* Posts by channelswimmer

17 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Aug 2014

That's what makes you hackable: Please, baby. Stop using 'onedirection' as a password


Re: Trade deals with the EU

#7 was 'zinch' - does anybody know why?

Assange fails to delay extradition hearing as date set for February


Re: Not enough time?

Releasing classified information is only a crime if your job depends on you not doing it, eg Snowden and Manning. But publishing little-known facts is not, in and of itself, a crime. It's what newspapers do all the time. Not one journalist from the Guardian was prosecuted for publishing Snowden's revelations.

Bit nippy, is it? Hive smart home users find themselves tweaking thermostat BY HAND



They had a problem where if you had lights as well as heating, your heating would stop working. Here's the thing - they knew this full well, but if you called them they just went through the tedious process of reinitialising everything.This went on for months.Eventually I worked it out and took out the lights and waited for them to come up with a fix, which took a few more months. Amateurs.

Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database


Re: Perhaps block the directors from having access too

> My story....I park at the station and pay monthly by phone.

In which case POPLA aren't involved as it is a station and so covered by bylaws. All you have to do is not name the driver (unly the driver is liable under bylaws, there can be no keeper liability as PoFA 2012 doesn't apply), you then string them along for six months, at which point you don't have to pay anything.

Stripe in Bitcoin hype flight while fans blindly gobble up crypto-cash


Re: Trade deals with the EU

> when the bitcoin price falls below the cost of it's production.

Actually what happens is that the miners choose what transactions go into the block that they are going to mine - there are IIRC up to 2.400 transactions per block. Crucially, each of those transactions can specify a reward (in BC) to go to the successful miner. So what will happen is that the transactions that go into the block are those that give enough reward to the miner to make it economic for them.

Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU


Re: Stupid people don't know they're stupid

> Before we joined we had space programs

No we didn't. When we joined we were a basket case (that's why we spent eleven years trying to join); since joining we have become the fifth largest economy in the world due to our close trading partners and the access that the single market gave us (a British idea by the way, Thatcher pushed it onto the Europeans and we have benefited hugely from it).


Re: Trade deals with the EU

> Probably because the majority of vocal remainers were adamant that another referendum should be taken (presumably over and over ad infitium) until they got the result they wanted. Despite democracy not working like that

Erm, actually that is EXACTLY how democracy works, decisions are changed if the majority of the electorate are in favour of making that change. It is in dictatorships where decisions can never be changed regardless of the will of the people.

Five Eyes nations stare menacingly at tech biz and its encryption


Re: Trade deals with the EU

> If it's so great how come they never submit to a ballot after coming to power, eh?

Like the democratically elected Communist governments in West Bengal and Kerala you mean? Tosser.

Can you spout digital bollocks? London is hiring a Chief Digital Officer


It's pretty obvious that this will go to a well connected member of the establishment, like Dido Harding. Expect somebody with a private education, a PPE from Oxford, and parents who have got their own pages on Wikipedia.

'No deal better than bad deal' approach to Brexit 'unsubstantiated'


Re: Trade deals with the EU

> If you are looking for who has trade deals with the EU then you will have a very short list. In fact it's a list that manages to miss pretty much all the major world economies.

That is completely false, the EU trades on WTO terms with only eight nations. You mention the US; the EU has over 80 trade deals with the US.

VMS will be ready to run on x86 in 2019!


VMS has been running on x86 ever since M$ bought Cutler and team in to develop Windows NT. Like IBM-1 = HAL, VMS+1 = WNT...

Woman charged with blowing AU$4.6m overdraft on 'a lot of handbags'


> But you don't get to steal from someone just because they are careless and incompetent.

When are we going to prosecute the utility companies who retain your money when you change supplier then? They are making millions from it.

Lotus F1: 38°C? Sand in your Vblocks? Must be building a data center in Bahrain again


Re: It's a tough grind

That's because three years ago they got a jump on the field when they produced "the device": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_E20#.22The_Device.22

Ex-Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch sues HP for $150m+


How soon we forget

Lynch tried to sell Autonomy to Oracle for $6bn, and that was rejected as overpriced. HP shouldn't have subsequently bought it for $10bn, but they should at least have done some due diligence.


UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers


> Einstein comes to mind as the finest example of somebody who was not served well by such approaches to assessing ability, possibly because he was dyslexic.

Please stop with this urban myth. Einstein did very very well at school and was in fact top of his class in most subjects.


Fandroids, take your phone's antivirus and burn it – Android bod


The main Google Play service battery killer is that it regularly checks your position and the Wifi networks that you can see. It then sends this to Google so that Google can keep its database up to date - and this doesn't help you at all. To fix this:

root your phone

install the xposed framework

install Amplify.

Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users locked out


Re: It's even less secure than an unencrypted passwords.txt file

> it's trivial to sniff the master password you enter into one of those services to get to the other passwords.

It doesn't work like that, because that would be moronic. Instead the encrypted blob is sent to your PC, where the password is used to decrypt it in-app.