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* Posts by Dan 55

8273 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

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Re: What worries me

Edge's home page is a Bing search box in the middle of the page with the cursor blinking in it and an invisible address bar, herding people towards whatever ad is top.

I guess that's okay if there's actually some control over advertising, but there so obviously isn't.

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DNS resolver 9.9.9.9 will check requests against IBM threat database

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Re: IoT?

Spanish fibre routers usually don't allow you to modify DNS either.

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Presumably it won't let the malware on compromised devices resolve their C&C server's address before phoning home. It'll return 127.0.0.1 or a honeypot or something.

So if this becomes popular malware will evolve by not using DNS and just using IP addresses.

But it's free. As they say, if a service is free then you're not the customer... Who's the customer?

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User experience test tools: A privacy accident waiting to happen

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Re: Javascript Exception-List - Why none in Firefox?

There is an image exception list in Tools > Page Info > Permissions.

JavaScript's permissions have been completely hidden. We can't allow Web 2.0 to be broken, can we?

SettingSanity works on Firefox ESR and brings the JavaScript and images settings back to the options screen.

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Re: Designing software to create computer illiterates

I've often wondered why the design geniuses at Mozilla never thought to put a toggle switch in the settings which changes between basic and advanced views, like VLC or Kodi.

Never mind, I think I've answered my own question.

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UK private sector joins public in... Escape from DXC Max

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Re: "[Centrica's] CIO wanted to do something more cloud-based and sexier."

Better take it up with the author of the article then.

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"[Centrica's] CIO wanted to do something more cloud-based and sexier."

Eh? How could a CIO even think that? They're both data centres, only I guess one's all for them and the other isn't.

DXC or Azure + HCL staff. Not much to choose between them, apart from the staff. I'd have gone with DXC.

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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Re: KB2952664 - "Is it because Windows is a curate's egg?"

I'm feeling generous today.

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Re: KB2952664

Why would it even try to mess with the printing subsystem?

Is it because Windows is a curate's egg?

Who the hell knows what affects what any more. Certainly not MS who put out the patches.

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Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church... oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

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Re: distributed knowledge?

Doesn't ipfs.io do this?

Of course the danger with that is is that it's a start up so it's transient.

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Re: distributed knowledge?

About a year ago they were talking about setting up a full backup in Canada.

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Loophole

Does it still take notice of present day robot.txt files which can be used block URLs from the past?

That'a not a particularly good decision.

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Does UK high street banks' crappy crypto actually matter?

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The main website could use cyphers which cover everything and do any redirection with user agent detection but the online banking website could forego older cyphers.

(I didn't downvote.)

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Banks may try to prove negligence by saying something like "the thief used your PIN therefore you told him or wrote it down in your wallet or it was obvious (your birthday)" and "you didn't use VbV or MSC when buying online". Why should using an ancient browser be any different?

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Re: IT security enforcement

Well Lloyds still seems to be going.

What it comes down to is they're all too big to fail. They will get there in the end, but years late, by which time there'll be newer standards which they've not caught up with.

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If you use the latest and greatest browser, then your connection will use the highest available encryption, so is not at risk.

Unless someone MITMs it down to something weaker.

Perhaps IE6 users on XP should have a server just for themselves which they have to specifically ask for access and agree to some scary clauses saying it's all their fault if there's fraud.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: The Quantum of Firefox

XUL was a great idea that was never fully realised. It allows you to create full-featured cross-platform local or remote GUIs that match the platform's native look. You can tell when apps have a Qt, GTK, or Swing look, but can't with XUL. Pretty much the holy grail of any Web 2.0 website, only not crap.

The reason why it was allowed to die is Mozilla never really got a community off the ground and then employees with XUL knowledge left so they couldn't maintain it themselves and decided to knock it on the head.

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Re: Speed isn't as important as Addons

If you want a plain URL just type it and hit enter and ignore the suggestions below. At least that's what I do. Seems to work for me.

