* Posts by Graham 32

210 posts • joined 9 Jun 2011


What do iOS and Android have in common? Their apps suck at privacy, boffins say

Graham 32

Re: Firefox...

Great on desktop Firefox but it's not one of the few permitted addons for Android Firefox.

Boffins unveil SSD-Insider++, promise ransomware detection and recovery right in your storage

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Re: "detecting infections and reverting unexpected encryption"

You'd better have that software running all the time. If it's not there while, say, encrypting a drive for the first time it's likely the whole drive will be corrupted. Of course, anyone doing that would take a backup first.

ProtonMail deletes 'we don't log your IP' boast from website after French climate activist reportedly arrested

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By default...

> By default, we do not keep any IP logs

"By default" covers what happened. Watch out for the weasel words. However, they now don't even say that. Are they now compelled to log all IP addresses?

Oh the humanity: McDonald's out of milkshakes across Great Britain

Graham 32

Re: No surprise there...

I remember that too. Looks like a recent judgement has gone in favour of the company that fixes the machines cheaper than the preferred supplier:


Apple's bright idea for CSAM scanning could start 'persecution on a global basis' – 90+ civil rights groups

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Re: Apple has learned a lot from China

Isn't it more a case of "Apple won't pay you for product placement if you let the bad guys use iPhones"?

It's not like every car manufacturer has to approve the use of their vehicles in films.

I know the 90s were a different time but I doubt Jaguar approved "For men who'd like hand jobs from beautiful women they hardly know." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzyNPoI17rE

Apple says its CSAM scan code can be verified by researchers. Corellium starts throwing out dollar bills

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Re: This system can't scan for "Winnie the Pooh"

"can be" being the important phrase. Some journos have suggested this csam move is a precursor to full iCloud encryption with user-owned keys.

Apple's iPhone computer vision has the potential to preserve privacy but also break it completely

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There are a few. And those I've seen recommend, without irony, you buy a Pixel phone to install it on.

Firefox 91 introduces cookie clearing, clutter-free printing, Microsoft single sign-on... so where are all the users?

Graham 32

Re: Nice fonts

They removed the ability to disable proton in this release. All it does for me is change the background colour of the tab/title bar. It's less annoying in the "Compact (not supported)" mode.

Graham 32

Nice fonts

My employer, an MS shop, forced the MS SSO stuff on us a few months ago. I tried Chrome, Edge and Vivaldi and all suck at font rendering. ClearType settings are ignored. Many pages (but strangely not all) use greyscale anti-aliasing with many lines being two pixels of grey and others being one pixel of black. Slack being a big offender. El Reg looks good though. Maybe if I had a 4K screen I wouldn't care but at 2K it's a mess. Thought it was just me until I saw a screenshot from a colleague and their fonts were awful too. Edge has an experimental option to improve things a bit, so MS sees room for improvement.

I may have to put up with the stupid buttons-for-tabs UI Firefox has cooked up, but at least my eyes can have a rest as I'm back on Firefox.

We can't believe people use browsers to manage their passwords, says maker of password management tools

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Or just cross-machine. How to sync the gnome keychain? (I wouldn't be surprised if Apple can sync theirs)

Google killed desktop Drive and replaced it with two apps. Now it’s killing those, and Drive for desktop is returning

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Re: Google - great at search...

Google sucks less than Microsoft.

As someone who works at a former Google shop which was acquired by a MS shop, I miss the Google apps.

Treaty of Roam finally in ashes: O2 cracks, joins rivals, adds data roaming charges for heavy users in EU

Graham 32

Re: As Soon As They Could...

Another person who doesn't know the difference between O and 0.

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?

Graham 32

Re: I want to like Firefox

You should head over to the Firefox subreddit. They've been shouting this for months (cos 99% of people there seem to run the bleeding edge nightly build as their daily browser.)

Apple announces lossless HD audio at no extra cost, then Amazon Music does too. The ball is now in Spotify's court

Graham 32

Re: Since it is lossless

No plastic to be manufactured or delivered.

Microsoft loves Linux – as in, it loves Linux users running Linux desktop apps on Windows PCs

Graham 32

Re: Yes, of course

For personal use LibreOffice is good enough. If at work, where sharing files is important, using the cloud-based stuff is so much nicer then email files back and forth. Most, but sadly not quite all, of my colleagues use the cloud stuff appropriately. Old habits die hard.

UK.gov wants mobile makers to declare death dates for their new devices from launch

Graham 32

Best before and use by dates on food are clearly shown. Copy-paste that legislation. Done.

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 now includes AMD options for biz customers, boasts up to 19 hours of battery life

Graham 32

Re: Square screen, central touchpad. Nice.

Which model is that?

Graham 32

Square screen, central touchpad. Nice.

Like all the top end laptops it has a squarer screen and no numberpad to give a central touchpad. Why don't cheaper brands don't do this*? Dropping a numberpad should save money and it's hardly like 13"/15" panels need to be 16:9 cos they're also used in TVs.

Now if they'd just use a matte screen it'd be perfect. Losing the touchscreen is no loss IMHO, my work laptop has it, it's a gimmick.

