* Posts by Naich

120 posts • joined 6 Jul 2007


BBK mixed-grill realness: Realme's pair of 7s are two more reasons not to spend over £300 on a smartphone


Realme 6 is good

I've got one and I have constantly been impressed with its performance. It also seems to get regular OS updates, which is unusual for a cheap Chinese phone. The battery typically lasts 2 days and having NFC on a cheap phone is great.

Onwards! To the airport and adventure! And this rather lachrymose Linux screen



Is it Windows' ubiquity that means you see more crashes, or that Windows crashes more so you see more crashes?

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'


Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

They certainly can contain the letter "O", and I've had two cars with it. The only letters excluded are I and Q.

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects


The people at NASA can't solve that problem and I'm pretty sure they aren't suggesting that their policy will solve that problem.

A problem they CAN solve is that they feel some names are inappropriate. You might disagree, but what they name things is up to them, surely? You aren't getting harmed in any way, so why not just let them use names they are more comfortable with rather than going all gammon about PC gone mad?

See you after the commercial breakdown: Cert expiry error message more entertaining than the usual advert tripe

Black Helicopters

Red triangle programs

I remember that programs on Ch4 marked with a red triangle promised much but delivered little. From the amount of fuss at the time, you would have thought the programs would involve all sorts of hairy (or shaved) shenanigans, but it was invariably some interminably dull foreign-subtitled dross with a flash of hairy minge half way through.

Thought you'd addressed those data-leaking Spectre holes on Linux? Guess again. The patches aren't perfect


Re: Remove high accuracy timers?

Ha! Nanosecond timers? When I wrote my JS script for a space invaders game back in 2004, the timers in a browser couldn't be guaranteed to resolve less than 28mS. You youngsters and your fancy nanosecond timers...

Bloodhound gang hits 1,010kph, retreats to lab to work on smashing the land speed record


Think smarter

Wouldn't it be easier to get a jet aircraft that can do 1000 MPH, put wheels on the top and fly it upside-down?

Interpol: Strong encryption helps online predators. Build backdoors



"deploying strong encryption helps paedophiles" should read "deploying strong encryption helps everyone". In other news, some people are paedophiles.

Boris Brexit bluff binds .eu domains to time-bending itinerary


Re: Out of curiosity ...

I'm typosquatting leave,eu and I bought thebrexitparty.eu to piss Nigel off.

Nominet continues milking .uk registry cash cow with 4 per cent price rise for... what exactly?


Re: Not-for-profit, my arse it is

I'm moving all my domains from 123-reg to Mythic Beasts. I trust them not to try and scam me.

Geo-boffins drill into dino-killing asteroid crater, discover extinction involves bad smells, chilly weather, no broadband internet...


Re: Hooray for science!

For god's sake, don't tell Donald.

JavaScript tracking punks given a thrashing by good old-fashioned server log analytics


Re: Webalizer is BACK!

I still use it.

ReactOS 'a ripoff of the Windows Research Kernel', claims Microsoft kernel engineer


Re: Is there any reason to suppose this latest accusation is any more plausible?

Depends how many and how much the same they are. It wouldn't be at all surprising if two macros that did the same thing ended up being called the same thing by two independent developers. In a huge code base that's going to happen a lot. Are there any statistics or is it just one bloke saying "it's a lot"?

Finally in the UK: Apollo 11 lands... in a cinema near you


Re: Amazing...

Found one!

UK's planned Espionage Act will crack down on Snowden-style Brit whistleblowers, suspected backdoored gear (cough, Huawei)


It's not anonymous - your ballot paper has a serial number on it which is linked to the register. They are only linked in cases of suspected fraud and with a court order.

MI5 slapped on the wrist for 'serious' surveillance data breach


IPA prediction

As one of the people who made comments in the IPA consultation saying it would be abused, can I just say "I TOLD YOU FUCKING SO".

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system


find is your friend

These days I tend to use find for anything simpler than doing stuff in the current directory. You can make sure that it's getting exactly the files you want and then add "-exec..." to do the work on them.

UK's ICO slaps £120k fines on Arron Banks' insurance biz and Leave.EU campaign


Read it

This is the leaflet in PDF form:


Looking at it now, it seems very reasonable and understated.

