Responsible Disclosure: Chrome security bug let tabs draw over each other ($1k bounty)

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The Google Logo.

Chrome for Android had a flaw which let one tab draw over another - even if the tabs were on completely different domains. A determined attacker might have been able to abuse this to convince a user to download and installed a spoofed app. See Chrome Bug #1242315 for details. Demo Here's a video of…

Thermal Imaging Our Home

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View of house with various hot-spots.

As I blogged about a few weeks ago, I've been playing with the Seek Thermal Compact Infrared Camera. I've been using it for such incredibly interesting things as seeing how cold my nose is and whether my radiators are balanced. Fun! But what I really wanted it for is to see how well - or…

Movie Review: Cruella

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Movie poster for Cruella.

Cruella is a soundtrack with a movie attached. Every time the film thinks you might be getting a little bored, or feels like you might be glancing at your phone, the DJ thumps on another banger to make you say "CHOOOOON"! That works brilliantly in old movies where you're nostalgic for feeling like you did…

Review: Buzz Skates - the Adult Heelys

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A garish box with some wheels protruding.

About a dozen years ago, I first started seeing kids skating through malls on their shoes. I was incredibly envious. They looked so cool and fun. Surely they sold them in adult sizes? Nope! I desperately want a pair of "Healies". The kids in the mall are gliding effortlessly. Anyone know if there are adult…

Review - The Beatles: Get Back

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Beatles on the rooftop. Four different camera angles shown simultaneously.

There are two problems with this Peter Jackson documentary. The first is that it is far too long - are casual fans really going to sit through 9 hours of a band bickering? The second problem is that it is far too short! Beatles obsessives (like me) could happily drink in a hundred hours of…

Book Review: IBM and the Holocaust

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Book cover featuring an early computer.

Published to extraordinary praise, this provocative international bestseller details the story of IBM's strategic alliance with Nazi Germany. IBM and the Holocaust provides a chilling investigation into corporate complicity, and the atrocities witnessed raise startling questions that throw IBM's wartime ethics into serious doubt. Edwin Black's monumental research exposes how IBM and its subsidiaries helped…

Theatre Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Poster for the play.

Ocean is... breathtaking. As is foreshadowed in the first few minutes, it is like a stage version of The Dark Crystal. An explosion of supernatural weirdness, eerie music, and baffling puppetry. It's also full of subtle magic. I mean that literally. Props appear in the blink of an eye, characters change without you noticing, the…

APMG Linux Proctoring - Certified In The Art of Hacking Exam

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Vertical questions, but horizontal buttons.

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I was unsure how I was going to complete a security exam due to ProctorU not supporting Linux. I'm delighted to say that the examiners - APMG - were understanding about my plight. They were aware of ProctorU's limitations and had a workaround. They had me install…

Download 1080p streams from iPlayer

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Screenshot of VLC reporting that the video is 1080p.

Way back in 2010, Paul Battley was blogging about device discrimination on the Internet. The new iPlayer service was using TLS certificates to ensure that only specific devices were able to stream media from the BBC's servers. That's a situation which continues over a decade later. If you watch iPlayer on your laptop, you're stuck…

Book Review: Future of Another Timeline - Annalee Newitz

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Book cover featuring a clock wrapped in petals.

A story of time travel, murder, and unlikely allies separated by centuries, battling for a world in which anyone can change the future. 1992: Beth, a teenage riot grrl, witnesses a murder and realizes something is deeply wrong with her life--maybe it's her best friend, maybe it's her dad, or maybe it's the strange woman…