165 posts • joined 12 Aug 2016
Re: How is the warning transmitted to phones?
"I’m just curious as to how the warning is transmitted to phones."
In some smartphones, there's a setting for Government Alerts (iphone) and Cell Broadcast (android). For iPhone, it includes AMBER alerts and Emergency Alert. For android, includes, presidential alerts, extreme threats, ETWS test broadcasts, AMBER alerts, channel 50 (for Brazil), and channel 60 (for India).
That's how the "Ballistic Missile" message was broadcasted.
Re: UI design 101
"Brother of a friend of mine was in Honolulu on vacation when this hit. He said his brother (who happens to a software engineer) immediately assumed it was a false alarm, and convinced his wife to stay on the beach while everyone else was panicking and trying to find shelter."
Oddly and disregarding whether or not the alarm was real or false, convinced his wife to stay "on the beach" could actually saved her life when it does happen. This is especially true when shelters are too far in reach (for 5-15min time) or are much closer inland.
The operation of a single shot missile often cannot afforded missing their target. Thus in a matter of statistic, well targeted missile has a high probability of aiming at the middle of the target (in this case the island), areas of high populations (likely closer inland), and/or the location of a main city (also closer inland) . Thus, staying furthest from the middle of the island means you have a higher probability of not getting near the missile target range. This in return means you could have avoided most of the initial shockwave blast, the fireball from the nuclear explosion and the initial radiation (deadly within two miles from the blast).
So if you thought it was real but stayed there, and you also didn't waste time staring at the light show while started taking cover on the beach, you might really survive it.
Re: You might use this to control a radio
"But you'd have to sit very still to continue listening to the same channel."
And avoid having dirty thoughts when staring at your friendly neighbor jogging down the street. You wouldn't want the radio to do any "unintended broadcasting".
Re: Dazed and confused
"Why would Auntie want to fire up a box next to and the size of a microwave to check her recipe for [black]/[bread] pudding?"
Because she's cooking black box pudding.
"Why would Grannie want to struggle with a box next to and the size of a dishwasher to email little Johnnie and Joanie?"
Because a box was in the way.
I'll walk myself out with my box.
Re: everyone replaces their PCs
I didn't downvote you, but here's the thing.
@Tikimon ... I assume you aren't using an Android or iOS device for your mobile communications
Just because one does it, doesn't mean it excuse the others from doing. Also since windows did not have those 'features' before Windows 10 comparing to mobile devices which had it from the start, the users will see a bigger differences.
When properly configured, Windows 10 doesn't leak any more information than Windows 7
Well yes until you update it. Which from a number of people, it resets some/all your settings while adding new settings, making you redo every configuration. Unless you hope someone out there script it for you, you'll have to manually configure/ script the settings for every new update. Microsoft did this on purpose (they are effectively a reinstall/update which is easier on them when without the QA), and the power users / admins are getting sick of it.
In fact, there controls in the latest version of Windows 10 are even more controllable than under Windows 7. You can allow / disallow specific applications access
APPS, allow / disallow specific APPS. This doesn't work with 'programs' because they're not sandboxed. Consider plenty of users still use only 'programs' and not apps (which also not available on Windows 7), you'll still need the tape.
Re: Android privacy? Is that new?
"Tin foil hat?"
No, it's just real time phoning home. Get a network monitor app (net monitor [privacy friendly], etc.) and you'll see a long list of connections going out.
Anyone who cares for a little privacy with their android-based phone would have a firewall (NetGuard, NoRoot Firewall, etc) just to give themselves some control over their device.
Working as intended
This video by Logan was posted more than a week ago and removed a day after he posted it. The viewers reacted by unsubscribing, the creator apologized for his mistake. It is content decided by the wallet. Youtube in that case is working as intended.
However if youtube voting/liking system can be used to flag videos, that would be an improvement.
Re: Anyone know of anyone who specialises in Bitcoin property sales in the UK?
"Someone has asked me to sell his commecial property for bitcoin, bit of a surprise request because I don't do this at all. How exactly I'd accomplish this task, I have no idea, also would rather not have the grief to be utterly honest. He's got a mortgage he's paying on it, freehold property."
