* Posts by JimPoak

78 posts • joined 21 Nov 2017


Thanks, Sir Clive Sinclair, from Reg readers whose careers you created and lives you shaped


In retrospective

For every one BBC Micro there were 100 ZX81 and Spectrums driving forward technology. I'm not shamed I started out with a ZX81. I remember the first time I used it and I was hooked. I have enough books to make a funeral pier collected form my carrier in the computer industry all down the little ZX81.

Thanks to Clive for giving me an opportunity to achieve some thing better.

As for the BBC. The Raspberry PI is so much better than BBC junk they went with when retrying to enter the computer market. I'm a professional I under stand this.

I would also like to thank:-

The copy right system for making AMD work harder to make a better processor than Intel.

Clive Sinclair making it obvious you can make money out of this.

All the people who made gadgets for the Sinclair projects.

I won't say RIP as I bereave in silicon heaven.

UK's National Data Guardian warned about GP data grab being perceived as going 'under the radar'


Re: There is light at the end of the tunnel

Having peaked my interest I sniffed around Capita web sight and it looks a lot like "Omni Consumer Products" in objectives and motivations. It seem the government his given significant control to Capita. These are the people who reject your application for any benefit you may be entitled to.


All your DNS were belong to us: AWS and Google Cloud shut down spying vulnerability


DNS services traditionally are be-nine and only collect information on number hits. For a very long time I have been suspicious of big tech hosting these services. Google takes an unhealthy interest where you go and what you are looking at gives them a commercial advantage. To stop this change your services or better still setup your own connecting to the 13 root domain servers. Pretty much all the domestic routers can be modify to look else ware for name resolution.

2021: A Bork Odyssey. Is it remake of Disney's The Black Hole or explorer.exe being shown the door?


Re: The Black Hole

Stop press.

In my wondering I went in to store that does Collectable toys and found a complete set of characters from the film. At 7 Waterloo Rd, Blackpool FY4 1AF

More cheese please.


The Black Hole

That was one of my favourite cheesy movies. It has The Black Hole,good robots,villain robots and a mad scientist.

"Some cause must have created all this, but what caused that cause?"

Microsoft Windows!

The cockroach of Windows, XP, lives on in London's Victoria Coach Station


Erm isn't just an empty box?

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Microsoft could not get rid of Linux and they still cannot rid of XP. Another example of If ain't broken don't fix it. In this case it's the battery. You wouldn't believe how many hi profile applications still run under XP. You only notice them when they fall over.

Northern Train's ticketing system out to lunch as ransomware attack shuts down servers


Current state of play.

Northern Rail reported this on Saturday evening as system down. I envisage this as no secure backups and no fallback position also known as DRP. As of Tuesday the all the screens where blank. I travelled on Tuesday and every station had a blank screen. When they were implementing these kiosk it filled me with dread. It seems they just papered over the cracks and carried on. Hewlett Packard says it takes at least 3 day for a full take down and rebuild to restore a system. I know this because I have done this, twice. I would not hold your breath as this will rumble for a lot longer than 3 days.

The PrintNightmare continues: Microsoft confirms presence of vulnerable code in all versions of Windows


Microsoft trusted partners are cable of producing spooler killing software which could give access to admin privileges. I have been aware for this for 20 years. Not naming any culprits but I hear you Brother you should leaving to it the open source people and pay cups handsomely for their efforts .

Rant over

End of message.

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU


In the end

Microsoft is standing on a pedestal with a rope around it's neck which was fashioned by is own hand.

In their mind's Intel and Microsoft are going to make a bundle of money. Excluding old hardware and processor they don't like this a sure fire thing.

Obviously not a student of Murphy's law.


Re: Help, I can't get tapes for my Betamax

I have a time machine.

McDonald's AI drive-thru bot accused of breaking biometrics privacy law


Re: Success Rate

It's strange the Brits aren't very comfortable with physical contact but will touch a COVID infested touch screen in order to get junk food.


Your order.

Ai listens

"Labs doesn’t just transcribe speech into text, it processes audio samples to glean all sorts of personal information to predict a customer’s “age, gender, accent, nationality, and national origin.”

The result..

Wouldn't you rather have a salad lard arse.

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now


Re: PDF ?

