* Posts by Baldrickk

645 posts • joined 26 May 2016


Used iPhone Safari in 2011-12? You might qualify for Google bucks

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Re: Just iPhones?

I was using my iPod Touch at the time, same browser, same OS, so I assume the same problem.

Would kinda like to know.

Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on

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Is this the place James Bond visited?

Yes, in Goldeneye.

BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

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Re: 5G versus better existing services

Like an earlier commenter said, I've never really found myself in a situation where I've been using 4G and really had a compelling argument that I should be able to get faster data rates.

Same here. 4G speeds are plenty sufficient, and there have been times I've accidentally left my WiFi off (oops) and ended up streaming 1080p content without a hiccup. There is simply no consumer need to move on from 4G yet, but there is for filling in 4G notspots.

As I understand it, the biggest benefit of 5G would be to support more customers in a given location. If they can't find "we need to be able to support all of our customers" as a business case, it's clear that doing it with 4G isn't currently a problem...

Does UK high street banks' crappy crypto actually matter?

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I'd just prefer to have all my banks take reasonably long passwords, and to not require just a couple of characters in seperate input boxes, so that I can actually use my password manager properly.

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So things that are really out of date, or are old but the user can either turn on the support for later (better) protocols, or use alternative software (e.g. any browser other than IE)?

OpenSSL 0.9.1 was released in '98, the latest version of OpenSSL 0.9.X was released in 2005, and anything older then 1.0.2 is explicitly EOL.

The Java7 update you specify was June 18, 2013 Java7 itself (update 76) expired April 14, 2015.

Android kitkat was also 2013, and while technically supported with security patches to the source, it's unlikely that users are actually getting them. but that's not the problem, you stated older versions which are unsupported.

Not that you have control over what third parties use to connect to your systems of course, but there does come a time when it's probably not worth supporting outdated systems any more - or at least a point when you should be taking steps to discourage their use.

Apple succeeds in failing wearables

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Re: I don't even wear a dumb watch

Cheers, thanks for the recommendation.

When I do go out for hikes, or a trip to the Lake/Peak district etc, I usually take a watch, but it will live in a side pocket of my rucksac :)

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I don't even wear a dumb watch

I find having something strapped to my wrist an absolute pain.

It makes my wrist hot and sweaty, is usually either too tight or flops around, is of limited utility when there are clocks in my phone, on my desk, on my computer etc.

As for smart watches, it's something else to remember to charge, doesn't do anything my phone can't do better, takes about the same amount of time to access (and requires use of both arms to actually do anything) and like my phone, I would not be allowed to take it with me into my office.

Utterly unappealing to me.

Q: Why are you running in the office? A: This is my password for El Reg

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Re: Body placement

hmm. I may be in the minority, but my phone lives in the same pocket all the time. orientation may vary though.

Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Re: Why not web?

related: http://www.xkcd.com/934/

How did someone hijack your Gmail? Phishing, keylogger or password reuse, we're guessing

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has nobody mentioned "Correct Horse Battery Staple" yet?

No, so here we go: https://xkcd.com/936/

Though really, just use a password manager.

Learn client-server C programming – with this free tutorial from the CIA

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Re: MIPS ? PowerPC ?

A recent job had me producing builds of new software to target both of those architectures, along with about five others.

Many companies will still be running old hardware because it hasn't become redundant for its role yet, so it doesn't make sense to spend the time and money replacing it.

From what I understand, there are some major systems running at large companies (not sharing any names) that are still running on those systems.

Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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Re: Looks like iOS and Android need new options

I wouldn't worry too much just yet. To pick up individual keystrokes you'd have to re-code web entry forms so they pick up every single keystroke for timing. This makes it easy to detect that something is actively watching keystrokes rather than waiting for a POST with the completed string

or they capture the data client side with javascript and send it with the form data

Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: German Efficiency

I always found the trolley problem to be a non problem.

Simply put and hold the lever between the two options, and hope for a derailment.

And what about the 20 people travelling on the trolley-car who are now crashing?

