* Posts by Payne

7 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Jul 2010

Latest Androids have 'god mode' hack hole, thanks to Qualcomm


Re: Nexus OK?

In addition to that my Nexus 5X running Android 7.0 beta with 5 July 2016 patch level also shows up as vulnerable to CVE-2016-5340. Well, isn't that wonderful.

Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist


Sure you would, Vladik.

I go to the same kickboxing gym as a 6 foot tall Romanian bloke - quiet, polite guy with a pleasant smile. Holding the kick pads for him is quite an experience which I have to brace for and my forearms have visible bruises for days afterwards, even though I'm not exactly a small guy (a little under 13 stone, he's around 15). He cycles to gym and to work.

Now, I would pay good money to see what happens when you get out of your car and try to knock him off his bike. I'd wager the majority of readers on here would chip in for the popcorn.

Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK


Expensive doesn't mean bad value

How about this - the i7 version with 16gb of RAM and a 512Gb SSD would be less than £700. Compare that to £1999 for the Macbook Pro with near identical spec (apart from the graphics). Or, to make it less Apple-vs-oranges a Mac Mini with i5, 8Gb RAM and 1Tb hybrid drive costs £799.

Yes, they're expensive, but you get a lot for your money.

Apple patent foresees ultra-svelte iDevices

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They all look crap, simply leave the socket as it is and design around it, making it look like jet fighter exhaust etc. There is nothing to patent there.

Amazon buys Lovefilm


Oh, this reminds me...

...must cancel my Lovefilm subscription. Don't think I'll ever be going back there, their priority list is a big fat joke. I've had some titles in High Priority for months and they kept ignoring them and sending me low and medium priority things.

Bye bye Lovefilm, can't say I'll miss you.

Armed with exploits, ATM hacker hits the jackpot


Security costs money

Call me a cynic but until it starts costing banks MORE money in lawsuits, recovering stolen money and loss of customer confidence they won't significantly increase their effort in securing the ATM's.

At the end of the day all they care about is the money in their vaults, the rest is semantics and marketing BS.

I'm sure that any big ATM manufacturer could increase the security of their machines dramatically, but how do you convince a bank to spend millions on replacing their infrastructure on strength of a few isolated incidents?

Look at HSBC - their online banking system is positively 19th century and it's not as if they lack the funds to invest in development.

I think it all boils down to human nature, as they say in Russia - 'Пока гром не грянет, мужик не перекрестится' which can be loosely translated as 'until the thunder strikes a peasant won't cross'