Re: This is not how security works
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I just got a text from 'UK_Gov' that said along the lines of "UK Gov National Shielding Service. Please expect a call from 03333 xxxxxx blah blah blah". We use a text message service for bulk texting some of our clients, and I tried to send myself a text with a 'from' of 'UK_Gov'. It didn't arrive. The service said it was delivered, so it must have been the carrier that blocked it.
So OK, that's *some* protection. At least one mobile provider blocked a spoof attempt at least once. I'm still not sure if they block spoofed phone calls. I could try, we have a service that used to let you do that for some reason, but I really don't want to.
I saw on TV in the last week, ministers and advisers have been asked twice how we'll know it's a genuine call. And twice they've said more or less the same thing, that it'll be obvious you're talking to a professional. Sorry, UK_GOV but that IS NOT HOW SECURITY WORKS!!
No, we can't call it 2004 because Microsoft don't allow any other format that four digits for their version number and Microsoft, being the biggest fucking software company in the world, cannot for the life of them have worked out years ago, that that numbering scheme is only going to lead to problems. The next one is going to be 2009, 2010 or 2011. Brilliant, Microsoft, just brilliant!
My first programming job, in 87, was to write a custom word processor using Borland's Turbo Pascal. They had a package that was basically the source code for a word processor, and I customised it to work like Wordstar, with extra features to add standard paragraphs for engineering schedules. I can't remember the name of the package - if someone can recall, I'd be grateful!
I remember bits of it well. All DOS-based. The hard disk of the PC XT I worked on was 10MB.
"that is quite a big change and one of the things we have learned from the pilot is getting people used to that idea is important to do before we add the technological capability."
Translated into Truth Speak it's "It doesn't fucking work properly and we got it all wrong so we won't be ever releasing the app".
They were saying yesterday that the NHS contact tracers may phone or text people to isolate. They were also saying that the Isle of Wight app would pop up a message to isolate. People apparently found it disconcerting to be told by an app to isolate, as just a text message.
SO WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE??? An app tells you is no good. A text tells you, it is OK. What utter bollocks. The real reason the app isn't being released is that it's broken and they won't say.
What a load of garbage. It's all hinging on "The report also claimed that he paid for additional security features to ensure his phone was not susceptible to attacks."
It's clearly untruths on top of untruths as there's no such thing. Not for $100,000 anyway.
In any case, surely he should sue the people making death threats to him. Or is that too dangerous?
... and fear of something new stems from ignorance. Only The Stupid would be frightened of 5G (having done their 'research' of course) because they don't have the intelligence OR the knowledge to know that 5G weaponised bats are not made by Chinese labs. They're made by our reptilian overlords of course, everyone knows that.
Down with Fibre! Fibre rings create covid-21 rays which will bring about mass surveillance of the Africans! Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are in cahoots to make and sell GPS-chips that'll be injected and monitored by the Fibre, which will emit death-rays and 6G weaponised otters.
WIlfully continuing to live after being told to stop by a police officer
Being in possession of curly hair and thick lips
Living in a residential area during the hours of darkness
Walking around with an offensive wife
Wearing a loud t-shirt
With thanks to Rowan Atkinson about 40 years ago - bloody hell!
I did my AO-Level Computer Studies in 1983 it 1983 or 1982 (can't remember!) and I did my project in Algol-60. Because that's what we ran on our Research Machines 380Zs. It was a program to solve the N-Queens problem, using the process of making different permutations of the numbers 1-N, and I did it using recursion (because I could). Little did I realise at the time that it was really out of date, and there's no reason we couldn't have done it in Pascal or C. But that's all we had.
I once saw a customer, a particularly elderly gentleman, who needed a new computer, and as part of the hardware I provided, he wanted a new mouse and keyboard. The big day came, I installed the new computer for him, along with its new keyboard and mouse. I noticed that he was using the mouse in an odd way, sort of prodding it and being rather amateur about the whole thing. Oh well, I thought, he's just getting used to it all.
