* Posts by katrinab

3105 posts • joined 6 Aug 2016

What happens when holes perfect for spyware are found in the engine room of millions of Qualcomm-based phones? Let's find out

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Re: When looking for a new SmartPhone ...

And Apple's A-Series of chips ...

National Crime Agency says Brit teen accused of Twitter hack has not been arrested

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Meh

Re: Walk in to a zoom meeting just like that?

You can walk in off the street to a court hearing. This is considered to be a very important feature of the justice system, so when they have online hearings, they want the public to be able to walk into them as well. Just that people are far more likely to do so.

Well, that was quick: Google brutally culls Pixel 4 and 4 XL before successor hits market

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Re: "updates for at least 3 years from when the device first became available"

The 5S is still getting security updates, though not the latest version of iOS. It was launched nearly 7 years ago.

Architect of tech contractor tax fraud scheme jailed for at least five years

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Re: So much for 'umbrella' services

It was.

Pay it into an offshore account. Route it via a web of offshore trusts, give us a cut of the money, and you get it tax free.

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And I stress, 2 hours is the maximum. It is usually between 3-10 seconds.

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Don't know about interest rates in Australia, but in the UK, Switzerland, and Eurozone, banks are more likely to charge you for keeping money in their accounts if you have more than about £100,000/€100,000/Fr100,000.

You think the UK coronavirus outbreak was bad? Just wait till winter: Study shows test-and-trace system is failing

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Paris Hilton

Re: But... but...

Or the Northern Irish one ...

Co-inventor of the computer mouse, William English, dies

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So why houses, and not hice, for more than one house

In the market for a second-hand phone? Check it's still supported by the vendor – almost a third sold are not

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It is worth pointing out

That the iPhone 6 still gets security updates, just not feature updates.

My Mid-2010 MacBook Pro still gets security updates.

This investor blew nearly $300,000 on Intel shares the day before 7nm disaster reveal. Yup, she's suing

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No, heads the lawyers in, tails the lawyers win and you get a $2 discount voucher on a 15th gen Core i11 cpu.

Microsoft runs a data centre on hydrogen for 48 whole hours, reckons it could kick hydrocarbon habit by 2030

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Re: Hydrogen is not the answer

Hydrogen also takes time to produce, and doesn't have a good power to volume ratio, far more important in cases where you aren't carrying it around.

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Re: Hydrogen is not the answer

Wouldn't you be better off using the solar panels to charge batteries?

Brit unis hit in Blackbaud hack inform students that their data was nicked, which has gone as well as you might expect

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Re: Just received the email

You still have all the benefits of an EU citizen except that you no longer have an MEP representing you in parliament.

VMware's flagship vSphere now in never-ending beta, if you're up for it

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Re: VMware, don't you know that "Beta" is a slur?

Yes of course, real men would use the Alpha release, I think?

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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Stop could be confusing

Does it mean

'Please send the "poweroff" or "shutdown /p" command to the guest operating system and wait for it to do its thing'

or:

'Do the equivalent of removing power from the machine (in a machine that doesn't have a battery)'

Nvidia may be mulling lopping Arm off Softbank: GPU goliath said to have shown interest in acquiring CPU design house

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Re: What is the point ?

No

https://money.cnn.com/quote/shareholders/shareholders.html?symb=NVDA&subView=institutional

Fidelity is the largest shareholder, and a 0.95% stake would put you in the top 10.

Sick of AI engines scraping your pics for facial recognition? Here's a way to Fawkes them right up

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Paris Hilton

Re: Yeah but ...

Where I live (UK, not Northern Ireland which issues its own driving licences), you can opt to use the photo from the passport database.

New Google rules mandate Android 'Poundland' Edition, Go, for sub-2GB RAM phones once Android 11 is out

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Re: Oh wonderful news!

How old is 'old'?

My Skylake i5 manages about 50-60 fps on modern games at 1080p high. Obviously by no means the fastest gaming computer out there, but very playable.

Nominet shakes up system for expiring .uk domains, just happens to choose one that will make it £millions. Again

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I've picked up some expired domains in the past, including a 4 letter one that matches my name.

I looked up some domains, saw that the company that had registered one of the names on my check list had ceased trading, so looked to see when it was going to expire.

I put the date in my electronic diary, and then ordered it from my usual hosting provider. Obviously the speculators weren't interested in it, but it was useful for me.

How will this change things?

Brit telcos deliberately killed Phones 4u, claim admins in £1bn UK High Court sueball

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Re: How old?

I'm still using an iPhone 6+ as a secondary phone, and an iPad Air 2 as my daily driver. Not quite 6 years old, but close.

