* Posts by msknight

1186 posts • joined 28 May 2013


Software engineer leaked UK missile system secrets and refused to hand cops his passwords, Old Bailey told


Re: Possession is an offence

The sixth series of Ambulance is currently running. In it, they did talk about the significant rise in the number of mental health issues they are treating, over the last decade.

It sounds as if our society is the one in need of medial attention. Something is really wrong with the balance of things, if so many people are being driven into mental illness. I believe an increasing portion of this is likely down to the pressure of living in our modern society.

RIAA DMCAs GitHub into nuking popular YouTube video download tool, says it can be used to slurp music


It doesn't work on protected streams anyhow

For to long, the system has been failing on YouTube streams anyhow, except the ones which are least protected.

I've used the tool to backup my own live stream videos to YT anyway, a perfectly legal use as I'm the copyright holder.

All they have to do is rename the thing and pop it back up again. It's just stream capture anyway. What next, outlawing kitchen knives because they can be used to kill people?

Pakistan calls on Facebook to extend holocaust denial ban into Islamophobia crackdown


He faces a problem here

What happened at the holocaust is fact. Religion isn't fact, it's belief, and if any religion had any proof for what they say, the world would be a different place.. but it isn't... because they haven't. Unfortunately, the very existence of other religions is offensive in itself. Having read even liberal translations of the Quran and some of the hadith, I would be loathe to protect any religion in the manner being requested.

Love Minecraft: Java? You'll have to learn to love your Microsoft account as well – it will be required next year


Tried to follow the link....

The connection for this site is not secure

help.minecraft.net sent an invalid response.

... trying to read it in Edge !!! This bodes well. Not.

Bitcoin value jumps as PayPal says it will accept cryptocurrencies... once it has the kinks worked out


A kick in the VISA

I believe I read headlines recently about complaints at the cut that Mastercard/VISA were taking from transactions. If this upsets that particular apple cart sooner than the legislators can do it, then all... er... credit to them?

I still don't own cryptocurrency and have no intention to at present, but I have noticed that prices for goods and services have risen uncomfortably lately, and I welcome a bit of turbulence and competition in the market place right now.

Microsoft unleashes production-ready Edge Runtime. WebView2: This time it's Chromium


What to expect?

... more Microsoft garbage.

I still can't go to a completely blank new tab without what appears to be a microsoft bing search bar in the middle of the screen, and the Microsoft logo besplendent on top of it... despite taking Bing out of my search options and wanting a completely blank new tab.

There seems to be a chunk of conversation about this, but Microsoft don't want things like user preferences and wishes, getting in the way of the microsoft user experience they want people to have. Bah humbug.

Email-spamming COVID profiteers deleted database with 'key evidence' when UK watchdog came knocking


In other news...

"Criminals ordered to stop doing criminal things which are against the law."

Apple, Epic trade barbs in App Store brouhaha while judge pins July for jury time


Way to misquote, and then go off on a tangent rant. Truly epic misfire even by El Reg forum standards.


I don't believe it's the same. The mobile phone is far more a part of our everyday lives than our car or our fridge. It's our window on the world, and that's where a monopolistic control over what appears on that device, is far more serious, in my opinion. So Apple's tight control of the iWorld has far more influence over the individual's life than the other examples.


I've never experienced that. I've had one general warning when I've turned the option to allow side loading, and that's been it. Things might have changed in recent years, but I've never felt like I've been scared into not using side load.

Corsair's K70 MK.2 does nothing a cheaper keyboard can't, but the steep price gets you top-notch components


KVM performance?

One of the most important features for me, is whether they play nice with KVMs. I've had the unfortunate experience of a number of good quality keyboard that I've had to send back, because they can't handle being switched between a number of PCs. Drives me nuts. Either the lighting and features reset, or they require software to run them (which doesn't usually come with variants for anything other than Windows, or MAC if you're lucky) or they end up with some completely whacko behaviours, like repeating the same key press, even though I've released the key.

The perils of building a career on YouTube: Guitar teacher's channel nearly deleted after music publisher complains


Re: The system is broken

But that's the point. People making their own arrangements has been done for decades. Are they entitled to take down something which someone else has performed? They could have stopped you from singing Happy Birthday if they wished. There's a moral line here. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/warner-music-pays-14-million-863120


The system is broken

I've been on YouTube for about a decade and the long story short is that the system is broken. The copyright laws are different in different countries, and that's always going to be the way while the world is, as it is.

