* Posts by cb7

201 posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


Clue's in the name: Samsung's next Galaxy Note line captures scrawls with responsive stylus then punts them over to a PC


Re: Biometrics crap like the S20?

Face unlock on the S10e is so rubbish, my son, less than half my age, managed to unlock my phone by looking at it. And that's with slower "more accuracy" turned on.

I've had to go back to fingerprint unlock.

Oh & I hate the new on screen "virtual buttons". Especially when they don't stay on screen despite what the settings say.

Amazon gets green-light to blow $10bn on 3,000+ internet satellites. All so Americans can shop more on Amazon


Re: Use of personal data ?

"You can't own the entire thing from end to end, or else price fixing would/could be used to drive competitors out of the market."

You don't need end to end control to drive competitors out of the market. Amazon's already doing that with it's global volume buying power and own distribution network.

For an example just look at the prices of popular SSDs on independent e-tailers like ebuyer.com. They're having to price match Amazon every single day and still can't compete once delivery costs are added in.

So despite having invested to create a much better website, the only way they'll survive is through undying customer loyalty.

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors


Twitter is for twits. It certainly seems that way since a certain orange person started spewing his verbal diarrhoea through it.

That said there are a few intelligent people using it still. So the lunatics haven't completely taken over yet.

Amazon's auditing of Alexa Skills is so good, these boffins got all 200+ rule-breaking apps past the reviewers


What's to stop any innocent looking app streaming objectionable content from a server that only serves acceptable content at the time of review?

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law


"But I decided not to publish my extension"

But I decided to publish its source code in the guise of an article that explains why I couldn't publish the extension itself...

Networking boffins detect wide abuse of IPv4 addresses bought on secondary market


How many cowboys are out there continuing to set up new servers/routers etc with IPv4 only, because they don't understand IPv6, or they encounter issues that are easily "resolved" by turning IPv6 off instead of configuring things properly?

India drops the bar on e-commerce seller's listings: You want to sell it? Tell us where it came from from then


"requirement to offer “guarantees related to the authenticity or genuineness of the imported products”"

I would have thought a guarantee that the damn thing works and will continue to work for a reasonable period of time would be quite important too, alongside knowing where it came from.

Hot, synchronous DRAM: Next-gen memory tech spec DDR5 lands


I wonder what sort of latency it'll have?

If at first you don't succeed... Rackspace files IPO papers to go public once again, hopefully with better timing


I'm sorry to say this, but customer data is not safe in the hands of Indians.

Why is it that ever since numerous companies off shored their call centres to India, large numbers of scammers with heavy Indian accents have started ringing out of nowhere?

Your 2.3m Instagram fans won't stop the FBI... Web star accused of plotting to launder millions from cyber-crime


Crime pays. Til you get caught.

Things that happen every four years: Olympic Games, Presidential elections, and now new Mac ransomware


Yes but I thought "Macs don't get viruses"?

Sarcastic mode off.

'It's really hard to find maintainers...' Linus Torvalds ponders the future of Linux


iShit not locked down? Ain't gonna happen. Not in my lifetime and not in yours.

Finding SAP hard to swallow? ERP giant says it's working on something more bite-sized


A large conglomerate I used to work for used Oracle for its finance systems. Oracle pushed to move everything off premises and into the cloud.

All whilst pushing its next gen all singing, all dancing "drill all the way down into invoice line items from a single figure on the P&L" wizardry.

Except even their fastest mega server couldn't really handle the volume of data. I left the company at that point.

After buying another large conglomerate that uses SAP, last I heard was, they were going to migrate the whole lot to SAP.

Either it'll all go Tits-Up, or they'll still be trying to merge the two in 5 years time, or they'll give up and will still be running the two side by side 10 years from now.

You heard it here first.

Wanted – DRAM or alive: US Feds bag arrest warrants for three Taiwanese accused of stealing Micron's mem secrets


Yes, but China doesn't have an extradition treaty with the US, so in effect the Chinese government is protecting the criminals.


"Jinhua in 2018 was placed on the US Commerce Department's Entity List, which forbids US companies from doing business with the designated firms"

Need to go much further. There should be economic sanctions against countries harbouring industrial spies.

Let's roll the 3d6 dice on today's security drama: Ah, 15, that's LG allegedly hacked, source code stolen by Maze ransomware gang


We live in an era where this type of crime pays.

And law enforcement is powerless to track them down and put them away (preferably forever).

How can someone put up a website and remain untraceable in this day and age?

Working from home on Virgin Media's broadband? Too bad. Outage hits English capital


"You want redundancy? Go sign up for 2 ISPs and use one as a backup."

How many ISPs have their own core network? Heck, how many actually have their own edge network? Most of them simply rent the equipment off the incumbent and push the bill out to the customer.

And let's not forget, most of the access network is owned by only eg 2 companies here in the UK.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets


♫ who let the foxes in? Doop Doop Doop Doop Doop ♫

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)


Why don't Google and Apple co-operate and develop the app and roll it out as a critical public safety update across the globe?

