* Posts by Peter Stone

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National Crime Agency: Your kid could be a nasty interwebs hacker

Peter Stone

Is your child resistant when questioned about what they do online?....

And parents will understand the reply?

An example from my past, christmas 1982 into jan/feb 1983, I was a technician at a Polytechnic, how many would've understood an experiment we did using an analogue hall effect sensor to see if was possible to create a non-invasive tap for a RS232 cable? From my more recent past as a tech at a school, a boy was discovered with some moderately hard core porn pictures in his user area, his parents where called up the school, & I was explaining to the lad's father about checking the machine for undesirable content, & I watched his eyes glaze over. Oh well.

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

Peter Stone
Happy

Two Thoughts

The first, that Donald Trump must take comfort in the thought that when he's elected, he'll be able to throw the Big Switch that will turn the internet off

The second, How many of the UK commutards remember the Spitting Image series of sketches titled 'The President's Brain is Missing' ? Well, I think I know where it went.

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GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

Peter Stone

Another point

Does anyone remember the Clipper Chip/Capstone controversy back in the 90s? They were on about a similar setup using key escrow, & got laughed out of court.

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Peter Stone

I see,

This is the lot, or it's equivalent, that at the time of the Crimean War, used the solution Babbage had worked out to crack Vigenere's Cipher, but never told anyone, or allowed Babbage to publish his method & claim credit for it. Then at the end of the Second World War, gave the captured Enigma machines away, not revealing we had cracked them, and they expect us to trust them??

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In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

Peter Stone
Facepalm

Eyes bigger than stomachs (as my mum used to say)

If the security services want to store every GET request generated, have they actually worked out the logistics?

When I last worked in schools back in 2006/7 we had a proxy server that kept logs of the type required, with 1,500 users generating a 250MByte file daily. (In round numbers). Bearing this in mind, let's do some working out.

The population of the UK in 2015 is 64 Million in round numbers. If only 95% of the population uses the internet, then this produces a figure of 60.8 Million users.

Using the log figure I mentioned above, then a file of (60.8*10^6) * (250*10^6)/(1.5*10^3) is generated, which gives a figure of 10.3 TBytes per day, which over the year gives a figure of 659 TBytes.

From when I had to search the 250MByte log files for details of sites that had been visited by pupils was a pain, & could easily take half a day.

Storage wise, this may not be a problem, but searching such an amount of data is going to be a headache, & somehow I don't think log parser is going to be much use. Then there is the problem of getting all the log files in the same format.

One final thing, take my internet usage. Sometimes I tether my computer to my mobile phone, other times I use the local library & connect to the citywide network, (best of luck unraveling that) & then sometimes I use family internets. So putting together a comprehensive browsing history for me could be a nightmare :)

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DEFCON 1 to DEFCON GONE: One of NORAD's spy blimps goes missing

Peter Stone

Re: It ain't even lost

@Mark 85, Re Spads & Camels, Does anyone still manufacture Buckingham Ammunition?

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Ransomware victims: Just pay up, grin, and bear it – says the FBI

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: This is precisely why

No, the scorpion pits are too quick & clean. for this crime it would have to be......... The kittens!!

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Teenage boy bailed until November over TalkTalk incident

Peter Stone
Happy

I'm wondering if the boys in blue will find out that either there's no/or a weak password on the home wi-fi router?

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US nuke boffinry to be powered by Facebook-inspired Linux servers

Peter Stone

and there was light--

(Good old Dr A)

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Peter Stone

Show me again, just what exactly has to be pressed to get the thing to reboot?

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How did jihadists hack into top UK ministerial emails if no security breach took place?

Peter Stone

I've just finished reading Intercept, 'the secret history of computers and spies' by Gordon Corera, Although it starts with the first world war, then Tommy Flowers & Colossus. it soon moves into modern times. I found it quite an interesting read, (though I'm a sucker for such books), especially the later sections, with stories of how the spy agencies saw systems being broken into & stuff 'disappear' from servers, without feeling that they needed to say anything. The last two or three chapters explain how interlinked the world is, & how easy it is the for the three letter agencies to tap into it. A book I think is worth the read. If I wasn't paranoid before, I would have been by the end.

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Reg reader shares AshMad blackmail email about which he gives 'zero f***s'

Peter Stone

When this story was first published, back in July, & I read that no email addresses were verified, I did wonder what would stop the spam merchants from grabbing a pile of email addresses, sending out something similar, on a random basis & seeing what came of it.

Possibly more than has been collected to date?

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

Peter Stone

Another story that is appropriate for this article & is well worth a read, is 'The Voices of Time' by J.G. Ballard

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EMC splashed a BILLION dollars buying just one flashy upstart

Peter Stone

Oooops

Hmmm, From what I can see, the entry for DSSD has been deleted from the WSGR webpage you link to, someone reading El Reg perhaps & isn't happy about the attention they're getting?

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UK.gov spaffed billions into IT projects at 'high risk of failure' last year

Peter Stone
Mushroom

Re: Shame

I can beat that.

