* Posts by Alumoi

344 posts • joined 16 Jan 2016


They've only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station


Re: A Sense of Wonder

Better graphic editors now.

/me hides

Academics: We hate to ask, but could governments kindly refrain from building giant data-slurping, contact-tracing coronavirus monsters?


Re: And the non-centralised approach

Herd immunity, anyone?

If you can't infect a large number of people those left alive at the end of the pandemic won't be safe.

Quantum computing heats up down under as researchers reckon they know how to cut costs and improve stability


Re: Give it a couple more decades

Soon enough we'll have quantum desktops, then smartphones.

I do know we have smartphones (well, the manufacturers say smartphones but... meh) so where are those damn quantum desktops?

Oh ... Fudge This Pandemic! Google walks back on decision to switch off FTP in Chrome 81


Just a slip of the tongue. I'm sure HR will soon have a nice, long talk with the poor sod.

After all, Chrome is the most secure and privacy focused browser on Earth. We value your privacy and all that.

Note to self: next time don't be lazy and use the joke icon, somebody will miss it.

Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong


Next time use the joke icon, somebody sure as hell missed it.

Apple: Relax, we're not totally screwing web apps. But yes, third-party cookies are toast


Re: I hate cookies

I'd like to introduce you to my friend, Cookie Auto Delete, which deletes all cookies when you close the tab.

Coronavirus pandemic latest: Trump declares 'two very big words' – national emergency – and unexpectedly ropes in Google to help in some form


Re: The toilet paper and ramen Apocalypse...

I don't get the downvote. After all, politicians and corporation ARE also people.

Open-source, cross-platform and people seem to like it: PowerShell 7 has landed


Re: Bash gets the extend, embrace, extinguish treatment

Funny about that touchscreen, my Surface3 is quite happy running Linux Mint and the touchscreen is working great.

Drones must be constantly connected to the internet to give Feds real-time location data – new US govt proposal


Re: "given extortionate US mobile rates"

It was the land of the brave. Until the colonists arrieved. Then it was the land of the free. Now it's just USA.

'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants


Re: RE: big_D

My browser kills them when closing the tab. Pwned!

Why would Mozilla, by default, clear your cookies, history and such on closing the browser? Think of the great unwashed who will cry foul if their precious won't log them in automatically at the mere hoover over the link. Or remember what did they search for a month ago. Let's not forget the fun you can have when they ask you to see why their browser is so slow and you accidentally on purpose expose their dirty browsing habits.

I know, I know, it's not PC to make fun of those technically challenged (did I get it right?), but boy...

Google exiles 600 apps from Play Store for 'disruptive advertising' amid push to clean up Android souk's image


Re: Disruptive ads

Me neither. It must be Adaway's fault.

Netgear's routerlogin.com HTTPS cert snafu now has a live proof of concept


Re: Is this really a big deal?

Which is why serviceworkers get disabled while configuring my browser.

If you're running Windows, I feel bad for you, son. Microsoft's got 99 problems, better fix each one


Re: Not complaining, but...

Naah, just some 'innocent' updates to make sure your Windows 7 runs slower and slower until you 'accidentally on purpose' get upgraded to Windows 10..

Windows 7 will not go gentle into that good night: Ageing OS refuses to shut down


Re: Adobe testing

If Microsoft can't be ar... to test their OS why should Adobe do it?

Where do you draw the line? Escobar Inc doubles down on cut-price gold phone buying demographic with second pholdable


Re: My next phone!

Troubleshooters, not problem solvers.

Who's got the WD-40? Owners of Motorola's rebooted Razr whinge about creaky hinge


You mean one of these: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_8110

SF tech biz forks out $146m in fines, settlements after painkiller makers bribed it to design medical software that pushed opioids to patients


Re: Not the only ones at fault

What? Assume responsability for my actions? Are you nuts? This is America, buddy!


Re: Fallout

Every patient is unique, even if the ilness is well known. As a doctor you must take into consideration every aspect of the patient before prescribing the best treatment.

'AI decision support software' (BTW, WTF is that?) is just a general guide, like GPS software. Do you blindly trust your GPS?

