* Posts by thejynxed

29 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Jul 2007

Big right-to-repair win: FTC blasts tech giants for making it so difficult to mend devices


Re: End of life

Regulating bodies like the US FCC are not exactly keen on unlocked bootloaders in cell phones and things like routers because of the possible ability to tamper with the radio signal strength.

This hasn't completely stopped people, of course, but it's one of the reasons Samsung implemented e-fuses.


Re: Injunctive relief

Unfortunately the unremovable glue in certain types of devices is an engineering solution to the problem of waterproofing. This is why you can open many phones, for instance, and find screen connectors and the like completely encased in expoxy resin.

Russian cyber-spies changed tactics after the UK and US outed their techniques – so here's a list of those changes


I've said this for three decades now - connecting any utility or related infrastructure to the general publicly accessible internet is always a (very stupid) mistake and should be regulated against.

Russia was probing connected oil refineries and traffic systems in the 1980's and I can imagine since then so have plenty of bored teenagers.

Researchers say objects can hide from computer vision by seeking out unusual company that trips correlation bias


It's quite arguable that the box is actually more nutritious than the pizza. Vegan food is more highly processed than anything you find at McDonald's or in a box of one of the myriad sugar ceareals full of dye, and not in a good way.

There's no Huawei on Earth we're a national security threat, Chinese giant tells US appeals court


Huawei? Quite often, as they took part in identifying Hong Kong protestors to the police and military, as well as participating directly in the attempts to end people calling Xi Xingping "Winnie the Pooh".


Re: On a side note

Well yes, and the fact that every 5 Eyes member nation for instance demanded CISCO enable such access on the devices sold in their nations so that for instance the various British and German intelligence agencies could access them at will (coupled with how these nations treat encryption, you can see exactly where this is headed).

NSA: We've learned our lesson after foreign spies used one of our crypto backdoors – but we can't say how exactly


Re: Huawei

Allegedly has nothing to do with it. Huawei networking gear had (at the time of accusations) hard-coded administration accounts that were logged as being accessed from locations in Shenzen and Guangzhou. Was this malicous activity by the CCP or just Huawei performing remote access to view the stored performance metrics such as error logs on the device is what the ultimate question was and was never answered to the general public, but we did see Huawei earn a permanent US ban, including being banned from purchasing microchips designed by or manufactured by/for US companies as a very public result of these accusations.


Re: Hey, can't have that pesky report show up...

It doesn't matter who's in charge, the intelligence community apparatus doesn't care about party affiliation. See CIA & NSA monitoring of Sen. Feinstein's laptop as she was in the middle of a Senate Intelligence Committee meeting when Obama was POTUS.

Chrome zero-day bug that is actively being abused by bad folks affects Edge, Vivaldi, and other Chromium-tinged browsers


Re: "the flaw exists in [..] Chromium's Javascript engine"

Well, at least Eich apologized for the lax security standards in JS when he got raked over the coals about it on HackerNews and there actually are certain functions in the language that he would not add if he could go back and redo it. Unfortunately too much has been built on it and we're all royally shafted by every bad actor and advertising nitwit as a result.

Bothering to upgrade the iPhone 12 over older models has proven to be worth its weight in gold for Apple


Re: "The iPhone – Apple's hottest seller – brought in revenues of $65.597bn"

There's a vast difference to the issue being irrelevant because of consumer choice or the issue being irrelevant because the option was removed from the consumer's choice entirely, and the latter is what we have experienced.


Re: "The iPhone – Apple's hottest seller – brought in revenues of $65.597bn"

Yes, because it's illegal to install the chargers for those in my neighborhood and our electric boxes can't handle the required amperage for wall socket charging the battery banks, and they are also restricted from being replaced by law.

War on Section 230 begins in earnest as Dem senators look to limit legal immunity for social networks, websites etc


Re: "the law works at least as well, if not better, than the alternatives"

Thomas Jefferson found such actions perfectly acceptable and even wrote as much, lest you forget what he and others did to Lord Cornwallis and mad King George III.

How do you fix a problem like open-source security? Google has an idea, though constraints may not go down well


Re: 'attested build system'

It's only going to become more likely since the SolarWinds attack showed the world that major security companies can be vulnerable in their build environments and not just careless Iranian nuclear scientists.


Or just use a BSD or MIT license and avoid the cancer known as GPL.

Fedora's Chromium maintainer suggests switching to Firefox as Google yanks features in favour of Chrome


Re: Old News

Except on mobile, where Firefox is a complete trash heap and one of the worst browsers you can make yourself miserable trying to use.

HMRC told AGAIN to toughen up on VAT-dodging online traders


Re: Amazon

Corsair will do the same. PNY, not so much.

US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR


People are worrying about websites when even their computer operating systems aren't in compliance. Every OS from Android, to Ubuntu, to MacOS/iOS, and Windows is in non-compliance.

Good luck making them comply, especially the people behind Ubuntu.

I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software


Re: The particular issue around Open Source licensing

EULAs directly conflict with the codified right of first sale in the EU, which is why that assumption has merit, and as Valve found out, why they had to change certain things on Steam.