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Re: Supposed to give a warning

No. One party to the conversation must be aware of the recording. You can't secretly record a conversation between two third parties, but it is fine to record a conversation you are participating in.

Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware

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Re: Why...? Just Why?

Sure, you might go out and buy another bluray player, but it won't be a Sumsung.

Apple warns developers API tweaks will flow from style guide changes that remove non-inclusive language

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Re: So the ones not happy with this are those that are included already!

Fortunately I haven't seen a master / slave drive in about 20 years since SATA came out.

Imagine surviving WW3, rebuilding computers, opening up GitHub's underground vault just to relive JavaScript

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"At the time, David Rosenthal, a veteran of Sun Microsystems and Nvidia and the co-creator of Stanford's LOCKSS [Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe] digital preservation program, expressed skepticism that anyone beyond the current generation will ever find the code useful."

Future generations will be interested, especially in the more mundane examples. They probably won't use it it in production, but it will still be of historical interest.

Companies toiling away the most on LibreOffice code complain ecosystem is 'beyond utterly broken'

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I achieve my cloud sync by saving to a local folder that is synced by Nextcloud. Though I see it as more of an automatic backup to supplement my TimeMachine backup and server backup.

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Re: This...

In pretty much every other country in the world, a charity paying software developers to develop the product they give away would be uncontroversial. I'm surprised it is different in Germany,

Twitter mass hacking: Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg, Biden, Obama, more hijacked to peddle Bitcoin scam

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Re: Idiots

"The timing of the exploit was also right around when a lot of Twitter employees would be commuting home."

"Commuting home" is so 2019. Nobody does that any more.

Apple and Google, take note: Newly enacted EU law aims to protect developers from arbitrary decisions of tech giants

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Meh

Re: Sigh.

Aggrieved parties would take Apple / Google to court for redress.

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Re: Sigh.

If the implementation date is before 31st December, it will apply in the UK. And continue to apply until such time as the UK Parliament repeals it. I think it is very unlikely that they would repeal it any time soon as they have far more important things to focus on right now.

You're testing them wrong: Whiteboard coding interviews are 'anti-women psychological stress examinations'

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Paris Hilton

Re: but this can't be true

Whereas I am extremely good at getting rid of them

- Good morning madam. I am calling you about the car accident you had recently.

- When did this alleged accident take place?

- Uhm er umh er I er don't er have this er information right now.

Also [applicable only in the UK], if the caller ID shows a 0 or 1 after the area code, it is an invalid number, and I reject the call. That filters out about 80% of nuisance calls.

Note that for the purpose of this test, the area code for Cardiff as an example is 029, not 02920; Reading is 0118, not 01189; London is 020, not 0207/0208.

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Re: but this can't be true

Women are about the same[1]on average in their ability to come up with the correct answer as men, but the process by which they come up with the correct answer is not necessarily the same.

[1] Actually slightly better on average than men, but men are less likely to be average, so a group with the best people will have more men, and a group with the most useless idiots will be mostly men.

If you go back to the early years of computing when many of the fundamental things we now take for granted were invented, most programmers were women.

Four years after swallowing Arm Holdings, SoftBank said to be mulling Brit chip biz sale

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Re: Just a thought

Apple were one of the founding shareholders in ARM.

Fancy some fishy-chips? Just order one of these sensors: Research shines light on suspect component sources

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Re: Not counterfeit, not stolen

I don't think "AA Battery" is a trademark. All manufacturers use it, and there doesn't appear to be a battery standards body that licences it.

Sueball locked, loaded and pointed at LinkedIn over iOS privacy naughtiness

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Re: iif clipboard read allowed without user OK

It is certainly better than Android in that respect, but without an operating system that is even more locked-down than OpenBSD, it is difficult to completely stop these things.

Apple: Don't close MacBooks with a webcam cover on, you might damage the display

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I use post-it notes.

Digicert will shovel some 50,000 EV HTTPS certificates into the furnace this Saturday after audit bungle

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In Safari, you can tell when you click on the padlock

On my self-hosted mail server, I see:

"Safari is used an encrypted connection to mail.mydomain

"Encryption with a digital certificate keeps information private as it's sent to or from the https website mail.mydonain"

On Nationwide, it starts the same as the above, then there is:

"Digicert Inc has idenfified www.nationwide.co.uk as being owned by Nationwide Building Society in Swindon, GB."

On Chrome, when you click on the padlock:

On my mail server, you see "Certificate (Valid)"

On Natonwide, you see

"Certificate (Valid)

"Issued to: Nationwide Building Society [GB]"

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How many bank websites will go down this weekend?