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Re: I went for the mobile version

Remove pocket crap in Settings > General > Home > Top Sites.

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Re: Speed isn't as important as Addons

Don't get the hate for the Awesome Bar, it fishes pages out of bookmarks and history based on URLs and page titles. Better than sending everything to Google and what it finds is usually relevant as you've visited the page before or taken the trouble to bookmark it.

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Re: I went for the mobile version

Well getting rid of the API that gesture addons need won't stop that, it'll just mean you're stuck with crazy page gestures without being able to define your own.

So it seems no more gestures to instantly move to the top or the bottom of the page or switch or close tabs.

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Re: The Quantum of Firefox

Oh no, I can't cope with the Spectre of yet another Firefox fork. I hope that's just fake news From Russia with Love.

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Re: Wish Firefox would just focus on the simple things

If you use Firefox Sync you can rearrange them into folders on a synced desktop computer. I think.

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Why did Mozilla lose ground? Because Google's search page pushed Chrome, they did a deal with Adobe so that Flash and Reader pushed Chrome, they did a deal with Antivirus developers to push Chrome, and they did a deal with anyone else they thought they could do a deal with to push Chrome.

Just a few million down the back of the sofa.

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Re: Everything's gone. Everything.

Settings > Updates > Never update.

Exit.

Download and install Firefox 56 from here.

Restart, hopefully your addons will be back.

From there you can choose to go to Pale Moon or Waterfox (import FF profile, copy addons, I think Waterfox has better addon compatibility) or Firefox ESR (profile not 100% compatible, backup first, if it crashes refresh Firefox and restore addons from backup as explained in the link).

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I went for the mobile version

I don't have many addons on the mobile version so I thought it'd probably be okay... and it turns out I'll need to find replacement addons (if they exist) for Android Text Reflow, Clean Links, Quick Gestures, and Self Destructing Cookies, i.e. everything apart from uBlock Origin.

It's got a white address bar and turns the notification bar white too, which looks terrible, and the icon design isn't particularly good either. It looks like they've lurched from a copy of Chrome to a copy of Edge.

On the other hand, on my not particularly impressive phone, it flies like shit off a shovel compared to version 56. Computers are still running Firefox ESR though, there are far more addons I can't do without there.

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Belgian court says Skype must provide interception facilities

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It's technically impossible your honour

Just ignore the fact that we do it already for the NSA.

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Confusion reigns over crypto vuln in Spanish electronic ID smartcards

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Re: I wonder if it'll stop there

If the card was manufactured by Infineon (Germany) then it will probably have a vulnerability, as that's the manufacturer for Estonia and Spain's cards.

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Here's how it went

There are self-service machines at police stations to do card operations on e-ID cards. The police turned all the machines off then realised that older non-vulnerable cards issued prior to April 2015 could still be used with self-service machines. Only they can't turn them on again because of the newer vulnerable cards. So instead people with older cards have to book an appointment to see someone at the police station who will change the PIN for them or renew the certificate on it or whatever.

People with newer vulnerable cards will not be able to renew the certificate on it or change the PIN because the people at the police station won't let them. Also people who get brand new cards (e.g. every five years) will still get a vulnerable one and won't be given the PIN. link

And it seems people can still use vulnerable cards over the Internet, maybe because the there's one certificate to rule them all and if it's revoked then older non-vulnerable cards could stop working.

And the newer vulnerable cards also have another problem - when they are used to sign something, they don't certify the date it was signed, so the two vulnerabilities could be used together with online banking (if it supports it). link

However this will probably blow over because hardly anyone uses the e-ID feature of their ID cards, it means going to the police station anyway or spending hours persuading IE or Firefox and Java to work with a card reader and hoping it doesn't stop working if anything gets updated.

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IT Got me depressed

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From that post I'll take a wild guess and say you don't actually develop, rather you're one of the hangers on that at the same time manage to make the job ten times more difficult than it should be for those who do the work. Typical PM who doesn't know how manage projects? Sales?

