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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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OMG.. Point #6 in this article blew my mind!!!

That aside, FB perhaps a bit unhappy that other shitty-ad-networks are stealing a slot of their revenue?

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Unable to visit the local nightclubs for 2 years, that'll explain his poor eyesight then...

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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.. he sounds like a right genius.

Hope the feds checked his instagram - probably a filtered pic of him grinning next to the body... :(

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: "a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied"

For those that missed it in the article....

"To prevent attacks like this, anti-virus solutions have to either catch the initial Word document before it is executed (if there is one), preferably before it reached the customer's email inbox."

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

lansalot

cheap trick...

And I stress the term "cheap "here... As most phishing is done in batch, it's unlikely system looking for the same password on multiple sites is going to work this out. A human might have a bit more luck, if they were determined.. But anyway....

Think of a passphrase - eg, "I was born in England in the 70s", something you're unlikely to forget. Take the initial letters and numbers, "IwbiEit70s"

That's your seed and to anyone reading it it's meaningless. Now, decide on a couple of characters to always swap in your phrase, say the second and fourth and stick to that. You'll always be swapping those letters for the second and fourth letters of the website the password is used at. So for eBaY, it becomes "IbbiEyt70s". For aMaZon, it's "ImbiEzt70s". For fAcEbook, "IabiEet70s". To anyone grabbing it, it looks like a random password, but you know the system. Yes, there will inevitably be some collisions, but it's better than having the same absolutely everywhere.

Also, you're unlikely to forget a password ever again - if you can remember your ebay one, you can remember your amazon one..

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OMG, sorry about 'poor comms' on Facebook secret emoto-meddle tests. Laters!

lansalot

Translation

Fixed that for you:

"Sorry we got caught. But what are you gonna do - leave us? Shut up and keep clicking..."

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Running Cisco's VoIP manager? Four words you don't want to hear: 'Backdoor SSH root key'

lansalot

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...meant for Cisco support reps *and our trusted partners*

... wink wink...

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Today in IT news: iPad Fleshlight a reality

lansalot

Re: well...

I think I just may have meant stimulator, rather than simulator.. .although the fleshlight is the simulator of course...

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lansalot

well...

"The work of fiction below shows a woman who doesn't appear to be horrified about her partner owning a plastic orifice simulator."

.. I've met very few women who don't own up to having a "plastic orifice simulator". Why should it be so different for men?

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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bummer...

Surely a call to Amazon could have resulted in a total lockdown once they knew they were under threat? A freeze of snapshots and an inability to remove history would have been a good place to be, if such things are possible in AWS...

Seems like they tried to fight the attackers single-handed and lost?

Shitty turn of events tho.. there's some right c*nts out there, sure enough..

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People will happily run malware if paid ONE CENT – new study

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Users earned a gold star by running it in a VM... so they could possibly analyse it..?

... or more likely, get round the limitations of earning higher payouts, by being excluded because they'd taken part in the earlier cheaper ones...

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

lansalot

and...

..since when was talking a sign of thinking anyway?

I come out with some right shite at times, which all but proves I don't have a fucking clue.

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lansalot

hmmm

How hard can it really be to impersonate a 13yo boy on the internet?

From what I hear on Xbox Live, it's a very limited vocabulary, mainly consisting of assertions about everyone else's mothers and their sexuality...

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How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

lansalot

actually..

Your biggest mistake was flipping the switch and walking out the door leaving it unattended all weekend. For something so critical, that was a huge fail.

"A bit of testing" never works out the same once the users start clattering it. For something as mission-critical as email, it's something to do and stick around to watch for a good while.

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

lansalot

ha

Sarcasm detectors... yeah, that'll work...

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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

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Clearly, the only tool any of us need is Dan1980 then.....

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FCC seeks $48K fine from mobile phone-jamming driver

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Re: Yo, Jason!

Restricting it to the cellular bands is a great idea. Until your wife goes into labour in the car, or another passenger is in need of the emergency services. You haven't really thought that one through have you...

Just because it's dangerous doesn't mean a blanket ban on anyone in need of a communications device is the solution.

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Storage management tools SUCK. We're getting what we pay for

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out of interest...