Sueballs flying over Facebook's Android app data slurping


Re: I'm shocked, shocked to the very core.

My phone never even had that much, and the app came pre-installed as a system service. Can't root this particular device either, best I could do was disable it. It's related services are not running, however, and I don't think they can on Android N or later once an app is disabled.


This isn't new news outside of them being finally sued for it. Slashdot and Reddit have discussed this ever since the app came out.

Verizon only cares about fiber, lets copper nets lapse into ruin – gripes


When dealing with FIOS (and most other types of FTTH installations), you'll have to look into having a battery backup system added in so that when the power goes out your connection stays lit. They don't volunteer this information to you of course, you have to ask Verizon about it.

As an aside to the other poster on down the line who questioned the legitimacy of the state over Verizon's infrastructure - I live in rural PA and can attest that yes, Verizon does let it get this bad. When my wife and I still had a landline we couldn't even rely on it in case of emergency, that's how bad they've let the copper lines go. It's a sad testament when you have to rely on cell phones for even 911 calling due to the intentional neglect of a multi-billion dollar company.

Facebook engineer bashes Google for Gmail block


Oh really...



^- Wrong. You agreed to a EULA specifying that Facebook can do whatever they like with your data within the confines of the EULA and applicable local law.

US school comes out fighting over webcam spy claim


Built-in Mics

You don't need to destroy it. A U.S. dime-nickel's thickness of poster putty over the microphone perforations will suffice to make conversation unintelligible.

You can also disable the microphone in your audio settings, for instance. You can probably even disable it or the part of the driver that uses it in Device Manager if you're using some version of Windows.

I know in the *Nix OSes, you can certainly disable it. Macs will be a tad more difficult I believe. Apple doesn't like users mucking about with hardware settings.

Google may exit China after 'highly targeted' attack



I notice how little mention was made to the fact that Google is the largest stakeholder in Baidu.

Even if they pulled "Google" out of China, they aren't pulling Google out of China.

What a show.

Paramount prepares to scale Dune


Yet another rehash

I'd rather they did adaptations of some of the later novels in the series. I'd much rather prefer to see the stories involving Miles Teg, the Idaho Ghola, and the war against the Honored Matres to yet another rehash of the first two or three novels.

Better still, would be if they got the same treatment as the tv miniseries from a few years back - CGI has obviously improved since then, so the effects could be even better.

Jimbo asks online folk to play nice, be civil



That these words are coming from someone who had a very public, and disagreeable split with a girlfriend on the internet.

We won't even get into how uncivil the upper echelon of Wikipedia can be, especially when you try to edit their pet pages (pages I might add, that generally contain misleading or outright false information).

Hackers declare war on international forensics tool



Firefox uses quite a few bits from Internet Explorer to function. Try using Process Explorer once, and check what threads and modules Firefox.exe actually loads. It even loads your system's sound card drivers a second time instead of accessing the APIs properly. It's no small wonder that browser is full of memory leaks, when it does dubious things like that.

Windows itself also stores various information in the IE cache area, since IE is integrated into the OS. The Windows Search function, etc all stores query information, temporary .dat files, folder thumbnails, etc all in that same cache area. The normal Explorer.exe process also stores temporary data there, such as the icon cache for the system tray.

I know some website cookies, etc are hard-coded by lazy website developers to store themselves in that directory, as well, and Firefox does indeed access that area from time to time to read/write data.

BT blocks up to 40,000 child porn pages per day


As with all filters...

...take theirs with a grain of salt. Filters are unreliable at best. Child porn sites and other 'undesirables' on the internet often change IP addresses and host providers, some of them daily. Most are not even publicly published nor advertised, requiring invitations via instant message, email, etc to even get a site IP address to go to.

If any single entity would have a 'reliable' list, it would be Google from what the Googlebot crawls on a daily basis. As we all know, those SE bots crawl everything, even with robots.txt defined (that just prevents them from indexing the material, btw). Any list with manually entered addresses fail, and fail hard.

Oh, and for you folks there across the pond, this J. Smith person sounds like a right twat. Why don't you do yourselves a favor and vote her out on her ass next election. For someone like her to get in, it's almost like she Gerrymandered her votes or something.

Also, that agency someone mentioned above that REALLY is doing the work of saving abused children and arresting predators...that group you should all donate funds to or send them mail thanking them in support for their efforts. It wouldn't hurt to write editorials for your local papers either in support of the work they do. Those types of agencies are what we need more of, not the do-nothing types like the IWF (or frankly most of the US Congress and related governmental agencies).

No icon because there is nothing appropriate to choose from ( I suggest a pic of J. Smith dressed as the Wicked Witch of the West be added).

Dodgy anti-virus update bunfight goes to court


Chinese AV company....

...has programmers that need to learn how to code. It's a big no-no to include live worm/virus/trojan code within your main application structure. A simple buffer overrun or a bad jump and that code can go live on the machine that their software is installed on.

Kaspersky was quite correct in marking their software as potentially unwanted.