* Posts by Wibble

795 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009


Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)


Re: Privacy?

Isn't an Apple application required to meet certain standards? A condition of using the API is not slurping data -- and the application being deleted when the pandemic's over.


Re: with respect to the UK app

More like Only Fools and Horses

Del Boy Johnson, Hancock as Trigger and Cummings as Uncle Albert

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR


Re: Last month's solution?

> Russia is currently managing 200,000 tests a day at the moment.

Has the other one got bells on it?

Still struggle to understand how our "Dear Leader" can include tests in the post and say that with a straight face. Unless, of course, he's a liar.


They changed how death certificates are issued; only reviewed by one doctor who doesn't need to physically examine the body.

Some argue that the 40,000 includes lots of people who died with Covid, not because of Covid (i.e. infirm, weak people).

The only figure that will really count is the "excess deaths". But it's all nigh-on impossible to determine this accurately.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban


Re: Oh dear

Isn't that in Egypt?

Indonesia imposes 10% digital services tax


Higher or lower for online v. bricks&mortar?

There's also the massive evasion of VAT and import duties on goods too; there's no way the cheap Chinese (and other origins) tat can be sold fairly and paying local taxes -- being sold through eBay, Amazon, etc.

Microsoft puts dual-screen devices and Windows 10X in the too-hard basket


Re: Dual Screen Woes

You're missing the point about it being a completely different model; applications need to behave in a radically different way, it's not just another screen. Look at Apple's TouchBar, where applications will need to present new menus.

For example, you could locate the "Ribbon" down there to free up the main screen for content.


Re: X like in Chrome...

Why no gimp icon?


Keyboard & trackpad location

In the beginning, laptops originally had the keyboard at the front of the laptop, with trackballs all over (even located on the screen on the Compaq LTE). Apple's Powerbook 100 was the first laptop where the keyboard was at the back, with wrist rests and a trackball between. Masses of advantages, not least ease of use and comfort. Trackpads became normal, replacing nipples and trackballs. Almost all laptops follow this defacto standard configuration... because it works.

Changing to put the keyboard at the front and a giant secondary display out of eyeline and removing the trackpad doesn't do anything for usability, especially if on a lap (legs sloping, wrist rests hold the laptop in place). Anyone with a modern Apple Macbook Pro will know the limited use of the trackbar above the keyboard -- useless for a touch typist.

Maybe, just maybe, a grown up in Microsoft woke up and smelt the coffee before the children wasted enormous effort on a fundamentally flawed design?

UK snubs Apple-Google coronavirus app API, insists on British control of data, promises to protect privacy


Re: Run both applications?

Assumption wrong. Apparently it relies on a key-exchange "alright mate" protocol.



Run both applications?

Can't both be run in parallel? The GCHQ sponsored centralised database one for those who don't care about privacy issues (numbed brains from years of Facebook/etc.); and run the decentralised version for those who do care.

It will then be the problem of "the centre" to do the data merge when someone catches the plague and reveals their contacts.

(Assuming that it logs the Bluetooth ID of all mobile devices and doesn't need to run some "alright mate" protocol -- or they mod the centralised version to take the anonymous data which isn't revealed until the "reveal" command is given)

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file


At least it's not that minging Bootstrap. Where's the pointless "hero banner" when you need it. Oh, nobody's ever needed a hero banner.

Ex-TalkTalk infosec exec's equal pay and unfair dismissal claims tossed out at tribunal


Has this got anything to do with gender "equality"?

Admittedly we weren't there nor do we have the facts. It is hard to see what a small rollout project has got to do with information security, especially to a company who suffered so badly as a result of security blunders.

Stop worrying – Larry Ellison and Prez Trump will have this whole coronavirus thing licked shortly with the power of data


Re: Salvation from Commentards

Not forgetting all the people with Covid-19 who don't go to hospital but who get over it.


Re: Salvation from Commentards

Double-blind trials will reveal whether hydroxychloroquine works or not. That is science.

The incoherent rambles from the orange egotistical narcissist are worthless. That is religion - or politics as y'all seem to call it.

