* Posts by tcmonkey

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Russian hacker selling how-to vid on exploiting unsupported Magento installations to skim credit card details for $5,000

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WTF?

Magento *is* open source. Or at least the community editions are.

Apple to Epic: Sue me? No, sue you, pal!

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Re: Hot tip for gamblers

And for the second time in really not very long at all, I am ok with them being the only winners.

Locked down walled garden monopoly vs online digital tat slinger targeting children with useless habit forming rubbish. I don't know who I look down upon more. (Maybe Epic, maybe...)

Brave takes brave stand against Google's plan to turn websites into ad-blocker-thwarting Web Bundles

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Re: Solutions...

They said that about AMP v1 too, and now it’s bloody everywhere.

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Re: no, you never are

It’s a valid question when world + dog appears to be more than happy to kiss Google’s arse like they’re dying of thirst and it’s the only water on the planet.

It’s especially disheartening to see people who really ought to know better drinking the koolaid too.

TikTok takes to the courts to challenge US ban

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I suspect the intention here is not to win, but merely to delay things sufficiently that there may be a "change in management" at the aggressor headquarters.

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong

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Re: paying FB legal costs

Given the two parties involved in this case, I think I might actually be ok with only the lawyers winning for once.

You'd think 1.8bn users a day would be enough for Zuck. But no. Oculus fans must sign up for Facebook

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Facepalm

Feeling very good about having bought a competitor's product right now.

Publishers signed up to Apple's premium News may be less than 'appy to discover the iGiant snatching readers

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Mushroom

Re: Walls

Congratulations on missing every point that I made.

Yes, you can run other "browsers", but they're all the same engine under the hood, so if you want to render a site in something other than a Webkit browser you're SOL. I said as much in my original response to you. This also means no browser plugins. All of this is stuff that Android has had since literally day 1.

I say that the file manager provided isn't a proper file manager because it does not really allow you to perform traditional tasks. Sure, you can copy files around, but you want to pick a file and open it with a given application? Nup. Want a file to be visible to an application with it being it its sandbox? Nup. Want to view content loaded to a device, such as images or sound files? Nup. Want to send a file to a non-Apple device, using what might be considered an Open Standard? Nup. As a file manager it is spectacularly useless.

As doublelayer says above - "Openness doesn't always mean that the included tools do everything, but instead that if they don't, you can replace them with something that does. On Windows, you can. On Mac OS, you can. On IOS, you can't." - he's exactly right, and on this iOS has all the options of a brick.

Again, I say all this as a user. I have an iPhone X in my pocket _right now_. These limitations are not especially bothersome to me, but to say they don't exist is simply untrue.

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Re: Walls

Eh? Shirley you don't mean the same iOS that has always prevented you from even so much as -running- a browser that doesn't use Safari under the hood, still doesn't have a proper file manager and only just recently allowed content blocking in the browser it does have?

iOS has never been open, and I say that as a user!

Whoops, our bad, we may have 'accidentally' let Google Home devices record your every word, sound – oops

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Google devices used for spying? I'm shocked. Shocked! Well, not that shocked.

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data

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Easy to scream and shout at MS for this one, but methinks this is more a case of everything looking like a nail to a man who has only a hammer. Spreadsheets were not designed for such tasks, and jamming them in where they do not fit was bound to cause problems. Anyone who has worked support in an office environment will tell you the same.

We Kana believe it! Raspberry Pi Foundation launches Japanese keyboard

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WTF?

What was wrong with just using a pre-existing Japanese USB keyboard design? Hell, why are RPi even getting involved in the manufacture of keyboards in the first place?

America was getting on top of its electronic voting machine security – then suddenly... A wild pandemic appears

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Another interesting video

Why Electronic Voting Is Still A Bad Idea: Tom Scott https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkH2r-sNjQs

How do you fix electronic voting? You don't. Throw it in the bin.

As the world descends into madness, it's good to see some things never change: Monthly Android patches

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Re: Remember your money is important to us, but you information security is worthless.

The problem is that due to the way ARM works, what you want is essentially impossible. There are no standard hardware interfaces, no standard boot chains, no standard security model etc. Hell, on some devices the thing that you would call "the CPU" isn't even the one that's in charge of device operations.

