* Posts by Ian Mason

75 posts • joined 27 Jun 2014

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China to push RISC-V to global prominence – but maybe into a corner, too, says analyst

Ian Mason

Re: better power consumption performance promise

You're missing the point. In the microcontroller sector power consumption performance is not about environmental impact, it's about "How long will the battery in this remote sensor last?", "How heavy will the battery be in this portable device?" and other similar performance/weight/longevity tradeoffs.

Intuit branches out into email marketing by splashing $12bn on Mailchimp acquisition

Ian Mason

Re: Yes, that's exactly what I need

I did that, including banning lots of other domains associated with mailchimp, ages ago because all they did was spew spam. In the several years since I've had to add *one* exception for something that I actually want to receive.

DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats sue NYC for trying to permanently cap delivery fees

Ian Mason

Re: Working class?

The word "moratorium" doesn't mean whatever it is you think it does.

Apple stalls CSAM auto-scan on devices after 'feedback' from everyone on Earth

Ian Mason

Re: Hey Apple!

> How exactly do you propose that Apple create an OS that prevents them, the OS developer, through a mechanism they cannot break through, from making changes to it?

How? Very simple, require a trusted third party to review their code and certify that it not sliding any back doors in. Add usual code signing mechanisms so that an iDevice won't run anything at system level that's not signed by "The committee of security experts for keeping Apple honest", just as Apple do for third party developers. The irony here is that there's enough hardware security on current iDevices to make this practicable.

Ian Mason

Hey Apple!

You took your reputation as "more on the side of your customer's privacy than any other vendor out there", you doused it in petrol, and set light to it.

"pause"? - Don't make me laugh cynically in your face. You think that "pausing" the rollout will help mend your reputation? Nope, you're toast. If you ever run another "privacy focused" ad campaign like you did recently in the UK you'll just remind customers that you're a bunch of hypocrites. The only thing that might save you is an about face, adding security mechanisms to your products that make it impossible for you to ever try adding anything like this again, and *proving* it to the public.

You've already, to my personal knowledge, cost yourself sales from this - i.e. people have said to me "I'm not buying any more Apple kit because of this." and one person I know is in the middle of eradicating Apple products from his house (quite a few) as a direct consequence of this.

Spring tears down math geek t-shirt listing because it dared to mention the trademarked word 'zeta'

Ian Mason

Erase them from the Internet

OK, I may not be able to erase them from the whole Internet, but I can erase them from my bit of it:

> ian@desk:~$ ssh root@nameserver

>

> No mail.

> Last login: Thu Sep 2 19:52:08 2021 from desk

> 20:01:25 up 16 days, 7:57, 1 user, load average: 1.54, 0.56, 0.20

> root@nameserver:~# cd /etc/bind

> root@nameserver:/etc/bind#

>

> root@nameserver:/etc/bind# ed policy.zone

> 11253

> /insert new records here/a

> teespring.com CNAME .

> *.teespring.com CNAME .

> .

> w

> 11278

> q

> root@nameserver:/etc/bind# make

> Zone file policy.zone changed.

> Updating serial number on policy.zone.

> Notifying nameserver to use updated zone policy.zone.

> Done.

>

> root@nameserver:/etc/bind# exit

There, done. The delights of running your own DNS firewall, you can blackhole any domain you like.

Leaked Guntrader firearms data file shared. Worst case scenario? Criminals plot UK gun owners' home addresses in Google Earth

Ian Mason

Re: Storage

That's wrong in just about every way. Lots of people keep firearms locked up at home that are only used for target shooting with an express endorsement on their firearms certificate that that is where they are to be stored when not in use.. Private possession of a Handgun has not been permitted since 1997 and would land you in court for possession of a section 5 prohibited weapon followed by a mandatory minimum of 5 years in choakie.

Fix five days of server failure with this one weird trick

Ian Mason

Re: Power supply on the floor?

I used to support these in their Convergent Technologies guise, who were the original equipment manufacturer for the badge engineered Burroughs/Unisys version.

