* Posts by Alistair Mann

8 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Jun 2016

After selling his site for millions, founder hacked it for a second payday

Alistair Mann

Re: A year and one day

Looks like one year means one year inside. However one year and one day could mean six months inside.

"In the United States federal system, only sentences of more than one year allow prisoners to obtain early release for good time while incarcerated"


Sonos will deny updates to those who snub rewritten privacy terms

Alistair Mann

"You can't resell a product you don't own."

UsedSoft vs Oracle discovered otherwise.

If you love your email standards, SMTP your feet: 35 years later

Alistair Mann

Idea: user-defined whitelisting string.

Tell your bank that email from them will only be accepted if the email body and/or header contains the provided string. If and when emailing you, the bank includes that string. Your email client, knowing your string, jettisons email not including it. Hey presto, more easily identified spam and phishes, at least until the next data hack.

I plan to have HMRC include the string "The balance will be left behind the bar at the Winchester"

China's censorship cyber-missiles shoot down pics flying through WhatsApp, chat apps

Alistair Mann

Hash-matching, eh? I would expect unaligned IM clients to randomly start changing low order bits when forwarding images in the near future. Perhaps adding jpg artifacts, so we can judge how socially near we are to an event by the amount an image has been degraded.

WD gets court order: Toshiba can't block access to shared database

Alistair Mann

Re: Gulp

Just this morning I set up a Surface Pro 4 with a 512Gb§ SSD, much of which was promptly requisitioned to store 150Gb worth of dropbox that needed syncing. The future arrives faster than we think.

§ That's an Imperial Gb not the fancy metric Gb

Dell BIOS update borks PCs

Alistair Mann

>frustrated users who ... download the latest programme.

Well, there's the problem: BIOS needs firmware, not a copy of "Cheggers Plays Pop"

Dr Craig Wright lodges 51 blockchain patents with Blighty IP office

Alistair Mann

I had to investigate this a couple years ago. Software patents are allowed in the UK & EU, but the landscape is very hostile. I highly recommend Philip Leith's "Software and patents in Europe" http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/law/intellectual-property/software-and-patents-europe

Philip Leith spent some considerable time in IT before moving to law; he clearly Get's It

UK's National Museum of Computing celebrates 10 glorious years

Alistair Mann

Re: Background on RAF Eastcote - the orginal site for GCHQ!

I was an AA for 18 months there in the late '80s, tending the mainframes, and they were certainly still using ICL/George. I don't remember the 2900s , but I do remember the 2966 drives.

Favourite memory: the emergency phone number list had The Black Horse local pub as the first number!