* Posts by Pookietoo

759 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Mar 2012


Cleanup on aisle C: Tesco app back online after attack led to shopping app outages


Re: Who said they were 'hacked' ?

It seems likely that they detected some sort of interference and hit the big red button while they identified and cleaned up the affected areas. Maybe caught a ransomware attack before it had caused irreparable damage (or paid the ransom and secured the systems).


Re: Non story - the press tried to big up to another fuel shortage..

Officially yeah, but there are still plenty of people at higher risk who aren't prepared to gamble with their lives.

Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room



It had better not be foil-backed plasterboard.

UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT


Re: Eh?

Perhaps the thumbdown didn't agree that later systems are vulnerable? But those are the affected systems reported at www.ccn-cert.cni.es

Huzzah! Doctor Who comes to Playmoverse


Re: These figures...


Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you


Re: it costs me $0 per month

Except when you average the purchase cost over the life of the drive ...

UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned


Re: my consent is suddenly assumed to be in place again

Surely your consent would be a part of your record, which this non-local A&E would be able to see, but not change?

Bitcoin child abuse image pervs will be hunted down by the IWF


Re: maybe this is already happening

Don't you think regular steganography offers a simpler method applicable to a much wider range of data exchanges?


Re: Attention: Just a question, not a serious proposal

The MPAA figure assumes that the pirates' clients would otherwise have paid (and ignores those who download "unofficial content" but then buy the authentic Blu-Ray, vinyl etc.) and everyone else thinks that's silly. Are you proposing extending the sicko pervs' audience by introducing a class of casual paedos who watch but don't pay? I'm not sure that's the desired effect.

EasyDoc malware adds Tor backdoor to Macs for botnet control


"transform your laptop into a botnet"

That sounds like powerful magic.

Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out


Re: keeping i686 codepaths working

i686 is too recent for some of my hardware anyway. :-)


Re: Intel does not make "cheap"

My Intel Android tablet was cheap because Intel was paying manufacturers to make them, to try to get a foot in the door of the tablet market. I don't know if they're still engaged in this folly.


Re: there's always FreeBSD

There will probably be people back-porting stuff from newer GNU and Linux releases to keep 32-bit environments somewhat up-to-date, in a "security fixes but no new features" sort of way. In many embedded situations it may not matter that updates aren't available anyway - it it ain't broke don't fix it.


Re: 64-bit capable Pentium 4 CPUs

P4 was a nasty evolutionary cul-de-sac, does anyone actually choose to run these today when old Intel Core systems are cheap as chips? I have some earlier Pentium systems (and some even older) for which I might conceivably find a use, sitting in a corner quietly doing something low-powered or attached to a specific piece of hardware, but really Raspberry Pi has made most of those obsolete too.

Australia's ABC suspends presenter over 'Wi-Fi is dangerous' claims


Re: Don't think WIFI is as dangerous as

Driving while using a cellphone.

Walking while texting.

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push


Re: precedent has been set

ITYF precedent doesn't get set by the lower courts. And anyway I think you'll not easily replicate the circumstances that made up that particular case.

Win 10 has Update date


Re: Don't foget this trick

Seems like unnecessary hassle - if they were going to make Windows 10 a must-have "upgrade" wouldn't they have done something about it by now, rather than just trying to trick punters into installing it as a "security update"? Windows 7 is in extended support until January 2020 - won't you be buying a new machine by then, with the obligatory Windows installation, anyway?

Magnetic, heat scanners to catch Tour de France electric motor cheats


Re: after a motor was found in her bike's frame

There's some doubt that it was actually her bike, and I've not seen proof that she ever used it.


Re: another 2g decrease in weight

There's a minimum weight limit for competition bikes, so no point shaving off grammes.


Re: Let's face it. Bikes need some new technology

The UCI is all about restricting new technology - their rulebook is an OCD control freak's dream. Were it not for the UCI's interference, cyclists would probably be riding aerodynamic missiles with regenerative braking, rather than the basically Edwardian things that they have now.

Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces


Re: you will never become interested

I've recently been fiddling with Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and as a side effect I've been doing more electronics stuff than I have in decades.


Re: Electronics as a hobby has reduced

But there's a boom in things like Raspberry Pi and 3D printers - they should be able to surf that wave, if they could resist applying their usual ridiculous markup that makes them embarrassingly uncompetitive with UK online sellers, let alone Chinese suppliers.

Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank


Re: second person plural

"We" is first person plural.

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug


Re: Sale of Goods Act 1979

The Sale of Goods Act 1979 was superseded by the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?


Re: Bad drivers can be found in any vehicle type.