Ransomware scumbags leak Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX documents after contractor refuses to pay


Re: You are not really familiar with computer security, are you?

* Security

* Ease of use

* Low cost

Pick any two

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much


Re: Wear face protection?

> bar-tenders

Aren't they furloughed under the government scheme? Or are they now reduced to penury and selling the big issue.

Long-term, can see a considerable difference in government approach; aside from your looney bell-end in chief. Looney bell-end in chief. Looney bell-end in chief. (How many times does he repeat himself whilst rambling?)

And since when do we need masks when out in rural areas? You town-dwelling nonces are a PITA to us carrot crunchers who's life carries on pretty much as it was. Get orrf my laaand...

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again


To summarise

Most people here think:

* DAB has problems, especially mobile

* DAB can be expensive to install, especially mobile

* DAB uses a lot of power, especially portable

* FM just works, uses less power, is ubiquitous, is popular

* Offcom sucks donkey balls

(I made the last one up)

We're number two! Microsoft's Edge browser slips past Firefox in latest set of NetMarketShare figures


Re: Why the decline of Firefox?

Thanks for the uMatrix tip!


Re: A glorious No 2

Are we sure it's not the turd version?


What's the 'new' edge UI like compared with "legacy edge"? Always found the later IEs and legacy edge to be a bit shit; stupid dropdowns, ugly animations, and general cack rendering of widgets.

Don't have a recent VM of Win-DOS to run it on so have never seen it. Have always had this issue where part of me thinks that people who run IE just don't know any better - we forgive them as they know not what they are doing.

Apple's latest macOS Catalina update mysteriously borks SSH for some unlucky fans. What could be the cause?


Catalina; not their best effort

Catalina's a bit of a mess. Loads of bugs compared with previous versions, especially by the time it reached the 4th update. Problems here include:

* Crashes - almost Microsoft levels of crashes, generally on waking from sleep

* Display driver problems - secondary monitors intermittently blank on waking from sleep, flickering hue; incorrect contrast

* Sleep problems - like won't sleep

* Airplay problems - unreliable connections

* Security and other changes means lots of time messing around answering silly "security" popups - very MS like.

Really not their finest version. That there's SSH problems doesn't surprise. The loss of some 32bit utilities also annoys.

Stuck with Catalina because a 16" machine depends upon it.

Drones intone 'you must stay home,' eliciting moans from those in the zone: Flying gizmos corral Brits amid coronavirus lockdown


Makes you want to develop an anti-drone drone. Drops a net over the offending drone / operator.

But my exercise is drone bating officer...

After 20-year battle, Channel island Sark finally earns the right to exist on the internet with its own top-level domain


TLD's of interest to radio amateurs (hams)


UK government puts IR35 tax reforms on hold for a year in wake of coronavirus crisis


Re: Better than nothing

And the unfortunate sods who were 'converted' to full time employees can be sacked as they're "new employees".

As opposed to laying off all the contractors as they bare the risk of self-employment, i.e. they are contractors so aren't subject to employee regulations. Yet the HMRC couldn't give a damn about that crumbled 'pillar'.

Fancy that: Hacking airliner systems doesn't make them magically fall out of the sky


As long as we remain healthily sceptical of AI we'll be fine.

Problem with inexperience is they'll trust all the BS fed by the purveyors of said systems.

Firefox now defaults to DNS-over-HTTPS for US netizens and some are dischuffed about this


Re: They should forget them the moment they send back a reply.

Bastard Telecom sets their shitty "search engine" as the default for unresolved DNS queries. They only ever do anything if there's money in it for them.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket


FFS you can see the curvature of the earth standing on a beach. Watch a ship disappear over the horizon. Preferably whilst quaffing a G&T.

Best buds? Apple must be fuming: Samsung's wireless earphones boast 11 hours of listening on a single charge


'Tap' interface

The really good thing about the original Apple earpods was the "tap" interface which worked very well if you had a hat/hood + gloves on (especially if riding a pushbike - where you could blissfully ride along trying to scream commands at the useless Siri "I don't know how to respond to that")

Not sure the capacitive ones work unless you've taken your glove off and shove your hand under your hat/hood.

