* Posts by Christoph

1885 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007

THE TRUTH: IRS 'cyber-hack' exposes 100,000 people whose identities were already stolen

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Re: Thanks

Journalists' job is not to report the news accurately. It is to attract eyeballs to sell to advertisers. If they can make a story more sensational at the expense of the truth it is their job (within very broad limits) to do so.

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Unicode wonks are bringing home the BACON, as an emoji

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ob Python:

Stan: I want to have babies.

Reg: You want to have babies?!?!

Stan: It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them.

Reg: But ... you can't HAVE babies!

Stan: Don't you oppress me!

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LOHAN team preps PRATCHETT mission

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Pity it couldn't have launched today, on the Glorious 25th. But would you have been able to add a hard-boiled egg to the payload?

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Could the German police please explain exactly how a lamb is harmed by being in a brothel? Is this somehow different for it than being in any other building, and in what way?

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ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute

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Re: HIT ELROND

A little dwarf just walked around a corner, saw you, threw a little axe at you (which missed), cursed, and ran away.

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mSpy: We haven't been breached. Customers: Oh yes you have

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"Emails, text messages, payment details, Apple IDs, passwords, photos and location data "

And just why were mSpy storing these? Once the parents have downloaded the data and got their jollies by reading their son's/daughter's intimate messages to their girl/boy friend, exactly what use do mSpy have for that data and what is their justification for storing it beyond that point?

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100s of Virgin Media customers hit by handset repair glitch, telco admits

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They did try to notify their customers

They sent a text message to their phones

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Robots.txt tells hackers the places you don't want them to look

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Re: Yes.

""please don't nick anything from the second drawer down, hidden under the socks, in the chest of drawers in the bedroom at the front of the house".

Where I have placed a mousetrap primed to go off when you stick your hand in there.

As the article says, temporarily block any IP that tries to access that area.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

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"shooting the messenger

No. If he'd just reported the problem, or hacked it while on the ground and stationary, then yes. But apparently he hacked into and changed the operation of an aircraft in flight.

How could be absolutely certain that this would not have any other consequences? It's not impossible that he could have crashed the system badly enough to crash the aircraft. He was utterly irresponsible and deserves the book thrown at him. An aircraft with passengers is not his toy to play with to show off what a great hacker he is.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: You are free !

And it's through that there Magna Charter,

As were made by the Barons of old,

That in England today we can do what we like,

So long as we do what we're told.

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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Re: Ceres bright spots iluminate without sun light

NASA, you must stop doing the detailed measurements that you have spent so much time and money getting ready for, abandon the actual mission, and devote everything to making a different set of measurements just to satisfy the conspiracy theories of one person who knows nothing about the subject except what's been in newspaper stories.

Dear frankfsp, please refer to the relevant legal precedent which covers this. The case of Arkell v. Pressdram.

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OECD nations gang up on internet retailers, tax dodgers

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Not a burden?

"Hockey said most online sellers are already collecting consumption tax in their home markets, so asking them to do the same for export sales shouldn't be seen as a nasty compliance burden."

Online companies will have to comply with every detail of every tax in every country. And keep up to date with all changes. And this is not a burden? Maybe not for the likes of Amazon, but for anyone smaller it's a huge problem. And they already know about this - tiny kitchen table businesses now have to comply with all the different EU VAT regs, or go via a centralised shop which is nearly as bad.

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Astroboffins eyeball MONSTER GAS HALO hugging Andromeda Galaxy

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Re: A Trillian Stars in a galaxy

Ob Python

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Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks

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Is this lock at least as usable as a physical lock if the power (or data connection?) goes?

Is this lock at least as resistant to hacking as the best physical locks?

I strongly suspect that the answer to both is likely to be 'No'.

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EU Digital Single Market plan: We will compromise fast, and compromise early

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Three Pillars

They've just thoroughly trashed all Three Pillars for small businesses selling digital goods, with the new VAT regulations. And now they're thinking about planning to discuss ways to fix that? Someone running a micro-business from their kitchen table can't wait while they all meet up to chat about it over champagne!

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Building the world's biggest telescope array - with machines that don't yet exist

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"Writing software for something that doesn't exist. Uh, what?"

Nothing new. The first ever program was written by Ada Lovelace for a machine that still doesn't exist.

