* Posts by Cave-Homme

44 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Feb 2020

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?


Re: probably far beyond the ability of most people to configure

If you disable BT on iOS it will simply turn back on silently some 24 hours later, as far as i know.

Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods, warns Bellingcat


Indeed. Orwell will be turning in his grave now as he sees his work of fiction become a training manual for the totalitarians.


Re: For any one in a sensitive job.

“ Sometimes it pays to be Welsh (who am I kidding, it always pays to be Welsh) “

It’s not unusual, Tom.

Google rolls out pro-privacy DNS-over-HTTPS support in Chrome 83... with a handy kill switch for corporate IT


I wouldn’t call Edge Chrome identical to Google Chrome, there are several key differences especially when it comes to tracking options.


Re: Nanny statism strikes again

Do smart people and organizations still use Google Chrome, or anything Google for that matter? Mine does, but it’ll all be gone by the end of the month.


Re: DoH

Excuse my ignorance but what’s blocking port 53 all about?

NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?


Re: Masks are working

The Americans and British will never do this, they think it’s commie crap and that they are better than the orientals; racism and colonialism has a lot to do with this self-destructive attitude.

No matter, the new world order is clearly and quickly being established, and it’s not the one that Icke and his deluded followers believe is happening.

No, in the real new world order it’s the likes of China and their neighbours who got their shit together, lifted a billion people out of abject poverty in just 2-3 decades, are disciplined to respond to crises like COVID, learn maths and sciences at school and want real jobs to benefit their societies and economies, etc.

Empires come and go, and ours is falling apart just as did Rome. For the Millennials reading this, start to learn Chinese. Now. Today. Then get a job in Hong Kong, or Singapore. This year. Do it. There’s lots of Europeans there so you won’t feel like a fish out of water. Forget this complete shithole, it’s over and done with, for at least the next generation or two, even permanently. Good luck, I wish you well.


Indeed they are not clowns, they are a special kind of parasite, one that feeds off their own species...but perhaps detailed DNA analysis might one day reveal they’re not actually the same species as those of us who actually care about our kind.

Better late than never... Google Chrome to kill off 'tiny' number of mobile web ads that gobble battery, CPU power


Re: I'll stick to firefox thanks

FF even without ublock or adblock is a great experience these days compared to Chrome, just go into settings and set tracking protection to strict. Blocks cryptominers and other such nefarious crap too.

Latest Microsoft 365 'wave of innovation' really just involves adding or renaming a bunch of update channels



These time wasters should be prime candidates for furloughing, then cutting. Macroshaft 359 could then save millions, and we’d save billions.

Mad dash for webcams with surge in videoconferencing has turned out rather nicely for Logitech


Sadly Logitech aren’t the same good quality anymore yet they cost much more for the label. I try and avoid.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you


Re: Anagram Inspiration

Try Bill Gates: Legal Bits


Re: I'll give it a go...


Logically yes, but in reality they’ve become Macroslurp, even Macroslurp 360.

The 360 signifying the number of trouble free day per year it software works, and also 360 degrees which signifies its pervasive reach.

Surge in Zoom support requests was 'unexpected', says tool team as it turns taps down


Why the fascination with Zoom when there’s Skype, WhatsApp, Farcetime, Webex, GoToMeeting...most are free as well.

I’ve used them all, and more, in the past few months. Zoom is nice, but the others are more than adequate, and Webex has piles of functionality too, and currently free.

UK snubs Apple-Google coronavirus app API, insists on British control of data, promises to protect privacy


Re: Three steps to avoid this

Definitely a coward, making threats and hiding behind AC.

Three is the magic number, unless you're Apple. That's how many million iPad shipments it was down in Q1



I’m in the market for a tablet and have an old iPad, but since I bought it, Apple have gone completely mental with their pricing of pads and phones.

This crisis will hopefully get them to stare reality in the face, but I won’t hold my breath. In the meantime I’ll avoid worsening my carbon footprint and bank balance by keeping the kit I’ve got for longer than planned.

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS



Spot on!

Zero-click, zero-day flaws in iOS Mail 'exploited to hijack' VIP smartphones. Apple rushes out beta patch


Other fruits needed

Blackberry, we need you back!

Google calls a halt on Chrome 82, but the version 83 beta has arrived early – so it's coding and bug finding time ahead


Erm, no, this should really be the 82nd release, delayed, and 83 and later pushed back.

These Silicon nerds persue a different logic to the rest of us.

This hurts a ton-80: British darts champ knocked out of home tourney by lousy internet connection


Re: Actually ...

Well, they've just awarded themselves an extra £10K for NOT turning up at work!

These self-serving shysters keep getting away with it, and we let them do it.

Grab your Bitcoin while you can because Purse.io is shutting up shop in June and you could lose the lot


Re: Respect

Respect? Are you sure about that?

These alleged shysters were in business to -

"matched bitcoin (BTC) and bitcoin cash (BCH) users who wanted to buy Amazon gift cards at a discount and sellers that wanted cryptocurrency"

My experience informs me that the only terds that require this kind of service are scammers who rob sadly clueless netizens of their pensions and savings.

If you know of good and legitimate use cases, please share below and correct my ignorance:

SE's baaaack: Apple flings out iPhone SE 2020, priced at £419


Re: I love my SE!

