* Posts by PeeKay

73 posts • joined 18 Oct 2012


Who cares what Apple's about to announce? It owes us a macOS x86 virtual appliance for non-Mac computers


For use on Apple-branded Systems

"They're also problematic because Apple's T&Cs for macOS only permit the software to run on actual Macs"

It's says the subject line at the top of the first page of the Mojave legal terms. I've always assumed that slapping one of those Apple stickers that you used to get a lot of would cover that. /s

Chromium devs want the browser to talk to devices, computers directly via TCP, UDP. Obviously, nothing can go wrong

Black Helicopters


Justin Schuh has a 'past life in USMC/NSA/CIA' - not sure this guy is entirely trustworthy - is it no wonder they want access to internal devices?

This will end with Chrome and it's derivatives being banned from my networks.

Physical locks are less hackable than digital locks, right? Maybe not: Boffins break in with a microphone


Re: Security Locks for the win

Probably due to the inductance caused by drawing the magnets (in the key and lock) over a metal surface (again, the key and lock). Using different metallic materials would reduce the "signal" I would imagine, but it's an interesting idea and I might just plug in my SDR and run a couple of experiments to check.


Re: So we need to upgrade the physical locks....

Just replied below - we also have the Avocet lock system. Good (secure) purchase.


Security Locks for the win

Was worried for a moment there, but it looks like my fetish for security locks has payed off. No ridges to listen to, just magnets attracting the pins instead. One key for all secure doors in the building. Nice.

Vivaldi composes sweet ad-blocking symphony for users of browser's Android version


Re: Just in time, too

> can't find a way to import Speed Dial from Opera

Isn't speed dial just another folder in your bookmarks? You should be able to export to html and import from there.

Nvidia may be mulling lopping Arm off Softbank: GPU goliath said to have shown interest in acquiring CPU design house


Re: "Also, there's tidy licensing income to be collected."

I would agree that Apple design their own Arm core based processors, I also believe this would sting Apple as they currently have some kind of beef with Nvidia (see: https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/01/18/apples-management-doesnt-want-nvidia-support-in-macos-and-thats-a-bad-sign-for-the-mac-pro)

Apple don't like to play nice with companies that they feel aggrieved by (which is business I guess).

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?


Re: Russell's Teapot

Or Elon's Tesla...

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


Re: "Intel never thrilled me" - "x86-64 isn't at all bad"

"x86-64 isn't Intel. It's AMD."

Which, for some reason, always tickled me.

Dropbox attempts to muscle into password manager market with passphrase wrangler, document vault


Re: The LAST place I'd store my passwords

"What made you ditch 1Password, out of interest?"

They went from a paid model (and I'd paid for all of their apps on win/mac/phone/etc) to a subscription model exclusively. I moved - they then re-started to offer a much more expensive perpetual licence - so they lost a customer.

Happy to pay for features. Not a full price subscription for a password manager though.

KeePass - I used that for some time, but found that what was great on one platform was god-damned awful on another - no consistency.


The LAST place I'd store my passwords

Dropbox has added to their board Condoleezza Rice - of ex-US-Secretary of State fame (https://www.theverge.com/2014/4/11/5605734/dropbox-ceo-defends-adding-condoleezza-rice-to-board) - this alone gives me the heebie-jeebies.

I've been using Bitwarden for a couple of years now after I looked for a subscription replacement for 1Password. Never looked back, pay the yearly fee, and I can host my own Bitwarden server if I ever want to - all passwords controlled locally. A much better solution IMHO.

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors


Re: WTF?

My mother worked in a local post office and both she and the postmaster were accused of theft based on Horizon and Fujitsu evidence. Both lost their jobs because of it - but both proclaimed their innocence until they passed.

They will never know about this sadly - however, the families who remain do - and cannot do anything about it either.

eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?


Re: This is not okay

> The problem is not that eBay uses this, the problem is that javascript allows it.

And because of these issues with Javascript, I've turned to uMatrix (https://github.com/gorhill/uMatrix) to control them all. JS can come into the browser, but does not always leave (depends on MY rules). Can recommend (for most Chrome based browsers and Firefox).

If American tech is used to design or make that chip, you better not ship it to Huawei, warns Uncle Sam


Re: Also Microsoft

The fact is like brexit the trump election was a sign of voter desperation after they were manipulated via social media.

Actually, I believe it was the LACK of democratic process when the Maastricht Treaty was signed that drove Brexit. Once the British public got their chance to vote on that issue, we did - with the expected result.

I note that the EU project is doing awfully well at the moment too...

