* Posts by low_resolution_foxxes

40 posts • joined 8 Nov 2016

Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken


Re: How about Apple's apparent deflation? The surgence of "cloud"?

I cannot help but notice that Huawei has recently threatened Apple (selling Apple-quality phones for about £250, instead of Apple's £500-1000)) and Qualcomm (Huawei refusing to pay royalties to Qualcomm).

Put both gargantuan companies in peril and you can imagine the anti-Huawei lobbying going on in the US. Even Samsung (heavily owned by US investors) is losing ground to Huawei.

The UK is well aligned with Huawei, partially through the strong UK-Hong Kong links and HSBCs enormous revenues from Asia. The British are not going to upset the Chinese and actively seem to like having cheap goods, as opposed to the American model of "pay $1 per day and charge £700 for a smartphone in the US".

NHS England's chief digital officer goes full digital, ditches health service for GP app biz


Problem: many people don't like taking the afternoon off work to attend a 5 minute GP appointment. many appointments are simply catch ups or prescription renewal that can be done over Skype, clearly not all.

Additionally, many people don't attend their appointments, a particular problem with less than 3 GPs in house.

Convenient access to NHS services via app can be great for some patients, having pools of hundreds of available GPs helps balance workload, and may even be immediately available. You also wouldn't need to leave the house to get a repeat prescription

Some doctors will hate this, as it will be in direct competition with their multi million pound clinics, and may even lower the barrier for specialist sexual health nurses to take over swathes of work that a Dr could make an easy living out of

British Airways: If you're feeling left out of our 380,000 passenger hack, then you may be one of another 185,000 victims


Re: Close call?

Cause and effect perchance? 2016 they outsourced 1000 IT jobs to India, either it wasn't protected well enough or the former IT support team backdoored their way in.

UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)


Re: Are you 18 or older?

As much as I hate to propose the idea, could we not have an OS login level age ID optin service? I'd rather give android my ID rather than porn sites

Protip: my favourite porn method is just to use Google image search with a search like "hot sex .gif" usually the 4chan nerds have .gifed all the really good shots, plus you also get to watch 5-10 great GIFs at the same time, AND it won't be regulated by the above. I'm guessing the Google cached .gifs are less virus probe than darker smutwebs too.

'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks


Re: Sophisticated atatck

The bigger problem with BA is that their pensions liability is gigantic.

Roughly 10-11% of your ticket price is going to pay for the historic final salary pensions, apparently for the pilots that is £100+k. Yet alone paying for the future pensions..


Friends with a victim

My work colleague mentioned she was hit by this hack a few days ago.

She claims they stole her AMEX details from BA and purchased a number of BA flights with it. I cannot help but think that is an odd choice for a hacker, passport control would be an adrenaline thrill wondering whether the flight had been flagged as fraud or not.

I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections


Re: Multiple layers

Double Click .net is part of the Google ad infrastructure I believe. It's probably perma-included as part of Android or some other Google product

You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands



In England, I pay £30pm ($38) for an unlimited 76mbs (9mb up) connection, then I add a £7/$10 Netflix account.

It's kinda standard here in England that anyone living near a city would probably have a 300mbs service available, and most new builds have fibre installed.

Virgin Media even offer their 362mb (AVERAGE!) speed for £42 ($53). So America - they are taking the mickey.

Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push


I'm an Android fanboy, but until Pixel's get into the sensible price bracket I am really not that bothered.

It's an OK phone, but with cheap Huawei's flooding the market with good specs in the £150-250 range, I see no point in a semi-premium phone at £500.

IBM Watson dishes out 'dodgy cancer advice', Google Translate isn't better than humans yet, and other AI tidbits


Entirely true and valid points.

In oncology, there is a surprising amount of logical steps that can be performed that are literally IF/ELSE statements that lead to a resultant pattern of care. There is an awful lot of background theory, but you could probably train a Visual Basic Macro in Excel to calculate with moderate accuracy what the treatment should be.

Just as an example, breast cancer, you may determine the size, location and severity of the tumour, run blood test and DNA diagnostics for various known genetic faults (possibly: BRCA, P53, HER, FAP etc.), there are recommended 'standard' protocols advised for many 'common' tumour developments. The problem is that there are possibly 20-30 different treatments with high theoretical learning curves.

