* Posts by paulc

704 posts • joined 23 Oct 2007

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NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

paulc

Re: No backup, no commiseration.

they were 'backing up' to dropbox but the infected laptop was overwriting good files in dropbox with encrypted ones

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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

paulc
Mushroom

fscking yank patents...

anything that mentions 'plurality' or attempts to patent an algorithm or flowchart (i.e. mathematics) should be void... same as anything that does xxx but on yyy should be void...

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paulc

Re: @Steve the Cynic

unless the Government loses a supply bill or a fails to survive a vote of confidence... sadly, there's too many Blairites who will scupper that...

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

paulc

Re: Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

*/ This works, but we don't know why /*

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

paulc

still there in Google Play...

doesn't appear to have been taken down at all

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

paulc
Black Helicopters

WiGig dead in water on classified networks...

everything has to be transmitted physically over screened wires (or fibre optics)... not even wireless keyboards/mice permitted...

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Brexit: UK gov would probably lay out tax plans in post-'leave' vote emergency budget

paulc
Mushroom

General Election also required...

both major parties are split... and we need to make sure the Tories get kicked out before they can sell any more of our national assets to their chums...

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

paulc

Clark's used to X-ray your kids feet...

stick your feet in and see your toes wriggling inside the shoes...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/9366921/My-close-encounter-with-the-fabulous-shoe-fitting-machine.html

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

paulc

the US government could exercise it's right of 'Eminent Domain' and take them into public ownership and stop this shenanigans...

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

paulc
Mushroom

Re: My opinion on this?

I think I'll stick with Windows 10 When I Want It thanks.

I really, really hate websites that want your email address in order to download something...

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Hey, YouTube: Pay your 'workers' properly and get with the times

paulc

I was very impressed with this recognition software as it flagged up some self shot concert videos I had done of an AC/DC tribute band...

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ZX Printer's American cousin still in use, 34 years after purchase

paulc

Re: "Cheap-as-chips ZX81 computer"

"It may have been cheap for its time, but still around £70 in 1981, equivalent to £270 today."

it was £49.95 in kit form... I ordered mine when seeing the very first advert in the Sunday paper supplement that week... It arrived within 3 days!!! and I had it assembled and working that very same day...

What impressed me was the use of chip sockets rather than expecting the person to solder the chips in directly... cost more, but would have a massive effect in reduced returns...

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paulc
WTF?

Not a 'thermal' printer...

it used sparks to blast the silver conductive film off... there was a distinct smell of ozone when using one...

Just had pointy bits that were pulled across the paper on a continuous loop of wire and the printer discharged where each 'pixel' was...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spark_printing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinclair_ZX_Printer

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

paulc

Re: Be safe, use a chicken-scented burner phone

any bit but the 'Parson's Nose'...

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

paulc

Re: So where's EU

"Turn off Cortana.

Fixed.

Not hard was it."

still present on disk... still provides potential unfixed vulnerabilities as attack vectors to be exploited...

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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

paulc
Facepalm

COLD?

it's Chronic Obstructive PULMONARY Disease...

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Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

paulc
Happy

10 Gig Free?

once upon a time I would have killed for 10 gigs... the server's I used to admin only had 500megs on tap... My first ever hard disk was only 32 megabytes... and I could get loads of files and programs on it...

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Revealed: The revolving door between Google and the US govt – in pictures

paulc
Meh

Microsoft? Apple?

Why pick on Google, they're all at it...

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

paulc

" I disabled the upgrade option and decided I'd use another sacrificial machine instead -- next year, maybe."

after July it won't be free...

I keeping my win 8.1 laptop disconnected from the net until then...

If it still nags me or tries to put that telemetry rubbish on, it gets wiped, Linux mint putting on and an old copy of XP will be used in a virtual machine for playing FS98 on...

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Game of P0wns: Malvertising menace strikes Pirate Bay season six downloads

paulc

the trick...

is to view the pirate bay via a proxy and a browser that enables you to strip this rubbish out... and also not use Windows...

