* Posts by crayon

328 posts • joined 14 Jul 2007


Report: CIA runs secret cyberwar with little oversight after Trump gave the OK, say US government officials


Re: Twitter Hack

"$100k for an election campaign? Are you thinking local dogcatcher?"

According to the reputable media, Russia managed to win the election for Trump by spending about that much on Facebook ads.

US restricts visas for folks working at Huawei and other Chinese tech makers – seemingly over China's human-rights abuses


Re: The chinese govt is a two faced bastard (to put it mildly).

"Turkey has been quite vociferous,"

Of course they have. A few years back, Malaysia arrested a bunch of Uighurs hailing from Xinjiang. They were holding genuine Turkish passports. The backstory is that Turkey had been encouraging them to travel to Malaysia, where they then issued them Turkish passports then ship them to Turkey and immediately confiscate those same passports, then give them basic training and push them over the border into Syria where they were ostensibly "Syrian" "rebel" fighters but were in fact terrorists. China with the help of Malaysia and other SE Asian countries (where a similar thing was also taking place) more or less put a stop to this Xinjiang-Turkey-Syria terrorist pipeline.

As for why Saudi Arabia haven't spoken up for the Uighurs - the Saudi's are not as hypocritical as the West, they themselves are still indiscriminately killing fellow Muslims in neighbouring Yemen, with weapons provided by the benevolent and human rights loving West.

US govt warns foreign hackers 'will likely try to exploit' critical firewall bypass bug in Palo Alto gear – patch now


Good thing native hackers won't be exploiting it.

Hats off to the brave 7%ers who dived into the Windows 10 May 2020 Update within a month of release


Re: Latest Image

"Huh? Is this a specific distro?"

Debian does this, that's the only one I know offhand. It could be that it's because their release schedule is leisurely compared to other distros and by refreshing their ISOs they can save some bandwidth on both sides.

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release


Re: Form or function?

"What would interest me is a description of what new things I will be able to do with Mint / Debian / Ubuntu / any other new linux distro"

For me the apex was reached when they decided to ditch KDE3.x and started on and never finished KDE4.x then went onto KDE5.x.

At the time of KDE3.x a linux/gnu based system did everything I needed.

Rental electric scooters to clutter UK street scenes after Department of Transport gives year-long trial the thumbs-up


Re: Outside the UK, electric scooters have long been a hallmark of city living…

"Only according to Nathan Barley."

I don't know who that dude is, but you need to get out more. Electric scooters and bikes have been popular in China for at least over a decade. For the millions who can't afford a car it is a cheap and convenient method of transport. It also helps that in many Chinese cities they have bike lanes, usually wide enough that you can drive a car through. Some idiots even drive trucks onto the bike lanes, until the authorities put bollards on the ends, then the freaking idiots join the bike lane in the middle bypassing the bollards.

Details of Beijing's new Hong Kong security law signal end to more than two decades of autonomy


Re: Ah yes, the old "Endangering National Security" line

"HK was a bad example to the rest of China"

On the contrary, it was too good an example, as of about last year several mainland cities had GDP surpassing or close to surpassing that of HK. Believe it or not a lot of mainland peeps had high regards for HK (/had/, until the protests and subsequent riots started last year). They like the relative cleaniness, relative politeness and relative orderliness. The "relative" qualifier is because HK doesn't fare well in civilness compared to other world cities and mainland cities are fast catching up - eg drivers and pedestrians used to treat traffic light signals as advisory, drivers used to completely ignore pedestrian crossings.

They don't mention "freedom", because for most they have freedoms unimaginable to their parents or grandparents. In the past the State pretty much ran your life including your work unit deciding where you should live and needing their approval to even get married, and again when you want to have children. All that malarkey has gone.

Germany is helping the UK develop its COVID-19 contact-tracing app, says ambassador


"But I think it's at least arguable that America won the peace, in the sense that they saw what had happened after the first war and where that lead, and decided it definitely was not going to happen this time, throwing resources into Germany to stop it."