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey


Re: hyperbole?

Bet the code's not documented either! Comment, pah, they'd get someone else if they could understand it!

Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest


Re: The comparison

Maffs: 0.5 compared to 9 is about 18 times smaller


Re: Thanks for the clarification, Smooth Newt

Yes. Text only is the best way to go. Really.

Means you don't get all that visual crap and tracking. Or disgusting layout.

If you can't say it in text, it's probably of no interest anyway.

If you never thought you'd hear a Microsoftie tell you to stop using Internet Explorer, lap it up: 'I beg you, let it retire to great bitbucket in the sky'


Could say the same for that Office monstrosity

Office seems to be creaking at the seams. A massive monolithic turd of an application that barely works and with a minging UX.

Maybe all the developers (or is that so-called developers) that threw IE together found a new home as Office 'devs'.

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons


Re: Better stick with old stuff

Which is analogue (given that CD's were just entering mainstream in '85) and has no digital integration.

Now't wrong with that. And I bet it sounds lovely (without all that tsk tsk boom boom of today's sounds).

However, here am I sitting in the study with my extensive music collection on my lappie which connects to my Marantz amplifier using Airplay over WiFi; neither of which were invented back in '85, nor '95, or '05 (WiFi then was slow). The firmware update on the Marantz about 5 years ago added Airplay.

So as long as it's only Airplay (which is Apple-specific), all's fine. Otherwise it'll need some box of tricks to work. Unless it's Sonos, where it has little or no chance of being upgraded.


So called "smart" speakers need a lot of support

When speakers were speakers literally no support was required aside from hardware issues.

When speakers were 'LAN' conected, they required more support, but once running the protocols don't change, so no long-term support.

And then along came "smart" speakers which are connected to t'intarwebs. Worse than that they can connect to anything else. These now need constant updates for security and represent a massive risk. Companies flogging these need to be *forced* to guarantee support for these devices for either decades, or should be forced to "recycle" them for a large *refund* payment.


Dons black ski mask and walks up to house and shouts "Alexa, unlock the doors"... Are people really that short sighted?


Re: Ludicrous

They've parted you from your money. Now they don't give a toss.

LibreOffice 6.4 nearly done as open-source office software project prepares for 10th anniversary


Re: I think you underestimate it...

> We can most likely thank ONE SPECIFIC PERSON for MUCH of this, the person that invented "the ribbon"

Thanks for naming the ribbon-creating Muppet. A UX disaster that succeeds in taking screen space and being hard to use at the same time.

Interesting that on a Mac -- where the UI/UX is not controlled by people who created the world's worst UI/UX, Windows 8 --- MS Office keeps the traditional menu system allowing the ribbon to be disabled.

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands


CORRECTION: Podcast: 13 MINUTES to the Moon

Rats; just seen the typo. Sorry.

13 seconds to descend from 15km (50,000 feet) would probably have resulted in a moon landing failure. 13 minutes is far more sedate.

The title comes from the previous dress-rehearsal Apollo 10 which stopped at 15km. There's a couple of episodes which explain word for word the cockpit voice channel, e.g. what was a 1202 alarm.

Anyway, it's a most excellent podcast which I may well re-listen to if I find myself being abused with more awful Festimus "music" whilst in retail establishments.


Podcast: 13 Seconds to the Moon

Must plug this most excellent BBC podcast series of 12 episodes which covered many of the unsung nerds / geeks involved with the Apollo moon landing. Cannot recommend it more highly, especially to the nerd / geek audience found here.




Hold my Bose, we can do premium: Sennheiser chucks pricey wireless cans at travellers


Bowers and Wilkins

How do these compare with the Bowers and Wilkins products. Most of the ones mentioned are very plasticy, compared with the B&W equivalents. Also, IMHO, the B&Ws sound better.

