* Posts by paulc

675 posts • joined 23 Oct 2007

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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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paulc

Re: Can they fix Android?

I have a Sony Xperia and its patches are bang upto date.

Oh really?

build date for the most recent kernel on mine is Sun May 11 2014... and when I check for system updates, it says there are non...

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Malvertisers slam Forbes, Realtor with world's worst exploit kits

paulc
Mushroom

and they wonder why

so many people are using ad-blockers these days...

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

paulc

Re: I still remember the

transferred it all onto a C90 cassette... and then could play it on my hi-fi and have it auto repeat... now it's much easier with an MP3 player...

Also saved wear and tear on the album which is still in 'mint' condition

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paulc

Saw it back in 1980 at Earl's Court...

magnificent... and cameras were banned back then as well...

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

paulc

Re: liability....

"Washington Post recently started tripping over my content blockers such as Privacy Badger, never fully loading and causing the tab to hang."

report it as a broken site then...

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Ubuntu Wily gaggle builds 15.10 beta beachhead

paulc

Re: Here it comes?

I remember doing that and wondering if my monitor was going to get fried...

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paulc

Re: "No Dibble or Grub"

here is that very episode... :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY6dV-Chv7s

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It's still 2015, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a webpage

paulc

Re: Anyone have a clue about...

I've got a patch for that KB3068708 issue, it's called wipe the MS carp and put Debian 8 on instead...

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Debian upgrades Wheezy and Jessie with a combined 372 updates

paulc

Re: Ok here

Just wish there was a proper official download of Jessie on the Raspberry Pi website...

I'm not exactly enamored of forum postings that give instructions for doing it yourself but loads of posts from people who've had nothing but trouble trying it...

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Another day, another stunning security flaw in Android – this time hitting 55% of mobes

paulc

Re: Permissions?

I am the phone's 'owner', my device was bought with no contract and is not tied to an network...

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crackup verdict: PILOT ERROR

paulc

Re: IMAP + multiple machines = headache

A Tornado GR1 wrecked it's nose and radome when the thrust reverse deployed after the wheels touched down but the aircraft had already started rising again. The thrust reverse needs weight on wheels, but it could be pre-armed by rocking the throttles outboard... no-one considered what could happen if the aircraft made a heavy landing and bounced back up into the air...

What did happen is that the buckets carried on deploying and the aircraft then came down nose first wrecking the nose gear and making such a mess of the fuselage that the pilots, if they had tried to eject, couldn't as the seats were jammed on the rails.

I was catching a fresh air break out the back of the avionics bay when I witnessed it all happen.

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

paulc
WTF?

they just had to...

get in Global Warming...

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

paulc

Compression artefacts...

so much excitement over the slightest differences...

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

paulc
Thumb Up

Re: Hurrah the Bond Bug

Bond Bug could get exciting... I had a bored out 850 engine in mine... was always able to out-drag anyone at the lights... roundabouts and left hand bends could get hairy though unless you had a passenger or sack of potatoes in the passenger seat to keep the left rear wheel down on the entry and exit...

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

paulc

poor bastard...

stuck on Mars with only potatoes to eat...

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New kid on the blocks: Lego Worlds game challenges Minecraft

paulc

Leocad runs on Raspberry Pi... even better on the Pi 2

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

paulc

and just what was the 'root cause' that required them to perform a forced landing?

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paulc
WTF?

Engine ground runs?

you would think that they'd do some proper engine ground runs first before sending it down the runway for it's first flight...

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The rare metals debate: Only trace elements of sanity found

paulc

Landfill?

Plenty of 'reserve' in landfill... and we know where it all is as well...

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LightSail mission stalled by .CSV log file embiggenment SNAFU

paulc

And so...

we can expect some more reboots in the future? Or are they uploading a patch to regularly cull the .csv file?

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Mad Max: Fury Road – two hours of nonstop, utterly insane fantasy action

paulc

Re: Yawn!

Cherry 2000

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092746/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_55

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

paulc

Re: More reasons to go to PaleMoon or other alternatives

"a forked version of Firefox can be done to take the output from Adobe's DRM plug-in and stream it to disk."

which is all very well until the plugin checks the version of firefox and other magic indicators to check it's running on genuine firefox before decrypting...

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Zuck'ed up: Facebook opens up free internet in India – but bans HTTPS

paulc

Re: Was Zuck just a intelligence implanted zombie?

Just google who his Grandpa was... that's all you need to know, he's one of them...

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Android tool catches apps silently pumping hundreds of ad, tracking servers red-handed

paulc
Linux

Got Root?

Do I need root access to run this app?

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

paulc

Re: Everything that's new is crap

windows 8.1 is fine if you use a decent replacement shell and default it to the desktop interface rather than the craptastic tiles...

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Astronomers battle plague of BLADE-WIELDING ROBOTS

paulc
Mushroom

let me guess...

these manufacturers can't use RFIDs because someone has already patented their use for laying out a defined area... and they're just too cheapskate to stump up the fees to use it...

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

paulc
Mushroom

Re: Vinyl introduces a lot of failings

so why the heck didn't you take those obviously defective pressings back to exchange then?

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

paulc
Meh

Blumlein... true hero...

is there anything he didn't have a dabble at?

his list of inventions is truly awesome...

resonant slot antenna, long-tailed pair, single groove stereo recording...

such a pity he was lost so young...

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You want disruption? Try this: Uber office raided again, staff cuffed

paulc

Re: illegal software...

I think you forgot buggy whip makers... ;)

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