* Posts by FlippingGerman

64 posts • joined 9 May 2016


Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite



Well of course he posted it publicly, what's he supposed to do, "hey guys, looks like your doing dodgy stuff" "oh yeah sorry we'll just fix that". Nah. Going public is the only choice he has.

Also, 18 years old and already doing this kind of stuff and presenting DEFCON and BlackHat? He's someone to watch (and I mean that in a complimentary, non-FBI-y way).

Spyware maker NSO can't claim immunity, Facebook lawyers insist – it's time to face the music


Re: Anything outside the US

Ah yes, the never-ending battle between tareists and people-who-mentally-subtract-the-initial-weight-ists.

UK judge gives Google a choice: Either let SEO expert read your ranking algos or withdraw High Court evidence



It seems if the two parties could agree on an expert, this matter would be settled, although as stated, Foundem has no reason to do this - they're not trying to see IF they're right, they're trying to win a court case.

What's inside a tech freelancer's backpack? That's right, EVERYTHING


Re: Additional forgotten items ..

Except it's a totally different standard, and you're not paying a couple of Her Majesty's pounds for every HDMI port in royalties. AND (I think) the maximum framerate/resolution is better. TLDR DP is more better (albeit a one-way signal).

Built to last: Time to dispose of the disposable, unrepairable brick


Re: Reduce, re-used, recycle

Doing it real-time on consumer hardware is new.

There are already Chinese components in your pocket – so why fret about 5G gear?


I recently read some talk of "not being reliant on foreign powers for technology" - well guess where *all* of our electronics come from already? Sure, Maybe Cisco or Intel designed them, but they're all Made in China (I concede that exceptions may exist).

I don't disagree with being careful with national infrastructure (remind me who paid for Hinckley Point C?), but I'm not a fan of paranoia or protectionism.

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes


Don't trust the buggers

Or if you must, verify.

The whole plane should be re-certified, not as a minor upgrade but as a whole new plane, before being allowed to fly. And lots of people should be fired and forbidden from working in aerospace again. Fucking up when it gets someone killed - or in this case lots of people - should not be given second chances.

National Lottery Sentry MBA hacker given nine months in jail after swiping just £5


Proportional sentences

It bothers me that seemingly petty crime like this gets a fairly heavy sentence, but crimes that to me seem to have caused far more harm get far less, or are simply not prosecuted at all.

And sure, Camelot spent 230k on dealing with it, but that doesn't at all mean that it was actually necessary. And perhaps they could and should have spent rather less had they fixed the holes beforehand.

BOFH: You brought nothing to the party but a six-pack of regret


Re: Learnings

"Gifted", "birthed", ugh.

Why can't passport biometrics see through my cunning disguise?


On lifts, and how to use them when you're not supposed to

See Deviant Ollam and Howard Payne's talk on Elevator Hacking, somewhere on YouTube.

Internet Society CEO: Most people don't care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it


What a


Close the windows, it's coming through the walls: Copper Cthulu invades Dabbsy's living room


"Me, I've just moved into a house" - oh, you've moved house? You should have said before!

Remember the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman crossing the street? The AI had no clue about jaywalkers



Uber’s arrogance in everything they do is simply horrendous.

I like the business model - ride-hailing is the logical modernisation of taxis, but the company is just awful.

The UK's Civil Aviation Authority asked drone orgs to email fliers' data in an Excel spreadsheet


Weighing in

Do they weigh them on thee ground or in mid-air?

To be fair, the downdraft ought to give a higher reading than the drone itself.

Radio nerd who sipped NHS pager messages then streamed them via webcam may have committed a crime


Ofcom says nothing -

good. They have better things to do.

And someone get the NHS to update their tech.

Father of Unix Ken Thompson checkmated: Old eight-char password is finally cracked



Trying to give some a terabyte-sized password would cause a few problems. Reasonable limits seem...reasonable.

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament


Re: Damning...

So, the PM does not have the power to do what he did, and Parliament can ignore him, is that correct?

Are you who you say you are, sir? You are? That's all fine then


British Gas

Does the "tell a robot what your problem is" on the phone. Bastards. That alone is enough reason to find someone else (I've found Scottish Power to be much better, call them, they talk to you and do the thing).

