* Posts by iron

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Stroppy Google runs rings round Brussels with Android remedy

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Re: UK needs the EU

You can't vote out the civil servants who would take massive back handers from Google in the form of directorships when they retire from the service. The politicians just think they are running the asylum.

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

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Re: VPNs @theModge

"soon every last one of us will look like a terrorist as far as GCHQ is concerned."

We're already all terrorists according to GCHQ, NSA, etc.

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Samsung: Swanky hardware alone won't save a phone maker

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My old S6+ is still receiving updates, I got one last week when I turned the phone on to do some testing. So that's at least 3 years, what more do you want?

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Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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Re: "I’m an engineer, I work in IT..."

"I can’t enter my property I only have the App!"

ROFL What a muppet and to compound it he told the world what a muppet he is!

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Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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"What are the downsides to abandoning the ISS aside from a gap in the science data?"

The end of the ISS.

The ISS has a low orbit that skims the atmosphere reducing its speed and thus the height of its orbit, without constant station keeping it will literally fall out of the sky. It also requires constant maintenance to keep it functioning. Abandoning it for several months would mean abandoning it permanently.

Fourteen months is doable. Valeri Polyakov spent 437 days and 18 hours on board Mir in the mid 90s.

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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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Re: using Apache for several years to open .doc attachments

Funny, I use Apache to serve web pages...

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Workplace services-flinger Sodexo pulls Engage website after division hit by malware smackdown

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Joke

"undetectable by leading antivirus software" - Norton doesn't count guys.

"A team of CREST-approved security specialists" - I don't care what toothpaste they use.

At least they didn't say they take their user's security seriously, etc.

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Microsoft's elderly .NET Framework shakes stick at whippersnapper Core while Visual Studio drops another preview

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Re: there can be multiple versions of .NET Core , .NET Framework is not so fortunate

.Net 2.0 and 3.5 run on the 2.0 CLR, the various 4.x flavours all run on the 4.0 CLR. So when MS release a new 4.x version it replaces the previous 4.x version but leaves 2.0 (and therefore 3.5) alone. Why they abandoned allowing multiple framework versions (beyond 2.0 and 4.x) I have no idea.

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Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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It's an important news story that affects British business (because AWS). NCSC are simply carrying out their mandate.

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Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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Having some experience of chip and pcb design and having worked with contract manufacturers I highly doubt Bloomberg's story. Sure its not impossible but it would be a damn site easier to compromise the firmware, IME or just use a flaw like Spectre or Meltdown.

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Sendgrid blurts out OWN customers' email addresses with no help from hackers

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FAIL

Even if they persuaded Google, Bing, etc to ignore these pages they can't stop a hacker from writing his own spider to crawl their site and index these pages. No crawl headers and robots.txt can't be relied upon, that was standard advice 25 years ago and has not changed.

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California cracks down on Internet of Crap passwords with new law to stop the botnets

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"Battery powered smoke alarms go off every year when the battery runs out – what if other devices emitted a similar alarm once a year, requiring you to check and install any updates before the noise stops?"

That device would be thrown out of the window and the manufacturer black listed. Smoke alarms generally go off at 4am, when I'm sleeping, and I'm very angry when woken early.

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Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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"Switched on by default is a useful clipboard history, which will stash plain text, HTML and small images and is accessible by hitting the Windows key and ‘V’. Sometimes the little things can be the most welcome."

Yeah very useful when I go looking for passwords people have copy & pasted from Keypass et al.

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Facebook gives third-party apps the all-clear

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Re: Interesting impact of the GDPR 72-hour deadline:

Well prior to working at Facebook they worked as a Fries Technician at McD's.

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Ever used an airport lounge printer? You probably don't know how blabby they can be

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If you're worried about privacy why are you printing something on a device you do not control? For that matter why are you connected to a public hotspot in the first place?

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UK ruling party's conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members' digits

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It occurs to me that by editing someone else's profile Neil Claxton (@MintRoyale) has breached the Misuse of Computers Act and then advertised his crime on Twitter. I hope the Tories send the rozzers round to teach him not to be such an idiot.

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A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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well-staffed

Hahahaha. In 1997 Maplin staff knew nothing unless you needed to know which batteries are AAA or which cable would connect your Sky box to your telly.

In the early 90s I enquired about a summer job in my local Maplin. The manager looked at me in disdain, probably caused by my long hair and biker jacket, and asked "Do you know anything about electronics?" in his most condescending tone. I replied "I've just finished the second year of my MSc in Electronics and Physics. Do YOU know anything about electronics?" Needless to say I didn't get a job.

