* Posts by Tom Chiverton 1

1180 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009


Fintech biz Wirecard folds into insolvency like two pair against a flush. Good luck accessing your chip stack

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Re: Where were the auditors?

I'm sure by now all the hard drives have had mysterious synchro failures, and shortly they'll be a fire in one section of the paper records store

Google to 'surface' friendly banks' business loans through Pay app

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Ad company launches new ads. Shock

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

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"84 per cent – believe their contact-tracing data will be used for reasons other than stopping the spread of COVID-19."

Well, thats a stated aim of the project, so, yes?

Russia lifts restrictions on Telegram messenger app after it expresses ‘readiness’ to stop some nasties

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who's definition of "bad"?

Uber turns SaaS vendor with deal that bakes public transport authority into its app

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3... 2... 1....


Singapore already planning version 2.0 contact-tracing wearable

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Re: Workarounds if device made compulsory?

Large magent. Old hard drive or a nail and some wire.

Brief stint in a microwave.

All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft

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Indeed. Batteries should be formed into the wings, for instance

Choose your own adventure: HP's new Omen 15 gaming laptop offers choice between AMD and Intel processors

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Well? Dell kit all supports main line Linux.

How do these stack up?

Podcast Addict banned from Google Play Store because heaven forbid app somehow references COVID-19

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Re: Yet again, screwed over by Google

AntennaPod not up to scratch, with its simpler menus?

Briny liquid may be more common on Mars than once thought, unlikely to support life as we know it

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Who cares if it can support terriasteral life or not?

it's Martian life we worry about!

One malicious MMS is all it takes to pwn a Samsung smartphone: Bug squashed amid Android patch batch

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Contract tracing framework still MiA then?

O2 be a fly on the wall during BT and Vodafone's video calls: Telefónica's UK biz, Virgin Media officially merge

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Re: Ha ha

What support can you possibly need ? They post you a SIM, you put it in and login on their web site. Done.

Zoom bomb: Vid conf biz to snap up Keybase as not-a-PR-move move gets out of hand

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"users will generate public cryptographic identities that are stored in a repository on Zoom’s network"

How is that any better ?

NUC NUC. Who's there? It's Intel, with a pint-sized 8-core Xeon workstation

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Pi plus LibreElec solves the file server problem for 50 quid

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Re: Massive invasion of privacy

Well, I trust these folks with a database of everywhere I've been and everyone I've met...

Where the hell Huawei? It should be a bit easier to tell now the AppGallery has its first proper navigation app

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Re: "utterly feature-crippled, only supporting offline navigation"

See also Map.ME for a good hybrid

Nineteen mysterious invaders from another Solar System spotted hanging around the outside edge of ours

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Asteroid with dent in one end?

Anyone told Greg Bear? Could be The Way.

Wanted: An exit strategy from the overt surveillance of smartphone contact tracing

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Changing id daily doesn't help, the government knows where the phone was at the end of the day (carrier and local government data) and so has deanonymised not only you, but your whole social graph.

Do you really think they'll give this power up once they have it?

Adobe PhoneGap falls between the cracks thanks to new Apple requirements, developers fume

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Re: Migrate?

Sadly that won't fly with customers...

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To what?

I want to build Cordova apps for iOS and Android, in the cloud, with my keys.

Ie run command, get back to packages.

What are the options?

Freed from the office, home workers roam sunlit uplands of IPv6... 2 metres apart

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Re: IPv6 by default

General home users should be behind NAT for the firewall benefit if nothing else.

Do you want Windows firewall exposed DIRECTLY to the whole Internet? Really?

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Running out? Don't make me laugh.

Amazon and Zen will give you one for free.

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home

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I even got it twice, hours apart, from two different short codes.

And it bounces replies.


Microsoft's GitHub absorbs NPM into its code-hosting empire: JavaScript library vault used by 12 million devs now under Redmond's roof

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Re: "Loads of ways"

You don't trust PKI ?

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Re: Embrace...

You could put an IPFS client in each install of npm, so anyone could run a helper node.

You could put a Torrent system in and require/set as on by default a 30s pause after download that would upload to others.

Loads of ways.

Don't be fooled, experts warn, America's anti-child-abuse EARN IT Act could burn encryption to the ground

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Re: I don't have a problem with this

And those false positives will cost you at least your job, and maybe your life.

