* Posts by Cavehomme_

178 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Mar 2018


What's that? Encryption's OK now? UK politicos Brexit from Whatsapp to Signal


The wrong Swiss!

"Swiss headquarters, EU servers". That's where wire has gone wrong.

Threema is totally Swiss, been around a few years:


"What does the name “Threema” stand for?

Threema started life as an abbreviation: “EEEMA”, for “End-to-End Encrypted Messaging Application”. The three “E”s were a bit unwieldy, so it became “Threema”.

Vivaldi opens up an exciting new front in the browser wars, seeks to get around blocking with cunning code


Re: Unsurprising

Because in these day of litigation, they want to be clear as which browsers are supported. Especially when it comes to banking.

Apple tipped to go full wireless by 2021, and you're all still grumbling about a headphone jack


Au revoir Pomme

So the iPhone that I've had for the past couple of years will be the last iPhone I ever buy then. Loved the quality, but hate where Apple is heading in removing features.

Can't bring myself to goback to Android though, and Windows Phone was aborted, so it'll have to be a "dumb" phone next time around, and use it as a hotspot for my laptop and tablet if necessary.

Stand back, we're going in: The Register rips a 7th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon apart. Literally


Re: Glossy screen?

"Glossy screen" is exactly where I stopped reading this review. I nearly stopped when reading "ethernet adapter". Sigh. I'll just have to keep buying Dell.

Internet Society CEO: Most people don't care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it


Re: Vanilla TLD WANTED

.ch Confederation Helvetia

.is Iceland

.io British Indian Ocean Territory

.pm Saint Pierre and Miquelon

They are pretty neutral and decent profile, especially the first one, with good privacy laws too.

RISC-V business: Tech foundation moving to Switzerland because of geopolitical concerns


Re: So obvious, why doesn't everyone do it?

...and don't forget that most Swiss homes have -

a) an army issued rifle in the keller / cave / cantina, ready to use if invaded, and / or a personal one or two too.

b) a nuclear shelter in the keller / cave / cantina, ready to use if the friction between NATO and Russia goes a bit too far.

c) a large stock of wine, beer, food and other essentials in the keller / cave / cantina in case

My nickname might give you a clue as to where I spend most of my time, it's where my office is located too, very convenient for whenever Trump and Putin fall out ;o)


Re: Swiss Miss Incorporation

Some facts about Switzerland that may possibly clarify some slight misconceptions:

Corporation tax varies according to Canton, there are very large variations between them. To quote PWC:

"the overall approximate range of the maximum CIT rate on profit, before tax for federal, cantonal, and communal taxes is between 11.4% and 24.2%, depending on the company’s location of corporate residence in Switzerland"


Personal income taxes also vary significantly according to Canton and Commune that one lives. Whilst generally lower than elsewhere in Europe, what those rates omit is that their is no NHS to pay for, and the cheapest private health insurance PER person is around CHF 7000 per annum!!! (USD 7000, GBP 5,500). For a family it's a very big chunk and increasing each year unlike salaries.

Beware the trainee with time on his hands and an Acorn manual on his desk


Re: Ah the good old days

And lets not forget Apricot computers, never really caught on though.

From AV to oy-vey: McAfee antivirus has security hole of its own


"advised to update their software to version 12.0.R22 Refresh 1 or later"

Checked my home PC and mine is 16.0.R22

That means that some people are using SERIOUSLY outdated versions of McAfee, or 12.0.R22 is a typo which should be corrected to 16.0.R22 ?

Microsoft's cloud keeps printing cash, Surface not so much as Windows giant pockets $119m profit a day


No win Win

Meanwhile back at ground level we have to suffer the lack of quality and testing of no-win 10. It’s not as if they can’t afford to do a better job.

Just a friendly reminder there were no at-the-time classified secrets on Clinton's email server. Yes, the one everyone lost their minds over


Re: Top Secret- NOFORN

So far 4 people cannot handle your neutral factual explanation.

Incredible how politicised everything has become so quickly.

