* Posts by Zippy´s Sausage Factory

125 posts • joined 10 Aug 2018


Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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"I think there are advantages of a universally acclaimed digital ID system which nowhere in the world has yet"

Not particularly. Other countries that have ID cards seem to get along fine without one, so why exactly does the UK need one - unless they want to install a Chinese-style "social credit" system?

Cambridge Analytica's administrators misled judge, High Court told

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It's beginning to look a lot like Fraudmas...

Seriously, it's starting to look to me like CA was put into receivership to try and wriggle out of legal complications, rather than because it ran out of money.

Actually, I'm lying. It's always looked like that to me...

Google: I don't know why you say Allo, I say goodbye

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The time is getting shorter...

I'm now waiting for the press release that says "Google NewStuff, due to be released tomorrow, will be discontinued today. 'We're proud to be a company that kills off things that aren't working, even when we haven't released them yet'..."

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Re: This will save Edge

That's because Safari, unlike Edge, can sometimes be useful.

Not often, I'll give you that. But every so often there's a site that makes everything else go "wibble"...

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Why not just kill it?

I'm serious.

The only good reason for Edge was that it levers the rendering engine built into Windows. It's not perfect, but it does an OK job.

Without Edge, no reason for Flash to come so heavily pre-installed that removing it causes Windows Update to have a hissy fit.

And let's face it, if they're using the Chrome rendering engine under the hood then... what's the point of Edge even existing at all? If it's just a wrapper round Chrome, why not just pre-install Chrome and be done with it?

It's December 2018, and a rogue application can still tell your Apple Mac: I'm your El Capitan now

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Re: arbitrary remote code execution via a malicious web page

Or, as it's known in Windows-land, Active X...

Adobe Flash zero-day exploit... leveraging ActiveX… embedded in Office Doc... BINGO!

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A load of Word plugins are ActiveX these days. As are a lot of Excel and Outlook ones. The "social connector" they bundle with Outlook that snoops someone's LinkedIn profile and annoys you with it is an ActiveX plugin.

It's a technology they should have taken out and shot, years ago.

Ooo shiny! First Visual Studio 2019 sneak peek here in time for Chrimbo

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Re: My eyes!

There is a "theme editor" plugin, but it's rock hard to use. I basically go for the light theme and then hunt down offensive colours, myself.

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Start page

That's always been there, as long as I can remember - right back to VS 2005 I think.

I actually use it quite a lot. The only real different I can see is that they've finally realised that everyone just turns the "Visual Studio News" RSS feed off and have removed it altogether and then made the open buttons nice and big.

Now if only they would give us the option to only show solutions when you open something inside a solution, and not add every project you touch into that most-recently-used list, THAT would be a blessing!

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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When new powers are introduced, unless penalties are for misuse of those powers are introduced at the same time, they will always be abused.

As I always say, you should never never give the government any powers a rabbi wouldn't be comfortable giving to Hitler.

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Things haven't evolved

"Things have evolved". I very much doubt that. This was, I believe, the game plan all along. It's only being done now because it's taken them this long to build the infrastructure for it. No point getting the great unwashed upset at their political masters before time, eh what? Not that it won't be too late to stop it already, of course...

Amazon's homegrown 2.3GHz 64-bit Graviton processor was very nearly an AMD Arm CPU

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Paris Hilton

Re: Let's recall the other definition of MIPS

I'd like to think Amazon are serious about supporting ARM. But designing chips is not their core business, unless it gives them a significant advantage

There's a significant advantage for Amazon here, and it's not just cost control (the opportunities for savings are huge).

In short, they have the advantage of leverage. Intel are a huge supplier. They now have to cut their own costs to the bone or face a major customer moving to a rival platform. Worse, Amazon moving to Arm would be a major signal to the marketplace that Arm has come of age and is now a significant threat to Intel.

That's leverage that can get Intel to bend to Amazon's will, should they want it. They could, in theory, have significant impact on the way that Intel develop their processors over the next few years. Or, they could go their own way and, if they chose to, make a significant chunk of people decide x64's day in the sun is over.

My thoughts anyway. And Paris, because what do I know?

What now, Larry? AWS boss insists Amazon will have dumped Oracle database by end of 2019

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To be fair, there's plenty of open source options.

Although that said, the ones Oracle owns it has invested far less effort in wiping the open source / community / free versions off the face of the earth than I anticipated...

UKFast mulls putting IPO on ice due to six little letters: BREXIT

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Re: forthcoming meetings in the next few weeks "will shed more light on the situation"

@A P Veening

I am not so sure anything can happen. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if a revocation of the invocation of article 50 isn't allowed unilaterally. And by now a couple of other EU countries are ready to hit that with a veto. If that is true, remaining isn't possible.

