* Posts by Colin Ritman

29 posts • joined 8 Feb 2019

Google jumps the shark from search results to your camera: Nest Hub, Pixels, and more from ad giant's coder confab

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Re: I bought my Nest thermostat before Google bought them

Yep, you can thank the idiot press for that. They bullied Nest into this, by spewing clickbait scare stories about nest security and cameras being hacked. The reality was nothing more than idiot users with already compromised passwords from other internet sites that couldn't be bothered to turn on 2FA.

If you want to blame anyone, blame sites that ran that story. They are ultimately responsible for Nests actions.

Personally, I welcome it. Google have a spotless track record when it comes to security, so it makes sense for nest to leverage that

Oh dear. Secret Huawei enterprise router snoop 'backdoor' was Telnet service, sighs Vodafone

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Yet again

The idiot press make themselves even more pathetic in their desperate need to create clickbait.

Microsoft's Edge on Apple's macOS? It's more likely than you think for new browser

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Missing cite

"Previews of ChromiEdge have been generally well received, comparing favourably to Google's implementation, "

I tried it, and it felt and worked inferior to chrome, I ditched it after a day and went back to chrome, which was superior in every way

The peelable, foldable phone has become the great white whale of tech

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Re: However, this one has started to worry the entire industry.

That's what the idiots fail to grasp. These were never going to be Westworld devices in generation 1 (or for the foreseeable future), they were always going to be chunky bricks that open out.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update thwarted by obscure tech known as 'external storage'

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Fans of the underused and little-known technology mostly referred to as "windows 10"

will find out they can't upgrade if they have an external drive.

Wannacry-slayer Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to two counts of banking malware creation

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Re: Now, for the last act ...

Any idiot capable of running Wireshark is calling themselves a security expert these days it seems.

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To the FBI? NO...

The extent of my lies are Woolworths pick and mix.

Hands off Brock! EFF pleads with Google not to kill its Privacy Badger with its Manifest destiny

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FAIL

Re: "and all but the most privacy-conscious users would uninstall the extensions"

No it's not, they are removing the APIs that allow extensions to grab all your site information, which is a privacy risk. EFF are hipocrites to the highest degree, they should be welcoming this, but they are complaining that it makes their life harder.

Facebook: Yeah, we hoovered up 1.5 million email address books without permission. But it was an accident!

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Re: Here i fixed that for you

An accident like they accidentally gave all their data to Cambridge Analytica to look for idiots stupid enough to vote for Brexit.

When is a phone not a phone? When it's an Android security key

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FAIL

Re: Nope

Clearly you are having trouble understanding what this is, and just jumped to the idiot kneejerk reaction.

To assist idiots here are some important bullet points, I will try and keep them short to not over fill their simple minds.

1/ It's a one time code.

2/ it uses independent secure protocol called FIDO (https://fidoalliance.org)

3/ it's substantially more secure than SMS

4/ Most idiots still don't use and second factor

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FAIL

Wondering where you got your 1% number from, or did you pull it out your arse?

I guess you just took the full version Android adoption rates and assumed that the full picture, when its obviously not the full picture, as Android 6,7,8 and 9 are patched every month with the same security fixes, meaning, unlike iOS (which only patches the latest), Android gets patches regardless of latest version uptake, and this number is not reported in an easy way for clickbait hacks to throw together sensational "news".

I'm going to pull a number out my arse, and say 60% of Android devices launched in the last couple of years are running a patch version from 2019... If you cut out the budget sub £100 tat, that number would be closer to 80% given pretty much every OEM has signed support agreements with Google for releasing patches within 180 days if they want to include Google play services on their kit.

Still nice try numpty.

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

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FAIL

You can't decide AFTER you bought a phone that you cared about support, it's something you need to consider BEFORE you buy. Google provide a very comprehensive list of devices that are signed up for regular patching. You bought something else, how is it anyone's fault but yours???

https://androidenterprisepartners.withgoogle.com/devices/?_ga=2.125959051.785171320.1554194720-578566436.1554194720#!?AER

Take that, America! Huawei flips Trump & Co the bird after reporting double-digit % rise in sales and profit

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Re: Backdoors ?

My Huawei device is part of Android Enterprise and gets patched very regularly thanks.

Don't believe all you read on the internet of shit

Pre-checked cookie boxes don't count as valid consent, says adviser to top EU court

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Stop

Re: Let's report every case of this to the ICO

GDPR and Cooke consent should be worded in a way that states it should take the same number of clicks to consent than it does ti deny. There is no wiggle room on that, and it will fix the websites that have 1 click GDPR consent, and 30+ clicks to deny (newsquest being one of the worst offenders).