For once this actually worked. It is a simple form and can be completed in less than 2 minuets.

Why should you.

The government is making changes to Gdpr to make it easier for company's to target individuals but they need data for that. You don't have any say where you data goes or what kind of scumbag can use it.

Resistance is not futile.

Audacity 'scared and excited' to be bought and brought under Muse Group's roof, promises to stay free and open source


Re: Is this good news?

This story first surface on Reddit. Reddit has concerned users and forking seem a viable option.

Another supply-chain attack? Android maker Gigaset injects malware into victims' phones via poisoned update


Re: Turn it off?

I'm sorry but is this another way of say your mobile phone is toast. It's bad enough that android grasses you up every ware you go. I won't take it anywhere because it logs my movements. Until I can install a new ROM mine is toast!.

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp pause usual data collection with an outage


Don't mess with the internet.

I just went on line with Facebook. Seems normal. So it might the name servers as I choose my own to avoid Google. The internet was designed to get round these things and messing with the internet structure is bad. I was using German name servers until some one set fire to the data centre and nobbled it.

So scoff if you need to or investigate if you have to. It will give you a better insight.

Linus Torvalds issues early Linux Kernel update to fix swapfile SNAFU


The standard installation has root and swap partition. If you use custom you can do away with swap altogether and have buckets load of memory. This faux pas seems to corrupt the memory swap. More swappy more corruption.

In wake of Apple privacy controls, Facebook mulls just begging its iOS app users to let it track them over the web

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So is this a mugger asking for permission to mug you?

I don't care much for Apple, over priced, expensive to own and a tendency to shine you on but score one for apple. This must really be hurting google (Notice I did not say Facebook)

Well played.

NHS COVID-19 app is trying to tell Android users something but buggy notification appears stuck on 'Loading...' screen



Intelligent solution. I went back to my old Windows phone, no problem. I knew there was good reason to keep it.

And now for something completely different: A lightweight, fast browser that won't slurp your data


Helpful suggestions

Well what do you know. It works. Thanks Tom 7.

As for regedit it's like walking into a room full of bear traps in the dark.

Ad-scamming, login-stealing Windows malware is hitting Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Yandex browsers, says Microsoft


End of the world.

Well we are all doomed (Except for Linux users for now). I don't think anybody really cares about advertising Fraternity being screw over for fees. What does concern me "stored user credentials" Shopping,Backing,local services and Email accounts makes phishing expeditions pointless. Why try to trick someone into giving up an email address when you can waltz-in and take it. Java Script has a lot to answer for. A special crafted scrip can access any part of your computer and other computing devices connected on a network (my router for instance).

Still it's only Microsoft.

Kremlin hackers are right now exploiting security hole in VMware software to hijack systems, NSA warns


If I....

If I were a bad person I would set about creating valid user names and passwords with sufficient privileges to create new users before rummaging through other peoples data. VMware is no different than server based applications in as much VMware has all your golden eggs in one basket. Patching once meant fixing some minor irritant to make it work better. This VMware fix is fundamental and should never have happened. Passwords are critical and it's time to remove cognitive thinking for devising password to machine generating passwords.

Yours truly

apg -t -a 0 -n 10 -m 10 -M NCS

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?



I had an android phone once. It's gone now.

With wire-shark monitoring you can look at the traffic travelling through a hot spot connected to your computer. Their are a lot of encrypted files, way more needed for updates. I'm glad someone has brought this to the surface and is willing to bring to to court.

Monitoring since 2018 and looking at this c**p!

Brave browser first to nix CNAME deception, the sneaky DNS trick used by marketers to duck privacy controls


Re: Sooner or later we're going to have to work out a way to fund all this.

Brave rewords users who accept adverts. I find this disturbing because it implies users can be bribed to watch/interact with potentially harmful influence bodies . Well at least it will put a hole in Googles bucket of cash and start spreading it around.

RIAA DMCAs GitHub into nuking popular YouTube video download tool, says it can be used to slurp music



RIAA has a long history of fails.

Tax on magnetic media (c assets) Fail

Tax on writable media (CD roms) Fail

And now this. YouTube bleating about downloads is only because they have unsuccessfully tried to stop youtube-dl adapting to these measures and continue to download with impunity. YouTube is frustrated because they don't have excursive access to your machine,wallet and your life. Youtube-dl does go to other places and I don't see anybody else complaining. May be the only solution to this problem is to take down YouTube.