For those of a nerdy inquisition, I really do recommend reading about the above cancer genes. As our understanding of DNA is improving, it is reaching the stage where many cancer progressions have been mapped in processes that are akin to typical electronic engineering applications. i.e. damaged hormone growth receptor results in uncontrolled growth, faulty DNA repair protein fails to detect/repair tumours, etc.


I'd remain skeptical but open minded where Doctors have opinions on AI enabled software that could replace them. Turkeys may be well educated, but they also have serious college debts and crazy salaries, with a track record of failing to vote for Christmas.

In the one example failure I've heard from this report:

"In one example, a patient was recommended a drug that could lead to severe or fatal hemorrhage while he was already dealing with severe bleeding due to his condition."

Drugs have side effects, as I understand it in Britain (I am married to a pharmacist), A doctor will typically recommend the standard treatment, it is then necessary for a pharmacist to confirm whether a drug is suitable for the patient based on their other medical history. My wife spends half her life battling with Doctors who "did not know" the side effect profiles were unsuitable for certain medical conditions - so to me it sounds like the AI chose the most suitable drug, that would probably have been rejected by the pharmacist.

It sounds like IBM watson needs another UI message that says "Here are the contradictions to be aware of:_________________"

Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway



That'll learn ya! Data watchdog spanks two Brit phone botherers


Re: They shouldn't be fined.

Given their company name it is easy enough to find the business name and Directors names

This is possibly the right culprits, worth a phone call? https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08142575/officers

Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops


125kg? Damn, that's like trying to take down a bear.

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project


Re: @david 12

Rees Mogg is one of the biggest jokes I have seen in a number of years.

Fred Flintstone is more up to date with 21st century society.


Re: Politics..

To be fair, the irony is that Paul Dacre (part-time psychopath extraordinaire and editor of the Daily Mail), has recently been kicked out and replaced with a Remainer.

My father in law (sadly) reads the Mail, he was confused where all the patriotic anti-foreigner articles had gone.

Chinese tech giant ZTE is back in business – plus or minus $1.4bn and its entire board


Yeah, I'm the natural type to particularly dislike Trump, but I reached 'peak anti-trump hysteria' a long time ago. It's become a tired liberal/journalist cliche of reporters "reporting" on Twitter events.

If he manages to fix the North Korean problem without a single weapon fired, I'll give that as a Trump victory, he has also been slightly lucky as well, as he primarily seems to be solving the issue because a) they genuinely think he has a screw loose, and b) when their nuclear test site collapsed underground they couldn't afford to dig another one.

Obama was clearly a greater intellect and a massive social step forward in many ways, but as a peaceful negotiating diplomat Obama was never seen as an irrational dangerous psycho with access to a nuclear button and too much coffee. I know who I would pick a fight with.

Fella gets 2.5 years in the clink for coughing up cell numbers in $50m junk text message scam


I use EE/BT in the UK, when I set my account up I rang customer services and put a total block on all 3rd party 'premium' messages.

If there ever has been a true "idiot tax", premium rate text messages are right up there.

US prison telco accused of selling your phone's location to the cops


Your life generally improves when you delete facebook, instagram and Twitter from your phone. Or disable, as it is physically impossible to delete fb on many phones. More time, less stress, you read more books etc. If I really want to see that stuff just open the website. Ghostery helps, an eye opening range of advertising networks unable to stalk you.

Anyway - is the crux of this story why is a prison requesting geolocation data without due cause/reason/authority. Or that Securus should perform due diligence on incorrect paperwork.

Equifax reveals full horror of that monstrous cyber-heist of its servers


Perhaps an interesting angle that few have mentioned, assuming this was a genius hack completed successfully, how does a hacker behave? They must be fearful of public trading, with a very small pool with access to the data. Or did they sh*t themselves and delete?

Wildcards include Russia/Mossad/Beijing/Iran fishing for data on prominent us politicians/businessmen?

if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders


Re: Stack Overflow has admitted its community can be hostile

It's tricky. I wouldn't personally go to Mumsnet and complain it is hostile to men, however the fact there is an inherent gender bias at Mumsnet is patently true, as otherwise it would be called Parentsnet.

Software engineering is a tricky field. In general it's a slightly dorky field with a barrier to entry along the lines of the whole "what do you want to be when your old? Ok maths and computers are boring and hard I won't do that", whereas younger males are immensely competitive on video games and just kinda veer into a comp sci course.

