* Posts by jonnycando

133 posts • joined 26 Oct 2011

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Wobbly Wednesday whacks IBM as 30 cloud services take unplanned naps

jonnycando

I don’t understand IBM though I like the work they’ve done in years past and things they’ve invented, but they are clearly an absurdity these days

What did it take for stubborn IBM to fix flaws in its Data Risk Manager security software? Someone dropping zero-days

jonnycando

Well Reg, they are notgoing to get back to you...if they anything it will be opaque and answer no questions given.

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

jonnycando

I'm not sure whether Apple does this on the sly, but I am using IOS 13.5 beta, and such behavior seems to be opt in.....if it happens regardless how you "opt" then there is a grave problem, if it's actually totally opt in only.....this is much ado about nothing.

Indeed sued by account exec who said she was raped by male coworker amid misogynistic, sexually charged culture

jonnycando

Re: Same shit different year

I feel the same way, and until the guilty partys are publicly drawn and quartered it will continue. To hell with a ban on cruel and unusual punishment....let the punishment fit the crime in ALL facets...and then treble it.

Podcast Addict Play Store ban: Android chief says soz for incorrect removal, developers aren't impressed

jonnycando

One has to consider the possibility that Google has turned into just another Microsoft......oh how history repeats!

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are

jonnycando

Where I live these kinds of pumps don’t play videos anymore because the station finds out quickly what broadband costs and the attendent data slurppage of 12 of these crazy pumps!

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

jonnycando

Well, it's still the Borg Mothership.....so I dunno what else to call it.....

NUC NUC. Who's there? It's Intel, with a pint-sized 8-core Xeon workstation

jonnycando

Re: Have some Mint instead!

I'd put some sort of Linux on one for sure....but small form factor to me means cheap and cheerful and while this one is certainly cheerful....it ain't cheap!

Vietnam alleged to have hacked Chinese organisations in charge of COVID-19 response

jonnycando

I’m glad somebody is hacking China....they do enough of their own after all......

Facebook sort-of blocks anti-quarantine events – how many folks are actually behind these 'massive' protests online?

jonnycando

Has anyone not realized that Facebook is a wasteland of epic proportions?

Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong

jonnycando

I didn't even know what Zoom was until all this news started to pop up....and from what I can tell it's just a total train wreck....a very poorly conceived piece of software...and the makers are like....."who me?"

Cloudflare is over the moon because its pro-privacy 1.1.1.1 DNS service got a clean bill of health from everyone's favorite auditor – KPMG

jonnycando

Cloudflare may be secure but its not speedy...at all...thats been my observation at least

Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass

jonnycando

I just think this foldable display thing is desperation for ideas on the part of the manufacturers/designers.......and it's just never going to be a durable thing.

Oh ****... Sudo has a 'make anyone root' bug that needs to be patched – if you're unlucky enough to enable pwfeedback

jonnycando

I gotten a plethora of updates here lately.....Linux boxes, MacOS boxes......I guess they were ALL updates to Sudo.

How much cheese does one person need to grate? Mac Pro pricing unveiled

jonnycando

Just a thought.....

Perhaps I might find the now obsolete trash can model at a fire sale price now that these are available.....or not....

How bad is Catalina? It's almost Apple Maps bad: MacOS 10.15 pushes Cupertino's low bar for code quality lower still

jonnycando

Re: Apple is deprecating Macs

"HildyJ

Unhappy

Apple is deprecating Macs

It seems clear that Apple doesn't really care about Macs and they really wish they'd just switch to iPads. Their hardware "developments" barely qualify as refreshes and are getting more and more drawn out. Their software development is focussed almost entirely on iOS. They have given up on competing with Microsoft. For a company which was once innovative, it's sad."

They may be doing that, but I hope not.....fwiw my macs are somewhat obsolete so are stuck with an earlier version of MacOS and for the moment that might be a good thing.

jonnycando

Re: No problems here!

NO problems for me either....well none of my macs will even take Catalina, they are stuck at an earlier version...but my phone and my watch are beta devices with latest betas and they are running well....grant you, I don't explore every feature the devices offer so I may not stumble onto every bug....but I have stumbled onto few here lately. I even am privvy to a few beta apps and am lucky they work given that they may have been written by just anyone....

