* Posts by Hubert Cumberdale

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Tim Cook: Sideloading is a disaster and proposed App Store reforms would harm user privacy and security

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Joke

Re: Why Victor Meldrew types, why?

Cheers up your grandad.

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"Sideloading is a disaster [for our revenue streams] and proposed App Store reforms would [remove our monopoly, and err, yeah probably] harm user privacy and security [or something]"

To be fair, sideloading has the distinct potential to be a security threat, but if it's layered in enough warnings (as it seems to be on Android), then it will only be a threat to people who like to tinker anyway, and they should be ready for that sort of thing. I suspect poor control of things in the actual app store is more of a malware problem on Android than sideloading (combined with Android's massive global market share when compared with Apple).

Say helloSystem: Mac-like FreeBSD project emits 0.5 release

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I'm confused: Mori refers to "arbitrary design decisions that prioritise looks over function" as though that's a new thing for Apple...

(see also: single-button mouse)

Samsung brags that its latest imaging sensor has the ittiest-bittiest cam pixels in the world

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Joke

Re: Nope

Perhaps I was a little too dry in my response. Does this help? ->

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Now I'm thinking of the sign I saw in a shop once that said I should "queue on both sides" (of some shelving). I tried to diffract around the end of the shelving unit, but I suspect there was a notable wavelength issue preventing it.

(see also "For Oxford A34 use both lanes")

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Re: Nope

Bit sexualityist: I'm sure there are plenty of men you could ask. Anyway, that's ambiguous and doesn't indicate which dimension is more important.

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Maybe it's just a case of "I heard you like pixels, so I put some pixels in your pixels".

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So... they make more pixels and then use several pixels as one pixel... making... the same number of pixels again? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?

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Re: Please, Firefox, just go away already!

Indeed. The irony was not lost on me...

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Re: Benchmarking

Interesting, but I still don't care. Until I can have uncrippled versions of uBlock0, NoScript, PrivacyBadger, DecentralEyes, Greasemonkey, ClearURLs, DDG Privacy Essentials, and User-Agent Switcher running on Chrome, without Google fingerprinting me, and until there's a plausible third rendering engine to keep the ecosystem at least slightly diverse, I'm just gonna take the hit. In the real world, this level of speed difference doesn't matter a damn.

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Re: Please, Firefox, just go away already!

The very minor (and not in the slightest noticeable to me in real use) performance hit is nowhere near enough for me to go to the slurping, ad-filled, blocker-blocking nightmare that is Chrome. When there is only one web rendering engine left, and ad-, tracker-, or JS-blocking is no longer possible, when Google owns your very soul, you will scream like Charlton Heston at the end of Planet of the Apes.

Royal Yacht Britannia's successor to cost about 1 North of England NHS IT consultancy framework

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Nobody expects the borkish bank-wisition: When I said I wanted some notes from the ATM, I never thought I'd see...

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I have absolutely no idea why MS would ever need to update anything about Notepad. I use it multiple times a day, every day, largely for rapid and simple format stripping from text (I have it on a shortcut key). If they change it more than a tiny smidge to do anything other than the bare minimum it already does, I'll just be keeping the old one somehow (as I already do with calculator).

The server is down, money is not being made, and you want me to fix what?

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As someone who is deuteranopic, I find such colour coding rather discriminatory!

Apple's iPad Pro on a stick, um, we mean M1 iMac scores 2 out of 10 for repairability

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Re: PSU

I just looked it up – I bought it in July 2010, and apparently its efficiency is pretty good (it is an 80+ doodad). That's another thing – buying good-spec stuff to start with really pays off, it seems: it's never given me any trouble, in any case (pun intended).

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(They just can't stand to hear the flaws of their deity pointed out...)

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(I just knew that had to get some downvotes...)

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Quite. I've had the same desktop-of-Theseus for about 22 years. I think the oldest component in it now is probably the DVD drive, which may be about 13 years old. The PSU and case are around 10 years old, the motherboard, processor and RAM were replaced about 2 years ago (along with gaining a snazzy SSD for the OS), and the newest component is a 2TB SATA backup drive I slid in the front last week. Almost every single part I've ever removed from it has been sold on eBay or repurposed. I very rarely actually throw any of it away.

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"the internal storage cannot be altered; an odd path for Apple to pursue"

It's not an odd path if they do what they do with phones (i.e. refusing to include a microSD card slot) and charge a bomb for including extra storage at the time of purchase. I'm surprised they didn't cut out the USB sockets lest you plug in any non-Apple drives!

Contract killer: Certified PDFs can be secretly tampered with during the signing process, boffins find

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The attacks seem a little complicated... by the sound of it, more complicated than those needed to edit a Scottish vaccination certificate (not sure if those were PDFs, as they are [sensibly] rather coy about the details, but I'm not surprised by any of it).

Apple is happy to diss the desktop – it knows who's got the most to lose

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Re: The sorry state of Apple's garbled App Store Update Page: High Sierra.

I've not experienced Apple updates, but I can say that many a Windows update has ruined my day. Usually because I left some long-running job going overnight only to find it had been rudely stopped at 2am and the machine rebooted, leaving only a BitLocker password prompt and meaning I had to start it all over again. I've got a handle on it now, but I shouldn't have to go through all this to achieve something that should be doable with a simple option switch.

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Re: From the trenches

I can happily fault the amount they charge for these tools, though (even if they are admittedly reasonably useful tools).

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Headmaster

"the mutant offspring of Windows 3.1"

I would argue that Windows 10 is technically the mutant offspring of Windows NT 3.1. This was, confusingly (for marketing reasons), the first version of Windows NT, and it went on to become things including Windows 2000 [NT 5.0], XP [NT 5.1], and finally [NT] 10.0 (which, also confusingly and for marketing reasons, is the version right after NT 6.3, AKA Windows 8.1). The core of Windows 3.1 died with Windows ME. Thankfully.