*Edit: 13-14" laptops have no numberpad, but at 15"+ it's hard to find a sub-£1k laptop without one.

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

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Re: Worth noting

the great celebrations on Android that Europe had its own smartphone operating system. This was symbian.

Cannot parse. It could make sense if "on Android" were deleted.

Would you let users vouch for unknown software's safety with an upvote? Google does

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Re: Not as dumb as it seems

This is an asset monitoring tool. It's a monitoring tool with a blacklist, a whitelist, and requests some feedback for anything in between. I was comparing it to the type of monitoring tool that bans everything except what's on a whitelist.

Graham 32

Not as dumb as it seems

At first this seems dumb, but at least the IT department knows what software is being run. In a company full of techies the blocks from IT are just seen as a challenge. This stuff will get run anyway. The barrier needs to be low or the staff will go rogue.

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

Graham 32

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

Symform used to do that. Then Quantum bought them and shut it down. Seems there's the generic term for this tech: cooperative storage cloud

Google says once third-party cookies are toast, Chrome won't help ad networks track individuals around the web

Graham 32

They work just fine. I've had 3rd party cookies disabled for a few years.

Salesforce: Forget the ping-pong and snacks, the 9-to-5 working day is just so 2019, it's over and done with

Graham 32

Re: Up yours to HP and Yahoo etc

Yup. Cutting desks works when things are in decline. When things pick up, many companies will find how hard it is to train people remotely. And not just training skills, but learning a culture, company structure and politics. A lot of that is picked up through idle chit-chat, colleagues taking lunch breaks together, overheard conversations and so on. They all disappear with remote working.

SAP: Come to the cloud with us, we promise there's total accountability and lower TCO with lift-and-shift ERP package

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You can have both. SAP needs to provide more to the customer ("share of the wallet"), and undercut whatever the customer was previously using (lower TCO). If, big if, the SAP cloud servers are cheaper to run than whatever the customer had before then it could meet both those statements.

Linux maintainer says long-term support for 5.10 will stay at two years unless biz world steps up and actually uses it

Graham 32

Chicken and egg

Company: "Why would anyone select a 5.10 kernel with 2 year LTS"

Kernel maintainer: "I want to see companies using the kernel ... to know if it is worth to keep around for longer than 2 years"

Firefox 85 crumbles cache-abusing supercookies with potent partitioning powers

Graham 32

> I doubt your browser refetches *all* the assets for a page for every page view.

All resources on an https page have to be loaded over https. So if he has https caching disabled it really will fetch everything on every page view.

Negative Trustpilot review of law firm Summerfield Browne cost aggrieved Briton £28k

Graham 32

Re: Pay the fine in full.

Even if you were right, you would have to wait while they counted it before they gave a receipt.

On his way out, Trump emits exec order suggesting US cloud giants must verify ID of all foreign customers

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Dropbox basically decimates workforce, COO logs off: Cloud biz promises to be 'more efficient and nimble'

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How many price lists does one company need?

It would help if they could just advertise their prices properly.

I went to dropbox.com which showed the Individual-Professional plan as 19.99GBP. Ouch! That's hardly cheap. There are some cheaper (per user) Team accounts but they have minimum of 3 users. These are Team-Standard and Team-Advanced.

I thought "I'm sure it's cheaper than that" cos I have friends who use Dropbox and no way they pay £20 a month. So I clicked the "Plans & Pricing" link to https://www.dropbox.com/plans

Now there are the three plans I saw before and a lower Individual-Plus account at £8.99. Most people would have left before finding this price!

Oddly, the other prices are all different than the previous page. They look like the same prices without VAT but it doesn't say. I hope that £8.99 is including VAT.

Given the business focus I thought I'd try a private window. The opposite of my expectation happens - it becomes even more businessy. The same homepage URL now says it is "Dropbox Business" and the price link is now called "Compare plans" linking to: https://www.dropbox.com/business/plans-comparison

This has Individual-Professional, Team-Standard, Team-Advanced, and, here's another plan, Team-Enterprise.

How the hell is anyone supposed to navigate this crap?

Thou shalt not hack indiscriminately, High Court of England tells Britain's spy agencies

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Re: @Doctor Syntax

If they were "done for" it, that proves it's a system that works. Of course it would be nicer if there were no wrongdoing, but at least they are being caught (some of the time.)

Consultants bag £375m for their role in developing the UK's faltering COVID-19 Test and Trace system

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Re: Bah, scumbugs

The links you provided in the other thread are NOT peer reviewed. They are opinion. See the "comment" and "correspondence" labels at the top. Perhaps the authors have had other stuff peer reviewed. You are attempting to give greater credibility to those opinions than they deserve.

Let's go back to the reason we are talking. You said "you don't catch it from surfaces". Your first Lancet link says "In my opinion, the chance of transmission through inanimate surfaces is very small, and only in instances where an infected person coughs or sneezes on the surface, and someone else touches that surface soon after the cough or sneeze (within 1–2 h)."

Right there, even your own source says you are wrong!

You are spreading misinformation. Stop it.

