* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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It's 2015, and someone can pwn Windows PCs by inserting a USB stick

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It means it's from the same roll of toilet paper.

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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Re: Judi Dench

More like Chronicles of Reddit, amIrite?

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Alia on the Shield Wall?

FANTASTIC!

An excellent cover image for the next edition of Children of Dune!

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Oracle pulls CSO's BONKERS anti-bug bounty and infosec rant

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I remember "Unbreakable Linux" from this club of gentle(wo)men

An appropriate frenchism: Fart Higher Than One's Arse

Common sense says to move away from official Java as fast as possible.

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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Re: We've got our FBI on you

Another software disaster as David Cameron hatched unobstructed.

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Re: a ha ha ha ha ha :(

I throw myself into the dust as to your wisdom, Oh Anonymous Sage!

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HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

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Re: I wonder how many people will be bitten by these biometric shenanigans

Biometrics seem a neat idea for security, but we don't know how to make good security on the Internet

Biometric data is your NAME.

What is your PASSWORD??

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Beaming boffins feel the rhythm as neutrinos oscillate over 500 miles

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Re: Speaking of Physics at school...

I wonder whether soldiers should be trained in the fine art of japanese sword wielding for these kinds of jobs.

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Re: Aiming the beam

The NuMI beamline then continues about 450 miles through Earth on toward the MINOS far detector in the Soudan mine in Minnesota. By the time the beam reaches the far detector, it is about 20 miles in diameter!

So .. atan(20/450) / (2*Pi) * 360 or about 2.6° of spread.

That's pretty shotgun!

Reminder that future muon colliders will blast out neutrino beams that will be a radiological hazard. I can't wait!

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specially-built Fermilab ... based in Ash River, Minnesota.

That would probably be "an annex of Fermilab", as Fermilab is known to have high probability of being found in Batavia, Illinois.

Plus:

The neutrino event had an energy of more than 2000 trillion electronvolts

Okay, that's like a chiuaua morphing into tibetan mastiff. How does one pump that much energy into a neutrino?

that will claim neutrinos have been detected beneath the Earth's crust

Naturally occurring neutrino emissions from radioactive decay? Yes we detect!

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Hack a garage and the car inside with a child's toy and a few chips

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Re: Too cheap to put in some crypto

To reiterate on the above comment

1) Put SoC with appropriate code and radio interface into door controller, all nicely hardened (but updateable via USB stick should a problem appear in any case)

2) This will cost $$$ but it's going to be "The Right Thing"

3) ???

4) PROHIBITIVE COST, MARKETING APOPLECTIC, BOSS BLOWS A GASKET, FIRED!

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Re: Too cheap to put in some crypto

You must be one of the "vision" guys.

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Are you sure you are posting in the correct thread?

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Re: Known technique

But it's very easy to implement with a 12-bit shift register, simple AND/NOT logic and a wire...

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Re: Well...

Neighborhood watch or not someone will look out the window.

UFOS!

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Update Firefox NOW to foil FILE-STEALING vulnerability exploit, warns Mozilla

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Fedora 20?

Argghhhh... no updates.

Stuck at 38.0.5.

meanwhile let's just disable it...

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Re: Sandboxing

Browsers ought to be 100% sandboxed.

Someone downvoted this?

Some people really need to be "marched to the door of the oven", to inappropriately cite Huckabee the Huckster.

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Death to DRM, we'll kill it in a decade, chants EFF

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Copyright meme peddling

As less and less people pay for stuff, you need more and more ways to protect content.

Stuff your whiney irrelevant "MUH CONTENTS" shit and keep it for an Orlo thread. (Hey wait, tons of studios are demanding money on the street because they are dying on the vine ... ? WOW, ACTUALLY NOT! Anyway ... )

We are talking about opening up things that MUST be inspected. Medical devices. Car MCUs. Voting machines. IoT crap. Network devices. That's what we are talking about. Not the "but I'm losing money on sales that never would have made anyway" talking point.

(Reminds me that I still have to hand over a few bucks to soma.fm)

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Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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mega data breach.?

With 90'000 customers affected, it's more like a kilo data breach.

Eagerly waiting for the song "summer of breaches" by some nu metal band. "BreeeAACHHESSS!! RoooROOORrrooo"

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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The thought occurs that there must be a global uptick in data transiting through the last mile(s) and possibly the backbones (unless it is just noise in the Netflick/Spotify global heat engine)...

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Re: blaming slack admins for this one

If you can't afford to do it properly in the MS model don't do it.

Woah. Adding insult to injury.

Is this the MS-customer version of "she had it coming"?

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Re: how about a reference?

Prior probability of this being true: >0.8.

The rest follows.