They could have done this months ago.

It would save countries across he whole world duplicating effort and going down rabbit holes. And think of the number of lives it could have saved / would save.

And the app would also work once international travel resumes.

They routinely push out updates that help them maintain their not so insignificant income streams.

They have the technological prowess to make it happen.

About time they did something that gives something meaningful back to the public.

If you're despairing at staff sharing admin passwords, look on the bright side. That's CIA-grade security


I wonder if they came up with any Linux exploits?

Windows Server to require TPM2.0 and Secure boot by default in future release


Re: Well now....

"It is rare for Windows Server to be deployed nowadays for any reason other than to run Microsoft's own server programs (Active Directory, Exchange, Sharepoint, etc)"

Incorrect. There's a whole swathe of shared applications, from various vendors, in the health care, logistics, CRM, SRM, finance, HR and other fields that rely on Windows Server OS. Applications with decades of man hours of development behind them.

It's easier and cheaper, though not necessarily painless, to migrate these to new hardware running a newer version of the Windows OS they were written for than it would be to switch OS completely and re-develop the apps for a completely different OS.

The whole reason Windows remains dominant in many areas is due to these legacy apps.

Japan to test self-destructing satellite to shrink space junk with string and an inanimate carbon blob


So if you reverse the polarity, you could speed up and hence raise the orbit of a satellite using electricity? Sounds cool.

Obviously I've over simplified. You might have to modulate and pulsate at the right moments and have the tether face the other way to achieve the end goal, but it seems plausible to, in effect, use the earth's magnetic field for this "motor".

How many? 28 million fewer PCs and tablets to find a home in 2020


There are some lovely (used) HP ProBooks selling on ebay right now. 7th Gen Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 14" screen for less then £300. Go for an immaculate one.

Even the 15" Full HD screen versions are under your budget.

Alternatively try the Lenovo L560.

Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates


If an "unsupported" cheaper model laptop uses the same model wifi card as a supported model, what's to stop a user installing and using the driver from the supported model?

FYI: There are thousands of Chrome extensions with so, so many fake installations to trick you into using them


How does one turn off the ability to install Chrome extensions?

I have some users who need to be protected from themselves.

Apple promises third, no, fourth, er, fifth time's a charm when it comes to macOS Catalina: 10.15.5 now out


Catalina broke Google Drive too.

And yes I've gone into Security settings and turned on full drive access for it already.

Apple and Google support were "about as useful as a chocolate teapot".

I don't even understand Apple's desire to rush out an OS update full of bugs. It's not like it's going to bring in additional revenue or something.

Apple, Google begin to spread pro-privacy, batt-friendly coronavirus contact-tracing API for phone apps


Aww bless. Apple actually collaborating with others for a change. Shame it took a global pandemic to make it happen.

I still can't see it becoming a habit though.

Project Reunion: Microsoft's attempt to tear down all those barriers it's built for Windows developers over the years


The Metro/modern/manky UI sucks big time.

In an attempt to ape simpleton iOS, MS have taken for granted, the eminently usable UI of Windows past and lost 90% of what made it slick and usable.

Abandoned and lost are logical keyboard shortcuts, mouse shortcuts, vibrant and distinctive colour schemes and layouts.

Instead we have bland plain window backdrops with no borders and no colour. Open up a handful of randomly overlapping windows, and it becomes impossible to tell where one starts and the other ends.

Even the OS itself has no impressive, consistently clear style guide any more. What hope is there for "apps"?

Instead of building on the efficient and usable UI it had before, we see half baked redesigns of a bad idea again and again with apparently no usability testing whatsoever.

Whoever's in charge of this mightily clusterfluck should have their atoms strung out in a long thin line and sent towards the nearest black hole.

Russia admits, yup, the Americans are right: One of our rocket's tanks just disintegrated in Earth's orbit


One day, someone will invent shields. You know, like the ones spacecraft have in Star Trek.

But me thinks we're a long way off from that.


Re: Did part of it fall?

I doubt it. Must have been something else.

The article says these pieces are 400kms up. So not low enough to enter the atmosphere.

Mad dash for webcams with surge in videoconferencing has turned out rather nicely for Logitech


I'm surprised no one's come up with a way to use a smartphone camera as a computer/laptop webcam.

Yes you could Zoom/Skype directly from the phone, but if you need to screen share at the same time, that's better done from a bigger screen.

Apple owes us big time for bungled display-killing cable design in MacBook Pro kit, lawsuit claims


Whatever damages Apple ends up paying, it'll still only be pocket change for the vain bully.

Australian contact-tracing app sent no data to contact-tracers for at least ten days after hurried launch


Apparently the UK NHS app is using the same centralised approach that, apart from the privacy concerns, relies on iPhone users bringing the app to the foreground periodically to ensure it keeps Bluetooth on.


Though this article seems to suggest the Aussies are working with Apple to address this.

But this also shows we don't have a unified approach across the whole globe.

