* Posts by Foxglove

134 posts • joined 30 Aug 2019


FTC signals crackdown on ed-tech harvesting kid's data


Wrong options...

'COPPA took effect in April, 2000 and was amended in 2013. It applies to commercial websites and online services (including mobile apps and IoT devices) aimed at, or known to be used by, children under 13 that collect, use, or disclose personal information. It requires that such services provide notice of data use and obtain parental consent.'

It should prohibit collection, use and disclosure of said data.

That way there would never be a need for parental consent.

Such consent may be difficult to avoid if the child is told to use a service by an educational establishment, at which point it's not really consent any longer.

We can bend the laws of physics for your super-yacht, but we can't break them


Re: I've only met three billionaires and they've all been perfectly lovely

I've never met a billionaire, not that I know of anyway.

But I was invited to one of a multi-millionaire's houses for lunch.

It was a bit out of the way and hard to find but we knew the way as one of the party was familiar with the area.

On arrival we found another group of people having drinks with our guest.

It turned out they'd got a bit lost on a ramble and ended up on his property, he'd spotted them and invited them in for drinks.

So, yes, you can be rich and nice.

Lunch was excellent by the way, not that it was fancy food, quite the opposite.

Just good company, good conversation and a friendly atmosphere.

Appeals court unleashes Texas's anti-Big-Tech content-no-moderation law


Re: They should just stop doing business in TX and FL.

I'm obviously well qualified to comment on this as I don't use any social media, so here we go...

First, jake, in true El Reg commentard style I'll make a correction to your title by cutting it short:

They should just stop doing business.

FTFY as they say 'round these parts.

Next, 'and social media will be forced to turn into a sewer," said Adam Kovacevich'

It is my understanding from El Reg hacks, El Reg comments and just about every other source that refers to social media in anything approaching a reasoned approach that it is already a sewer.

I'm happy to stay away.

Watch out for AI models regurgitating misplaced keys that unlock crypto wallets


It might be news to some of us, so worth reporting in my view.

As the article points out, by the time it's available through Copilot it is probably already too late.

I found it interesting anyway.

Could a leaky capacitor be at fault on ESA's Sentinel-1B?


Re: Leaky ceramic?

'Leaky in this context means it has parallel internal resistance so there is a DC current flow.'

Exactly this!

Homeland Security bug bounty program uncovers 122 holes in its systems


I'm not sure about the statement...

'the first phase of Hack DHS enabled us to find and remediate critical vulnerabilities before they could be exploited'

How can they be sure they weren't exploited?

A good idea to have some testing done though.

Apple emits macOS, iOS, iPadOS patches for 'exploited' security bugs


Nice to see...

Apple keeping pace with Microsoft on the Vuln front.

Competition benefits everyone after all,

Wozniak startup to share orbital space junk data


Re: Thanks and, please,


More Wozes fewer Zuckerbergs, please.

I know there's only one of each, but you get the idea.

The first step to data privacy is admitting you have a problem, Google


Re: meanwhile...

NetGuard sounds nice, I probably won't bother (but thanks for the info) because there are just too many hoops every day.

I do some basic stuff to reduce annoying ads (uBlock Origin, Pricacy Badger etc) on my PC and on my phone not using Chrome, there are a few adblocking browsers to choose from, but unless it's tackled at source I'm always going to be behind.

One thing I wish Google would sort out, and it would actually help them.

Using Chrome on a PC and searching for NetGuard, the top 2 results are for the Play Store. No surprise there.

I'm in the UK, they know that, so the first 2 links are:



Both those have the 'Install' button 'greyed out' and it's not 'clickable'

Should I want to click I need to remove the '&gl=US' part of the URL, so



This happens all the time, it's not unique to my NetGuard search results.

How come they can't get this right.

A bit off topic I know, sorry.

Microsoft accused of spending millions on bribes to seal business deals


Re: Illegal Bribes?

In the UK we prefer cronyism, it benefits the wealthy without dragging the plebs in to the milieu.

And yes, in many countries bribes are effectively legal.

Maybe not actually legal, but think of breaking the speed limit on a UK motorway by 1 mph.

Nobody's going to bother going after you even if you are technically breaking the law.

Microsoft probably (definitely?) aren't alone anyway.

SAP to repay $23.1m in water contracts settlement


Ah well...

Business as usual then.

Could have been worse, IBM?

Has Trickbot gang hijacked your router? This scanner may have an answer


Visiting the MikroTik website..

No mention of any problems on their homepage.

No mention of any problems on their support page.

No mention of any problems on their forum.

