Well, you know what happens when your old smartphone suddenly kicks the bucket and you're forced to fall back to your previous Symbian S60 smartphone (that incidentally was capable at doing literally _every_ _single_ _thing_ your "modern" smartphone could do) that just happens to still be working...? Well, for one, you WILL NOT connect to any webpages whatsoever considering they all transitioned to https in the interim, which your hopelessly-out-of-date-both-by-cyphers-and-certificates old phone will absolutely refuse to have anything to do with. Yes, even a simple Google search. Except... until you try wap.google.com WHICH WILL STILL WORK AND DELIVER YOU SEARCH RESULTS. Yes, motherfucking WAP. Yes, in 2020. Cower at the might of legacy tech, ye fucking mortals...
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Readers of a certain age will remember GPRS: Old insecure tech from turn of millennium still haunts 5G networks
Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets
Re: Fix the bugs first
I dunno about others, but as far as I'm concerned the stupid requirement of having to identify yourself with your phone number is what prevents me from using Signal - that is entirely unacceptable. On the other hand, Session looks promising, and gets rid of the central server problem too...
We do want Linux to be mainstream, don't we?
We do. But first and foremost, _I_ want my Linux box to be under _my_ absolute control and answerable to and serving absolutely nobody but _me_; that other goal can never ever be anything but subordinate to this one, full stop. There's nothing to balance here for me - in a direct conflict, maintaining control has 100% importance, increasing popularity has 0.00%.
Re: NAT is not a firewall
This is not about firewalling not being possible on IPv6 (which it clearly is) - it's about a device on a LAN being naturally impossible to reach unless you specifically take steps to make it reachable in IPv4, and the same device being naturally reachable unless you specifically take steps to prevent that in IPv6. It's not a difference of what is possible, but a bloody large (and unpleasant) difference nonetheless.
For an ideally perfect sysadmin with an ideally perfect arsenal of tools, there would be no difference between the two - but in practice I'm willing to bet it will end up mattering quite often, IPv6 leading to loads more scantily protected stuff ending up exposed to anyone with an interest than it would have on IPv4.
Tor soups up onion sites with bountiful browser bump: No more tears trying to find the secure sites you want
Re: How do you know that ?
Also, using Tor to post your life on FaceBook. Now that's ironic.
You don't know whether they actually log into it though - I've never had a Facebook account yet see myself visiting the site plenty of times seeing as how the rest of the world apparently decided old-fashioned websites are completely unnecessary even for small businesses, it's enough if you exist exclusively on Facebook...
So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise
London's Metropolitan Police flip the switch: Smile, fellow citizens... you're undergoing Live Facial Recognition
Re: Big Brother is here and he isn't going away.
That is universally true. Police everywhere around the world is the blunt end of the state's domestic power. It's not meant to protect, it's meant to suppress. Criminals just happen to be closest and the most immediate target when it swings, but by no means the only ones hit.
You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes
Re: Isn't THIS why we've got to teach 2nd-graders how to "code", rather than how to think?
These days spotting and pointing out potential (or indeed very much guaranteed) problems is aggressively shunned and called "negativism". Nobody cares who and how will deal with whatever inevitable problems turn up during the execution of a job (or indeed if anyone does at all, instead of just sweeping them under the carpet) - all management (and even your peers) ever care about is that there be no objections raised so the whole thing can be rushed out of the door before it blows up, never mind whether it's ticking or not. "This will need to be solved if that is to ever work" is simply not acceptable attitude - your job is to go out there and shout at the tide without asking questions, and it's your fault if it doesn't stop.
There HAS to be a better way, and I want off this accursed universe, over to the one where they found it.
Copy-left behind: Permissive MIT, Apache open-source licenses on the up as developers snub GNU's GPL
Nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide, muaha... Boffins build laser-eyed intelligent cam that sorta sees around corners
No Mo'zilla for about 100 techies today: Firefox maker lays off staff as boss talks of 'difficult choices' and funding
Re: Removed features
The value that using a browser offers me comes wholly and entirely from its extensions and UI, not it its engine and mostly-useless "features". Mozilla chose to ditch those, I chose not to upgrade, ever. Still looking for an adequate replacement (being which Waterfox fails at amazingly hard, lacking support for much the exact same stuff), puttering along with Palemoon (and vanilla Chromium whenever the former inevitably fails to render) until I can figure something else out. As for Mozilla, they are welcome to cry me a river, for I have zero goodwill left for them; quite the opposite, in fact.