The automatic take down system is a complete pain in the neck. I've had to fight a number of false positives and had my channel put at risk as a result.

Some copyright owners get out the ban hammer, while others want a piece of the pie. (and I do get the option, these days, to auto-remove the offending piece.)

It seems to me, that those generating their own arrangements and performances of music should be protected from the ban hammer. Yes, take a slice of the dosh, which is the way that it's been done for years... look at James Last and his arrangements of popular tunes and traditional music, from which he made a career spanning decades, and ... what was it... 150 albums gold worldwide?

Those just posting original recordings... yes. ban them into oblivion.

"Last is reported to have sold an estimated 200 million albums worldwide in his lifetime[5][6] (figures vary widely, for example British Hit Singles & Albums (2006) reports 100 million at that time[7]), of which 80 million were sold by 1973[8] - and won numerous awards including 200 gold and 14 platinum discs in Germany, the International MIDEM Prize at MIDEM in 1969,[9] and West Germany's highest civilian award, the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) in 1978." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Last

Video encoders using Huawei chips have backdoors and bad bugs – and Chinese giant says it's not to blame


"Huawei has launched an immediate investigation"

...into how they got caught.

Ireland unfriends Facebook: Oh Zucky Boy, the pipes, the pipes are closing…from glen to US, and through the EU-side



"Facebook has been working hard to follow the steps set out by the Court to ensure that we can continue to transfer data in a safe and secure way,""

From what I read... it isn't down to the safety and security of the data they're transfering... it's the fact that they're transferring it in the first place.

... at least, that's how I read it.

I won't be ignored: Google to banish caller roulette with Verified Calls


The only sucker here....

...is the business that pays Google to be on the service in the first place. Just like they do for the adverts.

Unfortunately I sense that people are going to be more annoyed by getting these calls, than they are with the adverts.

This is going to open a whole world of consumer pain, I believe. Fortunately, I'm not on Google or Apple.

Multiple customers knocked offline as firefighters tackle flames at Telstra's London Hosting Centre bit barn


" repeated calls by El Reg to its London office failed." - Anything to do with the reported outage, perchance :-)

This NSA, FBI security advisory has four words you never want to see together: Fancy Bear Linux rootkit


Re: 85th Main Special Service Center

I believe they do... they're parked in Bovington :-)

In the market for a second-hand phone? Check it's still supported by the vendor – almost a third sold are not


Scratching my head

This linking the hardware and the software does puzzle me a bit. I've got one of the original Sailfish phones from 2013 and it still receives the patches.

To my mind, this is a problem with the way that phones and their operating systems are put together in the first place. It seems to be a problem that could easily be designed out of the process. I still don't really see the justification in stopping updates going to older phones.

Can someone educate me as to why phones go out of support?

BT: 'Because of the existing underlying supply of the 4G equipment, most of our 5G (NSA) so far is with Huawei'


Large chunks of the NHS have been going to the private sector for ages. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/two-thirds-of-contracts-for-nhs-services-in-england-awarded-in-the-last-eight-months-have-gone-to-9062353.html

That was thanks to the EU legislation that forced work to be put to tender to ensure that all EU members got a chance at sticking their noses in each other's troughs, so if they tried to put forward the argument that privitisation is the only way of saving it... they'd have a bit of an upward climb, methinks.

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible


As funny as this is...

...this response does not improve the situation for Amazon. The bloke's being harassed (you know, a few days or a week might have been funny, but the more time goes on, the more it must be wearing on the bloke) and here are Amazon taking the mick. Not a good look, Jeff.

India drops the bar on e-commerce seller's listings: You want to sell it? Tell us where it came from from then


Re: We need those rules too.

Totally useless. They already have.

Foxconn has factories in India. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/foxconn-is-poised-to-begin-mass-production-of-iphones-in-india/articleshow/68886559.cms

If they want to hurt China, they need to stop the money flowing back to China. Simply noting origin is a good start, but it isn't going to do very much.

