* Posts by bluesxman

459 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Apr 2007


Oh, 07734! Internet Archive debuts vintage calculator emulator


I dunno, my daughter still managed to buy the "wrong sort" of scientific calculator for school (UK), thus requiring a second purchase.

Back in the day it was Casio all the way; TI were certainly not to be trusted.

Look like Bane, spend like Batman with Dyson's $949 headphones


Re: [Checks Calendar] ...

At $950 a go, you’d be a fool all year long if you bought these.

NFT vending machine appears in London


McDonaugh said they're "looking at a couple of bars" in the search for a permanent home.

Because you'd have to be drunk to think they're a good idea? Says it all, really.

Internet Society recommends development of Solar-System-scale routing framework


Sounds great...

But how are you going to pwn n00bs on Counter Strike with that space lag?

Is this you in this explicit snap? No, it's just Discord phishing


Re: "no-one should assume their level of technical expertise exempts them from risk"

Your faith in your own infallibility will be your downfall.

I consider myself to be someone who is "aware" and "on the ball" with this sort of thing, but a number of years ago in a pre-first-cup-of-tea moment I clicked something I should have known better about on MSN messenger without thinking and sent similar spammy messages to a whole bunch of my contacts. Oops.

Jeffrey Snover claims Microsoft demoted him for inventing PowerShell


Re: At the risk of being downvoted to hell

Been over 20 years since I was near JCL so don't have any well formed memories, but it sounds more like it doesn't actually have "comments" but just ignores control statements that don't have a valid command ... so you could perhaps standardise on something like

//* COMMENT: actual comment text


Can WhatsApp moderators really read your encrypted texts? Yes ... if you forward them to the abuse dept


Re: Seems pretty obvious

Sorry a few typos there, I blame the proof reader. Hopefully you can derive intended meaning.


Seems pretty obvious

As otherwise commented, it seems to stand to reason that a message forwarded to the Abuse account would be visible to that account, much like a forwarded email is obviously visible to the recipient. They couldn’t realistically act on such a report with seeing it.

I’m tacitly assuming that the integrity of such a message is protected by attached meta data. Like, some sort of hash is produced from the original message (and/or it’s component parts) at the point of sending, prior to encryption. Such hash(es) would then be encapsulated with the encrypted message. Thus the message can be uniquely identified but actual content not known unless the Abuse account receives it along with the meta data. The hash could then be trivially used to confirm that Bob received the message from Alice and it was passed in unaltered. This hash could also be used to identify/filter other identical instants of the offending message sent by Alice or any given user.

If Bob changed the message before reporting, the hash of his report would differ and the chain of custody would be broken.

There are just my musings about how that sort of thing could work, I have no knowledge of the inner workings.

Journo who went to prison for 2 years for breaking US cyber-security law is jailed again


Re: Monitoring software?

Fair enough. Then I have to concur with the sentiment that he’s an idiot. Another much less likely explanation is that he is subject to some sort of bizarre conspiracy. Don’t fancy his chances of arguing that case given his past form.


Monitoring software?

Seems like they didn’t entirely trust him if his computer had monitoring software taking screenshots. IANAL but I’d have thought they’d have to inform him of such surveillance?

Unless the software was not targeted at him and was in fact a standard deployment at the magazine, which seems like it could have all kinds of privacy issues attached, if it’s actively taking screenshots of journalists at work


Someone's not Biden their time... Trump administration bars US investment in top Chinese tech giants


Re: Wouldn't work

@Yet Another Anonymous coward


Former UK Labour deputy leader wants to know how the NHS's contact-tracing app will ensure user privacy


By not releasing it, I'd imagine

Can't hack what isn't there.

2,500 years ago, these folks weren't cremated – but their funeral-goers were absolutely baked: Earliest evidence of pot smoking discovered


Re: It's been awhile (thankfully!) ...

Leaf it alone, it's just not worth hit.

