* Posts by crayon

326 posts • joined 14 Jul 2007


Remember the FBI's promise it wasn’t abusing the NSA’s data on US peeps? Well, guess what…


Re: the gang

The CIA does, so I guess the FBI is the same:


HP to hike upfront price of printer hardware as ink biz growth runs dry


Re: Deskjet - sold for $1,000, and not subsidised.

I bought a Deskjet 500 back around the early '90s, couldn't remember the cost, probably around £400. I was able to print in "full" colour by: filling used cartridges with coloured ink (C/M/Y), running an Amiga program that created colour separated files, then printing onto the same piece of paper 4 times (changing out the cartridge for the appropriate colour each time).

Hong Kong ISPs beg Chinese govt not to impose Great Firewall on them


Re: "increasingly violent Chinese security forces"

It's deplorable that the level of violence (from all sides) have reached the level that they have. However it had taken more than 2 months of protests and gradual escalation of violence on all sides before the police rolled out the water cannons. Compare that with the recent G7 protests in France where water cannons and tear gas were used from the get go.


Re: As If anything else would happen here...

Except Hong Kong Citizens weren't classified as British Citizens. So you're right "they could have not had their British Citizenship stolen from them" because they did not have "British Citizenship" in the first place.

Donald Trump blinks in his one-man trade war with China: US govt stalls import tariff hike on Chinese phones, laptops, electronics


"Bush bombed the US-installed dictator Saddam back into the stone age because he was selling oil in dollars and made out like a bandit (WMD was but a -bad- excuse)."

And Obama took out Gaddafi because he had dared to setup a pan-African currency backed by gold and was planning to sell Libyan oil in that currency instead of USD.

"The problem: the Chinese can affect that trade pretty much from about mid 2020 onwards. They expand this ability quietly as always, but I suspect the smart people will spot this and silently bail on the dollar too which eventually lead to major problems"

The smart ones already know this. Incremental steps have been taken over the past few years by China and Russia and their various trading partners to reduce the usage of the USD and eventual replacement of it by their national currencies. For years both countries have been building up their gold reserves and shedding their holdings of USD bonds. Both have also setup inter-bank transfer systems which bypass the US controlled SWIFT since SWIFT has become a political tool of economic terrorism.


Re: Fortuna eruditis favet

Fortune cookies are most likely invented by Chinese/Japanese immigrants to the US. So "authentic" fortune cookies won't be found or made in China.

Trump continues on the warpath: Now US tariffs cover nearly everything arriving from China


Fake news is everywhere, even here

"In June, the situation seemed to be improving. Trump met his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the G20 Summit and agreed not to impose further tariffs. It wasn't to last."

They agreed to a 3 month ceasefire. June + 3 months is September or thereabouts which is when the new tariffs kick in.

"(despite describing the proposed tariffs as "fake news" just days later)."

I skimmed through the article that was linked to, it seems to be about calling "proposed bans on investments in tech companies" fake news. I can't see anything about anyone calling the "proposed tariffs" fake news.

Omni(box)shambles? Google takes aim at worldwide web yet again


Re: I reckon the proper term is 'institutional stupidity'

With the exception of Windows I don't think any other OS (worth mentioning) mandates the use of the file extension to indicate file type. AmigaOS/Workbench also had no need for file extensions decades ago.


Re: The Cynic in me

"Nah, the cynic in me believes this new "feature" wil be used to obfuscate the long strings of characters that Google (and Facebook) attach to shared web links to track users to their friends they share with."

Many other sites do that kind of thing. DDG does/did that as well - once upon a time they didn't, then they did it intermittently, then there was a period when they did it for weeks, but I've not noticed them doing it for the last few months.

Anyone knows how to stop the refresh that google does when you search for something? It initially displays the vanilla links (so browser would correctly show links that have already been visited), then it refreshes and shows it tracking links - which is bloody annoying as then there is no easy way to tell which links I have already visited.

The tracking info in the links I have solved by writing a script for my clipboard manager so that when a google search results link is copied to the clipboard I have the option to sanitise it. When DDG did their extended period of link tracking I wrote something to sanitise those as well.

Networking giant in hot water for selling US govt buggy spy kit? Huawei again? No, it's Cisco


One lucky whistleblower ...

most others are in jail or in exile. This dude gets $1.6m for his troubles.

