* Posts by Dr Mantis Toboggan

46 posts • joined 7 Sep 2017

Google's Project Zero reveals Apple jailbreak exploit

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: This is bang out of order!

Actual Google users get updates just fine thanks.

It sounds like you are too thick to understand there is a difference between Google, Google devices and android.

Just shout if you need it explained, or speak to a grown up

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Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: This is bang out of order!

Clearly you are getting Google and android mixed up. My Google device is patched promptly every month, just like apple devices are (intact right now iOS is so flakey it's been patched every other day at the moment)

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Android flaw lets attack code slip into signed apps

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: Woah - the clue is in the earlier fix

Still puts cheap advertising impressions, that is the name of the game

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VW's US environment boss gets seven years for Dieselgate scam

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Holmes

Then I guess successive UK governments are also guilty??

(or what that your hidden political agenda??)

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Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

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FAIL

Re: It's fantastic to see such a great start

Because of what apple told you? Because of what the internet told you?

Do you want to buy some magic beans?????

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Quality journalism

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Stop

Quality journalism

Any chance of offering up something thats just just lame clickbait churnalism once in a while?

Thanks.

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Google prepares 47 Android bug fixes, ten of them rated Critical

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Apple don't disclose what they fix monthly in their low level hardware libraries, so it's really an unfair comparison.

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Apple sprays down bug-ridden iOS 11 with more fixes

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: Smug

Apple and Google have pretty much the same privacy policy, if anything apples has more ambiguities.

If you think that because you paid a £300 premium on your phone to not get profiled, then you are above and beyond your usual run of the mill apple idiot.

Please point out in either privacy policy where either apple or Goole log every keystroke, as we all know you just pulled that out of your backside...

I guess nobody also told you, Android device setup allows you to entirely opt out of google services, iPhone you have no choice, you are always apples bitch.

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As Apple fixes macOS root password hole, here's what went wrong

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allows anyone sitting at a Mac to gain administrator access

'accessing it remotely via VNC, RDP, screen sharing, and so on"

Apple protection force out in strength....

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

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FAIL

Yet Again Fail

"While Apple can update half of its user base to the newest code within two months, "

Google can update pretty much all it's userbase to the new code within a few days of release...

Android is not a phone manufacturer, it's an operating system and clearly plenty of people get really confused by this. How hard is this to understand?

Do you also walk into a car dealerships to buy a new set of tyres?

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Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

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FAIL

Re: anarchic, fragmented, insecure, with a user base that lags far behind the latest code.

The point is, you pay your money and take your choice.

if running the latest and greatest Android is important to you, you shop appropriately. If you want something that you throw in the bin every 18 months and buy new, shop appropriately.

Don't be a cretin and confuse the two.

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It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

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Re: Indifference ... Complacency or what...

What's the real damage thou? Out of the 10 people that use Bing, how many were likely to be TSB customers???

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Samsung shows off Linux desktops on Galaxy smartmobes

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FAIL

Eclipse

What is this? 2007?

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Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

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FAIL

Re: Avoid

You know all these made up problems only "affect" the pixel2XL and not the pixel2 right?

Ooops, did the clickbait internet not feed you that info???

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Paradise Papers reveal Apple moved bits of biz offshore

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Stop

Re: meh

Apple owners didn't care their phones were being built with child slave labour, as long as they still got their Apple fix to fill their sad empty lives, who cares.. They certainly won't care about tax avoidance.

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Cupertino denies avoidance

I'm not entirely sure how they can claim avoidance, when they clearly didn't want anyone to find out what they were up-to.

"What Information Is Publicly Visible?"

“Is it possible to obtain an official assurance of tax exemption?”

https://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/1112D/production/_98633996_d35a0892-264c-4e47-8945-03f2a4389adb.jpg

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Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

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Its absolutely true, you seem to have been mislead the apple funded internet

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KRACK whacked, media playback holes packed, other bugs go splat in Android patch pact

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Thumb Up

Patched already

Updated itself over night...