Has anyone ever come across a software virtual-SAN, by which I mean a service running that for example emulates EMC hardware so it can be used for training with EMC toolset?

While we have production and DR arrays, neither are really suitable for bringing new folks up to speed (yes, we do send people on training courses, this was just kind of a wish-list sort of thing).

Even something that back-ends SMI-S would be good, doesn't necessarily have to be EMC specific I guess.

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Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released

lansalot

Re: **facepalm**

You are aware that there are IDS rules to detect large-packet TLS responses specifically to spot Heartbleed then? No? Oh...

The fact that it's encrypted doesn't come into it.

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Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

lansalot

also..

Hashes also useful as a de-dupe mechanism. Why store the same file a million times, if it really is identical? (Here's hoping for no hash collisions in that case then...tho of course second-level could always kick in with multiple hashes with different-schemes to try and ensure a difference)

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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Happy

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What's s modem ?

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

lansalot

hmmm..

Not just Samsung. Appeared on my Sony Z1, which is why I sent you the story a week ago.. .ahem...

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Cops bang up squiffy, nude Virginian minx

lansalot

actually...

I think you'll find that ultimately, she didn't get her collar felt.

Well, not by her partner, anyway...

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Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

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EIGHT, at his house?? What was this, some sort of doggy-brothel?

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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So basically, you're just renting your iDevice... it's not yours to leave to anyone in the event of your death.

Nice bit of PR there.

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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lovely..

I hope there's a group policy setting we can use to disable that warning. I bet there's a lot of helpdesks gonna get a lot of calls from worried users if not.

Yep, we do still have a couple hundred on XP, the tens of thousands are on win7 - yay for legacy compatibility (and yes, this is being addressed).

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Reg HPC man relives 0-day rootkit GROUNDHOG DAY

lansalot

Re: err...

You're asking how to protect against your disk-backups being corrupted? How about a non-live backup that can't be live-edited? There's this stuff called tape y'know..... it had been quite popular over the years... There's also one-time snapshots, volume shadow copies, previous versions...

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lansalot

err...

So this was major big-time forensics... which was ran remotely (ie, while infected system was booted and thus untrustworthy)... and they wanted a whopping $100 ? (yes, that's sarcasm....you've paid peanuts and wondering why you got monkeys)

Sound like a bunch of cowboys. Oh, and reflashing back to a few days won't get rid of a persistent rootkit. Sorry to say, but it sounds like this bunch are every bit as clueless as you are.

Oh, and your oh-so-special NAS boxes would have been for nothing had you malware that encrypted files and charged you for access.

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Flappy Bird's ANIMATED CORPSE may spread malware PLAGUE

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Scams cropping up in its wake eh? Well that was surprising...... fuck me, if it was that much of a millstone around his neck, he should have left it up, stopped development, handed future earnings to charity and just let it die an eventually quiet and inevitable death.

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

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oooh

Has anyone else spotted the irony of a story whereby two people subjecting another to online abuse are called both "fat" and "ugly" in the comments ?

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

lansalot

Re: Just been to look at the site...

Read up - www.teamviewer.com is superb, and they have Android/iOS clients too.

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

lansalot

nope

Netflix and Lovefilm etc can all show as much interest as they like - but while my 80mb Fibre connection might stream a 4K film, it'll still be horribly compressed and nowhere near the quality of those sexy demos we're seeing at the shows.

Much like the 1080p Youtube etc stuff I currently watch is, then. Labelling something HD because the vertical resolution is 1080, but the compression is turned up so high to make it look crap, really is a scam.

Physical content will have to do for quite some time then, but not seeing many 4K blu-ray players out there yet....

(And talking of scams... what's with all this "blu ray optimized for 4k TVs" shit? or "blu ray, filmed in 4k". BS-hype, the lot of them eg http://www.amazon.co.uk/Total-Recall-Blu-ray-4K-Copy/dp/B00D6AASDA/ )

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Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand MORE PORN

lansalot

:(

I agree - porn is harmful; all it does is give young men an unrealistic depiction of how quickly a tradesman will turn up.

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They're back: The coffin-punting naked Polish calendar girls

lansalot

eh?

