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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

jaseuk Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (503 comments)

Well the only way you can unlock it is by tapping in the pass-code. If you have it configured correctly then it will wipe after 10 attempts. After the 6th attempt it will disable for 1 minute. So you either have 10 chances which will take several minutes to complete. On the other hand to brute force you would have to do this in batches of 4-5 tries, with the owner correctly unlocking between attempts and not being suspicious. It would probably be easier just to use a "hard hack" such as torture or assault to get the pass-code or setup a camera.

Of course the touch-id is a potential weakness, but also a strength as it prevents over the shoulder interception of the pin, while the PIN is still needed from time-to-time.

I would be pretty happy with a 4 digit "simple" pass-code in this situation. It's secure enough for me. I'd rather not encourage "hard hacks".

Jason.

4 days ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

jaseuk Re:Not a bad strategy (232 comments)

One more problem - typically you get only one out of office message for each instance of a vacation. If you are deleting then it would be really risky to send this only once, so you would need it to go out to each and every message.

Jason

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

jaseuk Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

This has been rather done to death (http://www.extremetech.com/computing/186576-verizon-caught-throttling-netflix-traffic-even-after-its-pays-for-more-bandwidth) , but Verizon doesn't appear to be throttling or shaping Netflix. They are running their peered links to Layer 3 at 100% capacity. Traffic that doesn't go via Layer 3 does not suffer. So if you find an alternative route that doesn't use Netflix's Layer 3 peering connections (such as a VPN) then things run well.

For this to be resolved, people really need to find non-Netflix services that are equally impacted and bring this up. It may well be that 90% of Verizon's Layer 3 pipe is for Netflix, but there are bound to be other services suffering. If this can be demonstrated this puts other parties into the equation and should encourage Verizon to take up Layer-3s offer of additional free peering capacity.

I suspect that Verizon would rather that Netflix isn't running at full-speed as it quietens down their overall network usage and can somewhat claim they are not capping or throttling. Perhaps Layer-3 should shut down these peering points for maintenance and let the Verizon find a way through another peer / transit, it might melt the whole of Verizon's network that way and encourage them to solve it.

Jason.

about 2 months ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

jaseuk Re:About time something is happening (164 comments)

What do you mean?

Word =

File -> Save & Send -> Send as PDF

It couldn't be much easier.

Jason

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

jaseuk Shrug. (155 comments)

Maybe Amazon should work with Google to build a locker on wheels using the self-driving car chassis. That seems a far more useful and practical long-term solution.

Jason.

about 2 months ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

jaseuk Re:So not a total ripoff anymore? (365 comments)

In the UK I'm paying 0.15 Euros a KW/h (Including Euro Tax, without "standing daily charge", but before some discounts). I may have overlooked the soviet power plants somewhere.

Jason.

about 3 months ago
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Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

jaseuk Re: Sugar (329 comments)

Snacking is what's new. 5 isles of the supermarket and most convenience stores are all about snacks. You can eat 3 fairly significant meals a day for 2000ish calories. However a typical "lunch" deal (Sandwich-600, Soda-200 and Chocolate Bar/Muffin/Cake-300) could easily be half of that.

Theres a whole industry and part of the economy that relies on this eating between meals. It's high calorie and doesn't tend satisfy actual hunger for very long.

I sometimes feel that exercise is overplayed in these discussions as people tend to over-compensate for the exercise with eating. There is nothing wrong with being fit, it has separate health benefits, but it rarely makes a difference in weight loss. The now and then difference is that kids in earlier generations would have been expected to walk/cycle to school independently from a young age (8+ - up to 6 miles a day was typical) This does make a difference, particularly when the playstation is 20 steps from the fridge.

Jason

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

jaseuk Re:Recruiting policy (589 comments)

Largo did this 20 years ago, and never got into Microsoft. They are very quiet in these summaries about technology use, but they use IBM AIX / SCO unix / Oracle / Linux solutions for their business applications These are not "free beer" or even "open source". They are also using a Citrix Metaframe on Windows, so they still need Windows Server CALs, RDS CALs and so on for these users, it's unclear to what extent access to these services are required, but 8 servers should easily host 100-200 concurrent users, so this implied that for most if not all users were still utilising Windows licenses.

We are still also not comparing like-with-like. A US City Council doesn't have the same remit as a UK Unitary Authority / County Council. We have responsibility for Education (From 3 years through 19, plus lifelong learning), plus social workers / care for 3-DEATH, including residential homes for seniors and life-long care for the disabled. This somewhat complicates the staffing and application portfolio.

I've used - although it is being phased out now - a Linux based thin-client OS for our Windows Terminal Services / Citrix Environments. I wouldn't however try to claim that this is a significant use of Linux or Open Source on the Desktop.

