* Posts by crayon

341 posts • joined 14 Jul 2007


Biden issues Executive Order to tame digital currencies


Your first and third argument are only describing a subset of cryptocurrencies:

First, cryptocurrencies can be designed to be issued "without limit" as per "printing banknotes".

Third, cryptocurrencies can be designed to limit "privacy".

US warns Chinese chipmakers: Sell to Russia, suffer Huawei's fate


"That's not exactly dictating anyones policy but their own."

You haven't RTFA have you?

Primary sanctions are "US warns US chipmakers: Sell to Russia, suffer Huawei's fate"

Secondary sanctions are "US warns Rest Of The World chipmakers: Sell to Russia, suffer Huawei's fate"

How is that not "dictating anyone's policy but their own"?

In any case sanctions are an act of war, and under international law - which all UN members are obliged to follow - only the UN can approve of sanctions. For the US, might is right and only it's enemies have to follow international law.

Huawei UK board members resign over silence on Ukraine invasion

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EU, US close to replacing defunct Privacy Shield II


"EU Governments make far more lawful intercept requests than the US."

The figures for unlawful intercepts would probably be very different.

US exempts South Korean smartphones from Russia export bans


"Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine"

"The US has previously used secondary sanctions"

Which are also illegal, doubly so as even primary sanctions are illegal unless authorised by the UN. Of course countries like that have never let trifles like legality get in the way of their aggression - just in the 21st century: illegal aggression against Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and dozens of other countries.

New flashpoint: US may ask Chinese tech firms to bin Russia


Re: You're Next

Funny you should mention the Minsk Accords (no it does not directly guarantee Ukraine's borders). Under Minsk II, there was a timeline of sequential steps that parties to the conflict were supposed to carry out. First and foremost was a ceasefire - even this first step was a fail. Instead Kiev wanted to jump straight to the nearly last step - restoring control of Ukraine's border (with Russia) - bypassing the step which called for local elections.

For the past 7, the west conveniently "forgot" about Minsk II. Since it was signed, Kiev made no efforts at all to implement it. Look up the OSCE reports on the violations of the ceasefire. A week before Russia's special operations Putin again reminded the west (if they would listen) that the way to peace in Ukraine is through Minsk II. Zelensky when asked about Minsk II replied that he would never implement it, furthermore as he didn't even know who the leaders of the 2 breakaway republics were he had no-one to talk to.

Since the path to a peaceful settlement was not going to happen - the UK and US wouldn't allow Zelensky to implement it, Ukraine's own Nazi elements were openly threatening Zelenksy with consequences should he implement it - Russia decided to commence special operations.

And surprise surprise, suddenly the west lost it's collective amnesia and remembered Minsk II and declared that it was Russia that had destroyed it.

Research casts doubt on energy efficiency of 5G


Re: "what the report calls a rebound effect"

Google are playing the part that Microsoft plays in the Wintel relationship, Intel giveth (somewhat) and Windows taketh away.

OneWeb drops launches from Russia's Baikonur spaceport


Re: RD-180 Engines

"that it probably wasn't a good idea to have the defence of your country dependent on a nation to which you are hostile to- duh! Really?)"

Yes, really.


Re: (eventual) refund?

The UK prevented the internationally recognised government of Venezuela from withdrawing their gold stashed in the Bank of England. When can Venezuela expect their gold to be refunded + interest + damages. Iran, I believe is still waiting for the return of the money paid to the UK for tanks that were not delivered. UK & the US are the biggest international bank robbers.

Samsung shipped '100 million' phones with flawed encryption


Re: "Told you so" moment

Just like the washing powder companies say to their marketing droids - there is no such thing as "white", only "whiter than white".

Linux kernel edges closer to dropping ReiserFS


Re: Puzzled

"At the time, XFS was immature and early adopters were reporting data loss after power failures."

For me, after having twice suffered corrupted file systems using ext2/3, I changed over to ReiserFS and haven't had any problems since. That was years ago, nowadays I don't think I have any disks using ReiserFS anymore.

Australian Prime Minister's WeChat Shanghaied by Chinese patriots


Re: conflicting information

Not conflicting. The verbiage suggests that the original registrant, Mr Ji, might regain ownership of the account and hence possibly resume posting on Morrison's orders.

So Morrison and flunkies are attacking the Chinese government for "political interference" over an account to which Morrison is not entitled.


"it would still be best for both Labor and the Coalition to simply boycott WeChat because of the risk of censorship on the platform"


Are they going to de-platform themselves from the likes of Facebook, Twitter etc, because those are known to practice censorship and de-platform those whose views are not acceptable to the ruling classes.


"Selling the account is against the Terms of Service of WeChat. It should have been a simple account ownership question for Tencent to resolve, particularly for a high-profile account like the Prime Minister of Australia," Mr Potter said.


It is also against the ToS for a foreign national to register and by implication own and operate an account. So whether the account is sold or not is of no concern to Morrison or Potter.


He also pointed out that Tencent was quick to move when it temporarily blocked Mr Morrison's account in late 2020 amid a furious political dispute over an image of an Australian soldier posted on social media by Chinese diplomats


Morrison demanded that those posts be removed - ie censored - I believe he called it fake news at the time. The image in question would have been protected by "freedom of speech" in the west, furthermore the image was based on actual events (war crimes committed by Australian forces). Australia decided to censor without prejudice the whistleblower who exposed those crimes by prosecuting him.

Sheer shameless hypocrisy.

Myanmar's military junta seeks ban on VPNs and digital currency


She wasn't elected head of state. She was barred from running for the top job on account of her spouse and offspring being foreigners (not sure whether she herself has any other nationality/citizenship). She was ruling by proxy.

For years the west placed her on a pedestal and lauded her as a goddess of democracy. But when she came to power and didn't follow the script (ie cut ties with China and suck up to the west) the west got pissed off and started "taking back" the awards they heaped upon her in yesteryears.

Her "killing citiizens" (I think you mean civilians) had nothing to do with her "fall from grace" (in the eyes of the west). Saudi Arabia and the UAE are killing civilians by the dozens daily in Yemen and the west are falling over themselves to supply them with weapons. Bliar killed hundreds of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan and gets knighted for it. Obama started wars in Libya, Syria and Ukraine they're not asking him to return his ill-gotten and undeserved Nobel "Peace" Prize.

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 ...



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