Microsoft emits free remote-desktop security patches for WinXP to Server 2008 to avoid another WannaCry


Re: XP What? Where?

It now fails to boot to Windows (not even safe mode!)

So what I'm getting from this is that it can now be considered secure. So problem solved then, right?

Not another pro-Brexit demo... though easy to confuse: Each Union Jack marks a pile of poo


I am not a bin man (nor an advocate for same) but if it's 5 yards off the curb, it sounds an awful lot like you forgot to put it out ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question


Clumsy Executive Officer

A former CEO at #{ex_employer.last} was actually that likely to (legitimately) break his Blackberry in some manner (down the toilet, usually) – and had such tendency to kick up an almighty shitstorm about how imperative it was that it be replaced immediately so he could send his 4am missives – that they had a policy of keeping a stock of them fully charged and preconfigured with his account on stand by.

It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less


Re: Local Optician

Various endpoint protection programs can lock down the USB ports -- there's a (slim) chance they're using something like that. Though that probably wouldn't save them from USB Kill or similar. But I suspect that deploying that would quite likely cause you to be delayed from reaching your flight, or anywhere else for that matter.




"Problem Exists Between Screen And Fat Fingers!" -- I'm giving this a score of 2/10 - must try harder.

There is generally nothing between a touch screen and the fingers, that's kinda the point of a touch screen, yo.

Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email


Re: It's been awhile (thankfully!) ...


Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback


There's no hint of crowdfunding, so hopefully the hiccups Vega+ buyers experienced won't be an issue.

Did they actually ship them (Vega+) yet? I've not found a recent article on them to confirm one way or the other.

User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows


Re: Oh dear

'Just watch the film "Idiocracy" - and think of Trump's America.'

Just think of Trump's America and there's no reason to watch the film "Idiocracy"*

* This is not intended as a slight on the film, which I very much enjoyed.

Burglary, robbery, kidnapping and a shoot-out over… a domain name?!


Re: Wow. Just wow.

It's not April 1st in the US, is it?

Feels like every day in the US has been 1st April since mid January...

GitHub acknowledges autocrats with 'code owner' feature


Re: Maintenance?

a list like this is going to need maintenance and who's going to do that?

The owner of CODEOWNERS, obviously.

Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!


"Surface [...] is intended to be serviced by professionals"

Exactly how professional does one need to be to repair the certified unrepairable?


'Bio-hacker' embeds public transport ticket under his skin


Surprised Captain Cyborg hasn't been dug up for comment.

'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem


Re: Good luck explaining the latest Microsoft acronyms...

There's such a thing as trying too hard.


Re: It's been awhile (thankfully!) ...

In fairness, I suspect the reporter was just rusty on the details; File Manager in Win3x seems to behave broadly in the manner described (notwithstanding the incorrectly oriented slash in the story -- tsk tsk).


Although it's not abundantly clear from the screenshot if it's telling you the filesystem format, or the admin simply labelled the drive "FAT" -- and my first hand memory of such things is far too hazy now.

Remember those stupid hoverboards? 500,000+ recalled in the US after they started exploding


Re: Swagway

Also "Swegway" is a thing. Difficult to decide who's riffing off whom.

Here's how to SMS spam Liberal voters and get away with it


Re: An anon sms is stupid.

Mmmm ... irony.

Embattled 123-reg flings six months' free hosting at angry customers


Re: Does MarcoMasala work at 123-reg?

I assumed it was one and the same when I saw the first reports of this 123 debacle. Curiously prescient. Though Marco came across somewhere between "trollish" and "massively incompetent".

How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered


Re: Pirates

There's nothing like a little entrapment :-)

Uber is killing off iconic black cabs, warns Zac Goldsmith


Two Different Issues

On one hand Uber may be dodging tax and screwing their drivers.

On the other hand, to paraphrase Darwin, evolve or die (can't guarantee you won't do one then the other though).

Can't say I'm thrilled with the former, the latter sits fine with me.

