* Posts by TReko

272 posts • joined 25 Feb 2011


Atlassian outage lingers, sparking data loss fears


Google Drive also TITSUP

At least they admit a problem. Google Drive has had corruption and random file removal issues for months.

No help from Google

The first step to data privacy is admitting you have a problem, Google


A bigger problem?

Is it just the default Google dialer and SMS apps?

Or is it any dialer and messaging app that calls the Google Play Services API to make calls and send messages?

Another data-leaking Spectre bug found, smashes Intel, Arm defenses


Re: 'ended up'

Yes, there is a paper from 1995 talking about the security problems with speculative execution.

However, speed sells, security is an afterthought.

Intel fails to get Spectre, Meltdown chip flaw class-action super-suit tossed out


CEO Share sales

don't forget Intel's management team sold many of their share options just before the news was released, too.

Just a co-incidence, I'm sure...

Windows box won't boot? SystemRescue 9 may help


Hiren 2022

There's a great bootable alternative to Hiren called "Sergei Strelec's WinPE "

Most useful.

After deadly 737 Max crashes, damning whistleblower report reveals sidelined engineers, scarcity of expertise, more


Re: False

customers could buy a model with 3 sensors, it was an "optional extra"


Re: "scientific testing" of safety is done by the manufacturing companies

> "government agencies firmly looking the other way because they are underfunded, understaffed "

or the same government agents hope to move to the company they are regulating in a year or two.

Is it decadent that I use four different computers each day, at different times?


No buttons

I have this model Kindle.

I find the lack of real buttons for turning pages a downgrade over my previous gen 3 Kindle.

Why your external monitor looks awful on Arm-based Macs, the open source fix – and the guy who wrote it


Apple has already fixed the problem

buy an Apple branded monitor for $6,000 and it will "just work"

.NET 6 LTS and VS 2022: Major releases spoilt by continuing concern about Microsoft's commitment to open source


Version confusion

is it just me or are there so many different .NET and .NET core versions to differentiate now that it causes confusion?

Azure Emissions Dashboard shows how you and Microsoft are slowly killing the planet with your cloud workloads


Crappy modern languages

Perhaps if the made clients code in more efficient languages like Rust or C instead of power hungry Python or Javascript, then power usage would go down, too?

Navigating without GPS is one thing – so let's jam it and see what happens to our warship


Re: Are we there yet?

Then you'd be told that the bearings were "duff gen"

SolarWinds urges US judge to toss out crap infosec sueball: We got pwned by actual Russia, give us a break


Re: Deperate to avoid

or the ftp into the development server that the set the password to "solarwinds123"

Microsoft struggles to wake from PrintNightmare: Latest print spooler patch can be bypassed, researchers say


The patch breaks printing

We have customers with hundreds of Zebra printers (used in warehouses).

This patch has completely stopped their business.

What you need to know from today's Google IO: Chatty AI, collab tools, TPU v4 chips, quantum computing


A Woke Clippy?

I don't want Google Docs "changing the word "Chairman" to "Chairperson" to "avoid a gendered term.""

Let people type what they want to.

Google Docs users, you are on notice: Code rewrite may break browser extensions


One browser to rule them all

and the next step is that Google Docs will only work properly in Chrome.

Google's developing a monopoly Microsoft could only dream of 20 years ago.

Elon Musk hits the brakes on taking Bitcoin for Tesla purchases


Odd that

one wonders where he thinks the electricity comes from that powers his cars?

Samsung stops providing security updates to the Galaxy S8 at grand old age of four years


Re: Imagine my S5 feeling lonely

You can probably replace the battery on your S5.

My S8 is sealed with glue and the battery soldered in. The battery is not designed to be replaced.

Docker Desktop for Apple Silicon is here, but probe a little deeper and you'll find Rosetta 2 staring back


Docker for Windows is still a mess too

It just runs a Linux VM to host Docker and won't work if the PC has VMWare installed.