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It's 2017 and you can still pwn Android gear with Wi-Fi packets – so get patching now

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FAIL

Re: Dear Motorola

Nope, this is something YOU needed to have considered at time of purchase, it's entirely your fault for putting other features or price above support, and you can't change your priorities now

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

Dr Mantis Toboggan
Megaphone

Re: Other options

Let's see if IphoneX gets the same press crucifixion for its screen burn and colour shift..

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208191

WE ALL KNOW THE ANSWER, IT WILL GET A FREE PASS, as the viral spin that created the pixel2XL story originated from Cupertino via a bought blogger....

It was no coincidence it happened when it did, to deter and Apple defectors

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WTF?

Re: Just like Apple

Essentially you are saying you have more money than sense... Ok then, join the iPhone X queue...

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

Dr Mantis Toboggan
Facepalm

Re: Do you know what works better than Face ID and Touch ID?

Lol the old "android system". You know android isn't hardware? Android is thousands of devices, all different, all different abilities. Someone already posted an android device that does 3d face scanning....

Some people.....

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Reaper IoT botnet ain't so scary, contains fewer than 20,000 drones

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FAIL

shocker

Checkpoint scaremongering...

That's pretty much how they operate these days, they are the laughing stock of the tech sector and clearly don't take security seriously, as they would know the dangers of crying wolf too often.

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EU law bods closer to baking new 'cookie law' after battle

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FAIL

when every website you ever visit always asks you every time (because you say no), it becomes tiresome, so everyone just says yes to consent just to make the nag go away.

So what exactly this this achieve? It just made everyone give their consent, as the mechanism that was being used to store their preference was also the mechanism they were granting permission to.

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Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: you get an invasion-free Gmail if you pay for it.

"No, you don't. Where are private paid options?"

Do you know how to use the internet?

https://gsuite.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/security/?secure-by-design_activeEl=data-centers

"Transparency is part of Google's DNA. We work hard to earn and maintain trust with our customers through transparency. The customer – not Google – owns their data. Google does not sell your data to third parties, there is no advertising in G Suite and we never collect or use data from G Suite services for any advertising purposes."

Essentially, you have the choice, pay for GSuite if you genuinely don't want Google using your data for anonymous data purposes, or use the free services as much as you you like (of which when you add them up, add considerable value, Mail, Calendar, Office, Maps, Photos and so on...)

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Dr Mantis Toboggan

Will this be like last time, when they made every internet site annoying overnight by making me click a cookie consent message to allow them to store a cookie to remember that I consent so they don't have to bug me next time

Clueless cretins

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Sick burn, yo: Google's latest Pixel 2 XL suffers old-skool screen singe

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FAIL

OK, I will assume you are stupid. BBC also link to the same single handset.

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

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Stop

I stopped reading

When it was clear the user was a total cretin.

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WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

Dr Mantis Toboggan
FAIL

Re: I read "Google will be patching all affected devices ASAP"...

You bought something that was out of support when you bought it. How is that Google's fault?

Did you want to buy my 1982 Ford Escort? it's a but rusty and smokes alot, but i'm sure it's fine...

Some people...

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Android ransomware DoubleLocker encrypts data and changes PINs

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: >porn still requires Flash....

90% of el reg security acticles are pure fantasy. They stopped reporting real tech news years ago

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Neglected Pure Connect speaker app silenced in iOS 11's war on 32-bit

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Apple fragmentation

Karma is a bitch, as with all the noise about android fragmentation, I have never ever had an app that didn't work or wasn't compatible, even really old apps work perfectly on android 8...

Wondering where all those fragmentation taking tech "experts" are now? Hiding away in shame I hope for falling for apple spin..

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: Microsoft is trying very hard to kill itself.

Microsoft, Apple, Facbook all have EXACTLY the same business model, and sell your details in EXACTLY the same way.

if you think you are better by not avoiding Google, then you need to go read up on Microsoft, Apple and Facebook privacy statements, be prepared for a shock... They still your details in the same way, but give you MUCH less in return (Appl even have the audacity so sell you overpriced hardware in exchange for your details...)

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Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: Microsoft is trying very hard to kill itself.

