* Posts by JimPoak

55 posts • joined 21 Nov 2017


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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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'

Thumb Down


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.

No wonder Bezos wants to move industry into orbit: In space, no one can hear you* scream

IT Angle


I know this this a bit of topic but could this be about tax. Amazon is not a manufacture of goods it's more like business that sells tat at a local market. Quotes from Apollo 13 "Jack, you'll be glad to hear that we've contacted President Nixon, and he's going to grant you an extension on your income taxes, since you are most decidedly out of the country". Is there is method in this madness?

Three UK does it again: Random folk on network website are still seeing others' account data



Ok this is now damning. There are two my3 logins. https://www.three.co.uk/New_My3/My3_Home which keeps rotating user accounts and https://www.three.co.uk/My3Account2018/My3Login which correctly asks for user login and password. The first being broken should have been disabled.

And yes it's still exposing user details. I know I'm old and crusty but has the art of diagnostics been lost forever?

At some time in the future there will be a new category to measure company performance Good, Average, Poor. Bad and Three

40 million emoji-addicted keyboard app users left with $18m bill – after malware sneaks into Play Store yet again


The moral of this story is...

Placing details on your mobile with how to pay with google pay and backing apps will now become primary targets. I don't have any choice about using android but I can deny them access to backing information. If you are concerned about your mobile remove your banking details and request replacement cards. There doesn't seem any point explaining the circumstances just tell them it's lost or stolen as I did.

Yay! The ozone layer hole the smallest it's ever been seen. That's not necessarily good...



It's just a little under 40 years since CFC were band. This was the primary culprit for destroying the ozone layer. I don't think we will have the same amount of time to fix climate change especially when some dumb ass thinks nuclear weapons are the solution taming devastating hurricanes.

Look at earth.nullschool.net and select Chem - So2sm

Three UK goes TITSUP*: Down and out for 10 hours and counting


The new Guy.

The service is still stop and go at this time in Leeds. Apparently it was down to routine maintenance. I have visions of some new guy polishing the ends of the fibre Chanel connectors.

Boris Brexit bluff binds .eu domains to time-bending itinerary


Re: Out of curiosity ...

The EU domain was introduced as unifying force identifying all the countries their in as a single entity. Having said that Esperanto was a universal language and hardly anyone uses that.

Oracle demands $12K from network biz that doesn't use its software



I did at one time use VirtualBox for non commercial reasons for trying out procedures before blowing up my live system. I found the extension pack some what disturbing because because it tied you into a contract with Oracle with software that was allegedly free to use. I essence with out the extension pack having a performance car with bicycle wheels. I'm sure Oracle will go after the commercial users first shortly followed by domestic users later. I'm much happier now with Qemu with every thing you need without a contact. They sowed the seed with VirtualBox and now it time to harvest the cash. Small changes to the contract will put some people in danger being litigated against.

Fairytale for 2019: GNOME to battle a patent troll in court


Patent Trolls

I'm begging to think they are testing the water, it's like going fishing with had grenades. Gnome and all the other desktops will be nobbled through the all encompassing conditions even though the patent was issued Oct 19, 2017 after the fact. Maybe they should be on the receiving end of a sueball.

Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC are ordered to Cease and desist the use of the process known as breathing.

I don't think they will be able to hold their breath for that long before the case can be heard.

Microsoft's only gone and published the exFAT spec, now supports popping it in the Linux kernel


Microsoft part 2

I wonder if MS has got a whiff that their are changes in the air for media hardware manufacturers. Fed-up with licence fees which MS dines on, Ext4 now look more attractive. Ext4 is more reliable and is licence free and would allow manufacturers to break the chains that inflate the prices of products not to mention Audio, Video and photographic equipment manufacturer would benefit. File transfers would improve with Nfs which is what Smb should have been. With more Wifi connectivity this would open a truly portable system. I'm opposed to doing deals with a company who will sue at the drop of a hat and changes it policies on a whim. In short “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!"

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name


On the other hand.

Changing the name of the following :-

Windows 10,Windows 8.1,Windows 8,Windows 7,Windows Vista,Windows XP Professional x64 Edition,Windows XP,Windows Me,Windows 2000,Windows 98,Windows NT 4.0,Windows 95,Windows NT 3.51,Windows NT 3.5,Windows 3.2,Windows for Workgroups 3.11,Windows NT 3.1,Windows 3.1,Windows 3.0,Windows 2.11,Windows 2.10,Windows 2.03,Windows 1.04,Windows 1.03,Windows 1.02,Windows 1.0

didn't make product any better.

Google touts managed Linux, gets cosy with Dell in Chromebook Enterprise push


Better the devil you know

Dell tried to introduce Linux to the desktop once before and failed. Only the ones that know the true value of Linux would have it. From the adverts for chrome they neglected to mention it uses the Linux kernel which is where it gets strengths from. Dell see Chromebook as a positive spin and no mention of open source, only the goodness of Google protection from those nasty viruses. To misquote a phrase from a film "Where is the Microsoft air force". I'm sure Microsoft will dish it out shortly. I'll stick with Linux. To quote a collage "Better the devil you know".

