* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Microsoft rides to Dell's rescue, wrecks rogue root certificate

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"Dell's dumb DLL"

One day I will open a diner with that name. And extra fatty, disgusting sausages will be served as local speciality, I shall call it "Mike's Cipher Sausage". And when you have noshed on it, the waitress will ask "care for a reinstall?" and refill your plate.

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Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger

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Re: Humanity has clocked up just one.

The Miskatonic Manhole!

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Re: It's all about the blinky lights

> our bank accounts were safer

As long as central banks exist, no.

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Re: Great Mug!

Lawyas would be in touch...

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Second Dell backdoor root cert found

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Re: Bitter old man

The average age here is 27

No wonder one gets rolling waves of greenhorn shit pissing off customers then.

People at 23 just can't do it. Even if they think they can.

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Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs

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Re: software update process... will remove the certificate automatically

Well, the "Dell Updater" has to be started manually. And yes, it superusers around, no bones about that.

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Release brakes on Class Action Train

Let Dell play the damsel-in-distress bound to the rails ....

Where are the penetrative no-win, no-fee laways?

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Superfish 2.0: Dell ships laptops, PCs with huge internet security hole

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No, they just bundled the private key stupidly in the package (thus essentially publishing it). Probably Asop the Intern being told to "quickly ship it".

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Re: legal?

Well, they don't do it, they just publish the private key for world and dog to use.

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"You fucked up - you trusted Dell"

It's a Dell trusted certificate that is mentioned in the OS. It doesn't cause any threat to the system, so we don't recommend-1

What happened here? Was the carrier lost?

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North Korea is capable of pwning Sony. Whether it did is another matter

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> A good defender needs experience attacking.

Not really. He needs experience in thinking things through (a mathematical mind can help a lot), minimizing what is confusingly called "attack surface" and needs to have an array of goodies at his disposal to perform defense-in-depth (as well as the minions to implement said defense and man the seats; generally forgotten, after all, if the CEO can install PowerDVD in 15 minutes, how hard it can it be for the lone IT guy to secure the network? Did I mention the balls to implement a security policy?).

An attacker needs to think messily (a mathematical mind may well be a hindrance) and can feel around the edges and edge cases. If there is no risk getting caught (state actors etc.), he can try to pry a bit harder. If there are several attackers working in concert, interference can be run (an "Israeli art student" attack, eh?), parallel attacks can be had and the time of attack can be compressed, all of which is very useful.

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Paris, jihadis, tech giants ... What is David Cameron's speechwriter banging on about now?

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Re: Snowdon

Ex-CIA director James Woolsey wants to see him hanged for enabling terrorists

From bottom-feeding screechwriters to zero-ethics psychos nominally "in charge" to "progressive neocons" angling for the presidency ... getting rid of these people (and by this I mean, a one-way trip to the Fletcher Memorial Home) is becoming a requirement to survival fast.

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Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner

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Re: @Bruce Ordway -- When has Gartner ever been wrong

"Pent-up demand" makes no sense unless someone is applying a blocade. Same as "pent-up voltage". There either is demand or there isn't and both situations will influence pricing and goods actually offered. Seeing how tables are not flying off shelves, the pent-uppery is low indeed.

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Re: Gartner?

> Microsoft bod called Gartner

This sounds like a major cultural gap, then.

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Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

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The Statement of Randolph Carter

"Shall I say that the voice was deep; hollow; gelatinous; remote; unearthly; inhuman; disembodied? What shall I say? It was the end of my experience, and is the end of my story. I heard it, and knew no more. Heard it as I sat petrified in that unknown cemetery in the hollow, amidst the crumbling stones and the falling tombs, the rank vegetation and the miasmal vapours. Heard it well up from the innermost depths of that damnable open sepulchre as I watched amorphous, necrophagous shadows dance beneath an accursed waning moon. And this is what it said:

“YOU FOOL, YOU ARE NOW DISCONNECTED!”

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Researchers say they've cracked the secret of the Sony Pictures hack

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Re: Whatever happened to WORM drives?

Oki 9-pin printers

Still in use at the local G4S.

I remember those from "China Syndrome" ... "EVENT ENDS" etc...

And the fanfold. Especially the fanfold.

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Re: Welcome back the WORM drive

See "The Cuckoo's Egg"/"Stalking the Wily Hacker" for more on this.