Outraged Virgin slaps IP trolls over dirty movie download data demands


It's not just speed. Another reason is if the distro maker has moderate infrastructure then it might be better to use bt to ease the strain on that infrastructure.

Alibaba sketches world's 'fastest' 'open-source' RISC-V processor yet: 16 cores, 64-bit, 2.5GHz, 12nm, out-of-order exec


Re: Here's the funny part... actually it's not so funny at all ...

"I wonder if non-democratic states will respect that intent, or start making highly efficient missile control systems quickly and cheaply."

Being able to build an efficient anti-missile system will help those countries to avoid being destroyed by Freedom Bombs from "democratic" states.

In case you are under some kind of delusion, "democratic" states or entities in "democratic" states have no obligations to and can just as easily not respect the "intent to democratize processor development".

Office 365 verboten in Hessen schools: German state bans cloudy Microsoft suite on privacy grounds


"We routinely work to address customer concerns by clarifying our policies and data protection practices, and we look forward to working with the Hessian Commissioner to better understand their concerns."

MS are still at the "looking forward to working with" stage and haven't reached the actual "working with" stage.


Re: In a way, we've come full circle..

It was Sun who bought StarOffice and turned it into OpenOffice. Oracle got their grubby hands on it as part and parcel of their takeover of Sun. But OO was of no use to Oracle so they offloaded it to the Apache Foundation.

It was totally Samsung's fault that crims stole your personal info from a Samsung site, says Samsung-blaming Sprint


"Either way, another fine example of why relying on an external provider to hold your customers data is a sure fire way to get bitten in the a$$."

On the contrary it is allowing Sprint (for the moment) to shift blame on someone else.

Here's a great idea: Why don't we hardcode the same private key into all our smart home hubs?


password protected folder?

"The key was extracted by simply imaging the hub's SD card: in appeared in the '/etc/dropbear/' folder and was called 'dropbear_rsa_host_key.' The folder was password protected but easily cracked with some readily available software."

How does one password protect a folder/directory on presumably a *nix system (that the device in question is running on)?

FYI: Yeah, the cops can force your finger onto a suspect's iPhone to see if it unlocks, says judge


Re: "...their head stuck in their slab..."

The majority of the time I spend on my phone is in reading books. So I guess that makes me doubly self-absorbed and moronic :(

UK cautiously gives Huawei the nod for 5G network gear sales


but not into the core of those networks, which is where UK spies ...

... do their spying.

China Mobile, you can kiss good Pai to America: FCC to ban 'spy risk' telco from US


Re: Botnets, spies, and spammers

"From the article: The company [Huawei] is owned by the Chinese government"

Bobbie, did you even read the article before launching your bombast? The article is about China Mobile. I don't know why you think iphone dollars have something to do with this article. The company assembling iphones for Apple is Foxconn - which is Taiwanese owned.

"Because of 'slave labor' [essentially], working for government owned businesses [essentially]"

So [essentially], are you saying that working for government owned businesses is slave labour? Or does that only apply to Chinese government owned businesses? And [essentially] why do you think that?

Did someone forget to tell NTT about Brexit? Japanese telco eyes London for global HQ


Re: We are considered pretty trustworthy globally ...

"which is standard operating procedure when it's unclear who should be entitled to them"

You're right that it's SOP against countries that are too weak to fight back. It's the new face of piracy, except that it has been practiced for decades. It's also perfectly clear who should be entitled to them - but a bunch of rogue countries decided otherwise and anointed a practically nobody as the "next president" of Venezuela.

"Since Maduro is not recognised by the UK (and other EU governments)"

At least you got it right by using "and other EU governments" and not "and the EU". Italy was the only major EU country with the balls to stand up against this blatant aggression against another country and prevented the EU from making a joint statement.

Note what happened when the Italian deputy PM met with some representatives from the Yellow Vests - France called it "an unacceptable provocation" and recalled their ambassador to Italy for "consultations".


But somehow it's perfectly fine for a bunch of Western countries to dictate to Venezuela who their president should be and to urge their people and their military to overthrow the incumbent government. And then they have the cheek to call this "returning Venezuela to democracy".

For the record, Venezuela has one of the most transparent election process in the world (yes, really - do some research). Stakeholders are present at all stages of an election to monitor and verify. All voting machines give out receipts and maintain a hardcopy paper trail (which are tallied and checked against the electronic results) - unlike some countries where although machines are required to keep hardcopies they "mysteriously" end up with no paper loaded on voting day.