You could just tell him you'll sell the property, but he has to buy the bitcoin online (on exchange, etc), leaving you out of the mess.
(Kids get taught simple math like 1 + 1 , why aren't they taught simple "life skills" somewhere/somehow?
It's because both the teachers, the parents and most adults haven't learned them / know them yet.
Re: Wired article
It feels like cloudflare might hire them at one point. Their interest in computers, internet, DDoS, and DDoS migration feels like the type that will be useful to cloudflare.
Re: I've, umm... done most of that stuff
"Are you trying trash the sever ? if no then you are OK."
Well if you physically try to put the server into the trash bin, surely that's not ok... for the trash bin.
I'll walk myself out. icon ->
Re: Saw it coming, just didn't care.
As for SD card... I can't go there with you. It feels too much like saying you want a floppy drive on an internet connected device. 256GB on phones these days... Do you really need more?
This really isn't a question you should be asking since it seems you use iPhone only. So you've already compensated for it. But for android devices similar to a pc, the real argument is the difference between only one internal soldered storage vs an additional removable storage. If I use the floppy drive logic, it will be only one internal soldered floppy drive vs an additional removable floppy drive.
A removable medium will always have these benefits.
Case 1, flexibility in file transfer. Let's try transferring 256GB of files to your phone. Let's go with the cable, darn now you can't use your phone for 1-3hrs unless you wait near the pc. Let's try with the cloud, what? that's 3-7hrs of waiting near a wifi or I get a +$500 bill on my data bill. Oh wait, you have an sd card? Transfer your files to the sd card, then come back when it's ready. You gain the freedom to use your phone without waiting.
Case 2, secondary backup. Oops you broke your phone after taking a long day worth of photos in the rural area with no data signal. Now you can't turn it on. At least you still have your last cloud data backup. Oh wait, you saved the photos on the sd card? Great, it'll still be in there. Just plug it in to your pc and all your photos will still be there.
Case 3, the ability to upgrade. 256GB phone meet my quadruplet (4x) 256GB media collection sd cards. Wait, 512GB sd cards are finally out? Buy, insert, upgrade. You can never have too much space, only too little. (ok ok this one is extreme. not all phone support 512GB, but the users get to decide at least)
Re: Simple solution
just mandate that all drones must be shaped like pigeons
along with the feature, droppings delivery.
Re: let me guess
"To be a software engineer you need to have graduated from a 4yr accredited engineering program."
No, you'll still just be "a college grad from an engineering program".
Software Engineer itself is just a proud title, like any other titles like "Artist", "Manager", "Programmer", "creator", "writer", etc. They are given by person / people/ company to look better commercial, because there are no governments in this world who can create license/certificate for software engineering before they are outdated. Their xp machines are kind of self explanatory.
Back to topic, the whole Oregon State thing was just overreaching especially when stating "Engineer" is just a plain title. He didn't state the specific "Swedish electronics engineer", "Qualified Engineer", "Professional Engineer", "Licensed Engineer" or "Practicing Engineer" and got the practicing unlicensed engineering fine. Screw them for being an a***hole.
Re: when you like what you do...
"well, when you LIKE what you do, spending long hours doing it comes naturally."
This.Is.Japan, not the UK or other western countries. They have the old company culture where you work in the same company from day to night (6?am - 12am) until you retire (they call them salary-man).
It is the cultural norm for them to work long-hours as a representation of company loyalty, and hardworking for the family. Except that's really F*** up when you literally don't have any time for anything, including the family part. Heck, if they even have a family or any kid at all. There's a reason why Japan's population growth is dropping as one of the fastest. Their spending of long hours in office is not nature. Their employees are not happy, their productivity isn't any better for their company, it should be stopped.
Also there is no "owning their own businesses" when they culturally have to be loyal to their company.
"hard work and dedication does deserve a reward" but this is Japan, they would be lucky to even be able to ask their boss for "a reward" when everyone else likely did it without a reward.
Re: Knowing Microsoft
They are features! not bugs!
Re: I tend to stick
"after the car is returned with no such damage."