Very arguable, they milked all sides before deciding on which one to join. Even then, in Europe they left the brunt of the fighting, killing and dying to the Soviets. But the Europeans have forgotten that, now they celebrate VE day without Russia.

UKCloud latest to sign Memorandum of Understanding with UK.gov ahead of cloud mega framework


"given assurance of data sovereignty"

Means nothing and is worth nothing unless backed up by the threats of clearly defined penalties on breaching said assurance.

You wait ages for a mid-air collision spoofing attack and along come two at once: More boffins take a crack at hoodwinking TCAS


"A flock of them, all with bicycle chains attached and dangling"

If someone could manage to get consumer drones up near the flight path of passenger plane wouldn't it be less hassle to just fly them things into the engines.

Apple: We're defending your privacy by nixing 16 browser APIs. Rivals: You mean defending your bottom line


Re: What's the real use of a bluetooth API in a browser?

"How about a catering system that wants to print a reciept or talk to a kitchen display system?"

It can use the OS provided print function and the OS provided installed printer drivers to talk to whatever printer you want to print to.

"How well do you think it goes down when we tell US clients they can't use an iPad because Apple have crippled the Bluetooth in the exceedingly expensive devices they already bought?"

They should have done due diligence before buying those exceedingly expensive devices - more so given that they are exceedingly expensive devices.

India bans 59 apps it says have privacy, national security problems. In a massive coincidence, they’re all Chinese


Given India's nationalistic population (cultivated by the "elite") and Modi's Hindu Nationalist government and past behaviour in the Doklam standoff where India and China had no territorial dispute but India was ostensibly sticking up for Bhutan because they believed the area, in which China at that time was extending a road, was disputed territory that belonged to Bhutan (one could get the feeling that Bhutan was faintly bemused by India's (over re-)actions and Bhutan itself stayed quiet through most of that incident, leaving the Indian side looking rather silly) - it would be hard to believe that this time round had it really been China who initiated hostilities by wandering over the LAC (which itself is not mutually agreed upon) then attacked and killed Indian soldiers that India's reactions would be so mild. So the conclusion is that India escalated the situation and got a bloody nose. As with the Doklam incident, China has gracefully kept quiet, allowing India save face.

India and China have for decades tried to demarcate their borders. The short of it is that India is deluded in sticking to a border treaty that didn't exist, China's proposal that the borders be demarcated based on the LAC - whereby China gets to keep a chunk of territory that they currently control but is claimed by India, and India gets to keep a chunk of territory that they currently control but is claimed by China - is rejected by India because they want both chunks of territory.

Oh, so in May, Nepal protested to India over the opening of a road that it built on Nepalese territory. The territory in question was occupied by India during the 1962 war with China. Apparently a former monarch then formalised the occupation by granting India the use of that land. But in recent years Nepal has been asking for India to return the land to no avail.

Microsoft has a cure for data nuked by fat fingers if you're not afraid of the command line


Re: no chance that the $#@&$ Registry will be replaced

"as thousands of configuration files aren't always easy to use."

My notebook, running linux, has about 1700 files in /etc, about 2500 in ~/.config and over 237000 in ~/.local. It has no apparent effect on performance.

Beijing's tightening grip on Hong Kong could put region's future as an up-and-coming tech hub in jeopardy


Re: "we need clarity on what the laws will involve before we can decide anything"

"No you do not."

Western arrogance is the gift that keeps giving (even though not many people want it). Who are you to decide what they should and shouldn't do?

Many people (or their parents) have already gone through this once - not sure what the exact figures are but probably runs to hundreds of thousands of people "fled" HK in the years before 1997 and took up citizenship in mainly Canada, and other English speaking countries. Once they had met the residency requirements and obtained their citizenship and they saw HK continue to thrive, some decided to return to HK. Unfortunately for them things had moved on, most were never able to get a job equivalent to the one they had left, many weren't even able to afford housing.

