* Posts by j.bourne

32 posts • joined 3 Jan 2017

Googlers hate it! This one weird trick lets websites dodge Chrome 76's defenses, detect you're in Incognito mode


Writing to disk defeats the whole purpose of incognito. Now you need to guarantee deletion from disk - not possible in all scenarios. And what's more possibly forensically recoverable after deletion (depending on the hardware).

Internet imbeciles, aka British ISP lobbyists, backtrack on dubbing Mozilla a villain for DNS-over-HTTPS support


Re: Still Perplexed...

OK, so an IP doesn't identify a specific website (in many cases) so, If I make a dns lookup for 'dogsittingonyourface.com' and get an IP 123.456.789.012 back - then go visit the same IP over HTTPS - it's still no guarantee that I actually visited 'dogsittingonyourface.com' is it? I could have been visiting 'catsittigonyourface.org' instead if it's hosted at the same IP. Add further that I expect that there are many more DNS lookups being spammed out from my computer that aren't due to directly typed URLs or clicked links - just page content loads...



Maybe it's just me, but I don't see a huge benefit in DoH for concealing Internet history, except to ensure that the results received are from the queried server( i.e. no MITM). After all, if you use those results (HTTPS or not) you'll be exposing the fact of a connection to a specific site (time + IP = site identification) to your ISP (or any other interested parties with access to your ISP logs).

Hacking these medical pumps is as easy as copying a booby-trapped file over the network


Re: Copying a cab over smb is one thing...

Just what I was thinking, shouldn't the update file be signed with a secure certificate? Even Windows won't install just any old thing anymore without application signing.

You're not still writing Android apps in Oracle's Java, are you? Google tut-tuts at dev conf


Re: K&R Braces

Perhaps typing 'BEGIN' for you is easier than typing {} but I know which I just typed quicker and took less keystrokes. Once you've graduated out of typing with two fingers while staring at the keyboard and can properly touch type you'll realise why it's much easier to type {}.

We regret to inform you the massive asteroid NASA's all excited about probably won't hit Earth


Re: 3 football fields?

Zeppelins would be about right?

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics


Re: The socket only switches the 'live' wire

Double pole switches on sockets are optional and not widely taken up in the UK. Unless you know it's a DP switched socket for sure, are you going to take a risk?


Re: better idea.

Not really. The socket only switches the 'live' wire - the neutral is still connected and isn't always at ground potential....

Microsoft debuts Bosque – a new programming language with no loops, inspired by TypeScript


Short Comment

This is not a comment:

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This is a comment,

// What a load of Bosque!

Dead LAN's hand: IT staff 'locked out' of data center's core switch after the only bloke who could log into it dies


Or travelling together on the same bus/train/plane or in the same car etc...

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once


Propaganda or Information useful to?

Which is it? Either this report is confused or the legislation is. Is it an offence to view terrorist 'Propaganda' or to view 'information useful to a terrorist'? I'd think of these as distinct data sets even if they do overlap. Both are a problem of course - the whole raison d'etre for Propaganda is to get viewed by people who wouldn't necessarily seek it out - so yes - the new Rick-roll of the 21st century? then there's information useful to a terrorist - so checking the train/bus/flight timetable is a complete go directly to jail card? (let alone looking at a map to find the rail station/concert hall/town hall etc...).

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid


Being black Friday - and given the 2006 manufacture date it'll probably be analogue only....

More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox

Big Brother

Ongoing war for control of display to consumer

When browsers 'filter' ads (i.e. decide which ads you see and which you don't) based on their own blacklists/whitelists controlled by the browser developers - then how Google and FB etc... are determining which ads to display to the user becomes a moot point if ffox decides to block an FB ad yet show a Google one for a competing product/ideology.

Don't fall down the hole thinking that this is any more for the benefit of users, it's about who controls what you see when you are browsing the web. (hint: it's not you).

Iconic Land Rover Defender may make a comeback by 2019


>The car will tell you what is wrong?

Says the voice with no experience. What the car will tell you is the gadgetwhatsit isn't giving a sensible reading/is malfunctioning or some such. When it reality theres a chafed wire in the wiring loom miles from the gadgetwhatsit 6 inches away from where it connects to someother gadgetwhatsitcontrolunit at the other end of the car - and that's if you use the diagnostics correctly.

Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum


And so the much touted total record of all transactions - the blockchain - doesn't enable the re-construction of who had what and when at all. So, for as much as blockchain is being touted as a usable record of all transactions in cryptocurrency <insertfakemoneynamehere>, it's actually not then?

Google on flooding the internet with fake news: Leave us alone, we're trying really hard... *sob*


Since when were Google - or search engines generally proclaimed arbitrators of what is true and what is not?