Always if not often you should try this. Buy the second tier car insurance above no insurance (or the one where you pay a small sum if there's any damage) on top of any insurance you already have. For some 'greedy" reason, those car rental company no longer charging extra when there's no damage. Just "maybe" it's because they can't earn as much with the car insurance in place compare to no insurance.
Also, do take pictures (especially existing dents) of the car right before driving out for your record in case they do charge you for unknown "dents".
"If it wasn't for the fact that my current Huawei, nearly 3 years old, still really performs well for me, I might have considered this. Suffice to say that buying a replacement Huawei is a no-no for me because of the EMUI (aka "Hi! I'm an iPhone!") interface, the only downer here (yet again) is the sodding sealed battery!"
Re: But google insist!
"When we can configure an android device with the same preferred applications we use elsewhere and NOT be forced down googles choice because you can't remove them ... but then it would be nice if say Firefox ran on android device without crashing when one ends up on a google search page"
Yes there are a lot apps that needed google play services and some cannot finish loading up without google stuff, but Firefox isn't one. Firefox for android works without google services, and works searching with google. May I suggest you to reinstall Firefox? if not please do file a crash report.
Re: A Serious Contender
I want to buy a phone outright (ie: not on contract) with as close a stock Android experience as possible that has decent specs and will be properly supported with updates etc. long term. Shenzen Generics are a better proposition in terms of cost and for a less bloated OS of course but I don't want a phone from a company from a country that is subject to laws that have caused the likes of
You have your point, but do keep the facts intact. Shenzen Generics phone you buy (should you buy) often come in at least two versions, one for china, one for international. Where the china version is the one subject to china laws (no google) while the other isn't. However neither one of them comes with less bloated OS, just like most Android-based device. Nokia here frankly is an exception (no bloat, stock Android, stock gapps, maybe some updates?, sd card, headphone jack).
"Now add the word unlimited to the front of any of those expressions"
Unlimited free Windows 10!?!? Wow what a deal!
I wouldn't call sudoku an exercise for "complex reasoning", since you can't reason with sudoku to get a solution (It'll defeat you with complex logic).
Re: Google could help a lot
Sure, Windows can be installed on many different pieces of hardware but you can't swap a drive with an active Windows install between PCs. That's what the article claims is now possible with Android, where an identical OS load can be booted on multiple different types of hardware.
You mean swapping a windows installed hard drive to complete new hardware? You can do that for Windows, it's just all your drivers will be mess up and you might lose your windows license for oem home/pro grades. You can do that with Linux and macOS too. Mobile OS's are the ones you can't do that, because iOS started as devices specific and android copied that.
Though I have to think even they do that the OEMs still have to distribute it.
The article sourced xda-developers where the devs said they were able to get Android 8 rom working. In another word with treble, xda-developers can also distribute it.
The better Android gets at updates the more problems there will be, simply because software updates are never perfect.
At least you'll get a choice instead of no updates at all.
Re: We have containers, we have DevOps, we have the cloud and we have the iPhone X
"We have containers, we have DevOps, we have the cloud and we have the iPhone X. What more innovation could we possibly handle?"
Laser sharks in a sharknado with flying cars and hover-board in light speed!
Insanity Innovation at its best.
Researcher turned down a $30,000 bug bounty
and from the linked source, JDI didn't really do anything for him except for blaming him with colorful words. The two developers were not related to the person who sent Kevin the offensive letter ('we can sue you with computer misuse act, etc' letter) which caused Kevin to turn against JDI.
So loads of garbage and cutting it short, JDI is still the same piece of sh*t.
And the really, really Really Crazy ones pick the next digit from pi as their next number. Let's see, last time I used the 10^-235 digit, time to use the 10^-236 digit!
Re: Sometimes you can't have it both ways...
"But what about the time in which the bug got discovered and the moment of implementing the actual fix? That's the moment when a system will be vulnerable, and a security hardening might be capable of preventing further damage from taking place if an attack were to occur."
I think it's more to the point that linux shouldn't dictate the user choices (not like Windows 10 force update). If you do want a security harden whatever, you sandbox it under your control to avoid damage. But if another user who just want X program to work, he/she should still be able to get X program work regardless of security.