If the ECJ rules that the UK can unilaterally pull the A50 notification and the EU can't do anything about it (in fact, some of the negotiators have said that it's their opinion that it can be pulled right up until a minute before the UK leaves the EU) then the question of a veto doesn't come into it, because there's no veto to be had.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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Well the bicycle made me think of "The Prisoner", which is I guess familiar to anyone who has to use MS software...

Talk about a cache flow problem: This JavaScript can snoop on other browser tabs to work out what you're visiting

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My summary of this is

"guys, we think we've worked out how Facebook's ad system works"

Tech sector unites in attempt to avoid Oz's anti-crypto push, again

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Re: Does this really matter?

I'm guessing this will be adopted in the UK soon, along with the Chinese "social credit" scoring system, once the undemocratic EU can no longer stick its nose in to say "no"...

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Are they still using the 2G network for this nonsense or did they finally wake up and remember that the year 2000 is actually in the past now?

Groundhog Day comes early as Intel Display Drivers give Windows 10 the silent treatment

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Re: Office 2010

Why is anyone still using Office 2010 anyway? It's not like it'll even connect to Exchange servers anymore...

I'm using Office 365 and frequently have the same problem...

Peers to HMRC: Digital tax reforms 3 days after Brexit? Hold your horses, how 'bout 3 years...

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@katrinab Technically speaking,I should be exempt too. But I'm registered because - surprise - I'm not exempt even though I earn under the £85K limit. The reasons are obscure and byzantine, but as far as I can tell, the headline is that everyone under £85K is exempt from being registered for VAT, but the small print has enough little traps in it that most people who run their own business ought to be, almost no matter what they earn.

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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Re: SE for me

I just bought one of the last SEs. I might buy another Apple at some time in the future - if they bring back the 3.5mm headphone socket, that is.

Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

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Re: Just build a wall down the middle of the Channel

the Torygraph can keep telling people the Euro is about to collapse* without them knowing any better.

*It's been about to collapse since the 1990s according to them.

The collapse of the EU - usually within the next couple of months - seems to have been a regular mainstay of alt right bloggers as well.

Another Meltdown, Spectre security scare: Data-leaking holes riddle Intel, AMD, Arm chips

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Re: New phone

Ideally my next phone is powered by a 6502. No apps should need to be bigger than 64 KB code.

I'm up for that. Maybe I'll start work again on my 6502 assembler that I haven't touched in years then, seems people might need it.

Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft

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Seriously, does the world need yet another WhatsApp contender? Does Microsoft? I mean, they already have Skype, Skype for Business, Yammer and Teams - surely one of these apps would be a better fit as a WhatsApp-For-Business, surely?

You have to question who's making the decisions here, because in a sane and sensible company Kaizala would have been made into a USP for one of the existing platforms rather than competing for users against them and ensuring neither one of them gets any traction.

I found a security hole in Steam that gave me every game's license keys and all I got was this... oh nice: $20,000

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Re: The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies

If you employ people to be full time pen testers, they will automate things to make their lives easier. They will write scripts. They will become complacent. Not a complaint, just human nature.

Many eyes make bugs shallow.

This is why you employ a pro to review new services before you launch them, then you cheerfully part company, they go do the same thing elsewhere and learn new stuff, and you hire them again for a bit when you launch a new service.

It sounds to me like Steam probably did as much as they could at launch, then left it. Then when bug bounties come up, they're saying "thank you very much" and paying up. Which is as it should be.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Do you want to attract space kittens?

Because that's how you find Space Kittens.

I'll get me coat...

Foxconn denies it will ship Chinese factory serf, er, workers into America for new plant

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I see Scott Walker lost. Wonder what will happen now?

*opens popcorn, sits back*

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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"Being earnest now: Microsoft trusting these devices to implement Bitlocker has to be the single dumbest thing that company has ever done."

That is, it has to be said, a pretty high benchmark. I mean, there was Bob, Clippy, jettisoning classic Skype, ruining their own Windows Phone product when it was just starting to become competitive... I mean I could go on, but I'm getting depressed now.

GCSE computer science should be exam only, says Ofqual

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Re: Oh, please...

They kind of have a point, though. The basics you need to know. For all the rest, there's StackExchange.

ICO poised to fine Leave campaign and Arron Banks’ insurance biz £135,000

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Unlike other charges against Banks and Leave.EU, this one is pretty much an "open and shut" case - by which I mean the law is clear, the evidence is clear and easy to find, and there really isn't much legal opinion that can go into it on either side.

So if you're a fan of chaos and legal shenanigans, then it's not quite popcorn time (for either side). Yet. But we'll see...

Till Microsoft finds it a place on the path unwinding, it's the circle, the circle of Skype

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SysInternals tools for Linux? Interesting.

They seem to be doing so much for Linux, with Windows 10 touted as the "last" version of Windows, it makes me wonder if an MS Linux distribution will be replacing Windows any time soon? (Windows Server, or Windows desktop, not sure which...)

