* Posts by Radio Wales

95 posts • joined 28 May 2010


Video encoders using Huawei chips have backdoors and bad bugs – and Chinese giant says it's not to blame

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Sub-Prime confusion

Little wonder it was an anonymous coward that posited that.

I'd like to complain: I specifically asked for middle-eastern petrol when I filled up at a previously reputable petrol-station.

Yet they supplied me with Russian stuff - complete with post-ignition backfires. IT'S - A - DISGRACE !!!

I shall sue Saudi Arabia.

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No you're not. I'm Spartacus.

Huawei mobile mast installed next to secret MI5 data centre in London has 7 years to do whatever it is Huawei does

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Re: You've heard of Tempest?

Its's not that they are thick per se,

It's more that if they are utterly incapable of turning their hand to anything that will earn them a crust - the route ahead is clear. Be a politician.

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Britains top-secret hidey-holes.

I have worked out that 'Extremely top-secret' means in effect that we poor British people, don't know what the rest of the world is intimately acquainted with.

If we want to know what's going on in the UK. we need to ask a foreigner. Preferably, an enemy foreigner - or an American.

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

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Re: Those people in Britain and America...

Well we wouldn't know, the 'MSM' is not reporting any news these days that does not begin with with "In other Coronavirus News..."

We could have lost a world war for all we know.

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"We're all in it together"

I could swear I have come across that little pass-phrase before somewhere.

If only I could remember where - although to do believe it ended well for some but pretty badly for the rest of us.

I would be much happier if I never heard it uttered ever again.

Now Internet Society told to halt controversial .org sale… by its own advisory council: 'You misread the community mindset around dot-org'

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Re: Corruption

Only if the 'meme' is set upon verifiably accurate facts. Any 'meme' presents a picture, it is up to us to check the facts - as always.

If we are sensible about things like accuracy, we should always check the facts.

Curse of Boeing continues: Now a telly satellite it built may explode, will be pushed up to 500km from geo orbit

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0737 MAXO problemo

They figured it would last out until the people responsible were drawing their pensions.

The Emergency escape plan was drawn up with that in mind, i.e. Someone elses problem.

I wonder if it is fitted with some kind of unexpected climb defeat sensor?

What could possibly go wrong?

Boeing comes clean on parachute borkage as the ISS crew is set to shrink

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That's good business, isn't it? Something learned from the US code of ethics.

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What failed?

Yes, and all that culminating in the end result: The Parachute failed. The cause was immaterial.

One cannot take any part of a system in isolation because it was the end result that mattered.

I can speculate that it was the built-in redundancy that led directly to the lackadaisical application of constructing the project. It's not really that important that I do my job correctly - there's back-up.

Just imagine the fuss has there been three such failures all happening at the same time - possible.

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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If it had been worse - eg: Losing his life. He would not be caring about it at all right now.

I beg to disagree. The very worst did happen. It was stolen in broad daylight from a 'safe' environment' under the noses of god knows how many people who wouldn't lift a finger and will spend months worrying about how some lowlife might figure a new way past all security and steal his life.

No. the worst did happen. He has lost trust in his fellow man and will never feel the same about people ever again - both thieves and honest but inactive fellow citizens alike, probably permanently.

I know I did.

One person's harmless japery can be another's night of LaserJet Lego

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Re: The invisible button

Yeah. I have one of those. Presented during my quieter days of employed and paid consultations

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> I've seen people print stuff out so they can scan it in.

So you have been to my office then?

I once caught my wife trying to insert a 'stiffie' into the VCR because there was a video on it.

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Re: That bloody BSoD Screen Saver

That 'fundamental tenet' was broken years ago by M$ tech support honestly insisting that 'There is no error in the programming - it must be you' for the three-month period before a patch was silently released to everyone in the world - except you - which resulted in another three-week period before stumbling across it on some chat forum.

That causes one to instinctively question everything and everyone IT related, until concrete verification is obtained and caused one to wholly reject automatic updates until the sheep have real-world tested it first.

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students

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Re: More chaos

Bastard! I remember that (im)patient wait being perpetrated on me.

Net result was to get my own computer (kings ransom in those days) so I could learn revenge.