The Windows Phone keeps ringing but no one's home: Microsoft finally lets platform die


Re: "Just in time for Microsoft's next attempt at a mobile phone"

...bungling everything it does aside from Office

You're joshing Shirley? Office sucks donkey balls. It's full of bugs that go back decades as MS dicks around with the awful UI -- making it worse -- and fail to fix basic functionality as it gets ever more expensive.

UK political parties fall over themselves to win tech contractor vote by pledging to review IR35


Re: More nonsense

OOh, good to see you here Mr Corbyn

Must be a bit of a challenge with all these contractors with zero hours contracts yet quite happily getting on with life.

Complete with keyboard and actual, literal, 'physical' escape key: Apple emits new 16" $2.4k+ MacBook Pro


Not cheap, but...

It's an upgrade over the outgoing version without an additional gouging for more money. So for the same price you get 64Gb of ram and and 'better' graphics card. The previous keyboard was awful for touch typing as there was no feel to it. They've also sorted out the cursor keys - back to the inverted T format.

However, buying an additional power brick will need you to fork out for another cable on top of that. And a load of dongles.

How about the £200 leather case for it!

Gas-guzzling Americans continue to shun electric vehicles as sales fail to bother US car market


Re: Electricity in the USA

And longer distances to travel? Isn't the range of a Tesla mobile circa 300 miles with 30 min fast charge, compared with >500 miles and 5 minute fill up on diesel/petrol?

What's the last piece of software you'd expect to spy on you? Maybe your enterprise security suite? Bad news


Stop spying on me!

What rights does an employee have over the data slurped from their company laptop? For example personal emails read on that machine.

Can they demand to know what data's being slurped/stored?

You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found


Re: If it's Boeing

Problem is that all "modern" airliners - and all other forms of mechanical transport - contain so much software and we all know how crap software is. Turn it off and on again. Doesn't matter which manufacturer built it; Boeing happened to be caught out, but all the others probably suffer the same problems.

What a future we all have to look forwards to. Planes inexplicably falling out of the sky; cars inexplicably running off the road; ships colliding with things.

There's something comforting about the simplicity of mechanical systems, or even systems where the software isn't in control. AI just isn't intelligent, or not until it becomes self aware...

What are you doing Dave?...

Sneaky fingerprinting script in Microsoft ad slips onto StackOverflow, against site policy


Why do any ads need to run JS?

Complex automation won't make fleshbags obsolete, not when the end result is this dumb


I detect a stall condition. I cannot adapt on the fly to troubleshoot. I don't have any concept of 'self' so I will fly into the ground.

Self-driving cars will 'kill' other creatures and humans "to protect the occupants" and have no remorse.

Stupid people did this in the name of progress. What a great future awaits us.

Black-hat sextortionists required: Competitive salary and dental plan


Bored, bored, bored


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If you have already changed your password, my malware will be intercepts it every time.

You may not know me, and you are most likely wondering why you are receiving this email, right?

In fact, I posted a malicious program on adults (pornography) of some websites, and you know that you visited these websites to enjoy

(you know what I mean).

While you were watching video clips,

my trojan started working as a RDP (remote desktop) with a keylogger that gave me access to your screen as well as a webcam.

Immediately after this, my program gathered all your contacts from messenger, social networks, and also by e-mail.

What I've done?

I made a double screen video.

The first part shows the video you watched (you have good taste, yes ... but strange for me and other normal people),

and the second part shows the recording of your webcam.

What should you do?

Well, I think $622 (USD dollars) is a fair price for our little secret.

You will make a bitcoin payment (if you don't know, look for "how to buy bitcoins" on Google).


(This is CASE sensitive, please copy and paste it)


You have 2 days (48 hours) to pay. (I have a special code, and at the moment I know that you have read this email).

If I don't get bitcoins, I will send your video to all your contacts, including family members, colleagues, etc.

However, if I am paid, I will immediately destroy the video, and my trojan will be destruct someself.

If you want to get proof, answer "Yes!" and resend this letter to youself.

And I will definitely send your video to your any 19 contacts.

This is a non-negotiable offer, so please do not waste my personal and other people's time by replying to this email.




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