NASA reconfirms 2019 will see first launch of Space Launch System

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It looks pretty kerbal in design to me - in that it looks almost exactly like my go-to heavy lifter design.

- Orange tank (check)

- Quad nozzle base engine unit (white) (check)

- Big boosters on the side (check)

Art imitating life or life imitating art (I assume the former)

The gravity turn in the video looks kinda late compared to the visible atmosphere though. Is it?

Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Re: maliciously possessing an explosive substance

But the charge was:

possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury.

Poster was pointing out that if it was never delivered, he was never in possession of the explosive. (Though he fully intended to be, and the stupid idiot deserves everything he gets)

Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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This is where I'm an advocate of open-source.

I recognise that not all applications need, and in some cases should ever be open sourced.

But no consumer device should rely on an external service to the extent that it cannot be re-purposed at least.

Amazon echo etc? really just a speaker and microphone with a small computer attached. What happens if Amazon suspend the cloud service that runs it? Users should be able to connect to google's service instead, as an example.

The device and the service should be separate.

where open source can help here is even if the company providing the service drops it, then someone can 'fix' it.

BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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Thinking of switching

I'm moving house next year, and the new place will have FTTP. Thinking of Hyperoptic. Anyone here have any feedback on them?

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Re: You can't change provider on FTTP only!

eh. I'd just rely on my mobile in that situation.

Cisco's John Chambers: Robot farmers will feed bloated cricket thoraxes to our children

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Re: Why?

I've tried Quorn. It lacks in taste and texture compared to the meat it tries to replace.

If it wasn't trying and failing to be meat, I might eat it more (make it its own thing).

As a concept, I think it's great.

Dumb autonomous cars can save more lives than brilliant ones

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Re: Better than the next guy

It's less about the experience - I know new drivers who are safer than peope who have been behind the wheel for years.

It's the amount of attention that they are giving to the driving of the car, given that they are no longer the ones driving, until suddenly, they are.

I did of course get what you meant though,

Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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Re: Problem for OLED

I noticed that my old LG G3 was showing screen burn-in when it was approaching 2yrs old.

I can see that happening on my 1 year old Samsung Galaxy S7, though this may not be because it is worse, and instead because I am more aware of the problem.

Never experienced burn-in on a TFT screen though. My old PC monitor's only problem is a dead pixel which it has had since new.

Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

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Re: Wut?

I think most would be happy with 6mbs.

With your logic, don't complain about the pollution when moving to a town or city. Want cleaner air, move out.

It's why I don't live in a city, and chose to go to a quiet city with an out of town campus for University instead of London/Manchester.

I do value logistics though, so I don't quite live out in the sticks, instead I have a happy medium, and have large amounts of woodland within a couple of minutes walk.

OTOH, Despite the posters going up over 4 years ago, I don't think OpenReach have fiber connections on our street yet. That's ok, Virgin do.

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Re: Alternative words

Well, that's potentially really good bandwidth.

The problem lies in the latency.

Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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So if he puts this on his CV, is he more or less likely to get a new job?

Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Re: Not just Cockatoos

Always get them to pass the problem up the chain, and never accept a new contract until after the connection is fixed...

Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

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Re: Curious...

A USB drive will quite happily survive a trip through the washing machine.

Though experience has taught me that impacts can definitely have an effect.

Once had someone else throw one of my USB drives at a wall. Upon trying to use it again, I found that one of the directories on the root of the drive now pointed to the contents of a different directory...

thankfully, there wasn't anything important on it that wasn't stored elsewhere.

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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Re: swipe unlock is all I need

The only reason I have a lock on my phone is so if someone pinches it they can't use it easily.

The problem with this was emphasised by my finding a phone left behind by someone in a public space not too long ago (left on top of a catalogue in an Argos...) Only thing I could (and did) do was hand it in, and hope that they would realise where they left it and come back for it.

If I had been able to get in, a quick call to "home", "mum", "dad", "wife" or whatever could have ensured that somebody connected to the owner knew where it was.

I would have thought that a "dial home" option would be a useful thing for phones to have, even if locked.

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Re: Do you know what works better than Face ID and Touch ID?