"When Venezuela gets its government sorted out, then that government will have access to the money again."

There is no sorting out needed, the sole legitimate government is the one recognised by the vast majority of countries and the UNGA.

Hopefully the decision by Russia and China to send have their militaries pay a visit to Venezuela will be enough to signal to the would-be regime-changers that military options are not on the table.


We are considered pretty trustworthy globally ...

but likes stealing the assets of sovereign countries:


It is but 'LTE with new shoes': Industry bod points a judgy finger at the US and Korea's 5G fakery


Re: "Although given the NBT was DAT and Minidiscs"

Sony didn't learn and continued their mistakes in promoting their "whatever is was called" equivalent of CF and SD memory cards.

The Reg takes a trip over the New Edge. Mmmm... New Coke with extra fizz


MS or Google, or both

gets to slurp your data?

Amazon consumer biz celebrates ridding itself of last Oracle database with tame staff party... and a Big Red piñata


Re: For the cost of an Oracle license

... Or they could use the money saved to pay some taxes. It's been reported that Alibaba paid some $7.7 Billion in taxes last year:


I wonder how much Amazon paid.

How do you sing 'We're jamming and we hope you like jamming, too' in Russian? Kremlin's sat-nav spoofing revealed


Re: "Misinformation coming from Russia"

Craig Murray, bless him. Now that he no longer draws a government paycheck is free to speak his mind. He writes more sense than the whole of the British so called "news" media put together.

In the West, we're worried about shooting down drones. In Russia, drones shoot you


Re: We're doomed.

"Who do the usual chant of 'death to America, death to Israel', demonstrating that geography perhaps isn't their strong point."

I'm not going to pass judgement on their grasp of geography, but unlike you, they do know their geopolitics. Like the fact that until relatively recently the US were refueling the Saudi jets that are used to bomb mainly non-military targets.

Huawei savaged by Brit code review board over pisspoor dev practices


Re: Real point here

What values of "free" are you talking about considering that Huawei provides funding to run HCSEC?

Blow 'em Huawei: Rival Fujitsu tops Chinese array in flashy SPC-1 benchmark brawl


Why is it news ...

... when IBM achieved 1.5 Billion IOPS more than 2 years ago?

Mobes 'n' mattresses flinger Xiaomi growing like the clappers – outside China, at least


Video players

Most video players use the "phone" permissions to pause the video when you have an incoming call. Whether that is all they use the permissions for is another matter.

Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas


So, why China is building and deploying its own carriers?

China has been constantly accused of not "following international norms". Now China can follow "international norms" and use its carrier(s) to bully the crap out of weak countries?

Disk-nuking malware takes out Saudi Arabian gear. Yeah, wipe that smirk off your face, Iran


"the BBC can exclusively reveal"

Can you have exclusive tweets? That's where the BBC seem to be getting their news these days.

Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change


"I'm pretty sure they could have just weighed them to arrive at a count with an acceptable level of accuracy."

They should have been able to. I don't know about now, but Barclays used to weigh the notes that were paid in to them. If they can trust the accuracy of the weight of notes then coins shouldn't be a problem at all.

'Strategic' submarine cable to connect islands where locals just emerged from stone age


"... clean water and electricity ..." and indoor toilets.

We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips


re: content free emails

When you receive your content free email you're supposed to login to your


account to see the content.

China's Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation


Yeah right, blame it on Panama

"Panama is just a state of heightened tax avoidance".

That Panamanian law firm is only acting as a middle man. The real tax avoidance takes place in the offshore tax havens, many of which are under British jurisdiction.

Former FBI spy hunter: Don’t trust China on ‘no hack’ pact


The bad guys are not playing by the rules

Maybe the "good" guys should set an example by ... playing by the rules?

Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone


"There's a very simple question that needs to be answered: Do you believe that an American Citizen has the right to defend their life, their property, and the lives of others anywhere they have a legal right to be?"

Have there been any studies into the number of lives saved by American Citizens exercising their right to "defend their life, their property, and the lives of others anywhere they have a legal right to be" versus the number of lives wasted by the abuse of firearms?

French scream sacré bleu! as US govt gives up the internet to ICANN


"it seems odd for foreign nations to think they get a vote on it."

