* Posts by DuncanLarge

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Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Re: A paranoid mount option ?

"Maybe someone could dream that up with a Raspberry Pi ?"

I was just thinking of doing this with an Arduino. No need for the RPi's power.

My solution was to create a device about the size and length of an adults thumb that allows you to plug a USB A device into it. It would then tell you how that device was presenting itself to the host. You would be able to see that a flash drive is presenting as a flash drive and as a HID device at the same time.

If it is a USB keyboard I was going to have this device try to capture any keystrokes. You can use it to test a real keyboard or see what a flash drive is trying to type into your shell if it appears as a keyboard.

I was also thinking of having an option to wipe out the partition table of the flash drive so to reformat it you need not plug it into a computer at first, putting that machine at risk should it do something silly and generate thumbnails for images on the drive when you accidentally open it instead of right clicking ;)

It could also let you confirm that other USB devices seem to be working, so you can check that second hand PS4 controller seems to be trying to connect and has an unbroken cable.

Using a RPi would allow you to do many more things such as check the files on the drive etc.

Thinking about it, an RPi zero would fit the form factor I'm thinking of.

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Re: It'll only get worse

"As you can route PCI over USB-C"

Oh f*ck

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Dutch cops hope to cuff 'hundreds' of suspects after snatching server, snooping on 250,000+ encrypted chat texts

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Re: "End-to-end encryption" isn't?

"I have a distinct impression that the vaunted "end-to-end encryption" of WhatsApp, Telegram, etc., suffers from the same kind of flaw."

Whatsapp uses the Signal protocol. Adopted from the Signal chat app that is fully end-to-end with MITM protection. But as its now owned by Facebook, we might find something changes eventually.

Telegram has always been broken. They were audited and failed as they had "rolled their own" crypto, which you simply dont do. Telegram has the marketing but not the features. Its end to end encryption is off by default and it relies on a homegrown encryption method that is considered to be buggy and untested.

Use Signal, or something that implements the Signal protocol. Or Threema which is also good.

Best thing to do is listen to the EFF and Edward Snowden when they make recommendations. Its worth noting that the EFF have stated they have serious concerns over Telegram. Edward Snowden uses Signal almost exclusively.

Signal is also entirely licensed under the GNU GPL v3 and GNU AGPL v3. Unlike Telegram which has only parts licensed in any "open source" way.

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Re: New???

@Steve 53

"Well, yes, but I'd say paying €1.5k for 6 months with a phone with "unbreakable encryption" and "a panic button if you get nabbed by the fuzz" is probably reasonably grounds to suspect it's not just a private conversation about what groceries to bring home."

Then why dont the police go out and arrest anyone driving a car that has an engine larger than a 1.6?

Honestly, anyone wanting acceleration from an engine greater than 1.6L is intending to speed, possibly while out-running the police after robbing a bank or kidnapping a child.

I saw someone driving what looked to be a Morgan recently. A wooden expensive car with a high top speed and huge acceleration! I shook my head as I drove my Hyundai Getz 1.6 (the "i'm innocent" limit) thinking of how many horrible crimes he must be involved in.

Why are fast cars on the market?

Why dont the police wire tap the phones of those who purchase them?

In a country that has a speed limit of 70/80MPh there is totally no need for anyone to even sit in one of these crim-cars unless its on a track and has a special license like a gun owner would.

Use your common sense man.

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British fixed broadband is cheap … and, er, fairly nasty – global survey

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Re: Is this Time Warner's site?

"They mean streaming directly to the player, as opposed to downloading and then playing."

Streaming is what you call downloading without saving.

When you get data, you are DOWNLOADING data. It is impossible to get data without downloading it and your bandwidth directly affects the speed at which you can download data. You want to stream a movie, you MUST download it while playing it. Just because you dont store it makes no difference to your need for fast download speeds.

Even if you are watching the first half of a 1 hour programme you still rely on your available DOWNLOAD bandwidth to be able to watch it in HD or at the same time as another device that is streaming something else.

Remember, there are only two things that you can do with a network connection. UPLOAD and DOWNLOAD. It matters not what you do with the data after or during. Not at all.

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Does anyone (other than gamers) actually download a 5GB file?

- Anyone updating Windows 10 to version 1809.

- Anyone downloading an ISO for installing (or live booting) an OS such as Linux, or Windows 10 1809, or the latest MacOS.

- Anyone restoring an iPhone or android device that has a modest amount of apps and pictures/videos.

- Anyone watching Netflix in HD, certainly to more than one device.

- Anyone watching iPlayer in HD, certainly to more than one device.

- Anyone watching Youtube in HD, certainly to more than one device.

- Anyone updating a TomTom satnav (others are available).

- Anyone (school child) downloading the latest OS image to run on their school supplied RaspberryPi

- Anyone with kids who have come home from school and do any of the above.

Need I go on?

Really that statement is as ridiculous as the "640K is enough for anybody" statement made by Bill Gates when everyone was wondering who would need more than 1MB of RAM.

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'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects

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Re: What's all the hoopla about ?

* Using welcoming and inclusive language - This seems to suggest that I must meet and greet them offering sweets and cups of tea, rather than getting to the point and moving on. Sure I agree swearing may be not a very good thing to do but I respectfully wont bend over backwards to welcome them into my virtual home/office and offer a virtual biscuit, chit chat about the weather, then talk about why their module needs to be updated to use the patched version of a library.

* Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences - That can never be expected to work every time. I may be right, they may be wrong and are stubborn enough to act like an ostrich when you tell them. I know, I was the ostrich and its an instinct, not a choice, but I grew out of it. You may also be talking to someone who literally annoys you just because of the way they eat their lunch while talking. Does this CoC also demand you dont eat with your mouth full? My family did, so dont expect me to be very respectful after a point of you spurting chewed sandwich at me for too long a time.

* Gracefully accepting constructive criticism - This is a nice idea but unfortunately you cant just demand it. This seems to assume that after getting constructive criticism that you are making a deliberate decision to not accept it. Many people simply cant handle it so the person giving the criticism should consider an alternative such as dropping hints that something is up in the code here and its doing this rather than that and could they have a good look and see if they can figure it out.

* Focusing on what is best for the community - This is fine but dont oust those who try to tell the community its going in totally the wrong direction.

* Showing empathy towards other community members - Again, nice I suppose but you cant make the mistake of thinking that empathy is a universal thing.

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Re: what.

@ Warm Braw

"those who lack interpersonal skills

... are capable of learning them and deploying them when they're required."

Easier said than done when you have Aspergers, or exit somewhere else on the autism spectrum. You might learn the skills that everyone else demands you learn, rather than they offering to adapt a little to meet in the middle. Perhaps someone who is wheelchair bound can be demanded to fix it somehow so that they can climb multiple flights of stairs to save your annoyance in having to provide a lift or ramps.

Myself, I get totally drained having to fake who I am only to save neurotypicals from having to deal with the REAL ME. The real me bashes his head against a mental cage wanting to get out and simply relax.

He isnt a horrible person, just fed up of having to constantly think 10 steps ahead to try and decode neurotypicals hidden useless languages and signs they throw at each other. Constantly reminded that he exists on what feels like an alien planet he finds great relief in being very open and verbose on the internet, trying to avoid bringing emotion into the text unless he wants to share a laugh. Yes, he likes a laugh with people.

Watch the Imitation Game. Its message can apply to more than just A.I pretending to be human and humans pretending to not be homosexual. I play it every day.

Take this code of conduct out of what should be an open a free internet. Just ask people to be decent and nice as much as possible and leave it at that. Those who are not decent and nice all the time can be ignored or the listener can grow a thicker skin and deal with it whatever makes more sense at the time.

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UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

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About bloody time!

Ever since I started voting when I came of age I have always wondered who would permit such an insecure system that is so open to abuse. I'm the guy who knows how computers work and will protest against electronic voting machines or counting machines but I simply could not believe that I wasnt even required to prove that I had possession of the vote card that came through my door!

Anyone who knows my name and address can feel free to use my vote. Jesus, why not leave our houses unlocked when we are out, blindly trusting that only persons who live there would dare to enter...

As long as they have no way to correlate myself with my vote and dont record/store/count it electronically I'm game.

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Android fans get fat November security patch bundle – if the networks or mobe makers are kind enough to let 'em have it

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Google abandoned my Nexus

I have a fully working and frequently used Google Nexus 7 tablet (2013 model bought in 2015). The last update it got was back at the end of 2015. Since then nothing.

I will be upgrading it to LineageOS to get a secure device, however, I would have bought a new replacement had google not scrapped the whole concept of a tablet and offered a replacement.

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Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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"Macs typically have a longer usable life than Windows PCs"

Really? Well tell that to the genius bar who will try to convince you that your 4 year old mac is a vintage computer.

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Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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Riiight

So this delicate slab of glass can replace a laptop or my home tower PC?

So can it:

- Dual boot into GNU/Linux and windows or any hobby OS I can chuck at it?

- Access data I have backed up to optical disc without an adapter?

- Have a firewire card added to it so I can capture SD or HD video off my mini DV tapes.

- Connect to a scanner without an adapter.

- Rip any of my DVD's containing movies I have bought on the cheap from charity shops, without an adapter.

- Run a game I used to play on windows 95 running in a virtual machine.

- Develop applications using an IDE of my choice, in a language of my choice.

- Print stuff to a printer that does not have wifi, without an adapter.

- Keep itself cool while running at full speed all day while I render videos, compile some code and play that game on my VM.

- Connect to a surround sound system using a set of 3.5mm jack plugs or optical cables.

- Access the SD card that is used in almost every DSLR to this day.

- Connect to another ipad via ethernet cable to transfer user data across a gigabit connection faster than using the AC wifi that is already over used by other devices.

- Play Crisis?

- Allow me to add a serial RS232 port to it so I can program a PIC microcontroller using a home built programmer sold as a kit that is sold today on Amazon

- Let me use my IBM Model M keyboard for that retro clicky feel.

Yes, that slab of delicate glass containing components designed to overheat or expire after the warranty, that can not be repaired by myself without me being called a counterfeiter, that will be considered "vintage" by the manufacturer who will refuse to repair even the simplest of issues for less than the cost of a new machine, blatantly lying to my face in the shop, will replace my 2012 lenovo laptop that contains an i7 CPU or my Ryzen 5 6 core PC.

Pull the other one apple. My 2012 lenovo beats your ipad.

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Goodnight Kepler! NASA scientists lay the exoplanet expert to rest as it runs out of fuel

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Re: Fuel? Why no solar panels?