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Re: Spineless of them to give in

I'd like to agree, but apart from (to an extent) Buddhists and Christians

News from across the continent:

Did you hear the one about the women in Spain who reported the nun who stole her when she was a baby to the police? She got fined €43,000 for "insulting the nun" and when she couldn't pay got five months prison. She appealed to the government to pardon her and they decided not to. link (Spanish)

Never give religion a free pass. Not even Christianity.

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World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

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Time for a bit of Baron Munchausen

Cut off in my prime

surrounded by beautiful women all the time

A eunuch's life is hard

A eunuch's life is hard

A eunuch's life is haaaaaaaard

and nothing else

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Google aims disrupto-tronic ray at intercoms. Yes, intercoms

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Does it drag them out of bed?

If not, nobody's going to school.

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Heads up: OnePlus phones have a secret root backdoor and the password is 'angela'

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Re: "Angela", eh?

They should have used "Whiterose" for extra lulz.

(Link in case someone confuses it with the other white rose.)

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Windows on ARM: It's nearly here (again)

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Re: Smart

What are you on about? Nobody was interested in RT because they thought they could run Desktop apps and nobody was interested in Windows 10 Mobile because there were hardly any apps of any kind.

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VC did support Win32 on ARM if you changed a few settings first and Surface RT did run ARM exes if unlocked. link

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It's not that bad for ancient exes where all it is is a GUI with fields and an event loop and does some magic calculation or talk to a database when you hit 'Go'. Somewhat grandly called enterprise software.

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EU court advised: Schrems is a consumer in Facebook case, but can't file class-action

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WTF?

So it seems like the ECJ just outlawed class action

Is this for social media platforms or for any company?

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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Re: Nothing to worry about

Denying the coppers is not really an option in many countries. At least they won't have rubber hoses or cigar cutters though.

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IBM asks remaining staff to take career advice from HR-bot

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Terminator

Hi, I'm Myca. How can I help?

- What job should I do?

- MYCA-12412: You are qualified for a job at the other side of the country.

- I can't work there.

- MYCA-93121: In order to help you along your next step down your career path, I have automatically generated and accepted your notice of resignation. You have received your P45 via email. Please hand in your badge, leave the building, and print it out later at your own cost. Have a nice day. You are now logged off.

- But, wait!

- MYCA-01213: Sorry, unknown user, you are not authorised.

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Productivity through tech, UK firms. More cyber, more cloud, more ERP!

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The government did build the ecosystem

UK providers for G-Cloud sprang up. Then e.g. HMRC buggered off to AWS and they went bust.

Are the CBI serious about this or do they just want to collect commission for selling Amazon and Microsoft?

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Brit cops slammed for failing to give answers on digital device data slurpage

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"10 said it would require a manual search to get it."

I'll do this one for free...

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM seized_device_table

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Most office users could do their daily jobs using wordpad.

They couldn't take screenshots of Putty, open Powerpoint, paste in there, save, zip, and send by Outlook instead if copying and pasting the text.

Really difficult to suppress the urge to ask them if they're taking the fucking piss.

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Re: Council Vote?

They voted before. Now a new coalition is in control and they've voted again.

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Re: Thirty Eight

Too well known. Go for Microsoft's XPS format for proper lock-in.

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There's not much Java left in LO, and what's left will also be removed.

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Politics has everything to do with it

Linux on the desktop has never been in better shape and LiMux was declared a success (before the elections), so it seems extremely strange to row back now.

Strange unless you realise the new mayor, MS, and Accenture have been in a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" relationship for a good few years now. link

When the users have to face working with Windows 10, the Start Screen, and UWP, they'll be begging to go back to Linux.

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Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

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Re: Horsecrap

Play Services is not open source and is where the bulk of new Android* features are added.

* Well, closed-source Google Android features.

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