Linux Journal runs shutdown -h now for a second time: Mag editor fires parting shot at proprietary software

jonnycando

Re: Yes , there are a few in print

Magazines with really meaty information just can't last in a national full of technoilliterates.

Here's to beer, without which we'd never have the audacity to Google an error message at 3am

jonnycando

Not a professional.......

But I do like breaking OS's.....and I do......verbose boots let the errors scroll by, and yes.....Google is a great help sorting out the messes I might make.

What's that? Uber isn't actually worth $82bn? Reverse-gear IPO shows the gig (economy) is up

jonnycando

Re: Efficient Market

Ummm...yeah, cyclists are indeed a separate species. Not that there's anything wrong with that.....

Sinister secret backdoor found in networking gear perfect for government espionage: The Chinese are – oh no, wait, it's Cisco again

jonnycando

Keep moving...nothing to see here....

What the difference is, is intent.....CIsco makes backdoors because they are incompetent. Huawei makes backdoors because the Chinese government tells them to do it.

Ok Google, please ignore this free tax filing code so we can keep on screwing America

jonnycando

Well, my income is sufficiently complicated that it precludes the use of Free File altogether...but i can't say that I would ever have any problem finding the service...Google will tell you exactly what you want to know, you just have to know how and what to ask. And El Reg's article does point that out indirectly.

Breathe in hardware, and exhale cloud: IBM stretches its revenues, profits... in the downward dog position

jonnycando

IBM is done....stick a fork in it....their relentless effort to dump knowledgeable people and replace them with millenials who had no experience has come home to roost and there is no way forward to rebuild IBM. It's over....all but the fire sale.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

jonnycando

Re: Yay landfill! or not.......

Well since all several of my devices are post 2010 AND regularly updated I should be either not or only mildly inconvenienced. That said I do buy new devices now and then...the hardware seems to be designed to wear out in a couple years of constant use.

Hands up who isn't fighting Oracle in court? HPE, for now, as Solaris support sueball tossed

jonnycando

Oh how i wish Sun had never seen or heard from Oracle....it was rape and nothing else. Sad sad sad

Sprint, T-Mobile US sitting in a tree, M-E-R-G-I-N-G

jonnycando

Sprint dual mode phones WILL jump to GSM if the phone plan allows it. When I go into Canada it joins Rogers which is GSM...step across the border again, and it's back on CDMA. All they will need is a PRL that tells the phone that TMO networks on GSM and whatever roaming partners there are OK to lock onto and use. Obviously you could not switch modes while in call though.

Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

jonnycando

I'm on 10.13.5 beta 2 and it's running OK for me. Rendering video takes an age...but it is a several year old mini mac.....and overall I can't complain.

Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password

jonnycando

I configured a root password AGES ago, perhaps way back when MacOS X was a new thing! Really who would fail to do such trivial security work?.........uh........forget I asked..........

Twitter resets passwords

jonnycando

Hmm, Twitter say they've not been hacked...yet, the dark web offer includes current accounts? Well then if they weren't hacked, the data was handed over.

But, this is going to be the new normal. Two factor authentication for everything and that may not be effective eventually. To get into my system at work from my laptop at home, it's got a nifty two factor setup. I've an app on my phone, that the moment I try to log in sends a push notice. "are you logging in at boffowidgets.com?" I can say yes, and I get logged in...I say no and the browser window closes. Of course the IT department makes sure I change my PW monthly, and has rules about how to construct it. To my knowledge the mainframe has never been hacked, though occasional spam makes it's way into corporate email.

Patch alert! Easy-to-exploit flaw in Linux kernel rated 'high risk'

jonnycando

Re: Let the games begin...

I'll stick with Linux. Rest of you go to windoze!

Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

jonnycando

Hmmm....I installed it on my 6S Plus...and everything went swimmingly. I got lots of memory though so it wasn't crammed trying to get it on there.

Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

jonnycando

I am suprised Apple can even search employee baggage at all. In my line of work, such activity has been ruled an illegal search. They can ask for us to show what we have, but we are within our rights to decline. And they can take no action if we do decline.