It has panels all over it. But you cant use electricity to move a spacecraft (yet). Ion engines are ok for constant acceleration.

To move a spacecraft you must squirt something out with force. That means you need fuel.

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Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

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Re: Good luck

@ cuddlyjumper

Oh yes that is certainly the case, and the developers know it. Its what happens when the parent company breaks apart and the code gets no significant attention. I remember a few years ago somebody was writing a new SSL library to replace the convoluted spaghetti code mess that OpenSSL had become. LibreSSL I think it was callled and it basically chucked most of OpenSSL out of the window to get rid of the mess. OpenSSL is still widely used and became such a mess due to the fact that this heavily used code is developed by a team of...two.

Heartbleed happened because one of the two developers made a typo.

Somebody out there was interested enough to start writing LibreSSL, just like somebody out there is still interested in maintaining GNU Emacs. Someone will enjoy moving RISC OS into a multi-core world.

"and there's no immediate vision of where it's going" erm I think they know exactly where they are going. They even will PAY you to help get it there.

https://www.riscosopen.org/bounty/

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@ elgarak1

There are plenty of applications to cover most stuff. In fact there are UNIX/Linux compatibility libraries that allow for easy porting of software from Linux.

RISC OS might not fulfill every need, just like Linux did only 10 years ago. In this day and age though most users tend to use multiple devices and operating systems and spread their needs across many of them. I know of a few people on youtube who say they use Linux for most things but switch to a machine running windows just to use some certain video editing software either because they know that software well or the Linux equivalent does not yet support something.

George R.R Martin maintains a DOS machine just so he can use his fave version of Wordstar to write his novels. He knows Wordstar so well that he sees no need to move to something more modern as that will incur a significant learning curve that he simply doesnt want to bother with. I'm sure for most other things he uses a more newer machine but when it comes to writing it must be Wordstar or bust.

One of my needs is to use Free Software wherever possible as I'm one of those guys who likes what Richard Stallman says and totally agrees with it. I do however remain flexible enough to allow personal exceptions such as booting Windows so I can use Sony Vegas as the Linux equivalents did not fully support the HD DV video format I was using. Then they started to, and now I boot windows to install windows updates and play certain windows based games/steam.

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Yay finally!

RiscOS was the first OS with a GUI I ever used. Before I used the machines at school I was solely using a C64 at home.

I have a RiscPC slowly being upgraded to be the best RiscPC it can and all my RPi's run RiscOS 5. All my other machines run Debian, one outcast still runs windows 10 :D

In Risc OS 5 I can program the RPi in BBC basic with full access to the GPIO. Some have said that the BBC basic on the RPi gives you the fastest access time to GPIO pins (next to using machine code). Plus with BBC basic having an ARM assembler built in its a win win for mucking about with a bit of code and GPIO.

Being very into Free Software and the principles behind it and the GPL I have always felt a twinge of uneasiness that parts of my fave hobby OS were still locked up here and there. Now that it has moved to the Apache 2.0 license it feels a lot better now its truly Free Software.

I'm off to play Zarch

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Motorola: Oops, phone busted? Grab a spudger and go get 'em, champ

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Re: So glad Apple was mentioned

Agreed

Apple : But surely, a 4 year old device is "vintage" right?

Me : Let me ask my 2009 Lenovo thinkpad that runs Debian Linux just fine, goes on holiday with me all the time, acts as an android development workstation and an entertainment centre playing my fave movies in HD while I camp in a tent / caravan.

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Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Will Apple finally change?

If they switch to arm, will they finally start making hardware that wont die if you sneeze on the keyboard or look at it incorrectly?

https://www.youtube.com/user/rossmanngroup

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US JEDI military cloud network is so high-tech, bidders will have to submit their proposals by hand, on DVD

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OMG its soooooo haaard

Oh FFS. So what. They want it on a DVD for some reason.

Wow its so hard to:

1. Capture video digitally and put it onto a computer. (whats a computer?)

2. Open your editing program and edit the video so it looks good.

3. Go to File->project properties and tick the tickbox/select in the "output type" pull down "DVD Video"

4. Click render. Is it too hard to use a mouse too? Maybe Alexa will render for you. Alexa: Render my project? Amazon should get onto that, who uses a mouse these days?

5. Go to the supermarket down the road. The place you get food from. Add some recordable DVD's to the trolley with the stuff that you still need to put in your mouth (pizza). Do we really still need to eat? Its the 21st century after all. Where are these meals in a pill I was promised? (watch demolition man)

6. Stick one of the discs into your computer. Cant do that? Go on Amazon and buy a usb drive for the same cost of a few good pizzas. Sell it on ebay when you are done, the drive, not the pizza.

7. Use dvd mastering software, freely available. This is assuming they want a dvd-video disc and not just a video file dumped onto the dvd. If the latter, burn the file to the disc. its a built in function in windows.

8. Take the dvd and drop it to them so they can see a real human being is bothered to show up and gain some points in a competition.

Honestly, is that so difficult? Its also not tech from the 90's. Last time I saw a dvd burner in the 90's must have been in alternate dimension.

So why would they want it on DVD?

Ready for another list?

1. They are ubiquitous and everyone has easy access (to some degree) to dvd players and drives.

2. They can hold dvd-video, or files. This means they can sit back and watch on a dvd player which are common as muck or play on VLC.

