time.

They manage to avoid having an accident - I am not sure I'd count that as being same thing as safely - Nothing is without risk, so safe is a relative term but a lot of drivers push the risks higher than they need to be for very little, if any, gain.

Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Re: That makes no sense.

since when has sense or reality ever got in the way of some manager's idea to save monry

Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

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Re: Outside the IT dept its more like 3 in 3

From what I see, it also applies in IT departments - most of the skilled IT people were let go often in favour of cheaper outsourced resources where it then becomes more like 4 in 3 lacking the skills.

Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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The Future

So was the chatty one like Talkie Toaster

Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown

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RE: The FCC is an independent agency

So how long would Pinocchio's nose be if he said that one?

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Re: Idiot password checkers

Different cases are easy to deal with - You naturally put a capital for a name or first word of phrase or sentence and rest lower case. You can include a number in the phrase or a word that sounds like a number and there are some symbols that can be substituted for words - so you could take the correct horse battery staple" and turn it into "correct horse and battery free staple" which becomes "Correcthorse&battery3staple" which I find easy to remember and type and still meets the stupid password rules (unless they limit length too short)

Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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It has advanced a bit since then - Employee Health monitoring - though you can turn the tables Boss Decision Making, but hope it isn't an inherited trait Mom's monitoring

Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

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re: Shade of a Vulcan

Try standing under one in flight - https://imgur.com/a/lxyUK#zFElGV4

Apple WWDC: There's no way iOS and macOS will fully merge as one

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Re: instead of LightRoom

You could try the open source application Darktable - works for OSX and Linux, recently they even added Windows


Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

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Re: pressing the break

A Freudian slip I assume

Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

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Re: why we need tornado warnings.

You need to read reviews carefully on them - see xkcd's TornadoGuard

UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather

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Re: Err... while the Coyote never catches anything.

He did once - youtube - Coyote catches Road Runner

Running Cisco DNA Center? Update right now to get rid of the static admin credential

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Re: By the way, do you spell "password" with a single "s" or two?

we need security so it is two 5 the hackers won't guess that

Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025

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When storms hit

In some places the power can be out for several days - I wonder how long the systems will carry on working. In 2013 storms took out the power where I lived for about 16 hours, virgin phone lines went down an hour later and the local cell tower about 6 hours later IIRC (though was heavy congested before then). Then with smartphones needing to be charged daily how many people will be without any phone after a day?

Hello DARKNESS, my old friend. I've come to talk with you again... about a 10,000-pixel alien-hunting camera

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Re: Perhaps in 1993.

more like 1975 - from Wiki In 1975 Kodak engineer Steven Sasson invented the first digital still camera, which uses a Fairchild 100 x 100 pixel CCD. By 1986 Kodak had developed a sensor with 1.4 million pixels

But sometimes it isn't number of pixels that is important as their dynamic range

Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: Does GDPR actually prevent the questions

I don't know - I suspect companies are only allowed to ask questions pertinent to their relationship with the person, but if it is legitimate then I think it is about how you handle the data (at least that is what work has been in a panic over), I just not sure how they will impose their will on USA.

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Re: The 'host' countries laws end at the boundary wall

As Wiki says - " Contrary to popular belief, most diplomatic missions do not enjoy full extraterritorial status" but they do enjoy protection from some local laws and host country need permission to enter. The protection from local laws allows them to ask questions an EU state can't

Most FTSE 100 boards kept in the dark about cyber resilience plans

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Plausible Deniability

Not told anything, then how can it be your fault - just leave it to someone junior who when they couldn't cope on the pennies you gave them to do the task you can then sack to appease the markets and shareholders who rarely ask why you didn't have a finger on pulse as you are meant to.

Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

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Re: *Points in disappointment*

I have got some really nice photos from phones that none of my DSLRs could get, mainly because I always carry the phone and the DSLRs were at home at the time I saw the shot.

Yes you can get better cameras than a phone one, but most of them will be more bulky than a phone and usually not around at the time and likely draw more attention than a phone when you take photos.

Auto manufacturers are asleep at the wheel when it comes to security

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Re: "A direct causal link is difficult..."

There was a dramatic rise in BMW thefts around 2011 - when thieves found they could just plug into port in car and program car to accept another key, compounded by a flaw where if you jammed a screwdriver in drivers door and twisted hard you could make it wind down window. There was a long running thread on Pistonheads about it - link, I believe other makes flaws were attacked later

Now they can make some with "comfort access" just unlock and start with a pair of extenders - link

Then there is the lower tech style attacks - just leave a jammer around which will stop car locking

A computer file system shouldn't lose data, right? Tell that to Apple

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Re: I blame Agile development

Personally I think development methodology has less impact than team quality, experience and management attitude - if you have a team where they are all in 20s and management concentrating on target features and release dates, chances are you are going to have lots of issues in code. Get a good team with sufficient experience and management who understand that just because someone is half the hourly wage doesn't make them twice the value and shouting doesn't make problems go away - then you'll generally have less issues

You can resurrect any deleted GitHub account name. And this is why we have trust issues

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Seems we never learn

One big issue for the internet has been the protocols that it originally run on weren't designed to be used in untrusted environment leaving it open to be abused by spammers and other criminals. Now we have same problem in software where we have moved some of it into an untrusted environment with public repositories and ignore anything to help keep the trust in place as being too difficult, not to mention the extra fragility that adds.

So how long before we something like "I'm harvesting credit card numbers and passwords from your site" is real?

If you've ever wondered whether the FCC boss is a Big Cable stooge – well, wonder no more

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Re: to drain the swamp.

Of course he is draining the swap - how else can he sell it to his rich buddies as prime real estate

Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

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Security should be around risk

The only thing I use GMail for is the Android phones/tablets because I have to have a GMail account for them password is reasonably secure, it whinges to another email unique address if I add another tablet - why do I need to add more security to something of low value to me?

Then there is security of my phone no - I'd rather Google couldn't link my account to me.

One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics

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Re: Farewell Maplin?

Last time I went in was a couple of months ago - wanted some new leads for the multimeter (brought from Maplin many years ago) and ended up with a set as well as a couple of magnifying glasses (something I never needed when first doing electronics) because they were on offer (about same as online), but to be honest only because I was in a shop nearby and had recently had multimeter out so remembered I needed a new set when I saw the Maplin store.

I'd like to say I will miss them - but I wander in occasionally, but always leave without the feeling of excitement I used to get from the new catalogue

Linux laptop-flinger says bye-bye to buggy Intel Management Engine

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Re: Alternative?

AMD have “Platform Security Processor” or “PSP” (or now called AMD Secure Processor) - see


worth Googling "AMD PSP" and reading other sources of info


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