You only have to look at a current Chromebook to see the future, £200 gets you a device that is Uber secure, boots in 2 seconds and gives you 12 hour battery life. Its totally devoid of all the problems of windows and Mac. You can get viruses, there is no need for virus scanners, it's totally safe to use for secure online banking, you don't have to worry about backups. You have 1 thing to do to make it secure, ensure your Google account is secure (2FA and unique strong password). You are good to go.

Its a total breath of fresh air compared to everything else. Mine is now 3 years old, gets used daily coat £160, and is as fast as it was the day I bought it. Its perfectly suitable for 90% of consumers and 100% of schools, and as business wake up to the security advantages of cloud, more and more of them will understand that relying on windows and lots of emailed round copies of uncontrolled document attachments are much worse than a single cloud document with centrally managed access

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FAIL

Re: I disagree.

Windows mobile was dire, the UI didn't know is if it wanted to be mobile or desktop and failed bad!y on both...

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

Dr Mantis Toboggan
Megaphone

Xbox is surely the prime contender for the chop, it's never made money, racked up huge losses in the tens of billions and current models have flopped so badly, Microsoft refuse to mention sale numbers and even have them removed from quarterly earnings reports... Essentially telling the world even the best estimates from third parties of how badly it's doing are way off the mark to the true floppage...

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FAIL

Re: Isn't it obvious

"Yes, the market needs $129 laptops for the poor people... "

What a tool...

Those £129 laptops will do the same as your £2500 bling (bing) machine..... Pleb...

Do you want to buy some magic beans? £1200 each and I only have a few left

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Patch your Android, peeps, it has up to 14 nasty flaws to flog

Dr Mantis Toboggan
FAIL

Re: and will be pushed out to phones this month

Yep, all my devices updated overnight and were patched this morning....

But then I wasn't stupid enough to buy the cheapest shite on the shelf and thought it would come with premium support.

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iOS apps can read metadata revealing users' location histories

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FAIL

Re: Android too?

No, location recording is optional and defaulting to off on every Android device I have come across.

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

Dr Mantis Toboggan
FAIL

Sony already have this 3d tech in the latest Xperia XZ1 it was demoed 3 months ago to pretty much zero fanfare, but now Apple have something the same everyone loses their minds???

https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/26/sony-to-demo-3d-face-biometric-running-on-xperia-smartphone/

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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FAIL

Every "new" feature it has is already shipping in multiple android phones,

How dare you suggest this. Show me an android phone that allows you to turn your face into a turd emoji.....

Who says apple doesn't innovate and has run out of ideas...

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Sony fixed it, apple emergency licensed it, when they were halfway down a road with a dead end (under screen fingerprint sensor).

https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/26/sony-to-demo-3d-face-biometric-running-on-xperia-smartphone/

Don't worry though, next year's model will obsolete the iPhone X and include all the stuff that wasn't ready in time, and you won't have to worry about people unlocking your phone just by pointing it at you...

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Facepalm

Re: These "new" iPhones

A bit bizzare,. If you buy an iPhone 8, you are buying the new phone instantly obsoleted by the iPhone 10.

If you buy the iPhone 10, you have to suffer no home button and a slow and frustrating Face unlock and a phone you can't hold without obscuring parts of the screen...

iPhone 8 is iPhone 7 + android catch-up features from 2015

iPhone 10 is Form over function.

But all of the is apple all over. The first hundred thousand devices of course will be handed out as freebies to press, media influencers, and celebrities, to ensure its success, and all the plebs that buy one with real money will foot the bill. This is how it has always worked for Apple.

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: Cloud providers are becoming like drug dealers

Errm, nothing has changed the cost is the same as before. Do you need help explaining? Do you have a helper or grownup that can explain things?

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Worked in real world engineering for 25 years, C, CPP, .Net, Java and other real languages. Python doesn't really fit or have much in the way of use there, and it's a poor choice to learn, as real languages are so far away from these noddy languages like python.

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Python is a newbie language pushed as a good introduction to programming, of course there are going to be lots of questions...

Personally I think you would have to be bonkers to use python as a first path into programming, as it's totally at odds with real languages and what the real world uses..

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Pack up, go home to your family: Google Drive is flipping out

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FAIL

Thousands

Out of over 2bn users. Remind me what percentage that is?

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