* Posts by davidak

40 posts • joined 29 Aug 2016

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

davidak
Pint

Buffer Overflow

Always get just more than a pint.

Consent, datasets and avoiding a visit from the information commissioner

davidak

Re: Commercial relationship?

If you have not already consented then the email asking for consent is illegal under PECR (2003). If you had consented, then there is no need for these GDPR related consent emails.

Adobe: Two critical Flash security bugs fixed for the price of one

davidak

Re: Urgh!

It uses flash because you have it installed. It uses something called EndSlatePluginHTML to play here (as I do not let flash on my system), which I'm guessing is one of the billion javascript/html5 players that all duplicate the exact same functionality as each other.

Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

davidak

That would be unfortunate if you are a copper.

Shoddily-set-up Elastisearch hosting point-of-sale malware

davidak

"This one's caused by people clicking through the hard parts of Elasticsearch configuration"

Nope, it's caused by insecure default configuration and/or allowing someone to click through something that needs setting.

Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

davidak
Headmaster

Re: we're all doomed

Technically it is in place now, it just isn't being enforced until May 2018.

Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

davidak

Re: intentionally re-identify individuals

Abolish Road Tax? Great news from the early part of the 20th century (not a typo, 20th is correct). It already has been.

UK IBMers lose crucial battle in pension row

davidak

Re: Consultation?

Nope, not only a lawyer, that is how management of any organisation thinks. Consultations are 100% fraudulent.

First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

davidak
Headmaster

Re: So....restore from backup

If they hadn't been testing then they hadn't been backing up.

UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov

davidak

Re: ID for voting

7.5% of the electorate being denied a vote according the the piece in the independent. 7.5% who are not likely to vote Tory. They won't care enough to force ID cards onto us.

So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

davidak
Headmaster

Re: Will This Data Be Misused....?

Here in the U.K. We haven't had DRIPA since 31st Dec 2016 when it expired. We do have IPA which illegally (up until about 2 years tomorrow) allows theoretical access.

After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

davidak
Mushroom

Re: Always been clunky

Visual studio code is a web browser posing as a text editor. It is therefore the complete opposite of lightweight.

UK website data insecurity worries: Users in bits over car break-up emails

davidak

Re: I need to start doing this

There is a downside though. Many websites use an incorrect regular expression for validating email addresses and will reject ones with the +

davidak

Re: I need to start doing this

It isn't so much gmail that allows the + but the standard. In fact that is exactly how email worked for all Demon customers. Every customer had their own subdomain, i.e. sub.demon.co.uk, email was sent to anyuser@sub.demon.co.uk, but their system rewrote that to sub+ anyuser@demon.co.uk in order to have it sent to the correct account.

Millions of Brits stick with current broadband provider rather than risk no Netflix

davidak

Re: As ye reap...

If? We passed that point a very long time ago.

Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

davidak

Could be worse

May doesn't think anyone should have privacy, except the government of course.

All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

davidak

Re: Vodafone are far cheaper

Given the way Vodafone treated Demon users I wouldn't go anywhere near them. Repeated removal or downgrade of service while in contract, lies about parts of the service being "free", editing of their website to remove reference to the service when they realise it supports it not being a free extra.

BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

davidak

Pass the salt

We were also told the entire archive was going online as part of the digital media initiative, but we didn't get that and instead got a £100,000,000 bill for the overall failure of the project. As such any claim related to iPlayer I will take with a pinch of salt.

Why the UK is unlikely to get an adequacy determination post Brexit

davidak

Re: How on Earth did the Supremes come up with that interpretation???

I will paraphrase Sir Kier "Human Rights Lawyer" Starmer on this one. If we collect evidence on everyone when we don't know who the suspect is, when we have a suspect we will have evidence on them. Yes he did say this (precise words may differ marginally) in one of the IP Act debates. Yes, the so called human rights lawyer thinks this is a good thing.

Reschedule the holiday party, Patch Tuesday is here and it's a big one

davidak

Re: About a decade ago

That is Apple Music, not iTunes. If my local library was deleted I would have restored it from my backups, which isn't absolving Apple from the problem, but it still isn't an issue with iTunes which does not require an Apple Music subscription.

davidak

Re: About a decade ago

You did not answer the question I asked. That is a problem with Apple Music. Apple Music != iTunes.

davidak

Re: About a decade ago

Please explain how iTunes holds your music to ransom? Music is not DRMed, it sits in a normal folder as normal files, with an xml file that again just sits on disk containing details of exactly what is held and where.