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Re: Surprise, surprise!

That din't happen in "War Games" though.

"Swordfish" I dunno.

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Homebrew crypto in Telegram hangout app full of holes, say security pros

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Oops, wasn't supposed to mention that.

Too late. Two cleaners have already been dispatched. Prepare to be served.

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New Wireshark, Nmap releases bring pre-Xmas cheer to infosec types

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Cue bleating politicians....

In about five minutes.

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Taxi for NASA! SpaceX to fly astronauts to space station

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Re: Isaac Asimov on the subject of rocket fuel

ITT: LOX is actually dangerous. Who knew?

Also:

"Ignition! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants by John D. Clark."

...freely available on the Interwebs!

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Re: Isaac Asimov on the subject of rocket fuel

Only the original von Braun "Hydrazin und, und... Salpertersäure! SALPETERSÄURE, Herr Müller. HABEN SIE VERSTANDEN, Herr Müller?" have these properties.

LOX/H2 or LOX/KEROSENE are pretty ok.

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Re: Boo, hiss

I find the photo and caption very offensive

Unfortunately there is no right to not be offended.

which means a citizen of a country who has lost more astronauts than any other

"Federation", not country.

Seeing how Stalin-era "do it or gulag" stuff is in the list ....does this mean that American Gear is particularly failure-prone? Maybe "I want something that looks like a Shuttle while pretending to save money while actually blowing money while using very risky technology" is not the way to go.

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Why Microsoft's .NET Core is the future of its development platform

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Re: .NET .. the lame clone of Java

you can't determine the type of a generic at run time.

But is it a real problem? Apparently not. Indeed, it is a solution to a problem:

"It's funny when Java users complain about type erasure, which is the only thing Java got right, while ignoring all the things it got wrong."

Erasing means we've reasoned (so let's erase)

So if we want to reason about our programs, we're strongly advised to not employ language features that strongly threaten our reasoning [i.e. runtime-usable parametrized type information, or indeed any type information]. Once we do that, then why not just drop the types at runtime? They're not needed. We can get some efficiency and simplicity with the satisfaction that no casts will fail or that methods might be missing upon invocation. Erasing encourages reasoning.

Of course, you may want to go crazy-hog self-modifying (which I like to do, too), in which case you do want runtime information and maybe inject a method or two into a class because you feel like it or want to process freshly obtained WSDL in a particularly elegant way , but then compile-time checks are useless, which may be unacceptable depending on the application.

OTOH, if clear reasoning and proving of code is demanded, I would strongly suggest to look into functional languages as well as logic programming languages. Things are pretty good on that front.

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Re: .NET .. the lame clone of Java

> I think he said that JAVA had all kinds of legacy horrors

Not really, except java.lang.Calendar and various web/ORM monstrosities.

It's just a language, and pretty straightforward, too. Though of course once you have tried languages like Groovy you see its annoying verbosity and inflexibility, which can only be said to be due to its "first order" nature (everything you write means exactly what it says, and that's all you get, and the compiler ain't gonna give you a break by inferring anything to help you write code faster).

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I don't see a problem with this

Of course, will I spend mindshare on it? Probably not (maybe buy the "in Action" book, which will then rot behind a stack of old Avril Lavigne CDs, but I digress) . I'm currently at the state where I begin to retch whenever I hear the "this is the next big thing, invest in this" anthem rise its discordant tones as frankly practically nothing currently "in production" is working particularly well or even at all. But F# is nice.

It is open source though, so it is always possible that the community may come up with GUI frameworks.

How open is this? Is it Open or open?

And would your trust a guy in a GAP hoody? Reeeally???

Now, you will excuse me, I'm trying to compile the XSB compiler here.

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Love your IoT gadget but could you keep the noise down?

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Re: Breakout areas!

Arkanoid areas?

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Uncle Sam's IT bods find 2,000 data centers they FORGOT about

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Re: "Lost datacentres"

But it would be more like "Saw" with added underground lair flair.

"Let's play a game... you have to find out which servers have legit Microsoft Licenses before the halon alarm goes off...."

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The Walking Datacenter

I thought you guys would be prepped to fight zombies?

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That X-Files feeling

When a mundane questionnaire leads to doubt the fabric of reality.

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Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

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It's about 60 years too late for THAT. I guess the poisoned chalice has to be drunk now.