Women are essentially capable and valuable in comp sci roles, it's just that statistically it appears they don't want to pursue that field. My electronics degree was 97% male, probably 99% white or Asian. We would have killed for more women/diversity to join us on the course - not just because we'd like to date them, because too many software nerds find social interaction with women difficult because some just don't talk to women.

Beyond this - what is the actual issue here? Is there a specific harassment issue or accusation of intrinsic bias? Or is it simply that some Gender Studies PhD wanted to structurally analyse a nerdy website because it's fashionable and someone was mean to her while playing CoD?

I keep hearing that us evil men discriminate against women, because women are underrepresented at management level. I'd probably argue the opposite - they are overrepresented compared to the statistical numbers that actually pursue employment in the field.

Yet more reform efforts at the Euro Patent Office, and you'll never guess what...


Lol. Farage is a joke. His grandad was a stockbroker and also his father. He worked as an oil trader for a while, a position you can make millions doing, and was so successful... He was shifted sideways into the PR dept.

In practical politics, the EU is successfully clamping down on banks, corruption and offshore tax avoidance. Nearly everyone connected with Farage at the top level is either a banker upset at various EU reforms or running a business in offshore treasure Islands. He appeals to the inner demons of thick people who don't understand his true intentions, like working class fishermen, despite attending virtually no EU meetings on fishing (he never misses the banking meetings).

The reprobate still has a day job, he is a pr manager for a finance trading company, he has never known an honest working class lifestyle.

Openreach and BT better watch out for... CityFibre after surprise £537m takeover deal


Hmm. BT have a nationwide fibre network no? Capable of 330mbs over the final copper wires from the street cabinet?

Sure full fibre is great for apartments and new build, but the retrofit cost is quite high when the existing solution works great for ~80% of the population. It looks like mobile 4g dingles mounted on the roof are the way forward

Academics: Shutting down Facebook API damages research, oversight, competition


"The leading international community of researchers in the field, the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)"

In other words, pseudo-academics paid handsomely to talk about Twitter and Facebook are upset they can no longer charge corporates or get grants to talk about Twitter and Facebook and publish nonsense PR/questionnaires.

On a certain level, I don't mind facebook profiling my likes and interests and showing me ads based on those. I kinda get that. I just object when I realise they are actively linking my profile to my Experian credit rating, determining whether I own a home, if I am single and into cute 25-30yr old Asian girls, and then allowing virtually anyone to gather this information and integrate it into their own websites. The idea is absurd when presented like this.

TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!


I hope this is due to a 1-off account creation process the first time someone logs in? Falling over due to overloaded servers? Still, it looks like a self-made DDoS attack !

FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!


You are assuming it wasn't provided unofficially by Apple to satisfy the US security industry.

You will probably be able to tell from the PR reaction when somebody points this out to Apple, whether they try particularly hard to fix it.

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation


Re: Not useful

It is possible that an intelligent being is performing intergalactic research on our data feeds, but can only find a severe fascination with reality tv, copulation and felines.

They shall leave us alone until the hyper-intelligent dolphin species discover morse code and quantum entanglement.

OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws


Yeah, sometimes it almost seems like processors are designed to have backdoors by the Americans that occasionally get leaked and cause a crisis....


Re: Cui bono?

Intel are a massive employer in Israel (10,000s), so it wouldn't be surprising if a few Intel workers had also worked in security and would like a bite at AMD following Intel's woes..

There's a lot of geo-political business related tension in Israel recently, the most valuable company in Israel (Teva Pharmaceutical) just had the patent rights expire on a blockbuster drug (~$4bn pa revenue, big news for a small ~ 8m population), so with Intel and Teva on the ropes, it's not surprising some of their workers would potentially consider pointing out flaws in the opposition.

Do not underestimate the power of finance share geezers shorting a stock to make £100m in a day either by posting 'market changing information' in public - it would not be the first time, that's usually the US or London traders though.

Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told


Re: So, not just a question of...

The power grid meltdown statement is a bit misleading, as things currently stand the central London Northy bit around Clerkenwell the power grid is pretty much at capacity. It's possible to get additional power - but it's a tough challenge and I believe you essentially have to bury under the Thames to get additional power from South London, where there is some spare capacity.

So there is power available, if you spend a ridiculous amount of money on tunnels under the Thames, dig up half the local community and bribe a few dozen local councillors and communities for the delays and chaos caused.

