* Posts by bigtreeman

57 posts • joined 8 May 2018


Mozilla doubles down on anti-tracking tech: It'll be tougher for wily ad-biz cookie monsters to track Firefox


are there adds on this page ???

In Firefox have had adds blocked for years and am astounded each time I see all the adds on my partners web browser (one of the others).

And Firefox is getting better at it all the time.

Why do people put up with shite.

University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online


Re: Call it blunt...

thank you.

I had to get to the end of the comments for someone to notice the elephant in the room.


Re: MS' deep pockets

The world has changed from the 80's and onwards.

Will the world pandemic give us the chance to reset to a better and fairer world, not run by corporations and greed.

No Widevine DRM for you! Developer left with two years of work stymied by Google snub




Where's yur buccaneers ?

on yur buckin head !

fork DRM

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds


Re: not the terminal, the punch card


Frank Zappa - Dumb all Over

You can't run a country

By a book of religion

Not by a heap

Or a lump or a smidgeon

Of foolish rules

Of ancient date

Designed to make

You all feel great

While you fold, spindle

And mutilate

Those unbelievers

From a neighboring state


Hooray! That's great

Two legs ain't bad

Unless there's a crate

They ship the parts

To mama in

'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans


disk doubler

Wasn't disk compression stolen from a competitor and the ensuing legal battle went for years, while Micro$oft continued to reap the profits.

System Normal All Fucked Up

This is how MS got big and rich

I used DrDos 6.0 with 'superstor' compression a couple of years earlier

MS was never the innovator, always the thief and always the winner.

We beg, implore and beseech thee. Stop reusing the same damn password everywhere


the reg is important

I used to use my "standard" password on The Reg, my old dogs name and a bit more,

but it now has a real 10 mixed characters password,

reflecting the respect I have for The Reg (gag),

more likely The Reg's poor security.

Crap sites get my crap password.

I used to use 8 mixed characters, now 10, in the future ?

I'm still generating pseudo random passwords with pwgen.

Academics: We hate to ask, but could governments kindly refrain from building giant data-slurping, contact-tracing coronavirus monsters?



I look at permissions whenever I install an app on my phone,

if I don't like their permissions I don't install the app.

This app has about the lightest footprint I've seen for quite a while,

but I still won't be using it.


This app has access to:


approximate location (network-based)

precise location (GPS and network-based)


receive data from Internet

view network connections

full network access

prevent device from sleeping

Trello! It is me... you locked the door? User warns of single sign-on risk after barring self from own account


Yours / Theirs

And using the company laptop.

The cloud reaches all your files and puts them on the cloud.

I used my own (bought and paid) software for work when they wouldn't pay for their own software.

I uninstalled my apps, but they still have copies.

Apart from all their other pirated software they have now pirated my software.

Windows 7 will not go gentle into that good night: Ageing OS refuses to shut down


up to win10

I just upgraded an old netbbok from Win7, 4G ram, ssd drive and Win10_1909,

time consuming and as painful as pulling teeth, but worth the effort.

In the red corner, Big Red, and in the blue corner... the rest of the tech industry


Thanks IBM for the open platform

I had the IBM-PC bible with full firmware listings in assembler and circuit diagrams, so all could be copied without infringing on copyright. All clone hardware had equivalent gating for the same functionality or enhanced to extend capabilities. Debugging anyone's prom bios uncovered equivalent code. My clone-pc came with a rom bios in sockets and a separate set of proms which were IBM. Debug was my disassembler of choice.

Microsoft Teams: The good, the bad, and the ugly


Re: Microsofties

care factor ?

it's only work crap, not my personal life



I find organisations and individuals use Microsoft because they use Microsoft.

They freaking love anything that comes out of Redmond.

No matter how convoluted and unexplainable they just love it.

I started a new job Monday and they have Teams and Sharepoint and everything else MS.

my office386 password is HaTeOrifac3.

I used to use Office many years ago, now have to use it again.

