* Posts by DryBones

583 posts • joined 7 Feb 2010


The wheels come off Formula 1's notification service as fans plied with attacker's messages


Re: Given the opportunity, what would you have said?

Foo me once, shame on you. Foo me twice...

Chinese app binned by Beijing after asking what day it is on anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre


Don't you just love it when people do things without knowing what they're doing because you tried as hard as you could to suppress the knowledge?

The notion that that this sort of antics is just educating the new generations that something horrible did in fact happen on that date is pretty golden.

Twitter given three weeks to comply with Indian content code


Ah yes, the glorious problem of doing business globally, all the angles in which law and morality differ from that where the business was originally chartered.

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout


Please point out the signs shown in the video. :)

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Re: Do what did you expect?

Now point out the signs and guide-markings in that video.

Hint: There aren't any.

Self-inflicted screwup.

Volunteer-run pirate Manga website attacked, loses hashed passwords, has ‘nobody’ to fix the mess


Salted + A Real Hash...

The 'shoestring site' already was prepared better than 95% of the breaches, weren't they?

To have one floppy failure is unlucky. To have 20 implies evil magic or a very silly user


Re: There is always the near-apocryphal story of

I do not recall where it was and cannot find it, but I recall someone offering an actual cupholder you could install in a PC drive bay. I forget if it was motorized or just a pop-out, but it amused me immensely.

Edit: Found it.



Re: if it works...

Upsides / downsides, there.

I have used the Velop mesh both for my parents and for an even older couple that dad helps out as a thing to do with his retirement. For both there was a need to establish a wifi mesh chain to cover houses. With both installs, I have been able to check the networks and give them needed pokes, and determine when I was going to need to schedule time to go in person (an extended power-off evidently resulted in one node each forgetting how to talk to the network and so needed re-setup). So it has advantages in remote/distributed management point of view.

Very horses for courses, you might say.

What the FLoC? Browser makers queue up to decry Google's latest ad-targeting initiative as invasive tracking

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Re: Uninstalled and reported.

I'm sorry, what part of, "I am willing to try DDG's tracker and ad blocking functionality while using my choice of search provider," did you not understand?

ScriptSafe and Adblock Plus manage to offer these things without being grabby about the search box. It was not a restriction that was advertised and made known previous to install. This sort of We Know Better Than You What You Want is the reason I will never buy an Apple product.

So take your condescending attitude and shove it up your ass.

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Pot, Kettle

So DuckDuckGo is making a big to-do about their privacy extension for Chrome. What they don't tell you is that when you use it it locks your browser search functionality to DuckDuckGo. You can't choose anything else, you have to disable the extension if you don't want DuckDuckGo hijacking your search bar.

Uninstalled and reported.


Re: Ooga booga!

1) Ad-blocker-blockers only show up when ScriptSafe lets them.

2) Then I go elsewhere. There are always substitutes.

What could be worse than killing a golden goose? Killing someone else's golden goose


Re: At JGH re: checks...

Old (and very private) joke of mine, "Hit the deck, it's the Rubber Czech!"

Boeing successfully flies unmanned autonomous military 'wingman' aircraft that may become pilot's buddy


Re: Oh, it's another Airplane

I am.

And don't call me Shirley.

1Password has none, KeePass has none... So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?


Re: The company says users can opt out if they want.

So, important question. Has anyone ever verified that the opt out actually does anything?

Might be just a check box with a null action, if you look at the server where it points...

Scottish enviro bods shrug off ransomware gang's extortion attempt as 4,000 files dumped online, saying it's nothing big


Re: Stop using windows for stuff

Windows has the largest installed base. You shoot at the big target, not the little target.

If I have to explain this to you again, you're going to be invoiced for it.

Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'? Newbie gripe sparks some soul-searching among Debian community


Re: Not for noobs

Provide examples, please.

'Following the science' rhetoric led to delay to UK COVID-19 lockdown, face mask rules


Re: Masks WERE/ARE science


Overall, we rate Swiss Policy Research (SPR) a Moderate Conspiracy website based on the promotion of unproven claims. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of poor sources and complete lack of transparency. (M. Huitsing 5/21/2020) Updated (8/26/2020)

Ad-scamming, login-stealing Windows malware is hitting Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Yandex browsers, says Microsoft


Re: Windows....

Aiming for the big target is what you do...

Oh, no one knows what goes on behind locked doors... so don't leave your UPS in there


Re: Stop this happening to you!

Be careful how you describe what you're doing to your boss or coworker, though...

Reading El Reg while working from home? Here's a pleasant thought: Kaspersky says 1 in 10 of you are naked right now


Re: a "growing new interest in nude cleaning in British society"

Isn't that the point?