Just Android things: 150m phones, gadgets installed 'adware-ridden' mobe simulator games

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Huge assumption

that all the versions were built with the dodgy SDK.

But then it's checkpoint, so their reputation is laughably shite anyway, as they seem to be in the business of scaring punters, rather than security.

China still doesn't want iPhones despite Apple slashing prices, say market watchers

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Re: I must be Chinese

The Chinese are smart, they understand status isn't bought (or more likely rented for £50/month idiot contract), status is earnt, there are no shortcuts.

Nothing shouts Bellend louder than a iPhone owner, if you want proof, go take a look at every iphone case on Amazon, and wonder why there is a hole in the back, for the logo to show itself - A Hole for Aholes....

Uber driver drove sleeping woman miles away from home to 'up the fare'. Now he's facing years in the clink for kidnapping, fraud

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FAIL

Re: Welcome to Uber

John Worboys say hi....

So essentially this boils down to: Any private hire or taxi driver is potentially capable of these things, do you trust a un-tracked, anonymous black cab, or a tracked, uber with a confirmed registration plate...

I know which one I would pick.

Buffer overflow flaw in British Airways in-flight entertainment systems will affect other airlines, but why try it in the air?

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No fly list

I hope he gets what's coming to him, as he was clearly deliberately trying to hack the aircraft.

IR35 contractor tax reforms crawl closer to UK private sector with second consultation

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Re: Companies will take the easy & safe choices

Nope, we have employees who have a vested interest in the future of the company, and get stuff done just fine thanks. No contractors bringing follies and magic bullets to the company.

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Re: Companies will take the easy & safe choices

we just ditched all contractors because of this. That was the easy choice, as contractors were mostly a waste of time and money anyway, they didn't have company buy-in, and were only interested in doing stuff that benefited them (either something new/interesting/cool they wanted to learn, or something they did in a previous job that can be shoehorned into the current requirement somehow).

When 2FA means sweet FA privacy: Facebook admits it slurps mobe numbers for more than just profile security

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Re: Google too

Because he clearly is a moron. This "news" is about abuse of mobile number by Facebook, and he clearly didn't grasp that really simple point, and just fell back to the lame internet moron stance that Google are just as bad (which they aren't, as in my experience, Google do exactly what they state they do, Facebook are the true evil ones, proven now on many occasions).

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FAIL

Re: Google too

It's still WAY better than 1FA

Long phone is loooong: Sony swipes at flagship fatigue with 21:9 tall boy

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Re: Headphone jack

Actually not surprised, as anyone with even an ounce of technical knowledge, or a par of moderately working ears will know that the built in DAC and analog stage in every phone that has a headphone jack sounds totally shite compared to an inline DAC. Headphone jacks are the integrated soundcards of the mobile world - adequate for casual use, but not very good when you want quality.

Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2: Pitches AR goggles at suits

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Stop

Re: Creepy

No of course not. Did you not read the memo? Microsoft hololens is perfectly fine, Google Glass is absolutely not.

Go back and reread the script.

EPIC demand: It's time for Google to fly the Nest after 'forgetting' to mention home alarm hub has built-in mic

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Meh

Clickbait. There was never an firmware to support the mic, and when there was it was off by default.

What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

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Been there, got the t-shirt

I was running a company BBS (Wildcat! BBS), around the birth of the internet existed,well before my tech company understood what the internet did for us, and before most El-reg experts even started shitting in nappies.

Having seem the cesspool of fake news, clickbait "journalism" and GDPR screens the internet has become, it's pretty much the end of the internet now it seems. It's really not worth paying for internet access anymore.

It's 2019, and a PNG file can pwn your Android smartphone or tablet: Patch me if you can

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Re: Oh well

Perhaps you should avoid £50 phones?

Android supports over 10,000 different device models and form factors. Apple support a handful. There is no way this is Google's issue, it's 100% manufacturer and carrier, compounded by idiot consumers like yourself that don't vote with their wallet, and continue to buy tat, and cry about the tat not being well supported.

Apple puts bullet through 'Do Not Track', FaceTime snooping bug and iOS vulnerabilities

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Re: End of Chrome?

Adblock plus will stick work, as it uses normal browser APIs. What's bring closed down is an API that some other blockers use, that can also be used to invade privacy.

The press yet again making a mountain out of a molehill to get advertisement clicks.

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