My favourite was replacing the Windows 95 shutdown sound with: "Argh, You are trying to murder me - someone call the police" on a government computer - which for embarrassment reasons was never ever shut down until it died.

World recoils in horror as smartphone maker accused of helping government snoops read encrypted texts, track device whereabouts

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Re: Nope I'm lost

I'm fresh out of facets this week. I will have to repurpose some taps in order to pour some scorn on the well-disguised sarcasm - or was it really irony?

I'm losing the ability to discern.

Parliament IT bods' fail sees server's naked OS exposed to world+dog

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Re: it's probably a job for MI5

Maybe the trusty techhie has a slightly foreign look about him/her and put on fat-finger gloves to avoid leaving incriminating DNA.

Just a thought...

It's the curious case of the vanishing iPhone sales as Huawei grabs second place off Apple in smartmobe stakes

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Re: SE sized devices

Hey! It's 0 : 48 Now.

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco

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Re: Evidence in a trial?

Did it ever cross a mind to fit an 'OFF' switch to the offending sensor circuit and fall back on the usually reliable Mk I eyeball?

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It is high time the aircraft industry took a leaf from the road traffic book and stopped calling this sort of thing 'Accidents'.

It is quite clear that given the usual human failure syndrome that 'Incident' is a far better descriptor - and far more accurate.

Plus - the practice of blaming underlings obviously means that the error-prone senior staff are left alone to go on committing the same old errors forever more.

In this case: If it's Boeing - I'm NOT going will prevail - at least until they stop wriggling around trying to protect their friends-in-high-places.

Oh dear. Secret Huawei enterprise router snoop 'backdoor' was Telnet service, sighs Vodafone

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Empty minds make much hay.

All this furore over an industry standard (ahem) back door, leaves me wondering about the science of leaving secrets in plain view because nobody ever looks there.

Then there is is the deeper suspicion that some 'people' are upset that it is now the Chinese who are collecting all our secrets instead of the Americans.

There are going to be words over this... Definitely! Things will be said - and probably regretted.

A quick cup of coffee leaves production manager in fits and a cleaner in tears

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Re: So... What?

The story went 'Arrived 1.5 hrs early' So the normal situation would have been Sys staff and Cleaners normally never saw each other and the 'Room' would 'normally' be locked.

The cleaner got in - ergo: He left it unlocked - proven. He had the key the cleaner did not.

The cleaner was blameless because no one had briefed her on S-room protocols because it was (normally) always locked.

So, it would have been unlikely that anyone would have thought to tell the cleaner to 'Keep out' if you happen to come across the door unlocked.

The story revolves around a significant break in the normal routine and a lack of situational awareness shown by responsible staff members.

Here concludes the Holmes report. £1032,00 by the end of the month, please.

London's Metropolitan Police arrest Julian Assange

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You can't handle the truth!

There is absolutely no way that any person's innocence can be tested when national politics are involved.

It always reverts to smoke and mirror justice - and individuals can never come out on top.

The truth in such circumstances will be diluted to an infinite point of improbability and be unrecognisable.

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers

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Re: The only conspiracy

I finally received a notification that my vote had been accepted - just after I'd forgotten about it.

Anyway, it says > 3.25 million now @ 15:00 Friday.

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Re: The only conspiracy @JoshOvki

I never switch my W10 platter driven PC off and it doesn't seem to mind.

On each rare occasion when M$ deems it necessary to reboot, I am shocked to the core and mortally wounded by the sheer audacity of it proudly displaying my forgotten lock-screen picture (WTF?) and forcing me to grovel around searching in the cobwebs for that weird hack-proof password that someone convinced me to have.

I'd rather watch cat videos on Youtube to be honest.

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports

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Re: Re: Ha

>> And it wouldn't appear certain that it would take out another drone 100% of the time.

What about tiny, tiny anti-drone missiles? Always assuming the rogue drones are not carrying Anti-drone missiles-missiles as a state-of-the-art defence?

Miniaturising warfare could save us lots of pounds and keep people out of it altogether.

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An exciting new opportunity

I'm sure it must have occurred to nefarious minds by now that a squad of twenty people could isolate Britain better than Brexit. New laws or no, this is going to be the new development in 2019 prompting the question: Is this the new age of drones carrying anti-drone missiles?