Ring glitch results in global ding dong ditch: Doorbell bling flings out random pings but they're not the real thing


Ignorance is bliss

I don't have one of these things so forgive me my ignorance but does this mean it's processing it's data off the premises?. Why would you develop such a device in say sunny California when the rest of the world is wet and prone to extreme weather conditions. I'll stick the one I have, it has one moving part and it's called a door knocker.

The Honor MagicBook Pro looks nice, runs like a dream, and isn't too expensive either. What more could you want?


Re: "What more could you want?"

Does this answer your query?. Laptops will run Linux however NVIDIA display cards can cause kernel panics. Research,Research,Research.....


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The 2020 latest HUAWEI Honor MagicBook Pro Laptop is more powerful and larger than ever before.

Featuring the Intel 10th generation i5 / i7-10210U and the popular NVIDIA Geforce MX350 is easier to handle more multitasking progress and graphics shaping. Adopted in 16.1 inch 100% sRGB color gamut with more than 90% ratio full view screen for capturing wider horizons and more vivid color while gaming or watching. Large in 16GB RAM 512GB SSD, safe with fingerprint technique and amazing on 56Wh Battery, the brand new HUAWEI MagicBook Pro 2020 will be in your budget to offer more performance.



I was intrigued. So I went to take a look and sure enough it says keyboard is Chinese. As for value at £1700 it's probably cheaper than a apple but since Donald Trump so fond of saying you should learn to speak Chinese.

I've seen worse. A bean counter ordered a number of laptop's thinking they were good value. One problem was imminently obvious the all came with US keyboards. This is why IT budgets should left in the hands of IT people not in the hands of bean counters.

COVID-19 tracing without an app? There's an iOS and Android update for that


Traceing App

The tracing app is stealthily, you may already have it in which case you are a carrier. Look in settings,google. If you see it you must isolate (Turn off Bluetooth and/or switch of the mobile all to gather).

This post is in guest. Google is getting more and more brazen with what they can do with your phone,data and your live. The concept of Not without permission seems to be dead. Given the poor record of google technology wise this app could easily accuse you of being a carrier.

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

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This sounds familiar. Three were doing the same thing. I hate organizations who deploy systems without proper support or understanding of the pitfalls they maybe exposing their customers to . It's like giving an infant a box of matches and expecting not to get burned ! If you cannot make them understand try deleting accounts that would get their attention.

Sgned angry mob

SQLite maximum database size increased to 281TB – but will anyone need one that big?


Build it and they will come. Then fill it full of dross?

UK Home Office dishes out contracts to 999 control room vendors after wasting cash on network tech it abandoned


Re: Why is it the same suspects everytime

I thing Its called suckers.

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


Re: Hey google

As I happen I like it to. It sill wouldn't protect it from a 12bl hammer!

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


New Fash.

Operating upgrade have started coming down. Knowing android response to a critical situation (mañana) I'd love to hear the conversion between Def Con and Android/Qualcomm it may be something like this:-

We will withhold this information for 72 hours after witch you can take a match to you empire and watch it burn.


Twitter says hack of key staff led to celebrity, politician, biz account hijack mega-spree



So once again greed triumphs over common sense. I these people who paid Bitcoins if they went on the sucker list before they will be now. In recent news most of these celebrates (also known as rich people) have expressed interest in giving back something which makes this more plausible which goes back to greed.

I sympathies those of you who are having problems with twitter. In many ways they seem to have done it to them self's despite leaving the reservations (Facebook/Google) but they are a cooperate organization their to make money.

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release


Re: I'm using OS X right now...

Who left the door open.

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?


Re: Great just what I need in 2020

Well that rules out flying. Travelling in one of those smarty tubes with wings, some one farts and everyone gets !

An email banning our staff from using TikTok? Haha, funny story about that, we didn't mean it – Amazon


Viva La Revolution

It's interesting that many of these organizations who have in the past been fingered for reading the headers (Google) of emails are bitching that some else is doing what they been doing for decades. As for gathering intelligence it's no difference between the major database used to profile their users/victims and exploit them. It always end's the same way, you and up with a database of distorted half truths and garbage.