Initially looking at Teams is good, actually using it is painful and time consuming.

Talk about a calculated RISC: If you think you can do a better job than Arm at designing CPUs, now's your chance


commercial lockout

"Embrace, extend, and extinguish", also known as "embrace, extend, and exterminate"

Hmmm Microsoft, seen this one before


Softbank has some interesting holdings and is changing the way Arm does stuff,

it's what happens when money takes over a successful tech company.

This might be really good for RISC-V

GNU means GNU's Not U: Stallman insists he's still Chief GNUisance while 18 maintainers want him out as leader


to recurse is godly

"This is one place where the commercial world has things right. You're a great programmer? Brilliant. You can't interact with other human beings? Yeah, we've a ton of CV's from people who can...bye now. It's almost like Darwinism but in software terms."

CV's say what the employer wants to read, contains all the words to get through the filters to get to a first interview.

Free software is what it is - not commercial, not flashy, not trendy, not secret, succinct, stable, real, communal.

Why did people get drawn to work alongside Richard ? They could have gone to any of a number of free software groups. There are 18 maintainers who might be happier in another group.

GNU is RMS is GNU.

Ah, I can't do recursive the way Richard does.



Hey, you want a catastrophically insensitive statement,

I'm your guy, or maybe Stallman is. Get over it.

I see blunders after I've pressed SEND and wanted an UNSEND button.

The old wildebeest is being challenged for dominance of the heard.

Has Richard got some fight left in him

or will he quietly wander off across the Serengeti to ruminate ?

Now Uncle Sam would like a word with Brit teen TalkTalk hacker about a huge crypto-coin heist



Far in,

Yesterday I used dd to clear two partitions,

I didn't realise that was a crime.

we'd all better dd dd.

Deloitte man kept quiet at Autonomy's internal audit committees, says scrutiny chairman


The Big Four

The Big Four accounting firms (KPMG, Ernst & Young (EY), Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC))

are a bunch of dodgy bastards responsible for all manner of fraud and deception.

The world will be a better place when these creeps are put up against the wall....

D-Link, Comba network gear leave passwords open for potentially whole world to see


random coding

It's a systemic problem at D-Link. I have reported issues with the DVA-2800 and nothing was done. The problem is too big.

Their developers don't do unix mindset, they cobble together bits of code and script in a seemingly random fashion.

Just ssh into one of their boxes (probably any) and look around. I got some features running that didn't run because of typos in scripts, remounted the root partition rw and made some changes to the firmware,

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


Christopher, your a gimp

Christopher, your a gimp, just get over it,

no need for branding, nothing for sale here,

if people don't like the name,

pay the big bucks for a commercial application.

What's the last piece of software you'd expect to spy on you? Maybe your enterprise security suite? Bad news


back in the day

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, our employer had a dodgy little box secreted away under a set of stairs.

It was connected to the PABX and recorded quite a lot of stuff.

Until one day the box blew up and it was brought out to the workshop for a technician to fix.

The technician did quite a lot of sniffing around and discovered the full extent of the bosses eavesdropping.

Pretty soon everyone in the building became aware of this and were very careful about dissing the boss over the phone.

Then we all lived happily ever after.

Watch as 10 cops with guns and military camo storm suspected Capital One hacker's house…


Out sauced

Every time a company out sources anything, they loose some control.


Save money and increase profits

Avoid responsibility

Employ less people

Who should be blamed ? - Capital One

He's coming for your floppy: Linus Torvalds is killing off support for legacy disk drive tech


turned off

I have turned off the floppy, ata, parallel and serial ports in bios on motherboards for years now, surplus to requirements.

Too hot to handle? Raspberry Pi 4 fans left wondering if kit should come with a heatsink


Newer, faster, hotter

These A72 cores pump the heat.

My Nanopc-t4 has a cpu overheating problem with its moderately sized heatsink (no fan).

I have to stand it on its side to improve convection air flow to cool it, will need a fan in summer.