The 'power brick' was connected by a rather stiff flat cable with, from memory, RJ-10 connectors on both ends - one of the wider RJ variants anyway. Power bricks were a known cause of trouble as far as we were concerned - "Try a different power brick" was our equivalent of "Have you turned it off and on again?". The customer should have got Convergent hardware and support from us instead of the same thing with a Burroughs/Unisys badge on the front. :-)

As to "server" - not really. These were desktop machines. Convergent did make 'proper' server versions of these, but this is obviously a case of "The bank that likes to say 'Computer says no'" cheaping out and using desktop hardware in lieu of the, significantly more expensive, server variant. That or the appropriate hardware wasn't available from Unisys but only direct from Convergent - the Burroughs/Unisys versions of these used to lag several years behind the Convergent machines.

The Convergent NGEN, as it was properly known, was actually quite a cool machine - way ahead of PCs of the time for ease of configurability. Add-ons came as 'slices', boxes in the same form factor as the base CPU unit. To add a hard disk, a fancy graphics card, a tape drive, or somesuch to the machine you just turned it off, took a clip-on blanking plate off the side of the machine, pushed the self contained 'slice' onto the side, flipped a lever that locked them together, put the blanking palte back on and powered it back up. Total time 30 seconds plus boot time. The worst case was if you'd exceeded the power budget, in which case you needed to add an additional power brick to bring it back within spec. Also come with builtin local area network as standard (a multidrop serial affair running at a few Mb/s) at a time when an Ethernet card or any networking in a PC was a rarity.

Razer ponders how to fix installer that grants admin powers if you plug in a mouse

Ian Mason

Re: "[Apple] complies with the laws in the countries it operates"

They really have screwed the pooch on this one, in the breif space of a couple of weeks they have effectively gone from "We're the champions of our customer's privacy" to "Let's face it, we were lying through our teeth and you really should have worked that out".

I note that they have stopped running their privacy campaign adverts in the UK. I don't know whether this is because they can't bring themselves to continue to tell such a bald faced lie, or whether it's simply that they realise they'd be wasting what they really care about - money.

Fancy joining the SAS's secret hacker squad in Hereford as an electronics engineer for £33k?

Ian Mason

Re: No comment

And in the very next story I read on el Reg, they're paying McKinsey £3 million for 8 weeks work. I'll save you reaching for the calculator - that's 242 years at £33k a year.

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns

Ian Mason

You can't train an AI on hashes, it has to have the original images.

In the UK at least, as originally put into law, mere possession with no regard to the intent of possessing such images is a criminal offence.

This originally led to a regime of selective prosecution just to work around the sheer stupidity that the police were committing criminal offences by retaining the same as evidence. I believe that particular stupidity has been legislated away, but mere possession is still strictly illegal for individuals/companies whether they know they are in possession or not, and whether they are in possession for what anybody would see as a legitimate purpose (e.g. to create hashes, preserve evidence to hand to the police etc.). Witness the senior Met. police officer (Ch Supt Novlett Robyn Williams) who was prosecuted for possession when she claimed not to even know that someone had sent her the material.

Ian Mason

Re: Don't use your iPhone in church

No, that's "whitewashed". Even Jesus said so. ;-)

Ian Mason

So Apple have solved the problem of what to do with that pile of cash?

That'll be handing it over to all the people who sue them for this. If the police in most civilised countries need a warrant to search your possessions for unlawful material, what authority do Apple claim for this gross abuse of civil liberties? What theory of law do they have that they think they have carte blanche to start searching through people's phones?

What do their marketing department think about all that money that they've wasted touting Apple's privacy credentials now that another part of Apple has just completely trashed those credentials overnight.

Really Apple? With all your shouting about privacy I really expected better from you.

Anyone who says "Think of the kiddies" and there's no doubt going to be some here: It's always used as the excuse for inserting the thin end of the wedge, and then at the first excuse whacking the other end with a bloody great mallet. A recitation of the evils that follow bending the rules of civil hygiene for some "special case" ought not to be necessary. But for those thinking "Well, it's only going to affect paedophiles" anyone with one jot of sense knows that if this is permitted then there will be another "good and worthy" case permitted, then another less worthy until it trickles down to the point where your phone's camera will feed the onboard AI, which will note the double yellow line you just parked on and immediately debit your bank account the parking fine and put points on your digital driving license.

I no longer have a burning hatred for Jewish people, says Googler now suddenly no longer at Google

Ian Mason

Re: This is confusing

"... but I also fail to see why people with American nationality can't also acknowledge their ethnicity at the same time."