Well no you actually kinda can. Of course, first assumption is that things normally taken for granted are actually good, but the first time you encounter something that simply shouldn't happen or is inexplicable in any way, the first thing you do is take a mental step back and ask yourself "which ones of my default assumptions would have a chance of influencing this outcome if they were to turn out false?". And then you actually check whether they are indeed valid assumptions, of course. All it takes is a mindset of taking nothing for granted if falsifying it would have a chance of influencing the phenomenon you're out of explanations for.
Re: Android updates
I'd just like to mention that buying "new" batteries can be quite a misleading endeavour - original batteries tend to get made only for a short time after a model is released, and you can find yourself buying batteries for a five years old phone that were actually manufactured... four years ago (or indeed almost 7-8 years ago, for a phone like my S2) - and you'll only realise this if you take the time to look up the manufacturers date code scheme and decode the gibberish on your "new" battery (which will be totally different than the one on the photo of the listing). They may technically be "new" but they've been sitting on a shelf for years, losing a lot of their capacity before even getting sold. Of course, non-original batteries also exist, but there you really have no idea what actually is inside anywhere from rated capacity down to wet sand...
Oh do get real
Nothing. Absolutely nothing. My W7 never ever saw any updates from day one, and I am willing to assert that I actually am competent enough to say I'm reasonably sure I'm still free of any malware all those many years later. Name your test, I'm happy to run it. Guess what, you don't need to be air-gapped from the internet (or particularly careful about what you visit...) to stay clean - as long as you do use an ad-blocker and you don't give in to every ridiculously transparent attempt to make you click on something you definitely should not. Which kinda makes the whole point of "OMG, no more updates" moot, for those of us who realised long ago that there are only two kinds of computers: those that are not perfectly secure, and those that don't yet know they are definitely not perfectly secure. That said, I know full well this is straight against the prevailing Reg doctrine so feel free to downvote full tilt - sadly I suppose, that won't make me any less secure, but it might make you feel a lot more secure than you actually are.
Admittedly deleting anything on a FAT FS under MS-DOS was a very long time ago for me, but didn't that process usually work by nuking the first letter in the filename, that you later had no way of retrieving unless you knew? No unerase tool could help you with that. I mean, *imem.sys is pretty obvious but who knows all the myriad others...?
Want to live long and prosper? Avoid pirated, malware-laden Star Wars free vid streams – and pay to watch instead
Re: Live Linux distro?
You can "run as opposed to install" Linux from a CD _because_ what you have is a live CD, meant to let you do exactly that, roughly since data CDs were a thing. Otherwise you'd be stuck staring at a text prompt asking you onto which disk you want your Linux installed, instead of just firing it up fully in RAM.
"usually turning it off means its not set for current measurement dosent it?"
Not in my experience. Most mechanical dial meters I saw very much had their own separate power button (and tended to auto-switch off even when it was a true toggle button) so you could leave them on whatever setting. Only the absolute cheapest meters choose to instead make "off" one of the settings on the dial to spare that extra cent on the extra button.
Re: Call me old fashioned
I can one-up you on that: what one business, now defunct (for completely unrelated reasons if you must know) used for multiple decades for absolutely all passwords on anything was several simple combinations of its own name and a random brand name they had on a large batch of mouse pads acquired at some point in the past. To the best of my knowledge, they were never ever compromised. Not defending the practice, mind you - I'm saying all this amidst some heavy Picard-facepalming in a "what can one get away with" sense...
Non-unicorn $700 e-scooter shop Unicorn folds with no refunds – after blowing all its cash on online ads
That's pretty much all it is these days, lots and lots (and lots and lots) of project owners never even consider making what they want to make on the funds raised, which would be a small fraction of a realistic budget anyway - they just want the metrics to throw at people with actual money to prove existing interest. That is of course not at all how they're selling it to the punters on KS, and frankly I find this business model incredibly disgusting...
Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much
Re: I couldn't in good conscience do that kind of deep analysis work to assist an ad-slinger
Perhaps not so small. I'm currently working for a pittance in an absolute shit job because I actively refused to work for a company doing something I could not accept being part of when I had to leave my previous job. I'd love something better, but not at that price.
We need not go any further than the explicit stipulation of the GDPR that websites are motherfucking forbidden to refuse service simply due to a visitor not consenting to tracking. Because 98% of all websites very much actively prevent any service unless you click "accept", and any other button (if any is present) only goes to "how to contact XYZ in the hopes of not getting tracked" or "how to disable cookies in your browser, at which point our site won't even load anymore" for the more brazenly unashamed ones. If I was a millionaire I would make a point out of suing hundreds of them to bankruptcy, and Disqus would be the first...
Re: Can someone explain.....
Network storage is not necessarily corruptible. I just had a (definitely-not-)quick and (definitely-not-)fun little romp trying to set up a "write-only" network share - you can write to it as long as you wish or until it runs out of free space, but (short of compromising that machine too) you can never alter anything already written...
Re: Surely decryption is possible...
*I'm too tired for this shit* okay, listen: if the SUN would be replaced by a black hole with an equal mass, do you know what would change over here on Earth...? Nothing. Well, save for a major problem for the solar generator plants soon followed by all kinds of related major problems for everybody else. In the same vein, it really wouldn't make any damn difference if we somehow managed to suck all of Earth's matter into a black hole the size of a pea - the rest of the solar system wouldn't give no shits whatsoever, least of all the Sun.
Re: Quality system
Ever seen one of those magician tricks where something that's supposed to be hooked inextricably through a hoop just slides apart like nobody's business...? Threading a pin through the wrong part of a big pile of coiled rope such that it doesn't, in fact, engage securely with it is probably the easiest thing in the world, and nobody will know until you actually extend all of it under tension...
Re: EM sensitivity is like UFOs
The minds of those who believe appear to be physically incapable of processing "reasoning". The only thing getting through is "gossip", sorry, "FACTS", presumably more often than not originating from Facebook posts of their equally reality-challenged peers (no, really, just walk away - they're beyond redemption).
Re: I'm having headaches
My best effort goes along the lines of "well basically it's 100% that the other guy is successfully deluding himself (even if unintentionally) but hey I won't hold this against him - that's so easy to do. And I'm willing to reconsider based on some kind of more objective proof - but nothing less.
Not to mention that regardless of how much the "neatness" of "stationary" Lagrange points might appeal to the human brain, I don't really see the fundamental difference (for, say, construction purposes) compared to the nearest Earth orbit with rare enough atmosphere to not require boosting during the lifetime of your project. Unless the capability to depart either towards the Earth or the Moon with minimal energy requirements (or staying immobile in the Earth-Moon frame) is somehow really important to you, Lagrange points don't do all that much...
I still don't understand why these don't have 9V battery attachment nubs, the way smart door locks kinda all do, instead of a traditional key as a backup. Yes, you'll still need to get hold of _something_ that outputs 9V or so (not necessarily an actual 9V battery) that might not be immediately at hand, but as this very story proves, the key might be far from readily at hand too. Plus, an "emergency" mechanical lock kinda reduces the (otherwise _potentially_ decent) security of an electrical lock you cannot reach with the ludicrous rakeability of a typical mechanical lock (or someone might just know where you keep that key, as it clearly can't be securely in the safe).
Yes, the external electrical contacts do introduce further opportunity for mischief if disabling the safe is the objective not opening it (by zapping it with high voltage), but even that could easily be worked around by internally routing the aux power input through a tiny, potted DC-DC galvanic isolation brick (costing pennies). At worst, an attack would blow that up, but the rest of the internals would be unaffected; and at any rate, one could do the same through the keypad contacts anyway so this doesn't seem to be of much concern.
And also yes, sure there could be a malfunction of the electronics or motor that would lock you out without a keyed backup - but let's be honest, that's about as unlikely as it gets, plus these safes would last a mere few minutes against someone with the authority to use physical brute force against them...