Me too, but security updates will stop at some point this year.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?

Big Brother

Re: Good for data-less phone plans

Would you like to

a) Be locked down for the next 100 years like now, for that is how long it'll take for herd immunity to arrive with the current system or

b) Get a budget smartphone and set it up to use the app

Erm, there's thousands of nasty viri and bacteria out there that already kill lots people constantly. For example, influenza in 2 of the last 3 winters has killed many more than COVID this winter.

I'm not saying COVID isn't a problem, my point is WHO exactly decides upon monitoring, isolation, lockdown and HOW do they decide?

At this rate, if we are not careful, we'll FOREVER be monitored and given green, amber and red status lights.

Huawei P40 pricing is in step with previous P-series efforts – but flagship lacks the apps punters have come to expect


Re: They need to get Google back ASAP

Not as far as banking apps are concerned.


Indeed, any Nokia will do the job more cheaply yet decent quality, regularly updated too.

Yeah, that Zoom app you're trusting with work chatter? It lives with 'vampires feeding on the blood of human data'


Back to GTM and Skype then!

I’ll be removing it tomorrow and back to GoToMeeting and Skype.

Where's our software, Langowski? Windows Insider Program gets new leader


Re: Developing on the Edge with Kyle Pflug

Drummer of course.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin


Re: But I don't have a so-called "smart" phone.

The totalitarian fokkers will microchip you like a dog.

Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner


That wasn’t black humour, that was Cummings’ policy...until someone slapped Boris hard and told him what’s what.

IBM's outgoing boss Rometty awarded $20m+ in 2019 for growing revenue 0.1%


Re: Her times were among the WORST for growth...

Are you suggesting she's not responsible, that it's only a coincidence?

Meltdown The Sequel strikes Intel chips – and full mitigation against data-meddling LVI flaw will slash performance


Well, the average bod has got no effing chance to protect themselves.

Until the authorities get serious with cyber criminals and either castrate them, or lock em up on Rockall and throw away the key, or ideally both, then we've got no chance of stopping this.

More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research


Xiaomi put Huawei to shame, and they also have placed a security layer on top of Android. Very good phones, very good price and specs, not shiny shiny fashion-victim phones. I got one for a family member a couple of years ago and when Apple stop supporting my 6s I'll be switching to Xiaomi myself.


The quaint "it's a tool, replace it only if it breaks" mentality

Nothing wrong with the mentality at all, and it ain't quaint, it's actually an essential mentality we all need to adopt in order to stop the needless destruction of our planet - until at least phone manufacurers use recycled materials and renewable energy for production

Staffer emails compromised and customer details exposed in T-Mobile US's third security whoopsie in as many years


Until these companies are held liable, and fined sufficiently, this will carry on.

Samsung cops to data leak after unsolicited '1/1' Find my Mobile push notification


Time to revert to a simple dumb phone.

'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants


Re: RE: big_D

It’s not a matter of being technically challenged whatsoever, you are being condescending to many people.

I specifically keep certain cookies for specific site preferences, which saves considerable time. I also keep certain specific third party cookies which some sites unfortunately require to function. I delete the rest. Firefox cookie and tracking management is very good these days.

Even MS are doing a decent job in this respect with their new Chromium Edge. I still prefer FF though, not just because of its mission, but also especially since it’s much lighter on resources than Chromium / Chrome browsers I’ve tried.

Another week, another bunch of Windows 10 machines punched by a patch


Re: Anybody else tired of having their Windows 10 system wake up in the middle of the night...

Not a problem for Windows 10 Pro. At one point I even deferred feature updates for 365 days.

Mi first! Latest Xiaomi flagship storms DxOMark rankings with quartet of powerful cameras


tat bazaar

"Chinese tat bazaar Xiaomi"

Quite the contrary, the produce some excellent phones, and they also have an extra layer of security in the OS over Android. You should get our more.

Huawei to the danger zone: Now Uncle Sam slaps it with 16 charges of racketeering, fraud, money laundering, theft of robot arm and source code


Since the 1990s...

...I have direct experience of teams of Chinese and Korean specialists being invited to GB to see our shiny and innovative systems and procedures. The PHB thought he'd won the lottery, believing they'd buy all "his" stuff.

The rest of us noticed how the visitors were asking the workers a myriad of questions and taking copious notes. We knew immediately that there'd be no sale, just copying and development of similar processes and systems.

Multiply my experience countless thousands of times, and we end up with today's situation. It's nothing to do with nationality or race, it's just human nature, including our PHBs being naive and greedy beggars.

What do we want? A proper review of IR35! When do we want it? Last year! Bunch of IT contractors protest outside UK Parliament


Re: Not really...

Serious question, how much are they quoting? My background similar to yours.

Crypto AG backdooring rumours were true, say German and Swiss news orgs after explosive docs leaked


Re: Perhaps I misunderstood but ...

“What fool would these days use letter substitution?“

These “fools” who are yet to be deciphered, some after hundreds of years?


Boss planning to tear you a new one? Google Glass is back: Weird workwear aimed at devs, but on sale to all

Big Brother

Orwellian tech.

Nuff said.