Does the Windows version work with a photo of your face? The Apple version is supposed to not work if you do that.

I can't comment on the Windows version, but my old Galaxy SIII required you to blink when prompted as some proof that it was looking at a real person.

Pretty easy to fool with a mask or eyeholes with another sheet of paper behind, but at least a plain photo wouldn't work.

Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

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Re: One of these days...

Well, nah, it's because the Reg's comment system stinks. I replied to a specific comment. Any comment system worth its salt ought to be able to indicate that in its presentation. If it can't, that ain't my problem.

As a silver badged commenter, you obviously have experience with the system and know its faults. Typing "blockquote" twice with a copy and paste is too hard is it?

How we fooled Google's AI into thinking a 3D-printed turtle was a gun: MIT bods talk to El Reg

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It would certainly be interesting

... if this were in use in an airport or other secure location to aid in detecting threats, and someone walked in with something like this that set off the system, to see what would then happen, given that the person in question certainly wouldn't be carrying something so obvious as a rifle.

Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Pretty simple really

not really.

Lets say that tesla botch an update and their cars all drive over the speed limit for a day or two, racking up fines.

Should Nissan or Aldi or Volvo etc really have to pay the fines for someone else's car?

Cars are registered. This includes model and make. The manufacturer is known, and could be charged directly - thats a lot simpler.

39 episodes of 'CSI' used to build AI's natural language model

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My sister...

...despite having little to no knowledge of the minor 'celebrities' brought in each week became good enough at the guessing game to be able to name the perpetrator about before the first ad-break, every time - except for when they had not yet appeared on screen.

She still enjoyed watching it however...

Slashing regulations literally more important than saving American lives to Donald Trump

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Re: 80% of crashes...

Nothing wrong with working from both ends.

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Re: I'm actually fine with delaying these regulations...

Delaying would be fine - it's preferable to get the technology onto vehicles, even if it isn't enabled, so that given a short amount of time it could be used, rather than a longer amount of time while things are analysed to the nth degree first (bear in mind that they have already done a lot of research on this)

Anyway, that's not the point. T isn't delaying it, he's backing off on it so that the spectrum that would work well for the application can be used by others.

As for other drivers on the road, drivers will already do that, with the assumption that you are going to be paying attention.

New cars (well, some of them) already keep track of what's going on around them with cameras and radar. You could get someone doing the same now, to trigger their braking systems.

What this tech is meant to do is to give your car a larger awareness of it's surroundings, so instead of reacting to the car in front of you braking, it can start reacting when the car two or three ahead of that begins to brake, resulting in both a safer and more comfortable ride (gradual braking etc)

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Re: Wow

Agree with excessive speeds, but sometimes you want some high-end torque.

For example, when someone is doing 35 in a 60-zone, but with limited (in number, not capability) overtaking opportunities and you are stuck behind, you want to be able to take advantage of that when it occurs.

On the motorway, you just pull out and accelerate, on a single carriageway, you need to accelerate hard to make the manoeuvre quickly and safely. Spending 15-20s to get up to speed when an opportunity arises results in a shorter safe time to perform the overtake, which makes this proposal less safe.

This is the reason why some people I know prefer to have more powerful cars. It isn't so that they can drive at excessive speeds, but instead so that they have the high end (at least within the speed limit range, not the engine's capacity range) power which results in safer overtakes.

I personally am a little wary whenever I do overtake on a single carriage road, and that's in a fairly average Ford Focus, not some little underpowered runabout.

Hardware has never been better, but it isn't a licence for code bloat

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Re: "The important thing is to have a way to measure"

The most effective debugging tool is still careful thought, coupled with judiciously placed print statements.

Brian Kernighan - "Unix for Beginners" (1979).

'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport

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You mean we do something well?

Well I never...

One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage

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Re: It's true

I live not too far away, and haven't had a problem in the area for years on Vodaphone. Others might dispute that.

Try a free PAYG sim to test signal strength for different providers.

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Re: Especially in the bathroom

The tiles play havok with the wifi signals. You find the same with tiled kitchens..