The heat is also generated by the power supply circuitry.

Imagine being charged to take a lunch break... even if you didn't. Welcome to the world of these electronics assembly line workers


tight arsed boss

so... I'm calculating $2.6bn profit generated by 80,000 employees is $185,000 profit per employee in one year and they're quibbling about $2,450 average payout per employee for 7 years of lunch breaks.

Swedish prosecutors request Assange detention: First step to European arrest warrant


Slap Julian

Everyone is going to slap Julian, the pomms for avoiding arrest, the swedes for rape, last the yanks for leaking state secrets, on top of his self imposed detention in the embassy. He's everyone's bitch. They will all make an example of him, no one escapes, take all prisoners.

Sinister secret backdoor found in networking gear perfect for government espionage: The Chinese are – oh no, wait, it's Cisco again


Re: Didn't I mention this just a few days ago?

Sorry, Forth died years ago when it's branch fell from the programming tree on Dr Dobb's Journal.

Huawei savaged by Brit code review board over pisspoor dev practices



Exactly the same can be said for D-Link,

"serious and systematic defects in (D-Link's) Huawei's software engineering and cyber security competence"

and probably lots of companies who are pushing cheap product out the door for profit.

Aussie engineer accuses 'serial farter' supervisor of bullying, seeks $1.8m redress


dutch oven

You must be single, we regularly do the caring and sharing, or the dutch oven.

Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab


more than speculation

Blockchain is good tech, a downside is it is expensive to operate.

Speculators can feckup any good thing and turn it to serve their own pockets.

Blockchain is much more than short term speculation,


it really can help businesses supply chains become more efficient.

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs


unicode ?

Does anyone use a few unicode characters in passwords ???

Oh Snapd! Gimme-root-now security bug lets miscreants sock it to your Ubuntu boxes


Re: snapd and systemd

I feel my hatred of systemd is again vindicated.

Debian, What are you doing with this virus at the centre of our systems.

I just had the displeasure of making a .service and .timer instead of a nice cron script to run a little python thingy, what a f_ckup the insidious systemd is.

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it


Vint is the problem

Trust is the problem.

The problem is the base protocols - TCP-IP just makes it work then has bandaids applied to fix all the problems.

Security has to happen from the hardware up.

Anonymity is a problem.

Location is a problem.

Auditability is a problem.

The Internet is not People-Centered it is a Server-Centred dumb client network.

Governments want to poke their noses in where they shouldn't.

Companies want to have a lend of all Internet users.

Let it go to shit, then start again with a sensible design, from the ground up incorporating all the lessons we have learnt from Internet #1. While it is going to poo, install lots of fibre-optic which can be re-purposed to carry whatever we come up with.

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas


Re: Who appoints & pays the 'experts' ?

The retired judge, probably over 70 years old, tech aware and able to make a useful judgement.

At last someone questioning the pay, how much will this ballsup cost ?

Trump in Spaaaaaaace: Washington DC battles over who gets to decide the rules of trillion-dollar new industry


pigs in space

Trump is going to be the new traffic cop in space,

hopefully stuck in orbit, with no twitter account.

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update


second screen

Handling a second screen has new features after update.

Anyone else ?

Berners-Lee takes flak for 'hippie manifesto' that only Google and Facebook could love


Follow the money

Follow the money.

"Don't be Evil" was a fizzer

"Do the right thing" (to increase Alphabets profits)

and Facebook's recent disapproval rating

Corporate world control and domination IS the current picture.

Sir Tim designed the original Internet for server / client corporate control.

Heart Internet stops beating, starts Monday with big portion of FAIL



Years ago I setup a client with failover connections with the two major ISPs. I don't trust either, but between them never failed.

