* Posts by iron

397 posts • joined 25 May 2017


Oh, Google. You really are spoiling us: Docs block cockup chalks up yet another apology

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Re: Yeah, no

@katrinab You need glasses. Google apps use javascript for macros which means they can do just about anything and there is no setting to turn them off.

Simon's Cat app rapped for random 'racy' advert

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Re: Why?

Because YT is a video site so doesn't allow you to publish a game that entails helping the cat find food? Try reading the article.

Google reveals rapid Bluetooth gadget connection tech

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Re: ... and speed limits on Maps ?

There are these things at the side of the road you might find useful, they have numbers on them and are called speed limit signs. If you are driving you should be looking at them, not your phone!

Only good guys would use an automated GPU-powered password-cracker ... right?

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The joke is you haven't enabled password complexity rules. Both the examples you mention would fail even the most lax of complexity rules.

NHS could have 'fended off' WannaCry by taking 'simple steps' – report

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Re: What went right elsewhere?

It would be nice if the article used correct and consistent terminology. It starts off talking about NHS England but then lazily falls into talking about the UK. As you say Wales did not seem to be as badly hit and they are part of the same NHS as England. Then you have Scotland which has its own NHS with different policies and practices.

El Reg journos - THERE IS NO NHS UK!

UK's NHS to pilot 'Airbnb'-style care service in homeowners' spare rooms

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Re: Why stop at care?

But unfortunately has no idea how to use an apostrophe.

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Re: Something needs to be done

"would likely be better served by a hotel, hostel or purpose built facility."

And what would we call this purpose built facility? How about Hospital.


Coinhive hacked via old password to move manic miners' Monero into miscreants' pockets

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Re: Damnit

password isn't secure any more, you should upgrade to password1

HMRC's switch to AWS killed a small UK cloud business

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Re: in reality it is the governments that need to change the law

I've a feeling Neds means something different where you are than where I am since I doubt most ministers could swallie the Buckfast required.

'We've nothing to hide': Kaspersky Lab offers to open up source code

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Re: Worth nothing

"Also, I rather doubt that Kaspersky's update process wouldn't have the ability to run any arbitrary code (either directly or by loading a freshly downloaded executable library in memory), at which point they're proven to have built a possible backdoor into their software."

Surely that accusation could be levelled at all AV software from Avast to Norton (ewww) to Windows Defender?

Google slides text message 2FA a little closer to the door

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Re: Or use TOTP / HOTP

Helpful but wtf does HMAC mean? Do I need a password to adjust the AC?

'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

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Re: singing while non white?

Who was arrested? The story says they checked his license and registration and gave him a fine.

US energy, nuke and aviation sectors under sustained attack

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Re: A hint to recruiters...

Even people who are "smart, critical and sharp witted" can fall for phishing emails. A good example is the "I'm stuck in another country and have lost my wallet, phone, etc please send me money to get home" email from a friend's address. I know one very intelligent CEO who would have fallen for that if he hadn't mentioned it to me first. Non-IT people have never heard of these standard phishing scams so the messages look legit to them.

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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Re: Start menu

The article does not have a picture of a WinPhone display. I think you're confused by the picture of Cortana on a desktop/laptop that has been cropped so it only shows the relevant part and not the rest of the screen.

Brit spooks 'kept oversight bodies in the dark' over data sharing

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"Despite what it may seem, people do have an expectation of privacy to some degree on their social media"

Stupid people perhaps.

The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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Re: The big problem

I can get the weather forecast whenever I want by glancing at my phone. No need to record me 24/7 and send it to Google, no repeating the voice command because it can't understand my accent or whatever.

More accurate to look out the window though.

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Call My Wife by The Two Ronnies

Loved the funny comedy sketch, not so much the useless Google spy tech.

Crypto-coin miners caught toiling away in hacked cloud boxes

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Re: Security company?

Based on recent events at Deloitte and Equifax I'd say this is par for the course for a security company.

Australian senator Pauline Hanson wants devilish scam calls to flash '666'

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Re: I propose another use for 666.

There is no pound key on my phone - £

I think you mean the hash key - #

'Open sesame'... Subaru key fobs vulnerable, says engineer

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A vulnerability found in a old model also works on other models created years before the vulnerability was found? Well colour me shocked. Surely Subaru should have fixed it before he found it.

Is it necessary to be a complete dick to be a security researcher or does it just help?

Culture, schmulture. DevOps, agile need to be software-first again

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I would like to read this article but the stupid made up language like "mansplain", "agilesplainers" and "jobby-jobs" put me off so much I had to stop after half a page. I just couldn't handle any more of this garbage.

El Reg please hire adults who speak English to write your articles.

Leaky-by-design location services show outsourced security won't ever work

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"how to use WhatsApp to track the waking and sleeping patterns of almost anyone, anywhere"

Except me because I don't now nor will I ever have WhatsApp installed on any device. Nor do I use Facebook or any of these other services to post my photos online. Privacy and security is simple, just don't sell your soul to the likes of Zuck.

Online criminal records checks to take a punt on troubled Verify system

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Re: Are You Joking....

Or not.

In order to apply for a criminal records check on someone else in England & Wales you need to be registered with DBS if you do 100+ checks per year or if you do less than that you must go through an umbrealla body that is registered. This is already done to prevent the kind of Daily Fail scenarios you are worried about.

Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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Pixie Buds

I look forward to seeing people get slapped, punched and possibly arrested because they were stupid enough to rely on this Googlefish. Google Translate is a terrible translator, often changing sentences to the opposite of their original meaning. I read an article in German yesterday that was about a man bribing a tax official and Google translated it as he was BITING the tax official. As for adding Machine Learning to everything, Translate got worse when Google added Artificial Incompetence.