The following week, I went round to check he was OK, and he said he loved the new computer, and that he'd got more or less got used to the mouse. I didn't quite know what he meant by 'getting used to it' - it was just a mouse after all. Then I realised. He still had his old computer there, and I pulled out the mouse. I asked him to show me how he used to use it. And he showed me. Mouse lead towards elbow, not towards computer. He's spent his whole computing life using a mouse the wrong way up, and had got so used to it, that it was second nature.
He told me he'd always wondered why he had trouble using his friend's computer. Now he knew.
Cat videos aside, I did read that Netflix and Amazon Prime would be reducing their bitrates on HD and UHD movies (in Netflix's case, halving the rate of UHD from 15.25 to 7.62Mbps). They said they're doing this to 'help' people by reducing the load on internet providers to help Britain 'keep working' (or some such nonsense) as usage of these streaming services increases because people are at home. I found out later that actually Netflix and Amazon have costs associated with streaming, and they pay by the GB. They were probably concerned that their costs might increase by more than the number of new subscriptions.
So they're not doing this to help anyone, they're just looking to help themselves and reduce losses.
Anyway, all I can report is that the loss is really not visible with Netflix, either with UHD or HD movies. You don't see quite as much high-end detail in Netflix, but it's still very good. However, I've noticed that HD movies in Amazon Prime have lost so much quality that you see low-resolution artefacts and it's quite distracting.
Most of Openreach's Fibre connects to equipment at the exchange that can only provide 330Mbps download (and 50 Mbps upload). It might not matter to most people but I do hope that they're putting in better kit now. Now people might realise that 1Gbps both ways might actually be necessary to have better quality video calling. Yes, 50Mbps will be absolutely fine too, but why not do it properly? Then we know that everybody with broadband will be able to connect and not have to worry who else in the house is using Netflix, gaming or other video calls.
It's interesting the way that people are now getting used to webcams. A straw poll of our customers indicates that many of them will stay working at home, meeting their clients via Skype or Zoom or Teams. People prefer it. Why get in a car, or get on a train or bus and go all the way somewhere to meet someone when you can see them from your spare room or sofa or whatever?
And this brings up the question of better broadband. Some of our customers just cannot do this, because they can't get decent broadband at their homes.
Myself, I'll use google docs and google sheets within my company because... it works. It does most of what I want most of the time, and I never need to share documents with other companies without converting them to PDF first anyway.
But there's no way I could persuade any of our business customers to use it. They just want to use Word and Excel because they always have.
My kids on the other hand, have been using Google Docs from school right through to university. They can't understand why anyone would try and write a thesis in Word.
First of all, Libreoffice has the same option to use Microsoft XML or Opendocument XML, so I can't see what the big play is surrounding file formats.
But moving on, we've had several clients where we've tried to help them save money by using LibreOffice. The best I can say is that some of them 'put up with it'. Every single end user has complained about documents either not formatting correctly, or when they send them to MS Office-using recipients, that they can't open documents properly (if at all). Our clients have tried, and are happy to pay a sub to Microsoft rather than struggle with the likes of LibreOffice.
It's a great idea, but unless it's just for one person, and they never need to exchange documents with anyone, using alternatives to MS Office just isn't a viable option any more.
And the prices that Softmaker charge are around the same as a personal MS Office subscription, so I can't see the advantage.
I would love to be able to say to end users that they have an alternative (in a business setting), but there's an elephant in the room - Outlook. We have tried this time and time again, and practically nobody likes to use alternatives (e.g. Thunderbird). People like Outlook because it's virtually ubiquitous. No matter how similar to Outlook an alternative looks (e.g. eMclient), people just don't get on with it. This new Softmaker package doesn't include an Outlook replacement and people are going to wonder what the point of it is.
Much as I hate the fact that Microsoft have a virtually total monopoly on Office apps, it is the first choice for the vast majority of business users.