Some users here are sysadmin, which explains the bias. It is common to think as sysadmin, you want to secure your system as much as possible.
But in reality, you did a lot of work to balance the line of being secured but breaks something or being not secured but it will still works. You test patches ahead to avoid breaking the userspace all the time. You did it because you wanted the control.
Now imagine you don't have control and linux decides for you, your team and your company, breaking a lot of user programs. That probably isn't good for you, and linus thinks so too.
edit: we're talking about the enhance hardening from the security guy (explained in another article), which he explained it like a sandbox, but the problem is it would stop the processes with the vulnerability which means it can break user software.
"So instead of voting this down, look at where people are heading: It's cloud this, and cloud that so we might as well embrace it - it works!"
Until they travel, then we all laugh at their very expensive data roaming bill or their now not so smart smartphone with nothing to stream from cloud.
"The only way forward is to progress and if that means binning your ten year old piece of crap, then so be it."
But you are ten+ years old, right?
Ba dum tss
Re: Water Resistance
Maybe it's just me, but common sense (aka elementary school science class material) is you don't put electronic into water. It's because it'll short circuit when touched by water, and you'll get electrocuted if you touch it too.
So, it's common sense that you shouldn't expect electronic to be waterproof even if it says waterproof and you should avoid using electronic near water. So same goes for a regular phone and a smartphone. The exception is electronic that is designed from the start to be on water like a boat. This reminded me of this Darwin award.
Also water resistance is just resistance to getting a little wet like a spill, which is completely different from dropping into a pool.
Re: So Close!
"When phones only had 4 or 8GB of storage, an SD card would be a 'must have' feature. However, in these days of phones with 128GB storage, it isn't as crucial to as many people"
The SD card surely had its benefit when the phone memory is low (4 or 8 GB), but today it still serves as an alternative to local backups and quick data transfer. Imagine you had a 100+ videos collection at close to 128GB, using cloud backup restore or even phone wire to transfer the data will feel like age. But with an SD card, you can transfer to the SD card while you use your phone and plug it in when it's ready. Of course in reality it will be less than 128GB, but you get the idea.
"Some apps will by default store to an SD card, but if the card is removed"
I can't say for sure but I haven't see apps auto move to SD card for some time with newer android, but back in the days of early android it does that for some branded device with low storage. If it does happens now a day, a simple fix is to install the app without the sd card and insert the sd card back later.
"In WhatsApp this makes some data permanently unavailable"
You might want to look for the Whatsapp folder and backup everything there. If you done it right, you should now have a backup of a folder called Databases with some whatspp message files, and a backup of a folder called Media with all your whatsapp documents / photos. If you reinstall the WhatsApp app with the whatspp message files in the right location, your messages should return back to the way it was with your 'data' available.
The SD at most would break the WhatsApp app but not the backups, unless WhatsApp never created a single message backup by itself.
Re: Linus Torvalds is not a Security Expert
"If you have a compromised Kernel, it needs to die, the moment you allow potentially suspicious code to run at the kernel level it is already game over."
Introducing the Windows 10 auto-updates! Where it just updates anytime anywhere as long as MS says so. Using your Windows for analysis? Windows Update! Using your Windows for overnight work? Windows Update! Using your Windows for online game? Windows Update!
you can almost not feel the heat from the users' complaints. /s
Re: Did Google implemented it on its servers to test it fully and at scale?
"Does Google actually have fanboys? I thought it only had
victims products, i.e. those who have given up and surrendered to the almighty Google overlords."
Are you one of Google's product yet?
Re: F-ck Digital
"I've always worked on the assumption that there is no privacy on the net, and no secrecy. As long as you operate on that basis there isn't really a problem. There's no privacy or secrecy in a busy restaurant or crowded pub either, and it doesn't stop us using them."
I agree mostly the main point, just not the whole point. I always work on the assumption that there is no privacy on the net, but I keep operating on the basis that it is a problem that I should know. It keeps me on my toes that one day everyone/ someone would know everything about it including who said/did it if I said/did it on the net (or in a restaurant where the waitress overhear it).