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Four hundred MILLION vulnerable Androids are out there

paulc

Re: Unsupported devices still under warranty

"It seems to me that the manufacturers can't even be bothered to support their devices for 1 year."

I was pleasantly surprised that Tesco did an update for my Hudl 2 even after they stopped selling them.

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

paulc
FAIL

completely clueless..

n/t...

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Speaking in Tech: Batman vs Superman... absolutely sucked

paulc

Transcript?

some of us are deaf...

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Raspberry Pi celebrates fourth birthday with fruity version 3

paulc

Re: Still 100MBit Ethernet

1gb of ram isn't enough.
<p>your problem is that you are using Firefuscked and probably KDE... stick to using the default browser on RPi and LXDE or XFCE or enlightenment or blackbox as the desktop and you're well in...<p>Personally, I'd love to see KDE 2 or Gnome 2 running on this... I had a 900 MHz laptop with only 256MB of ram back in 2002 and it was fine running those..

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ICO fined cold-call firm £350k – so directors put it into liquidation

paulc

Having 'bought' the hardware on the cheap in the liquidation sale

That rarely happens, usually the assets are sold to a friend's shell company for a small sum and then 'rented' back from that firm... then there are no actual assets to seize

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Reminder: How to get a grip on your files, data that Windows 10 phones home to Microsoft

paulc

Well I was going to recommend Linux Mint...

But...

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Intel shows budget Android phone powering big-screen Linux

paulc

Re: "Low-end == 2 Gb"

don't forget just how much RAM Firefox sucks up just being open...

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Patch ASAP: Tons of Linux apps can be hijacked by evil DNS servers, man-in-the-middle miscreants

paulc

confused...

It is possible for a malicious DNS server to return too much information to a lookup request, and exploit the glibc flaw to flood the program's memory with code.

If you're using your ISP's or Google's or some other authoritative DNS service... then how can you be infected just clicking on a link?

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

paulc

one of our 'comments'

//This works, but nobody can explain why it does...

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Smart toys spring dumb vulns. Again. This time: Cuddly bears, watches

paulc

It's because they're too worried

about not making it into the market in time... and keeping the budget as low as possible...

They'll only start worrying about security if it is mandated from above or else they get a massive comeback from lawsuits...

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Europe wants end to anonymous Bitcoin transactions

paulc

meanwhile...

they're not doing anything to trace the billions the Saudi's are funneling to the terrorists...

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Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

paulc

Re: Sledgehammer, meet nut

" So an "oi, what do you think you're doing?", from the rest of us is what it takes."

and you're quite likely to get your face remodeled...

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Samsung sued over 'lackadaisical' Android security updates

paulc

Updates should be split into the absolute core underneath and the manufacturer's overlays... that way, the core OS can be easily updated without the manufacturer having to do a thing...

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Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine

paulc

Re: Kaolin and Morphine anyone ?

you can still buy it, just you have to ask the pharmacist for it as it's kept back in the locked cupboards... Can't get it over the shelf...

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paulc

Re: Off to the local Chinese grocery store

just avoid anything with poppy seeds in or on it... seriously...

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/11/health/the-claim-eating-poppy-seeds-can-make-you-fail-a-drug-test.html?_r=0

http://www.usada.org/can-poppyseeds-cause-a-positive-drug-test/

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Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'

paulc

Re: Give Microsoft a break

My nana had an Anderson shelter in her front garden... I wouldn't be here today otherwise, a parachute mine came down nearby and wiped out most of the street...

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How long is your password? HTTPS Bicycle attack reveals that and more

paulc

Re: Ok

"And one in several thousand people are using a password longer than 50 characters? Who the hell wants to type that every time they login?"

ever heard of password managers? Use your shorter password to open that up and let it complete your password field when needed.