But the impression is that they do it all the the time, regardless of how removed from that original ethnicity they are. Brits don't do it, Canadians don't do it, Aussies and Kiwis don't do it. Of all the major English speaking peoples only the Americans seem to have this need to identify as something more than plain American.

It took me years to discover that a British mate had Ukrainian grandparents on both sides. As far as he and I were concerned he was English, well "Saaaf Lundun" actually. If he was an American he would have told me he was "Ukrainian American" on or before the second time we met. At least he would have based on the Americans I know personally, all of whom I can recite (often long removed) ethnic origins for. As it was, his Ukrainian ancestry took 10 years to come out when provoked by its immediate relevance to something we were discussing.

Windows 11 still doesn't understand our complex lives – and it hurts

Ian Mason
Joke

"... whatever Teams calls its sub-Slack group chat system."

John Wayne ... ? (I suspect only Rupert will get this. Well, him and anyone old enough and imbued with sufficient Slack.)

I'll get my coat. It's the one with a pipe in the pocket.

EE and Three mobe mast surveyors might 'upload some virus' to London Tube control centre, TfL told judge

Ian Mason

I wonder whether "TfL’s barrister Mischa Balen" is related ....

... to one General Sir Anthony Hogmanay Melchett? They certainly say things that sound like the kind of things Melchett would say, cf:

"Security" isn't a dirty word Blackadder.

"Crevice" is a dirty word, but "security" isn't.

It's terrible what hundreds of years of inbreeding can do to the human mind.

Now, no doubt, they will be fretting over the tribunal judge pooh-poohing their claims about the risks of letting those horrible engineer and surveyor oiks into the building..

After staff revolt, Freenode management takes over hundreds of IRC channels for 'policy violations'

Ian Mason

Sinking

So, Andrew Lee finds himself on a boat with a smoking gun in his hand, blood pouring out of his foot, and water welling up underneath it where the new hole is, and it's everybody else's fault that the boat is now sinking? Yes, Andrew; good luck with getting anyone over the age of two to believe you.

RIP Spencer Silver: Inventor of the Post-it Note, aka the office password reminder, dies

Ian Mason

Yes, but what's his gravestone going to be?

I dearly hope that he, or his remaining family have the wit to produce a memorial fitting to the co-inventor of the Post-It note.

Ian Mason

Re: RIP Spencer

Not under the keyboard, but a tale of passwords on little notes:

Many years ago, after a cock-up at work that meant a magazine ended up late at the printers because someone was away and their network share was thereby inaccessible, the editor issued an edict that the managing editor should be given copies of everyone's passwords and a clipboard was produced with a list for everyone to add their password to and pass around. After yours truly pointed out the idiocy of handing the keys to the whole kingdom in plain sight to everyone we compromised on passwords in sealed envelopes being handed over.

Being personally a bit distrustful of this situation I changed my actual network password to "F**k off Johnny you nosy bastard" and duly recorded this in a sealed envelope. The theory was if Johnny decided to take a sneaky peek when he shouldn't have he wouldn't believe that this was actually a password and give up at that point. Trust me, anybody who knows Johnny knows he's exactly the type to read other people's email if he could. It was a pain in the posterior to type - in an age where most people's passwords were 6 characters - but it was vaguely satisfying to know that at some point he was going to have read it and couldn't say anything about it.

Names changed to protect the guilty.

Microsoft demotes Calibri from default typeface gig, starts fling with five other fonts

Ian Mason

Bierstadt

Bierstadt looks a bit fuzzy to me, and I expect it's going to look a lot less attractive in the morning.

UK's National Cyber Security Centre recommends password generation idea suggested by El Reg commenter

Ian Mason

Password reset.

> If anyone's got a practical method of resetting your face after your encrypted mugshot is abused by crims, let us know by sticking it in the comments.

Not since the Printer's Devil pub in Uxbridge was knocked down. In the section reviewing pubs in the annual student handbook at Brunel University it was the only one with an invariant review year-on-year: "Good place to get your face customised by the locals."

Splunk junks 'hanging' processes, suggests you don't 'hit' a key: More peaceful words now preferred in docs

Ian Mason

Splunk PC Committee: "You see the way that leaf hangs in the breeze? That's violent and insensitive that is".

Me: "Mucking Fuppets"

Apache foundation ousts TinkerPop project co-founder for tweeting 'offensive humor that borders on hate speech'

Ian Mason

Re: words fly away, writings remain.

