* Posts by xybyrgy

39 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Jul 2015

The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever


Re: Here's the Windows 10 future I see ... it will be used to download Android desktop

Will they have Rats...

Rats? Rats in Windows?? RATS in WALLS????

Stainless Steel Rats!

Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south


Re: I'm puzzled

Comcast, I believe, is only capping at 250 GB in a very limited number of markets. Elsewhere, it's unlimited.

Oh no, startup Massive Analytic unleashes 'artificial precognition'


Re: If the technology is even a fraction as good as advertised...

Depends if the company flops

They already know that in advance...

Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016


Re: "Nobody needs to load software from disc any more"

An external DVD-RW drive can be had for dirt cheap, so what's the problem here, exactly?

Japanese boffins fire up 100Gbps wireless broadband connection


Re: Puzzled

Likely QAM.

Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP


You're not whistling Dixie

@ac: Hard disk controllers, SIM cards, routers, etc. It's all out there. DuckDuckGo is your friend...

Death to clunky, creaky rip-off cable boxes – here's how it will happen


Happy Dance


Stop the music! Booby-trapped song carjacked vehicles – security prof



Some good, mostly bad, of course - until someday somebody important's offspring is kidnapped with the aid of insecure IoT...

Smartphone hard, dudes, like it’s the end of the world!


Re: I want one too v2.0

And forgot the most important thing - OSM maps in MapFactor are downloadable to SD (if you've got one) in unlimited (ex. by card capacity) quantity and geography. Also android only.


Re: I want one too v2.0

Try MapFactor w/free OSM maps, you can correct them yourself (and I do) and frequent updates...

At last – Feds crack down on crummy encryption … starting with your dentist


Re: Nanny State

Sarcasm, downvoters?

Australian government urges holidaymakers to kill two-factor auth


Paper auth

Facebook offers paper auths when a phone is not available. Print them out ahead of time, carry along, easy as pie...

Obama calls out encryption in terror strategy speech


Magical Thinking

Until the powers that be listen to their experts - and they employ them - and believe that a backdoor for LEOs is a backdoor for criminals/hackers/thieves and would destroy modern commerce, they will persist in la-la land.

Lenov-lol, a load of Tosh, and what the Dell? More bad holes found in PC makers' bloatware


Re: New machine?

Ideal application for new consumer protection laws - make Illogical, immoral EULAs illegal!

Report fingers China for assault on Australian weather supercomputer


Other Uses?

Perhaps this computer was engaged in some more sensitive government related crunching?

Mozilla annual report shows risky Google dependency now risky Yahoo! dependency


Re: The problem


Network problems? It's not just you. Level3 outages reported in the US



In US: 1-800-MISS-DIG. They will come out and put little flags along every single buried utility in existence.

Samsung S6 calls open to man-in-the-middle base station snooping


Re: Bad News for T-Mobile Customers

I assume you've already read this page (about Android 6.0), and found it lacking your phone. Just part of the scheme to get you to buy more expensive phones. :(


Unfortunately, you can't port an identical LG Stylo from MetroPCS ($150) to TMobile ($289) and get onthe upgrade train...

TPP: 'Scary' US-Pacific trade deal published – you're going to freak out when you read it


Don't forget TISA

The currently unenforced prevailing wage requirements in work visas (L-1, H-1B) are about to be gutted! https://wikileaks.org/tisa/

UK government looks to harness the potential of open data through APIs


Re: Yes minister?

My all time favorite motion picture. Thanks for the quote and an upvote!

Stick a pin in a sales droid to avoid cable voodoo


Those tiny screw threads

My bane was those tiny screw threads on IBM SCSI connector thumb screws - always trying to cross thread themselves. (I swear, it wasn't me!)

Voting machine memory stick drama in Georgia sparks scandal, probe


Australia's open-source voting system

It's not at all hard to do it properly: http://www.wired.com/2003/11/aussies-do-it-right-e-voting/

Google roasts critical twin Android bugs in new Marshmallow OS


T-Mobile to update 13 non-Nexus phones to Android M

Some will be updated eventually...


Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history


Re: Knights in rusty armour

You betcha: http://www.threefeloniesaday.com/Youtoo/tabid/86/Default.aspx

TalkTalk plays 'no legal obligation' card on encryption – fails to think of the children (read: its customers)


Boy, 15, arrested in Northern Ireland in connection with TalkTalk hack


"Shares in the telecoms company fell more than 12% in Monday trading, extending its losses from last week, when news of the attack first emerged."

'Get a VPN to defeat metadata retention' is good advice. Sometimes


Re: VPN provider trustworthiness?

At least one VPN allows you to buy service with gift cards from retailers paid with cash... [one of the top 5]

Youths represent UK at first European Cyber Security Challenge



Must have patched Stagefright all by themselves, then...

EU Digital Commish: Ja, we should have done more about NSA spying


Re: They still don't get it.

But clause had such a nice *legal* ring to it...

Sierra Nevada snow hasn't been this bad since 1500AD


Comment Bait

Title says all....

Now India probes Google, threatens $1bn fine over 'biased' search


Re: And just why the heck should a company advertise the competition !!???

Non-paid results should get the same weight as sponsored or Google product's, unless noted by "sponsored" or "paid", based on a "fair" algorithm. They should be able to demonstrate that easily without giving away the keys to the kingdom...

FBI dumps on IoT security


You're seeing a DDOS from where??? .... Well, while you're in there could you grab me a beer?

Look! Up in the sky! It's letters on a plane read with a 250MP camera


Re: Do you think that if I asked them nicely

Certainly the astronomers are already drooling...

Cell-network content crunch needs new cache designs, say boffins


Re: I study real mobile traffic in great detail in my day job.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akamai_Technologies, used by content providers, not ISPs...

Seagate births 8TB triplets and a 2TB mobile nipper


Cushion of gas

IIRC, the heads ride on a cushion of gas; in a vacuum the heads would crash...

Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'


Re: It's a Cluster F**K !


Tape thrives at the margin as shipped capacity breaks record


1c/Gb x 1000 Gb/Tb = 1000c/Tb = $10/Tb, not $100/Tb

Donald Trump dumps on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg


Re: Good for Trump

Have you never heard of it happening??? I worked in IT for 35 years, and in the last 20, it happened with increasing frequency. For example: http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-06-05/senator-calls-probe-after-disney-fires-american-workers-uses-h-1b-visas-fly

Google burnishes Chrome to patch over 43 bugs


Chrome OS

Beta channel of ChromeOS has Chrome at 45.0.2454.26.

Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad


NYT Cost

Thank goodness NYT costs $195/annum! I used to read it every day...