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In a galaxy far, far, far away ... Farthest ever star system discovered

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Headmaster

"hydrogen was the only element in existence, and it was cracked by fusion in early stars into helium"

Large amounts of Helium were formed in the very early instants of the Big Bang, long before stars appeared.

"and then into ever more complex elements that make up life today.

It appears that the young stars in the early galaxies like EGS-zs8-1 were the main drivers for this transition called reionization "

Reionization was the early stars emitting enough radiation to ionise the neutral hydrogen gas. It's nothing to do with nucleosynthesis.

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'Just follow the damn Constitution!' FBI, DoJ skewered over demands for crypto backdoors

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"with a warrant, of course"

ROFL!

How long would that last? Perhaps a few months, before they 1> start doing it anyway and 2> Start agitating for it to be legal "or you're aiding terrorists and paedophiles!!!"

And none of them consider that there are places outside the USA. How the hell are US tech companies supposed to sell stuff abroad which is specifically known to be backdoored by the US government?

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Ryanair stung after $5m Shanghai'd from online fuel account

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Re: hopefully ...

But how the feck are they supposed to pay if not with fecking plastic?

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DARPA's made a SELF-STEERING 50-cal bullet – with video proof

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How long will this remaqin exclusive to the US military?

Once this is in production, it will eventually get lost, sold or stolen. It can't be kept exclusive forever. And the technology can only improve, get cheaper, and be more available

What happens when anyone can get hold of a weapon that has a sure kill at such a range that you can't spot the attacker in advance?

For a start no US president will be able to appear in public ever again. But there will be many other unintended consequences.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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Re: Head of the household?

Way back in the 60s some census bloke was trying to get the details of a hippie commune. Eventually he despairingly said "Well, who's the head of the household?". "Man, we're all heads!"

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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Re: Either

"Your systems can be hacked"

Nonsense! Our systems are perfectly safe!

"Hey, I'll hack your systems! :-)"

Arrest that terrorist!

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White House cyber-general says US must be able to cyber-nuke the worst of the cyber-worst

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False flag

The problem is to reliably identify the attacker.

If you want to damage a country, plant malware on its computers that will make them attack the US, and the US will obligingly respond.

Anyone could do this, another country, a blackmailer, or one of these teenagers who delight in getting strangers' houses visited by a SWAT team. Get a whole country SWATted - what bragging rights!

But the most likely attacker, and the one with the most skills to bring it off and avoid notice, is of course the USA. Any country which has oil or other resources that the US wants, or that thinks that having a democratic government means acting in the interests of their own citizens rather than in the interests of the USA, will have its computers taken over by the NSA and used to attack US computers, giving an excuse (as if one were needed!) for a 'retaliatory' attack.

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Australia mulls dumping the .com from .com.au – so you can bake URLs like chocolate.gate.au

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Re: Dot Oz?

That was what they used originally. It got changed over years back to the standard ISO value - I think partly because businesses were starting to use the net and winged that .oz wasn't businesslike.

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That's right: FBI agents can't pretend to be ISP repairmen to search homes without a warrant

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Unwarranted search and seizure

Search maybe. The provision on seizure is dead. The US police can rob anyone of money and valuables at whim, and the victim must then jump through myriad bureaucratic hoops to try to prove that it wasn't drug money.

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'Truth in advertising laws apply to you too, mobile app sellers'

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Re: Truths

What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising?

Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public;

ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public.

-- Vilhjalmur Stefansson, "Discovery", 1964

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Are YOU The One? Become a guru of your chosen sysadmin path

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Non ex transverso sed deorsum

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You! GOOGLE! HAND OVER the special SAUCE, says Senate (of France)

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Google got so big because its search algorithms were much better than those of its competitors.

It has to keep tweaking those algorithms because people keep trying to game the system to get their ranking higher.

If those algorithms are made public they would be handing the crown jewels of their company to their competitors, and telling everybody how to tweak their web pages to distort the search results.

I presume that the web sites of all french political parties give clear links to the web sites of their rivals?

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Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

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Re: The position of the constitutional court of Germany is worthy of note

"voting should be able to be automated. Only corrupt, paranoid, or stupid people would disagree"

Perhaps you could explain this to the large number of corrupt, paranoid, and stupid experts who have studied voting systems in great detail and pretty well universally agree that due to a number of problems a reliable, secure electronic voting system cannot at the moment be made.

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Bank-card-sniffing shop menace Punkey pinned down in US Secret Service investigation

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"cashiers using the POS system to browse malicious websites or open phishing emails"

Why does a POS system need to have a browser installed? Or any software not directly related to running the system?

