* Posts by M man

193 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Jul 2009


Soon the most popular 'real' desktop will be the Linux desktop

M man

Re: functionality

Android is due to be merged with chromos.

This will make it a desktop os.

And one that may offer the best of both worlds.

Local Android components when needed that seemlessly convert to much more powerful remote version when connectivity picks up.

This seemlessness might be the holy grail of the web os.

Toyota's bungling of customer privacy is becoming a pattern

M man

Re: Identification impossible?

in Japan its illegal to own a car you don't have a parking space for.

So uniquely for japan , YES there is an almost 100% chance you could identify every car owners address

Smallsats + solar sails = Photos of exoplanets at 1970s digital camera resolution

M man

Re: Disposable Camera

Am I an idiot in thinking you would just send say 200 of these into solar orbit at the SGL focal region.

and combine them as they orbit past the appropriate place pointing at the planet.

the orbit time would be huge but with enough satalites you would eventuty get a continuous stream of 3D data for a huge strip of the sky?

might we be able to detect exo planet we just cat see now?

in fact could we use it to photograph solar object on the other side of the sun?

Musk bans private-plane-tracking @Elonjet on Twitter, threatens legal action

M man

Re: Publicly available ≠ public

SpaceXs plane you mean.

M man

Re: stalker

Becuase its an extremely dirty form of transport.

And the data show it is used disproprtiojally for short journeys.

It's been a day or so and nope, we still can't wrap our head around why GitHub would fire someone for saying Nazis were storming the US Capitol

M man

Re: The problem

Or...There were a disproportionate larger amount off actual Neo Nazis in Washington Dc than your average Jew would expect to meet.

I am sure this wasnt directed at every right wing person there, but any right wing nutter who thinks this is directed at them has just effectivly self identified as Nazi.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

M man

Re: AKA Libertarians

thumbscrews and quick release!

Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket

M man

Re: But not for long.....

... In space.

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker

M man

Re: Autonomous driving is months, years, or decades away

This is what's holding everything back.

The human sla is extremely low.

The error factor on teslas sla is likely higher than that figure.

So to make autom deaths + error less than human deaths requires autom deaths to be unrecognisable from zero.

AP teslas are safe enough, its a statistics problem

Lenovo kicks down door of MWC, dumps a stack of sexy new ThinkPads

M man

Re: Do Lenovo listen to their customers?

Enterprise want ethernet ports and quiet fans.

Yogas are noisy.

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

M man

Re: Brittle software?

baido browser?

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

M man

Re: Good to have an audio jack but...

I had one off those...

Did it really not have an audiojack?

meh I guess i was litening to music on my Rio PMP 300

As one Microsoft Windows product hauls itself out of the grave, others tumble in

M man

Re: Wileyfox...

Wileyfox is back


Making windows phones


A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

M man

Re: Profitability

I suspect that many customers stayed on though inertia


Then One day I realised I was in an abusive relationship.

A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

M man

Re: Imagine...

Yeah them basement networks don't build themselves.

Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

M man

Re: My experience says different

dont cash in more than 5K per yeah and its tax free.

+ 1K from your employer

+11K from you tax allowance.

M man

Re: Just say No to Amazon

One that she "abuses" just as much I beleive.

M man

Re: How it works:-


so if amazon are taking thier tax and using it to replace wages

eg:- anyone in the lowest bracket would cost amazon £1250 to increase thier take home pay by £1000

pay them in shares and it cost amazon £790

The top rate earners would cost £1818

they bought £17.3 million off man hours at least 63.2% the market cost.

those share purchases also put upwaard pressure on the share price, increasing thier borrowing and decreasing rate(even if minor)

forcing staff to not sell for 3 years also stablises the share price, an effective anti-short off your own stocks.

Since Amazons owners pay themself from share sales, profits is for tax paying losers.

Hackers faked Cosmos backend to hoodwink bank out of $13.5m

M man

who to say....i wouldnt :P

Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

M man

Re: The ONLY things going for it were

ndiswrapper! oh god forgot how that blew my mind!

Its all a matter off perspective.

M man

Re: I dont miss it

LIE!, win95 didnt boot that fast.

Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

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Re: Pocketalypse


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Re: Pocketalypse

For most off the chinese these ARE thier laptops...so yes.

Softbank's 'Pepper' robot is a security joke

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Re: There's a sketch ...

"Only one problem: what you say about robots can be said about humans, too! It's a dilemma: you need a means to defend yourself, but what's to stop the means of defending yourself being used to usurp you instead?"

In a Democracy HUMANS are you!

M man

Re: Default password ?

"however, the password and the user name are hardcoded and are not changeable.

"Like bionetric fingerprints.

So very realistic then.

How's your Wednesday? Things going well? OK, your iPhone, iPad can be pwned via Wi-Fi sync

M man

Re: Connecting a [computer] to a[n older] computer

there FtFY

M man

Re: Errmm

1 well yes.

1b/c ...anyone who lets the PC get pwned wont be doing this.

2 3 4 5.....irrelivant, youre using dev tools.

Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

M man

Not bad

[I] Success[FULLY BUILT MY FIRST PIECE AT ABOUT ]the fourth attempt, a failure rate that [KEPT IKEA IN] business. Problems on early attempts included [ME] breaking some parts.

New Galaxy un-smartphone can’t go online because Samsung's thought of the children

M man

Wow could you sideload apps? this would be great for offline authenticator.

in fact what is the longest offline phone battery life on a small phone.

Not one, but 20,000 black holes hiding in Milky Way's heart

M man

Re: Thie "dark matter" business is strange. I keep thinking of Occam's razor

isnt that too many black holes.