2001: Linux is cancer, says Microsoft. 2019: Hey friends, ah, can we join the official linux-distros mailing list, plz?


Be ware of greeks baring gifts

Like a leopard and it's spots I don't Microsoft loves Linux. The phrase Kernel + Microsoft stinks not to mention the tools used to find vulnerabilities in the kernel, why don't they use it on their own damned software (Office). OK join the club but look but don't touch. I've been around Microsoft to know that they have been busted for introducing back doors and hiding undocumented entry points not to trust them. If there is another agenda here other than being lovi dovi it's yet to be discovered. I hope it will not see the demise of open and free software in the future

Sad SACK: Linux PCs, servers, gadgets may be crashed by 'Ping of Death' network packets


For those who are interested

This came down today.

linux (5.0.0-17.18) disco; urgency=medium

* Remote denial of service (resource exhaustion) caused by TCP SACK scoreboard

manipulation (LP: #1831638)

- SAUCE: tcp: tcp_fragment() should apply sane memory limits

* Remote denial of service (system crash) caused by integer overflow in TCP

SACK handling (LP: #1831637)

- SAUCE: tcp: limit payload size of sacked skbs

I love Linux...

Idle Computer Science skills are the Devil's playthings


Run for it!

I have in the past whitest a finished program chewing up the inodes and so disabling disk access.

Please note I cannot take credit for this and I will take the fifth amendment.

Recursive algorithms the preferred method of killing a computer.

Google relents slightly in ad-blocker crackdown – for paid-up enterprise Chrome users, everyone else not so much


I's a disgrace.

About a year ago I experienced a pop-up forced through chrome. This was not a benevolent advert but a paid for scammers advert. Chrome was promptly dropped. I’m quite sure the impetus is driven by large financial institutions to get their adverts through and stop people using ad blockers which would make them utterly useless.

I can envisage a time when all other browsers will be damaged or banned from google except Chrome for not complying with Googles ethics.

Google has replaced Don't be evil with evil,immorality,wickedness,nefariousness,vileness and anything else found in a thesaurus.

This is only the beginning they won't stop now.

Your FREE end-of-the-world guide: What happens when a sun like ours runs out of fuel


The World Will End

I think this a bit academic. The image it's self show's a solar system exploding outward.

Red Giant sweeping along the inner planets and so cooking the rocky bits to a crisp but intact

As fissionable material dwindles the sun will collapse sending out a shock wave (OK we're saved, whoops)

The much loved book Isaac Asimov collapsing universe before I'd even heard of Stephen Hawking as my mantra

The alternative version is:-

The world will end a week next Tuesday.

Note to Siti 3000 BCE before the written word who would have considered communication through radio waves?

Sky customers moan: Our broadband hubs are bricking it


Re: Why use a third party DNS?

Depending how the router was bricked you can give it an static, ip address, default route and two dns address which will all ways resolve the domain address. How ever if it cannot connect ur screwed.

Thank (In inset deity) for Mobile broadband.

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito


Just another Thought

If your in another room Alexia and Google cannot hear you. However most routers do not contain switches and rely on CSMA and broadcast data . To the best of my knowledge nobody addressed that the personal assistance are looking at all the data good, bad and ugly and passing on to third parties.

Another reason not to have one!

Who needs foreign servers? Researchers say the USA is doing a fine job of harboring its own crimeware flingers


Re: This is not exactly news

As confirmation I was subedited to a mail attack from edu.us mail servers and tracked them down to vpn server in London. Then I too also blamed the Russians. Looks now that the Us extending the hands of friendship but I'd rather chop it off.

Apple redesigns wireless AirPower charger to be world's smallest, thinnest, lightest, cheapest, invisible... OK, it doesn't exist anymore


Re: And still putting...

Funny you mention that. I was on a train on a day out Sheffield and spotted a commuter typing furiously full of source code. My first thought was he's behind in his work. Then I my god that's how I used to be.

Never mined he will have a psychotic break and every thing will be fine.

Campaigners cry foul over NHS Digital plans to grant policy wonks and researchers access to patient-level data


Re: Sounds to me

For those who are not in the know the dwp is all ready trawling medical records using non-clinical staff this now makes it official. Every quack, charlatan and marketing scam will end up targeting the old and vulnerable. So how do I know the dwp has been trawling medical records? They had in their possession and without my person information that only could have come from medical records.

This Pile has been brought to you by.....

Latest 4G, 5G phone-location slurp attack is a doozy, but won't Torpedo Average Joe or Jane


Re: Interesting

That was brave calling a number you did not recognise. Spammers often order sim's and discard them when the dirty deed has done. This is a more determined attempt by lets say security services to find you and track you with the resources to make more profitable (Raspberry Pi and €1,100 of gizmos).

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi


Pi For breakfast, lunch and tea...

I wish them well on this venture. Now that Maplin has gone and Pi has hit the ground running I'm sure we can all look forward to a more ethically retail environment. Now please extend the range to tools, components comfortable to sip tea an chew the fat better than Maplin or Radio shack every did.



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