Faster than reflection: Microsoft previews Source Generators for C#


I always found a well designed relational database, with optimized datatype tables, with well thought out indexes with SQL native queries and stored procedures can be paired with even a VB asp.NET front end and deliver much better performance than a front end and queries written in C#.

Mystery cloud added 10,000 new AMD Epyc servers in under ten days to handle demand for you know what


I wish I hadn't sold my AMD shares now.

Outages batter UK's Virgin Media into wee hours as broadband failures spike 77% globally


Being with (a) virgin offers no protection.

your fat pipe is broken

Tata Consultancy Services tells staff to go to their rooms and stay there, even after the pandemic passes


I'm always more productive when wfh.

Fewer distractions and interruptions and

Given that I typically save 2.5-3 hours travel time everyday, I don't mind putting in an extra hour or more to knock a few more things out.

And I always eat healthier when wfh. I can eat when I'm hungry instead of forcing my body to take on food first thing in the morning when it's not really ready for it.

This allows me to eat all my days meals within an 8-10 hour window which has been demonstrated to have numerous health benefits.

Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground


Re: Electric planes?

As well as reduced noise (hopefully), if the electrics are used only during take off and landing, you also gain the benefit of lower emissions in densely populated areas.

That gets rid of two of the main objections to airport expansion in densely populated areas. And most of the world's airports are in urban neighbourhoods.

And even if its a small reduction in emissions overall, it's a good stop gap measure until we can go fully electric.

Microsoft throws extended support lifeline for folk stuck on car-crash Windows 10 1809


Re: Still a lot of Windows 7 out there

Strictly speaking those migrations should have been completed way before Jan 2020.

Unless of course people like chancing things more than is already necessary.

Ransomware scumbags leak Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX documents after contractor refuses to pay


Yes I know most end point infections are the result of user error, but that's exactly why it's Microsoft's job to make a secure operating system.

Allowing random snippets of code carte blanche access to user files is not my idea of a secure operating environment.

Fewer infections leads to less money for the criminals which leads to even fewer infections till it basically becomes a worthless endeavour for the criminally minded.


Ffs Microshit, sort this out already.

1. How hard can it be allow a user to only allow apps they recognise to create/modify/delete files in standard user folders (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos)?

2. Disable VB script by default, allowing users to turn it on on a case by case basis

3. Granted, any user daft enough to enable macros when opening a random file deserves what they get.

I reckon that should prevent most if not all ransomware dead in its tracks?

Taiwan to develop military exoskeleton because it's not like these things are open-sourced or one-size-fits-all


I wonder how well they hold up against machine gun fire? Or grenades? Or other artillery?

And if they're powered, which I imagine they are, otherwise it's just a suit of armour, how long does the battery or other power source last?

I suspect they'll only be good for a few niche applications until the technology improves markedly beyond what we have now.

Another day, another Google cull: Chocolate Factory axes 49 malicious Chrome extensions from web store


Duh, why doesn't Google check the extensions before letting them into the store?

Ditto the Android Play store.

I'm not a huge Apple fan, but this is one thing Apple have done well.

Microsoft expands AI features in Office, but are they any good? Mixed, according to our vulture


"Microsoft Editor, a service which the company claims will help you "write polished prose, craft impressive emails"...

It's a shame MS is unable to develop polished impressive software, despite earning $125 billion in revenue last year.

What's happened to me? I've become an MS basher.

Surge in home working highlights Microsoft licensing issue: If you are not on subscription, working remotely is a premium feature


Re: On the cheap

Google Chrome Remote Desktop also works a treat if you have the option

Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner


Air quality has been fantastic here (UK, near an airport and two major motorways) since Monday when many flights got cancelled and many people started working from home.

It's almost like being in the countryside. I'm loving it. Even if all cars went electric, the air wouldn’t be this clean around here unless the airport shutdown too - or we had a revolution in aircraft propulsion.

I do wish a speedy recovery to anyone suffering.

Apple grudgingly opens up its check book, pays VirnetX $454m in patent royalties after a decade of wrangling


What a bunch of cnuts.

Good on VirnetX for having the resources to do battle against this hedious monstrosity.

$454m just doesn't seem like enough. Especially considering how hard Apple tried to avoid paying. The award should double for each failed appeal.

The number of iPads and iPhones people buy and use purely so they can Facetime other Apple worshippers is huge. That award should have been a few $Bn at least.

Broken lab equipment led boffins to solve a 58-year-old physics problem by mistake


Am I the only one here who knows fuck all about Quantum computers?

Broadband providers can now flog Openreach's new IP voice network in bid to ditch UK's copper phone lines by 2025


I wouldn't mind if a) VoIP didn't suffer from random (and fucking annoying) delays and b) broadband was actually reliable enough not to drop out multiple times a day/week/month depending on the weather, the alignment of the planets and fuck knows what else.

RIP Katherine Johnson: The extraordinary NASA mathematician astronauts trusted over computers


What an amazing woman

RIP Katherine Johnson



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