This is why in the public, I usually say whatever public topic proudly to the point that people on the next table would all give weird looks at me.
Re: Who cares?
"Surprisingly I can call people on it. "
Smartphones can be used to call people?
Re: Yawn - another (boring) "is this news" comment.
"This counts as a comment?
Poster reads story, doesn't find it interesting, posts boring "this isn't news" comment.
Rinse and repeat, just replace one ac with a different ac, or maybe the same one, who can tell?
Is there so little to do? Don't the commenters get bored with publishing the same stuff over and over and over?"
Oh No! the AC created an infinite AC recursion! Quick! Somebody exit the loop bef
Should have Done it Years ago
since the mobile race.
Windows 7 had xp mode integration for software compatibility to bridge those from windows xp.
Windows RT should have the x86 emulator for software compatibility to bridge those from x86 windows.
But since it didn't, no one really came use them.
Root and no root
When you get free apk to root device, they get raged at for backdoor and insecure.
When you don't get root access, they get raged at for uninstallable bloatware.
Just to say, most one click root aim at loopholes to root their devices. So this could potentially make those users who wanted rooted device harder to get root. Not saying the researchers reporting this is bad, but they should have posted it privately and not on twitter. Now all those root loving power-users know who to hate. icon->
Re: reg getting boring...
"I don't know if the reg is just getting older with its reader demographic, but i'm with those here getting annoyed with the luddite thinking. There is no evidence that Alexa is "spying".
Umm, read before you post?
Quoted "Earlier this year, American police forced Amazon to hand over recordings from an Alexa mic as part of a murder investigation." and "Amazon initially resisted the warrant". Both highlight there's something Amazon got from Alexa, otherwise there's nothing to resist because they've got nothing to hide.
If that's not enough, think in technical. How does Alexa know your voice? How does Alexa know what you said? Both of which need voice analysis software. If it's not done in the local device, then it's done on someone else's device. It's even stated on the wiki that they use Amazon Web Services.
To verify, it is simple. Turn off internet. Can it still recognize your command? No? you got spied.
Re: Oh, look, parents are passing the buck again...
"The world we live in now is not all about toys, dolls and board games so guess what? kids like to use tablets and phones. As a parent how would you tell your child they can't use them even though all their friends are?"
Yes I would tell them they can't use them, and sucks to be them. see icon ->
For real? What kind of first world problem is this? Third world countries can't even afford tablets / phones for every kids in the room, and yet they still raised kids. It's your money, your savings. You have the say.
I know I am being mean, but if they really want it I would make them work for it. Let them help you mow the lawn, wash your car, clean the floor, fold the cloths, or prepare the dinner. It's a much better child
labor development than giving to them for free. Not to mention, it gives them a feel of responsibility, product value and minimum wage.
Oh wait your kids are <6 years old and can't do any work?... Sucks to be them.
" I have two young children 4 and 6... kids like mine they just re-enable it even though I've never let them see me disable it. I know, lets go one up and install an app lock, sure I'm getting smug now thinking, "get round that you smart arses", what happens next? Oh they just boot the tablet into safe mode."
4 and 6 years old yet they can do that without being taught? Give them a computer quick! They will surely become the next technology founders very soon.
The minimum requirements
"There will be an emergency stop button for a passenger to hit, just in case."
They should also include an emergency physical handbrake, just in case the software stop button bugged out.
algorithm as microwaves, automobiles, and lights?
Seems like their engineers were not well educated. Microwaves, automobiles, and lights operation and fundamental concept were taught in elementary school to high school, from classes, to kids books, to school projects.
So if google's algorithm is the same, then surely some of its concept and operation will need to be taught in school. Oh wait they were trying to be secretive?
Re: I think I might have AI
"Daily miss-identification of objects are so common I seldom notice the mental correction later on."
And you know you have a problem when the guacamole scratches your face!
Disregard the scratching, I think the bigger problem is him/her trying to eat the guacamole.
Re: Dear Motorola
"Dear Reg readers... is there ANY brand of <200quid phones that actually provides long term (> 2year) patch support?"