But a beige Rover 600 should be given a wide berth.


Re: 30-second loop, continuing for five seconds

I think that may not be long enough in a multiple pile up, and I'm not sure that airbag deployment is the best indicator of an event either.


Re: Isn't using headphones .... an offence?

How about turning up the ICE in a double-glazed car?


Re: they don't seem to have the faintest clue

That's fine, because as soon as there's a whiff of prosecution they'll be calling in legal and technical experts on both sides to sort out what happened and what matters.


Re: reluctant to use their mobile phones right after a crash

Why would they be reluctant? Their call will be recorded and logged by the emergency call centre, so unless people are in the habit of calling to say they’ve been in an accident before it happens ...

Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot


Re: hand it in at the nearest police station

And when they find something illegal on it, who are they going to invite to assist with their enquiries?


Re: attempts at breeching systems

So what happens once they're wearing trousers?


Re: run the USB drivers in a separate protection ring

But how do you tell a rogue USB stick that mimics an HID from a genuine HID?

How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...


Re: Patch Tuesday? Now if only I could prevent Nvidia from updating.

Did you try just setting permissions on the installed driver files to read-only? (I have no idea how WU would treat that - I don't use Windows any more.)

April Fool decries Blighty's dodecaquid


Re: why my trouser pockets fail

I tend to live in (proper, not "fashion") combat trousers, their pockets are many, capacious and robust.

'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca


Re: Seems unlikely ... sat in someone's inbox

Were the slurped files on the mail server, or did they use the compromised mail server to access a separate document management system?

Brits rattle tin for 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car


Re: what the difference is between this article, and this one

I didn't read this one.

Legion of demons found in ancient auto medical supply dispensing cabinets


Re: Option 2, stick with WindowsXP

Upgrade the PC hardware, run XP virtualised and have the host SW keep a very close eye on network behaviour?

Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty


Re: painting a give-way line

Experience tends to suggest that people drive more carefully and considerately in this sort of setting with as few traffic signs and road markings as possible. It's only the extreme idiots like the one in the story who need lines to keep inside (although they tend not to manage even that - what is it with all these drivers who can't stop before the stop line at junctions, or keep inside the lane markings on bends?)

Go nuts, brother: Ubuntu 16.04 beta – no more auto data-spaffing


Re: What happens next?

Architectural features, starting with Aspirational Architrave.


Re: And yet it still sucked

I used it a couple of times, then installed Synaptic. Apparently that's still available in 16.04, so no problem.


Re: the mouse can't be moved ... fixing the cable to the desk

You don't carry a mouse with you? If I'm going to be using someone else's machine I put a trackball in my bag.

Infosec miscreants are peddling malware that will KO your router


Re: What Security?

It sound as if it relies on people not disabling remote login. :-o

Spanish launch heroic bid to seize Brit polar vessel


Re: anyone still around from 1741

I think it's more likely the Falklands connection that was considered offensive.

Bloke coughs to leaking US military aircraft blueprints to China


Re: The other hate I have is gotten

I think "gotten" is archaic English, like some other Americanisms. The ugliness of "get"/"got"/"gotten" is best avoided by using an appropriate alternative in many cases, although it is acceptable in a few.

Tired of Windows 10 phoning home? Maybe the special Chinese govt version is for you


Re: When she shuts it down

I wouldn't use that machine before it's been thoroughly sanitized with a stack of anti-malware apps, or freshly installed on a wiped hard drive.

Met police commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks



I'm not talking about how a device looks to someone on the internet - most home users are behind NAT routers that make them appear to have a single public IP address. But we know that, they're on a LAN based on that router so they're technically "not supported" for internet banking purposes.


Re: didnt even ask for the telephone number they called from

What would be the point of asking for a spoofed caller ID?



It doesn't have to be Wi-Fi - for a start anyone connecting through a device that has an address in one of the IPV4 private ranges (10.n.n.n 172.16-31.n.n 192.168.n.n) is clearly using a LAN. It would be interesting to know what First Direct thinks a LAN is. A journalist should ask them why they're excluding the majority of their users from support.

Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours


Re: Not surprising

Properly fix the link:

the Urban Dictionary needing to be deleted from IBM Watson's input set

Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs


Re: Statutory Warranty on most Apple hardware is 6 years

That's not true - you have six years from the date of purchase to make a claim against a seller, but items that might reasonably be expected to have a shorter lifetime don't have six years of cover. If the court decides that an iGadget has an expected lifetime of four years and yours fails after five years the six years is irrelevant. Even if it fails after three years you can only expect to be reimbursed a quarter of the purchase price.