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc


I'm typosquatting at leaveu.eu. I occasionally post replies on their twitter feed to misdirect people there.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


Re: It's an age thing...

As a jaded 51 year old who always thought CYOA was pointless, I quite enjoyed the Black Mirror episode. But that was purely because the CYOA aspect was an integral part of the story line. The trouble is that you can only do that once, so CYOA is now back to being pointless and shit for any future reincarnations.

US bitcoin bomb threat ransom scam looks like a hoax say FBI, cops


Re: Just wondering here ?

My understanding is that while the transactions are (necessarily) public, there is nothing in the transaction to link it to an actual person. It's only when they try to turn the bitcoins into something real that there is any chance of finding out who owns them. e.g. they buy something that is delivered to an address.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing


That's not a "Save" button, that's a "Set domains to autorenew for 1 year" button. You have to change them to "Off" and then exit the page without clicking anything else.

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...


Re: Important 'cause...

It's pointless trying to guess what has the least harm. A child is lighter and more resilient so hitting it instead of an older person might do less harm overall. And that child might grow up to be the next Hitler or Nigel Farage, so the car might be doing us all a favour by killing it anyway. Why not just calculate the action with the lowest speed of impact and do that?

Google taking action against disguised code in Chrome Web Store


Unreadable code

What about code that isn't actually obfuscated, but it just written so badly that no one can understand it? Asking for a friend.

Meet Asteroid, a drop-in Linux upgrade for your unloved smartwatch


Re: Garmin rock, but for the budget conscious

Budget, you say? If you want a budget smartwatch look at the DZ-09 for less than a tenner.

Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today


Re: Murky water

The Obama campaign used supporters who contacted their friends. How is this in any way similar to what CA are doing? Hardly "black arts" is it?

YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties


It's the principle rather than the money

I cycle to work when I can and invested in a cheap lid cam to record dickheads who become outraged at the fact I exist. I found it cathartic to put videos of them on YT and make a few pennies from their behaviour. When I say pennies, I mean pennies - last year I earned 48p, but it's the principle that counts. I might have just had a near death experience with a knob in a BMW, but at least it will partly pay for a packet of peanuts.

The plucky local Mom 'n’ Pop phone maker faces death


It's a bit odd

I think everyone must be dazzled by the headlights of Samsung and Apple. If you look around a bit you can find really good spec phones for a fraction of the price. I bought an Elephone S8 from Gearbest for 175 quid and it's brilliant. It's got a gorgeous 6" 2560 x 1440 screen, Helio X25 Deca Core 2.5GHz processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Its 21MP camera isn't quite as good as it should be, but it's still better than a budget phone one and other than that I was amazed at how good the phone is.

No 'Pai-day' for India: nation to adopt strict network neutrality


Re: Ajit Pai

The strength of feeling against net neutrality was so strong that even dead people were coming out against it.

World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking


No regrets

I had a vasectomy a few years back after our second kid and I've no regrets. It's brilliant being able to shoot blanks without worrying about the consequences. Actually, I had two vasectomies because the first one didn't work. The second time he gave it some extra cauterisation and as he disappeared in a cloud of smoke I heard him say "that should stop them".

Hackers can track, spoof locations and listen in on kids' smartwatches


Re: "here is no financial incentive for any firm to implement IoT security : "

The sort of person who buys their kid a smartwatch for safety reasons is the sort of person who will go absolutely apeshit if they found out that it would be possible for paedophiles to hack them. All it needs is a few scare stories in the tabloids and people will be more wary of buying IoT crap.

VPN logs helped unmask alleged 'net stalker, say feds


Re: Interesting, very interesting

Three kinds - those that you set up yourself, which you know don't keep logs.

We don't need another hero: Huawei overtakes Apple – even without a big-hitter


Re: Phone recommendation

> Xiaomi Redmi 4X Pro..

Won't work with the O2 network.

No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea


£658 for a smart watch?