"Your right leg, I like. I like your right leg. A lovely leg for the role. That's what I said when I saw you come in. I said, "A lovely leg for the role". I've got nothing against your right leg. The trouble is – neither have you."

The wastepaper basket is on the other side of the office – that must be why they put all these slots in the computer

Ian Mason

Re: oh crumbs!

We're presuming that they properly applied - to the user, not the computer?

Let's check in now with the new California monolith... And it's gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets

Ian Mason

Re: Second great commandment

You were misinformed, probably by someone who wanted an excuse to be nasty to people who weren't fellow Christians.

The word used for neighbour is 'πλησίον' and just means neighbour in the same sense as the English word.

Update to NHS COVID-19 app brings improved warnings, end to 'ghost' notifications

Ian Mason

What?

>Medium proximity, which is defined as between two and four meters (6.5ft to 13ft), is scored at 150 points. Previously, you needed to rack up 900 points in order for the app to issue a self-isolation warning. Now, that's been reduced to 120 points.

So, standing in the next aisle in a supermarket to a person who tests positive despite being separated by a barrier over two meters high will land you under 'house arrest'? Isn't that a rather low risk situation to convert into "thou shalt self-isolate for 14 days'? And they expect people to volunteer to use this.

Palo Alto Networks threatens to sue security startup for comparison review, says it breaks software EULA

Ian Mason

Re: Fair comment?

The constitution kicks in as soon as they threaten to suppress your freedom of speech by action in court, which is part of the government. So the threat of legal action takes it into the realm of the constitution. The company has no power of itself to suppress your speech in media not owned and controlled by that company, only the courts do, and the courts have to follow the constitution.

Ian Mason

Is there anybody from Palo Alto listening?

If there is, please note that this one action by you has persuaded me that your products can't be any good because they clearly can't stand on their own feet without the support of some threatening letters from lawyers. I mean they must be soooo bad if you feel you have to prevent review of them by any means you think you can get your hands on.

If it persuaded me, I wonder how many more people there are who have been similarly persuaded by your antics, who haven't spoken out?

Well done, your competitors have probably just cracked open a few crates of champagne.

Fujitsu gets ready to eat its own dogfood as company-wide digital transformation project kicks off

Ian Mason

Hope that they've put aside some dosh...

... for compensating the poor employees who'll get jailed for fraud because 'Fujitsu computer says so'.

Also it's quite refreshing that they're saying upfront that they expect to make a dog's breakfast of it all.

Brexit travel permits designed to avoid 7,000-lorry jams come January depend on software that won't be finished till April

Ian Mason

Re: What's in a name...

I think they normally use "world beating" in the same sense as "child beating". i.e. deeply wrong...

We want weaponised urban drones flying through your house, says UK defence ministry as it waves a fistful of banknotes

Ian Mason
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Sorry, a £150k?

£150k isn't going to buy you a development programme for anything even 1/10th the complexity of what they are asking for. That might pay for one engineer's time for a year, a bench for him to work on, and a few parts with a little bit of profit left over to make it worth doing. What it won't do is produce any worthwhile deliverables.

It's so ridiculously low a budget that this must be a boondongle that's being set up for someone they've already got in the frame for it?

Ian Mason
Joke

Re: ... but with Empire waistlines?

And heaving bosoms. Please. Pretty please.

QR-code based contact-tracing app brings 'defining moment' for UK’s 'world beating' test and trace system

Ian Mason

Since when was 'newspeak' used for official announcements?

What gets my goat is the blatancy with which they claim that keeping a list of where you have been is "privacy preserving". It's one thing to keep a pseudonymous list of who you have been in contact with a la Apple/Google, there are ways to do that in a privacy preserving manner. It's very hard to see how a scheme that by definition must cross-correlate where MANY people have been BY LOCATION can be constructed in a way that will be privacy preserving. To claim it's privacy preserving is, almost without a doubt, a lie. It doesn't exactly reassure me of the safety and security of their scheme, it does however convince me that I can't trust them by running this app on my phone.

You're all wet: Drippy chips to help slash data centre power consumption and carbon costs

Ian Mason

Re: No physics again.