Most people who bet against HK gets their fingers burnt or worse.

BoJo's remarks about allowing up to 3 million HK residents to enter the UK is a cheque that will never be cashed. No government of the day will allow an influx of people of that magnitude, especially if they are non-white.

The abandoned extradition legislation is something that should have happened already but in a proper well thought out and acceptable the HK people manner. Right now there are no formal extradition arrangements between HK and mainland China. China has in most cases extradited fugitives who had been suspected of committing crimes in HK and had fled to China. There haven't been many or any cases (that I'm aware of) where HK has extradited suspects back to China.

This new security law is something that under Article 23 of HK's Basic Law (something that China and the UK agreed on - remember that?) the HK government had to legislate and enact. Past attempts at legislating Article 23 were met with stiff opposition from the HK people and were shelved. ALL countries have similar laws as outlined in Article 23, if other countries want to complain then they should get rid of their laws first.

Imagination Technologies sued over £27m Russian SoC contract invoice brouhaha


"Sir Hossein Yassaie then told Parliament how Canyon Bridge Capital Partners had tried to execute a boardroom coup to give its Chinese masters total control over the firm."

So you are allowed to buy a company (I'm assuming it has been bought outright by Canyon Bridge as the previous Reg articles says) but you're not allowed to exercise your legal rights in deciding who runs it?

US Department of Defense releases list of firms allegedly linked to the Chinese Army. Surprise surprise, Huawei makes an appearance


"The Reg might note however, that BAE doesn't operate within a state run by a single governing party, with no free press."

What has that got to do with anything? We all know that the weapons industry (as well as the financial sector) is the US equivalent of social security. A corrupt revolving door.

And you could've chosen a relevant article to link to. The West is supposed to have a free press, the virus was known to the world since at least the beginning of January. Why did the West's free press allow so many people to die?

"You're "Projecting" democracy where none existed."

Things you should know:

The common folk described the Nationalist army as soldiers by day and bandits by night. The Communists in contrast were much more disciplined and treated the peasants with respect. So if you was a peasant at that time, the chances are you would support the Communists.

The Americans at that time were wary of supporting Chiang Kai Shek. They knew how corrupt the Nationalist government was and much of US aid qas pilfered by Chiang and his cronies. But Chiang's allegedly charismatic wife was able to persuade the Americans to continue supporting Chiang, until the US's unnatural hate of Communists took over and hence needed no further persuading.

Chiang described the Communists as a disease and a greater threat than the Japanese and hence the Commies must be gotten rid of before fighting the Japanese. Exasperated by this the Commies captured Chiang and "forced" him to fight the Japs.

Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. Comcast to handle DNS-over-HTTPS for Firefox-using subscribers


Re: So what now? What do I use?

This announcement hasn't changed anything. You can continue to use whatever you're using now. Mozilla and Comcast aren't forcing you to use DoH.

Whatever you use, at least one entity will be looking at your DNS traffic, your only choice is to pick which entity that will be.

Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing


"To see nothing of the morally reprehensible system rigged in favour of public sector workers to the detriment of the rest of us."

Public sector workers provide public services. Without them you would be paying a lot more for privately provided services (private providers may initially be cheaper, but after a few rounds of buyouts and mergers you'll most likely end up with a duopoly in most sectors (to give the illusion of competition) - and we all know what happens when companies don't have to compete for business.

China praises Pakistan SatNav collaboration


"All of which shows China using technology to advance its interests."

Isn't that stating the bleeding obvious.

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time


Re: I called the cops

"It's a bit weird to recall a time when it was worth going to a lot of trouble to avoid the cost of phone calls."

Not that weird when you consider that once upon a time to make international calls one had to go to some GPO facility (probably hadn't become BT yet) near St Martin-in-the-Fields Church off Trafalgar Square. You had to give them the number you want to call, the name of the person you're calling and how long you want the call to last then took a seat to wait for them to make the call. Once they were connected to the right person they would direct you to the corresponding booth and finally you can speak to whomever it was that you called.

