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* Posts by Steve Davies 3

4749 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

No hack needed: anonymisation beaten with a dash of SQL

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re: Richard Feynman

Have an upvote for mentioning him. "Surely your're joking Mr Feynman" is well worth reading.

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We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms

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Re: National products

In some HMG departments, the Weather forecast is 'restricted' even though it is publicly available.

Those departments classify everything because it creates jobs for the great and worthy.

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

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Which finger to use

That is the crux of the matter.

If (an I am guessing here) with devices that have the fingerprint sensor on the rear make it easy to use one finger (of each hand) and more awkward to use your other digits then that in itself makes the device a whole lot less secure.

How many people will just take the easy route and use the most convienent finger? Just as bad as making your login password 123456?

worth thinking about perhaps?

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Re: I'd happily own a phone

Selfies is what photography is all about these days.

Apparently more selfies are taken than the total sum of ALL other types of picture( and posted on the internet)

Can't see the point of them myself and I've seen people put themselves in real danger to get that extra special 'this is me' shot.

For example, standing on a bridge just a few feet from a Bison who was sheperding her calf across the bridge. Stupidity if not a death wish...

FaceId is a non starter for anyone who wears safety gear on their heads especially crash helmets.

I shall stick with my positively ancient but perfectly functioning iPhone 6s(bought from a 'fanboi' who had to have the latest iDevice). TouchId works find for me.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Auto auto fleets to dodge British potholes in future

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Re: Pothole reporting

is a total and absolute waste of time.

I regularly see yellow or red or white paint marking road defects yet bugger all is done about it.

The defect marking is obviously used by the responsible council/authority to say, 'we know about this' and that is as far as it goes.

My road is just repairs upon repairs upon repairs. The newest ones are the ones that go to crap the quickest.

Then there is all that anti-skid surface that flakes off after a couple of years.

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Archive of 1.4 BEEELLION credentials in clear text found in dark web archive

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Re: Has an analysis of the types of accounts been done?

A lot depends upon the level of obfuscation you give to the username you are creating

for example

RocketMan@eltonj.com

or

SlowMotion@man.co..uk

are low levels on obfucation

and

TR6DBP966G@gmail.com

Is a higher level.

But easy for you to remember if you had a Triumph TR6 with the registration number DBP966G

and finally

Df_Rg!Th$Y&jU@hotmail.com

is higher still but pretty well impossible for a human to remember so it gets written down somewhere... Doh!

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Google's Project Zero reveals Apple jailbreak exploit

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Re: Ian Beer

This must be a 'Bitter' pille for Apple to swallow

but there is no doubt that Mr Beer is a 'stout' fellow

Mines the one with a hip flash containing a hot toddy, perfect for a cold day like today

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Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report

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Did Apple mix up Shazam and Spotify?

Possibly....

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Language bugs infest downstream software, fuzzer finds

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but... will anyone learn from this?

and include all these tests (and more) into the regression testing of these tools before they are released?

What? They don't do regression testing!

Facepalm.

TBH, it seems like the pressure on developers to release before it is ready is having an impact on all of us.

Once upon a time I was able to properly test my code before it got anywhere near the users.

Now with all these automated testing tools and test cases and all the rest, have we actually improved the quality of what gets shoved out the door?

There are days (like today when I look out at the snow covered landscape) when I really have my doubts.

On the bright side, adopting the mythical DevOps will fix it all and we will be happy bunnies :wink:

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Hitchcock cameo steals opening of Oracle v Google Java spat

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RE : @Dan 55

There will no doubt be be lawyers supposedly representing the estates of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage preparing to sue the whole IT Industry into oblivion for serial copyright violations.

I'm sure that they will find a way to link the difference engine to everything we do in IT today and then to claim the fights to everything that came after it.

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Oracle Enrichment

Larry needs the money for that Island - Maui perhaps?

Then add a white cat and ...

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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Re: Beaverton

Was (or maybe still is) the home of Tektronix. Made pretty good scopes back in the day.

But, I do have to agree with you about the Polis there. Very agressive especially to people driving out of state tagged cars.

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It's a decade since DevOps became a 'thing' – and people still don't know what it means

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Re: traditionally by creating VMs in AWS.

And before AWS, the world didn't exist?

Seriously, what did we do before AWS/Azure?

BC seems to mean Before Cloud to an awful lot of peole these days.

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Looking through walls, now easier than ever

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Seeing through walls

Hang the snoopers, this is sure to be top of the Crimble list for break-in artistes.

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Sky regulators brace for MEEELLIONS of Xmas toy drone sales

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Re: Hope?

the aviation regulator hopes new dronies will read and obey the law of the skies.

There is as much chance of that happening as their is of the big man in red fitting through the non existant chimney at my place. i.e. Zero.

Then in other news, sales of BB Guns have soared.