Last year, D-Link flubbed a router bug-fix, so it's back with total pwnage


crap scripting

in the OpenWRT boxen, it's not just security, some other parts just don't work properly.

check all levels of logging, emergency down to debug, you'll find various hiccups

ssh admin@your.local.d-link.router

There's big typos in the scripting running these boxes, written by a junior janitor when not emptying garbage bins.

admin shouldn't be 0:0:root (one user only apart from nobody)

remount / rw

change whatever you want

remount / ro

yeah, I've complained to them about the plain text passwords,

mentioned various fixes

it's just a mess

I'll never buy a d-link again

No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy



my old fave is

$- pwgen -y 10

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gives a screen of ?random passwords to choose from.

Give users an idea of what a password could be, from the examples they might create a good password they can relate to.

When a user has to think of a password they can remember, they are severely limited by their lack of imagination. Further research might find the worst passwords in the least creative people ? accountants ? bosses ?

Windows 10 Linux Distribution Overload? We have just the thing



Linux Subsystem for Windows.

If Microsoft could be part of the WINE development and supercharge Wine.

Windows in a Sandbox, Play Safe

Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption


TCP/IP is crap

Well Vint, you were one of the originals, you made up TCP/IP because it just worked.

But it's crap, and now it's cemented into the base of the internet infrastructure, it's there to stay.

It just works, but it does a bad job and allows a multitude of sins which are continuously patched over.

Sometimes a rethink and rebuild is the best answer, but rarely is it done.


mostly run by tech giants like Google – for who Cerf works – and who go to some lengths to make sure that they can be accessed by IPv4.


look, a great big IPV6 bandaid

Australia on the cusp of showing the world how to break encryption


bad legislation

My guess is creating legislation to force companies to give access to encrypted data. If grand poobah, mighty technocrat Malcolm is involved it will be underhanded and dumb.

Our government creates stupid legislation without sufficient discussion or thought. They have created some pretty awful laws to allow themselves to do really nasty shit. They usually end up with a patchwork of bad laws to cover over holes they have created.

Most of their crap still exists because it is too expensive or too difficult to challenge in the high court. I expect a law review somewhere in the future to wipe these bad laws off the books, it will take years and a future Australian government which gives a shit.

Read IBM and the Holocaust by Edwin Black for insight into misuse of technology by business and government, it's fecking chilling.

Nearly half of IBM's $1bn Aussie framework deal comes from mainframes


final solution

quote from IBM and the Holocaust by Edwin Black


Quickly, the notion of sterilizing the physically undesirable expanded

to include the socially undesirable. So-called anti-socials, that is, misfits who

seemed to be unsuited for labor, became special targets. A leading raceolo-

gist described anti-socials as "those who, based on their personality, are not

capable of meeting the minimum requirements of society, i.e., personal,

social, and volkisch behavior." One official definition cited: "human beings

with a hereditary and irreversible mental attitude, who . . . have repeatedly

come into conflict with government agencies and the courts, and thus appear

... a threat to humanity." Included were traitors, race violators, sexual per-

verts, and "secret Jews." But, the numerically largest group consists of 'the

work-shy and habitual parasites'


I now look at IBM very differently, IBM is collecting data on everyone

Oz researchers, uni unite against Defence overreach



Overstretched authoritarianism.

Didn't say what constitutes 'sensitive' or is that classified and above my pay grade ?

Universities aren't the only Ozzies doing research which could be deemed 'sensitive'.

I would have thought a large slab of research was by companies.

How do military ?intelligence? get around 'commercial in confidence' ?

Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested


Re: Back in my day

after you'd erased the gold from the edge connectors

One place I worked, we had a gold plating bath for edge connectors and we plated our own special gold screwdrivers, pliers and side-cutters.



Don't you mean http://www.justfuckinggoogleit.com/

In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying


I'm paying


I'm paying my ISP and the FUCKERS just put the money into their skyrockets and not pass it along to pay for content I'm accessing. I expect my ISP payment to cover more than the first 100 meters of connection. I'm paying them to access the whole internet.

Australian Senate committee dumps on digital transformation



And they're forcing as many as possible to use my.gov.au.

The new Australia Card.

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