And that goes for us as well. Country of origin is of little use. Look at TikTok. Just for a start! And then the backing of the latest Top Gun film where they did a re-write of history by the patches on the back of the jacket as TenCent part funded the film - https://screenrant.com/top-gun-2-maverick-jacket-change-china/

It's handbags at dawn: America to hit France with 25% tariffs on luxuries over digital tax on US tech titans


I do believe that a similar tax is on the way in the UK. Here's hoping that they don't blink at the last minute.

Android 11 will let users stop device-makers from killing background apps, says Google


Re: So...

The choice to disable persistent presidential orange alerts is available in November.

GO on then: Facebook's Oculus to axe its entry-level VR headset



"Our end goal is to bring VR to as many people as possible," ... support in Linux still lacking. This is one person still not having VR brought to them. I would love to play Alex. Not happening in Penguin land though. At least, not easily. I'd also love to play Overload (which I have, as a time honoured Descent fan) but that's not happening either.

Police and NHS urge British public not to call 101 and 111 non-emergency numbers after behind-the-scenes kit failure


Re: Vodafone mess up again?

The hampster is probably following the rest of us in lockdown purgatory. It has likely developed an unhealthy addition to alcohol and that's what probably caused it to fall off the wheel. This was likely preceeded by a drop in power as the hampster lost momentum by running side to side, as if it was going home from the pub.

If Fairphone can support a 5-year-old handset, the other vendors could too. Right?


I have an original Jolla Sailfish phone from 2013

...Still receiving updates and still working.

The girl with the dragnet tattoo: How a TV news clip, Insta snaps, a glimpse of a tat and a T-shirt sold on Etsy led FBI to alleged cop car arsonist


Now if only....

...the FBI put the same kind of effort into nabbing a certain orange haired individual resident at an address which is well known to everyone, whose crimes are a damn sight more serious than barbecuing a few cop cars.

Facebook caves to Australia's call for explanations of News Feed algo changes


I'll give the Australians this...

They are willing to take some of the difficult choices and put up with the hardship for the longer goal.

If push came to shive, I wouldn't be surprised if the Australians told FB to sling their hook alltogether. if anyone would do it, it's them.

Looking for a new IT gig? Here are vacancies around the world for developers, cloud engineers, infosec analysts, Jira admin, and more


Any plans to do the reverse?

Even if it was a list of name, job title, area and linkedin URL? Like...

Michelle Knight - Infrastructure Engineer - Sussex - https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellesusanknight/

Memory, all alone doing all right. Samsung dreams of the old days, life was beautiful then. Hopes punters remember happiness is a new telly


Happiness is not a new telly

Bought a new Samsung TV and most of the amazing automatic stuff only works if all the other amazing automatic stuff is also made by Samsung.

Funny that.

US threatens to turf out four Chinese telcos amid concerns over national security... and COVID-19, doctors, schools, jobs, communists, etc



Ban Chinese companies from operating, and then go and use Zoom. Am I missing something?

Cortana, why are you still here? Microsoft makes the long-suffering assistant chattier for more countries with new Windows 10 build


But if you ask it to convert a gill...

...will it know if you mean a UK gill or a US gill ?

Video game cloud streaming shaken up as Nvidia loses more big names, Microsoft readies its market killer


This is just too volatile

I'm not putting my money in something as volatile as this. $5 or $10 a month soon adds up. I've got friends who have ended up reviewing what they're paying for and cutting subscriptions.The monthly fee actually made them feel like they should be using the services so that they were getting their monies worth. Just like the gym memberships that were never used. And at some point, its unsustainable.

I've got three BBC B micros and 4 Original Xboxes. I'm happy :-)

Internet use up 40 per cent in San Francisco Bay Area – but you know what’s even higher? Yep, alcohol, weed use


Re: Makes sense

"I never thought my hands would see more alcohol than my mouth."

India tech firms warned not to abuse their exceptions to national coronavirus lockdown


Fat chance

A friend of mine worked in the electrical supply industry. He recounted the Indian mentality of risking their lives to reverse the live lines to their meters with the attitude that it was the respnsibility of the electric companies to catch them.

I coudl detail more, but the upshot is that if you think the UK was bad to ignore BoJo's orders, in India disobediance would likely be considered the norm.