If foreign nations don't get a say then those with sufficient motivation and means will just say fork it and set up alternative institutions and mechanisms.

Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday


"You sure about that? My ebook library[*} is will over 50GB. And that's a small sub-section of all the books I own[**]"

Assuming that

- your books are mostly novels with few illustrations and pictures

- formatting/drm and other cruft bloats the books' size by 10 times its basic ascii versions

- average word length is 5 characters

- you read at 3 words/second, and you spend 8 hours each and every day reading

(((((50 * 1024 * 1024 * 1024) / 10) / 5) / (3 * 3600)) / 8) / 365 = approx. 34.04813

it will take you over 30 years to read all your 50GB of books.

CK Hutchison/O2: 'Four networks' dogma risks one giant and three hopeless dwarves


Re: Have I missed something?

"We should also recall that 20% corporation tax was lost on most of the 3G license proceeds as they were massively written down with the associated tax write-off when those losses were declared. ... So short term ('OfCom') gain must be balanced against lost revenue, lost investments and lost taxation."

If company A spent £10 billion on spectrum the government pockets the £10 billion. If company A didn't spend the £10 billion on spectrum (or anything else) and declared it as profit then they would have to pay the 20% corporation tax (assuming that's the going rate) and the government gets £200 million. So where is the lost taxation?

Cruz missile slams into DNS overlord ICANN over Chinese censorship


Re: China censors the internet...

Well it doesn't - it only censors the part within its own borders.

Whereas the US doesn't respect borders.

Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption


"To be fair the British government has so far found very few "terrorists" at which to fire those missiles, whereas the Russians have had no difficulty."

To the Russians, terrorists are terrorists. To the British government (and other "Western" countries) there are "good" terrorists and "bad" terrorists.

Feds spank Asus with 20-year audit probe for router security blunder


Not fair to Windows users

How come the FTC aren't looking out for Windows users? Security problems at MS are orders of magnitude more serious but the FTC are doing diddlysquat.

Evil OpenSSH servers can steal your private login keys to other systems – patch now


Re: Workaroud breaks putty

When messing around with ssh on a remote machine always keep at least 1 ssh connection alive, that you can stop/restart the sshd on the remote machine and if there are any problems you can use your existing connection to correct it.

Here are the God-mode holes that gave TrueCrypt audit the slip


"No one that cared about security would want to use a product without commercial support."

The only commercial support worth having is for the case when the encryption key is lost/forgotten and they can use their backdoor to decrypt your data for you.

The UN made privacy a human right – but that's not good enough for Team Snowden


Getting countries to sign up to a new treaty is the easy part. Getting them to abide by it is somewhat harder. If countries can redefine torture as "enhanced interrogation", then the invasion of privacy can also be redefined to sound more friendly and less threatening.

'We can handle politicos, OUR ISSUE IS JUDGES', shout GCHQ docs


"If you accept that freedom is sometimes worth dying for (the premise behind pretty much every war ever fought),"

If by freedom you mean the freedom for one side to loot and plunder another side, and the freedom for the other side to defend against being looted and plundered, then yeah, pretty much every war is about dying for freedom.

EE is UK's biggest loser on customer broadband gripes – AGAIN


On EE now, the dns lookups are atrociously slow. Websites take 1-2 seconds before they even start loading, and when they do start loading they don't do so as fast as I would like them to (I'm using firefox with ad blocking and noscript and ghostery so a lot superfluous would have been filtered out and not loaded). And on average there's a dns lookup timeout every one and a half days. Previously was using Sky, they're OK, and before that used Plusnet - of the 3, Plusnet was the most pleasurable to use, even though its line speed wasn't as fast as Sky and EE websites loaded as soon as the url was entered.

Mobile 'fault' forces BA flight into unscheduled Russian landing


Re: Fortunately

"When there is an unscheduled emergency stop, airplanes and so on should enjoy the same status as an embassy of the country in which they are registered."

Are there any international agreements that says a host country must allow an "embassy" to take-off after it has made an unscheduled emergency stop?

The international law is yet to be designed where a country sufficiently endowed with exceptionalism is unable to flout.

Embracing the life-changing qualities of USB power packs and battery extenders


What I would like to see in a phone are hot-swappable battery. USB power packs have their uses but are no substitute for removable batteries.



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