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Labour policy review tells EU where to stuff its geo-blocking ban

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How does this affect micro-businesses?

Tiny one-person on-line businesses have already been hammered by the new VAT regulations.

Some of them have been forced to avoid having to comply with ridiculously onerous regulations by giving up all sales to the EU outside their own country.

Are they now to be obliged to sell all over the EU, and therefore be subject to the new regulations? Most of them simply cannot do this - it's not difficult, it's flat-out impossible.

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'Arkansas cops tried to hack me with malware-ridden hard drive'

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Is this the first time this has happened, or just the first time it's been noticed?

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

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Re: That's why you get to know the security people

The RSM should be very pleased you checked him. Anyone who thinks he's immune to security checks because he's the boss is giving a terrible example.

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Re: That's why you get to know the security people

Someone I knew pulled "I am not going to show you my ID you nasty security oik because you ought to recognise me. You must recognise me, because I'm the person who keeps causing you problems by refusing to show my ID."

The silly bugger refused to back down, and got himself fired.

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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Mushroom

So there really was

An Earth-shattering KABOOM!

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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I've seen worse

There was a desktop search program called 'Personal Librarian' that 'encrypted' its files with a Caesar cypher.

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Don't be stiffed by spies, stand up to Uncle Sam with your proud d**k pics – says Snowden

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Try here for the video.

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UCLA trumpets supercapacitor for wearables or implants

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What are the failure modes?

The more densely you store energy the nastier it is when it escapes, regardless of the technology. But it's even nastier if it escapes fast.

A lithium battery in your pocket can catch fire, and dump its energy in a few minutes.

A supercapacitor in your pocket can go FA-ZAPP!

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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So what will be enough power?

OK, where will they stop?

Suppose we give them yet more powers that they demand. Will that finally satisfy them?

Or will they be back yet again the next day demanding even more powers because <latest scare story!!!!!!!!>

They have proved over and over again that they will never be satisfied. They will always want more power.

And what has it got us in return? Are we more protected? Are we safer? Have they got any real evidence and not more of the ludicrously blown up 'Terror Threat Foiled!' stories?

Way back in the 60s you could walk down the street without a plod being able to stop and search you because he was feeling bored. Then they got the new powers because OMG Drug Dealers! So now we have a much worse drug problem, less civil liberties, and lots of young and minority people who hate the police because they can't walk down a public road without being stopped and having to prove their innocence.

Will the police stand up in public and tell us, clearly and specifically, AT WHAT POINT WILL THEY STOP?

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: Lost

Men dressed as women, it must be a couple of FBI agents.

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Opportunity suffers another flash-memory 'amnesia' moment

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Re: My memory is perfect.

Well memory is the second thing to go.

What's the first thing?

The first thing what?

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'If people can encrypt their cell phones, what's stopping them encrypting their PCs?'

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Re: Congressman John Carter

For all he understands how the world works, John Carter might as well be on Mars.

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Court recording biz with clients EVERYWHERE has forums breached

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MD5 is not the right hash to use for passwords. It's designed to be quick. For passwords you should use a slower hash that increases the cost of breaking it.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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I can see one possible downside. If you can't tell at a glance which women are booth babes, will that make salesdroids even more likely to assume that any female attendee is a booth babe and ignore them?

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I see you have the gTLD that goes .ping!

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.ping?

And the gTLD .ring has been bought by a company based in Mordor.

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

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Capricious?

Huge amounts of detailed discussion and comments from huge numbers of people, giving clear reasons why it's a good idea, and they describe the decision as 'capricious'?

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Devonian?

"Who knows what could have arisen in the present day if it were not for things like this?"

Or might not have arisen. Each extinction event led to evolutionary radiation as life recovered. Without the extinctions life would have been more stable and fewer new designs would have appeared. For instance the mammals got nowhere until the dinosaurs were removed.

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

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We know our system is secure because nobody points out any faults.

If anyone does point out any faults, we sue them.

See? Nobody points out any faults.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Reminds me of the story of a machine at a certain Establishment in Berkshire that was programmed to run Space Invaders.

It printed out a screen in ASCII (or EBCDIC?) characters, waited for user input of Left, Right or Fire, then printed the next screen.

As immortalised in Dave Langford's "The Leaky Establishment" - but taken from an actual event.

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