I gave up at that point. Not that I've ever heard of them before.

But I have now, you all have.

Mobile-based ID wallets for government are coming


Re: I was worried about this....

Hell yes IGotOut, Gartner voodoo.

Why can't El Reg put the word 'Gartner' in any Gartner referenced articles in the headline.

That way I don't have to waste my time reading them.

I'm sure we're not alone mate.

Google kills download-shrinking Lite Mode browser tech


Re: Obligatory XKCD

As an aside, what if? 2 has been announced :-)

I've just pre-ordered a copy from Waterstones, a bit of a wait as on the xkcd website it says it will be out on 9/13.

Or 13th September for people like me.

No, I'm not trying to start a date format war!

Adobe warns of second critical security hole in Adobe Commerce, Magento


From the article: 'arising from improper input validation'

I know not everything can be secure, but at least lock the front door.

Microsoft to block downloaded VBA macros in Office – you may be able to run 'em anyway


Re: A tighter security method.

Thank you ShadowSystems for the wonderful phrase:

'an epic trainwreck clusterfuck of fail'

I hope you don't mind me nicking that, 'cos I already have.

Sadly corporate policy requires use of MS products (including Teams - shiver of horror goes down my spine) so I have to suck it up.

Have a beer mate!

Working in Arm's engineering team? You're probably happy with your pay rise


Lots of engineers out and about tonight...

And I'm one of them, but I've been more and more involved in IT over the years. Who hasn't?

Still an engineer, but after years of involvement and quite a bit of training I'm vaguely competent in things IT.

But as an analogy think of cyclists and drivers of cars.

A lot of car drivers think they own the road and hate cyclists.

A lot of cyclists think they own the road and hate drivers.

I both drive and cycle and like to think I'm tolerant of both activities.

I think this serves as a useful analogy, engineers and IT (bikes/cars, choose whichever substitution you want) are both excellent at what they do.

As is the guy/gal on the gate (gun or not) and everyone else in the stack.

Yes, there are always some who are not, but in my experience although they exist they are a minority.

Why not give an across the board % pay rise?

It already favours the higher paid, no need to stick the knife in.

In summary, be fair.

If you can manage it be nice as well, I know that's rare these days and I'm not always nice myself.

Trio of Rust Core Team members take their leave


Re: Seems like...

We need a new language that will resist rot, I say it should be named COR-TEN.

Intel R&D spending surges after years of neglect as Gelsinger pledges to make Chipzilla great again


A good thing I hope

We need companies like this to have competent leadership.

Thanks Agam for nicely summarising the failed managers who no doubt profited handsomely from their incompetence.

Let's see...

BOFH: On Wednesdays, we wear gloves


Re: Truly excellent

A definite notch in my hearing at 15.625 KHz after years in broadcasting.

Hands up who ISN'T piling in to help Epic Games appeal Apple App Store ruling


Re: Apple is getting shafted by very guilty parties

It's late in the day and the pedant in me needs to be sated.

FXi wrote 'Attorney Generals'.

I believe the correct plural is attorneys general.

I blame binge watching Billions for my brain picking up on this one!

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel green-lights Mike Lynch's extradition to US to face Autonomy fraud charges


Re: It's complicated

'If that's your dream, you must be awfully dull when awake.'

Yes, yes I am.

Have we met?


It's complicated

I've tried to follow this but still can't make up my mind, as others have commented neither side look good in this and it seems it still has a little way to run.

But if there was some way we could get Priti Patel out of the country (or just out of government as a lesser option) I'd have no qualms about that.

If we could add Liz Truss and Nadine Dorries to the list I'd be happier.

Just so as to not appear misogynistic I'll balance this with:

Boris Johnson, Jacob Rhys-Mogg and Michael Gove.

A man can dream...

ServiceNow CEO says mergers and acquisitions are off the table – too messy


Re: Bear with me here

Shouldn't you be learning this on the way up rather than experimenting in your 1 million Euro a month Top Job?

OK, that figure is the current job not the previous one but it's probably in the ball park.

Lawmakers propose TLDR Act because no one reads Terms of Service agreements


That was quite a long article

With lots of links as well.

Any chance of TL:DR/Summary please?

'IwlIj jachjaj! Incoming LibreOffice 7.3 to support Klingon and Interslavic


Well done Liam...

For persevering where many, including myself, would fail.

I can do plenty of number stuff in my head, remember some very detailed things for long periods of time and other things some struggle with.

Not bragging, just something in the way my brain works.

Learning a language is something I've never really been able to do.

Learning foreign words, I can do that.