Graham 32

Re: Bah, scumbugs

I'm not arguing about electrostatic cleaning. I quoted the bit I disagree with. And the CDC and WHO *do* disagree with you. Although it now sounds like you disagree with you as you are talking about buying bleach for, I assume, cleaning surfaces.

Graham 32

Re: Bah, scumbugs

> you don't catch it from surfaces

It took just a few seconds to find the CDC and WHO disagree with you. It's not the main transmission but is one of the ways.

CDC[1]: Droplets can also land on surfaces and objects and be transferred by touch. A person may get COVID-19 by touching the surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. Spread from touching surfaces is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

WHO[2]: Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.[...] Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently especially those which are regularly touched, such as door handles, faucets and phone screens.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#Spread

[2] https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

The myth of fingerprints: The Xiaomi 10T Pro is well-rounded, but it's definitively a sub-flagship handset

Graham 32

Re: "the absence of wireless charging"

> it means I can sit the phone on a "portrait" easel

If they'd just let the picture rotate 180 degrees so you could charge with the cable at the top. It's also much nicer to use hand-held when charging. There are apps to do this but Android thinks there are only 3 permitted orientations.

Brexit freezes 81,000 UK-registered .eu domains – and you've all got three months to get them back

Graham 32

Re: This is to punish the UK

We had a referendum and the people said they wanted "strong government".

As UK breaks away from Europe, Facebook tells Brits: You'll all be Californians soon

Graham 32

Is that because you won't sign any Facebook agreement or are you the person who actually reads the Ts&Cs?

Pure frustration: What happens when someone uses your email address to sign up for PayPal, car hire, doctors, security systems and more

Graham 32

Re: Doesn't just happen with email

I had that with an ISP. Had the "thanks for joining us" letter turn up, wrong name, but definitely my address. I contacted them to say it wasn't me, they said just ignore it. A few days later my ISP emails to say sorry I was leaving. I phone my ISP, they say phone the other ISP who says phone my ISP who, to their credit, did stop it. Then a week or so later I come home from work and there's a parcel by my front door: a router. I phoned, said no way was I paying to send it back. They said keep it. It was one of those crappy Thomson things. Meh.

Graham 32

It sometimes works. 2FA and security questions can ruin it.

Graham 32

Re: the answer is DANE

How does that help with the problem in the article?

AWS reveals it broke itself by exceeding OS thread limits, sysadmins weren’t familiar with some workarounds

Graham 32

Re: From the Redmond school of repair.

How would YOU returned a failed system back to a known state?

The GIMP turns 25 and promises to carry on being the FOSS not-Photoshop

Graham 32

Corel Draw! That's takes me back. That's where I learnt my editing skills*. Corel Draw was for vector graphics. It came with PhotoPaint for bitmaps. There were some other things too including a 3D renderer in the suite. I think it was v6 I had.

* after Deluxe Paint on the Amiga.

Graham 32

Re: I found the learning curve

Pinta is great but lacks HiDPI support. Well it did last time I looked about a year ago. No use on my laptop but nothing else is as good at making mid-level editing so usable. So I often have to go to the old desktop with a 2K screen to use it.

GitHub restores DMCA-hit youtube-dl code repo after source patched to counter RIAA's takedown demand

Graham 32

Re: It might attract less attention if it wasn't called...

Please explain the "Save Page As..." option.

Graham 32

Re: youtube-dl is still dubious

youtube-dl doesn't need permission. The person using youtube-dl does.

KDE maintainers speak on why it is worth looking beyond GNOME

Graham 32

Re: The "Problem" with Linux

It's the fonts. KDE's fonts are nice and crisp. Gnome's fonts look blurred to me, too much anti-aliasing. Gnome has been like that since forever so I guess it's a design decision. Not to my taste.

Tim Berners-Lee asks everyone to do new biz a Solid and let him have another crack at fixing the Web's privacy

Graham 32

Re: "Tim Berners-Lee asks everyone to do new biz a Solid"?

I can't parse "do new biz a Solid". No idea what they're going for. I can only guess it's meant to be funny. Assuming toilet humour, "solid" might mean "poo" but it still can't make sense of it.

Google reCAPTCHA service under the microscope: Questions raised over privacy promises, cookie use

Graham 32

I've given up with these. I never know if a traffic light is just the lights that are on, the lights on or off, the light unit, only the front of light units or the backs. Must the whole thing be in the square or just part of it. Whatever I try it asks me to do another. And then there's the time it insisted I hadn't selected all the taxis until I reluctantly lied and said a 90s mustard yellow Volvo 240 which isn't a taxi is a taxi.

If I must complete a captcha I do the audio ones. Much quicker.

Bitcoin value jumps as PayPal says it will accept cryptocurrencies... once it has the kinks worked out

Graham 32

Re: "The Kinks" being ownership

It's like a bank then. The blockchain might not consider you the owner. Ownership is more a legal concept.

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So the only thing you have bought with bitcoin is another type of money. You are a currency speculator. Admittedly one who has done well so far. I sense you were meaning to disagree with the OP, but your post supports the argument there isn't much use for bitcoin.



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