The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

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Google cancel services all the time. MS cancel one and suddenly the sky is falling?

Get a grip people.

Citrix patches Netscaler hole, ARM TrustZone twisted, Android Dirty COW exploited – and more security fails

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"code going after the bank accounts of Brazilian computer users - the first to be found written in Delphi."

Or not. There were viruses written in Delphi back when I was still using the language, and that was 10+ years ago.

NatWest customer services: We're aware of security glitch

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Re: Next time, screenshot it and post it on Twitter with a link to the story

"Have El reg seen a screen shot they can trust or reasonably expect to be of the problem?"

Try reading the second paragraph. I'm guessing El Reg trust their authors.

Microsoft downplays alarm over Windows Defender 'flaw'

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Your first mistake was asking him anything. You should have told him to call the helpdesk and hung up.

¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to hush Catalonian independence vote sites

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Franco would be proud.

HP denies rumours Elite x3 is for the axe, admits coveting neighbour's OS

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Re: Coulda, woulda, shoulda

Because Google's commitment to their services is always so rock solid and trustworthy. They would never close a service with little or no notice to the users.

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So WinPhone is dead but MS still intend to update Continuum next Spring? WTF is the point?

Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch

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Apple keeps this radio comms alive, even when disabled via the Control Center, so its gadgets can be hacked by every joker in Starbucks while you write your terrible novel / play / screenplay on your MacBook.

Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

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A most amusing read as always.

As a former Delphi programmer I used to use functions, procedures and objects! Wow! Docker I can understand, my poor grey-haired brain still can't work out wtf .Net Core and Standard are though.

Portland posts full report on Uber's dirty dealings with Greyball

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@ Ishtiaq


Did you not read the article? How about the many, many articles about their illegal business practices? Or their rampant sexism and harassment of female staff? Or the fact they don't pay the correct taxes because none of their drivers are employed? Or the rapes that have occurred because they don't properly vet drivers? Or the way they track users of their service before, during and after using it? Or the data on user's rides they used to release that could be used to identify those users and where they had travelled. Or.... the list is endless.

Uber are possibly the most despicable scum operating a business in the world today.

Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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Re: Ad Free?

Sue Google?

Red Hat beer and burger box brouhaha: Would a pint help you wash down the containers?

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So is this open to non-press? We'd happily watch a webinar for free beer & burgers/

UK's new Data Protection Bill will be 'liberal' not 'libertarian', says digi minister

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"Sometimes we do need regulation, like with the age verification laws to prevent children viewing porn easily online, just as they do offline."

If children are viewing porn easily offline is he also introducing similar regulation for the offline world?

I know that is not what he meant but it is what he said.

Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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What about someone who has facial reconstruction surgery, perhaps after a car crash? As the car is crashing do they need to turn off Face ID on their iPhone so they can still unlock it?

Google to kill Symantec certs in Chrome 66, due in early 2018

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Re: Norton / Symantec is not slow

How's the job as head of marketing at Symantec going AC?

44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

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Proof reading?

The quality of English in El Reg articles has gone seriously downhill in the last 12 months, did you sack all your proof readers or just not have any to begin with?

"BT has confirmed it was a user of Equifax services, with a spokesman adding it was in dialogue with credit reference agency about the matter. A BT spokesman courtesy told El Reg he wasn’t able to share any more at this point."

The first sentence in that article is missing a definite article and the second just doesn't make any sense grammatically. There are also multiple references to Equinox in the article that I presume should be Equifax.

The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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Re: Connects how?

You need to read the article again. Bluetooth was very specifically mentioned as was the fact that they will be making devices with or without a SIM slot (implies 4G).

Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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English? Simon Sharwood has heard of it

It's just a shame he wouldn't pass an exam on the subject. Take these examples:

"Any data you have in Drive is absolutely not going away just because the app of the same name will soon deceased." - Missing the word "be."

"Backup and Sync is already-available app that does what it says on the can" - An article would be nice.

"Again, data's not going anywhere." - What belongs to the data? Again an article would be useful and might have prevented the apostrophe disaster.

I expect better of someone who is supposed to be an editor.

Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

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Re: Come with me if you want to live.

Looks more like Person of Interest imo.

Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook

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As I understand it the kids "listen" to music on YouTube these days, which is on the list.

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"Remember how Spotify "sold its soul" (in Michael Robertson's words) to Facebook in 2011? It made having a Facebook account mandatory. It needed the traffic."

I've never had a Facebook account yet I have a Spotify account. I even let my premium sub drop for a few months earlier this year and had no problem signing back up again without a Facebook account.

WhatsApp irons a shirt, dons a suit, prepares business services

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Slight problem with your wonderful idea... not everyone uses crap like WhatsApp. Everyone with a mobile is able to receive SMS messages and in some cases landlines can receive them too. Much like all the moronic organisations that now use Twitter for support & status messages despite having their own website, companies using WhatsApp to notify customers will be reducing their customer base for no reason.

Please, pleeeease let me ban Kaspersky Lab from US govt PCs – senator

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@Mark 85

For many of the groups you mentioned, them being able to read would be a surprise!

Prejudiced humans = prejudiced algorithms, and it's not an easy fix

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"So offering a job only to someone over six foot tall... clearly discriminates against women."

No it doesn't. It clearly discriminates against short and average height people no matter what gender they are or wish to be recognised as. There are women who are over 6 foot tall so it does not discriminate against women.

Offering a job only to people with a penis, THAT clearly discriminates against women.

Ex-Harrods IT worker pleads guilty to PC repair shop trip

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So thoughtful. Uber says it won't track you after you leave their vehicles

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Yet another reason

to never use Uber. Not that I needed another one.


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