Learning a language, even an 'easy' one just doesn't seem to be in me, and I have tried.

Keep up the effort, I wish you eventual success.

But I guess it's a bit like 'learning' the guitar, It doesn't matter how long ago you started or how good you are, you are always still learning!

SlimPay fined €180k after 12 million customers' bank data publicly accessible for 5 years


'To its credit'?

C'mon El Reg,

I don't think any credit is due to them.

I'm a bit perplexed why you would big them up for belatedly doing something (after they were notified) that they should have actioned years earlier.

Maybe just me, and probably why I don't write for money and just spaff out comments on here!

Happy New Year to all BTW.


Dutch nuclear authority bans anti-5G pendants that could hurt their owners via – you guessed it – radiation


Re: Don't let 5G win

Chris G,

You made me smile, on a bit of basic training many years ago involving satellite uplinks the advice was:

If you feel your body temperature rising walk away from the area.

These days I apply that to social situations!

Ghost of Christmas past haunts Oracle despite impressive revenue growth


Re: litigation related charges totalling $4.7bn

I thought exactly the same.

However it's much more palatable as 3.5531 DUP.

Google advises Android users to be careful of Microsoft Teams if they want to call 911


And when we are all FTTP?

Power cut - No central battery system on FTTP, can't make an emergency call on that.

Buggy mobiles - Can't make an emergency call on that.

No phone boxes nearby - Can't make an emergency on that 'cos it ain't there.


Fail: Exam paper marked by Elon Musk up for auction


I'm increasingly disliking the man

He clearly quite clever.

He also seems a bit of a dick and doesn't seem willing or capable of distancing himself from the being a dick bit.

I'm not clever, nothing I can do about that, but I do try to but a bit less of a dick every day.

It's a process, be a dick, get told you're a dick, don't do that dick thing again.

After 60 years of being told I'm a dick I'm getting closer to not being one.

It's asymptotic, I'll never get there, It seems he's not even trying.

Infosec bods: After more than a year, Sky gets round to squashing hijacking bug in 6m home broadband routers


My last 2 routers from Sky have what I assume are unique passwords

As per the title, my current router came with the username admin, but the password is a 12 digit alphanumeric string.

The previous router was similar but as I don't have the details for that any longer I can't say for certain what the password strength was.

That period of time covers about 4 or 5 years for me.

I don't know how many of these old routers are out and about but 6 million seems unlikely, a quick search tells me Sky have about 6.2 million broadband customers.

How likely is it that 0.2 million out of 6.2 haven't had a new router given that FTTC has been rolling out and the 'older' routers didn't support that.

When I go to my router's page to allow remote access I get this:

'Important: If you enable Remote Management your Sky Hub default password must be changed to a very secure password.'

If I click OK without changing the password I get this:

'The default password must be changed before the Remote Management feature can be enabled. Select OK to change the password now. Please enable the Remote Management feature once the default password has been changed.'

So, yes, I haven't changed my default password. I'll get abuse for that no doubt, but as it's apparently random I wasn't too bothered.

Maybe it's calculated from the MAC address or something similar so I will probably change it now I've given it some thought.

But the days of 'admin' and 'sky' are long gone, maybe a few left out there but I struggle to see that it would be 6 million.

Server errors plague app used by Tesla drivers to unlock their MuskMobiles


Well they did one thing right...

'the electric car biz doesn't bother with Facebook'

I'm happy they don't use FB but I do wish companies would offer proper support channels, relying on FB (or other 'social' media) is useless to me for obvious reasons.

And hiding behind a regwall (that sounds like me being blocked from this site) isn't great.

My key fob has a 'hidden' key in it, the fob is a comfortable size so no compromise there.

UK Department for Education to schools: Maybe delay signing that 3-year licensing deal for MIS with Education Software Solutions


Well, maybe not directly relevant but it does seem sort of familiar...

I work shifts in the Broadcast industry.

Many years ago I would get paid time x1.5 for overtime and time x2 if it was a a bank holiday.

Sky entered the market and offered time x1 (i.e. no extra payment) for overtime.

Many broadcasters then trotted out the line that time x1 is now the industry standard overtime rate.

I still work in broadcast, I no longer do overtime.

Intel audio drivers give Windows 11 the blues and Microsoft Installer borked following security update


I'm confused...

In this case the Microsoft Installer has been left unwell following the update (or its later siblings) and could "have issues repairing or updating apps."

Since when has a Microsoft 'repair' ever fixed anything?