Oh no, EE! More UK mobile customers face sluggish roaming abroad

jonnycando

Just like USA

Here we usually enjoy free roaming, but often at 1xRTT or HSDPA speeds, and very limited MB. Sprint for it's part have LTE roaming agreements here and there...but you really have to have zero home signal before you can gain access to any of it. It is a fact though, that free roaming is not free, and the cost is built into your monthly rates. If we want all we can eat on any network, it seems...we will pay for it despite any assurances of "free roaming." It should have been recognized by the EU that there still ain't no free lunch, and you cannot legislate it. Somebody is going to pay regardless.

Google paying Apple BEEELLIONS to stay search top dog on iDevices, say analysts

jonnycando

No need for them to pay....

I find all other attempts at a search engine wanting for various reasons...so Google it is. I'd use it even if they weren't paying to be default. And well, even they have come up lacking once in a while, but less often than oh....say....Bing. Which is from microsoft, which makes it dead on arrival.

Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

jonnycando

Re: Holy Grail

Hmmm....efficiently, well can't argue that point, but safely? Well, where there's firmware there's hackers....so safety is well.....hoped for.

Russian RATs bite Handbrake OSX download mirror

jonnycando

That goodness MAC OS is a UNIX, so users can actually remove this puppy with a a few keystrokes in the terminal command line.

So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

jonnycando
Facepalm

Nothing new here...

Microsoft have long had great ability to put foot in mouth, and then pretend it wasn't there.

US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags

jonnycando
Mushroom

Re: Stupid bastards

So, we're effed, in the meantime, it'll be fun to tear stuff up! And now where that bomb was dropped, the soil is fluffed up and ready for planting poppies. That's what they grow over there after all!

Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

jonnycando
Devil

I have a better way.....dig shallow hole....toss in wood, charcoal and something incendiary to facilitate lighting....set afire, when reduced to hot glowing coals, wrap food in tinfoil, place in coals and cook. When food done, eat!

It's happening! It's happening! W3C erects DRM as web standard

jonnycando
FAIL

Ummm

So this plugin was written by......people? Well, of course it will be broken by other people! What one may build another tears down. That's how all this works in the Interwebs!

Family of technician slain by factory robot sues everyone involved

jonnycando
Mushroom

Alternatively...

Death to all robots....hire people to replace them.

Google mass logout riddle deepens: OAuth token fumble blamed

jonnycando

Hmmm....

Didn't hit me.....but I'd probably not have noticed....just would've logged back in.

Uber is watching your smartphone's battery charge

jonnycando
Mushroom

It won't be long now.....

Before Uber and perhaps Lyft will be seen to be the evil devils that they are and finally put out of business. You'd think drivers jumping ship would be enough, but I guess some folks LIKE to be abused!

Who will banish spy-cam drones from US skies? The FAA doesn't want to do it. EPIC disagrees

jonnycando
FAIL

If some agency does not cough up necessary regulations....

I shall reserve the right to shoot down any drone flying about my property.

Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

jonnycando
Thumb Up

Flatley and crew a good choice

Since we in the eastern States are mostly Irish at least . The whole country is Irish on St Patrick's day. That's the law.

How Apple exploded Europe's crony capitalism

jonnycando

There are always gonna be people in it for themselves....but on the average capitalism is the best way to go....at least that way everyone can be in it for themselves, or not. Choice is good. Steve Jobs did upset the apple cart and focus on the delight of the end user. But he is gone, and likely his vision with him. But as many people as there are in this world, there will be another one along any second...but he might not work for Apple!

Verizon is gonna axe its 'unlimited' data hogs

jonnycando

Hmmm, shades of well....typical behavior

Verizon does it's damnedest to get rid of EVERY customer at some time or another. After sulking away, and finding you a better deal, maybe even one where unlimited really is not limited in any fashion they beg you to come back....What? Come back and be abused some more? I want Verizon bankrupted and I don't care how it happens. I want it now!

El Reg just saved your Wikipedia Xmas

jonnycando
WTF?

Arrgh

I will read Wikipedia, and occasionally do a minor edit. But never again will they see a dime of my money!

Yahoo! says! hackers! stole! ONE! BEELLION! user! accounts!

jonnycando

I deleted my account months ago...if miscreants got the credentials....they don't work anymore...and any info stored therewith has also changed and is no longer valid. I had different reasons to cancel than security but, for security's sake I am glad I did it.

Who killed Pebble? Easy: The vulture capitalists

jonnycando
Unhappy

Sigh

I have deleted the Pebble app from my phone and turned off the watch. I don't want to look at it and see it do less and less.

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