* Posts by tallenglish

18 posts • joined 16 May 2018

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

tallenglish

why does anyone still use this garbage.

I forgot to mention, Chrome refuses to let you stop autoplaying videos.

Which wasts bandwidth and is another form of anti-blocking they do now. And the main reason I do not use it.

Google is evil plain and simple, avoid at all costs especially the gapps like gmail as it is not secure and makes the job of the NSA, CIA, FBI too simple, not to mention any content you have can easilly be stolen mainly because their attitude to security of those tools is a joke (look how many stories el reg has regarding 3rd party tools scanning emails or amazon buckets being pwned).

tallenglish

why does anyone still use this garbage.

It eats ram.

It tracks everything you do for googles profit.

and now this, blocking your right to block anything you dont want.

It is the very definition of spyware, and malware as the anti-blocking will allow bad scripts and others onto your pc.

What worries me is Android and webview, which for the most part have no choice to use Chrome.

With assistant AI and intrusive apps and browser, GDPR that only ever give you the option to accept. The concept of user privicy these days is a joke.

I now block all cookies all the time (dont use any site that complains).

I block all remote fonts.

I block all javascript except for trusted sites.

I never use Chrome ot any Google app (except Android, as I trust Apple even less).

I use VPN and Tor as much as possible.

Seriously, when are people going to wake up they are thought of as cattle to these pychopaths.

$24m in fun bux stolen from crypto-mogul. Now he fires off huge fraud charge. Like, RICO, say?

tallenglish

Isnt this what hardware wallets are for.

2fa is only as good as the medium it runs on.

I would use an offline wallet for one for that amount and use either Authenticator or better yet a hardware based 2fa device like trezor. Especially if I had that amount of crypto and so many online wallets have been compromised as well.

Not got much sympathy for this guy, he was pwned for being naive. Although I can see his issue with ATT for negligence, SIM swaps need to be done in person at a store of some kind so things like signature and other authentication can be checked first, allowing over the phone just asks to be abused.

Microsoft's 2018, part 2: Azure data centres heat up and Windows 10? It burns! It burns!

tallenglish

Failure shows there is something funny going on with the data

"eye-opening admission that the Azure Service Manager did not support automatic failure and, er, used the affected data centre as its primary metadata storage site. Ouch."

How else are the NSA to track everything on the system (even from EU).

Why else would they have everything going to one DC, thats not a rookie mistake - its deliberate.

They would have issues if they wiretapped stuff outside the USA, but make it require something in the USA, at which point it is out of sight and out of mind of everybody.

It also means the USA can effectively switch off any Azure services as and when they please - so for that reason I would never trust Azure or Amazon Cloud for that reason - as I can't trust the USA government, and because of that any USA organisation to handle data securely and safely.

Just look at the cavelier way Facebook has been with peoples privicy, if anyone thinks Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple are any better they are very dilusional.

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

tallenglish

Tried it

Got to 25% for me and gave up.

At least it didn't delete anything (except itself), although I was smart enough to do a full backup just in case it decided it didn't like VMware or Bitlocker.

Think they need to hand testing back to the humans as this new AI doesn't seem to be working at all.

Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

tallenglish

By that same principle we should shut down the EU access to the Internet that travels through the UK and shut down the Euro clearing house in London.

Grown ups dont think that way though.

You dont need to be American to have a .com domain, and I wonder how many none EU residents like Americans will also be affected by this beyond people in the UK. What they are doing is petty and will kill the EU TLD not protect it.

tallenglish

Very petty indead.

By the accounts above, they are willing to ditch 10-20% of their revenue and increase costs to even their own people just to spite folk in the UK that likely mostly use .co.uk or .com domains already.

Thats the mindset of a 2yo spitting its dummy out and blairing its eyes out.

This us why we need hard brexit, and they can screw the divorce payment as that requires they act like adults.

I think the EU and the self elected morons in charge are done for not because of Brexit because of their own selfish and childish actions.

More than ever I am proud I voted Brexit.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

tallenglish

Er, what about Cortana now

Cortana insists on using Edge and Bing, you can disable it for standard search - but you need to do some ninja powershell to manage it.

You cant uninstall edge without breaking windows 10.

Microsoft seems to be making windows 10 into xbox along with all the adverts. I no longer play that thing due to the crud on it.

Windows also now has loads of network drivers installed even if you dont need them (like lldp, qos, ipv6) and you cant uninstall them.

And Skype for business still insists on stealing focus when it loads, to hell if your trying to login to your work vpn or not.