Microsoft emits a colourful Windows Terminal preview


Re: They read my mind

KDE Dolphin allows you to open a terminal pane at the directory using F4, very handy. But Dolphin as a file manager is very lacking.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it


"Haier over a decade ago I was doing business in China with this "bankrupt" company..."

Haier is actually a customer friendly company that listens. And it is profitable so not sure why you're claiming they are bankrupt - unless you're being witty and saying they're morally bankrupt.

A decade ago:


Care to divulge what business you was doing with this "bankrupt" company a decade ago?

After IBM axed its face-recog tech, the rest of the dominoes fell like a house of cards: Amazon and now Microsoft. Checkmate


Re: FR is a limited resource

"And don't forget that all these companies working on FR are just halting selling to cops in the US. None of them are limiting sales outside the US."

The corporate weasel words also does not state that they will not sell to or work with other entities such as TLAs.

In any case facial recognition is not going to go away. Just as in the case of ANPR - that technology is so cheap that any 2-bit organisation is able to afford it and deploy it - FR will be improved and eventually be ubiquitous.

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets


Re: Foot in mouth

"Rotten through with corruption organization such as Roskosmos can't compete with efficient private enterprise."

When your company is large enough and "too big to fail", "private enterprise" in the US means the public pays for the risk and the private enterprise reaps the rewards.

Huawei's latest smartphone for the UK market costs £1,299. And yes, that's without Google apps


"Lineage OS provides a nongoogled interface with a long history of security and feature updates, and it supports a lot of devices."

I use LineageOS on a Samsung Note 3 and it's great. I can get everything I need from f-droid except Here maps (but I can get that from elsewhere). However to say that it supports a lot of devices is a bit misleading. Yeah there are a lot of devices but most of them aren't exactly modern or readily available. I was going upgrade to a (2nd hand) Note 4 as that's the last model that has a removable battery - but reading the stories about some having dodgy EMMC has made me wary. I would love to upgrade to a newer phone that can run LineageOS and can take photos at least as good as my 808 Pureview which packed up last year.

Ex-Dell distributor in Lebanon ignored ban on suing US tech giant. Now four directors have been sentenced to prison in the UK


Re: 'zillas

"bloatware that isn’t a set of 1.5GB HP printer drivers"

Last time I had the misfortune to install an HP printer "driver" (for a friend) it was a positively slimware at only just under 500MB. What whiz bang advances have they made to warrant the trebling in size.

Huawei launches UK charm offensive: We've provided 2G, 3G and 4G for 20 years, and you're worried about 5G?


Re: The bigger issue is rising Chinese power

"Is that really a surprise for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation?"

I'm not sure whether or not you are jesting, but for those who don't know HSBC is a UK based entity. It is also one of 3 banks in HK that are allowed to issue paper currency - the others being Bank Of China HK, and Standard & Chartered (another UK entity). China should have revoked the rights of HSBC and Standard to issue HK currency but they haven't. In their long history both banks have had dodgy dealings. Currently HSBC are closing accounts and/or refusing to open accounts for people and entities who are believed to be connected to the HK protestors.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen


Re: Never understood this

"No, as I remember the brewery premises in town centre were outgrown, so they moved the brewery part out of the city centre and ran a pipe from there to the bottling plant that stayed on the original premises."

I thought that was a brewery in Brugge not Ghent.

Facebook to save US users from ads bought by foreign state-controlled media


Which is worse - state-owned media or media-owned states?

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR


Re: Wear the mask etc fixes the virus.

Contact tracing is too late for most countries now (maybe useful for Antarctica - yes, pedantics, that's not a country).