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Re: Win 7

You can get unused OEM version under the table for $$$.

In enterprise sector, there is no problem though. Just order "Windows 7".

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We haff ways of MAKING you inztall!

So they DIDN'T sign up for the free download-upgrade (the downlorade?) but are still getting it?

Very much highly irregular. That's not the ocean you hear, that's a chorus of lawyers.

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Boffinry breakthrough: Bullied bumble bot bolts brutal brat beatdowns

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Re: 3 Laws

Dave Langford's version...

That's a pretty good set, very actionable too.

It's beyond me why Wikipedia labels these tongue-in-cheek. They WILL be implemented. With law "4) Classified" added.

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Re: Gundamn

Unless the children imagine that they have particular, possibly latent, powers, they should know then that attacking while unprepared will result in the total destruction of Tokyo!

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It's incredibly easy to bump someone off online, and here's how to do it – infosec bod

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Film at 11

Controlling everything centrally via inept civil serpentry for "social benefits fraud", "tax avoidance", "illegal immigration" and "terrororoorism" will lead to Brazil situations.

Indeed.

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Sane people, I BEG you: Stop the software defined moronocalypse

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Re: Bah!

Headlines of history:

Measurer of angles and explorer Charles Babbage invents "Sumerian Writing"! Locals can now write down the cows owed on pottery! Marketplace proclamation at 11. Praise Urdu!

Charles Babbage was recently seen consulting with the NSA on quantum cryptography. More on this at 11 - Next: The role of Kim Kardashian's arse in the Iran negotations. After this message!!

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Re: Is there a standard to aspire to?

Meaning an ISO standard for writing code/managing projects

1) Yes, there is a whole library of those.

2) No, it all depends on what the end product is supposed to look like. On what "quality indicators" to spend the most effort. What efforts to avoid. How risk management should look like.

3) Speaking of which, maybe ISO/IEC 16085:2006 Systems and software engineering -- Life cycle processes -- Risk management is the keystone of it all. ISO/IEC 9126 Software engineering — Product quality most assuredly isn't.

4) Always start with the SWEBOK (Software Engineering Body of Knowledge) list-of-pointers.

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Re: Completely daft article

IoT = "software defined accidents"

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For example, I know nothing about SQL injections

Just use the correct library which will do the escaping for you. The delta between OUCH and GOOD is sometimes very narrow and just needs a bit of coaching.

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Re: Might take a while

Lots of engineering relies on known, quantifiable methods to achieve nearly the same exact results as 100s or 1000s of nearly identical projects.

Only for pre-built housing. Each bridge (or ship) is its own development. Corners may be cut even there of course but the corner cutting the development projects is beyond ridiculous, frankly mafia-styling building (as seen in such countries as Italy, Greece, Southern France, Japan, Afghanistan etc.)

And we most certainly don't have formal mathematical verification methods.

We most certainly do and they are getting better. The fact that people don't bother to learn about these ("I'm a developer, not a mathematician") and prefer to start hacking wildly (going so far as to ignore compiler warnings and fart in the general direction of lint) just is testimony to the utter immaturity and irrealism prevalent in the "industry".

And security vs ease of use is not nearly as much in tensuon in most engineeing fields.

This is best solved by applying a label on the box "consumer-grade, use at own risk" vs "pretty good, comes with assurance and insurance, pay more". This already happens today but the message is intentionally mixed. For example, a pretty expensive but rather lousy WinNT is targeted to the whole range of demands, with the sole differentiator the price (a "feel good about this" pricing model). In all cases, if something happens, you are on your own. That's not the way to do it.

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Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

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Re: precedent?

No. Microsoft did an embrace-and-extend on an implementation of the JVM, causing Sun to get nervous and sue for breach of contract, the contract allowing Microsoft to implement their own version of the bytecode-processing virtual machine on Windows.

IIn the present case we are talking about the APIs for the Java language (the shims, not even the implementation of the APIs).

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Re: WTF?

Well, that phrase would only make anyway sense if Oracle were in the market of offering

1) An ORACE™-BRAND oracle™ JVM™ (or similar implementation, like an Oracle Dalvik)

2) A potentially complete Java™ 8 language implementation

3) A potentially complete Java™ 8 API implementation (the "java.*" namespace)

for mobile devices in the first place.

Which AFAIK they don't.

There used to be Sun-era rather horrific Java Micro Edition and "Java Limited Configuration" implementations. (CLDC and CDC). I didn't think these are still a thing but Wikipedia says these can still be found on mobiles.

Interestingly As of 22 December 2006, the Java ME source code is licensed under the GNU General Public License, and is released under the project name phoneME. Hmmm... LARRRRAAYYYYYY!

