* Posts by cb7

275 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


Nest security camera captures landlord's romp on tenants' bed


The problem with shagging the tenant(s) is they might stop paying the rent...

Then you're f*cked. Quite literally :-D

Wisconsin badgers Apple to cough up half a billion dollars for ripping off chip designs



How does one figure out one's chip design patent has been infringed?

I imagine it must be pretty hard to dissect and examine something manufactured at the nm scale. Especially when it has billions of transistors.

And don't these things have multiple layers nowadays? Making it even harder.

I'm pretty sure manufacturers don't publish their designs/blue prints in the public domain for all and sundry to see and copy.

The Italian Jobs: Bloke thrown in the cooler for touting Apple knockoffs


Not really victimless

If you bought one of these iFake devices thinking you were buying a genuine iPod/iPhone, then you are clearly a victim of fraud.

Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal


"The only chance of enforcing hard limits on range and altitude is with actual silicon embedded in the controller chips."

Until someone wants to change the limit. Or different authorities want to impose different limits.

Then suddenly it gets a lot more complicated not to say costly to make changes.

OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset


Galaxy S7

Security patch level installed within the last week bringing it up to May 2017.

Android version still 7.0 though.

Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads



"...now uses its Brotli compression algorithm to serve display ads. The ad giant says ad downloads shrink by between 15 and 40 per cent as a result and therefore delivers “faster page loads and less battery consumption.”

Less battery consumption for the download process maybe. The compressed data has to be decompressed though and that has a processing/energy cost. I'd be surprised if overall battery consumption actually went down with compression.

Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually



Literally. In the last fancy iMac I worked on, the i7 chip was clocked at 2.6GHz instead of the 4GHz the same chip runs at in my own PC.

And if you asked the machine to do anything remotely demanding, the fans literally groaned as they spun up to keep thermal throttling at bay. I was shocked and horrified at the inelegant noises this £2.5k pile of Apple shit made.

Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc



Why not simply create a magnetic field around the vessel?

It works for Earth...

Ditto for the space suits & living quarters

You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source


Re: Deathly silence

I know that. The hoof's in your mouth, because there are plenty of plebs out there who still think their Mac is impervious to malware.


Re: Deathly silence

"Also, I haven't heard any Mac user claim "Macs don't get viruses" since the '90s."

I heard a number of IT bods & other "experts" dialling in to a radio show after the recent "Cyber attck" on the NHS claiming just that.

When Joe public hear that, coupled with default admin access on most new Winblows machines that can lead to easy infections, what impression do you think they'll walk away with?


Deathly silence

From all the Apple fanbois who like to boast how Macs don't get viruses

It's 2017 – and your Mac, iPad, iPhone can all be pwned by an e-book


So much for

That "really secure" Unix foundation.

"and a pair of flaws in iBooks (CVE-2017-2497, CVE-2017-6981) that allow ebooks to open arbitrary websites and execute code with root privilege"

There's no denying it's a more secure model, but these patches just go to show that flaws and vulnerabilities can be found in almost all software.

Memory biz Nantero is a right Dell raiser: IT giant flushes cash down RAM carbon nanotubes


Not much use

Without OS support

Poor old Intel. No flash profits for you


The problem with Intel SSDs

Early Intel SSDs (like many others) had bugs that could make the drive 'disappear' from the system, taking all your valuable data with it.

Being slower than some other manufacturers to fix these bugs is what cost Intel market share.

Even as recently as earlier this year, an 180GB Intel SSD (running the latest firmware) died on me simply because the laptop battery died and this was enough for the SSD to hang itself.

I won't be buying any more Intel SSDs in a hurry


Re: Hard to believe

"capitalising all their R&D and manufacturing setup costs; it wouldn't have any effect on operating P&L"

Accounting 101, you can capitalise costs (i.e. depreciate and recover them over the useful economic life of the asset(s)), but the depreciation has to hit the P&L. You can't just hold the costs in limbo or make them disappear down a black hole. Unless you meant capital wip (work in progress)? Which is a valid accounting treatment

Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust


Android better at multi-tasking?

My Samsung Galaxy S7 might let me put 2 apps side by side, but the feature has practically let me down every blue moon I've had a real need to use it.

Example: I needed to type in a long string of digits from an SMS msg into a parking app that didn't allow anything to be pasted in from the clipboard. I put the 2 apps side by side, but everytime I activated the input box, the SMS view would disappear off screen.

Luckily I found a pen in the glove box and ended up scribbling the code onto a napkin to transfer into the parking app.

BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call


Fake CLIs and why did the names and numbers leak out in the first place?

Two things:

1. The foreign land (usually India) call centres these calls originate from typically fake the CLI so it appears to originate from a geographic area within the UK eg an 01xxx or 020xx number. In the last few weeks I've noticed a trend where the number appears as a mobile ie 07xxx number which means a higher likelihood of me answering it due to how I use my landline.

I'm hoping this big data analysis algorithm can still spot these nuisance calls even if the dodgy outfits can fake a different number for each call... I guess time will tell. Always one step behind comes to mind, which brings me to the next point...

2. Seeing as most of the calls I get seem to relate to a) a car accident my wife had 14 years ago and b) energy/utility bills, and they have our names and addresses, it's abundantly clear it's the car insurance and utility companies that leaked our details in the first place. I suspect as a result of off-shoring their call centres where unscrupulous now ex-employees have made off with a download/extract from the main customer service database.

These companies need to be held to account for allowing this to happen and fined massively with the money going to the customers whose details were leaked

Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC


Soft target?

Typing data on my Android phone ends up with SwiftKey for sure.

And maybe even Samsung and/or Google. Along with all the "usage" data they also collect.

But we seem to bash MS more for this slurping than the others. I wonder why?

Google's video recognition AI is trivially trollable


The algorithm is clearly flawed

The real problem is why the algorithm places such a heavy weighting on what effectively amounts to only 2% of the footage.

One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report


Outright fake

I remember seeing a fake iPhone a few years back. From the outside it looked like an iPhone. But the OS was Android, skinned to look like iOS. Tapping App Store just loaded up the Android Play Store.

The guy who'd bought it for £120 was actually quite chuffed with having "saved" >£300.

Samsung plans Galaxy Note 7 fire sale



I'm not sure I (or anyone) except Samsung know(s) the real reason why this was not a fixable problem.

If the problem was simply that the battery compartment was too small leading to batteries getting compressed during expansion, then clearly yes, it would be difficult or impossible to enlarge the compartment on existing stock.

However, I'm sure it wouldn't be impossible for a company the size of Samsung to replace the batteries with physically slightly smaller ones? Sure, it would mean giving up on a tiny bit of capacity, but surely a better compromise than a strakght loss of $3.2Bn?

What should password managers not do? Leak your passwords? What a great idea, LastPass


The only problem

With using file level sync tools to try and sync passwords between multiple devices (say PC, laptop & mobile) is a) knowing which files to sync b) hope the sync tool is avail on each device c) hope you don't mind quitting your browser everytime the sync tool needs to overwrite the older file d) hope you remember to sync before changing or adding a new password on a device...

In other words it's pretty darn unworkable. But hey, where would we be without sadists?

Android O my god! It's finally here (for devs)


Against my better judgement

I installed Nougat in my S7 without backing up my phone first. Mainly because I read somewhere I could roll back to Android 6 if need be. Again, against my better judgement I didn't verify if that was true. And on top of that, I'd read some reports that Nougat had battery drain problems...

Still I went ahead and updated anyway. At 1.2GB it's a big update. It installed fairly quickly and it's been running for a few days now.

On Marshmallow I'd typically see the battery go from 100% in the morning down to 78% at night. That's with wifi, Bluetooth & data on and only light usage during the day. Most of it the odd call, WhatsApp App on the PC which utilises the App on the phone to work, catching up with news and maybe the odd bit of banking.

Location is normally off and I have doggedly resisted turning on background location reporting.

On Nougat, battery life has been similar. Two days ago though, it had dropped to 68% by the end of the day without any discernably different usage which was a bit concerning.

Yesterday it was back to normal so it's early days yet.

What was more impressive though was the improvement in power consumption whilst in flight mode.

Overnight, I tend to put the phone in flight mode. Under Marshmallow, with the charger disconnected when going to sleep, the charge level would drop to 96-98% by the morning.

Under Nougat, it's showing 100% this morning. And I've used the new ability in Nougat to put a few more apps to sleep when not in use, so will hopefully see a further improvement in battery life.

It's only taken Google a few years, but it finally feels like they're catching up with Apple in this area...

Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars


Not quite

"You know this isn't hacked right? It's ddos..."

Close. I would have said DOS not DDOS. After all I see nothing that mentions anything about Distributed. Seems like all it takes is one source to kick it in the nuts...

Apple empties gas can, strikes match, burns bridge to hot-patch apps


Without self updating code

I guess we'll never see true AI...?