In order of importance:

- screening at borders and quarantining,

- contact tracing

- wearing masks (to limit spreading by asymptomatic carriers who got past border checks)

- hand hygiene

- and distant last, social distancing

All of these were implemented in Asia right from the very start, and the results speaks for themselves. HK sitting on the doorstep of China did not even close it's borders (they left 1 crossing open) only has 4 deaths attributable to covid19 - and all of them from the start of the pandemic when not much was known about the nature of the disease. It is densely populated yet didn't have to implement a hard lockdown - some types of businesses were closed, and later on bars (because of antisocial behaviour by foreigners carousing around Lan Kwai Fong flouting social norms).

Hey kids! Ditch that LCD and get ready for the retro CRT world of Windows Terminal


Re: SAA5055

The French version (minitel) was way more advanced than teletext.

There's always a coronavirus angle these days: Honor intros new smartphone with built-in temperature sensor


Re: Carry a real thermometer instead

"For example I don't think this smartphone will resist hot water and soap."

Unless you're planning to use it rectally then it wouldn't need to.

Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates


Mine was a Sony Vaio, with 64MB RAM and 6GB HDD. KDE3 ran like a champ on it. Back then successive versions of KDE3.x ran better and faster, sadly it's not the case anymore with KDE4 and KDE5.

You're not getting Huawei that easily: Canadian judge rules CFO's extradition proceedings to US can continue


After Meng was held hostage and China asked for her to be released, Trudeau said Canada had an independent judiciary and it would be up to the courts to decide. Not long after it was shown that Trudeau himself had tried to pervert the course of justice:


Uber plans to ride out of stable Singapore, move APAC HQ to high-tension Hong Kong


I'm curious as to what investment Uber brings to any place where it operates. The platform is already there, maybe a few changes to account for local peculiarities. As for "[not being able to] make significant investments without regulatory certainty", the current regulations are already certain in that Uber and similar are not allowed to operate. The taxi industry in HK does need a kick up the backside - the people who own the taxi operating licences are the ones who makes the most money, not the drivers. A single taxi licence is worth several hundred grand (sterling) - a couple of years ago they were trading at around HKD 7 million(!) with some reporting that they were going for as much as HKD 12 million(!!!).

If someone could stop hackers pwning medical systems right now, that would be cool, say Red Cross and friends


"and gives a chance after the atrocity to take the neer do wells to the Hague"

We know how well that doesn't work out. The biggest perpetrators of illegal wars will not let their citizens stand trial in any international court and would threaten any organisation and their personnel if they dare to prosecute.

Alibaba's Jack Ma bails from SoftBank's board


Their terrible investments were badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic ...

Imperial College London signs £5m campus sponsorship, 5G deal with Chinese comms bogeyman Huawei


Re: Am I being over cynical?

Hidden the scale? At the beginning of January China had announced to the world that some new kind of virus was doing the rounds.


"Mr. Azar was at his home in suburban Washington, on Friday, Jan. 3, when Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the C.D.C.’s director, called to tell him China had potentially discovered a new coronavirus. Mr. Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive who helped manage the response to earlier SARS and anthrax outbreaks, told his chief of staff to make sure that the National Security Council was aware.

This is a very big deal, Mr. Azar told him."

On 10 Jan China had made public the genetic sequences of the virus which meant that test kits could be made.

By the end of January China had initiated a unprecedented lockdown on huge areas of the country. Western pundits at the time denounced the lockdown as draconian and an infringement on human rights and added (for good measure) that something like that cannot happen in the "free" West.

The West spent the whole of February deriding China's response to the virus and questioning China's casualty figures implying that they were too low. They were not observing and learning from the measures that China and its neighbours (HK, Macau,Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan) were taking - namely screening at borders, quarantining, contact tracing, wearing masks, social distancing.

In March the virus reached Europe and the US they were both caught with their pants down and when the scale of the pandemic hit home the politicians sought to find someone to blame.

NB In Nov 2019, a US military intelligence report stated that there was a potential pandemic developing in Wuhan. A report that was handed to Trump and he admitted to having not read it.