Avast lobs intruders into the 'Abiss': Miscreants tried to tamper with CCleaner after sneaking into network via VPN


Re: If you haven't already...

I’m not an Avast user for many years, but at least they are being transparent and it wouldn’t surprise me if others have been compromised too.

Good news – America's nuke arsenal to swap eight-inch floppy disks for solid-state drives


God help us!

Any code errors in the migration could be truly catastrophic. Sorry, but I don't trust modern IT managers and their outsourced script kiddies to produce what MUST be a 100% error free system.

Ye olde Blue Screen of Death is back – this time, a bad Symantec update is to blame


Re: Any decent AV?

I used to use Webroot, until I read the test reports from the excellent and extremely thorough tests of Simon Edwards Labs. Webroot has been a major fail for at least a year. Sadly so.


Re: Any decent AV?

Yes, it's called Windows Defender. Comes out very highly in the independent tests.

You can add extra condoms if you want that protection, such as Malwarebytes Pro, and others that can just sit on top and watch and pounce like a hawk instead of taking over core functions.

EU's top court says tracking cookies require actual consent before scarfing down user data


Re: Well that ruling has a timespan of about 30 days in the UK

....a timespan of about 30 days in the UK

Just like most cookies?!

For Foxit's sake: PDF editor biz breached, users' passwords among stolen data


Only 20 characters?

Shock! Horror!

Isn't this secure enough:



Bollox to the naysayers.

Yeah, yeah, PCs are dead? Ask Texan Mick and his Dell empire if that's the case


Re: cheaper ram

I'm not a Grammar Nasty, but...

"which we're up"

Nope: which were up...

As browser rivals block third-party tracking, Google pitches 'Privacy Sandbox' peace plan


Re: Yeah, pull the other one

My expectation of privacy is that I am happy to receive inobtrusive, quality ads, like on a roadside billboard, but not to be tracked and targeted. I'm also happy for referrers to receive their rightful commission.

The problem is that Google Greed went way too far and before people and regulators had much idea about what was really going on. Now G need reeling in, then when on board the boat, a swift hit to their head.

Samsung Note10+ torn apart to expose three 5G antennas: One has to pick up something


Re: Typical Corporate Greed

Erm, I don't hate Apple

I bought one a couple of years ago after a decade of Android / WP. Very nice phone too, the 6s+, love it. Build quality way better than any other phone I've owned. Great integration too...and I'm a Windows user not Mac.

Anything newer than the 6, no headphone jack. I will not contemplate upgrading to a headphone jackless phone, doesn't matter who builds it, Apple, Samsung, anyone else for that matter.

There, fixed your Apple hater assumptions, you're welcome.

Contacts-slurping Android malware sneaked onto Google Play store – twice


Time they "woke" up!

We need to stop this crap situation once and for all...not just this specific instance but across the whole industry.

We need "security by design", not by inconvenience, can't be arsed, I'm too busy climbing the corporate ladder, etc, etc...

IT companies need to be sued, fined even imprisoned for their failures.....that'll very quickly make their Millenial employees and managers and directors "woke" to reality, ffs.

Top tip: Don't upload your confidential biz files to free malware-scanning websites – everything is public


What sites?

Are they talking about virustotal.com ?!

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions


Re: Use LibreOffice instead

I much prefer Softmaker's Office to LibreOffice to be honest. Better compatability with MS and has some nice touches. The font kerning also seems better compared to LO.

I'd guess that because they have a pro paid product, and it's made in Germany, the incentive and culture of quality makes it a higher quality product than LO, I've certainly experienced the difference.

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision


That's a hilarious post BB!


Re: Touch screens

I've got the this car too, it's called the Mirage in the UK and USA though. Great little car and none of this autocrap stuff! Yet, still well equipped for a low cost car.

It's 2019 – and you can completely pwn millions of Qualcomm-powered Androids over the air


Re: No word on the possible impact on Apple?

Apple have no major issues in pushing out patches, unlike Google, so even if they are affected it should be quickly mitigated, perhaps already considering that it's fixed by QC.