Microsoft Surface users baffled after investing in kit that throttles itself to the point of passing out


I bought an SP4 some years ago. It's a lovely device, but I will never recommend any of the line to anyone I like - there have just been too many problems. Also, Microsoft seems to simply make up the battery life numbers - "8 hours of streaming video" my arse, half that.

Hack-age delivery! Wardialing, wardriving... Now warshipping: Wi-Fi-spying gizmos may lurk in future parcels


But then someone opens the box and sees a load of electronics. Isn't that a bit suspicious? Sure, it might be too late, but that opens a whole new set of ways to catch the perpetrator.

It's official! The Register is fake news… according to .uk overlord Nominet. Just a few problems with that claim, though


I've never seen The Register act with anything but integrity. Anyone claiming otherwise up had better prove it.

Anyone using the phrase "fake news" unironically should really catch up, get a life, and stop lying.

Apple disables iPad for 48 years after toddler runs amok


I was under the impression that was how it worked - you lock it for a minute, fail again lock it for 5 minutes, and so on. So at some point, the iPad went from some probably at most hours to tends of years? That's idiotic design.

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats



I don't think it means what she thinks it means.

It's a pretty easy problem to solve, though. Just give some kids air guns, they'll take care of it.

Boffins debunk study claiming certain languages (cough, C, PHP, JS...) lead to more buggy code than others



"the broader question question"

Interesting article.

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it



The results are obvious, but someone had to go and do it. Well done Vermont and Mr Chase.

Also: "40Mbph" -> mph.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?



how many posters here in support of PDP joined just to make that post. No doubt some would attribute this to his "army" of supporters.

I have essentially no opinion on him, since I know little about what he does, apart from that I find it to be of little interest. Mass printer hacks are more my thing.

TV Licensing admits: We directed 25,000 people to send their bank details in the clear


Dreadful lying people

They once actually sent someone round to my parents. He walked past my father in the garden and dropped a "we missed you" note through the open door. Bastard.

I cannot fathom how the sending of letters as nasty and threatening as they do (and sometimes even containing flat-out lies) is legal - if I were to do it, I would rightly be classed and punished for harassment.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?


To put it simply, Microsoft:

Fuck off.

I paid for my OS. And my Surface Pro 4. Quite a bit. I'm not bitter, because yes, it takes a lot of work, and devs deserve to be paid. But please just let me use it without constantly nagging me.

A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes


Re: Thanks for the God Mode tip

I find the biggest problem to be the glued-together piece of crap that is settings on Win10. There's there Settings app, in which individual settings are in the most bizarre places (notifications are in "system", app permissions are in "privacy" instead of in "apps"). Then there's still the old control panel we know and love, with a few things removed, or even still there but disabled. (startup in msconfig is now in Task Manager, but with the tab still there and a helpful link - why move it then?)

Windows 10 July update. Surface Pro 4. Working fondleslab. Pick two



is currently running 17134.228. Either I bypassed that one (I often have Battery Saver enabled, which stops updates, because MS's "8 hours" is a flat-out lie) or never had any problems. For which I thank the gods daily, because MS just can't get this right. I love thew device, I just hate all the problems I've had with it.

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case


Did FB even read GDPR?

Doesn't look like it. Or perhaps they think they can get away with it? I rather suspect the ICO and EU equivalent are itching to give someone a massive fine.

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist


He just happened to buy the one with a dud pin? Fuck off.

This ought to be counted as fraud, although writing a definition might be difficult. Obviously padlocks aren't supposed to be unbreakable, but harder than trivial would be good. The alternative is to say market forces make bad products disappear, but how many will see this for sale in a shop and buy it without checking up on it?

Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust


Possession is...

Who actually has the dust in their possession? Is she suing because NASA nicked it off her and she wants it back, or is this preemptive?

Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?



It doesn't have to be opt-in or opt-out in the way it's often used, where an option is preselected. It's quite possibly to have radio buttons, which if used HTML-style do not have a default one "clicked". The user MUST make a choice, and cannot simply click next. This seems much better for the privacy conscious, since it's not a default setting, and better for Canonical than opt-in because a default of "off" gets them hardly any useful data.