I will give microsoft one thing, they know how to make the most anoying UI - this crap with Firefox and others just looks like scorched earth policy to me because their fancy browser is even crapper than the last.

HTTPS crypto-shame: TV Licensing website pulled offline

tallenglish

Yet another Crapita cockup

This is what happens when you don't pay your empoyees half enough or care about them, haven't a clue about what your selling or care about the security of your clients.

Bet the details are stored in some plaintext file on the server too.

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

tallenglish

Front for the NSA

I agree with some others that this info is really only useful to organisations like the NSA and CIA to track users.

I am sure they have backend access to all the buckets in Amazon, Google docs and tracking data, FB user base and this supposidly anonymous data so they could tell you more about yourself than you know yourself.

Snowden likely only knew small part of the state sponsored spying in the USA, why else are they so paranoid of others like Russia (takes one to know one).

tallenglish

Re: @Doctor Syntax

I think the way they may weasle out of it is the site that has FB links has to have shown the GDPR accept all request and part of that is allowing 3rd parties to use the data from that site and in this case, FB is the 3rd party.

So ironically FB will blame everyone else, in the "you must have clicked accept all on xyz.com website to view it and part of that acceptance is to allow FB to track you while using that site".

What I am not sure about is the legality of how they merge those site tracking to one unique ID or if they do at all - if they do then the must have some identifyable info about the user and could easilly grant the request (albeit data taking a long time to collate), if not then it is fully anonymised then it only allows for custom advertising to that website based on what type of users are visiting it and that wouldn't require GDPR data given to any one user I think.

Question is what are they slurping, are they infuring things like sex and other preferences by the type of site visited (like men mainly go to car websites) and sexuality based on what you search for in pornhub, etc?

Google responds to location-stalking outcry by… tweaking words on its BS support page

tallenglish

Google survey in activity controls

I got a 1 minute survey when I checked my activity controls and history today.

Go and tell google what you think if you don't like their policy on location spying.

tallenglish

Anyone actually checked the permission capability of the phone?

On a phone (Android 8+) at least you can turn off location access by app as you can for camera, microphone and everthing else, so I guess this issue must just be for those still on crap phones or old software. I would suggest you also turn off things like Location, NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth sensors that are not being used as it is just better security. I have also gove as far as disabling apps that I don't use, like google search and maps on my Samsung phone. I just checked my activity log and I haven't got one entry for over a month - so it is possible to stop the spying, it just takes quite a bit of effort and is not default on as it should be.

It would be better if Google had the same granularity of permission controls on the web interface as they do for Android devices - that way you could pick what each app could use, and only give access to trusted apps and for trusted uses in that app.

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

tallenglish

Easy Answer

Disable the various google services you dont want on the phone like search and chrome and maps if you dont use them. Same for any other bloatware like facebook/linkedin on Samsung phones.

Pause everything on google privicy, screw the fact it breaks things like google play movies and tv.

Lastly if something gets through, go and clear all history for everything to the beginning of time on a regular basis if needed. You will also see what gaps and apps are not behaving over time.

I did that and google has little to no history of anything I do, even watching movies on google play or youtube.

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

tallenglish

David Ike was right

Problem: government creates the problem by not doing the job they are already paid to do. (underfunding police, creating weapons, etc).

Reaction: government reacts by hyping up all their failures (terrorism, pedophiles, organised crime).

Solution: government provides the solution to greater control, requiring more government. (more taxes, more usless laws).

Real Solution: get rid of the problem, get rid of the idiots in charge that are just creating more work for themselves to feed their massive egos.

tallenglish

And we thought China was bad

China and its great wall is starting to look progressive. Australia is obviously trying to get rid of all the criminals we didn't want from the UK.

Providers from USA and others need to ban Australia out of principle like we do to China to protect encryption products and people in Australia are going to need to get VPN and slow down their already shite connection speeds.

Yay, you gotta love Aussy progress from the land that dredges the great barrier reef to let coal mining ships through.

Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

tallenglish

If Its JavaScript Block it

Not sure the point of this, miscreants will just block the javascript and fake any expected results - so mallware will just be able to bypass it as they usually act as man in the middle for HTTPS especially if they are some bad Firefox/Chrome plugin as we have seen previously with the theme tools.

Hackers normally just go for a fake site to steal details anyway.

So I don't even see the point of Halifax bothering with it?

Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

tallenglish

Ask Facebook

They should just ask Facebook, the have the monopoly (and dataset) to match against and we already know it works (no matter how creapy it is).

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