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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

DavidRawling Re:First world problems. (555 comments)

Look I know it's a tiny thing, and I'm in the "don't like U2 so might have been annoyed" camp. But at least some of the reasoning behind the annoyance is that this has hit a stack of data caps / data plans on mobile devices. "It's only 100MB" you say. But if that's 1/5th your monthly data and you only had 30MB left on the last 2 days of your month - now you have a bill thanks to Apple. And where does it stop? "Here's your free 100MB download" is a possible annoyance or a great thing once. It's a royal PITA for lots of people if it starts being every month or week. Or what if it was a 1GB movie instead? Is that OK because the free 100MB album push was OK, and $producer paid Apple eleventy squillion bucks, and it's free so don't complain? Sorry, there's nuances here you're deliberately ignoring, and it makes your argument look like a baseless whinge.


Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

DavidRawling Re:Big improvement on Micro B (191 comments)

Oh, like you don't find on the Samsung Note 3 and Galaxy S5, you mean? Yeah no chance of seeing it on a phone.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

DavidRawling Re:OATH (113 comments)

Actually, combine the Yubikey with AuthLite, and you have 2FA for Windows AD environments. I just implemented for a customer; they use the OTP for the username and the normal password for the password. This has two benefits: first, you don't hit the arbitrary 48 character password length limit for things like VPNs (yeah - you can have a 128 character UTF16 password, just don't try to connect remotely) and secondly, there's no customisation of apps required. It Just Works.

about a month and a half ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

DavidRawling Re:WTF?? (798 comments)

I've seen comments like this a couple of times now and I have an easy way to demonstrate that bullying was (and is) illegal. I believe Aus and US law are not too far apart on this - either the bully hits the bullied, or does not. If he does, he can be found guilty of battery. If not, he can be found guilty of assault, (if the bullied person feels his safety is at risk that's technically enough).

about 4 months ago

ICANN Considers Using '' To Tackle DNS Namespace Collisions

DavidRawling Re:IPv6 should have been entrenched before TLD pro (164 comments)

Sure they do - all the major web servers and hosting platforms can use and define vhosts (it's just that the mechanism for creating them differs on each platform). IIS for example, if you create a new site, using "All IP Addresses" port 80, will require that you designate a host header so that the HTTP engine can route the request to the right Web Site (and corresponding content). All IP Addresses port 80 with an empty Host Header acts as a "catch-all" and is assigned to the Default Web Site. Which you generally disable, and create your own config for, if you know what you're doing. Apache, on the other hand, configures those vhosts in text files (nowadays under sites-enabled, as I recall). But the functionality is all there on pretty much all major platforms.

Now if you're arguing that the administrators of IIS servers are exponentially less likely to have a clue about host headers, when compared to their Apache/nginx counterparts - well then from my experience you're absolutely right (my history is MS consulting, and the number of IIS admins who want 20 IP addresses for 20 sites because they don't get how to do host headers, DNS resolution etc, cannot be counted - the reverse can be counted on both hands over 20 years of doing this stuff).

about 7 months ago

Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

DavidRawling Shades of grey, not black and white (298 comments)

No, it means anecdotal evidence is to be taken as better than no evidence whatsoever. Not everything is black and white, one side of the fence or t'other.

Consider this as a scale - Peer reviewed, multiple-source reproducible trumps anecdotal evidence, but anecdotal evidence is still better than the absence of any evidence on either side.

about 7 months ago

Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

DavidRawling Re:They will use the data in court (599 comments)

Cop 1: "He looked like he was hiding something, yer onner". When we stopped him he kept looking around and acting strangely."

Cop 2: "Yeah, yeah, wot he said."

You: "I did no such thing, your honour."

Judge: Both cops say you did, 2 trusted public officials with no reason to lie against 1 obvious reprobate, probable cause, case dismissed with prejudice.

about 8 months ago

Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

DavidRawling Re:If I ever own a Ford.... (599 comments)

Do you really think the telcos would be able to charge full monthly fees for each car despite it sending a few dozen kB a month? Most likely something like the kindle model - where I'm guessing Amazon pay the telcos 20c a month or something, because while the total data amount is huge, the amount of data per device is so small and only the aggregate so large. Same with FROD. 50M extra data streams, once a day spread country-wide? Noise to the telco's existing data streams. Frod and all the others will negotiate the rates down to SFA, they get the data, the telcos get more revenue/profit and the only loser is you, the consumer.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Remotely Deleted Tor From Windows Machines To Stop Botnet

DavidRawling Re:crashed my machine (214 comments)

Except the fuckers crashed my machine when they pushed out the update.