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DXC Technologies UK boss QUITS

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Will the last one to leave

please use your golden redunadancy package to pay all the bills.

What? No golden redundancy package?

DXC is as getting about as toxic as asbestos.

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Facebook Messenger ... for who now? Zuck points his digital crack at ever younger kids

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Re: As a childless curmudgeon.

Saturday morning Pictures!

Have an upvote for that.

Then in the summer holidays we build camps. Both underground and up trees. No real Adult supervision or Hinder & Stop in those days. The most common injury was treading on a nail. Never mind, the Hospital was just a few hundred hops away along town Barn Road.

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Microsoft adds nothing to new Semi-Annual Windows Server preview

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Re: Amstrads 'card that sounds like a fan'.

Amstrads 'card that sounds like a fan with great dollops of shite hitting it'

There fixed it for you.

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Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit

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Re: Farking FTP!

Yuo are obviously not 'on message'. Cloud is where it is at. All the young hipsters (not all iPhone owning) think that the only storage is 'Cloud' based. Local Storage is so uncool and like.... so 1990's. Man didn't you know that went out with the ark (or the 8-bit CPU).

:) :)

I do not use any cloud service for storage. It is just not secure IMHO.

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Re: A little OTT

You can use anything that can stream MJPEG or FFMPEG to record the output.

until the next firmware update removes that option.

/s

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Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

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What planet are QC on?

Well, QC are AFAIK, based in San Diego which is almost as far south in Southern California you can get.

Most of CA is so divorced from the real world that is scares me almost as much as the current POTUS.

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VMware UK boss quits 'suddenly' – sources

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Don't worry Mr Phull

We'll all be joining you soon. All the UK IT Jobs will be done by:-

1) AI Systems

2) Robots

3) Gone to S. Asia.

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How very dare you, Qualcomm snarls at Broadcom's board bid

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Interesting move

I get the feeling that this move by Broadcom means that the case has a long way to run.

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Damian Green: Not only my workstation – mystery pr0n all over Parliamentary PCs

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Re: "I'll just pop into my boss' office...

What else do you expect that your PHB does all day? Actual work? /s /s /s

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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

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Re: Bird Strike

The one I witnessed was in late 1977 at Dunsfold Aerodrome.

An HS125 was taking off with some Chinese VIP's on board. It flew into a flock of birds at about 20ft above the ground. Both engines flamed out. The pilot got the gear up and bellyflopped.

The plane went over the A281 and took the top off a passing car. The driver and passengers was the wife and children (plus others) of a pilot who was in the control tower at the time.

Everyone on the plane escaped with minor injuries at most.

https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19751120-1

I was working there at the time.

Is that good enough for you?

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But did they test for....

454gr of C4 attached to the Drone when it gets sucked into the engines?

Sorry but anything man made getting into the way of an Aircraft is not going to end nicely.

IT is bad enough with birds. I witnessed a bird strike take out an aircraft just as it took off. Not something you forget in a hurry.

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French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

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Re: I'd like to know...

Well, they would not want their every movement tracked by Google now would they? /s

Yes I know that there are some alternatives but for the average punter it is a straight choice between Android or IOS devices. Rocks and Hard Places perhaps?

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But which Tax are we talking about?

Property Taxes (rates etc)?

Income Tax (and N.I)?

VAT on goods sold

or

just

Corporation Tax?

Difficult to avoid the first two no matter how many shell companies are used.

VAT has some scope for Fraud by moving it between jurisdictions (remember Google and where their 'orders' were completed, in Ireland even though the sale was in the UK)

With Corporation Tax there is the greatest scope for avoidance which is legal as opposed to evasion which is not.

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No 2017 bonus for you, HPE tells employees

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HPE Bosses

Will probably still get their stock options so all is well at the 'C' level. /s

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AI hype surge numbers, robo-radiologists, Apple voxels, and lots more

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Re: I've seen this before

Quote

If the elite could get rid of the population and still have all of their perks, do you think they would?

As predicted by Asimov. The elites (just a few) lived their lives in almost total physical isolation with all their needs taken care of by Robots.

Probalby only need around 10K people for the whole planet.

For most of us, we are no nonger needed and are surplus to requirements. When the elites decide that it is time, we, the plebs will be truly doomed.

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Oracle rival chides UK councils for pricey database indulgence

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Pirate

What Oracle does today

the rest will do tomorrow. (some are already doing this)

Oracle do seem to be the most agressive and expert at pissing customers off.

Either pay up or get shafted some other way.

Don't even threat to move to someone else. They'll keep sending the bills anyway.

As a former Oracle DBA (the shame of it... but it was in the 7.3 days) I'd like to use a 'finger' icon but the pirate will have to do instead.

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What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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Re: Guess I'm screwed

Your situation is a known problem.

There are chargers that fit in a lampost.

However, many supermarkets, shopping malls and petrole stations already have Charging points. Some are actually 'Open' i.e. Free Charging points.