One bar owner complied with the "distance of door from pavement" ruling by creating a snaking customer path outside the entrance. Ingenious. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/25/alcohol-ruling-drives-indian-bar-goers-round-bends

World's smallest violin to be played for opportunistic sellers banned from eBay and Amazon for price gouging


How about supermarkets...

...two moderate chicken breasts - £8

Oh-so-generous ransomware crooks vow to hold back from health organisations during COVID-19 crisis


Re: Look at the super markets.

The whole thing is utterly bonkers. People are doing shopping for the older generation, who have been told to isolate for months... and because of comminuty drives to help their neighbours, people are getting more than a weekly shop for their own family, as they are now shopping for vulnerable members of their own communities as well.

Net result, no one knows how much who is buying, for whom.

Whenever our village gets cut off from the water supply, the water companies helpfully drop off a pallet of bottled water on the common. So people grab what they can... but some people are being greedy gits and others grab a six pack or two, and distribute them among the neighbours, some of whom can't get out of their homes and would otherwise go without.... but at the point of walking up and grabbing a couple of packs... no one knows the intentions of any particular individual. Either way... all the bottles are gone in minutes.

What's lacking is a form of emergency distribution protocol in a world where everyone automatically thinks the worse of everybody else. But who wants to actually take on that responsibility?

Perhaps we should go back to ration books?

Broadband providers can now flog Openreach's new IP voice network in bid to ditch UK's copper phone lines by 2025


Assuming no one has stolen the batteries. https://www.silicon.co.uk/workspace/fibre-cabinets-at-risk-of-battery-theft-70017

"Fibre to the cabinet is “one of the biggest mistakes humanity has made” former BT exec tells the House of Lords"


I suppose that will depend if they allow things like soft clients on laptops and mobiles.

It's only a game: Lara Croft won't save enterprise tech – but Jet Set Willy could


MiSTer is a modest success

At the MiST project brought the Atari to the FPGA, the MiSTer project is worth looking into. Some people are now selling assembled and pre-programmed units complete with expansion boards... all build on the FPGA to run arcade systems as well as vintage consoles and home computers. It's breathtaking to see what's being done by some dedicated people.

Firefox now defaults to DNS-over-HTTPS for US netizens and some are dischuffed about this


Thank goodness we can turn it off...

...otherwise how would we resolve internal DNS queries for our own machines.

Apple drops a bomb on long-life HTTPS certificates: Safari to snub new security certs valid for more than 13 months


Office 365 is 2 years

That'll cause a nice piece of trouble.

Don't tell us to go Huawei, Chinese ambassadors tell UK and France


"Huawei is a private-owned company, nothing to do with the Chinese government.."

...and nobody believes them. I wonder why.

Google says its latest chatbot is the most human-like ever – trained on our species' best works: 341GB of social media


That does it...

All my emails will now be done in Wenglish to google to be sure from now on boyo; won't it, you see.

Little grouse on the prairie: IBM's AI facial-recognition training dataset gets it in trouble... in Illinois


Re: "using photos of millions of people in Illinois without informing them"

> Well, in IBM's defense, it got the photos, not the addresses . . .

Not a defense IMHO. They know which accounts they scraped the photos from. They just didn't care to go to the bother of asking permission; they just scraped away.

Is it a make-up mirror? Is it a tiny frisbee? No, it's the bonkers Cyrcle Phone, with its TWO headphone jacks


On the plus side...

...you don't need to rotate the phone when you're looking at landscape or portrait images.

I wonder if it has a camera and, if so, does it take circular pictures?


Re: Dead on arrival

Careful. After all, they dug up the ET cartridges.

Google scolded for depriving the poor of privacy as Chinese malware bundled on phones for hard-up Americans


Re: A lesson for chinese data grabbers

"Speak for yourself."

I'm speaking generally. As a species.

Individuals like you and me, think the same.


A lesson for chinese data grabbers

It seems to me that we in the west are perfectly happy if our data is being slurped by our own guys. When it's the chinese, however, it goes to a different level.

The lesson for china is simply to buy out a western company and everyone will be fine. Actually, they already seem to be doing that.

As for who the lawyers go after, I can't see them going after the chinest agencies that actually wrote and installed the malware before the phones were shipped. Who else CAN they hit?



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