Citation needed, since I recall no such major outcry. Your machine is probably one of the ones with 25 browser toolbars, or ten download accelerators, or fifty outdated browser plugins, or a couple of undetected rookits etc., which is usually the reason behind a security patch "crashing your machine".

And if Windows closed the app with unsaved work, you'd be here whinging that Microsoft destroyed your work. And if you really gave a crap, you'd go in and change the Windows Update setting from "Automatically install" to "Ask me first".

Microsoft has done some seriously stupid stuff. And some bad stuff. But if you want to abuse them, at least abuse them for the stupid stuff not the sane stuff.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

DavidRawling Re:No viable upgrade path for Business Users. (829 comments)

So what you're saying is that it's Microsoft's fault your business held out for post-Win7, despite the knowledge that the end date was 2014 (and heck, that's been moved out by 2 years from the original date!). And it's also Microsoft's fault for not planning your app upgrades (what, you thought Win8 would be more compatible than Win7 for your XP apps)? Sounds to me like you think your lack of planning should constitute an emergency on my part. Bzzzzzt. Wrong. You made your bed, now you get to lie in it.

about 9 months ago

Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

DavidRawling Re:So upgrade already (829 comments)

That comment in no way changes what was said in the GP post (though for clarity, while you could still buy WinXP about 4-5 years ago you are still not a current customer). The other point to consider though is the customer (company) who has 20x WinXP machines, 100x Win7 machines and 50x Win8.1 machines. They still are a customer, obviously, but IT moves so much faster than most older industries - it's like complaining your 1955 Studebaker isn't getting new parts made any more because it's 2013, and the original moulds/specs have been lost. The only difference is that you can't even retro-fit a cloned part.

about 9 months ago

FSF Responds To Microsoft's Privacy and Encryption Announcement

DavidRawling Re:Predictable (174 comments)

Actually - that their software is open is irrelevant to the problem. Are they running their own servers with openssl/openvpn/??? or using third party appliances? Did THEY create and build the hardware from the ground up or purchase it from a third party? The balance of probabilities may say their inter-DC encryption is done on a secure, up-to-date and built-and-operated-to-best-practices RH server, but it's not a guarantee.

And just like this scenario with Microsoft, how is anyone going to audit the deployment? RH will most certainly not allow twenty million users to tour their datacentres and audit each and every device. So just like Microsoft's environment, and despite RH's code potentially being open, there is absolutely no way to vet the environment. You have to trust the organisation (and each and every person involved in the decision tree). I really don't see a significant and meaningful difference - the open code has no bearing whatsoever on what's actually running (both code-wise and configuration-wise).

about 9 months ago

RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

DavidRawling Re:What an incredibly dangerous device (549 comments)

He probably works in OH&S (Occupational Health and Safety - or your local equivalent) or at an employer who has been burned in the past and now requires every possible risk to be itemised and managed (even if it makes a project cost 300% more).

about 9 months ago

Warner Bros. Admits To Issuing Bogus Takedowns

DavidRawling Re:I'm shocked (199 comments)

I'd guess the potential killers have higher moral standards than the execs, and don't want to inflict the mental pain / sorrow on the not-guilty family members. Sadly this means the morally bankrupt studio execs can't be expunged from the gene pool.

That and there's a huge line of contenders to replace the execs anyway, all with moral compasses permanently set to "screw everyone except me".

about 10 months ago

Facebook Isn't Accepting New Posts, Likes, Comments...

DavidRawling Re:Really? .. and a concious choice not to use it (258 comments)

Think of it more like a reminder and a chance to begin the education of those who were suckered in by their friends/colleagues (and who aren't/weren't privacy-conscious to start with).

I don't have a Facebook account now because of privacy concerns. But I didn't get one originally (04-05 I guess?) because frankly I'm a bit of a loner and I couldn't think of a group of people I'd rather avoid than those with whom I went to school. Yes, I've missed out on staying connected to people with whom I'd want to continue to associate (Uni friends), but I'm not sacrificing my privacy for it now. I'd rather be detached and a little boring. It's a choice - but I hope an informed one.

about a year ago

Will New Red-Text Warnings Kill Casual Use of Java?

DavidRawling Re:That would be great - drive by malware protecti (282 comments)

True also for Dell, Intel and HP. And the KVM switch vendors (e.g. Avocent). Problem is that while they'll pay for certs for the newer stuff, they're not going to release any new firmware for the older "not supported anymore" stuff. So all those console switches in your datacentre? Worthless, unless you stick with old Java. Same for managed PDUs hosting a little Java applet. Possibly even some rather large web-managed UPS. Same for thousands upon thousands of other supporting appliances of God-knows how many types. Heck, there are companies still rocking servers that are 4, 5 years old; those aren't getting updates to sign the Java applet either, let alone the 10 year old stuff that still hosts the NT4 app that no-one knows how to replace or migrate.