For the marketeer that has everything – except a CPU fan

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Re: Bitcoin mining?

(Does that mean we're married now?)

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Re: Microsoft Error Messages at their Best

That's actually an American Megatrends BIOS error. (Who knew they were still a thing? I thought they just called themselves AMI these days. Makes me think of Compuglobalhypermeganet.)

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Re: Bitcoin mining?

It does seem a massive waste of power. You could probably drive a sign like that on a Raspberry Pi.

Japan to start stamping out rubber stamps and tearing up faxes as new digital agency given Sept. 1 start date

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Re: "administration costs"

There's probably a legal difference between offering a "discount" for paying electronically and adding a "surcharge" for not doing so. Even if they amount to the same thing.

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For the value of the cheque, though (<£20), figuring it out hardly seems worth my time!

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Someone gave me a cheque the other day. I still haven't figured out how to actually pay it in.

Apple's Find My network can be abused to leak secrets to the outside world via passing devices

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I saw the stock image on this article and assumed it would be something about Israel's Iron Dome missile system...

Blessed are the cryptographers, labelling them criminal enablers is just foolish

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Re: Really ????

Good point, well made.

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Re: Really ????

I suspect (hope?) that this may be a simple issue of grammar. Perhaps:

These platforms are used almost exclusively by SOC [serious and organised crime] groups

should instead read:

SOC [serious and organised crime] groups almost exclusively use these platforms

People often make such errors without even realising it – they read back what they meant, and not what it actually says. Grammar is the difference between knowing your shit and...

Tencent research team scores free powerups for electric cars with Raspberry Pi-powered X-in-the-middle attack

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Re: 1970s

Well, in any case, the OP (who shall remain nameless) saw sense and retracted. Also: the OU lectures definitely did count as proper television. Mesmerising, even when I was eight.

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Re: I love Asian names...

The 1970s called...

Another platform on which Java will not run – platform 1 of Newcastle's Central Station

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Quite why one would need the combined lard of Windows and Java to tell punters that the next train to South Shields will arrive soon is anyone's guess.

Because this.

'A massive middle finger': Open-source audio fans up in arms after Audacity opts to add telemetry capture

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Big Brother

Bend over, comrade – it is for the good of the Party!

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Re: Telemetry collection is optional and configurable at any time

Agreed – MS "optional" is nothing of the sort. If you're bored of digging through whichever locked filing cabinet (with leopard sign etc.) to find wherever they've moved the options to now, O&O ShutUp10 helps.

NHS Digital booking website had unexpected side effect: It leaked people's jab status

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Re: There is no UK vaccine booking website

You've got something on your shoulder there, mate.

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Re: "run vaccine checks on the status of random people with no authentication"

Wow. That is some supreme cuntery right there.

Researchers say objects can hide from computer vision by seeking out unusual company that trips correlation bias

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Re: There may be regional differences to consider...

We've been through this one before – I say just leave the jam out altogether.

Basecamp CEO issues apology after 'no political discussions at work' edict blows up in his face

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Re: Sex, Religion and Politics

I think there's no place for sophism anywhere. I'm a great fan of Sophie.

The Starship has landed. Latest SpaceX test comes back to Earth without igniting fireballs

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Someone programmed the initial upward pan of that main camera rather over-optimistically – a trigonometric miscalculation perhaps? I guess that's why they're on the camera team and not the design team (I hope)...

Microsoft's Edge browser for Linux hits the Beta Channel ... if you're into that kind of thing

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Apparently you do. So because you think it's fine to dump whatever browser you feel like on someone's machine without their permission, I shall hunt you down, sneak into your house, and install IE6 on all your devices. Even the Linux ones (somehow). See how you like it.

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I'm specifically expressing Edge hostility rather than MS hostility. I'd like it more if it were truly optional. The fact that it's forced onto people's systems and heavily plugged whenever you don't use it means that they apparently learnt nothing from the IE debacle. Changed permanently? This detail seems to indicate they've reverted on this issue. It would be lovely if there were any real Firefox competitors (i.e. ones that don't use Chrome at all). Until then, I'm using Firefox.

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Wow. There must be some serious Edge fanboys on here to downvote that. I don't want Edge; some other people don't want it either. It's hard to kill, and I'm just tellin' 'em how to get rid of it. Do you really object to that?

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At least it won't be force-installed on Linux like it is on Windows. Top tip:

c:

cd "%PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\Microsoft\Edge\Application\9*\Installer"

setup --uninstall --force-uninstall --verbose-logging --system-level

Seems to be the only way to get rid of it. That is until an update forces it down your throat again. Running the above as a startup script helps with that.

File this next to Mars bars under 'things that should not be deep-fried': Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar

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Re: And from the crispy chrysalis emerged...

+1,000,000. You win all the internets!

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Mushroom

Re: The scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could

Now I am become death, the destroyer of arteries.

Appeals court nixes online blueprint sharing ban on 3D-printed 'ghost guns'

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Re: Obviously more guns needed

Well, there is at least a fairly plausible source for that number. There are also some fairly interesting statistics that should stop anyone from being able to claim that "guns don't kill people" (if they were trying to make any sense at all).

Vivaldi update unleashes the 'Cookie Crumbler' to simply block any services asking for consent (sites may break)

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Re: European websites

Well, if I'm honest, I'm fully aware that in actual use, "Europe" (on its own) has multiple meanings. (I guess I just like being a bit of a dick about it sometimes.)

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