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42


And there I am just finishing all 5 books in time for the answer. Nice.

No horrific butterfly keys on this keyboard, just you and your big, dumb fingers


Leap Motion comes to mind

Seeing the 'bones' on the woman's hand made me think of Leap Motion, which I would imagine could pretty much do what's being shown. See https://www.ultraleap.com/product/leap-motion-controller/.

Complete with keyboard and actual, literal, 'physical' escape key: Apple emits new 16" $2.4k+ MacBook Pro


Previously, with Apple

"Our pro customers tell us they want their next MacBook Pro to have..."

Thing is, they already had an ESC key before Apple took it away. Guess the increased price reflects the 'additional' key...

Transport for London Oyster system pulled offline after credential-stuffing crooks board customers' accounts


I use OTP Auth and have 26 distinct sites with 2FA (Google Auth) on it. They are out there...

NordVPN rapped by ad watchdog over insecure public Wi-Fi claims


Handing out security information voluntarily.

The article quotes the following:

Disagreeing, the ASA acknowledged in a public ruling that while "such data threats could exist", it "considered the overwhelming impression created by the ad was that public networks were inherently insecure and that access to them was akin to handing out security information voluntarily."

Does the ASA know the difference between privacy and security based information? It appears not.

Windows Subsystem for Linux distro gets a preening, updated version waddles into Microsoft's app store


Re: Is it wrong.

'Is it pronounced Peng-win'

That guy from Peng-Life is gonna be well chuffed.

Guess who's working on a health data-slurping digital tool? Bzzt! Nope, it's the UK Department for Work and Pensions


Should be more concerned about iGPR

Reading about iGPR, these guys are in bed with the insurance industry. The suggestion being that they scan through patient records, and insurers can spot genetic/cancer type issues from our medical records. Now, I'm not saying the insurance companies would do anything with our life/medical insurance premiums, but this is the insurance industry after all...

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign


Re: Office 365

Shouldn't it be Office 360?

Best one I've heard is Office 404 - Application not Found

Found yet another plastic nostalgia knock-off under the tree? You, sir, need an emulator


Re: Seems a bit odd

"Splitting the product into two editions like that - a 1.3 and 3.x kickstart version."

You need both ROMs due to the fact that most older games would only work on 1.3, and newer AGA versions required 3.x.

Apple emits its much-anticipated updates to Mac, AppleTV, and iOS


Do NOT apply the WatchOS 5.1 update

Apple have pulled 5.1 update for WatchOS - however, if you're invited to install, don't. It will brick the watch (has affected a lot of people already).

I suspect it has something to do with LTE versions of the watch and the new eSIM capability...

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid


Unrooted does not mean secure

"In the three years since the Priv launched, BlackBerry has yet to see it rooted. BlackBerry wants IoT device manufacturers to adopt this as a quality mark. With so much insecure home tat flying in from China, consumers and industrial buyers need all the help they can get."

While I'd admit that all IoT things needs a hellava lot more security, being unable to root a device is not necessarily an indicator of security for your devices at home - and I wouldn't use this as a measure of how secure - ultimately - that device is (be it IoT, phones, et al).

Hackers manage – just – to turn Amazon Echoes into snooping devices


Why not just

1. Flash the firmware you want to use "Over the Air" (as Amazon already do)

2. Reboot Alexa

3. Profit

You'd then have your insert point to the rest of the network/Alexa's.

East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line


Re: It could be an EMC issue!

"Fortunately, the powerline circuits still worked"

Unfortunately, this can tend to cause the issue as PLN devices leak at the same frequencies as ADSL (as mentioned a couple of posts up).

Get rid of the Power Line Network devices and wire it up properly instead.

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone


Never take a first batch product

As has been proven time and again, having the first of a new product always breeds issues and problems. I'm sure there are others (like myself) who steer clear, and let others 'beta test' the new products first.

WPA3 is the magic number? Protocol refresh promises tighter Wi-Fi security



Hands up how many of you have had an update of the code that your ISP supplied router runs?

Hands up how many of you run a separate (secure) router INSIDE of the ISP provided one that does get upgrades?

Open Internet lovin' Comcast: Buy our TV service – or no faster broadband for you!

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Re: Verizon, too?

Managed to reduce our bill by almost half by taking the fastest VM broadband for gamers (350Mb/s down 20Mb/s up - currently) and cancelling both the TV and telephone. Didn't even have to haggle with the customer service bod when I spoke with them.

So it can be done.

Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week


Re: Which reminds me...