As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant


Taking it personally?

It seems the author may be doing just so.

That said, the article is a good one, and makes a point that too many seem to forget: "the media" is seen as some shadowy group of people who conspire to do evil.

Also, Twitter is not a good place to hang out for peace of mind. Alfie wouldn't approve. Those who regularly use it seem to think that those they encounter there reflect the broader population, which to me does not seem to be the case, for both the left who encounter the right, and vice versa, along with those who dislike being labelled as either.

Much as I admire Musk, he has an alarming tendency to get annoyed about things and then start a new company to fix the problem. I'm not sure this is a good idea.

Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive


Thin Blue Line

"You need to integrate the power supply at source. "


"Plug it in!"

What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs


Re: That's Yorkshire fucked then

Took me a bit: Shitlington. Called Stitlington since 1929, probably because it was a little embarrassing.

Boffins baffled as AI training leaks secrets to canny thieves



An obvious problem, and not just in hindsight. Taken to extremes, if you give a NN a single picture of a dog and train a few million times, it'll correctly identify that as a dog. Other pictures will be identified at random. The same applies to not using enough data.

Lenovo's craptastic fingerprint scanner has a hardcoded password



Seriously, people this incompetent should be shot (well, perhaps not so seriously). Is there no one at Lenovo in management who says "ok guys, just to make sure, the fingerprint scanner stuff, you did it the right way, right?"

Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe




Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion


Re: I'd happily own a phone

"Edges" - cough cough, my poor abandoned Robin...now bigger and more expensive as the Razer Phone!"

Used iPhone Safari in 2011-12? You might qualify for Google bucks


Re: Just iPhones?

Same applies to me (I miss my old iPod 4, lost it two years ago, life has never been the same since). I can't see a special case being brought just for the few iPod users though.

Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones


Significant Figures

There's no way they can justify all of those.

Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines


Re: Terrorism

Simple, yes. If we're both thinking some kind of QR-like sign, then it would be fairly easy for some pranker to stick one up on the motorway, and suddenly everyone is pulling over on their way to work.

Of course, it would be possibly to have something designed for a particular vehicle, and with a digital signature, but history makes me think that it would not be particularly secure.

Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?


I'm ok with the Edge interface. What I'm not OK with is the bugs. Try opening a link from Gmail, I just get a blank page. That might have been fixed in the last year, but I gave Edge a chance (when my Surface Pro 4 was new) and it fell short. Battery life used to be way better than Chrome, but that's changed. Stupid behaviour when I type in a new tab but don't search, (horribly clickbaity) advertising on the new tab page, and oh look, I just found another bug where icons aren't displayed properly (yes, really). Chrome isn't perfect, but at least it doesn't constantly annoy me. Opera's fine, Firefox is OK if you can get past some silly UI choices.

Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow


Python was my first language, and since I'm not a professional coder it's still my most used. I think it's been a wonderful language to learn with, and has some truly wonderful mechanisms that make many things easy.

That said, I don't like using it for moderately sized programs (i.e. longer than a few hundred lines) because I struggle to keep every last detail - like what type a function expects - in my head. A better IDE might help with that. Also decent error-checking such as gcc does - which presumably is difficult or impossible to do in Python - makes finding some types of bugs much easier.

Alternative headline that StackOverflow could have come up with: Python is the hardest programming language around, and it's getting harder.

Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee


"a profit of more than £2m in its last quarterly update" - that doesn't seem like much, particularly considering Wikipedia lists a profit for 2017 of £6 beellion.

VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code


Re: Did He Have An Option ???

"I was just doing my job" isn't much of an excuse. Your job or break the law was the choice. Whether the rest of us would make the "right" choice is perhaps debatable though.

Confessions of an ebook eater


Re: Great article

Reading two documents at once on a Surface? Well, it's just been shown above that A-series can simply be halved and rotated, and voila, you may read both at once!

Windows 10 S: Good, bad, and how this could get ugly for PC makers


"The base spec model is $999 (£780)" - ha, ha, ha, nope.

Base spec is £979.




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