Oh, wait...

Vendor-bender LibreOffice kicks out 6.4: Community project feel, though now with added auto-█████ tool


So, you too hate ribbon.

Unlocking news: We decrypt those cryptic headlines about Scottish cops bypassing smartphone encryption


Re: What if..

Playing devil's advocate here, since you modified the original firmware by yourself, what proof do you have it worked before the police bricked it?

BTW, replacing the firmware can be considered criminal intent, as you're bypassing the official surveillance. You know, if you don't have anything to hide and all that.


Re: What if..

You'll be SOL since by removing the official firmware you've accepted the risk of bricking the device.

Oh, before the gang piles up on me, I always root my devices and replace the official firmware.

APEX predator? Chinese phone-flinger Vivo teases upcoming concept phone


Re: Except for the fragility issue...

That's evoluion in action, aka Darwin Awards. What's wrong with that?

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls


Re: Microsoft Win10 Specs

They said run, and indeed, it runs on those specs. They said nothing about being able to use it. And the 16GB hard drive refers to free space after installation.

Hundreds of millions of Broadcom-based cable modems at risk of remote hijacking, eggheads fear


Re: "but could for example, also be done through ads on a trusted website"

There's something of a mistery to me how one person can't keep his site running unless making money out of it.

I pay 7 euro/year for my domain and about 75 euro/3 years for hosting. Let's make it a total of 100 euro/3 years, that's 10 euroCENTS per day.

FFS, what's wrong with you people?

I get it, you want to be paid for your knowledge. So set up a subscription and enjoy the income.

In a desperate bid to stay relevant in 2020's geopolitical upheaval, N. Korea upgrades its Apple Jeus macOS malware


Re: "Believed to be operating out of North Korea"

Wow, much better. Mind if I use it?


Re: "Believed to be operating out of North Korea"

Believing does not need evidence. See religion.

Ring of fired: Amazon axes multiple workers who secretly snooped on netizens' surveillance camera footage


Punishment seems too extreme

...and after determining that the individual violated company policy, terminated the individual."

Maybe it's just me, not being a native English speaker, but terminating the poor sod seems a bit too harsh. After all he was not marketing/HR.

Londoner who tried to blackmail Apple with 300m+ iCloud account resets was reusing stale old creds


Re: Stale old creds...

Capital idea, old chap. Let's force all people to register with the government if they want to use the internet and present to each and every site the credentials issued. Make it a capital crime using any form of hiding your real identity on the internet.

Oh, wait. It won't work if we don't force the people to use only government issued computers/phones/tablets loaded with approved software which can't be removed.

There, much better. Now we won't have to worry about identity theft and data breaches.

No Motorola Razr comeback orders in 2019: Costly foldy nostalgia mobe pulled back


Re: 128GB of ROM?

128GB your entire music collection? Damn, and I thought mine at some 2TB is a small one.

Remember Unrollme, the biz that helped you automatically ditch unwanted emails? Yeah, it was selling your data


Re: In this day and age

As a public servant I beg to differ. Governments don't sell our data. It just happens to give access to said data to private parties when they purchase services.

Where's our data, Google? Chrome 79 update 'a catastrophe' for Android devs with WebView apps


I knew there was a reason I disable autoupdates of each and every program I can.

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


Re: Just how stupid do they think we are?

Chill out, dude, Idiocracy was just a movie!

Like a BAT outta hell, Brave browser hits 1.0 with crypto-coin rewards for your fave websites


....may help them make informed decisions about whether to use Brave.

So, company A makes a fine product but it's managed by a homophobe while company B makes a crap product but it's managed by a homophile. I must buy from company B 'cause LGBT rigths?

Wow, just wow. I don't care who makes the product as long as it's fit for my needs, good quality and cheap (if possible).

Downvote me all you want but normal people don't 'make informed decisions' based on the management of a corporation. They just buy whatever they need at the lowest price they get

What is this, 1989? Laplink is still a thing and wants to help with Windows 7 migrations


Forget for a moment about LapLink

How about this gem: from old and busted Windows 7 to new and shiny Windows 10?