The computer rooms, (each 40 foot square), in a brand new PFI school had their power sockets spaced round the walls, every two metres as per normal, but all the network sockets placed in the trunking run down from the ceiling. Problem was, all the backbone cable had been specified as cat 6, & the contractor thought he'd save a few pence on the quote.

Thing was, no one had spotted this, & it was only when yours truly was allowed to look round the school, & saw it was it deemed incorrect, even though other members of the party, had been round the school, & had been on the planning committee.

Another factor that magnified the ouch factor, was that the school was built as two wings of three floors, off a central hub. Originally the plans, negotiated by someone who was IT knowledgeable, had called for a network & power closet half way down each of the wings, however, the contractors had managed to get that overturned, & had had a single closet put on each floor of a the central hub, & don't get me started on the planet switches stacked 14 high!!

(Icon for what happened to the network, despite my warning, when everyone logged on at once.)

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But ... but iOS 9 could BLOCK my Ad-Block, dev squeals

Peter Stone

Ad block plus

Oh you mean the guy/company mentioned in this article

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/02/google_amazon_taboola_microsoft_adplock_plus_unblock/

no wonder he's worried, all that potentially lost revenue

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

Peter Stone
Happy

I've said it before, I would love the gTLD .estmerde

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.Free domains at Amazon while Google says bye to .family

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: Finding it difficult

I think I'd prefer .estmerde as a suitable TLD

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RadioShack lists 1,800 stores facing the axe across America

Peter Stone
Happy

Ahhh Tandy

Thing that got me with radio shack in the UK, was the pricing. A 741 op-amp was priced at 59p (one 32nd of my weekly wage at the time. However, because I read Popular Electronics, I knew that the Radio Shack US price was 59c.

With the exception of the TRS80 Model 1, this wasn't a problem (UK price £807, US price $807), as locally I had Waltons, Fenwicks & Lings for loads of interesting parts. Plus there was always Tottenham Court Road at the end of a train journey along with the catalogs for Henrys & Proops Brothers!

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NORKS: We didn't hack Sony. Whoever did was RIGHTEOUS, though

Peter Stone
Happy

a 'righteous deed'

Surely a 'righteous hack' is the correct term to use?

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UK digi exclusion: Poor families without internet access could 'miss out' on child tax credit

Peter Stone

Re: What about Public Libraries?

"...As for the 6% who have never used the internet. So What?

My 92yr old mother has never used it. I offered her a tablet but she really wasn't interested. There are others of her generation have the same attitude...."

I'm now a volunteer for AgeUK, & I teach computing to the older person, (my translation), & I have to say that there is a large waiting list for the course. In many cases, these are people who have never even used a keyboard before, never mind a computer. I will admit that for some, the motivation is for services like Skype, to allow them to keep in touch with their with extended families, for others it merely seems to be a way to keep the lump of grey matter on their shoulders exercised. the oldest person I've had on the course was slightly younger than your mother at 89 - 91, & they were using an iPad, (bought before they had attended the course, & I had advised them on what to purchase).

With regard to public libraries, The times, when out of work I used them to fill in on-line job applications, I was usually frustrated at some point, by incompatible browser software or connection problems. Not to mention access time restrictions.

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Google pulls Gaza games from Play store

Peter Stone

Why don't they.....

Produce a game based on the Amtrak Wars? I mean that is American killing American. The aim of the game could be for the Federation to stop the Tallisman, & the mute side to produce the first green blade of grass.

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Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

Peter Stone

What next?

Micrisift are trying to lure businesses to use Windows 8.1, which businesses seem to be resisting & staying with Windows 7. My thought for a long time has been, what will businesses do when the next version of Windows comes out, & Windows 7 gets eol.

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Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection

Peter Stone

But, but.....

Using a shotgun's more fun!

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Boris: Look on 'London's digital tentacles', ye mighty, and despair!

Peter Stone

A thought

Boris: Look on 'London's digital tentacles', ye mighty, and despair!

& how does the poem you've paraphrased end? Oh yes;

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.'

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Google: The Internet of Things to become the Internet of ADVERTS ON YOUR THERMOSTAT

Peter Stone

Why has this popped into my head?

You're in a self driving car, & the display flashes up "we're going to be in a serious accident, the following link may be of future use", followed by a link to Jones & Sons, family undertakers.

Another one is you're sitting at your desktop & the display shows an advert saying "Your google toilet has detected that you haven't used it for two days, Can we suggest Fred's enema & colinic irrigation service?"

Must drink more coffee.

(There's no joke icon available)

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Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

Peter Stone

Re: Business as usual

In my experience, those people who click on the "your pc is running slow"/"your

pc has a virus" type adverts do so because at the bottom it usually states "microsoft certified partner" & they've been 'conditoned' to trust it. As there are always patches & upgrades being downladed to their pc's

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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

Peter Stone

Why.......

is E M Forster's story "The Machine Stops" popping into my mind every time I read an article like this, about an always connected system?

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How much will Google pay to bring fiber to Provo, Utah? Try $1

Peter Stone
Happy

Hang on a minute....

The name of the company is iProvo, are Apple aware of this?

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: How Victorian.

My version of the saying is

Those who can, do.