On a PC you can fall back to BIOS/UEFI to get some things done (drawing to the screen, reading mass storage etc) but that just doesn't exist on ARM devices for the most part. Until this is resolved, "universal" images for ARM are a pipedream.

A tale of mainframes and students being too clever by far

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Nah - this was about 2010 - the concept was already around by that point.

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Used to do something vaguely similar to discourage users from copying their pirated music collections to network shares (this was the days before smartphones were everywhere). Every night a script would run that would identify any .mp3 or similar files on shares and replace them all with a link to a fantastically awful copy of Rick Astley's inimitable "Never Gonna Give You Up". We're talking a terrible quality file, 8 bit, 8kHz mono sort of thing. It pretty much solved the problem overnight (boom boom). A passworded zip file would have saved them, but apparently nobody thought of that.

Glum Alphabet execs look up from red-ink ad figures. What will we do, they ask. Ahem, coughs Google Cloud

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Facepalm

It's almost like people don't enjoy being bombarded with privacy invading ads every 10 seconds. Who'dathunk it?

If you own one of these 45 Netgear devices, replace it: Kit maker won't patch vulnerable gear despite live proof-of-concept code

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For those looking for ways out of the traditional consumer grade modem game, these have recently become more widely available https://www.proscend.com/en/product/180-T.html

Given that they're apparently just a media converter, I'm not even sure if they have a CPU, let alone firmware. Certainly a huge reduction on attack and maintenance surfaces at any rate.

There's also this, but it's really just a conventional modem on a card so has some disadvantages https://www.draytek.com.au/products/adsl-vdsl-modem-routers/vigornic-132f/

Neither of these are any use in securing your Aunt Mabel of course, but for the more technically inclined of us they represent a viable alternative to ISP supplied tat.

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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He was certainly a lot nicer about it than I would have been.

Cisco restores evidence of its funniest FAIL – ethernet cable presses switch's reset button

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The entire industry should just switch to the 8 pin LEMO connectors we used to use for industrial grade ethernet? What's that, you don't want your cables to cost at least $100 each? Pffft, amateurs.

In all seriousness though, this is pretty dumb. Did they not test the switch design on cables in the market? (clearly not, I'd wager)

Incredible artifact – or vital component after civilization ends? Rare Nazi Enigma M4 box sells for £350,000

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Re: Right up to Nuremberg

Hat tip for remembering the work of the Poles, without whom none of this could have happened, but I'm afraid Marian was indeed a chap. Names can be deceptive.

Trump gloats, telcos weep, and China is furious: How things stand following UK's decision to rip out Huawei

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Mushroom

I’m quite sure that I’ll get downvoted into oblivion for saying this, but I’m going to do it anyway.

This probably is geopolitical rather than being anything to do with security, but with what the CCP has been doing to its citizens over the last few years, they can get fucked. We have all the justifications we need to hit them hard in the wallet.

Pretend your holiday wasn't cancelled from next month: Microsoft Flight Simulator cleared for take-off

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Re: You're on Mute

That's a little unfair. The mute button on my plantronics headset often doesn't work correctly. Frequently it will unmute the audio device whilst simultaneously muting the Teams application itself, or vice versa. The only fix is dig up the Teams window from the bowels of my desktop (because it's buried under the other stuff I'm doing at the same time. Y'know, actual work.) and click the "unmute" button there to get things back in sync. It's infuriating.

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

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David Murray would be proud!

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: The title is no longer required.

Yeah, that was my reaction too. Very sneaky.

UN warns of global e-waste wave as amount of gadgets dumped jumps 21% in 5 years

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Re: Elephants in the room

You say that, but at one time I was hearing (admittedly unsubstantiated) rumours that they were being ground up and burnt, even in parts of the world that really ought to know better.

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Recycling not a panacea

Here in South Aus we have an organization that provides e-waste recycling bins at everybody's favorite DIY store. I used to know the man who ran it, nice chap, he was all about the re-use side of things. And that's the thing, for every device that gets "recycled" we only reclaim the smallest amount of useful material, especially when it comes to the rarer metals. It's far better in the long run to squeeze every last drop of useful life out of our electronics before committing them to the grave. I also got some stonking good bargains this way back in the day. Dual socket Xeon workstations that are only 3 years old for scrap value, anyone?