Somebody is being economical with the truth there with their claims. Assuming a fairly normal data centre air conditioning schene, using just 6W to get rid of 100W of heat would imply a Carnot Coefficient Of Performance of nearly 17. Practical heat pumps achieve COPs in the region of 4, i.e. for every 100W of heat you need to get rid of you'll use another 25W to do it.

What's 2 + 2? Personal info, sniffs Twitter: Anti-doxxing AI goes off the rails, bans tweets with numbers in them

Ian Mason

Re: Would anything of value be lost if Twitter was gone?

> Since it is considered desirable by its many users the answer would be yes.

There used to be a style of TV advertising in the 60s that went "Use Zappo! Two million housewives can't be wrong!" - which I always characterise as the "Eat shit!" argument: "Eat shit! Twenty trillion flies can't be wrong".

So it would seem that your thesis for the usefulness of Twitter is "Use twitter! Three hundred million twits can't be wrong!".

Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops

Ian Mason

They probably ran up all those hours because the police's legal team dragged it out as much as they could, generated as much of a smokescreen as possible, put forward all sorts of facile defences that still have to be refuted and so on - basically just weaselled as much as they could to avoid putting their hands up and saying "Sorry, we got it wrong". Rule one of being a copper if you're done something unlawful - lie, bluster and obfuscate until the problem (i.e. the truth) goes away.

What would be instructive would be to know what the police's legal costs were (including internal costs). I'll bet that adds another cool £200,000 to the bill that the public is having to foot. FOI request anyone?

Competition? We've heard of it. MoD snubs cloud rivals to hand Microsoft £17.7m Azure hosted services gig

Ian Mason

Re: Security??????

"The clue is in the name: civil servants serve, and who do they serve? The public, but specifically the democratically-elected representatives of the public..."

So you clearly haven't seen the excellent documentaries on the Civil Service: "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister". For those still under the mistaken belief that these were a series of comedy programs, find a honest friend or relative who works in the Civil Service and ask them which programme category they belong in.

Keen to go _ExtInt? LLVM Clang compiler adds support for custom width integers

Ian Mason

"transistor layouts for FPGAs"

Produce "transistor layouts for FPGAs"? Hmm, I think somebody doesn't actually know how FPGAs work. A clue is in the name, "Field Programmable Gate Array". Any transistor layout was well and truly fixed when the original FPGA design was cast into silicon, the "field programmable" bit works by routing signals using switches (and their component transistors) that are already part of the physical design. Note that the erroneous description is Keane's, not the reporter's. Do we really want someone specifying a feature that is ONLY intended to be used for FPGAs when they don't know how an FPGA works?

How does £36m sound, mon CHERI? UK.gov pumps cash into Arm security research

Ian Mason

Money for old rope.

What's laughable about this is, this "research" that costs millions boils down to rehashing work already done at Cambridge in the 1970's by Maurice Wilkes and Roger Needham. See "The Cambridge CAP computer and its operating system" ISBN 0-444-00358-4 (pub. 1979) and "Capabilty-Based Computer Systems", Henry M. Levy, Digital Press 1984.

Chef roasted for tech contract with family-separating US immigration, forks up attempt to quash protest

Ian Mason

Re: Flaming idiot, social justice warrior and political hack

The person I feel sorry for is the one who had to transcribe the note, doubtless scribbled in angry crayon, onto a computer.

Just add water: Efficient Energy’s HFC-free chillers arrive in the UK

Ian Mason

Re: BTU

By my calculations that makes 1 lb of lard 16,209 BTU, which seems more of an el Reg unit to me.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

Ian Mason

Re: Bertrand Russell

> Another one to add to the set...

Which would be incomplete without Kurt Gödel.

Internet be nimble, internet be QUIC, Cloudflare shows off new networking shtick

Ian Mason

Shome mishtake shirley?

Would it be too much to ask that El Reg, when doling out work, gives the stuff out about network protocols to people who have, even a vague, grasp of how they work?

The relationship of UDP to underlying IP addresses is exactly the same as TCP's relationship to underlying IP addresses, as indeed is QUICs. So saying "And the reason is that TCP intrinsically assumes you will stay at the same address on the network while you are sending and receiving information." as if the very same thing doesn't apply to UDP or QUIC is a huge clue that the writer is outside the zone of their competence.

An "explainer" article should do that, not muddy the waters further.

