* Posts by LateAgain

84 posts • joined 5 Feb 2016


Just cough into your phone, please... MIT lab thinks it can diagnose COVID-19 from the way you expectorate


Not hard to check

Use it at a testing centre and note the result on the samples sent off.

It shouldn't take long to see how closely they match.

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world


Drive-in classes?

Would that work :-)

Huawei to the danger zone: Now Uncle Sam slaps it with 16 charges of racketeering, fraud, money laundering, theft of robot arm and source code


Re: Business as usual

“violated federal law by stealing tech from partners, violating confidentiality agreements, recruiting employees to steal intellectual property upon leaving their jobs, and tapping university professors and researchers for documents on their work."

All standard and normal American business.

Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia


CPUs? Apple stopped making servers even though there was a demand

Got to wonder what they run the "apple cloud" on

These truly are the end times for TLS 1.0, 1.1: Firefox hopes to 'eradicate' weak HTTPS standard by blocking it


“unlikely event that admins have neglected to upgrade web servers”

Don't tell me. Tell the hardware providers that stopped providing firmware updates years ago.

EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?


Ooh a standard connector - just like rs232

One connection so many uses

El Reg presents: Your one-step guide on where not to store electronic mail


Re: No Limits!

Ha. Outlook 365 has either 50GB or 100GB mailbox size limit. (Guess which most people have)

Say that again when you see someone running out.

There's keeping stuff and then there's never tidy up.

Beware the three-finger-salute, or 'How I Got The Keys To The Kingdom'


Re: Back in the day...

Ha. I'd never seen a server stop because you unplugged a cable, that wasn't being used, until the sun fire

Vivaldi opens up an exciting new front in the browser wars, seeks to get around blocking with cunning code


Who remembers when....

Changing the browser string got you a playable video rather than the "flash required" version?

Google security engineer says she was fired for daring to remind Googlers they do indeed have labor rights


It's a pre prepared tool. So the effort required comes down to "not a lot".

Perhaps Microsoft would let them all join "teams" for free??

"Here, she misused a security and privacy tool to create a pop-up that was neither about security nor privacy," the letter says. "She did that without authorization from her team or the Security and Privacy Policy Notifier team, and without a business justification. And she used an emergency rapid push to do it."

Google tightens the screw on 'less secure apps', will block most access from June 2020


How will this work with a printer?

Have to ask. An engineer set up a Gmail account for a printer /scanner so it can scan to email.

Doubt if the scanner /printer can do anything except name + password

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


Re: It can be time-consuming and tedious to click “unsubscribe”...


And if it's spam you just confirmed that it's a valid email address that's in use.


Re: In this day and age

and they don't. They'll be bought by somone who will.

Newly born Firefox 71 emerges from its den – with its own VPN and some privacy tricks


Re: Can you trust FFox?

If by "trust" you mean "don't break anything I care about" then they are almost as bad as chrome.

Physicists are rather giddy after creating a rare type of laser using laughing gas


Next step

Make it hand portable. With a remote that you wave around the patient :-)

Google goes full Anti-Flash-ist, boots Adobe's insecure monstrosity out of web search index


Re: Beat me to it

Not as stupid as using a platform that will not work on phone/ tablet / "smart" tv


There were lots of really nice games on websites and, when you worked out how to download it, they would play offline.

Sad that they will also get "forgotten"

Microsoft explains self-serve Power platform's bypassing of Office 365 admins to cries of 'are you completely insane?'


Ha ha ha...

Microsoft said that "IT departments and partners aren't expected to provide support for products bought through self-service purchase. "

Google claims web search will be 10% better for English speakers – with the help of AI


Re: In other words

SEO is evil

Don't look too closely at what is seeping out of the big Dutch pipe


Re: 2. blacklisting sites we definitely did not need and giving those modem speed

You can't log what they can't get to.

Wish I'd thought of this when I was getting stupid requests for a report on "dodgy sites" that were being accessed so a committee could ban them and look good.

Stupid ***ing management. If I knew it needed blocking it was blocked.

Microsoft's cloudy Windows Virtual Desktop: It fills a gap, but there are plenty of annoyances


Re: No.

Personally I'd rather use free esxi for a single VM than go back to actually running any windows server on actual hardware.

Developer reconsiders npm command-line ad caper after outcry


Random plug : tidelift

A way to support the projects that your business depends on.

Ref floss weekly show 504

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


Voice recognition in a lift in Scotland


(If the link doesna work just search for it)


Recorded helpdesk calls?

In so many films the recording of a voice gets played back.

I spot a flaw.

Hams try to re-carve the amateur radio spectrum in fight over open or encoded transmissions


Radio amateurs start by listening

So surely blocking people from being able to listen in to amateur radio (however easy or hard that is) will stop new recruits?

Geiger counters are so last summer. Lasers can detect radioactive material too, y'know


Surely a "lead" detector would be more useful

Assuming, of course, that no one is stupid enough to use gloves and brown paper wrapping when shipping radioactive material.