Of course, my mate doesn't run that business anymore, and now all the bins have signs that say "DO NOT TAKE ITEMS" on them. Shame. I suppose protecting the few cents worth of scrap value is more important than actually enabling people to make a positive change to the environment.

Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series

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"Apple would only include a USB-C to Lightning cable with its next crop of phones"

Still no USB-C iPhones then? That's the most disappointing part of the whole article. I won't personally miss the snail's pace charger or earphones so bad they make listening a chore.

Finally, a wafer-thin server... Only a tiny little thin one. Oh all right. Just the one...

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The most dangerous devices in the room

I rebuilt a UPS following a failure a few years ago. It was one of APC's 5kW switch-mode double conversion jobbies. The one with the 200 odd volt lead acid battery. Very fancy. The machine in question had suffered a dead short circuit in the inverter. The mess was biblical, there was a colossal black scorch mark on the board and all components in the output stage were fried. Most of them had gone open circuit, others had holes blown in them and others still appeared to have been almost completely vaporized, leaving only a nasty smell and some stubs of legs behind. Surprising literally nobody, the battery fuse had not even blown. I dread to think about the amount of energy that must have been delivered by the battery in the couple of hundredths of a second that it took all of this to happen. I wasn't there when it went, but I'm told that the resulting bang could be heard through several walls, over the din of both the computers in the machine room and an office full of call center operators.

What happened to the unit I hear you ask? As far as I know it's still in service! It was worth spending a couple of hundred quid having it repaired by a tame engineer when a replacement was several thousand.

Macs, iPhones, iPads to get encrypted DNS – how'd you like them Apples?

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Re: Joy

I agree that DOH is a disease for many a-reason, but you should probably read the article a little closer...

"boldly go where its peers have gone before" - I.e, everyone else is already doing this. Sounds like you already had a problem that you weren't aware of.

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps

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Re: ARM?

I guess we'll see. IMO it will either work wonderfully, or flop spectacularly. I don't foresee much middle ground.

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Getting away from Chipzilla is all well and good, but to ditch the entire architecture instead of chatting up AMD seems like a bit of a stretch. Plenty have tried this whole mainstream ARM thing before, and all of them have failed, or at least not succeeded in the way they thought.

Boffins find that over nine out of ten 'ethical' hackers are being a bit naughty when it comes to cloud services

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WTF?

Re: It is happening now

Is there actually any evidence of this happening, or is it all a story that you have invented?

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Re: A long time ago...

If you think they’re not just as big a pack of bastards now then I’m afraid I have some bad news...

PS: Are you the same heyrick as the one who created ARMWiki? If so, greetings to you, and thanks for creating such a fantastic resource!

IBM blames 'external' network provider, incorrect routing, traffic flood for its two-hour cloud outage

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WTF?

"IBM"

"major cloud"

-confused noises-

Microsoft's own operating system should finally start working on its own hardware ... 'in the coming weeks'

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Trollface

Re: Think long term...

Actually, I think you might find that it's spelt B - S - D, since Linux seems to be taking it upon itself to copy all of Microsoft's worst ideas.

MacOS on Arm talk intensifies: Just weeks from now, Apple to serve up quarantini with Kalamata golive, reportedly

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Re: "I’ll never forget you, Windows Mobile 6.1."

Don't forget that back in those days the only alternative was a Blackberry. Whilst I didn't have anything against Blackberry devices, their pricing was non-competitive for random proles. Special plans and whatnot.

Poor UI aside, WM was really very capable at the time. I used and liked it all the way to the HD2.

25 years of PHP: The personal web tools that ended up everywhere

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Re: Don't know PHP, but, woudl probably take it over client-side JavaScript hell any day

I hear you. "Not very exciting and not much to it" sounds like a dream come true these days. Every time I have to deal with some frothing-at-the-mouth evangelist about the latest pattern x, language y or working method z I die a little inside. It's just another thing to have to spend time learning to keep one's head above water without any meaningful progress. I have no problem with learning new things, but when it's just a never-ending constant stream of BS that never goes anywhere it starts to grate.