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Crypto-jackers' best pal Monero resets the 'days since a critical bug' counter back to zero

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Or put it on the internet for everyone to take some.

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Oracle pours a mug o' Java 11 for its addicts, tips pot of Binary Code License down the sink

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They've managed fewer improvements in 6 months than Visual Studio & .Net had in the last month.

"There are a handful of useful language additions like new string methods for removing empty spaces – strip(), stripLeading(), stripTrailing() – and determining whether a string is empty or not – isBlank()."

Java didn't have those yet? ROFL

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That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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“In your greenfield you can introduce a microservice architecture so that the developers and new applications can use the latest technologies, build tools, frameworks, and methodologies to help the business innovate and adapt quickly.”

Nice marketing speak garbage quote. WTF does this shit even mean?

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ServiceNow confirms relational-ship with MariaDB: We're protecting our toolchain

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NoSQL upstart MariaDB?

MariaDB is a drop in replacement (pretty much) for MySQL. Maria is now almost 10 years old. In what way does that make it a "NoSQL upstart"?

(I am aware it is possible to change the table format to a NoSQL type but that is not the default and does not make it a NoSQL upstart.)

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30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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Congrats on the anniversary Verity! I can't claim to have read your columns since the beginning but I did use Turbo Pascal at Uni and had many pleasurable years with Delphi while all around me were cursing Visual Basic.

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Trump pulls trigger in US-China tit-for-tat tariff tiff: 10% slapped on $200bn of imported kit

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Re: China supply the world

Meanwhile American industry will move their few remaining manufacturing facilities to India and similar. Harley, Indian and the rest of the US motorcycle industry are already moving due to Trump's aluminium and steel tariffs and the car industry can't be far behind them.

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: Companies probably aren't doing this to discriminate

Alternatively you could advertise your oil industry jobs on relevant job sites and save $$$$ because everyone viewing it will be interested and not trying to look at pictures of cats. And as a bonus you're not giving your money to Satan's incarnation on Earth.

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Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown

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Terminator

Smeeeee...

Smeeee...

Smeeeeeeeg Heeeeeeeeeed!

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Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

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So don't use it then. There is no website that is so special and unique that you must use it and can't use an alternative or live without if there is no alternative.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Pint

The new front page looks ok but there are a couple of large empty spaces that should probably contain stories and the story tiles aren't a uniform size. As someone with a background in printing newspapers these issues make it look scruffy and untidy to me.

I'll be interested to try the compact mode, it sounds promising for mobile. Any chance you could work up a dark theme for my tired old dev eyes?

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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Ruddy Amber

Not all of us "impatiently agree" to overreaching cookie policies. If a website does not allow me to opt out of tracking (btw referring me to Google does not count) and is not vital then I close the browser window. I can and will find that information from a site that is not breaking the law.

By tying some kind of ID system to NHS numbers all you will achieve is to HARM the health of the nation. Some people will avoid doctors and hospitals even if very ill so that they are not tracked by this totalitarian scheme.

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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I always knew Python was the bastard spawn of Satan. This nonsense proves it.

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British Airways hack: Infosec experts finger third-party scripts on payment pages

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third party scripts, including from external domains that the company itself owns

If the company owns the domain then it isn't a third-party script. Would be nice if security researchers and journos could at least get the basics right when they complain about others not getting their basics right.

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MPs' proposal to cash in on public-private algos given a solid 'maybe'

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Data Quality

If they want to monetise government data they are going to have to greatly improve its quality. In a previous job I pulled public data on the UK oil industry from DECC - that data was in a slightly different format every time they published it, often contained corrections to data they had previously published up to several years previously and was often less than accurate. Similar data published by the Norwegian government was accurate, reliable, standardised and had a great deal more detail than the DECC data. In comparison the UK data was total garbage and if I had to pay for it I wouldn't bother.

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Vodafone hounds Czech customers for bills after they were brute-forced with Voda-issued PINs

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Geofencing for logins?

No thanks. Location services are terrible for desktop or laptop since they often say where your ISP is based rather than the user's actual location and this was an online account so you shouldn't need to login on your phone.

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Nokia reinstates 'hide the Notch' a day after 'Google required' feature kill

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Re: Can't make sense of this.

If you set the screen to black on either side of the physical notch it is "hidden".

It all looks bloody stupid to me and I'm sure somewhere at Apple HQ an engineer is laughing his ass off at an April Fools joke that went worldwide.