Any phone officially supported by lineageOS will likely have longer term patch support. In terms of <200quid phone, there are a number of brands that have phones at that price like asus, sony, LG, xiaomi, etc. It'll be better to search it yourself. If you can't decide, start searching from their second to first recent released phone.
"Or, put another way, what are the chances of me ending up with a non-bricked, fully-functional phone if I try installing lineageOS on it?"
If you picked a phone from the lineageOS official support list, then you'll have the highest chance of getting a non-bricked near fully-functional lineageOS rom. Otherwise, if you find your phone under xda-developers with threads of users tested the rom, then you'll have the second highest chance of getting a non-bricked near fully-functional lineageOS / custom rom. If you search around and only found one thread, a video or a website with a lineageOS / custom rom link, unless it gave you clear instruction, it'll have the lowest chance of not bricking your phone OS (if you didn't physically break the phone, you can reflash and try another rom).
*near fully-functional because some developers will tell you some roms have known-issues.
Since it sounds like you haven't flashed a lineageOS before, here are a few key tips if you are interested in flashing lineageOS / custom rom.
- Unlock bootloader - Most OEM locks your phone so your phone can only install their rom. Unlocking it is required to install lineageOS and other custom rom. Different phone has different ways to unlock them. Search them first.
- Phone driver - some phones require specific driver to be recognized by a PC before installing/ booting a custom recovery. Some phones may need it. Search them next.
- Custom recovery - this is a different recovery from the OEM recovery, and it let's you wipe your phone and flash your firmware, lineageOS rom, root manager, and gapps. One known custom recovery is twrp recovery. Search for the device specific custom recovery should it be required.
- rooting - this is to get admin right of phone. LineageOS should now come with it, but you'll need a "root manager" like Magisk to manager your apps for root. Most root manager needs to be flash in custom recovery and some need the apk installed afterward for it to work.
- gapps - this is a google apps bundle. The bundle is device cpu specific and will not flash if you downloaded the wrong one. The bare minimum is gapps pico. This is optional for lineageOS but you might need it if you use google apps and apps that dependent on google api.
- backups - if you haven't backed up before flashing lineageOS, well... do it now. Google backup only goes so far in terms of phone backup, so do test the backups before wiping the phone.
tl;dr research lineageOS rom ahead to ensure no phone brick.
"As an Apple user A☐ belA☐eve that A☐ A☐s an overrated letter anyway. No need for A☐t. Excellent work, Apple."
Re: Double negative
"deny via Twitter that Facebook eavesdrops on users"
because posting it on Facebook will end up on Facebook's eavesdrops database. Better to post it on Twitter instead.
Chemistry student used keystroke-logging
"Degrees are also usually rescinded"
That's ok, because he was clearly in the wrong major. There's no chemistry in computer science.
Re: Vapourous clouds
"""the cloud" is just someone else's computer."
While of course technically that is true... Google's architecture is space age. Gmail for instance encrypts and shards the database for your email across hundreds of servers across multiple geographically dispersed data centers. Your computer doesn't do that."
Data centers are still computers. Also you don't own it, it's not yours. So it's still "just someone else's computer".
Re: If I am not driving, then I am not responsible for failure to follow road rules.
While I agree that if it's self-driven then it is not the "passenger's" responsible (because you're not the driver anymore), I do feel that both the Parliament and the manufacturers are responsible for these road rules.
Even today, speed signs and roadway are changed with little to no informer. It's like " It was on display at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying beware of the leopard." The parliament should be fully responsible for informing this. The manufacturers, on the other hand, should be fully responsible for updating their cars up to whatever new road rules they were informed. This means no more 'reading' speed limit, especially for self-drive car.
With the car insurers, the whole event really isn't up to them to decide. Asking them to pay for speed tickets was kind of pointless where there should be no speed tickets for self-drive car. In fact, we might not have the same owner car insurance anymore with self-drive car. Instead, there will be new extended manufactures warranty for the manufacturers, and smaller damage insurance for self-made car damage.
It will be kind of like buying an iPhone. If there's a problem due to manufacture, apple pays for and gives you a new one. If you dropped the iPhone and broke the screen however, you then have to use apple care to repair the damage.