* Posts by td0s

65 posts • joined 21 Aug 2015


15 years on, Euroboffins finally work out what it took to send the Huygens Titan probe into such a spin


Kudos to them

For sticking with it and 15 years later solving the mystery - should help future hamburger shaped probes to touch down safely

Advertisers want exemption from web privacy rules that, you know, enforce privacy


I tried their opt out tool

It fails spectacularly in Firefox because of the privacy settings 4/180 - seems ironic to me. I'm certainly not turning any Firefox browser protections off to chance it with their opt-out tool.

Everyone remembers their first time: ESA satellite dodges 'mega constellation'


Musket Al

The fastest space debris slinger in the west

UK.gov whacks export ban on 'grotesque' crab made by famous Brit potter bros


Re: wow!

Looks quite a bit like this guy on the right

You go that way, we'll go Huawei: China Computer Federation kicks back at IEEE in tit-for-tat spat


Yay more standards

How long until we have a set of standards per continent? Won't that be fun.

Programmers' Question Time: Tiptoe through the tuples


taller tower

yes please

Pecker-checker Becker's hacker wrecker: Saudi cyber-crew stole Bezos' sexts from phone, fed them to tabloid – claim


Fact of the matter

Yes - National Enquirer. Just where I go to get my facts.

F5 Networks buys into open source, hands over $670m for Nginx! Double Nginx! Infinity Nginx!


It's pronounced luxury-yacht

ICO probes universities accused of using private data to target donation campaigns


daily hate mail

such lovely folk, targetting education organisations and charities. As though this kind of thing never happens in the private sector.

Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails


Re: Nice

slackware ftw

It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild


Will it have...

Blowfish pre installed?

China crams spyware on phones in Muslim-majority province


I thought this was all bad news

then I read the end of the article and saw they are banning beiber so - swings and roundabouts

Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!


I remember trying to get support on the pulse audio mailing list - another of his fine creations, and being told (by Lennart) it was buggy alsa drivers that were at fault, not pulse audio so I should take up my problems with the alsa developement team.

The alsa drivers were obviously fine, the problem was in pulse (admittedly in an early incarnation) but the attitude was already there.

Nationwide banking suffers its own Black Wednesday


Re: "Brilliant, simply brilliant."

I thnk you must be getting privileged service in that case - I've been with them about 2 years and seenn at least 3 outages in that time. Pretty flakey on the whole and rarely any sort of update on their twitter. They have put in a 'text me when it's working' system on the most recent outage though which is an improvement.

America's net neutrality rage hits academia


Re: economics

One definition of a fool is someone who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing

Europe seeks company to monitor Google's algorithm in €10m deal


Satya Nadella

Immedietly brushes up his cv

Leeds cops issue appeal for man-sized todger


A stand up guy

Hopefully he will come forward and this can be wrapped up, it won't be in vein and will come to a head, maybe the culprit will be sacked.

Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't


I'm certain microsoft would still be forcing activex controls down our throats if they could get away with it, that alone is enough of a reson to avoid all their products.

I developed a website in 2015 which had to support IE6 because of activex controls, this is a ludicrous situation, and obviously not entirely microsofts fault but it's a world they encouraged and then dumped, much like their approach to most products it seems.

30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'


A Blunder(bus)

That someone would rifle through such a database, then take such a shotgun approach to marketing. I would at least expect some specific targetting. I would say this was a powder keg, with a hair trigger, once the ICO gets up in arms.

Callisto Group snoopers wreak havoc with leaked HackingTeam spyware


non disclosure

should be made a crime in itself if the vulnerabilities are then used to create attacks - how can HackingTeam not be up on charges?

Murdoch will get EU green light for full Sky takeover – reports


I wonder if this was the reason for his newspapers supporting brexit - save a few quid on sky.

UK website data insecurity worries: Users in bits over car break-up emails


I use a catch all email for signing up to <sitename> with <sitname>@<catchalldomain> - then if they start spamming me I can ban that one 'user' to prevent the spam/viruses coming to me, works ok for me, and if the email gets pwned then it's not a huge deal.

Sending from it is often flagged as spam but it's not for personal things so not too bothered.

Google's Chrome is about to get rather in-your-face about HTTPS


Re: Google too much in my face

What's hard about clicking advanced then proceed anyway?

Counter-terror cops arrest pair for sending poo-smeared toilet paper to public figures


Caught brown handed

Firefox bares teeth, attacks sites that collect personal data


Re: Hmmm

"Not to mention the added consumption of IP space, since a lot of those kinds of sites run as Apache virtual servers. Switch to SSL, and suddenly every one of them needs its own IP address."