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No, no, you're all wrong. That's not a Kremlin agent. It's someone with 'inauthentic behavior'

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@ An nonymous Cowerd

If you had actually read the article you commented on you would know all about the empty chair.

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Not so much changing their tune as enabling autotune: Facebook, Twitter bigwigs nod and smile to US senators

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Re: Separate problems

" you are going to have a really hard time finding a cop or a soldier that disagrees"

I'm pretty sure I could find plenty of cops who would disagree with the NRA just by visiting my local station. But then I don't live in a gun toting, diseased society where teenagers blow each other away in a hail of bullets every week.

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Software dev-turned-councillor launches rubbish* chatbot

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"decision to use Facebook, rather than setting up his own app... is perhaps a canny move, given the privacy concerns the Matt Hancock app raised"

Not only is using Facebook a privacy disaster of biblical proportions but it excludes any constituents who do not use Facebook. Not very inclusive Mr Rouse.

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Huawei Mate 20 Lite: A business mobe aimed at millennials? Er, OK then

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Re: castrated

I can count the number of times I've recorded video on my current phone on zero fingers. I can count the number of times I've recorded video on any phone in the last 10 years on one or two fingers. 4k is something I absolutely do not need.

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Fourth 'Fappening' celeb nude snap thief treated to 8 months in the clink

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Re: unsavoury incident?

"In my day you did one position then stopped"

That was just you, I've always been one for multiple positions.

I'm wondering what a Cee Low is but based on the rest of that part of your comment I'm not about to Google it while at work.

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VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant

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Stop

Between this and the disgraceful treatment of Defcon attendees, Las Vegas is telling the IT world that they do not want our money and we are not welcome. Hopefully next year conference organisers can find different venues in another city where they will be welcomed rather than persecuted.

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ABBYY woes: Doc-reading software firm leaves thousands of scans blowing in wind

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No data was lost to an unknown party during the exposure.

Bull-fucking-shit. Since you had no access control you have no idea who accessed that data, it could have been downloaded by hackers 20,000 times for all you know.

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Ah, um, let's see. Yup... Fortnite CEO is still mad at Google for revealing security hole early

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Re: I learned something

I hope you don't ever buy anything in a bricks and mortar store, they generally take 50% or more of what you pay.

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Experimental 'insult bot' gets out of hand during unsupervised weekend

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"Since it's a Bank Holiday for those in the UK"

No, it's a Bank Holiday for England and Wales so not the UK.

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Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be

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Re: 'If you find yourself needing to change Sims frequently invest in a dual Sim phone'

Never seen a cardboard SIM, they have always been plastic like a credit card and can't be "torn by hand."

What medieval backwoods are you living in that uses a cardboard SIM?

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Android data slurping measured and monitored

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WTF?

App developers receive your age and gender whenever an app is launched

The above statement is false. I have several apps in the Play store and have never received any information about the users of my apps, ever. I purposely do not include any analytics libraries because I don't want to be another creepy company slurping my user's data.

When such a simple statement is false, how much of the rest of the report is trustworthy?

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Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn

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Quality BBC programming died years ago, put it out of it's misery. If you can manage to do the same to ITV, 4 and 5 at the same time all the better. On the odd occasion I have the misfortune to see a TV showing broadcast programmes I wonder why they still exist.

Local journalism has been a cesspool for decades. It is not worth saving, if it ever was.

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Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Runtime installers were built to fail

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"February 13, 2015 – 3.5 years ago – with Visual Studio 2010, for use on Windows XP and newer versions of Windows NT"

So newer versions of NT like Vista, Win 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2? Seriously who was still using NT in 2015.

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Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy

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Re: "Et tu Bruté"

I'm surprised your stunningly ignorant comment doesn't have more down votes.

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Offer of resignation?

"I WILL not let this happen again. However if you no longer feel I am the man to defend you, my community, then I will leave. I suspect much of my team will leave too but….plus ça change.”

That's not an offer of resignation, that's a threat that things will be worse if you push him out.

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Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

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"promised superconductivity “at ambient temperature and pressure conditions”... researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore... at 236 kelvin or -37.15 degrees"

I'm pretty sure that -37C is never ambient temperature in India.

By any chance do these physicists have an uncle who works for Microsoft and want to remove a virus from my computer?

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Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure

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Poachers that want to be Gamekeepers

Given Mr West's employer and their love of Orwellian stalking I find it hard to trust this proposal. Cookies have their problems but at least we know what they are and how to control them.

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