* Posts by Jon Gibbins

36 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Aug 2008

NSA dev in the clink for 5.5 years after letting Kaspersky, allegedly Russia slurp US exploits

Jon Gibbins
Black Helicopters

So let's look at this again (again).

Man takes classified spyware home.

Antivirus thinks it's suspicious.

Antivirus uploads it for analysis.

... so how are Kaspersky guilty again?

Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

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Re: Same as with cars

Ah, the Wileyfox.

Under-exposed, under-hyped, under-appreciated. British too, apparently (for those who are Brexitly inclined).

Rocking the Spark X here and for less than £130, it's a blinder.

Ofcom finds 'reasonable grounds' that KCOM failed to maintain 999 services

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Re: 112?

It's also more likely to connect you to a more local emergency representative rather than the 'national' 999.

D-Link DWR-932 B owner? Trash it, says security bug-hunter

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Re: really taking the piss

"That should be a fine."

A great idea as long as the fine is more than the amount of profit made ...

Google killing app format used only by The 1%

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As a daily Chromebook user this news is quite annoying.

For every brilliant feature and advancement they put into Chrome and ChromeOS, they take another great one away. They're making ChromeOS more and more distant from Chrome on all other operating systems that I fear it's going to become far to niche to maintain and they'll just throw the towel in, rendering thousands of existing users' perfectly serviceable laptops useless ...

(Queue 'useful' responses such as: 'Why do you have a Chromebook in the first place?', 'ChromeOS is garbage' and other such classics.)

Linux infosec outfit does a Torvalds, rageblocks innocent vuln spotter

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... and THAT'S a company I'd LOVE to do business with!

KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'

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I imagine like a lot of things it would be: This is your default password, change it as soon as possible.

British visa website goes TITSUP... just before XMAS HOLIDAYS

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Unsure why the thumb down on my post regarding Azure. Merely stating a fact that a fanboi can't face, it seems.

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It isn't running on Azure is it? They went belly up too this week ...

Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

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Apple AppStore, anyone?

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Without sounding too daft ... surely having bought Windows 8 PRO means that I'm a PRO user by name and PRO user by nature? WhereTF is my install media?!

Twitter revamps Android tablet app – but ONLY for Samsung 'slabs

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Do people still use the 'official' Twitter app?

Plume has been a far superior Twitter client for about three years now!

Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

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Did we ever find out where the horn was?

Microsoft covers Brit who penetrated Windows 8.1 with GOLD

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Seems that in today's world you get paid more for breaking software than making it!

Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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"The Lumia range is therefore now Microsoft's and 32,0000 Nokia employees will become Redmondians."

How many???

Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

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Re: Windows RT

It still amazes me how waving a little bit of banter around can still make the Product X fanboys whinge and bite the bait on webforums. Is this still 2001?

Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

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Just leave the Ouyas and raspberry Pis alone! ;)

Prince of Persia: Baggy trousers and curvy swords

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This game was my childhood! So glad to see it re-emerge on the internet like this.

I remember saving up my pennies as a child and buying my copy over mail order from Special Reserve. I played it on the Atari ST and the PC. Well done and thank you Mr Mechner!

Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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+1 for Phillip Glenister

... but only if he plays it in the style of the Gov from Life on Mars!

Anyone for a Garibaldi?

PayPal security boss: OBLITERATE passwords from THE PLANET

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Re: It's a solution looking for a problem

Microsoft Passport, anyone?

Google report shows record rise in government takedown requests

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Re: Ignoring these requests works much of the time ...

+1 for telling the law-thugs where to go and also for introducing me to the best new word I have learnt all year!

Boffins build ant-sized battery, claim it's tough enough to start a car

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The problem with batteries ...

... is that when manufacturers make longer and better lasting batteries, tech companies make kit that just wants to consume more and more power.

If you stick one of today's phone batteries into a Nokia 3310 it'll probably last months without a recharge. (Just theoretically, obviously.)

Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Re: High dissatisfaction

"Errm you know that the SIII isn't Android right?"

Of course it's Android! It doesn't matter what interface changes you make or apps you preinstall or even how many go-fast stripes you put on it. It's an Android OS phone. (This photo says it all: http://mobile.it168.com/tu/1461878_1.shtml#15)

It's a bit like saying 'Ubuntu isn't Linux' but that's a different argument for another time .....

ITV catches up with TVCatchup

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The very existence of TVCatchup is proof that the TV channels didn't get it right in the first place, hence the need for TVCatchup.

Suspected fake internet cop trio collared by real cops

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Tip to avoid getting done by such scams

Don't download crappy Facebook games or emoticon packs, don't click on ANY ads ANYWHERE and don't go digging for porn.

How hard is that? (Queue unintended pun comments...)

GhostShell hackers release 1.6 million NASA, FBI, ESA accounts

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Re: Blah. Blah. Shut It.

I'm sure the point that was being made here is not that they have the data, more that they managed to get the data via servers' backdoors that were wide open flapping in the wind.

Google puts Nexus 4 back on sale, sells out pronto

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Re: Not 5-6 weeks for everyone

5pm? I ordered mine (N4 16GB) at about 1.30pm and got the 4-5 weeks notice ... Ah well, wait and see, I guess!

Fanbois: The Next Generation. YOUR CHILDREN belong to Apple now

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Past the age of 12

"Past the age of 12, children's interest in Apple wanes and they become less brand-focused"

I'm saying nothing more as that line says it ALL!

Brits swallow Google Nexus 4 supply 'in 30 minutes'

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Re: Geez what is it @Leona A

"your phone is not broken now is it?"

Actually it is. Hence the justified disappointment!

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30 minutes? More like 13!

I received the email and in no less than 13 minutes I was on the site ready to order and already the N4 was 'coming soon' again ....

Couldn't help but notice that O2 are profiteering on it too. £400? C'mon Google. Get a grip and get some more stock before I buy an HTC or Sammy or something ...

Sky News election petition defaced by prankster hackers

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Did anyone get any screenshots?

BlackBerry users left bereft of service

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Orange BlackBerry here too.

Our company has 20+ BlackBerry phones and about three quarters of us have no data to the handsets. Strangely enough, there are a few that are still working though. Really not sure why being as they are all on the same mobile contract.

Either way, the way we've got around the problem in the office is to enable the inbuilt wifi and connect to our company's wireless network.

Virgin hijacks empty pages

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What about King Con?

ISP Karoo.co.uk of Kingston Communications have been doing this on their monopolised East Yorkshire internet connections for a couple of years now......

KCOM hands network management to BT

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KC alternatve

David 64:

Not quite by themselves here anymore, but still the biggest. We use Quickline internet in Hull (over the air broadband) and it's as speedy and stable as anything ... and no, I don't work for them. :)

Chubby crims more likely to leave dabs

Jon Gibbins
Paris Hilton

Fatties eat more salt?

"Obese criminals are more likely to leave their fingerprints at crime scenes because of the amount of salty food they eat."

Some people are genetically fatter than others. Being fat doesn't neccessarily mean that they eat more salt.

Kinda blows yet another 'amazing discovery' out of the water then, don't ye think?

Hull falls off the internet

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@ Paul Stephenson

'First thing I knew about it was when I read the apology email, which started "we are sorry"!'

... you got an email? Am I the only one who didn't receive it or are you the only one who did? :)