At a look at the websites for the largest banks in the UK:

Natwest is fine, they use Commodo. As far as I can see, all other RBS Group companies use the same supplier

Nationwide is affected, they need to replace their certificate today

TSB is affected

Lloyds Banking Group (including Halifax and Bank of Scotland) are fine

HSBC is affected

Clydesdale Bank (+ Yorkshire Bank + Virgin Money + B) are affected

Santander uses Entrust, they are fine

Barclays and Barclaycard use Entrust, they are fine

Monzo uses Cloudflare, they are fine

Revolut don't have an EV certificate.

American Express are affected

So I'm guessing about 40% of the UK population could potentially be without money this weekend.

Email seems lost in the post? You might be a Tsohost customer

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Re: SFU

I know the Reg Commentards will get their flamethrowers out, but I have 20 domains hosted at OVH, and I've never had any problems with them. I haven't used any of their other services such as email, I host it on my own server.

Shopped recently in a small online store? Check this list to see if it was one of 570 websites infected with card-skimming Magecart

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Re: I won't shop at a small site

It is very likely that the person on the other end of the phone will enter the details into their website.

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Re: I won't shop at a small site

The Body Shop is on the list. With 3000 retail outlets in 65 countries around the world, it is definitely not a small shop.

I don't trust Paypal. I look for sites that take Apple Pay.

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

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Re: Does the Big D.T. talk to mayors at all?

It almost didn't due to a lapse in their border control, but currently all active cases are people in quarantine.

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Re: Does the Big D.T. talk to mayors at all?

The best thing for the economy is to do what the likes of New Zealand and Isle of Man did. A short start lockdown to completely eliminate the virus, then you can relax all measures except border controls.

When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan

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zpool scrub pool

Then zpool status to see how the scrub is getting on.

While it is doing it, it will show something like

pool: pool

state: ONLINE

scan: scrub in progress since Tue Jul 7 18:42:43 2020

520G scanned at 1.10G/s, 43.4G issued at 436M/s, 15.25T total

0 repaired, 0.81% done, 0 days 03:28:36 to go

config:

NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM

pool ONLINE 0 0 0

raidz2-0 ONLINE 0 0 0

da1 ONLINE 0 0 0

da2 ONLINE 0 0 0

da3 ONLINE 0 0 0

da4 ONLINE 0 0 0

errors: No known data errors

When it is finished it will hopefully show something like

pool: pool

state: ONLINE

scan: scrub repaired 0 in 3 days 22:55:48 with 0 errors on Fri July 11 06:32:59 2020

config:

NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM

pool ONLINE 0 0 0

raidz2-0 ONLINE 0 0 0

da1 ONLINE 0 0 0

da2 ONLINE 0 0 0

da3 ONLINE 0 0 0

da4 ONLINE 0 0 0

errors: No known data errors

Mind the airgap: Why nothing focuses the mind like a bit of tech antiquing

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Sure, my new laptop is about 15 times faster than my old one. But when an Excel recalculation takes 1ms instead of 15ms, it's not really noticeable. If I'm running loads of virtual machines on VMWare Fusion, then I notice the difference.

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Macs from this era are Intel, not PPC.

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I have a decade old mid-2010 13" MacBook Pro.

I can install Office 2019 on it, connect to modern Wifi networks, and so on. The latest games will get about 1 frame per second, but apart from that, you can do pretty much everything you would want a modern laptop to do, just a bit slower.

It is interesting how little technology has advanced in the last decade, compared to how much it advanced before that.

I am typing this reply on a brand new 16" MacBook Pro. It is a better machine than the 10 year old one, just not that much better compared to any other decade in computing history.

Baroness Dido Harding lifts the lid on the NHS's manual contact tracing performance: 'We contact them up to 10 times over a 36-hour period'

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Re: The UK's chief stable door shutter.

Indeed it does.

OCR's certificate in Life & Living Skills Entry Level 1, B1 Communication; is general training, dealing with general things like asking for directions to the bathroom.

Specially trained means job specific training such as which buttons to press on the computer to get the phone number of the next person to call.

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

"What do we gain by replacing words today?"

We no longer push the very damaging myth that white=good, black=bad.

Why do you think people originally chose those colours to represent good and bad?

It's not a Windows 10 release without something breaking so here's a troubleshooter for your OneDrive woes

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Re: Craig Federighi needs to go, his track record is abysmal. Just works? Catalina anyone?

At least with Catalina, you have to specifically "buy" it from the app store, and Mojave (and High Sierra) are still getting updates.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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"Although yesterday's Ministry of Fun* announcement said digital now makes up 58 per cent of British radio listening, the real problem here is the slow pace of change."

The real problem is that digital doesn't just mean DAB. It also means DVB-A - listening to radio on your TV, and internet streaming (including podcasts). I rather suspect most of that 58% is internet streaming, and not DAB.

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