Rant launches Eric Raymond's next project: open-source the UPS

Ian Mason

Re: Lack of clue

Granted, but if you were going to build a house you wouldn't pick out the specific joists to use, and say "We'll leave the rest to the architect/civil engineer/builder, we must get one of those."

BUT they have already chosen a processor board they would like to use (an A20-OLinuXino-LIME2). In practice this sort of thing doesn't use a Linux based commercial board such as they have picked, but a microcontroller picked to have all the right interfaces for controlling the power electronics. Heck, there are microcontrollers dedicated to power electronics control with much of the control circuitry already there for the taking. That's where you start, picking which of the dozens of MCUs in that space best fits your first iteration of power electronics design, not "Let's have something that runs Linux". That Olimex board costs 45 euro, an appropriate MCU would likely be sub $1 in quantity, and the whole bill of materials for the power control board (including MCU, display, some buttons and a USB connector) ought to come to less than 45 euros. Carry on designing like that and you'll have a 500 euro bill of materials before you've added a case and a battery.

To be fair, the board is listed on their 'strawman' list, but they're so far into Dunning Kruger that they don't realise how far off the mark they are. Very typical programmer hubris (Says this programmer who just happens to know rather a lot more about electronics than the average programmer).

Ian Mason

Lack of clue

Yeah, the LiPO battery thing is stupid. Lots of little cells that you need charge balancing circuitry, and cell protection circuitry for instead of a single, big sealed lead acid battery? Yeah, that'll keep down your bill of materials - not!

The problem is that this seems to be being driven by software weanies and there's no evidence of any power electronics folk's input in the specifications. The fact that they find managing a bypass switch challenging is evidence of that:

"This may have to be a mechanical switch (possibly flipped by a solenoid, but not a traditional spring-loaded relay that resets to a specific state when power is removed). Implementing the option in software seems hard, especially if this UPS is supposed to protect against intermittent voltages and overvoltages as well (i.e. cases where bypass is the wrong response and there’s no software running due to lack of power)."

i.e. They have never heard of latching contactors or solid state relays (i.e. triacs).

Further evidence for the supposition that this is just a bunch of programmers are the facts that the current specification has no, zero, zip, mention of the options for power conversion technology to be used, or the type of output waveform to be supported, or any of the basic questions that an Electronic Engineer would ask first. Like, they've said 300W for 15 minutes (based on measurements apparently) but no mention is made of a figure in VA - probably because they have zero clue what a "power factor" is.

They need to get some power electronics engineering experience on board very fast or this is going to become another "Arduino Maker Project" designed by programmers. Do that on mains attached power electronics and watch your house burn down.

UK takes first step towards criminalising driverless car hackers

Ian Mason

Re: The number of laws we have...

> The number of laws we have surely there is already one that would cover this?

Of course there are. Interference with vehicles contrary to section 9 of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 and offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

Whenever we get new laws because of the "something must be done" crowd there is almost always existing legislation that is more general, better thought out and better tested in the courts.

Ian Mason

Re: Manufacturers should be liable

The approach we've taken so far is that manufacturers are liable for their products. Because of this they insure against such liabilities. The insurance companies then, for free, police the manufacturers and refuse to insure them unless they follow the insurer's advice about reducing risks of product flaws that might give rise to liability. It's not a perfect system, but it has been reasonably successful in making the manufacturers address safety issues as a matter of enlightened self-interest rather than as a pure 'race to the bottom line'.

Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

Ian Mason

Have you noticed that Jamie Oliver is gradually turning into Ray Winstone? Seriously, next time he's on TV compare him to a twenty year old photo of Ray. Anyway, this leads to the obvious conclusion that the experiment should take place, not in an adult jail, but in the borstal from "Scum".

Nork hackers exploit Flash bug to pwn South Koreans. And Adobe will deal with it next week

Ian Mason

Re: Flash, begone in a flash

Ditto. Been Flash free on this machine since July last year and there hasn't been one occasion where I even needed to notice that it wasn't installed - except when I read about the latest bug/exploit and then I remember that it's not installed and feel smug.

Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access

Ian Mason

Re: iPlayer and the License

"From the report it doesn't sound like the MPs have really considered the implications of requiring everyone in the UK to create what amount to social media accounts to access content from our state broadcaster."

Erm, hasn't that already happened with the BBC now requiring a login to iPlayer.

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