I thought they (search engines) were arbitrators of relevance to the search terms being used - no more, no less.

Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality


Re: There's already a solution

> I think that most gamers don't have that kind of fitness.

They will soon....

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

Black Helicopters

I suspect that you've confused what should happen with what does happen...

'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you


The driver is still going to have to concentrate on the road. It's not full autopilot being proposed just speed control.

'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary


Re: The idiocy of this runs even deeper.

"All non-breakable communications will be declared illegal."

Doesn't mean a ban on all encrypted communications - just those where the authorities/secret intelligence service/governmental wonks - don't have a means to intercept and decrypt

. The VPN is fine - provided the data can be intercepted and decrypted by GCHQ. The data on the laptop is protected by encryption? RIPA requires the user to hand over the keys on demand.

We'll hit THAT 95% Sigfox coverage target using telly aerials, says WND-UK


Am I completely missing the point?

But what exactly is yet another layer of EM radiation blanketing the population of the UK supposed to achieve? 'IOT connectivity' all very vague what things? and why can't these non-defined 'things' use the existing infrastructure of wired broadband and non-wired internet already blanketing the country?

As for 'current UK legislation means domestic households can have up to two roof-mounted antennas without needing planning permission.' ... Unless there are restrictive covenants on the property to limit to one tv aerial per house (which is very common) ... and as these aren't tv aerials... You may need more than planning permission in those cases.

49 rollouts in nearly 4 months, looking to roll out how many units?? even upping that optimistically to 100 a month it's going to take them a couple of years to achieve their goal.

Google ships WannaCrypt for Android, disguised as Samba app


Re: Why?

"most home servers are in fact ADSL routers with USB/eSATA ports running Linux"

WTF?? The USB port is running Linux? My home server is an ADSL router?? (not)

Google DeepMind trial failed to comply with data protection – ICO


Re: Fixed?

Upvote for distinguishing the difference between 'We would like to...' and 'We can'/'We will'

As in "I would like to say I'm stinking rich".... "But, I can't, because I'm not."

Russian data scientist unable to claim £12,000 prize in Brit competition


In a sane world (dream on) acceptance of the entry in the first place should have been good enough as long as the details of the competitor entering weren't hidden. The entry was plainly accepted in full knowledge that the entrant would be disqualified. Pay - up!

Not rules as such.... merely guidelines?

Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control


After owning the current tv slab for more than two years it was only on re-setting it up following a house move that I discovered the manual controls on the back... Difficult to use with a long stick but would have been helpful several times when fairies steal the remote or the batteries go flat.

(You can't) buy one now! The flying car makes its perennial return


Re: Rotors "powered by the wind"

"...passage of air through the rotor from below..." ??

So the Wikipedia article (and we always believe them to be correct, yes?) is actually suggesting that the autogyro is in a constant state of falling and so stays up in the air...............

Time to take some more of those pretty pills maybe??

Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws


Re: what...

Nail - head - on - hit. The problem is not the algorithm per se, it's the data that's allowed to be used to base the outcome on. E.g. if Gender, age, ethnicity, etc... weren't parameters in the first place then they wouldn't be available to discriminate on....

Oh, so it's just short people you pick on then .... Yep that's ok nothing on the statute about height discrimination (or is there?).

US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling


Terrorists no-longer have any need to enter the USA - they have already succeeded in terrifying their target. The US authorities are now so paranoid that they are now prepared to curtail American freedom.

You're taking the p... Linux encryption app Cryptkeeper has universal password: 'p'


Big News! Bug found in a Test Release!

Isn't this what test releases are for?

UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans


If only everyone in the UK had some sort of ID card with a code that they could enter into something like a payment page for a credit/debit card and a PIN number to go with it. That could be verified by the bank of government identity watchdog and then the age consent passed back to the website.

ID cards for all and .gov knowing all your favourite smut sites!

Hasn't that been a Hobby horse for May for several years now....

Google's Grumpy code makes Python Go


Python is the new COBOL?

Having just ended a Decade of COBOL development and maintenance - you remember? the language that 'died' by 1970? (not) Having now picked up C# (not by choice) with quite a struggle. Here comes Google to hold back another generation of software developers to maintain their Python 2.7 codebase which is going to be an archaic curiosity to most in 10 years time. Leaving a bunch of devs with xp in a dead language having had little time or opportunity in the work environment to learn up to date skills. Let's just hope they don't open up this transcompiler making it a widespread issue.

Top-Secret-cleared SOCOM medics hit in 11GB govt database leak


Re: Measurement Units?

Surely it should be GiB......

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