Am I making too much of the fact that larger drones seem to be of Chinese origin?

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Re: Keystone Cops

You're not alone, while pleading poverty, they seem to think putting a reporter up in a helicopter to deliver a one-minute report about something which nobody can see is diligent use of resources.

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Re: Re "Idiot tax"

Can you really say all that with a straight face when ending with a link to Facebook?

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> Users eventually resent paying super-premium prices for discount internals.

Do they? Do they really?

I get the impression that the average iSommat buyer thinks along the lines of:

If I buy the most expensive bit of kit on the market then a) I must be getting the very best available, and b) I can then show off - without crass bragging - that I can afford stuff that you can't!

It stands to reason therefore, that any manufacturer producing such iStuff will eventually become contemptuous of their rather slow customers.

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Re: Overpriced kit

Re: China consumed more cement in the three years 2011-2013 than the US did in the entire twentieth century.

It this the reason we have a CO2 crisis? Or is it just the figure manipulation heat surplus?

Cathay Pacific hack: Personal data of up to 9.4 million airline passengers laid bare

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Very droll.

This somewhat realistic comment is yet another wake-up reminder to NEVER EVER entrust any of my biometric data to ANYBODY.

If refusal ends up being threatened with legal action or imprisonment (Like last time) from HM Gov.uk then I shall regard that as a hint to emigrate to some backward country that still machine swipes credit cards and accepts ID confirmation from an expired licence stuffed with a €10 note.

Either that or join the 'Gentlemen of the Road Brigade' who are sworn off taxes and other unpleasantries arising from normal life in good ole Blighty.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: Calls and Email

>>Yeah, your kids won't thank you for that. Having to hide it from all the other kids... <<

Well, that means they won't be doing stupid stuff on it to impress their mates. They won't be using them at all in fact. Unless it is important. Plus there would be a low risk of it being stolen.

Which is why you gave it to them in the first place - Right?

Civil rights group Liberty walks out on British cops' database consultation

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Re: a huge single resource for police

...and 'friends' of government ministers.

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Whaddya mean - All over again?

It never went away.

They had simply pushed it to the back of the 'To do' pile and amused themselves in the meanwhile by thinking up snazzy new names for it and creating a 'We listened to concerned parties' attendance list for their tea and biccies event where unavoidably the only people who knew anything about it were on paid holiday to the USA, researching NSA techniques for empowering the authorities.

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Re: Dogs Dinner

Congratulations. You have just blown open every HO civil servant's brain breaker.

The good news is: It will push back the introduction of their "Bleeding edge" tech to well after I have passed on.

The bad news is: They know where you live - so preparing the charge list for the summons will be a piece of cake - once they have found it of course, in their new Matrix toy.

Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

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Re: Just supposing everyone goes through with it...

What will they Do?

About the only things they are able to do. namely, settle into one of their very comfortable sofas, break out the telescope, popcorn and coffee and study us, and swap moon jokes.

They could check out our IoT, WiFi penetration. even slyly respond to the 'Anybody there?' transmissions from SETI, pretending to be somewhere in Aquarius or... Watch Netflix.

What would anybody do there? There's the Times crossword for free, Corrie & EastEnders (ad infinitum) and more coffee. Oh, and a Uber ride booked for home already.

First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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ID Cards have only one purpose.

We went through all this with Uncle Tony and so dyed-in-the-wool Labour supporters voted Tory to kill it. Remember? Maybe the pendulum can swing back again.

Admittedly we regretted it later, we should have settled for going to jail for refusing - it would have been a lot less painful in the long run.

ID cards = Identity cards. And they are something we would use to confirm that we are who we say we are. End of argument.

OK we give up our info to people every day of the week. But most of that information is disposable, we can jettison it if we have to and start again, whereas biometrics are not something that can be swapped out like spark-plugs every time the Government data store is hacked.

All that juicy information in one easy-to-reach place? Government record of IT security being what it is, it would be hacked daily by everyone on the planet with a computer.

I for one, don't like the idea of my medical records being available to everyone who cares to ask - especially if they only want to know where I live.

I don't have a problem with an ID card IF all it does is confirm that I am really me.