3. They are not evil like USB flash drives. Take a look at BadUSB and think like a secure government organization which might want to avoid having an innocent looking USB flash drive acting like a keyboard and doing any kid of shit with powershell or bash within a few seconds of them plugging it in. Look up RSA and flash drives and how a secretary just plugged one in and lost some of RSA's most valuable secrets putting many of us normal people at risk.

4. You can take some other ancient tech, called a pen, and write stuff on the dvd label. Last time I saw a flash drive with any space for scribbles was back in the early 2000's and that was just enough room for a few letters.

5. They dont stop working when you drop one.

6. They can be put in a thing called... a binder and passed about in bulk. Well I suppose you can chuck flash drives into a box and let them rattle about.

7. They are unassuming, and not embarrassing. Supplying a video file on a Mickey Mouse shaped flash drive might lose you the competition, or win it of the judges like that sort of thing.

The list can go on and on. For goodness sake, having a problem with supplying a video on dvd these days is as silly as posting a story about Amazon still selling books written on ancient crap called paper.

WE STILL USE PAPER. Why isnt this headline in the news. I mean paper! Thats older than DVD by a loooong shot.

Heck I still wipe my ass with he stuff. In the 90's we were promised that we wont have toilet paper any more. Where are my 3 sea shells? (watch demolition man).

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Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'

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Re: But... but...

"Print out the document

Scan to email

Forward the email to the recipient's secretary

It gets printed out and placed on the recipient's desk"

You missed a critical step: before forwarding the email, encrypt it and then sign it using the recipents public key. You were going to encrypt the very secret and personal scanned copy of a patients data wernt you?

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So they managed to figure out how to replace a fax machine properly? I hope so

I've always been concerned with people thinking that email replaces fax. Lol, how cant it? Its not used because people are lazy. Its used because email was never designed to replace fax, is terribly insecure and unreliable. Today I WOULD NOT email a scan, certainly a colour one of any of my ID documents to a solicitor. I once had to, and it was crazy I had to.

The only thing that can replace fax is a fully implemented GPG/PGP email system with a correctly set up web of trust. This is why GPG/PGP was created, to implement just that.

People have to understand that Email is as secure as using a postcard, and was never designed to be more secure as that. So I really hope for everyone's medical privacy that the nhs.net system that will be used to replace the fax machines has been designed to do so i.e uses some form of email encryption with signatures.

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Re: Dangerous

"Insecure maybe"

How are they insecure?

Intercepting a FAX is vastly more difficult these days than intercepting an email, or grabbing the entire mail server with access to all emails ever sent and received.

I'd have to tap into phone lines, digital multiplexed ones at that. Back in the day it was easier when phone lines were analogue and phreakers could commandeer a line by blowing a special kazoo made from a comb and paper.

I've always been concerned with people thinking that email replaces fax. Lol, how cant it? Its not used because people are lazy. Its used because email was never designed to replace fax, is terribly insecure and unreliable. Today I WOULD NOT email a scan, certainly a colour one of any of my ID documents to a solicitor. I once had to, and it was crazy I had to.

The only thing that can replace fax is a fully implemented GPG/PGP email system with a correctly set up web of trust. This is why GPG/PGP was created, to implement just that.

People have to understand that Email is as secure as using a postcard, and was never designed to be more secure as that. So I really hope for everyone's medical privacy that the nhs.net system that will be used to replace the fax machines has been designed to do so i.e uses some form of email encryption with signatures.

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Scrapheap Challenge

Perhaps we can teach them how impossible it is to create selective end to end encryption that decrypts itself for the police on command by giving them this task:

Put them on scrapheap challenge!

Give them the challenge of creating a lawnmower that must cut grass like a normal mower but on command, when detecting it is being used by a specific person, not cut blades of grass that are of a specified grass species. So the mower must cut all blades of species A normally while not cutting any blades of species B. The lawn has species A and B mixed throughout.

When they say it cant be done, tell them that it will be done because you will legislate that in order to leave the set it must be done.

When they finally convince you it cant be done, legislate that they can no longer use a lawnmower to speed up the process and must instead inspect and cut each blade of species A by hand.

Then maybe they will get that with end to end encryption its all or nothing.

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Re: Tide, stop coming in!

I would think that the tide came in years ago, they didnt notice and just recently fell overboard wondering where the beach went.

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Redis has a license to kill: Open-source database maker takes some code proprietary

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Oh so you are going proprietary to fight for the little guy eh?

"Cloud providers have been taking advantage the open source community for years by selling (for hundreds of millions of dollars) cloud services based on open source code they didn’t develop," he said, pointing to widely adopted projects like Docker, Elasticsearch, Hadoop, Redis and Spark. "This discourages the community from investing in developing open source code, because any potential benefit goes to cloud providers rather than the code developer or their sponsor."

So, you shun the "Open Source" or should I say Free Software community (as its the affero GPL) by closing off your software because the big guys are not helping fund the projects they use?

I agree that bug corps should help fund these projects, many do, as we nearly lost GPG and OpenSSL ended up with heartbleed because the sole developer made a typo. Its a good thing for a compnay to chuck a bit of cash towards the project, users should do that too. Hmm perhaps projects could thing about using patreon, just thought of that.