The wrong guy: Backup outfit Spanning deleted my personal data, claims Cohesity field CTO


Re: If you cannot touch it do not complain when it evaporates

And you can use tools like SyncDocs to backup your entire Google cloud to local storage on your PC or server.

Feel free to use the cloud, but keep a local copy for safety.

Linux Mint users in hot water for being slow with security updates, running old versions


A bit rich

Linux Mint does not provide updates to major versions.

For example: Installed 18.x? Then the highest you can go is 18.3. After that you need to clean install to get 19.x or 20.x

Terraria dev cancels Stadia port after Google disabled his email account for three weeks


Re: Google

Never forget "the cloud" is someone else's computer. If you're using a free-tier service you have zero support from Google.

On a practical level at least backup your email with Thunderbird, your Google Contacts Google Drive with Syncdocs and your phone with Titanium backup.

File format conversion crisis delayed attempt to challenge US presidential election result


Re: Google Docs?

It's just a delaying tactic. There a many tools like Syncdocs which will automatically convert Word to Google Docs and back.

Well, on the bright side, the SolarWinds Sunburst attack will spur the cybersecurity field to evolve all over again



The password to SolarWinds' update server was 'solarwinds123'

If their security is so lax, their software probably has hundred of other exploitable holes.

Cloudflare floats cloud grand unification theory based on zero-trust access and security


... and in darkness bind them.

Elecrow CrowPi2: Neat way to get your boffins-to-be hooked on Linux from an early age and tinkering in no time


Looks like fun

maybe I'll get one - it's never too late for a happy childhood

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps


Intel has a patent wall

Anything that emulates x86/64 architecture is patented very securely by Intel.

This is one reason Windows 8 never worked well on the ARM chips.

I wonder if Intel patent attorneys are preparing to sue Apple?

Microsoft's little eyes light up as Oscar-winning Taika Waititi says Apple keyboards make him 'want to go back to PCs'


Re: Best ever keyboard is from ...

Which Microsoft decided to copy with their Microsoft Surface

Crypto AG backdooring rumours were true, say German and Swiss news orgs after explosive docs leaked


Re: "over a hundred states paid billions of dollars for their state secrets to be stolen"

makes you wonder about other Swiss privacy and encryption companies, like Proton Mail?

In a high-security preview, we got our claws on Samsung's Galaxy S20 and S20+... which are annoyingly good


Re: Too big

Since Sony abandoned their "compact" range, there are no high-end phones with a sane screen size. These new Samsungs are just too darn big!

I might have to switch back to Apple with their promised iPhone SE 2 with a screen size of 4.7"

Vendor-bender LibreOffice kicks out 6.4: Community project feel, though now with added auto-█████ tool


Re: Understatement

>Microsoft: bringing you new, exciting features you didn't know you didn't need.

Yep and refusing to fix ten year old bugs in Word.

Perhaps it is easier to add new junk features than to fix old core ones?

Cloud nine to cloud nein: Google beefs up punters' data encryption to fend off cyber-thieves


Re: This is just google ensuring others never have access to the troves of data it keep on you

You can always use an end-to-end encryption app like SyncDocs, that way only you can see the data.

However, many of the GCP features don't like encrypted data, and Google ain't gonna fix that soon.

Facebook iOS app silently turns on your phone camera. Ah, relax – it's just a bug, lol!?


WhatsApp too?

But their empire is big.

Try getting by in many parts of the world without their other product, WhatsApp. Who knows what if it also grabs the camera

No DeepNudes please, we're GitHub: Code repo deep-sixed as Discord bans netizens who sought out vile AI app


Finally a killer app for Google Glass

running this in real-time on Google Glass goggles will add a whole new meaning to "augmented reality"

DeepNude deep-nuked: AI photo app stripped clothes from women to render them naked. Now, it's stripped from web


Genie's out of the bottle.

A quick search shows that, even if the developer has stopped distributing their app, it is still available for download in the usual places.