German privacy probe orders Google to stop listening in on voice recordings for 3 months


Re: Oh Google

A female called Alexa is in even more trouble, bloody everything will be recorded. Since these gadgets came on to the market it was obvious what their REAL intention is in the post-Snowden world. Don't buy them. Disable Siri etc. Don't buy a TV with a build in mic and camera, same with a PC, just stick your own in when you need to use it, etc, etc.

Another rewrite for 737 Max software as cosmic bit-flipping tests glitch out systems – report


Re: Without googling (of course) Hands up who knows about "Hamming distance" ?

A classic case of the brainy and arrogant nerds designing something outside of real practical knowledge of the real world, i.e. ignoring the pilots who fly the bloody thing. In fact they'd be thinking that they were so smart they can replace the humans altogether....yeah, right, f'k off AI.


Re: So...

On the subject of redundancy, that's exactly what should happen to the suits at Boeing.

Hopefully they will end up the clanger too, but that's hoping for a miracle from a broken justice system.

It's 2019 and you can still pwn an iPhone with a website: Apple patches up iOS, Mac bugs in July security hole dump


Who’s worse?

Apple going the same way as Microsoft, no testing and QA?

2015 database hack is the terrible gift that keeps giving for Slack: Tens of thousands of passwords now reset


2015? WTF!

Nuff said

Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse – those crappy keyboards


Re: Galaxy Note7 anyone?

Why do you continue to allow yourself to be punished by Apple?

After years of listening, we've heard not a single peep out of any aliens, say boffins. You think you can do better? OK, here's 1PB of signals



To the contrary, I think they may have been looking in the RIGHT place. I’ve analysed a tranche of the data overnight and amongst all the noise out there i can make out a string including these letters:

....N a n u N a n u S h a z b a t.....

What do you code breakers reckon?

Youtube Queue Chrome extension booted out of store for search engine hijacking, revealing Google's lax dev checks


The whole Google ecosystem is a veritable PoS. Countless billions in profits and tax avoidance instead of investing a bit in more secure processes. Hardly surprising that a flogger of ads and hooverer of our data cares Sweet Fanny Adams whilst the billions continue to roll in from the gullible.

Awoogah! Awoogah! Firefox fans urged to update and patch zero-day hole exploited in the wild by miscreants



Not only that, they’d have the statement at the bottom saying: “If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article, contact.....”

Why are fervid Googlers making ad-blocker-breaking changes to Chrome? Because they created a monster – and are fighting to secure it


Re: Or, simply...

Latest Firefox has anti tracking built in, kills most annoying adverts too.

Russian Jesus gives up food to meditate on how he can improve crypto messenger Telegram


I’m a WhatsAppian, getting indigestion from it though. What do you chaps recommend as an alternative diet, Telegramism or Signalism?

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand


Re: A few nice things

Exactly. The features for Apple are way too little and too late.


Re: Nobody mourns iTunes?

You did what??!!! Switching from the multi-platform Spotify to Apple Music is not only a constraining move, but you have less choice too. I don’t know a single Spotify Apple user who has done the same as you.

Legacy app whitelist can be abused to bypass latest macOS security defenses, expert warns


This kind of news needs spreading very far and wide. Only once enough people burst the bubble will Apple take notice.

That magical super material Apple hopes will hit backspace on its keyboard woes? Nylon


Unfortunately the Pro range stopped being intended for professionals a few years ago. It’s now just a label for aspiring wannabes and fashion victims like my sister. She’s a complete amateur but everything has to be Apple Pro, innit. St Ives needs to rapidly follow Missing Burberry out the door.


Re: Apple is stubborn if nothing else

It’s St Ives who’s the stubrn and clueless fckr. If his old boss were still alive he’d have reeled him in years ago or booted him out. Style completely replaced function in this feckers brain


It always helps if you turn the laptop or keyboard off when spraying it...


Re: Apple keyboard malfunction issues and IFixit.

I’ve yet to break a Dell keyboard, or anything Dell, in 20 years of using them. Other brands, well, mileage definitely varies.