Oh so, you removed the freedoms you gave us when using the AGPL because you wanted to help us encourage big cloud users to help fund the project. I.. I dont understand your reasoning.

Its like you have a Dad who owns the local sweet shop and you convince him to close it, because you are not happy that some of the kids in the school were not sharing enough sweets. Instead of suggesting to them to do so, you get your Dad to close the shop, thinking you are helping everyone by removing the problem.

Like your decision my example doesnt make a lot of sense. I have never heard of your software and now I know there is no way I would be able to use it anyway.

Ho hum.

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It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less

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Cross platform development is EASY

It shouldn't be hard at all for find a developer who can make a GUI that runs on multiple platforms.

Java does it, .Net/Mono does it. There are no real differences, a button is an instance of the button class regardless of the underlying OS or graphical subsystem. This is precisely the main drive behind these languages. Sure there may be a difference in IDE but anyone who has used an IDE long enough will be able to adapt and anyone who hasnt will just see it as part of the same learning curve as before, assuming they do the development on the LInux system itself! They could just keep using their proffered IDE and simply test on a Linux system.

My god you could even use the most universal of cross platform of interfaces, HTML!

I have developed stuff for android. The IDE runs in Java, on any OS that runs Java. The VM that I test on runs on any platform that runs a supported Java, heck I usually just forgo the VM and push the app to my personal phone, using USB! With full debugging, live over USB. In Linux, just by plugging it in. I dont do it in windows because I cba to hunt down the driver I need.

Also, if anyone is using Visual Basic nowadays to do anything other than making a GUI for prototyping I'd be very worried.

And windows PC's can run virtual machines nowadays. Download a development environment turn-key VM, run it in a hypervisor. Develop on windows, compile, move to the Linux VM, run.

I've been doing this since the early 2000's there really is no excuse any more.

Once all the kiddies with their Linux running raspberry Pis grow up and expect to program on Linux because "everyone had a linux RPi" we will see the opposite argument I bet: "Nobody will develop a GUI for windows because everyone runs Linux and ts hard to find developers who can write a GUI for windows".

Everyone running Linux would be great of course. But that argument would still be stupid just as it is now. Cross platform development is EASY. The hard stuff was done by other very clever people a long time ago.

Hey, did you know? Minecraft runs on Linux, and windows. One executable. What is this sorcery?

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Security MadLibs: Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV

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What the flying F**K

Really?

Do these things really exist?

Why?

Why do they exist?

Who thinks they need to exist?

WHY DOES MY EXTENSION LEAD NEED WIFI FFS?

I'm assuming diy stores will start selling IOT self tapping screws next.

What about door hinges? Use an app to see which doors are ajar in your home when you are skiving at work. Get home to find your door hinge was used to infect your PC with cryptolocker, taken over your toaster to have it mine monero and installed a backdoor in your front door lock to allow access to your home for anyone with the magic key they bought off the dark web.

Jesus.

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: Bless you.

In my workplace, we say "touch base".

I really hate that horrible term. Didnt anyone ever think it sounds a bit pervy to touch base with a stranger?

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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Basic HA

We have 2 connections to the internet. On opposite sides of the building, provided by different providers. One is Virgin, the other is BT.

We can switch between them with ease. It pays to think ahead Gatwick..

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Re: Pillage of the Open Source projects

GCC has been used to build software in UNIX like operating systems for decades, way before Apple even had much of an operating system.

There is totally nothing unusual from seeing gcc in OSX seeing as its a UNIX. GCC was so popular that its was the compiler used to compile Linux before it was put inside the rest of GNU.

There is totally nothing unusual about any of it and the only time anyone needs to provide code for GCC used in their product is when they have actually modified it. Anyone can use GCC because it is Free Software. Its the whole point of its existence.

Note I said Free Software and not Open Source. Although Free Software is accepted as Open Source by the Open Source Initiative, its still Free Software licensed under the GNU GPL which is designed specifically to protect and enable the freedom of the user to use said software, for any purpose with or without modification and to distribute copies (for money even!) either verbatim or modified. The only restriction is on distributing modified copies, where you (the modifier) must provide access to the modified source code upon request.

"Pillaging" of Free Software projects is only possible if you take the code from said software and insert it into your own without licensing your project under a compatible license. It would be easier to pillage an Open Source project however as these projects can use licenses that do not provide or defend their freedoms, such as a BSD license.

Also, think about it. If they cant use Free Software like anyone else can, what do you want them to do? Give you more proprietary stuff? Or develop something that is Open Source but not Free Software (cough microsoft) where you can see the source code by all means, but dont you dare touch it?

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: Not my fault you can't use it right.

@ Esme

I work in IT as a systems analyst and do a bit of 1st line/3rd line support as needed.

I can see you are not really recently experienced with the true state of hardware found INSIDE laptops these days.

After reinstalling windows via the method of the manufacturer (not necessarily talking about big guys like Dell etc) you find that half the hardware wont work because the stuff they put inside is non-standard enough for windows (8.1 and 10 are used) to not locate a driver automatically via windows update.

So, you go and try to use the vendors driver disc that has ancient and possibly buggy drivers that caused you to reinstall in the first place as recommended you do so by kind windowsy support peeps you found in the internet. This disc, hopefully you did not throw away. Hopefully the vendor provided you with the disc and you dont need to download it.