Or you could charge them somewhere else, introducing a painful inefficiency. I guess they can trial things for now, London needs a super-route of ultra-high-capacity underground power tunnels, which I believe is what projects like this are intended to do with all the new offshore wind turbines being built (I think the general public are little aware of the sheer scale of the offshore wind turbine developments that are being planned, tens of projects are lined up measured in 400+km² areas now...


Lloyds Banking Group to splash £3bn on tech


From recollection, at least part of this will be spent on the new "cheques on a phone" infrastructure. No longer will I need a 1 hour return journey to cash in cheques.

Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you



Given that chip and pin has been essentially hacked by at least 2 separate live methods in the field ( https://www.wired.com/2015/10/x-ray-scans-expose-an-ingenious-chip-and-pin-card-hack/ ) I find it amusing when I read that a banks method is more secure than a technology companies.

In the longterm, people tend to like technology companies and hate banks. Large technology companies should be able to design features that allow basic banking features (direct debit, transfer, etc.) with integrated secure/biomarker security. We'll see how this plays out

Capita data centres hit by buttload of outages


Re: Capita is "too complex"?

Not always true. The average idiot sales team selling buttons will always run in 3 month sales cycles, there are other industries out there that work to very long lead times.

Large petrochemical plants can take 3-8 years to get through the design spec/permit/construction phase. Many UK offshore wind turbine sites (round 3) have taken 10 years of development to get this far and will take another 5 years to complete.

Tesla has spent 10 years designing the Model S and getting the Gigafactory built (nearly there).

FCC commish gobbles Verizon's phone-locking BS, says it tastes great


How much do you guys pay for 4G data anyway? Here in the UK we can get a perfectly reasonable sim-only contract for 4GB data, all you can eat texts and calls, for £10pm ($13). You'll need a $150-300 smartphone, or to get an iPhone with similar specs, about $1000.


Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men


It's difficult. We get it in electronics all the time - At uni 98% of our electronics degree course were male, typically white or Asian. After 17 years in electronics, I have still only met 1 female working as an electronic design engineer.

This is more of a problem with aspiration, girls in the 1990s didn't want to do engineering/comp sci because it was a dorky/messy thing to do. Guys kinda just learnt it arsing around trying to fix their cars/pirate music and 'specialist media' on the interweb. So err, we are in that annoying situation where girls didn't want to do maths/sci 'cause it was hard and icky', but want the same salary doing flexible part-time work in a 9-5 clean office environment in their hometown? Hmmm, difficult. They are perfectly capable of doing it - but lack of take-up and experience is holding them back.

PS The female engineer I did meet was a total ninja/nerd and massively better at her job than me...it was great. Before that we pretended an old engineer with a pony tail was our romantic ambition.

Apple embraces El Reg! iOS 11 is now biting the hand that types IT


Last company workplace:

40 engineers - 1 iPhone.

8 marketing staff - 8 iPhones.

Apple has poor value for what is becoming a commodity product. It is now 50% brand, 30% price exclusivity ("it's more expensive, it MUST be better"), 20% technology.

Just 99.5 million nuisance calls... and KeurBOOM! A £400K megafine


His address will be public. Can we crowd source 100m letters through his postbox? You know, he seems to enjoy this kind of thing.

ITU-T wants video sizes to halve again by 2020


I think it's a good headline goal that would help achieve a budget. Remember that 4K UHD is about to hit and that will use substantial bandwidth.

It will be a holistic process - film studios using standard colours and backgrounds, fade in/outs, etc. Compression does a number of cool quirky things to change the image - only change the things that matter. Perhaps you could use multiple reference frames throughout sections of the movie based on the computed best frame matches.

For reference, the H.264 standard was published in 2003, ergo the vast majority of patents will have expired by 2022, so the MPEG LA patent royalty group will lose it's patent royalties in a few years and will push to apply it's new fangled patents, whether they are worthwhile or not.

What went wrong at Tesco Bank?


Re: With cloud computing, hackers have so many more points of entry

Cloud banking 'entry points' depends.

Some of the clouds (I believe IBM's can be configured so) are essentially private fibre connections between bank HQ and dedicated servers for the really top secret data. So can really be thought of as an 'external branch network'.

Although I believe there are a range of players and options available in this field.

If the data can be anonymised and crunched offline, then returned and the data de-anonymised, cloud computing can work very well.

Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands


Interesting if it is card holder present fraud.

Last year it was reported that a man-in-the-middle attack had learnt how to fake the chip-n-pin auth response at the terminals. Wonder if it's an industrial automated version of this hack?


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