Shirley you mean from old and trusty Windows 7 to new and busted Windows 10.

Some fokken arse has bared the privates of 250,000 users' from Dutch brothel forum


Re: hmmm....

Whores, lawyers, politicians... Synonyms

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool


Re: I almost got there..

22:34 here and I'm wearing glasses, but I swear I read it as Quality Bollocks

Android dev complains of 'Orwellian' treatment as account banned after 6 years on Play store


And pray tell what's stopping the user to dismiss the warning and install the app?

Just sell your app on your own website, clearly describing the process to install it and include the update mechanism in your app.

Why on earth you need an 'app store' to install a freaking app on your phone?

German ministry hellbent on taking back control of 'digital sovereignty', cutting dependency on Microsoft


Re: Do you want to be held hostage by Microsoft?

I'm not a cloud expert, and been in IT long enough to know nothing is trivial, but surely keeping a backup on your own servers of anything that's in the cloud isn't a huge extra bit of work.

If you keep your own servers for backup, what's the use of the cloud?

Service call centres to become wasteland and tumbleweed by 2024


Re: What about telecomuting?

Black boxes are a one time investment, meat sacks you have to pay monthly.

In Hemel Hempstead, cycling is as bad as taking a leak in the middle of the street


Re: At werdsmith.

Don't tell me violence doesn't solve anything. Look at Carthage


Violence never settles anything should be debated by the ghosts of Hitler and Stalin, with the city fathers of Carthage as referees.

Robert A. Heinlein.


Re: At werdsmith.

Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst.

Can you download it to me – in an envelope with a stamp?


Re: Faxing the UK PO and taking a map to the Orange store

Romania, 2018 A.D., public sector: "E-mails will be received only during 08.00 - 14.00. Any e-mail sent after 14.00 won't be received and you must send it again the next day during specified working hours".

Allowlist, not whitelist. Blocklist, not blacklist. Goodbye, wtf. Microsoft scans Chromium code, lops off offensive words


Re: This is stupid

What, your former blacklist is now called african-american list?

I just love your accent – please, have a new password


Re: Totally insecure

That's not secure! Taped to the underside of the keyboard is much more secure.

European Commission inserts yet another probe into Google. This time it's the job ads service


Re: There's no end to this

Maybe people querry Google first is because it's the default browser/search engine on most devices people own? And it's installed by default as the only browser/search engine? With no easy way to remove?

Please remember we're talking about ordinary people here who expect their devices to just work. You and me and 99% of the readers know how to change the default search engine, install another browser plus the necessary ad/java blocker and so on. But we're a minority so think about the rest of the people out there.

Google is a monopoly (like Microsoft and Amazon) and it needs to be stopped.

Microsoft Notepad: If it ain't broke, shove it in the Store, then break it?


You just couldn't help it!

Right up until someone decides that a ribbon toolbar, colour highlighting and a colossal speed decrease would be just the thing.

Stop giving them ideas! Or does El Reg know something we don't?

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students


Plug and pray

As I recall those were the days the plug and pray system was first introduced. Plug in a device and pray it won't crash the system.

Chrome add-on warns netizens when they use a leaked password. Sometimes, they even bother to change it


They didn't give a flying f..., like any normal person will do.

What I don't get it how they tricked that many suckers into installing the extension in the first place.

World recoils in horror as smartphone maker accused of helping government snoops read encrypted texts, track device whereabouts


Re: Uganda

So yeah, most governements outside western europe spies on its citizens.

Thanks for the laugh, have one on me.

Every government spies on its citizens, western ones just do it silently. After all, if you have nothing to hide why worry, right? Oh, yeah, and think of the children!

How dodgy browser plugins, web scripts can silently rewrite that URL you were about to hit – and throw you into an internet wormhole


... a cybersecurity and ad fraud researcher who advises companies about online marketing...

So, himself one of the frauds.

All ads are malware by default, trying to hijack you into buying something you don't need. So those scripts/extensions were doing just what they were supposed to do: make money for someone. As long as they didn't get the money from the person visiting said sites, who cares?

Just let the frauds steal from each other.



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