"how to get rid of pocket."


browser.pocket.enable false

As well as the above, I go as far as searching for pocket, and removing the URL's it visits too. Can't be too safe.

As for inbuilt ads - adverts have never been a source of malware, ever, have they? /s

Cinema voucher-pusher tells customers: Cancel your credit cards, we've been 'attacked'


Re: UK Law Must Introduce Guest Checkout

Simple solution for this already exists - use the credit card for the first time only, storing only the token returned by the payment processor - and then use that token for future payments.

I implemented a system like this in 2007...

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design


Effluent Design

Sums up their design decisions nicely.

Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?

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Would rather own a Spitfire...of course.

Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call


Indeed - at least uBlock has a fix - https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases - Gorhill has also included a hybrid which allows you to migrate your whitelist etc.

Would have liked NoScript also, and it appears that there is work underway to ensure that happens - https://forums.informaction.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=23173

Personally, I'll miss Enpass (unless the Chrome ext ports across easy enough) and that's about it - cannot find any update about their Firefox extension being updated...

Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars


For Capsule Splashdowns

Looks like it clamps the Dragon capsule to the barge for the journey home...


Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe


Re: Answer

"Print it out on a bit of paper"

Ooops! Too late - they found you. Remember that printers are recorded against users (particularly home users) much like TV sets - they also print invisible dots which can be traced back to that particular printer - supposedly to stop printing money, or something...

PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi


Re: Mac can be pawned too.

"MacOS users can breathe a sigh of relief: Kamkar's attack currently only works on Windows and Linux boxen."

Not entirely correct - Sammy demonstrates the attack (on a Mac) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aatp5gCskvk

Who killed Cyanogen?


Seems obvious...

"“A16Z” (as Andreessen Horowitz likes to call itself)"

Something to do with 16 characters betwixt A and Z perchance?

I fart in your general direction! Comet 67P lets rip on Europe's Rosetta probe


If they follow standard asteroid procedure they'll dump their garbage before they go deep solar...

Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout


Re: Not enough gain, too much pain.

"Believe it or not, the phones do last longer than two years. They don't self-destruct on their 2nd anniversary..."

Unless, of course, you have put the latest OS on the device, which then starts to crawl (when it was perfectly fine before) and enforces that 'new phone' desire...

A bit like when the washing machine dies a day after the warranty expired - planned obsolescence?

NASA tried turning lost spacecraft STEREO-B off and on again... but it didn't work. True story


Re: First world problem

"What NASA isn't telling us is that the mission was originally recorded in Dolby surround...."

Surely that would be NASA Stereo Solar Surround(tm)?

VeraCrypt security audit: Four PGP-encoded emails VANISH

Black Helicopters

Re: One time pad

"And ham/shortwave radio, that's the only way to communicate"

Sadly, it's illegal (in the UK) to send encrypted communications over the airwaves, and is likely to have the black choppers humming along shortly...

Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?


Re: What's next for Windows 10?

"Yes, I wonder how long until it won't be 'μBlock Origin for Chrome', FireFox or Opera etc., it'll just be 'μBlock Origin for Windows'..."

I'd rather is was 'μMatrix for Windows'...https://github.com/gorhill/uMatrix

Lenovo says bye-bye to key exec amid massive spring reorganisation


In Q4, Lenovo’s shipments declined 4.2 per cent to 15.38 million units

And that couldn't be anything at all to do with the spyware hidden in their BIOSes?

HSBC online services still offline following 'attack' on bank


Looked like a failed migration...

One of the pages that popped for me this morning had "SaaSMigration" as part of the URL. Moving providers perhaps?

As for the DDoS, wouldn't they see something like that from the customers themselves as they frantically attempt, and then fail, to login?

Hacked Japanese space probe sends back first pictures of Venus


Re: Wow! Just like --

Played Kerbal Space Program much to get that rocketry right? Fantastic work by those guys indeed!

Struggling to understand Docker? Let's start with a Minecraft demo


Re: How about a /working/ demo?

You need to enter that into Minecraft's console - press 'T' or '/' to bring up the chat window, and then enter the command in here.

Reference: http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Commands

Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10


Re: Wonderful :\

Two days ago I was unable to work on my Surface Pro 3 because windows decided that it was a good time to patch. The Surface was unavailable for over an hour while it did this (and it wasn't due to lack of patching). I ended up using a unix device to complete the job.

So, hating to disagree with you there fella, but the kid has a point...

Number 5 is alive! VirtualBox the fifth debuts


Re: Availability

You can find it at the top of this page: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads



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