Hopefully the disc contains just the drivers you need, and not ones for other laptops that throw up errors when you try to install them causing you to talk to the same nice windowsy peeps who will tell you to either reinstall/refresh windows again or to open up device manager (good luck finding that) and googling the PCI hardware ID of the device to locate a device driver.

A device driver that is not provided from the original manufacturer because they are chinese and only make the chip, not the PCB and rely of the laptop vendor to provide drivers, which they may not do so without proof of purchase (pc specialist, I'm looking at you) which you dont have any more leaving you t wonder why you didnt just buy that ASUS machine, as they have a driver for the same PCI hardware ID but it wont install because you are not using an ASUS.

If hardware dont work in Linux, its so much simpler! Its either not going to work for a while or never will. None of this faffing about trying to get something working again only to discover that it having worked at all the first time round was simply a miracle.

Imagine if your TV remote stopped working due to dead batteries. You go and get batteries for it to find that it uses a non-standard size that nobody stocks but some guy from china on ebay can get you one for more than the cost of a universal remote that stakes standard AA's. So you get the universal remote to find that it wont work with your TV but only with the previous model as the codes changed.

You discover that the codes were added later and can be uploaded to your remote!

So you download the update, run it to be told that there is an error. You google the error to find you need to install .Net 3.5 whoch requires running DISM from the command line and having a valid windows install disc...

I think I've made my point about the state of windows driver support vs linux. It can be a load of shit no matter which OS you are using. Your point is moot.

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Re: Use Linux...

"Indeed, explaining about the package manager is almost the only "training" I find I have to do when introducing newcomers to Linux."

I would expect you to have to do this less and less now seeing as package repositories on Linux pre-dated the "app store". Most users of phones / tablets and modern versions of windows and Mac would expect to find such a function. My young nephews certainly would think the idea of downloading software off the internet and running an installer as a novel way to do it!

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Re: Use Linux...

Mostly agreed considering the point about windows being preinstalled.

But:

"download an ISO and work out how to burn it to a DVD"

You right click on the ISO...

Just pointing out that windows finally solved that issue!

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Re: Not my fault you can't use it right.

"If the linux world was friendly and not so condescending."

Seriously, show me one that is.

Go on. Find one. And no, you cant suggest a customer support line with paid for employees.

I dare you. Find a windows support forum that does not have any condescending remarks or attitudes to newbies coming along and asking "what does this button do"?

Find me one that does not have a single person saying RTFM or how about the classic: "Use the search to find the post that was posted years ago! I wont repeat myself".

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Re: Use Linux...

"MSWin can fubar itself simply by booting up."

I did a fresh install of WIn10.

Windows update broke when installing updates. There was nothing else on the machine. I was simply patching it after a fresh install. No 3rd party drivers either, Just windows.

Windows update broke itself after a fresh install. And after a second, third even. The forth install finally worked, because I too control and manually installed each update and rebooted each time.

I dont see a normal user doing that!

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Re: Use Linux...

"Not everyone can move to Linux at the drop of a hat. Most normal people would not have a clue about how to do it or how to safely transfer their data (pictures etc) to the new system."

People move between Windows and Mac, Android and IOS everyday and seem to be able to do this. I seriously doubt moving to linux is that much more difficult as you can simply dump everything onto a 32 or 64 GB usb flash drive and copy it over using the same drag and drop techniques that everyone has used since they were a kid in the 90's onwards.

"If you are so confident that 'just using Linux' is the solution then why not put a detailed guide of how to do it on the internet."

Do you know how to use the internet? Or how to read? This has been done hundreds of times on the internet and in magazines over the last several decades. You can literally walk into a newsagent and pick it off the shelf. Today.

Jesus you make it sound like moving from making toast under the grill to using a toaster is so difficult that nobody has ever managed it.

"I cut my teeth on some old and decidely cruddy BSD systems a few decades ago and moved to Linux when Slackware 1.1 came on the front cover of Computer Shopper."

Ah so thats the problem here. You last used linux like 20 years ago. Perhaps you should try it again. In fact, why dont you put your foot where your mouth is and try those guides on installing it off the shelf? There are only 2 things that people need to make sure they have done today to solve any issues:

1. Have a backup of your data. This is dead easy and has been for decades. Only people dont do it.

2. Have the ability to reinstall the original OS from scratch. Again, this has been stupidly easy for decades as provided by the manufacturer on the machine. The only issue is some manufacturers are crap and dont do a good job of this, which thus is not a fault of Linux on being difficult but the fault of the manufacturer being a dick.

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Re: From experience...

"MS could certainly make the troubleshooting process easier"

But that means telling the end user the details of the error, with error codes and the like, Instead of "Something went wrong, try again later".

Madness

:p

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Enterprise Windows 10 users, Microsoft has some 'quality' patches coming your way

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There was a time

I remember a time in the days of windows 3.1 and up to 98/Me where updates were simply not required.

The latest version of the OS fixed issues and applied new features, sometimes MS would release the odd exe to patch this or that but basically you just went with what you had. Sure win 2000 ended up with about 3 or 4 service packs but back then I think there was much more effort put into getting it right as much as possible before release.

Updates obviously are required to patch security issues in an online world but many of these updates are fixing bugs in functionality or introducing new bugs when fixing the existing bugs.