Shrug

Jason

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

jaseuk Re:Recruiting policy (589 comments)

Amusingly I was the competent FOSS guy brought in to our council, after a year or so getting into the reality of the environment, I actually recommended a Microsoft EA, rather than the muddle of Linux/Windows we were using. I couldn't do *everything* and there was minimal scope for investment in new staff / training.

The grandparent post and the guy at hampshire is absolutely correct, Open Source desktop / office offers no *cost* advantage in a typical council. Working in IT for a council is an absolute slog, the app portfolio is in the hundreds, all of which are "business critical" to some team or other. Faffing around with a Linux based Desktop or Swapping out Microsoft Office is a poor use of time, which you'll soon realise is impossible without either utilising Windows licenses anyway for a terminal services solution for non-compatible apps or where App XYZ uses VBA for letter generation / mail merge etc. Before you know it, your spending more in time working out who can and can't use OpenOffice than the license itself costs. Office is one app, and in itself it's not that business critical, except for perhaps Outlook/Exchange for which there hasn't been an obvious candidate for an OS replacement.

We do of course use Open Source where it makes sense. GIS is very much going open-source, we have a few dozen CentOS/Redhat Servers (firewalls/file servers/tomcat etc.) , including our Council Tax system running on Linux. We are absolutely not scared of Open Source or Linux, but it just has a limited role on the desktop.

Jason.

about 5 months ago
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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

jaseuk Summary (180 comments)

I've got drawers full of returned windows mobiles and early smartphones. Blackberries and iPhones were of course very different, but early smart phone sales definitely were returned or misused a lot. I can see wearable being exactly the same way!

Jason

about 6 months ago
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Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts

jaseuk Re:Wrong (339 comments)

I never saw a desktop computer offered without Windows prior to the anti-trust legislation. It's still rare now.

Although I actually think the IE thing was positive. Purchasing Netscape or using an AOL disk with custom browser was hurting the widespread use of the internet.

Jason.

about 8 months ago
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Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch

jaseuk Re:No... (252 comments)

You are confusing remote wipe with deactivating a phone.

Remote Wipe (if successful) means that a lost or stolen phone if successful you can be as close to sure that no data on the device is still there. The thief is welcome to to the phone.

Deactivating the phone means that the smartphone cannot be used again. Apple have something close to this now with find my iPhone. A wiped iPhone cannot be reactivated without the original username and password, if it is still linked to your iCloud account. It is questionable as to whether this can be easily defeated. There are very few opportunities to jailbreak a device that is pending activation.

Jason

about 9 months ago
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Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU

jaseuk Re:Remember TEMPEST? (264 comments)

This article reminded me of that one. Nice to see that one again.

Jason.

about 9 months ago
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FreeBSD Developers Will Not Trust Chip-Based Encryption

jaseuk Re:Very Smart Move (178 comments)

How many?

about 9 months ago
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Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

jaseuk Re:Also an issue for 2003 (413 comments)

This is probably an issue with every Windows operating system using the update services, it's only visible with XP as it's the oldest supported operating system, so it has many, many more patches.

Jason

about 9 months ago
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Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

jaseuk Re:Hah (195 comments)

Yep and in fact despite what I said earlier, this could be worse. If google pre-fetch every image for instance, then this could have some horrid consequences. Such as confirming e-mail addresses.

Jason

about 9 months ago
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Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

jaseuk Re:And google will retain that info exclusively. (195 comments)

Yes and the point the summary misses, is that the images are used to verify that you have received and viewed the e-mail. This is far more important than browser types / locations etc.

It also prevents some evil things, such as first time you hit the page you get a drive by, the second time (with cookie set) you get the actual image and all seems fine.

Jason.

about 9 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

jaseuk Re:Should be legal, with caveat (961 comments)

My gran lasted 15 days with no food or water after a stroke. The care home who saw her through this inevitable stage said that even wetting her lips with a sponge would keep her alive for a lot longer. Bear in mind that if you are in this shut down state your body doesn't need much of anything;

Jason.

about 10 months ago
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OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

jaseuk Re:Tiniest violin (292 comments)

The trouble with Dell is that the support service isn't permitted to do a full replacement. You have to go part by part until you have a working system. The trouble is to go through all the parts on a typical server or PC can take weeks. This isn't quite what you expect when you have a 4 hour on site contract, you sort of expect to be back up and running in at the most a day or two.

Of course they don't really commit anything till you've gone through full diagnostics. Which can seem a bit of an irritation when you are struggling to recover a down service and you have a call centre insisting on dset, bios updates etc.

On the whole though I've been happy with Dell. If you are aware of these quirks then you can work with them.

Jason.

about a year ago

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