* Posts by Beeblebrox

42 posts • joined 29 Apr 2020

Elecrow CrowPi2: Neat way to get your boffins-to-be hooked on Linux from an early age and tinkering in no time


Re: Storage?

Obviously use the USB ports for the SSD. One can boot the Pi from an SSD.

I wanted to know whether it's possible to accommodate an SSD in the Elecrow CrowPi2 chassis, which seems somewhat spacious, rather than hanging it off the side.



Presumably the kits include an SD card; is there space otherwise for an SSD in the chassis?

Russian hacker selling how-to vid on exploiting unsupported Magento installations to skim credit card details for $5,000


Why a video?

Give us clear instructions, and code snippets, with a few relevant images if necessary - we don't want a video!

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'


Poorly coded app

App should validate input

a) for valid characters - perhaps numeric / alphabetic only allowed in certain positions

b) against vehicle registration database

c) allow input which fails validation only after a warning, so your foreign registered vehicle which may be hard to validate can still buy a ticket.

Vinyl sales top CDs for the first time in decades in America, streaming rules


... weren't using Memorex :-P

No, 'twas a C90


Xiaomi what you're working with: Chinese mobe maker starts Android 11 rollout


"reducing the existing fragmentation in the Android sphere."

Ooh goody, I'll just see whether my 7 year old Android phone gets an update.

Unexpected risks of using Apple ID: 'Sign in with Apple' will be blocked for Epic Games


Maybe using those convenient options to sign in is not such a good idea after all.

But by not using one of these convenient options one limits the ability of Apple/Google/Facebook etc to use one's data.

If I don't use this to sign in to Epic, are they going to know how often I use the Epic platform? Will I miss out on some targeted ads?

Remember the Titans: Yubico jangles new NFC and USB-C touting security key


Standardise 2FA

There's no point buying one of these until all the providers one uses (e.g. banks) are required to offer a standards based, non SMS 2FA.

I have a multitude of 2FA devices lying around, a rare few of which are compatible to some degree between providers.

China trolls Trump with tech export rules changes that could imperil TikTok sale


So do we now have Vlad on one side of the US presidential election and Xi on the other?

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault


"I removed the metal plate of the disk," said Luuk, "and pushed that in the diskette station."

Sounds to me like Luuk bullied the user - a degree of pleasantry might have sufficed.

Google creates secure file locker for countries where people often share smartphones


Google's penchant for denying access to your Google account

Uh, so someone else has had:

"Sign-in attempt was blocked. Someone just used your password to try to sign in to your account. Google blocked them, but you should check what happened."

I thought it was just me (not). Every time my phone (running K9 mail) connects to a wifi hotspot; thunderbird similarly. Makes me want to dump google email; I keep putting it off, but I have no strong attachments to my google email addresses. Must soon realise this laziness costs me more effort.


"Secure" to mask the fact that the whole platform is absolutely criminally unsecure.


Wrap it before you tap it? No, say Linux developers: 'GPL condom' for Nvidia driver is laughed out of the kernel


But you get a free sandwich!


Recent BA codeshare MADLHR flight all I got was a cup of water, same as economy; did ask for and get second cup free.

Increased baggage allowance, "priority boarding", however.

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G: So light, you might even forget about its terrible keyboard


Cunts in airports

Let them get on with it - who wants to go through airports anyway these days? Apart from cunts?

World Health Organisation AI chatbot goes deaf when asked for the latest COVID-19 figures for Taiwan, Hong Kong


Re: Why FB?

What about Macau?

I can't be bothered to create an account to answer my own question.

Euro police forces infiltrated encrypted phone biz – and now 'criminal' EncroChat users are being rounded up


The reports also mention pictures

"encryption chips in the photos"

Pics, or it didn't happen.

Sounds like a crap / pricey messaging app anyway. Are all these lawyers and journalists just there to communicate with the criminals, or just because of the integrity of the platform?

I'm considering crossing this off my ways to pass information to WikiLeaks under the circumstances - sorry Jules. Back to writing messages on the back of a fag packet.

US govt: Julian Assange tried to recruit hacker to steal hush-hush dirt and we should know – the hacker was an informant


"Are we the baddies?"

If you don't know who the baddies are, then yes, you're the baddies.

Email innovator Hey extends an olive branch in standoff with Apple, tweaks code to make the iGiant appier



"business where you use your phone to order your coffee but take payment via contact-less credit card."

Isn't that something that could be handled adequately by a website? Then no appstore is involved, so no cut.

To me there seem to be too many things that want one to use an app unnecessarily, when a website will do just fine; I do, however, think email is a worthy exception - I'm prepared to use an app for email that connects to any email provider that supports IMAP, pop3, SMTP, rather than use webmail.

Australian PM says nation under serious state-run 'cyber attack' – Microsoft, Citrix, Telerik UI bugs 'exploited'


amanfrommars movie?