This simply seems too strange to be true. We started with releases of windows that did not get updates so were presumably heavily tested (on a functional level at least) before leaving the door. Once XP came out and allowed MS to patch on the fly we ended up with bugs squashed and security holes fixed to the point that XP became one of the most secure platforms due to its maturity. Win 7 got much the same but since them we have been going downhill with unfinished, untested, freshly compiled code being rushed out to beta test on us lusers.

You can tell something is up when you see "preview" security updates coming through. Preview?? WTF give me the final update!

I started my IT career as a Software Tester. When I was a software tester I was determined to not let the code out until I knew and could prove that my real world test files, regression tests, hardware tests etc showed no reproducible issues. I even had an old Pentium 2 machine under the desk running at 200MHz. This was really useful as it was frequently the only machine that could show bugs caused by timing errors due to its slow speed!

When I let the code out, some of it would exhibit a bug due to a real world file coming along that happened to break something. Yes I tested the patches but we certainly did not end up in a mess where:

1. Updates are rushed out to updates that created bugs

2. The update mechanism itself breaks itself while installing its updated from a fresh install (I fresh installed win 10 and win update killed itself requiring a re-install and luck to get it working again)

3. We didnt release previews of updates. Previews were something you watched on TV

4. We didnt add new functionality outside of a proper upgrade. When it was released it had been tested and didnt need updates 2 weeks after release to fix a situation where it was unusable.

5. All our developers talked together, ate pizza together and basically knew what has going on with everything on at least a high level.

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: Civil unrest is not a joke

@Emperor Zarg

I also watch Fear The Walking Dead but you know what, its not real.

Looks like you got a tad carried away there.

1. Dover: If it gets gridlocked due to no deal then we should lock up the idiots who did not use the time to plan for it. That includes companies that want to sell to us. Also its not like Dover hasnt locked up before for some reason or another.

2. Food shortage: Well that would solve the obesity problem for one as we would all be eating properly because we have to. We had rationing during WW2 and Dig for Victory etc so its not like we cant do that again. We will move away from growing loads of oil-seed and back to growing potatoes etc. People will enjoy the chance of a free bag of potatoes for gleaning in the fields (which you can do today btw). Those with gardens will grow and eat stuff. Most of the food we have now is terribly energy dense, we will be able to go very far on much less if we just learn to eat less.

3. Why not buy more staples now. Take advantage of the deals etc to have a nice (but not necessarily excessive) "overstock". Make your own bread or get fresh from the new bakers that suddenly pop up due to demand. Buy veg now and chop them up and preserve them. Carrot chutney is very nice.

We wont get to the Good Life levels of self sufficiency considering that many live in flats and cant dig up their gardens due to lack of gardens but we can certainly all do little things like eating less and supplementing the rations with home grown stuff just like we did in WW2.

The difference is we wont need to do it as long as we did during WW2, maybe a year or two at most! We also can start fishing again, bringing back to life all the old fishing ports. In fact we can build more fish farms fairly quickly if needed. Dont forget that rabbits were not rationed either, plenty of them in the fields. Much of this means nothing really as its going to be for such a short term.

And if any of this does happen, like I said, what idiot didnt do their job of planning for this so that disruption to the movement of trucks is as short as possible?

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Re: I'm up for a bit of civil unrest

"why would the euro collapse? its doing quite well against the pound thankyou. "

Yeah, ok... yeah.

Ever heard of Greece? The Euro helped them loads.

Are you too young to remember how the UK fought hard to stay out of the thing? I was a teen at the time and I was so relieved we stayed out. As were almost everyone else at my school that I bothered to ask.

https://goo.gl/images/KHhvFt

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Re: eh?

"1/ Hard Brexit: Civil unrest as food and gas become scarce"

Yeah, I'm sure. Food might be a bit more expensive. Most of the gas comes from russia anyway and brexit wont affect that. We can also switch to wood burning stoves .

"2/ Soft Brexit: Civil unrest, as it's not want Brexiters wanted, and didn't understand our reliance on EU trace"

We are British. Our civil unrest needs a lot of motivation to get to what you are imagining. We will mostly duke it out amongst ourselves by calling into LBC and Talk Radio. Those with good old typewriters will send letters that have more weight than a inkjet printed one. God help the recipients if someone sends a letter handwritten in pen!

"3/ No Deal: See 1/"

See comments for 1

"4/ Second Referendum, See 2/"

See comments for 2 but add: The result of the 2nd referendum will reflect the state of mind of everyone who is fed up of the crap management of brexit. If the result is to stay or leave it will be a large margin and not be generally politically motivated even though the winning side will think so.

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Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

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Re: Where can I get

It already exists. Its called the unfreind option.

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People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Re: hostile to the future

"they'll just create their own shadow IT on dropbox or OneDrive and you will then have zero control."

We have control. It's called a IT usage policy that each and every employee must read and sign. We block access to cloud storage beyond anything we have set up, even webmail is blocked.

Anyone discovered getting around this (like when we jump on their machine to fix something we can see everything they can) will have a good long disciplinary with HR. Some people have been fired for breaking the usage policy numerous times.

With GDPR having come in and with every employee having had the same GDPR training then anyone copying company data into the public cloud knows just how risky it is. Unless they love the feeling of getting away with it. Might give a few peeps a rush I suppose.

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Re: Multiple screens?