I must be getting old.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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Re: Never understood this

I can see the appeal. There have been a few times when I wouldn't have minded being able to put the recipe I am following up on a large display in a convenient spot, or would have liked to have been able to continue watching something other than a pot (which will subsequently never boil, of course).

In the end though, both of those are essentially just "I want a fridge with a monitor". I can just build that, and then use a regular PC/thin client so that I'm not at risk of being stuffed over by unsupported Android trash. I do the same thing for the TVs.

Not exactly the kind of housekeeping you want when it means the hotel's server uptime is scrubbed clean

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Once worked for a place in the UK that will remain nameless. The building/campus had an exceptionally large UPS in the cellar (it was the size of a bus). The UPS powered every computer in the entire building, including client workstations, through a bunch of red 13A sockets with "clean power" printed on them.

We had a cold and dark winter one year that resulted in many issues with building power. It was eventually discovered that various office workers were plugging their 3kW fan heaters into the clean supply, and the poor UPS was having to resort to rolling blackouts to try and cope with the load. No amount of training, polite or otherwise, was sufficient to break this habit: we ended up having to swap all the sockets over to ones with a specially shaped earth pin to prevent a regular plug from fitting in.

Microsoft's Bill Gates defrag is finally virtually complete: Billionaire quits board to double down on philanthropy

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FAIL

Re: As in all else, Orwell is correct.

So buy a machine from a manufacturer that will sell you one with Linux on it? System76 and Metabox are just two examples to come to mind without having to search around. You could also get a Mac, and those have been around a very long time. Jesus, this isn't difficult.

There are plenty of valid reasons to dislike Microsoft, but this stopped being one a *long* time ago.

IBM's outgoing boss Rometty awarded $20m+ in 2019 for growing revenue 0.1%

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FAIL

In her defence, finding an equivalent replacement would be a hard task. After all, we would normally flush such turds straight away.

Australian privacy watchdog sues Facebook for *checks notes* up to £266bn

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Re: Bollox

This.

"Industry leading" it may be, but that doesn't mean they're leading them in a good direction.

Stop us if you've heard this one before: HP Inc rejects Xerox's $36.5bn buyout plan as takeover saga drags on

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Re: won't someone think about Canon :P

I was a little unfair with my first post. I believe HP did/do make the formatter unit on their lasers, which is the big brain in the machine responsible for translating PS/PDF/PCL into a bitmap image that the engine can actually put onto a piece of paper. These days you can do that with a crappy ARM board and some open source software, but back in the day it was a big deal.

Unsure what Xerox are doing, but based on the other comments it sounds like they have a similar gig going.

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I wonder what happens to the non-printing bit of HP Inc once Xerox acquires them. I'd say that the acquisition is all but a certainty at this point, but surely Xerox isn't going to want all the PC bits associated with them?

I was looking at new laptops recently, and HP had some semi-interesting stuff. Trouble is the vultures are circling at almost the speed of sound at this point, and I'm not at all confident about getting support in 18 months time.

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Re: won't someone think about Canon :P

For a very long time now the engine in most if not all HP lasers has been a Canon design. HP just bolt on the ancillary bits (plastics, embedded print server, UI and what-have-you) and then sell the unit as if they made it all themselves.

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash

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WTF?

"Drivers should keep their hands on the wheel when the software is engaged"

And I'LL ask again (though for the first time on El Reg, admittedly): why does the software not instantly disengage and sound an alarm the moment the driver takes his or her hands off of the wheel?

They keep telling them not to do it, and then turn around and keep building solutions that enable them to do so.

You, FCC, tell us again why cities are only allowed to charge rich telcos $270 to attach 5G tech to utility poles?

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Coffee/keyboard

"Well, we just reached inside our ass and pulled it out, your honor"

Where's the application form for a new keyboard? Mine has tea in it now.

NexDock 2 revisited: Could it be more than a handy Pi hole?

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Re: Opportunity missed

Windows 10 Mobile had this feature. When the device was docked the entire phone screen acted as a big multitouch touchpad. It worked well. Ahh, memories.

No, I'm still not over the loss of that OS.

Tens of millions of biz Dell PCs smacked by privilege-escalation bug in bundled troubleshooting tool

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Re: Remind me again:

Even if it was just business PCs, how crazy does a business have to be to not re-pave machines before use?

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