* Posts by DCdave

13 posts • joined 29 Jan 2018

Now here's a Galaxy far, far away: Samsung stalls Fold rollout after fold-able screens break in hands of reviewers

DCdave

Re: Android version 4.4

Or not, KitKats come in ahem, two finger versions too, allowing you to wave two fingers at Samsung.

Don't be an April Fool: Update your Android mobes, gizmos to – hopefully – pick up critical security fixes

DCdave

@Colin Ritman

None of which helps if the manufacturer just can't be bothered to support a device any more, like happened with my previous phone that came with a promise of two years monthly security updates and any letter upgrades within that time (essentially what AndroidOne now promises). After a year the monthly updates became irregular and the letter update was pushed and pushed until beyond the two years and then quietly dropped.

Google takes a page from Microsoft of old and revives browser ballot on Android

DCdave
Alert

Re: I already have a real choiec Margrethe

Even if you disable/uninstall/don't install Chrome and only ever use Firefox as your browser, it's likely that you will hit one of the ever-increasing number of apps that use Android System Webview to do web stuff, and this is basically Chrome, or part of it. Everyone can decide for themselves where that ends up, but Google have certainly made it quite hard to avoid Chrome.

Colour us shocked: Google in €50m GDPR fine appeal bombshell

DCdave

Re: Google takes small onion from pocket, then says it's …

@Jellied Eel

" Our data is their data and can be freely exploited to "personalise" advertising."

Not with Google - their data on us is their data and can be freely exploited to "personalise" advertising, no matter how that data was obtained.

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

DCdave
Joke

Re: Speed.

That's not the car's speed, that's the data download speed they found in the areas where they couldn't meet the 75% testing, so it doesn't really count!

It's December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff

DCdave

You can extend that to the companies that use Windows as well - how many put a focus on 'getting it right' (patching) rather than 'getting it out of the door' (doing their own stuff). Many of the big hack attacks have been on unpatched systems, and that needs to be fixed.

Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

DCdave

Re: Its the 3rd-Party Code that always burns you

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/cs/people/alan_woodward/

Professor in physics and engineering. What strikes me most, though, about this bio is the following sentence:

"Although Alan has been at the leading edge of technology development for many years, he is primarily a particularly good communicator."

Which rather sounds like they are saying he's especially good at BS.

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

DCdave
Facepalm

Re: You can't fork Android

/I only buy Android devices I can root./

And having secured your phone properly, you are often rewarded by your bank and media companies telling you their app won't run on your phone because it's "not secure".

Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

DCdave
Megaphone

Re: F1 is a Car Crash

/F1 is live and free-to-air on German Eurosport (Astra 19.2E)/

No it's not, it's on n-tv or RTL, depending on the session. Adverts are long and it's best if you don't speak German, as the commentators are appalling.

Microsoft to lock out Windows RDP clients if they are not patched against hijack bug

DCdave
Flame

Such a shame the patch kills 2008R2 servers running with static IP addresses on VMware. On the other hand, it does make them more secure, by virtue of being unreachable unless there happens to be DHCP available too.

I know, I know, we should all move to Azure...

Patch LOSE-day: Microsoft secures servers of the world. By disconnecting them

DCdave

Re: I stopped updating my Windows 7 boxes

You weren't supposed to set the registry key manually, but let your AV solution do it.

If at first you don't succeed, you're likely Intel: Second Spectre microcode fix emitted

DCdave
WTF?

BIOS update

"I've already seen a windows update reboot itself into forcing a BIOS update this week."

A BIOS update, in a Microsoft update? Some misunderstanding, I think.

Microsoft works weekends to kill Intel's shoddy Spectre patch

DCdave
Go

As you were

The original Microsoft update from 3rd January did not contain any microcode, it was dependent on microcode also being updated. The server OS additionally had the update disabled by default, sysadmins had to enable it via a registry key....the same registry key contained in Saturday's out-of-band update that disables the protection. If you hadn't applied the Intel/OEMHW patch, nothing the Spectre patch was not active anyway. Nothing much to see here, especially for server admins.

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