Has nobody done the "burying a stiff" joke yet?

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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it's a simple test...

How many of your friends with non-touchscreen devices have asked you "how the hell do you get a normal start menu back???"?

I'm currently standing at 8. Including myself, and I do this fecking job for a living. Classic Shell, for all !

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

lansalot

ahh...

But by post-Snowden logic, by blocking these sites all we'll be doing is *forcing* them damn terrorists into using ever-harder-to-crack encryption, darknet etc to fuel their radical ideas.*

Surely they'd be better off monitoring who's watching them, than trying and failing to block them entirely... All GCHQ then has to do is sit and watch, like lions watching the watering hole. Why drive the prey away?

* not that I buy entirely into that idea, anyway.

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Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

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ha!

MS: "Look! Due to NSA snooping, we've encrypted all our traffic! Confidence restored!!"

NSA: "Here's a court order - give us the keys to your encryption. According to said court order, you are prevented from revealing this request"

MS: "shit."

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Twitter mobs attack wrong celebrity Ian Watkins after child abuse case

lansalot

ah come on...

Not the first time a bunch of torch-wielding fuckwits have descended on the wrong punter.. Happens on facebook as well.

Depressing.

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Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching

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Re: Is no one capable

Totally agree - I got the green-screen and wondered if the console had hung. 5 minutes later, we were off to the races. What a joke - why on earth wouldn't they have put some kind of "I'm alive and doing stuff, don't turn me off" notice aboard? Or the ubiquitous spinning hourglass? It looked like a total freeze.. and took some control not to turn it off.

My local GAME says 3 consoles were returned all failing to update - I'm betting it was users who (fairly enough) thought the system had hung.

Oh, and had a full-on hang in that free keep-fit game the other day, which in turn hung the entire console. Had to forcibly power it off (hold down power button on front for 10 secs). Novel...

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XBOX ONE and PS4, you'll make us RUN OUT of INTERNET

lansalot

ha!

You think the 500mb xb1 system update was bad?

The Forza patch was 6gb.... thank feck for fibre or I wouldn't have gotten near the console for 24 hrs...

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PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

lansalot

lol...

Your TV isn't compatible.

Also, your toaster needs a patch.

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A-DOH!-BE hack: Facebook warns users whose logins were spilled

lansalot

lovely..

Now that this is reported in the news, cue lots of fake "Due to adobe hack, Facebook requires you to reset your password. Click to follow dodgy link to update, confirm DOB, pin, mother's maiden name etc" emails.....

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Pwn2Own crackers leave iOS and Samsung mobe security IN RUINS

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OK El-Reg...

WHAT'S with all THE CAPITALS in HEADLINES lately?? DESPERATE for ATTENTION or something ??

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Facebook hitches skirt, flashes 'Cisco-slaying' open network blade

lansalot

ooh..

"They do it by creating a real or perceived lock-in to their technology. [....]. They do that because more often than not they have shareholders they are beholden to"

A comment /from/ Facebook, about others. Hmmm....

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That time when an NSA bloke's son borked the ENTIRE INTERNET...

lansalot

ooh..

That reminds me - this tale and a couple others are recounted in the excellent book "The Cuckoo's Egg", by Clifford Stoll. I lost mine years ago... so off to find a copy.

I remember one of the tales where they were tracking someone coming in via dialup modem, but weren't ready to log quite yet. They didn't want to pull the plug as the miscreant might have got suspicious. So they jangled car keys over the wires to the modem, creating noise and eventually a dropped carrier...

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Facebook tests sinister CURSOR-TRACKING in hunt for more ad bucks

lansalot

Re: Clearly I am out of touch ..

onMouseOver event also helps.

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What a twit: Obama aide FIRED for anonymous gov-bashing tweets

lansalot

wow

It took them months to unmask him? Bit of a fail for the NSA then...

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Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

lansalot

ouch

"vulnaggressive" ????

I'm feeling vulnaggrieved....

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NHS preps spammy mailshots advertising 'BIGGEST medical data grab in HISTORY'

lansalot

woah!!

Costing us EACH ... EIGHT PENCE???

Well there goes my plans to buy an.. .ummm... hang on, I'll get back to you on this.

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