* Posts by iron

397 posts • joined 25 May 2017


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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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?

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.)

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.

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.

'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.

Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown

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Smeeeeeeeg Heeeeeeeeeed!

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.

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

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Android data slurping measured and monitored

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Visual Studio gains some go-faster stripes for Android emulation

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Faster Android Emulators nothing to do with Visual Studio

"It is, however, worth pointing out that we did have to pretty much nuke our installation of Visual Studio from orbit in order to persuade the updated emulator to fire up."

No problems here and I find it odd that you had problems with VS since the new emulator features are not related to VS and do not require the latest VS update. To get the new faster emulators, which I installed last week, you need to enable the Windows Hypervisor Platform in Windows and update the Google Android Emulator using the SDK manager (point it to the Google repository, not MS).

Microsoft's Chinese chatbot inspired by images to write poetry

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Xiaoice has written 12 million of poems in fact

I hope her writing is better than the author of this article.

Medical device vuln allows hackers to falsify patients' vitals

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Wrong Medications?

Any hospital or doctor who is dispensing medication based on the remote monitoring console without checking the readings on the local monitor has bigger problems than hackers.

Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November

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Re: Lost the plot


Hahahaha! Dropbox?!? Hahahaha!

Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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> The system will be accessed via GOV.UK


> or a smartphone app,

Hell no!

> the report praised the security and privacy credentials promised for the database of citizen numbers.

Hahahahaha! Oh, you weren't joking?

> the citizen first logs into a Home Office system with their passport and an additional piece of verified data – such as a selfie

Fuck no.

> receives a four-digit code to share with the boss.

Wow a whole 4 digits. Let me guess... they will be assigned sequentially. (facepalm) And what happens when you have more than 10k people needing a job?

> They enter that code into the Home Office's verification service and receive only the relevant info.

Hahahahahahahah! Oh, you still aren't joking? So add 1 to the code and you'll receive someone else's info.

Dear government, just fucking no.

Span hits F#, LinkedIn gets mumbly, and UWP (yes, it's still clinging on) furnished with new toys

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Re: Does UWP have a purpose, yet?

"Firstly, I'd have to accept that I'd be locked in to UWP and the only way out would be a total rewrite"

No you wouldn't and no it wouldn't, respectively. Your UWP app could also be run on Android, iOS, MacOS and Tizen if you use Xamarin. Even if you don't go that route a lot of code could be easily portable to other frameworks and platforms if you use MVVM and .Net Standard 2.0.

How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign

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Because obviously they're exactly the same team that should be doing that. Its just not possible for a company to have more than one department that do different things, no.

Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage

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"The howls of users forced to stop what they are doing as Windows 10 takes a dive into the waters of Windows Update, sometimes for hours at a time..."

What kind of shitty old computers are these lusers using?

Prof claims Lyft did a hit-and-run on his ride-sharing tech patent

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Sounds like a typical patent troll, going for the smaller company who are more likely to settle than fight it so that he established a precedent for going after the larger company. Dick move prof, dick move.

Facebook's React Native web tech not loved by native mobile devs

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React Native lives up to the hype

Except he admits himself it doesn't scale, they had to write their own framework to interact with non-React bits of the codebase, React components created warnings and errors and they didn't want to convert to React 100%. Sounds more like it doesn't live up to the hype but the CIO forced the change through despite the dev's protestations anyway.

Google answers 'Why Google Cloud?' with services and spectacle

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"Google... We're told it's trustworthy"


* BONK! *

Oh dear I seem to have laughed my head off.


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