Labor watchdog accuses Google of illegally firing staff in union-busting push – as AI ethics guru Dr Timnit Gebru is pushed out


Re: We strongly support the rights our employees have in the workplace

There's a big, big but there.

You cannot LIE about the reason for the termination. Google appears to have done that. And like was done with the other four that were fired, there is a non-trivial chance of Google getting annihilated during the Discovery phase.

Election security fears doused with reality: Top officials say Nov 3 'was the most secure in American history.' The end


What's that? Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane!

It's reality smacking you in the face!




Huawei's financials take a beating as President Trump's sanctions come home to roost


Re: adequate?

I am unsure I understand your logic.

Phones have a limited amount of battery power available to them, and thus having 4 desktop applications running at full trot in the background, even if the processor can quite happily manage it, seems like a 'bad design decision' to me.

Have you seen the Chrome OS, lately? I hear it's a thing on laptop form-factor computers.

Palo Alto Networks threatens to sue security startup for comparison review, says it breaks software EULA


California? This should be good, they have anti-slapp laws...

Samsung to introduce automatic call blocking on Android 11-capable flagships


TrueCaller... ha!

If I remember correctly, TrueCaller works by uploading the contact info (names, numbers, etc) on every phone that it's installed on, and using it to build a database of numbers and names. So if your name happens to pop up on someone's phone when you called it's because the app used that permission it was granted to rob your acquaintance's phonebook blind. Oh, and maybe having bought some phone lists too, but definitely the predatory uploading.

We won't leave you hanging any longer: Tool strips freeze-inducing bugs from Java bytecode while in production


Re: It's the drinking water

Calm down. It's probably like 5 lines of code to fire off an automated email about the problem and initial workaround to the company JIRA.

There ain't no problem that can't be solved with the help of American horsepower – even yanking on a coax cable


Re: Closest I've had to that ....

Probably "Big F-ing Idiot"

Big US election coming up, security is vital and, oh look... a federal agency just got completely pwned for real


Re: Place your bets

Well, aren't you just a triple-word-core for parroting disinformation and conspiracy theories? It's all you seem to have.

Braking point: Tesla has had quite enough of Trump's 'unlawful' tariffs on Chinese-made parts, sues Uncle Sam


Re: Good luck with that.

Couple things, here.

One, arbitrary and capricious is not an idly chosen term. It's a legal term that implies that there's no reasoned reason for an imposition, no rationale beyond whim.

Second, you need to remember that the tariffs are paid by US consumers, not by anyone in China. The supplier can say 'sorry, no' when asked to drop their costs, and with those tariff amounts it's going to be hard to not have that be the universal answer. And so things get more expensive for US consumers. Maybe the US company goes out of business as a result, and the suppliers in China shrug and continue on because there's always someone else that wants to buy what they make.

This is the cycle of stupidity that this administration is riding, with their fans declaring they are winning when the score has them the losers by far. So very sad.

Pakistan to smartphone-makers: Come for the low tax, stay to create your replacements


Re: Good luck with that.

Yeah, this is pretty much a "they said the quiet part aloud" of China's method of doing things.

Infosec big names rally against US voting app maker's bid to outlaw unsanctioned bug hunting via T&Cs


Re: Free your mind...

You most certainly can, just not on the tank batallion's timetable. You appear to have forgotten that almost every single guerrilla / asymmetric war that the US military has taken part in, it has lost.

You have gents locked in cans with limited resources, versus those that are unconstrained in how they approach the situation. Got out to use the loo? Oh, that's two down already. Oh, got out to go sleep? That's more. Slept in the tank? Shame about the flammables or the poison gas or the other fun things that happened. You thought they were air-tight? Naaaah....

In short, most of your post was puffery, and the rest misses the real point. Yet another company is trying to conceal how shit their product is, likely lying about the actual events. Real attackers aren't going to give a shit about whether they've hurt this company's feelings or not, so here's hoping they get completely creamed by the courts.

We've heard some made-up stories but this is ridiculous: Microsoft Flight Simulator, Bing erect huge skyscraper out of bad data


Re: Intentional Error?

Probably receded.

The future of signage is here, and it wants an update


Re: re:future of signage

"Regardless, the fact that you can imagine a far fetched scenario where a screen could hold PII doesn't alter the fact that this one clearly doesn't," *snip*

And you can tell that from a picture? Really?

Ghost of Windows past spotted haunting Yorkshire railway station


Re: Got, Linux?

Maybe I'll give the right flavor a spin sometime. I don't know if I have a computer old enough that they support it to have it run stably, though.