'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc

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Re: A backdoor ?

It's there but hidden to give plausible denyability.

Internet's safe-keepers forced to postpone crucial DNSSEC root key signing ceremony – no, not a hacker attack, but because they can't open a safe

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Re: Yep.

Down side of a lance is everything in the safe being on fire...

Latest battery bruiser Android from budget Moto G range appears ahead of MWC after an Amazon whoopsie

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Re: Still no wireless charging that costs pennies to include?

Everyone has a USB socket and/or cable. Random power charging mats not so much.

Where do you draw the line? Escobar Inc doubles down on cut-price gold phone buying demographic with second pholdable

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Re: Made Me Laugh Out Loud

You try speaking in your non-native language and see how many minor errors slip out...

It's calculated Apple leak time: Cheaper iPhone, laptops with proper keyboards, and, oh, a Tile competitor

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Tile ?

WTF is Tile ?

Flinging resource-hungry apps at landfill Android? Ubuntu daddy wants to lure you into Anbox Cloud

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Re: Seen this someterse before

Bit this time it's over *5G* so will magically not suck.

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes

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Re: Profits

Also, as a US public company, their legal responsibility is to maximise shareholder value !

EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?

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Re: 51000 tonnes?

You get one everytime you upgrade your phone/tablet, pointlessly

El Reg presents: Your one-step guide on where not to store electronic mail

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Re: No Limits!

You need Nextcloud. And/or PiWiGo.

Log us out: Private equity snaffles Lastpass owner LogMeIn

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Re: Ouch

PasswordSafe runs in Mac, Linux, Windows and android. Uses a single file you can sync with Dropbox, Nextcloud etc

Google tightens the screw on 'less secure apps', will block most access from June 2020

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That's it for KMail then as Google revoked the API key and won't give a new one...


Xbox Series X: Gee thanks, Microsoft! Just what we wanted for Xmas 2020 – a Gateway tower PC

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Re: Ah yes but

These days the box is just a dongle. Won't work with downloading a bunch of stuff from Internet

Bose customers beg for firmware ceasefire after headphones fall victim to another crap update

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What possible bug could ear phones have that even need a firmware update ?!?

Bon sang! French hospital contracts 6,000 PC-locking ransomware infection

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Re: I Might Be Out Of Step But

That's because it's illegal to treat someone in the US if you can't get payed for it by their insurer.

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Re: I Might Be Out Of Step But

None of these are state-actor-level BIOS resident.

Intel end-of-lifing BIOS and driver downloads for dusty hardware

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There's a useable Android port for HP Touchpad

Teachers: Make your pupils' parents buy them an iPad to use at school. Oh and did you pack sunglasses for the Apple-funded jolly?

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Suggests they are teaching the tools, not the reason...

Ye olde Blue Screen of Death is back – this time, a bad Symantec update is to blame

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Re: Any decent AV?

KGB is a TLA

Her Majesty opens UK Parliament with fantastic tales of gigabit-capable broadband for everyone

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What's the point of "downloading a HD film in 45 seconds" ?

Nobody* does this anymore - streaming only requires 2-4 meg per-HD stream (no, you don't need uHD unless you TV is 60inches or so).

Dropbox reinvents itself as a collaborative workspace – no, not the WeWork kind (phew)

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Whatever. We've moved to Nextcloud which does syning across more than 3 devices with unlimited storage.

Oh, and the US government doesn't get to read everything.

Consumer campaign to keep receiving printed till receipts looks like a good move – on paper

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Re: Evil Thermal

"a) Hard to ensure a digital receipt survives for two years"

This is an IT rag. We don't lose digital things around these parts.

For Foxit's sake: PDF editor biz breached, users' passwords among stolen data

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Win 8.1 isn't supported any more

US regulators push back against White House plan to police social media censorship

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This game is already over. Just claim (from the EU) the thing you want to ban is your copyright and it'll have to be removed nearly instantly.

And no penalty for repeated malicious claims.

Thanks EU.

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)

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Re: That's horrible.

Don't buy overpriced Apple kit if you are in a snatch and grab area? Would you leave a grand (or even a ton) of cash lying on the table? No? Then get a Dell or Lenovo from last year's production that you can afford to lose.



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