So basically this is going to force companies to replace perfectly good infrastructure or deal with losing remote access to things, as well as screw with hobbyists who have older stuff in their basement/garage/closet/bedroom.

about a year ago

"Jekyll" Test Attack Sneaks Through Apple App Store, Wreaks Havoc

DavidRawling Re:I call bullshit on "unaware" claims (206 comments)

I don't see them actually claim that anywhere and their paper is not out yet.

The GP included a direct link to the paper, and you blindly state that it's not out!? I know it's fashionable to comment fast and defend the almighty Apple, but you might try more reading comprehension first.

The quote from the paper is on page 566 (remember this paper forms part of a greater work, and therefore the page numbers are a little strange) just above Figure 9. (I do note that the quote above is missing a space between "our" and "app", but that's no excuse for not finding it).

1 year,26 days

Google Chrome 28 Is Out: Rich Notifications For Apps, Extensions

DavidRawling Re:A build without google communication (90 comments)

Oh sure, that'll be the same build that finally figures out that some organisations have web servers with names that don't end in .com.

It's woefully consistent - type a server name that is a "recognised external" URL (so something ending in .com,, .fr, etc) and it'll go straight to the site. Type an internal server name (either a plain server name or an internal DNS name) and it will insist on searching Google, because quite obviously the user DIDN'T want localsite or after all. No if you want an internal server, you'll need to get the users to type in the full URL including protocol (because then the same keystrokes that were obviously wrong are suddenly obviously right).

Couple that with the new "requirement" for Chrome if you want to download the Google Talk [wait no it's Hangouts now] on the desktop (they can pry the desktop Talk client from my cold dead fingers) and the continual forcing of Google+ to view an image in a chat, it's clear Google has already turned into Microsoft V2 and is working on digging in deeper. (Hangouts? Seriously? No, it's not a "hangout" when I send an IM to my son to put the damn garbage out!)

about a year ago

PETA Wants To Sue Anonymous HuffPo Commenters

DavidRawling Re:Who is supporting these bozos. (590 comments)

Not sure about your local sort of "overly flexible mental gymnasts" but around here, you won't NEED to have that green power because everyone else will give up something and we'll all use less power overall. You know, greenhouse effect and global warming and save the planet. That kind of thing. Because we'll totally reverse the last two hundred year trend of increasing electricity consumption the moment the power isn't available any more. Note that the bozos won't have to give up anything because they're already using less power, so it's only everyone else who should (has to?) change in order to comply with their world view.

about a year ago

CERN Celebrates 20 Years of an Open Web (and Rebuilds 1st Web Page)

DavidRawling Re:Journalists (82 comments)

As I post this, minus 4.5 hours. The local (AEST) 6am broadcast was heralding 20 years of the Internet (then clarifying to be the Web, which everyone knows is the same thing ). But I was thinking - I'm sure I was seeing http URLs (not that we as students necessarily recognised them as much as we do now) in early 1993, and they weren't for CERN but for an early online, full-colour comic whose name escapes me.

about a year ago



Web Censorship Sneaking into US

DavidRawling DavidRawling writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DavidRawling writes "According to Demand Progress, while we've all been concentrating on censorship moves in Australia, Iran and China (just to name a few), the US Senate has proposed censorship for the Internet within the USA.

Just the other day, President Obama urged other countries to stop censoring the Internet. But now the United States Congress is trying to censor the Internet here at home. A new bill being debated this week would have the Attorney General create an Internet blacklist of sites that US Internet providers would be required to block.

This is the kind of heavy-handed censorship you'd expect from a dictatorship, where one man can decide what web sites you're not allowed to visit. But the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to pass the bill this week — and Senators say they haven't heard much in the way of objections! That's why we need you to sign our urgent petition to Congress demanding they oppose the Internet blacklist.

The stench of the hypocrisy is astonishing."
Link to Original Source


DavidRawling DavidRawling writes  |  more than 7 years ago

David Rawling (864446) writes "Looks like Spamhaus are not out of the woods yet. e360 have published a new docket from the Illinois court suggesting that Spamhaus has lost all 3 of its recent motions.

From the docket:
Motion hearing held on 10/31/2006. As discussed in open court, defendant's motion [43] to vacate default judgment is denied. Defendant's motion [45] for a stay of enforcement of judgment pending appeal is denied. Defendant's motion [41] to quash citation to discover assets is denied. Defendant is ordered to comply with the citation to discover assets.
This comes just a few days after the court rejected a request to take Spamhaus' domain offline."


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