On banning TikTok I suspect it's more to do with what they don't know rather than an identifiable threat. I'm all for social media, exchange of idea's (Even if some are flaky) with out having to publish a paper on it.

Open letter from digital rights groups to UK health secretary questions big tech's role in NHS COVID-19 data store

Big Brother

The end result

In last 6 months their has been subtle changes in Tv advertising targeting self esteem and vanity. Advertisers don't take chances unless they have solid evidence they can sell their junk. I'm not surprised the government is reluctant to disclose their objectives as it threatens the so called free market. I envisaged that so much personal data will leak will destroy the quality of life and privacy. Rhinoplasty, Erectile dysfunction and a hole lot of other junk will be cumming our way on Tv and on your phone. The only way people can counter this to develop a healthy distrust and the full and certain knowledge that nobody will able to fix it.

Fake crypto-wallet extensions appear in Chrome Web Store once again, siphoning off victims' passwords


Onece again.....

Avoid anything with chrome or anything with Chrome in it, Chrome is a toxic metal and should be avoided!

HPE fixes another SAS SSD death bug: This time, drives will conk out after 40,000 hours of operation



4.5 Years of continuances server use or 9 years of playing candy crush. Brings back memories of mtbf.

Brush up your backup skills.

Forget about those pesky closures, Windows 10 has an important message for you


Re: "not giving Windows 10 enough headroom"

It,s been a long time since I used windows. All new Windows is a fallacy still updates in the same way. It creates a rollback point and keep previous updates until it has no more storage to download and install the updates. The assumption is that some one is there to clean up the crud so the kiosk can continue to function. I don't know how much storage they have but I'm sure it's not a lot. I do like the meatballs through.

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database


Re: "there is a risk you might be targeted for ... nuisance marketing communications"

Well Virgin Medea have a vast database customers and non customer which they use to harass the general public. I had to join mps and still they mailed me right up to point they would have be fined. I think 900,000 customers might be unreasonably low figure, Brace for impact.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket


I once met..

A person that thought firing rockets into space left holes in the atmosphere and we would all suffocate. More recently a person didn't understand how rockets worked in the vacuum of space (Every action as an equal and opposite reaction). These incidents were separated by many decades apart.


Duped into running bogus virus scans at Office Depot? Dry your eyes with a small check from $35m settlement


Re: #1 Fake Virus Warning #2 Profit!

This tactic is as old as the hills. I view this with disdain. Greed and avarice go hand in hand.

Their is a simple way to prevent virus infection and it's free.

Circle, circle.

Dot, dot.

Now you got your cootie shot.

Not available in the Uk

'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants


Re: If you want to see this in action.

Another damning thing that Google actively discourages use of other browses. How do I know this? The last month Google maps became unusable on Firefox but I have access to other browsers one of which Falkon was able to fool Google that it was Chrome. It promoted Google to sent out a message saying "Chrome needs to be on a new version". Nevertheless Google maps worked perfectly.

Tutanota cries 'censorship!' after secure email biz blocked – for real this time – in Russia


Oh those Russian!

This is good news for Tutanota. I've been using this service for almost a year (The basic one) looking for indications that Tutanota has got up someones nose to justify the emails about security. I'm sure most people use their browsers to access the site I elected to use Tutanota clients so tough if you think you can tract me through cookies as regular mail clients wont connect. All the Russian have done is given Tutanota credence that it's claims are true. Any government (except the obvious ) with haft a brain would keep stung and hope it goes away. Good job.

Boris celebrates taking back control of Brexit Britain's immigration – with unlimited immigration program


Re: I know, I know....

The down side to this Boris effectively told the world and his dog that the English are stupid and aren't worth educating.

Microsoft's on Edge and you could be, too: Chromium-based browser exits beta – with teething problems


Premium News?

And how is this distinguished from ordinary news? It is a bit clearer that Microsoft like's not Linux but Chromium in stead, the tainted version of Linux. Edge = Chrome something Microsoft adopted after IE left a bad smell that they could not get rid of. As for Chromium it has made distinctions between those who contribute to google coffers and those to be left out in the cold which makes add blocking academic rather than of practical use.



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