* Posts by Al Brown

9 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Feb 2015

USA can afford golf for Trump. Can't afford .com for FBI infosec service

Al Brown

No https won't be an issue for the squatters once they realise they can use LetsEncrypt...

Hacker publishes GitHub secret key hunter

Al Brown

See earlier Reg story

See earlier Reg story:


'OAuth please do grow up' say IETF boffins

Al Brown

Have they not heard of OpenID Connect?

After all, it is a standard extending OAuth2 in order to provide authentication in a more secure manner. Was it NIH?

Doctor Who returns to our screens next week – so, WHO is the worst Time Lord of them all?

Al Brown

Tom Baker was second worst for me

Colin was the worst on screen, but Tom Baker was the second worst for me by a long chalk. He never seemed to solve anything himself, and either blundered into a solution, or was saved by his dog or his assistant, both of which were generally smarter than him.

I found Peter Davidson a breath of fresh air, who actually thought through solutions to some problems and in an early episode the sonic screwdriver was shot and 'killed' because it was used too much as a 'get out of jail free' card.

Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

Al Brown

BFS was pretty good in the 90's

The Be file system BFS (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_File_System) was pretty good in the mid-90s - very fast, excellent querying capabilities and the journalling capabilities meant that a common demo was pulling the plug on the machine in mid operation and then bringing it up again and demonstrating that no data had been lost.

Microsoft, Getty settle image snatch 'suit

Al Brown

I thought the lensmen books stand against drug runners was admirable at the time.

Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

Al Brown

Presumably Apple are hoping that their apple watch integration with Apple Pay is going to be more appealing to people, and will land in an environment that is ready to receive it.

I can't help thinking that they would have been better off planning to launch in the UK and Europe where contactless payments have been freely available for a couple of years though - where the process was already much more accepted. I know they couldn't tout the 'much more speedy' angle than they did in their launch video, but still...

Google opens 'Inbox' heir-to-email trial to biz users

Al Brown

I broadly agree with you. Certainly your principle that it should be critiqued for what it is rather than what it isn't is important.

I've used it for several months, but ultimately went back to my old email client for a few reasons.

1. It doesn't have an easy swipe to delete option. I get lots of emails that once read I never want to see again and so delete. That isn't the same as 'done'.

2. For better or worse I've got used to having everything in my inbox so that I can quickly scan down for stuff I still want to do.

3. The 'remind me later' turned out to be a PITN because things disappeared from my inbox until the due date and it was easier to forget about it entirely.

For anyone who likes the 'inbox zero' approach it is a really neat way of handling things, and I may look at the next iteration and see if they have fixed any of the bugs or issues I've raised.

Certainly interesting to see them trying something new.