You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found


There are serious issues here, this should not be uncovered in a simulator; it should have been found during unit tests.

As someone who has written code for avionics, every possible state and function needs to be called and tested by the code tests. Any code that that wasn't tested cannot be flown. Any state or possible state transition that was not tested is explicitly dis-allowed.

Microsoft: 2TB or not 2... OK, OK! 2TB. OneDrive dragged kicking and screaming into selling more storage


A Fake Vault

The "vault" feature is just an extra layer of security to access the file. The files are still not end-to-end encrypted. Microsoft can still access your files, should they wish. For real encryption, encrypt at the source using Truecrypt or a automated cloud drive encryptor like SyncDocs.

New Zealand cops cuff alleged jackasses who shared mosque murder video, messages online


One wonders if the 9/11 video of planes crashing into buildings or the Zapruder cine camera tapes of JFK's assassination would be similarly banned today.

Allowing people to see what actually happened is honest while censoring facts just fuels conspiracies.

Airlines in Asia, Africa ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after second death crash in four-ish months


Re: Background

That's a great link, thank you

Tech security at Equifax was so diabolical, senators want to pass US laws making its incompetence illegal


Re: Why would they do anything?

Exactly, the guilty executives left with multi-million dollar bonuses.

It was reported on at the time of the hack, that Susan Mauldin, the woman in charge of the Equifax's data security, has a bachelor's degree and a master of fine arts degree in music composition from the University of Georgia, according to her LinkedIn profile. Mauldin's LinkedIn profile lists no education related to technology or security.

If that wasn't enough, news outlet MarketWatch reported hat Susan Mauldin's LinkedIn page was made private and her last name was replaced with "M", in a move that appears to keep her education background secret.

So ignorance was followed by cover-up, and payouts to the guilty. The 120 million affected people in the hacked files are the victims, but will get zero relief.

Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you


Re: Who cares?

If you have a 32 bit Windows system, you cannot upgrade it to Windows 64 bit. You need to do a clean install.

This stops a lot of 32 to 64 bit upgrade paths.

Uncle Sam fingers two Chinese men for hacking tech, aerospace, defense biz on behalf of Beijing


MSPs are cheap for a reason

Well, if you outsource your IT needs to the lowest bidder, which is often overseas, you get what you pay for.

Microsoft: Come and play in our Windows SandBox



Sandboxie has been around for around a decade, giving you a decent, but non-VM sandbox in Windows.


German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?


Re: Maybe banned because there are no back-doors

The UK government actually runs something called the "Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre".

They've looked through all the source code and so far have found no back-doors, only bugs.

You can even read Her Majesty's Government reports on it:


It's December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff


Spectre and Meltdown

Interesting that there are no specific mentions of Spectre and Meltdown in the wild yet.

Oz telcos' club asks: Why the hell do Australia Post, rando councils, or Taxi Services Commission want comms metadata?

Big Brother

Re: Scope creep??

The Australian Big Brother is huge, though. Agencies make around 300,000 requests for metadata per year, or 1000 per business day.

This means that they are using it on about 1% of their population.

Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November


Re: "file indexing service works brilliantly in 2008R2"

Everything is superb, but it only searches file names. It indexes the MFT (Master File Table) in NTFS. It does not index file contents.

Facebook, Google sued for 'secretly' slurping people's whereabouts – while Feds lap it up


Re: Good

Thanks for the Blokada link!

Oh no, Xi didn't! Chinese spymaster cuffed in Belgium, yoinked to US on aerospace snoop rap


Re: Expect more

Indeed. Given the Chinese got the entire personell records of almost everyone who works for the US government through the OPM hack a few years back, they know who to target and what their weaknesses are.

The OPM hack can the potential to be one of the most damaging in history.

PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months


Silicon bugs not fixed yet

Odd that people aren't delaying chip upgrades until Intel includes a full Spectre/Meltdown fix.



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