Pre-checked cookie boxes don't count as valid consent, says adviser to top EU court


I've seen some Damned good defaults

Many, good, sites default to allowing cookies they need and not the advertising ones.

Others will, if you look, list pages of associated companies and you have to de-select them one at a time.

Which site would you go back to?

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator


But seriously

Could easily happen if the "servers" you push the update to are routers and you just blocked them from updates.

Software defined networking gotcha number one.

Can't do it the US way? Then we'll do it Huawei – and roll our own mobile operating system


Just pick one of the open source phones

Offer hardware to any of the open phone projects and watch them run.

FBI warns of SIM-swap scams, IBM finds holes in visitor software, 13-year-old girl charged over JavaScript prank...


How do you get close enough to scan contactless cards?

Build a scanner into the collar of a cute little beasty and let people play with it.

'They took away our Cup-a-Soup!' Share your tales of bleak breakout areas with us


Cheep version

Open an office with a supermarket over the road.


How politics works, part 97: Telecoms industry throws a fundraiser for US senator night before he oversees, er, a telecoms privacy hearing


Re: Privacy-trampling telecoms?

If "the likes of Comcast, AT&T and Verizon " don't want to be liable for everything on the Internet then why the *** are they so against net neutrality and being classed as common carriers?

The Lawers need to make up their f****** minds about which business the companies are in.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo


Will we ever go back to processors that do sensible machine code?

Just asking since the 286/386/486.... series was horrible enough to put me off machine code.

The Motorola stuff was better.

Oracle throws toys out pram again, tells US claims court: Competing for Pentagon cloud contract isn't fair!


A single supplier for 10 years?

Stop there.

Someone is clearly missing the point.

Oh Snapd! Gimme-root-now security bug lets miscreants sock it to your Ubuntu boxes


Re: Am I Sam Beckett?

Try setting the browser to say it's running on an apple device (iPad?) or tablet they never have flash.

It's OK, everyone – Congress's smart-cookie Republicans have the answer to America's net neutrality quandary


Can't call it Internet Neutrality

The USA doesn't seem to actually have a definition of "Internet".

This is why the whole argument is confusing to non-amercans. All the rules seem to be about cable connections. For TV. Or even a phone line. I heard it explained once and lost the plot.

What is so hard about paying for a data connection and expecting it to NOT be messed with to the advantage of the supplier?

Oracle accuses US of underhand tactics because discrimination case 'doomed to fail'


"Oracle has accused the OFCCP of having a "secret oral agreement"...."

Pot, kettle

Wells Fargo? Well fscked at the moment: Data center up in smoke, bank website, app down


Smoke detection should just be a warning

Every engineer knows that it's when the equipment runs out of smoke that it stops working.

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price


Just get a virtual network driver going so we can test it as a VM!


Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears


SEO is a ridiculous pain

When someone says that it's important just ask them for the rules that the search engine is working on

RIP, RDP... nearly: Security house Check Point punches holes in remote desktop tools


Forget all the exploits

I remember this from "old work" using RDP access. Management were so scared that a virus could infect the server. But the reality is the other way around.

By default the server had access to the local C drive.

I remember thinking "all this We can set a policy to verify the client is Secure is a waste of ****ing time."

(and I had to laugh when I heard that when Microsoft turned it on they locked out all the remote staff!)

Cheap call? Hardly. GSM gateway judicial review to settle whether UK Home Sec can legally push comms watchdog around


The first real sensible use of asterisk that I know

Local phones in the UK and somewhere else. VoIP gateway and server each end, connected to each other. All calls routed the cheapest way.


Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees


Charging streets?

Have them go slowly down streets with overhead power. Perhaps even with a power pole standing up at the back and and earth plate under?

Mobile network Three UK's customer details exposed in homepage blunder


Only three!

Did they record the logins, sorry IP, sorry browser string of the rest who either assumed it was normal or downloaded as much as possible?

Or is three people really the average number of visitors per day?

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc


How is this supposed to work?

I register a domain with a big company. They hide my contact details as required.

So if I registered a domain with some company who's contact email is ".Co.uk" it'll get cancelled.

If I transfer it to a company who's contact email is ".eu" it will keep on working.

Pentagon admits it's now probing conflicts of interest at AWS over $10bn JEDI cloud deal


Post interview discussion: "The forces are strong in this one"

(Someone had to say it)

I can hear the light! Boffins beam audio into ears with freakin' lasers


Gotta ask

Does it melt the earwax ?

Is your kid looking at GCSE in computer science? It's exam-only from 2022 – Ofqual



Wasn't Pascal the original easy to use, easy to describe programing language?

Probably the simplest to use to outline a program in an exam.

Won't actually cover anything anyone uses though.


You're not supposed to learn that until after getting a job :-)

Golly 4G whizz: Vodafone caught using a cheeky bit of Three UK's spectrum


Engineer says

"It's installed and tested. Looks OK from here."



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