Multiple screens? :D

I have one screen. Only really need one. But I have since the early 2000's gotten used to using virtual desktops.

Two screens is more than enough when you have 4 or more virtual desktops, plus all the tabbed terminal emulators and even the ability to switch directly to one of 8 virtual consoles in addition to the window manager.

If I learned emacs correctly, I'd never need more than 1 screen or 1 desktop ;)

At work I'm using 3 screens but thats mostly due to the fact I work in IT and it looks impressive to the users and also to counter some limitations of windows 10's attempt to do virtual desktops.

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Up in arms! Arm kills off its anti-RISC-V smear site after own staff revolt

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Re: It bears repeating: Building a CPU that runs C fast considered harmful.

"Apparently a lot of people are half-educated"

Apparently you didnt proof-read your post before posting did you. Maybe you would not have so many downvotes if you mentioned the word compiler instead of insisting that the CPU runs C which unless you are building a C interpreter/VM in your RISC-V CPU is completely ridiculous.

When you eat food, does your body digest it before burning the energy? Or will you insist to your doctor that your circulatory system pumps the chewed bits of sandwich directly to your muscles and then complain to him/her about the idiots who down vote you for insisting that is how the human body works and anyone who believes in stomach acid and bowel movements is as un-educated as a flat-earther.

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Re: It bears repeating: Building a CPU that runs C fast considered harmful.

Oh FGS it gets annoying

1 bit = 1 bit

1 nibble = 4 bits

1 byte = 8 bits

1 word > 8 bits and can be different as required by the architecture.

byte is always 8 bits just like 2+2 must always equal 4

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Re: It bears repeating: Building a CPU that runs C fast considered harmful.

You show complete lack of understanding on the subject of the CPU.

It does not run C. CPU designers do not adjust the CPU to run C any better just because the programmer wrote in C.

The CPU ONLY runs machine code. The performance of a C program vs a program written in Haskell for example depends entirely on the compiler (assuming you compile the haskell).

It is the compiler, for any language, that will take into account for any performance features implemented in a CPU. It is not restricted or exclusive to C but C compilers are likely the first to support that CPU feature because a heck of a lot of stiff is written in C.

The instructions in a CPU do not differ based on the language used by the programmer. In the past some CPU's were created to run LISP directly, being essentially a hardware VM interpreting the LISP byte code. But today generally your CPU implements the X86, AMD64 or ARM RISC instruction set and that is completely ignorant of your haskell or C coding preference.

When you write in Haskell and compile your get an executable blob of machine code. When you write the same program in C you get a blob of machine code. Both blobs use exactly the same machine code, the only difference between them being what instructions the compiler chose to use in creating that code. Thus the compiler is the cause of performance differences, not the hardware. The Haskell compiler may always be slower than the C compiler because its not taking advantage of advanced features of the CPU because the programmer who wrote the compiler has not added the code to do so. The CPU dictates nothing that affects this.

Its the same as saying that your electricity supplier makes electricity that is designed to work in LED lightbulbs but not in CFL light bulbs or a certain brand of toaster that they dont like. Trust me, I'm getting solar panels when my supplier denies power to my kitchen socket when I plug in my toaster that was made by a company that insulted them.

electricity = electricity

machine code = machine code

assembly -> assembler = machine code

C -> compiler = machine code

Haskell -> compiler or interpreter = machine code

Java -> compiler = bytecode -> JVM = machine code

C++ -> compiler = machine code

Perl -> JIT compiler = machine code

See any pattern there?

I suggest you read the datasheet for a CPU you "think" provides different instructions based on high level language choice and then write machine code to disprove yourself.

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Notes/Domino is alive! Second beta of version 10 is imminent

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Notes, Outlook?

I've used both. Ran away from Notes the first chance I got. Outlook is what we use now at work, with Notes still performing a few legacy things.

Our Notes was installed poorly. Had I done it I would have created the infrastructure needed to allow us admins, heck even the users, to do password recovery! I spent a whole day once trying to guess the original password we gave a user that started 10 years before I arrived because they went on holiday for a week and forgot the password they set the week before.

When I go home I even stay clear of Outlook. There is only one email client I use above all others (thunderbird is second) and thats: mutt.

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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Re: User story

A scanner can behave like a fax machine now? How does it prove receipt?

The reasons why fax is still used is:

1. Sending and recieving happen live, in REAL TIME. Mail is not real time. The two endpoints are in constant comms back and forth during scanning, sending and printing. If the fax machine at the other end breaks, the sending fax knows this. Email has some way to alert of delivery failure but its not able to tell you the email never got to the users inbox because the disk failed after the smtap server accepted the message.

2. You get a status report printed by the sending machine that will let you cover your arse when the other side claim you never sent it.

In basic terms the fax machine is the digital (i doubt many analogue ones are left about) version of a live phone call, only with images. Email is what it allways have been, the electronic version of paper post.

There however is something the NHS can use to replace fax. EDI. Electronic Document Interchange is a well defined standard for doing this sort of thing over almost any link from morse code to email or direct as2 connections. However, it is typically used for ordering and invoicing of products so im not sure if it is fully suitable.

To replace fax, you must replace fax. Not squeeze something that does half a job into the same hole because its more modern. You need a direct replacement.

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Evil third-party screens on smartphones are able to see all that you poke

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What?

Screens run code now?

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