I kid you not. Latest version of Mint going on a 6 year old laptop? Installed and ran fine. Current gaming machine with a spare HD so W10 and Linux couldn't see each other and have a fight over who got to control the boot process (which is stupid anyway, the BIOS should get to control that)? Failed 5 out of 5 install attempts for various reasons.

Epic move: Judge says Apple can't revoke Unreal Engine dev tools, asks 'Where does the 30 per cent come from?'


Re: Free Stuff

And lose money hand over fist, right?

No? Hmm. Maybe they're not actually giving it away?

Trucking hell: Kid leaves dad in monster debt after buying oversized vehicle on eBay


Re: Yeah, sure.

Things are going great, and they're only getting better?


Re: Christ, what assholes

Closed and burned my PayPal account to the ground years ago.

Haven't looked back, and this sort of thing just validates my motivations.

Ditch PayPal. You can feed your credit card info through them on individual purchases, and if they try to get cute they get to try and explain themselves to a primary payment provider that is Not Amused and perfectly capable of revoking their ability to process payments.

For everything else, use actual reputable companies.

US senators: WikiLeaks 'likely knew it was assisting Russian intelligence influence effort' in 2016 Dem email leak


Re: Clueless

I imagine wording had to be agreed on, and the more of these sorts of unfortunate conclusions got drawn the more the R's got nervous. So some had to be watered down if they were going to be included at all...


Re: Interestingly,

They knew he was a narcissistic megalomaniac with delusional tendencies, and so kept him well fed with praise, flattery, conspiracy theories, and childish memes.

Anyone else that had seen him for a while knew what he was, the Republicans just gaslit themselves into thinking those were all good and desireable things.

Everyone else knew just how this would go, and tried to warn folks, but no, they were sure they knew best.

Sun welcomes vampire dating website company: Arrgh! No! It burns! It buuurrrrnsss!


You're not a real Goth unless you've sacked Rome.

US govt proposes elephant showers for every American after Prez Trump says trickles dampen his haircare routine


Re: It's not pressure that you want.

Demonstrably false.

Exhibit A: 50 gallons of water in a bathtub. Go ahead, get in. The water isn't moving, good luck with your volume washing away grime.

What you are looking for is actual imparted force, F=m*a, possibly divided by targeted area. You started getting into it a little bit when you talked about boosting the pressure, and then you hied off into absurdium and missed what low-flow showers are supposed to do. Less volume, more velocity, and the effect should stay roughly the same due to being less water moving faster.

Is your pressure low?


Re: Oh has diddums thrown his toys out of the pram (again)?

To steal a phrase, well yes but actually no.

They are not equal. There is not a valid comparison you can make in which they are equal. Most all the comparisons which you believe do so are false equivalencies from right-wing propaganda designed to make you think just this way, so you won't massively turn against them. Projection, racism, lies, and hate/fearmongering are pretty much all they have, these days.

Oh, wait. Forgot the voter suppression.

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data


Re: I must be missing something...

Because they were correct.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

Paris Hilton

Re: Which is why I always turn off email sigs...

Now that was good for a laugh. Nice of you to pre-describe your comment.

It's sent, it's out of their hands. End of.

Why? No such agreement was reached before the email was sent. It can be printed and stapled to the town hall's board if the recipient wants. Sheer legal theatre.

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible


Re: I did something similar once...

That's what I do a lot. Most any place that uses packing peanuts (shippers, etc) will accept more (don't trash them!). Well, no idea if the pandemic had affected that, but used to.

Amazon's auditing of Alexa Skills is so good, these boffins got all 200+ rule-breaking apps past the reviewers


Re: They didn't give any examples

They rattled the knob on the bank vault and the piece of stage-dressing fell over.

Seems like it still might be newsworthy.

€13bn wings its way back to Apple after Euro court rules Irish tax deal wasn't 'state aid'


Re: A victory for the little man!!

Well, they could always change the laws so that obvious holding companies are just attached directly to the mothership, and be like ok pay us. Any degree of company separation that gets laughter when mentioned at the local pub should be amended to 0, and thus taxed directly.

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'


Re: Words matter...

Or an engineer...


'Google cannot stop it, control it or curtail it...' Inside the murky world of fake addiction treatment center search spam


Re: Its the times we live in

Or Florida Man.

I'm sorry, but those are the only 3 things we see.

Hey, Boeing. Don't celebrate your first post-grounding 737 Max test flight too hard. You just lost another big contract


Re: It worked once, ship it!

Military aircraft designers that allow single point failures? Baloney.



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