At home I get perfect Wifi in all rooms, including the far end of the house, two floors away.

Go the other side of the tiled bathroom though, and it starts dropping out. Shame that's my bedroom.

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: It has served me well

Anyone who is proud of their own unreadable code, considering it unreadable only by those less talented, doesn't understand what programming is about.


Lets quote someone who knows more than me what he's talking about:

Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place. So if you're as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it?

Brian Kernighan "The Elements of Programming Style", 2nd edition, chapter 2.

Coding stye guidelines exist for a reason: some other poor sod is going to have to maintain that code that you dashed off a few years ago.

It may even be future you that has to maintain it.

Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

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Cruise control

I don't have a problem with cruise control - you still have to be alert as you are still steering and have to be ready to react to the road. You can't do something else like you can with level 3 automation.

What it does do is save my bad knee from seizing up from holding my foot at an odd elevation when on a long drive.

I wish my car actually had CC...

The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

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the same vehicle is required to perform the journey in reverse within an hour

but, arn't most vehicles slower in reverse?

What are they going to do, turn the engines around?

Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

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Re: It's not just cake which can annoy the real folk.

I have an off-brand one of those, bought from a market stall in Thailand... It's very useful indeed, and good for playing tricks on people.

Finding a perfect match to any tv might take a while, but a lot of them share codes for some functionality.

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Re: cake, and grief counseling

This is the first time I've actually seen someone use that quote and not the overused one.

UK's NHS to pilot 'Airbnb'-style care service in homeowners' spare rooms

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Do note, this has now been shelved

Southend Hospital backs off 'Airbnb beds' plan: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-41763730

VR-bonkers Microsoft yanks plug out of Kinect

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You would have thought that full body sensing would work well with an AR/VR headset...

Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

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Re: I must be in the "Beta" programme

I ended up mounting an old smartphone to the peephole of my front door, running an app incorporating a motion sensor and ip stream for the camera. When it makes a detection, it instantly alerts me via my current phone, from which I can check the feed and see who and what is going on.

It also acts as a handy screen for the peephole, so I don't need to lean in and squint.

So basically a free version of what Amazon are flogging, that cost me nothing to implement but an old phone that was picking up dust, minus the electronic lock.

As I wouldn't want to open my front door to strangers while I am away, it's not missing anything I would want.

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Re: I must be in the "Beta" programme

Even with the car there, there have been plenty of times when I am waiting for a package, and I therefore wait on the ground floor with a laptop (as opposed to my office space two stories up) to ensure I can hear the doorbell.

I then go to make myself a drink and find a note hanging from the letterbox.

Subsequent testing ensures that no, the hardwired doorbell system has not run out of batteries or inexplicably failed...

I think that all delivery drivers have developed either a phobia of, or an allergic reaction to doorbells

Royal Mail / ParcelForce seem to be the worst at actually ringing the doorbell.

I guess it doesn't help that my house seems to be at the end of nearly all delivery routes, where the driver finds it quicker to write the note and deliver that through the letterbox, so they can jolly off home as early as possible, than to actually do their job and deliver the package. More than once now, I've heard the van pull up, seen them filling in the slip while still in the van, and met them as they are walking down the path, slip in hand sans package.

To say it's frustrating is an understatement. Especially when it's a next day delivery for a reason, and time has been taken off work to ensure that I am around to accept the delivery.

Humble civil servant: Name public electric car chargers after me

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Re: Onboard diesel-electric

It's at this point, I remember Porsche's first attempt at these.

Quite famous for catching fire when being trialled against the alternative design from another company which lost them the contract.

Of course Porsche had already begun building a few hundred of them and had to re-purpose them. They still didn't work very well and kept breaking down.

Interestingly enough, we Brits were also working on the same technology. The vehicle it was mounted in was a failure, but the mechanics worked!

FYI, yes, I am talking about the VK 4501 (P) and the TOG II*

The net's a sprawling data mire – Webhose.io sprays away the gunk

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Re: As much as I despise Google

Yes, if you quote the search terms, i.e. I want to search for both (Oracle) + (Mark Hurd) you get the desired results:



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