This hasn't been true for at least two years.

Snapchat chooses London for international headquarters


Nice how anecdotal evidence suits ones bias isn't it

Fatal flaws in ten pacemakers make for Denial of Life attacks


I'm amazed there aren't strict audit requirements on the security of these devices considering how much testing and trailling has to be done for medicine, how are these things any different?

European Council agrees to remove geoblocking


So this is totally pointless or I'm missing something. EU says 'you can't ban someone from your service based on their location, but you can make it cost more than all the money in the world to them'

Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill


I thought this bill was about passing into law all the illegal snooping Edward Snoden blew the whistle on?

Ubuntu 16.10: Yakkety Yak... Unity 8's not wack


Maybe you should go back to slackware as one of the only linuxes without hte systemd nonsense.

Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru


seems to makes sense to me - isn't this net nutrality?

Student Loans Company burns £50 million in IT project superfail


As it's already linked to the revenue service why not put them there - then maybe UK PLC could have the profits - would be less of a kick in the teeth than lining some shareholders pocket. I believe they already handle 60million+ "accounts". What is the point of the student loans company?

Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies


Re: Regression to the really mean

Apart from the gay ones obviously

Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank


seems back now

Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity


Wow, so many luddite attitudes on a IT forum. How do you think technology evolves? Everything must work everywhere first time all of the time or what's the point? The web is possibly the best thing to happen in computing certainly in my lifetime and all we can do is hark back to the good old days. These features are what will become normal and improve the experience in the long term - if we don't try new to do new interesting things we might as well stop making faster processors, or better ram, or breathing.

Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system


what about some thing space age and cool like Nexus?

Queen’s Speech: Digital Bill to tackle radicalisation, pirates

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EU mulls €3bn fine for Google


Re: Bonkers

Or maybe it'sa bit like I'm an estate agent selling you a house (the onlyone selling that house so therefore an effective monopoly), and I tell you the only mortgage broker you can use is the agency mortgage broker because no other mortgage brokers exist, when in fact they do and the agency mortgage broker maybe x3 times more expensive that the other non agency mortgage brokers.

It's called Monopoly Abuse.

Super cool: Arctic data centres aren't just for Facebook


Also nice that Iceland do more than their bit for journalistic freedom and don't allow narks free reign over the datya which is hosted there, hence being home of the Wikileaks servers.

Web site admins: Brace for weekend traffic surges from iOS devices


That graph is missing a label for (at least) one of the axis

Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork


Re: Problems with Systemd and Pulseaudio

Yes, to be fair Lennart is a good engineer, I just don't think his approach (on systemD) is what people in the (my) community want. ASLA isn't great at all tasks, but there are other sound systems available for Linux which can provide the missing functionality - notably JACK which seems to have been treated as an afterthough by pulse audio.

I guess that systemD will improve over time and eventually we will have no choice but to use it as the software will start to depend on it - which is what bothers me - exactly the same as pulse audio which we now have because of broken bluez we will end up having to use systemD (unless we use BSD)


SystemD was imposed on the linux community by redhat and the same "engineer" who gave us the joy of pulse audio. I am a slackware user and I remember using pulse audio in the early days just after it was renamed from polyp audio and it was a mess - the response to my mailing list request for support was "thats a problem with alsa drivers take it up with them". We recently got pulse audio (7 years later) and it seems reasonably stable, I use centos at work and I have yet to see anything about systemD which is an improvement from my point of view as an administrator - an opaque log, "extras" needed for common pieces of software all to fix something which is not broken.

You can keep your systemD tyvm

Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app


see what you did there

"You’d undo all the carefully laid plans of those ministers and their cronies in the agriculture and retail sector."

very good

The future of Firefox is … Chrome



I've been using e10s as a daily driver for a while now, performance is much improved and I can keep the browser open for days without needing to resrtart (although eventually it gets slow). I expect to stay with Firefox for the foreseeable future

Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent


Bill Gates wants Mass Debate

over backdoors

UK carrier Three in network-wide ad-block shock


so three are just going to implment their own version of blowfish by the sound of it

Stray electronic-magnetic leaks used to harvest PC crypto keys


Van Eck Phreaking

This is very similar in principle to:


which I first heard about in the Neal Stephenson novel Cryptonomicon.

Just off to wrap my laptop in chickenwire now.

Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'


Re: No Oil In North Korea

don't forget Unicorns!

Cisco recalls switches that could short power to the case. And hurt you


whoever is responsible

should get straight on the case

Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic


I think it's worth pointing out the masonic themes of this piece, it looks like a truly emulsive experience. We shouldn't brush over the efforts of this artisté



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