(I remember developing for Java ME generating pages in Wireless Markup Language. Those times were BAD)

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Re: To quote a greate sage ...

Don't get despondent, get mad!

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Re: Java question...

Have an upvote for a Groklaw-level posting.

The law of unintended consequences might well strike again because of OracleLeisure Suit Larry. It will be 1000 times worse than the "software patent" metastatic cancer that was injected in the early 90s with developments ignored by "the industry" until it was too late.

OracleLarry the Hutt hasn't even noticed that what makes Java interesting is the JVM, not the rather pedestrian language (particularly pedestrian in 2015) and the sometimes quite horrific-in-usual-Sun-style APIs. I would ditch them in a moment for some Clojure.

(...who owns the copyright in original LISP? John McCarthy? Ayyeeee!!!)

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Power Bar: EE was warned of safety risk BEFORE user was burned in explosion

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Re: Am I missing something?

Said power bar shot off across the room like a rocket, landed under the poor girls bed.

Sounds like a SWAT team performing a vist. I would have fired a few 5.56 through the window to make them chill the fuck out.

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Re: Er, have you ever heard of "risk assessment"?

You could easily keep other data such as number of times returned, charge level and time to charge, etc.

You also need to monitor G-forces, maximum heat reached so far, whether someone used a hammer on the battery... actually a S.M.A.R.T. battery interface. Best add X-ray imaging checks at the store. As there are still doubts how these sticks of dynamitebatteries evolve over time, it's an interesting little problem.

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X-wings, pirates and a generic Lara: Gamescom 2015

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Re: Games hold one's attention when younger...

Jesus, could you patronise that up a bit for me Grandad?

Listen boyo, this shotgun here has dealt with animals way cooler than you.

Now get off my grass.

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Isn't Lara a bit young?

From the footage shown you could have plucked Lara out of the game and replaced her with Uncharted’s Nathan Drake, The Last of Us' Joel or any of Assassin Creed's assassins, so close was the gameplay to all of the above.

Guards were sneaked up on, glass bottles were lobbed as a means to distract and matchsticks were used to keep my eyelids open. The fault wasn’t with Lara alone either: Quantum Break, Remedy’s time-travelling, cover-based shooter, looked similarly insipid

Face it: One's getting old. Games hold one's attention when younger but at some point one has to move to more interesting, rewarding (or not) real-world activities. Whereupon one regrets all the hours spent creating random activity in electronic hardware (but the sights seen and feels had were overwhelming, maybe more so in retrospect)

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How the Arab Spring blew the lid off the commercial spyware

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And if you stayed till the end of the closing credits...

"As a result governments acted. The British government put restrictions on Gamma until they fled the country, the French acted against Amesys, and the US government has now amended the Wassenaar Arrangement to deal with the issue."

And then they went and abraded Lybia and Syria to the stone age under the banner of "regime change/making the Middle East safe for Israel"

THE END!

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE MS MEETING ROOM?

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Re: Microsoft? High morl ground?!

ISTR from my readingof Groklaw over the years that MS was behind the SCO farce.

Only tangentially. That guy from SCO (Daryl McBride I presume) wrecked the company all by himself.

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Today, "worrying" IS doing something wrong. Be happy, keep shopping! ♪ ♪

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Crackpot hackpots pop top of GasPots

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Is the prison-industrial complex posting here?

I find the permanent call for "jail time for company execs" for weak security awareness (a sort of disciplinary bulverism) in this here venue both obnoxious and moronic. Stop it.

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Microsoft lures iOS devs with open-source app tools for Windows 10

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Re: Languages

Objectionable C

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Global cybercrime fraud boss ran secret pro-Moscow intel sorties

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Re: One more reason

> atrocities in Crimea

No-one even got killed.

Meanwhile the US has offed quite a few tens of thousands of Iraqis/Afghanis and continues to seek "regime change" in Syria by getting in bed with Saudi Arabia and other ISIS enablers. Well, the put some effort into it recently and sent 45 "moderate rebels" to Syria, who then get promply pwned by the Nusra front.

Give me 10 Putin instead of 1 Team America.

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Pentagon email hacked, Russia already blamed

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From COCOM dom to collar-wearing sub

Couldn't the US just retire from that bullshit "IT" thing? They are no longer able to handle it, politically or technically. Or mentally.

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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

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Re: Re asdf: Incredible!

iOS was deployed on more than a billion devices world wide

I didn't know Apple was big in the embedded market?

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Junior defence staffer on trial for 'posting secret dossier to 4chan'

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Re: Whats more stupid?

Do you even know what a Darwin award is?

Could be you are the guy with the Totenkopf-adorned General's cap, in which case, apologies.

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