Any face covering will do according to the news item I saw at around 10am on 12/5/2020 on Sky News. I'll watch the news again at 11 and see just how much the information has changed. It'll be something along the lines of 'do wear a mask, unless it's not a mask, in which case make sure you're 2m away from your daughter, unless she's your cleaner, in which case you can see her at your house, without a mask but with alertness'
I'm not sure why, but this reminds me of an incident with a client who rang and told me he'd just got a call from BT telling him that his broadband will be disconnected and his computer is infected. I told him that it's just a scam, that we provide his broadband anyway, and that it's all untrue.
"But what about my PC being infected?"
I explained that his PC wasn't infected, it was just a scam call and that they didn't know who he was.
"but they told me that my computer is sending out viruses"
I explained that it wasn't true - it was a con, and that everything the guy told him was untrue.
"but he got me to go into the event viewer thing on my PC and told me I had errors, which I had"
Jesus, I thought, I just want to get off the phone. I patiently explained that every single piece of information the guy had told him was not true.
"Can you check my computer, just in case"
Well, I tried to say no, there's no point. But he insisted. He insisted on a thorough check. I spent two hours scanning and checking his computer remotely while I did some other more pointful work. We charged him two hours of time and he was delighted.
Sometimes, customers will NOT be told, but sometimes it's to our advantage I guess
I've taken several things away from this:
1. The app isn't really going to work
I keep thinking that I want to do my civic duty, and I don't care as much as maybe I should that they have my personal data.
BUT... if I had it confirmed that if the google-apple API allowed more data to be gathered AND it could potentially save more lives by using a central database, would we seriously allow more people to actually die for the sake of data privacy? It's not a tough call to make... it doesn't require any specific restrictions on everyone's lives, and it could save lives. I hope I'm wrong about that. Are we a species so stupid that we put data privacy over actual LIFE?
Some of these views are downright vile. Icke has touched on anti-semistism. These virus-denying loons have started making comparisons between nazi laws about jews with lock-down laws during an epidemic.
This needs to be shut down but organisations like facebook and google are slow to do so, because they make money out of the ads.
I once went to someone's house for a callout (when I did home visits in the early 2000s). I had to install broadband, through a USB ADSL modem. They told me they got that because they could never get the dialup to work, despite having bought lots of modems and installed them. I noticed the PC had something loose inside so I opened it up. In it were three loose 56K modem cards (PCI ISTR). They'd been just lying loose in the bottom of the PC case, and luckily not touching anything or shorting something. "I thought the box was a storage area" came the reply. He didn't realise it was the computer.
Let that sink in. This guy thought the PC case was merely a place to store stuff. And a place to 'connect the wires together too' I suppose. Who knows.
I remember back a few years ago, I was listening to some relaxing Beethoven on the way to work and suddenly it starts playing some 'Gangsta Rap' with some rather unrepeatable lyrics. This would happen every day for a week until I realised that I'd put Spotify on my teenage daughter's phone and she worked out that she could prank me by forcing her 'music' through my phone in the car. She had worked out exactly which music I'd least prefer to listen to.
Whilst I understand they may be good for gaming, are these mechanical keyboards any good for actual work? Leaving aside the obvious problem of annoying your colleagues in an office, do they make your typing more precise? Is the build quality and reliability higher? Is it worth paying £45 for a wired keyboard?
Sounds like a non-starter to me. Even if you could get reasonably accurate location data from the networks themselves, that wouldn't get height information, so pretty useless when people are on different levels in buildings. All it could be used for is giving a reasonable probability that someone is part of a crowd. It could just be an excuse for the Indian government to track its citizens more closely.
Yes, it’s annoying. But technology moves on. Apple should have kept the service going at least till iOS 9. But lots of things break when OSes get an upgrade.
Maybe the issue is that they could have kept it going a while longer. At the end of the day it benefits nobody but the lawyers. It certainly doesn’t benefit the end users. We are learning more and more that not everything works if it’s profit driven.
Apple could keep old things working, but it would be at the expense of innovation. Apple could innovate constantly and that would be at the expense of fairly recent devices reaching their end of life too quickly. It’s got to be a balance.
I bought the original iPad not long after it came out. 18 months later it was unable to run some of my apps because they needed the latest OS and the latest OS wasn’t available for the iPad 1. I sold it, and didn’t buy another iPad.
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