And no, I'm not trying to troll here, just thinking out loud. I mean, why spend money on things that aren't going to earn you money? Yes, I know, they'll use the SysInternals Linux tools for Azure, but even so...

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

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Ah, that's why. Once you start botox, you have to keep doing it forever. They've got you by the short and curlies*.

* Assuming you didn't go next door and get a Brazilian waxing...

UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

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Has anyone done a survey of how many Tory voters have photo ID compared to Labour ones?

Just asking...

Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage

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Re: RE: Then came the Linux crowd where there were no such applications


You do know that modern PowerShell is actually available and actually worlks...


and that headless MS servers do indeed exist...

No dooont... stooooppp... my sides are hurting...

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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So long and farewell RedHat

I remember similar things being said about Lotus, when all it turned out they really wanted was the replication technology from Notes to shove into DB2. Everything else was allowed to wither on the vine.

Same will happen here - destroy the corporate culture, ruin the business so they can get - what, exactly?

PS: could we have a grim reaper icon? I mean, it is nearly Halloween after all...

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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I can remember when my ex and I put NE2000 compatibles in our home PCs, and a line of coax between them. Suddenly it was tickety-tock, it's Doom-o'clock.

Good times (well, the Doom bit, anyway...)

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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I get a lot of these. Fortunately for me I'm one of those irritating people who's always used a different password for each site, so I go "ah they got that from hacking Gawker" and "this one must be from ... MSN Messenger? Isn't that dead since a few years ago?".

The most obvious ones are when they send email from an email I own and say "I have complete control of this email, you can see that because I sent from it". Yeah, I can fake the sender on Thunderbird, too, dontcha know...

I'm also amazed they use Bitcoin, when the blockchain makes it so easy to track. Other cryptocurrencies that offer much greater privacy are available...

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Guess it's time I finished transferring my other domains and deleting my UK ones then...

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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I think it's really going to be a trust issue soon

"Hmm... do we bet our million dollar database data centre on Microsoft or Oracle?"

"Who made Windows 10?"

"Ah... Oracle it is then."

Joking aside, it didn't take long for "nobody ever got fired for buying IBM" to fade into history, and the current "nobody ever got fired for buying Microsoft" is probably going to go the same way. Microsoft's really reliant on goodwill and the fact that there aren't too many competitors people are willing to trust. Give them too many more hiccups - CEOs suddenly finding themselves unable to work because Windows 10 updated itself and bricked their work PC, for example - and that trust and goodwill is going to start evaporating rather quickly.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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Oh, Zippy

Nope, wasn't me. Must be some other Zippy you're thinking of.

(Oh and RIP Geoffrey from a few weeks ago as well...)

Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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Ah, flat look...

...aka some senior exec nostalgically reminiscing about how good Windows 3.0 running on their parents' IBM with an EGA graphics card.

That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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I think Windows 10 getting worse is pretty much a given, at this point, whether Surface continues to exist or not.

Mozilla grants distrusted Symantec certs a stay of execution, claims many sites yet to make switch

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Re: Who, and how much?

@peter2 That's one of the main reasons that I switched to Pale Moon. It's not getting enough traction in my opinion, but it's a very nice alternative to Firefox that deserves a look.

Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: Old Acer C720

Sadly, I expect you're right about this. Apple is taking steps to prevent third party repair, and I suspect where Apple leads, others will follow. And given the way Microsoft is, they'll use this as a chance to try and finally kill Linux desktop installs forever.

Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN

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Is this a sales pitch for Azure?

You know, a kind of "it's now safe to run your Linux workloads on Azure, because we won't sue you for patent infringement?"

Or am I just being cynical?

Happy with your Surface Pro 3's battery? Well, here's a setting that will cut the charge by half

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Lenovos used to ship with software for Windows that you could set this. You know, back in the days when they made Thinkpads, not bargain bucket 32gb-drive-2gb-ram so-cheap-they're-a-ripoff plastic toys that don't even have the space for Windows Update to run...

UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

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So it follows the standard government "big transformational IT project" timeline then?

2011: We've got a brilliant idea... it'll work everywhere and everyone will use it

2013: This great idea works in most places, some people are using it already

2015: This idea works in some places, less people than we hoped are using it

2017: This thing sort of works, somebody is probably using it

2019: C'mere old Yeller...

Or was that the timeline for Google+ I've just quoted, I'm not sure?

World's largest CCTV maker leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing

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Fringe called this years ago

In an early episode, the COO of a company says "Massive Dynamic retains access to every security camera we sell" to help track someone down...

I mean, they seem to totally forget about that forever after that, because plot holes, but it's nice to see a bit of science fiction coming true, right?

Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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"Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls," the company said claimed. You can appear to turn off the camera and mic with a double tap, and delete your entire voice history from the local Portal with one command.


Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

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Makes sense

They can't even serve you decent coffee at Heathrow, why should their security be any better?


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