Those who can't, teach.

Those who can't teach, become Ofstead inspectors!

(After experience gained from going through several of them).

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Mars to go offline for a month as vast nuclear furnace gets in the way

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: We need a relay

I think you'll find it was called Venus Equalateral (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_Equilateral) proposed in the early 1940s.

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Curiosity's MYSTERY MARS find: NASA reveals THE TRUTH

Peter Stone
Happy

Pay? Pay? Oh I wish I had that much influance :)

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Peter Stone
Happy

The truth that NASA will reveal is......that a Mars a day helps you work,rest & play! Simples :)

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Ofcom anoints broadcaster: Local TV is nearly here

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: Bring back topless darts !

Don't forget the weather forecast in Norwegian/Swedish :)

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APPLE reveals complete updated blueprints of SPACESHIP JOBS

Peter Stone
Happy

Hmmmm....

Wil the fathfull gather & using pure mind power, levitate the structure to a better place? :)

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 1

Peter Stone

How about that mainstay of engineers over the years, the slide rule?

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America mounts attempt to top the Register's world record spaceflight

Peter Stone
Happy

Given the Bonid articles on El Reg, perhaps the best way to deal with the American plane would be to launch LOHAN into orbit & arrange for the front to open & swallow it. - just a thought

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Apple files 'Shake to Print' iOS patent application

Peter Stone
Happy

Okay.....

Do you think Apple are ready for the rsi & tennis elbow law suits this might generate?

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Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control review

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: Missed opportunity

You beat me to it. As I started reading the article I thought about putting a TV B Gone in one, it would be perfect1

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Hypersonic Waverider scramjet in epic wipeout

Peter Stone

Re: Sunk cost

I seem to recall seeing an RAF year book, just after Concorde had started flying, showing a drawing of a Concorde with RAF roundels carrying three nuclear bombs, with a caption pointing out that it could be our next bomber

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Doctor Who gets one-off special to mark Time Lord's 50th year on telly

Peter Stone
FAIL

Re: "I remember the first transmission." Me too.

I'm another one who remembers the first episode, though at the time, I couldn't understand why the BBC were talking about postponing Dr Who, to show a programme about some guy who had been shot in America the previous day, then again, I was only 12.

(I've told this tale to younger people, & watched them fail to understand just how big & remote the world seemed back then.)

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Why one storage admin fears Justin Bieber

Peter Stone

Re: School I work at took another approach.

Funny, all the schools & colleges I worked at used a fixed size for user directories, & it took a very persuasive arguement on the part of the user, plus an examination of the current contents of thier user area befor the size ws increased. This was usually only done for year 11 & the sixth form. Worked a treat.

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Home Secretary to decide on McKinnon extradition by October

Peter Stone
Facepalm

Should he really be extradited? I say no.

I've always been slightly confused. As I recall the timeline, (from memory, & without consulting a pile of saved web pages), went something like this.

2000 - 2001 Gary McKinnon carries out the hacking.

2002 He's caught & confesses. The US government is asked if they want him prosecuted under UK law, (2 years inside and/or £5000 fine IIRC), they decline.

2004 - 2005 The treaty is signed by David Blunkit, to allow the extradition of terrorists to the US. The US immediately apply for the extradition of Gary McKinnon, amongst others, using this treaty. None of them terrorists, at least as I understand the term.

This is why I say he shouldn't be extradited, tried yes, but extradited for trial in the US, no.

My other "moan" over all this, is that according to what I remember, most of the breaking into the computers happened using the systems default passwords This is despite Clifford Stoll writing the Cuckoo's Egg, 10 years previously, in which he details how the break-in's occurred - using defaut passwords! Was nothing learnt in the intervening years? (Other than by me? :) )

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Viviane Reding says imitate US and form FEDERAL EUROPE

Peter Stone

Re: Here's hoping for your sake

I was under the impression that the first person to suggest a "United States of Europe", was Napoleon Bonaparte while exiled to St Helina

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Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship' seeks public love

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: Typical Apple

Hang on, who said anything about rectangular shaped desks? surely all apple employees need is a chair & a space for their iPads.

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Virgin Media mauls UK.gov for pumping millions into BT

Peter Stone

Re: Cables

From what I can recall, a large amount of the original cabling, was done by Southwestern Bell

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IP law probe MPs hunt for smoking gun, find plenty of smoke

Peter Stone
Happy

Of course, taking photos, & having a newspaper to publish them in might help :)

(Someone who will be checking if he's being followed by a white van tonight!)

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Solving traffic jams with maths

Peter Stone
Happy

Re: Black rubber tubes

Was I the only child who used to jump on the strips to try & get the lights to change? (Traffic was MUCH lighter in those days! :)

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Appeals court cracks open Google AdWords v Rosetta Stone case

Peter Stone

Re: However

In the late1970s, I worked for the third biggest producer of ice cream in the UK. At the time Walls & Loyns Maid had around 80% of the market. Based on this, Walls tried to start a campaign to get people to start referring to ice cream as walls' , in the way that they referred to a vacuum cleaner as a Hoover, or a ballpoint pen as a Biro.

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