I paid 1/100th of that for mine. The DZ09 is £10 on Amazon but I bought mine on Gearbest for £6.50. It's a colour touchscreen smart watch that can make calls if you put a SIM in it. OK, it's not quite as stylish or waterproof as the Apple version, but it is just as marginally useful.

Mappy days! Ordnance Survey offers up free map of UK greenery


I couldn't see the actual link in the article.


No super-kinky web smut please, we're British


Re: Yep, that'll work

Hmm... it's not working. Better blacklist all sites and then whitelist the ones that are OK. Expect the bill for this in about 2019.

Amnesty International accuses tech giants of battery bastardry


> The only way to stop it is to shoot those doing it

What? This is not a unique problem and that's not the only way to stop it. Blood diamonds are a similar problem and we have taken steps (usually without shooting people) to combat the problem. Obviously there's no guaranteed solution but there are things that can be done which can help. If the problem is secrecy in metal trading then the obvious answer would be to make it more transparent.

Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward


Re: Does it still hate the user?

> I would also still avoid GIMP at all costs

Luckily it doesn't cost anything, so my advice would be don't listen to the haters and give it a go.

Ho ho hosed: Asian biz malware pwns air-gaps, thousands of Androids


Sounds like utter bollocks to me. I could have all the malware in the world on my phone, blasting out sounds, heating and cooling itself, or any other method of crossing an air gap, but unless the air-gapped device has associated receiving malware already on it, nothing is going to happen,

New gear needed to capture net connection records, say ISPs


Money well spent

So the ISPs will be spending 100s of millions of pounds on a system that doesn't work if someone uses a free VPN which takes seconds to set up.


Re: bill separately itemised as "Conservative Government Snooping Tax"

"All parties oppose snooping when they are in opposition and then magically they all think its a good idea when they are the ones doing the snooping. Basically they are all as bad as each other"

Except for the LDs, who actually stopped this bill proceeding while they were in coalition.

Grow up, judge tells EFF: You’re worse than a complaining child

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Cat discovers GNOME desktop bug


Re: My Daughter is Smarter than a cat.

Your daughter sounds smarter than you, if you let her loose on your computer logged in as you. I gave both my sons their own logins so they could happily wreak havoc without affecting anyone else.

Global warming stopped in 1998? No it didn't. If you say that, you're going to prison


Re: Interesting law to apply

"Or maybe the lefties just can't handle facts and do what they always do: try to shut down anyone that does not put their ideology ahead of reality. That's the sort of mindset that tries to use RICO laws to shut down any discussion."

Nah, you get downvoted when you spout a load of old bollocks.

WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France


Re: Rainbow Warrior

So the acts of the French secret service against an environmental group paves the way for the logical step of the US security agency spying on French companies in order to gain a financial advantage? Not sure I follow you there.

This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz


Re: Messed UP!

Stopping pirating is not the only reason they use DRM, perhaps not even the primary one. DRM means that their content will only be watchable on devices that have been approved by them. How many DVD/Bluray players let you skip the adverts or copyright notices that have been marked as unskippable? DRM lets them precisely control how every single player works, regardless of manufacturer. You cannot legally produce a player that they have not authorised. They can piss you off with unskippable bullshit until you want to kick in the TV, and what can you do about it? Crack the DRM to make it bearable? That's illegal, you horrible pirate. Sit back and take it like a law abiding citizen.

You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...


Re: So, 2015

It's been the year of the Linux desktop in our house since about 2008. It's been the year of the Linux desktop in my parent's house since 2012.

Australia to block piracy sites if Big Content asks nicely in court


Unless there will be representations from the owner of the site that is to be blocked, then any evidence given is worthless, as it cannot be challenged.

Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant cancelled



"Hydroelectric dams produce significant amounts of carbon dioxide and methane, and in some cases produce more of these greenhouse gases than power plants running on fossil fuels."

Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think


What a load of apologetic nonsense. "You are reminded that under GCHQ’s offensive material policy, the dissemination of offensive material is a disciplinary offence,” oh, how nice of them not to upload the nudey pics they look at to /r/gonewild. That makes it perfectly OK for them to gawp at random people's webcam images. And so on. I was going to pick the whole article apart, but it's just more of the same hand-waving dismissals of perfectly valid concerns.



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