But they'll never settle for that will they?

Looks like it's time to dust off my No2ID certificate and reserve my cell again.

Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?

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It is hard to forgive

M$ have succeeded again in making me wonder where their heads are.

First they spend millions trying to float the Windows phone and as soon as I get one - they - calm as you like - announce they are dropping support for them.

So this is 'Plan B' then? (or Plan C?) a generation behind everyone else - and still not working yet. What have they been doing with all their ill-gotten gains?

They would need to pay for my holidays to tempt me to use any of their apps again, especially if it had the word 'Phone' in it.

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone

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Re: Apple released the X to replace the 8

>The X, was released (originally) as a limited run, special edition anniversary device, to celebrate 10 (X) years of iPhone.

Really? and it had nothing to do with the gnawing irritation of Microsoft jumping from 8 to 10 (X) to match iOS X? (Yeah, I heard about the 98 excuse)

Of course not! They wouldn't be so shallow - would they?

But anyone shelling out a grand (XxXxX) to flash it about just might be...

So it's going to be all puff until they can justify 20 (XX) I suppose? But we'll all have implants by then - so to be a proud Apple used you'll need a tattoo. Then you'll be Apple for life.

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Re: Has nothing to do with "first batch product"

No idea what a StarTac was (American?)

As a matter of fact, I was an early adapter of smartphones, but I stuck at a level that satisfied what I needed it for,

Consequently, I kept using my HTC Z until it died this year, because I loved the keyboard.

Found a old (New) Samsung J5 and find it a worthy successor - if a little on the large side.

£120 is more than enough for a gadget.

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Re: The 8 does prove a point

>And then every now and then you forget and leave it there...

Surely the most powerful argument for not blowing a grand on one?

First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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Re: "From my experience (Emirates), I'd rather fly A380 than B777"

> The "leg hole cubby" area is not straight ahead of the seat, so you sleep or lounge at an angle,<

Yes I have noticed that passenger occupation space is often an overlooked detail in aircraft design.

I wonder why that is?

TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

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... and NOT with TSB I'll wager.

Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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I suppose we could always be allowed to imagine that it could permanently solve the Korean war scene for once and for all.

The phone OS that muggers wouldn't touch is back from the dead

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Re: 90% there...

You miss the point of your elderly relative 's dilemma

I wanted a 'smarter' phone for some basic needs without having to cough up for stuff I didn't need so purchased a lightweight Samsung.

Trouble was, it had so much bundled crapware there wasn't any room for more than two or three apps that I wanted. It was always 'Out of memory' despite having a 16Gb SD in it.

Eventually went in the drawer along with the previous cutting edge Nokia phones I'd had that in the end, didn't actually do anything useful.

Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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Re: Sprouts - love 'em

>My only collecting problem is not enough space.<

...and you think that affliction is rare enough to warrant inclusion as a notable feature?

I have a garage [full] a shed [full] an outhouse [full] a study [full] and a whole wall dedicated to storage of stuff that will be indispensable - tomorrow.

I am definitely going to have a clear-out this spring (New Year resolution #2006- 3)

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I had one of the original Texas Matrix calculators. I bought it myself to use in the office 'cos I hated the hand-cranked IBM machine with a passion.

I was working on programming bars for IBM punched tape recorders then, and could only count to two. ( 0 & 1)

Trouble was, it didn't auto-off and so with the novelty value of everyone competing with the ESSO OIL tricks, it got through two PP9 batteries a day. Seriously expensive technology that set the bar for IT equipment prices to this day.

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Re: Guilty as charged...

Have you been peeking in my drawers?

That is an accurate inventory.

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Re: Boiled Sprouts

Technically at least, I am the notational head of the household.

Consequently, when the dinner prepping gets under way, I insist that I shall be served Roast potatoes and Boiled parsnips, done in the way I have always liked them since my mum did them for me.

So predictably, as we gather around our dinner table, I am ritually presented with Boiled potatoes and Roast parsnips.

I spit fury and snarl 'I don't like either of them done this way, and for the last twenty years, you get it wrong'.

The reply for the last twenty years has always been 'Well why didn't you say so, dear?'

I am checking on the precise definition of war crimes now.



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