* Posts by jb99

233 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Aug 2012


This one weird trick turns your Google Home Hub into a doorstop


Re: The usual IoT crap


Some of it is useful and secure. I agree most/all of the advertised consumer stuff totally isn't and I would never have any of that,

But it's not correct to say that all IoT stuff is insecure shit.

It's probably a good assumption to take by default though.

'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption


DNS over http

is an abomination. Everything web people touch seems to be broken and awful.

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally


The only reason I'm not outraged by this is ...

that I seriously doubt it will actually happen

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms


Two projects to move away from

I have no confidence in the future of either project now.

When projects fall prey to this kind of thing, it _always_ gets worse and turns into a witch hunt where people taking fake offence use it to gain power. The product always suffers.

I'd move away from both now as this kind of thing often means the future of the product is in doubt

China will overtake America as leading AI superpower, warns ex-Google Beijing bigwig


AI Superpower?

I've not yet seen anything I would consider "AI" in any meaningful way from anyone. So I'm not too sure what this article actually means

Chrome, Firefox pull very unstylish Stylish invasive browser plugin


While the software that has been removed is bad, I have issues...

Ok, the software that has been removed is bad and I don't support it one bit.

However, I also think that the importance of having open platforms that anyone can publish their software on can't be overstated.

i'm not sure that a commercial organization should be allowed to determine what I can and can't run on my device. And as a browser supplier, these organizations are increasingly in a position to determine this.

I don't think this is healthy

Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS


Time for a new browser

This is abuse of a near monopoly by a company to push their own agenda.

It needs to be resisted with all our might.

Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...


20 years of going backwards

Amazing how 20 years alter and we have windows 10 which is a large step backwards in almost every way.

Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals


Price was only part of the problem

The main problem is that over the years they slowly transformed from an interesting small supplier of electronics components to a small but steady customer base into an expensive supplier of tat to consumers who didn't know any better.

That, and the fact that they always had someone to harass you with "hello what are you looking for?" the moment you walked into the store, but someone never had enough people manning the tills to avoid a large queue.

123 Reg suffers deja vu: Websites restored from August 2017 backups amid storage meltdown


Is it godaddy?

Is 123-reg part of godaddy?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Host_Europe_Group seems to imply that they are part of host europe which is in turn owned by godaddy? Or am I confused?

Worrying, after I got fed up with 123-reg a few years ago I started using daily.co.uk who appear, after tracking all the ownership of various companies to owned by the same group anyway and therefore I didn't really move at all :(

Java EE renamed 'Jakarta EE' after Big Red brand spat


Re: Do-over

And you could never argue against any of this because they were only following "best practice".

"Don't you want to follow "best practice"? You want to write bad code?..."

Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told


Re: Hmmm

We had a delivery wake us up at 4:50 AM a few weeks ago "because it's the only time I can find people home". I was not impressed.

Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen



I read about these a week or two ago and assumed they were a spoof. You mean they are real??

Now Oracle stiffs its own sales reps to pocket their overtime, allegedly


But then also it should work the other way round too :-

"Paying more money from time to time is perfectly normal and, in a normal company, it should not be an excuse to ask for more working hours."

Why is only one sided?

Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year


Seems to me that those who are least interested in all this wifi / cloud enabled tat are those who you might have most expected to be early adopters.

I like the idea of a lot of these things, but the implemention is abusive and beyond awful.

Fake tech support 'scam' husband and wife banned FOR LIFE from computer repair world


How to avoid the fake calls

"We have detected a virus on your computer..."

"OH! I'm SO glad you called, it's got a screen up saying that I have to send some "bitcoins" so I can access my files again. Hopw do I fix that?"

Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps


Nobody wants the windows store. Nobody wants UWP "apps".

We are perfectly happy with win32 programs thank you

Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails


Step one done

All the need to do now is remove weyland and systemd and we'll be back to the usable system we had 10 years ago. I'm still hopeful this will happen :)

Google DeepMind 'learns' the London Underground map to find best route


Is that right?

>> Journeys which required seven-step traversals were accurately given to 99.8 per cent.

All the lines intersect with the jubilee line so why are more than 2 ever necessary?

My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts


Even my basic smoke alrams are annoying

We have 4. They came with the house.

They are mains powered but have backup batteries.

I imagine the batteries last a couple of years but with 4 we end up with one of them chirping at us about every 3 months. Always at night... The old battery powered one I had used to last longer than these mains powered ones...

Also the power seems to occasionally flicker where I am about once a month. The lights imperceptably, occasionally enough to reboot a PC. But without fail it causes all of the smoke alarms to go off for a few seconds. Again, always at night.

These are modern, new alarms and they seem worse in every way than the one I had 10 years ago

Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8


This is good

This is a good thing.

It gives me a lot of confidence that mistakes that break the operating system are taken very seriously.

Sinclair fans rejoice: ZX Spectrum Vega+ to launch October 20


I'm sorry

But without a keyboard what is the point of this? It's just a poor games console

Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup


I wouldn't worry

I wouldn't worry about this.

THE EU project is falling apart, the EU won't exist in anything like it's current form in 10 years. The UK is just the first country to extract themselves from the failing mess

Come in HTTP, your time is up: Google Chrome to shame leaky non-HTTPS sites from January



I won't be using ssl for things that don't need ssl.