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"A Post-Paris “Clash of Civilizations”? It’s the Islamic State’s Dream and Marco Rubio Agrees"

Alien because he must be saying "Let's blow the whole site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure"

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Re: "News"

Unfortunately the Democrats' own Dick Cheney may well end up in the seat where her psychopathology will be able to go full blast. May God help us all!

Inb4 "If everybody weakly encrypted, NSA could STILL not find the needle in the weakly-encrypted haystack"

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Re: "While arguably less efficient than a command line"

Don't know about Windows, to me Microsoft's real gem is DOS.

This must be the equivalent of a Third Reich WarTech enthusiast telling everyone that the coolest tank out there was the Panzer 1

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Re: Am I splitting hairs

> I mean could you actually run a PC on it without DOS installed?

Of course not.

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> Happy 30th, Windows.

No! To this.

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Short weekend break: Skegness or exoplanet HD 189733b?

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Re: "annual orgy of capitalism"

But KEEP CALM AND KEEP SHOPPING has been the daily motto for some time now. Unfortunately I hear there is something bad going down with .... Hey, ... PROMOTIONS!!

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France's 3-month state of emergency lets govt censor the web

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It's just like a bad French remake of the US 2001 bullshit

I still remember the kind of discussion about the "surveillance state" and whether Germany should go down that kind of dark road after the early 80's "Red Army Faction" hits.

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Hacking group Strontium dogs NATO and government targets

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Re: Nation state?

Pirates Informatiques sans Frontières!

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I only there was a script which checked whether a domain was suspiciously similar to one from of a given set of expected & usual domain names and flagged the email with a "SCAM" warning ....

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

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Re: Those tasks are *bullshit*

I would say there is skill there

Indeed. Most people couldn't design a website if their life depended on it, ending up with something like Geocities of the President Clinton Era. Definitely a skill.

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Re: we approach the post-literacy world

We "approach"??

“One of the reasons I’ve said I wouldn’t be talking to Vladimir Putin right now is because we are speaking to him from a position of weakness brought on by this administration, so, I wouldn’t talk to him for a while, but, I would do this. I would start rebuilding the Sixth Fleet right under his nose, rebuilding the military — the missile defense program in Poland right under his nose. I would conduct very aggressive military exercises in the Baltic States so that he understood we would protect our NATO allies…and I might also put in a few more thousand troops into Germany, not to start a war, but to make sure that Putin understand that the United States of America will stand with our allies… We must have a no fly zone in Syria because Russia cannot tell the United States of America where and when to fly our planes. We also have a set of allies in the Arab Middle East that know that ISIS is their fight…but they must see leadership support and resolve from the United States of America…we have the strongest military on the face of the planet, and everyone has to know it.”

Dumb kids on pulpits. Our only hope is that ISIS does a suicide strike on the whole bunch.

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Edgy online shoppers face Dyre Christmas as malware mutates

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new and harder Edge browser

But does it wear a long leather anorak and sport garish earclips?

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Want to boost your payslip? Get DevOps on your business card

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Re: Certainly not an increase

CEO level attained?

> multiple CCNPs, MCSEs, VCP, storage experience

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Re: Cool!! I can buy 100 business cards for £5

Not really, just finagle the interview, too.

PHB will be impressed by your KeywordDrop strategy that you will undoubtedly deploy.

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Red dwarf superflares batter formerly 'habitable' exoplanet

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Re: Not new news

However, this is not news I was taught this in an astrophysics course nearly thirty years ago.

This is pretty cool, I had to get my astrophysics from scrunged books and "popularizations" (soon abandoned) I barely understood.

Any computer models on this?

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Yet another Wolves' hit

We have bigger problems than puny ISIS

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Hubble finds lonely 'void galaxy' floating in cosmic nothingness

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Re: Could this be the "missing mass"?

> we don't really know much about gravity

Thta's just fucking bullshit pulled out of donkey arses. The Einstein Field Equations have not shown a single hole in about a century of application. I strongly suspect this will stay that way until someone comes up with a viable description of quantum gravity.

> So we are supposed to believe in magically invisible stuff?

So we are supposed to have magically different behaviour of gravity under nicely left-unstated conditions?

I don't see what the XKCD strip adds either. Especially as it shows the Newton equation. Feck off.

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