85% black holes?

You wouldn't be able to move for the buggers(in a very literal way)

Im an ocrams razor guy but i think the test-tube jugglers have missed somthing really obvious and its to do with the Lyman-alpha forest.

Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

M man

Re: Electricity vs Petrol/Diesel prices

That applies to smaller 30kWh batteries but this truck apparently has as much as 1000kWh

Basically it will consume any and all breaking energy tesla throws at it.

Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

M man

Good intentions, bad execution.

Im just about to exit this phone.

Not happy.,

1)their choice off gorilla glass was great but then cutting a hole in it and leaving the burred edge exposed was ultimately going to result in a cracked screen. 3 days into ownership.

2)making the battery removable but not selling a replacement battery......What can I say!!!

3)Made worse by the fact only special deep usb connector would stay in securely. Many a late wakeup has been the result, and dieing 5 minutes before a motorway junction as the usb connector had come free was my last issue(1 hr late into a new office)

4)changing the boot screen from black to white, meaning i now needed 5% charge before I could turn on the phone as the boot process drained so much power it powered straight off again.

Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

M man

Re: I will get worse...


Elon Musk says he's not Satoshi Nakamoto and is pretty rubbish at Bitcoin

M man

To quote the Orville Richard Burrell, CD ....

It wasnt me!

To fix Intel's firmware fiasco, wait for Christmas Eve or 2018

M man

...yep the network band with, cpu cycles and storage space.

thier personal cloud...partially on your machine.

M man

or part off a botnet that will never get swatted. remember this is INVISIBLE to the os.

There could be infection out there as we speak, if they keep thier cpu load low nowbody will ever know.

An undectectable, full admin,network able, reinstall proof, full access bug,

All this is missing is remote injection.......Currently...i suspect badusb will get recruited for that duty somhow,

and remember, if your machine is comprised in another way the firmware could be rolled back.

DJI bug bounty NDA is 'not signable', say irate infosec researchers

M man

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, I'll sue you for breach off NDA

Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

M man

apparently not


Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

M man

Re: Underscores a point I've been making forever ...

hidden.........if only

M man

This is bad right?

really bad.

They get your processor and your network cards.........

a hardware level exploit that can communicate with the outside world!

could this be combined with badusb?

Alleged dark web drug baron cuffed – after he flew to US for World Beard Championships

M man

As an admin, Might be facilitation.

and that can be trumped up to equal to each offence comitted.....

v. bad.

Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

M man

Re: Belief beggared and beyond.

Elon musk suggest no law should ever have an eternal term.

I thought thats stupid...

Now im not so sure..

Linux kernel hardeners Grsecurity sue open source's Bruce Perens

M man

So thiers nothing three contracts here.

the GPLv2, the modified GRSEC patch contract and the Gr sec supply contract.

The issue is the supply contract is supplied with the caveat that it will end WHEN you distribute the patch.

But it cannot end before then, if you say im going to take this patch and distribute it, they STILL have to give it to you. So the patch contract does not prevent you distributing it.

If the supply contract works otherwise, it inhibits GPLv2

Of course you could argue that the fact you have a contract with and end date. that can be cancelled before hand is an inhibiting factor.

Think this may come down to what the definition of future business.

Are contracted but unfulfilled future patches classed as future business? im pretty sure its not ,being agreed in the past.

I take it nobody is distibuting these patched kernels? cant see that being possible under the two agreements.

Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

M man

Re: Well I am affected

you Forgot your'e pedents' coat .

Security slip-ups in 1Password and other password managers 'extremely worrying'

M man

Re: Command-line password manager?

This is a variation Of what I do, except its simpler and done in my head.

To get my (for example)Bank password the need to.

A)get my bank hash and guesstimate an apparently random 11+ digit password.


1.get at least two other sets off hashes, (they prob have my old yahoo and linked in )

2. guesstimate two different apparently random 11+ digit password,

3. take those two passwords and try and work out what my "internal algorithm"

4. Find my banking username and generate my bank password.

5. do this before my rolling password resets complete(About 2 years)

remember related but not the same is as far as hashing is concerned completely different.

The way I see it I trust NO-ONE with my hashes now and assume them all vulnerable to guestimating.

so if A) is "secure enough" for me then the B step 2 x B step 2 difficulty is secure enough for me.

Remeber you cant outrun the (fancy)bear, you just need to outrun the other internet users.

(eg your password just needs to be hard enough to take too long to guesstimate, and as your banking password only need to be twice as hard to crack just make it ONE digit longer)

Phoney McPhoneface: The thrilling tale of ZTE's crowdsourced mobe

M man

You REALLY want this?


Im going to have spend millions spinnning up production..are you sure?


And you will buy it?


Ok that will be £500.

Wha...I have to actully pay for it....I mean if it was free id defo have one...but PAY for it!


Thats why KS works....it full off amazing ideas that i would back...if only i didnt have to risk any money.

Hack attack fear scares Canadian exam board away from online tests

M man

Re: Good idea

Dont you mean a Vauxhaull chavelier.

If you bought a dildo in Denver, the government must legally be told

M man

Re: Workaround?

Thats your opinion....it may be based on fact....but it wrong.

Because data shows they don't end up where you say. Either statistically or actually.

M man

Re: Exhibit 2 of 237

What this Drumpf thing....is it an insult....the Man comes with built in insult in his name.

Trump.....to release gas containing minute excrement particles......aka a stinky little shit.

M man

Re: Why not just dollar value?

Did you use the right gallon?