HPE crams unloved software down Brits' throats – then charges them $9bn to swallow it


I don't understand....

The BBC headline says "UK tech firm swoops on HP software unit in £6.6bn deal"

But it seems to me that they've "acquired" the software unit but in turn are now controlled by HP who own 51% ... So this is really HP acquires UK tech firm (but makes them pay for it....)

Totally confused.

Oracle Java copyright war latest: Why Google's luck is about to run out


All I get from this

All I get from this is "use java and we'll take you to court".

So I won't be using java.

I might be wrong. I don't care.

New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership



Every other "prediction" by the losers who wanted to stay in has proven wrong.

This one will be too.

Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell


Re: They have to be joking

I guess while they are implementing this, they are distracted from breaking anything else at least

Sky fibre down at breakfast-time across the nation


" having issues browsing,"

Um what? Does that mean their internet is broken? Sounds like they are saying people are having an issue with one function of an application that uses the internet for data.

Cats, dogs starve as web-connected chow chute PetNet plays dead


>> If you have to rely on the Internet to feed your pet, you shouldn't have a pet.

I agree in general.

And if I go away for a few days I'll arrange someone to come feel the cat.

But if I'm away overnight or maybe a weekend occasionally, it's possible to leave enough food for the cat but *better* if it's not available to him all at once.

That doesn't require an internet connected device though, just a timer :)

Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama


Can someone calculate

Can someone calculate the power output of the engines on a typical 747

And compare it with the power generated by covering it with solar cells.

That should give some idea of the energy requirements and how far away they are.

That ignores the battery problem of course.

By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate


Oh no

Three weeks ago I had one beer in the week, two weeks ago I had two beers, last week I had four beers. I therefore confidently predict that based on this trend by the end of the year I'm going to be drinking at least a million beers a week based on that trend. By easter next year we're going to have to pave over large parts of the country to be able to brew enough beer for me.... By this time next year there is no known way to make that much beer.

I'm about as worried by this as I am by the article.

Celebrated eye hospital Moorfields lets Google eyeball 1 million scans


Re: It's not ok

Well true.

If they were a for profit medical research company I'd at least feel slightly better though that it wasn't going to be used in the future to put adverts for eye drops on my web pages...


It's not ok

Giving personal medical information without permission to an *advertising company* is really not acceptable is it

Dedupe, dedupe, dedupe dedupe dedupe... Who snuck in to attack Microsoft Edge?



appears to be a hardware issue?

Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'



How did it get to April 1st so quickly. I assume this is a wind-up?

90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10


They are not comparable.

You can't compare "sales" of windows and android.

One is an actual computer operating system. The other is a kind of phone. They are not the same thing.

You might as well say that cheese is more popular than windows because people eat cheese every week.

Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity


What we need

What we need is a *simple* browser that does one thing, and that thing is render basic html. No scripting, no complex tag. it lets you read documents.

Google Chrome deletes Backspace



Well I guess I'll switch to a better browser then as they couldn't seem to care less they broke this one. Goodbye chrome.

Android Pay may, er, pay... providing it gets over security hurdle


Seemed to work

I tried it. It seemed to work at marks and spencers.

I probably won't use it again unless I forget my wallet as the card was slightly quicker and easier

Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?


We already deal with this a bit

Although total memory loss isn't as common as TV would have you believe it does exist, and as far as we know we still treat the person as the original one even though in many respects they are not.

Android Lollipop sucks at security, says researcher


What is the exploit here?

I'm struggling from reading this to understand what the issue is here.

The use installs an app. The app does what it was meant to.

Ok, the user installed an app that probably did something they didn't want it to but that's hardly android's fault.

First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds


Re: Snake Oil

Yeah sounds hard. Might as well give up now.

Google asks Unicode to look over 13 new emoji showing professional women


Unicode is ruined.

They had one job, which was to assign a few extra characters into 16bit characters instead of 7 bit ascii so more languages could be supported, and they comprehensibly failed to do just that. Unicode is basically an unusable mess and I don't see why anyone supports it.

The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole


The problem is there is nothing better.

Apple make microsoft look like saints, plus their stuff is mostly awful shiny useless tat.

Linux was a great alternative until the powers that be decided, microsoft style, to impose the steaming heap that is systemd on us, making all of the big distributions useless.

Basically there is no choice. Microsoft is awful but so is everything else so might as well use it.

Brits who live in 'smart cities' don't really know or care


Street lights

You don't turn lights on when someone is close, as many people have pointed out, that is unlikely to work. Instead you turn them off when there is no sign of anyone nearby.

Yes that won't work in a big city very well, but in a small residential area you might be able to turn the lights off for quite a few hours. It will still be irritating to people living in the houses though I suppose.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview


Ugh more pointless stuff

Get rid of this ink stuff. Nobody wants it.

Get rid of this tablet and touchscreen stuff. Nobody wants it.

Get rid of these universal apps and the stuff related to them. Nobody wants it.

Get rid of the new start menu and all the new UI stuff. Nobody wants it.

Get rid of all the online junk. Nobody wants it.

Make it all much smaller and more reliable. Stop adding pointless junk. Ugh

You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon


Looked fun until...

It turns out to be a phone game with only the possibility of being a web game maybe.

Not a proper game.

Oh well