MacBook Pro owners complain of short batt life – so Apple kills batt life clock in macOS

davidak

Battery issue resolved

Battery issue was fixed in the later 10.12.2 betas, now seeing 10 hours up from 5 previously.

Ofcom fleshes out plans to open up BT's ducts and poles

davidak
Headmaster

Re: Universal Service Obligation?

Not this again. BT were not handed 2 billion. They were the last remaining bidder for it after all the others dropped out due to it not being worth their while. Fujitsu being the last of the others to bail out.

Visa cries foul over Euro regulator's stronger authentication demands

davidak

Re: Does this give Apple Pay the finger then?

No, Apple Pay is already authenticated either by fingerprint or a passcode protected watch.

No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

davidak

Aaisp do provide an option for filtering when you sign up. If you say you want filtering they tell you to find a different ISP.

Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

davidak

Re: Wait a minute...

Drivers have a license to drive on a public road. They do not have the right to. Pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders have a right.

May blocked plans to bring in more Indian IT workers – Vince Cable

davidak

"I wasn't aware India had such people. The ones I deal with are certainly not what I would class as 'experts'. Distinctly average, or worse and unable to think outside of a predetermined script."

So what you are saying is that they are the same as "IT experts" the world over. Including here.

Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

davidak

Re: It's downhill all the way ... @Blue Pumpkin

Nope, the downloads button is still there for me, have they been stupid enough to not have it by default for a clean install?

Snoop! stooge! Yahoo! handed! all! your! email! to! Uncle! Sam! – and! any! passing! hacker!

davidak

Re: So, to summarize ...

Yes, the backdoor obviously wasn't big enough, otherwise they would have found those un-named hackers and made us all safe by protecting us from the very bad people.

Microsoft disbands Band band – and there'll be no version 3

davidak
Coat

They should really produce a band 3. They have after all only scratched the surface.

6-in-10 punters return their self-destructing Samsung Galaxy Note 7

davidak

No, but the carriers could block all imei numbers in the batches that act like matches.

T-Mobile USA: DON'T install Apple's iOS 10, for the love of God

davidak

Problem has been fixed with another new carrier update apparently. T-Mobile still blaming Apple though.

Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

davidak

Absence of knowledge

"The absence of waterproofing and dustproofing in the original was baffling"

The original was IPx7 so was waterproof, ok water resistant but then the new one is also water resistant rather than waterproof.

Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

davidak
Coat

Re: So- nothing compelling........

An upgrade from Vodafone? So EE, Three, or Yoghurt pots and string then?

davidak

Re: Water to 30 meters, but what about SALT water??

Salt water? Not a problem. From the Apple website: "Apple Watch Series 2 has a water resistance rating of 50 metres under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that it may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. "

FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

davidak

Re: Feels ...?

Article 8 is unfortunately quite worthless, despite the Daily Fail constantly ranting about how evil it is. It can be ignored for matters of national security, or even worse, matters of public morality. What is the definition of public morality? Whatever the government say it is of course.

davidak

Re: Two thumbs up for the sub-heading

I worry that the current UK prime minister IS sympathetic towards these agencies and supports backdooring.

Apple sued over shoddy iPhone touchscreens

davidak

Re: Not again .....

Retailer is only responsible for the first year of the two, the manufacturer, i.e. Apple is responsible for the second if you can show that it was a manufacturing default, which shouldn't be hard in this instance due to multiple cases.

davidak

Re: Not again .....

Your use of £ indicates UK. So your mate should have responded that as it has been less than 2 years since the 6 plus was released then the phone is still under the mandatory EU 2 year warranty, let alone the sale of goods act which mandates up to 7 years. Given many phone contracts are 2 years long the expected life time of a phone should be a minimum of 2 years, and so the sales of goods act applies for at least 2 years as well.

If this is a design fault then why is it not impacting the majority of devices? A specific batch is far more likely, got a working one right here in front of me. It is far more likely typical abuse people dish out to their phones instead of treating them like the expensive computers they are.

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