?It is AI¿

!Mooronity Rapport¡

'Verily Mancunian'

Observed from afar.

Smartwatches win the consumer tech sector for Q1 2020 as locked-down folk take up fight against corona-carbs


All I require from a watch

Have you tried a sundial / sextant combo?

AWS scoops Intel silicon and 8TB of storage into new Snowcone edge box



"probably" one processor ...


Facebook caves to Australia's call for explanations of News Feed algo changes


News Feed

I don't really understand why these 'News Feeds' need to exist anyway.

Why go to Facebook or Google to get news scraped from elsewhere? Why not just go somewhere that does news in the first place?

It could be 'five to ten years' before the world finally drags itself away from IPv4


Re: It'll happen two years after



Pipped to the post: Google Cloud nabs Salesforce exec to lead UK and Ireland business


retail for example

"where some customers don't want to work with AWS"

This makes sense.

Also, recruiting from areas outside their core competencies makes sense if they plan to grow their cloud. It's probably just small change to them anyway.

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?


Recycled >>>


Grey, or preferably brown.

Nokia's reboot of the 5310 is a blissfully dumb phone that will lug some mp3s about just fine


Re: Would this be a good 'phone to have ...

Maybe nobody has thought of shitting down the 5G networks in Australia yet?

I know why: 1st wave of covid-19 infections in Australia is still too low to reap the benefits of torching 5G towers.

Switzerland 'first' country to roll out contact-tracing app using Apple-Google APIs to track coronavirus spread


PRC app

In the meantime, it's reassuring to know that the technology used in the PRC may become mandatory post covid-19 to track future medical conditions.

The West should be aware that like minded bureaucrats may want to follow suit.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC


New PC

"The Register feels Torvalds has probably acquired a whole new PC, as the Threadripper range requires a sTRX4 socket and those debuted on motherboards from late 2019."

Same PC, just new CPU, RAM, Mobo and maybe graphics cards.

Campaign groups warn GCHQ can re-identify UK's phones from COVID-19 contact-tracing app data


Re: Thank you

Also, the 'Counter Disinformation Cell' feels it needs a broader remit and a better name:

'Ministry of Truth' springs to mind.

Maybe someone could suggest a shorter, pithy abbreviation?

New Zealand releases Bluetooth-free COVID-19 tracing app


It doesn't end until we have herd immunity or a vaccine

... or social isolation ends all transmission.

May be hard to achieve.

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl


ADT is guilty of trusting its employees

For ...

Seven _years_


Re: His own email?

Seven _years_

Open letter from digital rights groups to UK health secretary questions big tech's role in NHS COVID-19 data store


dysfunction and a hole

Has the amanfromars bot changed it's handle?

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit


Face Recognition

Don't forget that you need some kind of goggles to protect your eyes from airborne coronavirus.

May also give greater chance of defeating face recognition.

ALGOL 60 at 60: The greatest computer language you've never used and grandaddy of the programming family tree


Not quite how I remember it

"you basically march up to the machine, the machine's got the ALGOL system loaded, you run your programme, it produces gibberish"

When I was in the sixth form, one of my maths teachers had a contact at the local Poly. We were low priority, do we got to leave our precious punched tapes with the operator who would run it for us in time for us to pick up the gibberish the next day.

Needless to say I thought computers were complete bollocks.

A couple of years later when I was at University, and they had these lineprinter style terminals, I started to think wow, maybe there's something in this; soon after I got access to a green screen terminal.

The rest is history.

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register


If it was Labour in power


The point of containers is they aren't VMs, yet Microsoft licenses SQL Server in containers as if they were VMs


only I -OR- or me AND the missus drive it

Works for the car insurance companies.

FYI: Your browser can pick up ultrasonic signals you can't hear, and that sounds like a privacy nightmare to some


How much simpler do you need IT to be?

Why set limits?


record everything and skip the adds

My tv aerial has been pointing in the wrong direction since a storm a few years ago.

Since then I've got by with downloading everything, and some kind soul has skipped all the ads on my behalf.

Like life for a lot of us, Google's 2020 was going relatively fine until March hit. Ad sales nosedive, but yay for cloud and Chromebooks?


Non-ad YouTube sales

Is that purely subscriptions?

In such a case it would be impressive: around the same as YouTube ad sales.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink


block printers from accessing the internet.

Good idea. Why don otherwise?

Another option is to stop printing.

I think I printed < 5 pages of A4 last year. Nothing yet this year.

I have a criminally slow HP LaserJet from around 2010 at home. This got a bit of a workout when the kids were still at school, I even bought some kind of toner refill in around 2015.

Aussie immunology legend consults Twitter for his local off-licence opening hours


Re: Thing is, it wasn't even a question.

"It lacked a question mark"

Apparently Twitter, like Google, does not mandate question marks.

Sounds like Twitter is missing a trick by not showing relevant ads.


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