Liverpool is doing something about it

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/29/liverpool-england-install-100-ev-charge-points-introduce-anti-idling-pilot-scheme-create-clean-air-zone-bid-cut-air-pollution/

zap-map has a pretty uptodate map of UK Charging points.

You might be surprised at how many are in your area.

Sadly there are some virtual deserts. East angia is IMHO very badly served by CP's.

This will improve over time.

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Hybrids

are an interim step.

In 5-6 years there won't be any new Hybrids coming to market.[1]

300miles per charge will the norm as will charging to 80% in 30 minutes (as with Tesla at the moment)

[1] I see a role for Hybrids for a while and that is when you are towing. Towing hits your range dramatically but as most of us don't do that on a daily basis it really does not matter that much.

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Re: Which day???

The tickets say Tuesday 30th January 2018

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If you want to see what's happening with Electric Vehicles

Then this is a good place to start

http://www.fullychargedshow.co.uk/

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Apple and Qualcomm become best pals... lol jk the sueballs keep flying

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Interesting move

I wonder if this is a move by Apple to get the customers of the Snapdragon SOC's to put pressure on QC to settle. After all these customers don't want their SOC supply cut off now do they?

Either way, a plague on both their camps.

Paris because she'd give both of them a handbagging.

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Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

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Re: ROFL

but I've got some ocean front property in New Mexico USA that would allow both Polar and Equatorial launches.

New Mexico Ocean Front? Lovely. I've got a bridge for sale. Would look good in the Ocean...

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Re: Vested Interests

Makes a bit of a change from NIMBYism...

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Re: ultra rich 0.01%

With a Trump Hotel just down the road, is there any chance we can get him to stand right by the rocket for a selfie as it takes off?

After the re-tweets today, his time in the oval office has to be coming to an end? Please...

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Hacked Brit shipping giant Clarksons: A person may release some of our data today

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Re: Hacked Brit shipping giant Clarksons

Perfect for covering the dart board.

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

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Essentially a Java phone!

Thank you very much say the Oracle Lawyers.

Ok Google, wanna settle?

That one POV.

But honestly, this mess does nees sorting out. This may be a step forward but only if the makers get on board. I wonder how this will go down in China and umpteen dozen real cheapo makers who all want to be the next Xaomi etc?

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SpaceX 'raises' an extra 100 million bucks to get His Muskiness to Mars

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Please keep going

as long as you make sure that Trump, Putin, May and Kim Jong are all on the first flight.

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Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

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re: Reliabity and Worth (of the truck)

That's why it appears that Tesla is going to start using them to haul parts from the Giga Factory (in Sparks, near Reno Nevada) to their production lines in Freemont, California.

Do that for 6-12 months and there will be a wealth of data about the running costs and total life costs for the trucks.

Setting up Charging points around the USA will be problematic due to the power requirements especially in cities. The last thing Tesla needs is for a brown out to happen when a truck is plugged in to charge.

I'm more interested in the fantastic new battery tech that will be used in the Truck and the Roadster.

If (and it is a big one) they can pack 200KWh of battery into the new roadster then any concerns about range and 'range anxiety' should surely go out of the window.

Only time will tell though.

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China plots new Great Leap Forward: to IPv6

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Re: There is 'Truth', 'Lies', and ROFL

Well Said. Those were the words I was searching for.

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There is 'Truth', 'Lies', and ROFL

I think the Russians has the right word for this claim about IPv6

Pravada

No Russian outside other than the members of the Communist Party believed a word that was printed in it.

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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

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Re: Donald Jr vs Ivanka

Shouldn't this be

Trumps vs Karhasians?

After all both families get high on media exposure.

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UK emergency crews get 4G smartmobes as monkeys attempt to emerge from Reg's butt

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Network Congestion

As well as New Years Eve, any time there is a major incident the mobile networks in the area of the incident get choked with lots of people

- Telling loved ones they are ok even if they are a mile away from it.

- Streaming footage of it to FB youTube etc (???)

- Posting on Social Media endless chatter about what is going on and getting in the way of the Emergency Services.

Some of the Mobile use is justified but TBH, I am worried about congestion issues. The last thing we want is for people to die because the right actions could not be taken because of the Social Media generation.

If the Emergency Services/Security Services devices have proper priority at time like this then great. It might be nice for someone to put on a demonstration proving this.

This would also stop the mass of complaints from users when they can;t use the network at times like this (nah, who am I kidding... It is all about me, me,me and now, now, now)

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners

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Re: HP who?

Don't you mean H.P. Lovecraft?

Coat with a copy of the Raven in the pocket.

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

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Re: that singing one with the chairs

That went to ITV.

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Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

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Re: £300 refurbished? You've been ripped off.

You could buy secondhand.

Only today, I passed a shop offering the same price (up to) for an iPhone SE as a Galaxy 6.

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