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Oh UK.gov. Say you're not for weakened encryption – Google and Facebook

paulc

Re: One crime one warrant

"Theresa May signs off on warrant to obtain Microsoft emails for purpose of terrorism investigation X."

the real problem is that she doesn't even read them... if she were to actually read every one that lands on her desk and asked questions, she'd be tied up completely... she just signs them en-mass, probably with a rubber stamp...

https://www.privacyinternational.org/node/665

|In 2014, the home secretary authorised 2,345 interception warrants. As pointed out by her Conservative colleague David Davis MP: "If she is having to sign off 10 warrants a day, she can't possibly do it with the proper scrutiny needed."|

it's actually worse, that 10 a day assumes she isn't taking holidays or other absences...

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

paulc

Re: Common sense

forgot to type 'outside' ... as in not to leave them locked up outside overnight...

anyway, my expensive bikes are in my storage unit... ride my cheapo to it and back when I go out for a training ride.

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paulc

Re: Common sense

bit difficult to be the default setting... how on earth can the app possibly know where your home base is, you might have installed it and activated it someplace else from home...

1) I've set up several privacy zones, home, work, and normal destinations for some of my rides.

2) Even having the garage door locked is not enough, you need a decent ground anchor and to lock the bikes through the frame to that ground anchor, then they need to use noisy power tools to cut them loose.

My insurance insists on me having them secured with a ground anchor when at home and not leaving them locked up overnight either.

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Skilled workers, not cost, lured Apple to China says Tim Cook

paulc
Unhappy

lax environmental laws make it cheaper as well...

n/t

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The Edward Snowden guide to practical privacy

paulc
Black Helicopters

Re: Facebook

"2nd sim card, PAYG, works a treat. You can use it in any throwaway, but allows you 2FA."

the phone still uses the same IMEI number...

So you really need cheap 'burner' phones... keep your real phone for normal comms, but anything you don't want them to know about, use a disposable phone

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paulc

Re: So when

"Is it really that important for a news site to be on HTTPS? Does anyone post sensitive information here?"

erm, you do when creating an account and logging in...

usually in the form of an email address...

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AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

paulc

Re: 80286

back in them days, when testing the chips, if the co-processor was wonky, it was disabled and the chip was sold as an SX chip, if the main processor was wonky, the main processor was disabled and the chip sold as a co-processor... only if both bits worked was the chip sold as a fully functioning unit at correspondingly higher price...

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Read the Economist last weekend? You may have fetched more than just articles (yup, malware)

paulc

Re: Interesting, Comrade

your big mistake was doing ANY browsing using a browser on windows... the only safe way to browse when running windows is to run Linux in a VM and browse from inside that...

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Food, water, batteries, medical supplies, ammo … and Windows 7 PCs

paulc

the day when Microsft becomes irrelevant...

October 31, 2016, and the day we seriously start looking at Linux for our systems and solutions...

Until then our lot have just been moseying along, only forced to dump XP machines when we were no longer allowed to have them on our secure network

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We're getting kick-ass at seeing through walls using just Wi-Fi – MIT

paulc

"At least then you can knock-together a receiver that tells you when a police car is outside your house!"

won't work, they're using your wi-fi to track you with.

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Hackers hit NATO, White House – then aimed at MH17 air disaster probe

paulc

Re: That's not nice, but...

"Just one small problem with that. MH17 was flying at 33,000 feet and from that distance you would not be able to see the aircraft, let alone see what type it was. Unless that is whoever shot it down possesses some super optics."

they do have optical telescopes built into the launcher and tracker units...

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BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

paulc

"Did your mother never teach you that "I want doesn't get"?"

Actually it's "I want never gets", but if you ask nicely which he is doing...

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It's BACK – Stagefright 2.0: Zillions of Android gadgets can be hijacked by MP3s, movie files

paulc

Re: OTA updates DIRECT from Google to Branded phones

the OS needs splitting into core (which automatically gets updates from Google) and manufacturer overlay

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