British Airways Executive Club frequent flyers have their airmiles grounded


Re: The nice sharp pointy end is on a Concorde

I have a very nice model of Concorde courtesy of BA's shit service.

A 10 hour flight from Denver to London (years ago) with a broken entertainment system (I only ever have the map view 'cos I'm a nerd) and dodgy aircon meaning I left bored and dehydrated.

I complained, as I always do if I'm unhappy with a service, and got a £200 voucher to spend on their website.

I opted for a Concorde model, it's the sort you would see in travel agents' window display.

Quite large, very beautiful.

Not as large as the real thing but I like it.

I doubt if BA would even reply to a complaint these days.

For obvious reasons I haven't flown for a while but my last few short haul flights were with easyJet.

Better service on board than BA.

Cheaper than BA.

Better customer service than BA. (Yes I did need to contact them - my fault but they were very helpful).

BlackMatter ransomware gang says it's disbanding – again – after Ukraine arrests


They'll be back.

Given the latest naming trend my money is on 'DarkMeta'.

Google's 'Be Evil' business transformation is complete: Time for the end game


Shirley that should be:

"Beware of Geeks bearing gifts"

Sharing is caring, except when it's your internet connection


Ah well...

Back to BT Wi-fi nee BT Fon for the neighbours then.

If your hair isn't already gray, 2022's security threats will get it there, warn infosec duo


Re: Yep

Congrats DJV for using the British English spelling of grey.

Maybe Gareth is applying for a green card and doesn't want to upset the apple cart?

Renewal chasing as-a-service is now a thing – and vendors love it


I have to agree with you Pascal.

My comment is that the article reads as a puff piece for Renewtrak.

What do iOS and Android have in common? Their apps suck at privacy, boffins say


Re: A lot is broken we could fix it


Are you CAPITAL Bob's bold relative?

Microsoft does and doesn't require VMs to meet hardware requirements for Windows 11


Interesting link to the Photos App...

I wonder if that page was written by a 9 year old nephew of someone on the team?

It includes the following wonders:

Pumped to share

This includes rounded corners

Mica material

super easy

“heart” your favorites

whimsy of Picsart

Yup, all sure signs of a a professional organisation wanting to look after their customers.

NYC subway SNAFU probably caused by someone turning it off accidentally, say reports


'Don't call the maintenance / building services number '

Three times yes.

Our buildings are managed by mitie.

In an emergency I'll dial the appropriate number, then to keep the record straight I'll dial our internal 'emergency' number.

Actually some of the people working on our building services are okay, but they all hate working for mitie and it's luck of the draw if you get a good guy/gal.

Most of them couldn't give a fuck and would leave you stuck in the lift or whatever situation you were in and just go home at the end of their shift without even passing the problem on.

Outsource to mitie, get a pissed off workforce.

RAF chief: Our Reaper drones (sorry, SkyGuardians) stand ready to help British councils


Re: From RIPA to Reaper

Local authorities think they are more important than they are.

Incompetent, don't get me started, I've seen it first hand.

So much money wasted.

Underfunded, yes.

But if they had any idea of what the outside world works like they would offer 3 or 4 times more value for money.

Give them an inch (pea shooter) they'll take a mile (hellfire) to get you for stopping (not parking) in a car park. Fuckers.

Also, try getting in touch with them to complain...

My local council don't take phone calls unless legally obligated, e.g. noise nuisance.

Even then the call is not always answered.


Report details how Airbus pilots saved the day when all three flight computers failed on landing


I don't want to dismiss the seriousness of the issue, but...


Solar System's fastest-orbiting asteroid spotted, flies closer to the Sun than Mercury


Are they sure it's not a Droplet?

Microsoft Patch Tuesday bug drought: No, it's not climate change or unexpected code quality improvements


More to come of course...

At work I needed to update my driver for the HP A0 plotter.


It's the HP T1600 DR and I needed Driver Pack 1, the 4th option.

Wow, 1158.5 MB

Yup, no chance of a vulnerability in an over 1 GB printer driver.

I never use HP stuff at home, a long standing issue with me after they dropped support for an expensive scanner I'd just bought.

But a 1 GB printer driver, what a time to be alive.

And I then got the NagWare they they installed along with the driver 'reminding' me to subscribe/auto update/give in to the experience.

That's been fucked off, they can spin on it.

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


Re: Never trust a DNS server you don't fully control

I fail to see how your proposal is practical dear AC.

Microsoft defends intrusive dialog in Visual Studio Code that asks if you really trust the code you've been working on


Re: Put a checksum checker...

Sorry Ken,

Your comment cannot be trusted, it did not include a checksum.



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