Australia's contact-tracing app regulation avoids 'woolly' principles in comparable cyber-laws, say lawyers


"asking people to register their name, ..., and postcode, and create a unique identifier"

Why does it need the personal data? Presumably all it needs to do is to generate a unique id.

To all the idiots who say "I have my bluetooth turned off most/all of the time" - for now installing these tracking apps are voluntary, so if you install it and you want it to work then frigging turn on your BT or don't install it and don't complain.

NASA makes May 27 its US independence day from Russian rockets: America's back in the astronaut business after nearly nine years


Does anyone know whether the Russians will continue to be using their own hardware to send their cosmonauts up separately, or are they going to have to pay to ride on the Dragon thingy?

Contact-tracing or contact sport? Defections and accusations emerge among European COVID-chasing app efforts


Re: Testing! testing!

"and a great many have summer houses they can escape to."

Are they like here where the locals want to drive away the people who want to sit out the lockdown in their summer/2nd homes?

50,000 5G base stations built. 4.4 million to upgrade. 935 million customers to upsell


Re: And that you might find your SMSs filtered because of course they will be.

And why would they do that?

If you use a non-mainland China issued SIM inside mainland China you will not be subject to any restrictions, ie you can access sites that are normally blocked. Eg if you buy a SIM card in HK, even if they're issued by China Telecom/Mobile/Unicom, you can use it in mainland China without restrictions or filtering.

The great big open-source census: Most-used libraries revealed – plus 10 things developers should be doing to keep their code secure


Programs on *nix used to store their (user) config files and data in a central and fairly predictable place ie in a single "hidden" directory/file in the users home directory. Nowadays they are split over $HOME/.config



and maybe something in $HOME/ for good measure.

Started from the bottom, now we're near: 16 years on, open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape draws close to v1.0


Re: "That will probably be in 1.1"

Version numbers in many open source projects are increased very conservatively, as can be seen from this article itself in that it took 16 years for a v1.0 release.

Suspicious senate stock sale spurt spurs scrutiny scheme: This website tracks which shares US senators are unloading mid-pandemic


Re: Terms limits and volunteer work.

That will probably just encourage them to make even more of their time in office to enrich themselves.

China and Taiwan aren't great friends. Zoom sends chats through China. So Taiwan has banned Zoom


“The underlying video software to be used should not have associated security or privacy concerns, such as the Zoom video communication service.”

So basically they shouldn't use any kind of video conferencing software.

Marriott Hotels hacked AGAIN: Two compromised employee logins abused to siphon off 5.2m guests' personal info


"Guests are now being emailed from marriott@email-marriott.com, ..."

Why do companies think it's a good idea to use all variations of domain names? They're not even in the email business WTH would they register and use email-marriott.com?

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...


Re: Naysayers-Again!

"as well as withholding a chemical they have a license to manufacture, probably given to them by a U.S. manufacturer, from the world."

Is there a problem with that? Given that they had to ensure enough supplies were available for domestic use? Now that the pandemic in China is somewhat under control, they are sending medical staff and supplies to various hard-hit places around the world - and then they're accused (by certain Western critics) of "facemask diplomacy".

The BlackBerry may be dead, but others are lining up to take its place


Re: The Last Nokias

My N900 ended in my front trousers pocket with some keys and when I sat down the screen got damaged releasing the liquid in the LCD. One of my favourite devices of yesteryear the Sharp Zaurus was still working when I spun it up about a year ago. My Psion S5 and Ericsson MC128 both stopped working years ago.

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


Re: Look at the super markets.

"Incidentally, have you seen the news reports saying that people are trying to spread disinformation about Covid19 to spread panic?"

Sounds more like a report to spread disinformation about Russian disinformation.

"It adds that Russian state media network RT Spanish is the 12th most popular source across Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR) and Reddit when it comes to the coronavirus."

Does it says who are the the top 5? My guess is that the top 3 or 5 sources accounts for the vast majority of the requests for coronavirus information, the rest of the sources are insignificant.



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