Apple recalling iPhone 6 Pluses to correct their iSight


Re: You're photographing it wrong

It wasn't a good joke; but a joke, I believe, it was.


In that vein: you're reading it wrong.

Crafty fingering could let Apple Watch thieves raid your bank account


Re: I think...

The last 4 characters of that YouTube link (the link itself) triggered my (childish) snirking reflex.

SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card


Re: MicroSD card slot is just underneath the battery actually

Not on the S6 and S6 edge. Where have you been?

Off somewhere appreciating sarcasm, I'd imagine.

Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official



If my work laptop is anything to go by, the whole disk encryption software login interface would look entirely unfamiliar (and possibly even a bit suspicious, in a Fisher Price sort of way) to large swathes of the public. I'm assuming the Security Officer was simply looking for something Windows-ish that she could identify with to assure her this wasn't some sort of mock up.

Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets


Re: Nothing new: Key helps locate a car

So the thief just puts the stolen watch on their own wrist, assuming they have a pulse.

Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10


Re: Docking

Press WinKey and Left/Right cursor to move a Window about from half to half. I don't know of a mouse equivalent.

Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS


Re: YO


Japanese schoolkids arrested in £2.4 MEEELLION phone fraud bust


RE: "I know this might be a little inappropriate....."

You might as well have gone the whole hog and wrapped your comment with:

"I'm not racist, but..."


"just sayin'"

NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name


Re: Worra laff

from waters breaking to birth.

Until I got to that part, I was assuming it was a boast, of sorts, highlighting the other end of the pregnancy.

Modular smartphones floated by Dutch designer chap


Not only that, but also...

... software support.

There's enough fragmentation due to varying hardware platforms in the Android arena (for example) at the moment. Seems to me that all the necessary virtualisation/abstraction layers it would require for everything to play nicely together (or even at all) and relying on myriad component vendors to maintain a decent level of support would make for a phone which would perform somewhere between "like shit" and "not at all".

On many fronts, implementation would be a total bitch - but I do love the idea.

Web showered in golden iPhone 5S vid glory - but is it all a DISTRACTION?


Re: Is Glass too new to copy?

> I like the pun of calling it iWear.


When your squash partner 'endorses' your coding skills on LinkedIn...



In my experience the endorsements are even more trivial than described.

If you click through an endorsement notification (or click the "Endorse Connections" link from your profile page) it pops up a selection of contacts with a single skill already selected for you. All you have to do is hit the yellow button to spam them all with some profile cruft. You don't even have to read (let alone think about) who you're endorsing or what you're endorsing them with.

It utter shite.

Even a CHILD can make a Trojan to pillage Windows Phone 8


"it's unclear whether [it] simply tricks users into doing something daft"

Arguably that mission was already accomplished by the salesperson... when they convinced the punter to buy the WinMoPho in the first place.

Boom boom!

Yes, yes I'm leaving...

Jam today: Raspberry Pi Ram doubled


Re: Hmmm

Read your own post much?

"TBH for £22 you can't really complain ..."

Anecdotal evidence indicates that other suppliers are providing the goods in a timely fashion, while RS continues to flounder.

For £22 you are entitled to complain about shoddy service.

Hell, for £1 you are entitled to complain.


Re: Hmmm

The product is cheap therefore you don't deserve good service from the reseller? Now that's some good logic!

Will you soon be fingering your seven-incher?


Quite happy...

... with my 7 inch Ainol -- with which I can assure you that 5 fingers is more than enough.

Happy birthday, Compact Disc


Re: time flies ...

> Just tested that, doesn't work mate, it just plays from the start again, which would be expected I'd day.

> Maybe you mean when you press pause? Coz that definitely works.

I remember that sequence and the Sony rep definitely removed the disc from the player. I presume the player was either specially modified for the purpose of the demonstration or the music playback was simply faked for the TV audience -- it's certainly not a feature I could see having any value in a production device...